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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Congratulations to Candice LaPlante!

Congratulations to Candice LaPlante, current MLIS student, who has been awarded the Federal Librarians ProQuest Scholarship Award by the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table.

MEMO Summer Leadership Conference

July 12, 2011 8am—July 13, 2011 5pm

Coeur de Catherine, Room 17
St. Catherine University Campus
St. Paul, MN

Register for the conference online at:

Please come help shape the future of MEMO! Times are changing and MEMO needs to examine and update policies & procedures, by-laws, and other organizational materials. We'll also be creating a tip sheet for our October AASL visitors.

MEMO is a membership organization serving school media and information technology professionals. MEMO is committed to providing leadership and professional growth for quality media and technology programs which meet the learning and instructional needs of our students, staff and administration.

Monday, June 27, 2011

St. Kate's MLIS ALA Student Chapter

The ALA Student Chapter at St. Kate's has been officially recognized by the American Library Association with a plaque, which has been hung in the MLIS student lounge. Our official status means we are on ALA internal communication lists and will be able to nominate one student member per year to attend the ALA Annual Conference for free. Want to get involved? Email or visit

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Check out the St. Catherine University MLIS Program at the ALA Conference!

The ALA Annual Conference ( will be June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans, LA.

Our program will be at the ALISE/LIS Cooperative Education Pavillion. Pick up MLIS pens, buttons, bookmarks, and more.

The Cooperative Alumni Reunion at ALA will be on Sunday, June 26, 2011, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. All alums are invited to come and join us at our table. Receive your MLIS Alumni lapel pin if you do not already have one.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Washington County Law Library Internship; Deadline extended to June 27

Washington County Law Library Internship

Job Description:
As Our Intern, You Will:
• Gain familiarity with the law and legal information resources.
• Complete a wide variety of library-related projects and tasks (i.e. providing assistance to library patrons, reference, circulation, shelving, accession, serials control and collection management, marketing, and internet website maintenance/creation).

This Internship Requires:
• A minimum commitment of 16 hours per week completed during hours library is open: Mon-Fri 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
• A commitment for 6-12 months.
• Must be able to start June 27, 2011.
• Professional demeanor, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn.
• Excellent patron service.
• No previous legal or library experience necessary—we will train you.

Completion or working to complete MLIS or JD degree. MLIS students with a law degree are preferred but not required.

Unpaid internship.

Academic Credit:
Washington County Law Library encourages interns to seek academic credit for their internship and will assist in any way to help the intern receive it. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school’s requirements.

Application Deadline Extended: June 27, 2011.

Send a letter of interest stating reasons for wanting to be an intern at Washington County Law Library including:
• Personal goals
• What you hope to achieve from the experience
• How the internship relates to career plans
• What you believe you can contribute to Washington County Law Library
• Special interests and abilities
• Specific information including dates available to work; number of hours per week; days and times available to work

Submit cover letter and resume with references to:
Brian R. Huffman
Washington County Law Librarian
Washington County Law Library
14949 62nd St N, PO Box 6
Stillwater MN 55082
Fax 651-430-6331

Recruitment Opportunities for MLIS Graduates

There are a few recruitment opportunities for MLIS graduates at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library in Louisiana and at the James E. Brooks Library of Central Washington University. See details and links below.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library
I am the Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. My Deputy Director, Mr. Brian Fielder and I will be attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. Fortunately, our public library system is not suffering from budget cuts that many systems are experiencing. As a result, we frequently have open entry-level librarian positions. Therefore, we are hosting a recruitment social on Friday evening, June 24th from 7:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Hotel located at 123 Baronne Street.

Please post and distribute this information. Mr. Fielder and I look forward to meeting you and your students in June.

You can visit us on-line at .

David Farrar
Library Director
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
7711 Goodwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


James E. Brooks Library
Here is a link to a WORD document advertising our graduate assistantship
program for degreed librarians who are seeking an additional masters
degree. The text is also pasted below.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide in publicizing this

Best regards,
Gerard Hogan

Gerard Hogan
Reference Dept.
Central Washington University Library
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg WA 98926-7548 USA
ph 509-963-1961 1-800-290-3327
fax 509-963-2126

Monday, June 20, 2011

Congratulations to Linda Nguyen, 2011 ALA Spectrum Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Linda Nguyen, St. Catherine University MLIS Program student and 2011 ALA Spectrum Scholarship Recipient.

This year, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is awarding a new round of 55 Spectrum Scholarships. The Spectrum Scholarship Program provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Its mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 730 Spectrum Scholarships.

Click here or to view the Spectrum Scholarship recipients



To manage the operation of the Olmsted County Law Library; to perform the functions of the Olmsted County Law Librarian; to supervise the Law Library staff as needed; to provide legal reference services to judges, attorneys, and the general public; to oversee the selection and physical processing of all library materials; to develop and administer policies and procedures that ensure the delivery of library services in a manner that will effectively meet patron needs and ensure efficient library operations; to develop and maintain strategic alliances with other organizations which enhance law library usage; to remain knowledgeable regarding the latest developments in library technologies and information delivery; and to perform related duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees for the Olmsted County Law Library.

The ideal candidate is a licensed Minnesota attorney with two or more years of law library experience or someone who has an M.L.I.S. degree with two or more years of law library experience.

Please deliver or mail your resume and cover letter to the contact information below. Please do not send resumes or cover letters via e-mail. No phone calls. Applications may not be considered if received after 6/24/2011 at 5:00 pm. Interview candidates will be selected based on the knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities exhibited in the application materials submitted.

Olmsted County Law Library
151 4th Street SE
Rochester, MN 55901

For more information on knowledge, skills & abilities, duties & responsibilities, and more, download the job description on the Olmsted County Law Library website.

Deadline is June 24, 2011

Job Opening: Media Specialist

Media Specialist .85 FTE (DW) JobID: 482

Closing Date:Preferred by 7/1/2011

Date Posted: 5/20/2011

Location: District-wide

Date Available: 2011-2012 school year

.85 FTE Media Specialist

Andersen, Marine and Stonebridge Elementary School

Stillwater Area Public Schools are currently seeking a .85 FTE Media Specialist to work between Andersen, Marine and Stonebridge Elementary School for the 2011-2012 school year. This is a full time, benefit eligible position.

A Media Specialist license through the Minnesota Department of Education is required.

Friday, June 17, 2011

FreePint Research Internship

FreePint, Limited is looking for a short-term Research Intern to assist with the preparation of the launch of FreePint Buyer’s Guide online. The intern will research and validate company and main information product/service lines, and write brief

FreePint is an organization that publishes reports, magazines and resources to support professionals who work with information. In particular, FreePint Research examines the trends in the
information industry.

Applicant Qualifications:
Current MLIS student or recent graduate.
A desire to gain experience and understanding of the major and niche vendors in the industry by researching basic listings for FreePint.
Able to start as soon as possible.

Duration of Internship:
The research internship is short-term, approximately 2 months, starting ASAP. Approx. 8 hours/week

Application Deadline:
A current resume should be submitted ASAP.

Please send your resume to:
Kim Dority, President of Dority & Associates, Inc.
303-660-1310 (phone)
303-770-5235 (fax)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Congratulations to Nancy Walton, Director and State Librarian of State Library Services

"I am pleased to announce that Nancy Walton, who has been the Acting Director and State Librarian within the Division of State Library Services at the Minnesota Department of Education since June of 2010, has accepted the offer from the Commissioner's Office to be the Director and State Librarian of State Library Services. Nancy has nearly two decades of experience working with libraries and library policy in the State of Minnesota, including four years as the Library Program Director at the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. Prior to her service with the State, Ms. Walton served as a library supervisor or manager in academic, corporate, and public libraries in Maryland and California, including three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco as a librarian and records manager."

--Assistant Commissioner Rose W. Chu

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship - Deadline extended to June 30

TLA is pleased to offer a new Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship to an emerging member of this profession. Named for a beloved former TLA President who trained and mentored a generation of theatre librarians, archivists and scholars, the Scholarship aims to recruit and support new members and future leaders.

Applicants should be students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS or archival training program. Prospective applicants should provide proof of their student status, submit a current resume with contact information for three references, as well as a 500-1000 word essay on the topic:

From Legacy to Frontier: The Future of Performing Arts Librarianship

Submission deadline has been extended to June 30, 2011. Applications will be screened by the Scholarship Committee. The winner will be announced at the Book Awards and Annual Business Meeting on October 7th. The winner will be presented with a $500 check, one-year complimentary TLA membership, and the opportunity to read his or her essay to the audience. This essay will subsequently be published in BROADSIDE, TLA’s quarterly newsletter.

Application Form (pdf)

Find directions on the Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship webpage.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Alumni News: Kristin Harley and Chris Jacobs

Congratulations to Kristin Harley, 2010 Alumna, whose first peer-reviewed professional article, "The Human Genome Project" is in the May/June 2011 Public Libraries magazine.

Her book review of Introductory Concepts in Information Science, Second Edition, by Melanie J. Norton, has just been published in The Indexer, an international journal published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies.

Harley, Kristin. (June, 2011). Book reviews. The Indexer 29(2), p. 93-94.

Kristin was recently promoted to APEX/ELM Specialist (Office Specialist III) for the Hennepin County Library. She is also a volunteer librarian, archivist, and museum specialist with the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum

Chris Jacobs, 1996 Alumna, is featured in "St. Kates Q and A section" of the June 2011 St. Catherine Alumnae News (SCAN) magazine. Chris answers questions on how having an MLIS has helped her career, why librarians need to know about social media, how the library science field is evolving and more. Chris is currently employed at 3M and has taught as an adjunct faculty for the MLIS Program at St. Kate's

Thursday, June 2, 2011


You are invited to a summer picnic of the LIBS and MLIS St. Kate’s/Dominican graduates on Thursday, June 9th from 5-7 p.m. in the quad area in front of O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. The rain site is Coeur de Catherine. Catch up with friends, celebrate the recent accreditation, find out what’s new, and play trivia! Thanks to the sponsorship by the Friends of the St. Kate’s Libraries, this event is FREE. RSVP by June 7th to Stephanie at .