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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Important Upcoming MLIS dates

Fall 2011 LIS classes end on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Grades are due Monday, January 2, 2012.

Commencement is on Tuesday, December 20 at  7:30pm in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.

The University will be closed starting on Friday, December 23 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. See Coeur de Catherine Building hours.

Students auditing January Term courses should contact the MLIS Office by Wednesday, December 21, 2011. January Term starts on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Check the class syllabus for exact dates.

The University is closed Monday, January 16, 2012 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. daySee Coeur de Catherine Building hours.

The ALISE conference is January 17-20, 2012 and the ALA Midwinter Meeting is January 20-24, 2012. Both will meet in Dallas, TX.

The Winter 2012 semester begins Monday, January 30, 2012. Syllabi will be posted two weeks before the start of the semester.

Happy Holidays from the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Executive Director of the Library and Academic Services - Lake Superior State University

IFLA Call for Papers (Cataloguing Section Session)

IFLA Cataloguing Section Session Theme: Inspired moments in cataloguing!

The IFLA Cataloguing Section (IFLA CATS) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Helsinki, Finland, August 11-17 2012.

In the 2012 open session the Cataloguing Committee wants to examine how well our rules and standards support an information infrastructure that fits user needs. Could they even inspire new ways of using the data?

Proposals from all kind of users - from end users to professionals and researchers in cataloguing, cognitive science, persuasive technology, user behavior, interface design etc.– are welcome

CALL FOR PAPERS - IFLA Information Literacy Section and E-learning Special Interest Group

Papers are invited to be presented at the 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly at Helsinki, Finland, 11-17 August 2012.

Theme : Information literacy meets E-learning: Let's talk about interconnections and outcomes.

Over the past ten years, there has been a growing awareness about the potential role of E-learning in the context of Information Literacy. E-learning is often regarded as an effective way to extend library presence through innovative services and to reach new communities.

Saint Paul Public Library Awarded $468,000 Grant from Otto Bremer Foundation

SAINT PAUL— Today the Otto Bremer Foundation announced that the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library were awarded a $468,000 grant on behalf of the Saint Paul Public Library.

The award was part of a $7 million package of year-end grants approved by the Trustees of the Foundation to address the impact of the persistently difficult economic conditions on the lives of vulnerable people, especially those living in poverty. Grants will also provide opportunities for people living in poverty to access the tools, skills, connections and other resources they need to begin to change their situation over the long term.

"Libraries are a crucial part of our Saint Paul community," said Mayor Chris Coleman. "From free access to computers, books and online resources for individuals and families, to job and small business assistance that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries impact every one of our residents. This grant is a testament to Otto Bremer's commitment to Saint Paul."

The grant will build the Library’s capacity to provide resources and assistance to unemployed people looking for work, especially those confronting barriers of culture and language. Specific projects to be supported include providing additional computer classes in multiple languages in the community, expanding a work/study program to enhance job search and digital literacy services, improving the capacity to handle materials expeditiously so staff can spend more time assisting patrons and supporting the Library’s collection budget.

“Libraries are becoming increasingly more important and sophisticated resources for people looking to improve their circumstances,” said Charlotte Johnson, a trustee of the Foundation. “The Saint Paul Public Library has been at the forefront of a number of innovative programs in these difficult economic times, and we are glad to support those efforts.”

These long-term investments in the Library strengthen its ability to serve a new generation of patrons who turn to the Library for reliable information and to learn new skills.

“We’re absolutely honored to be named a grant recipient of the Otto Bremer Foundation,” said Kit Hadley, Library Director. “This is a significant award for the Saint Paul Public Library and allows us to provide critical services in high need. We are very grateful.”

The Library’s grant was a year-end award that is part of approximately $30 million in Otto Bremer Foundation grants made in 2011.

Congratulations to MaryEllen Gallagher!

On October 10, MaryEllen Gallagher, MLIS 2011 alumna, began her position in Dakota County as the law librarian at the Apple Valley Branch of Dakota County Law Library.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Children's Library Intern at Hennepin County Library

The Children's Library at the Minneapolis Central Library primarily serves children from birth to 6th grade, families, and teachers. The Children's Library has a unique and historic collection of more than 120,000 children's books, DVDs, and audio materials that circulate to the youth and families of the Twin Cities area and beyond.

One Semester, 8 hours per week, January 2012 through May 2012.

This is an unpaid position which could be for college credit or work experience.

Congratulations to Heather Palmer!

Heather Palmer is a current MLIS and School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) student at St. Catherine University. She spoke at the TIES 2011 Education Technology Conference, which took place in Minneapolis from December 10-13.  She presented a breakout session, called "Learning with a Purpose: Embedding Service-Learning and Technology in the Classroom."

The published description reads:
Discover a digital storytelling unit that meets language arts objectives through the context of service-learning and incorporates Google Apps, Wordle, Picnik, VoiceThread and Google Sites.  You'll learn how to give students a voice as they use technology to perfect their communication skills and positively impact their community.

MLIS 2012 J-term Courses Now Posted - Alumni and LIS professionals are welcome to participate

Alumni and professionals in the LIS field may audit these one-credit courses. Contact the MLIS Office for registration instructions by Wednesday, December 21, 2011. The January terms starts Tuesday, Janaury 3, 2012. See below for exact meeting dates.

Information about the MLIS 2012 January-term one-credit courses are now posted on the MLIS Blog and Registrar's website for the following topics: Applied Statistics in LIS; Graphic Novels; and Grants and Libraries. Current students may also find this information on the internal MLIS website in Kateway; registration directions for current students can be found here.

Only one January course can be taken per term. 

Metropolitan State University: Library Public Services Manager

Saint Paul Campus – Job Posting # 11MNSCU000737

Posting Date:                         12/19/2011

Posting Closing Date:           1/3/2012

Position Classification:         Office Services Supervisor 2

Work Title:                           Library Public Services Manager

Bargaining Unit:                   MMA

Employment Condition:      Full-time, limited (unclassified in a classified position)

Office:                                                Library
Hours of Work:                    Monday-Friday,  8:00am – 4:30pm; occasional weekend time

Youngstown State University's Maag Library is seeking a Multimedia Librarian.

Apply for This Posting Here:

Title: Multimedia Librarian, Maag Library

Type of Appointment: Full-Time

Work Schedule: Rotates shifts including evenings and weekends

Summary of Position: To manage the operations of the Multimedia Center of Maag Library including digital technology initiatives and services; provide assistance to patrons in all public service areas of Maag Library, with a special emphasis on assistance in the disciplines relating to the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

State University of New York at Oswego: Library Director

SUNY Oswego seeks an innovative, highly-motivated and visionary leader to serve as Library Director who is committed to extending the successful programs and services of the library to meet the changing needs of the 21st century student.  The ideal candidate will support Penfield Library’s continuing collaborations with other college constituents to further its mission as a partner in the teaching and learning process.  As a strong supporter of the library’s mission, the director will serve a critical advocacy role within and beyond the college. Reporting to the Provost, the Director will lead a progressive library that is central to SUNY Oswego’s initiatives, including: sustainability, civic engagement, global competency, and faculty-student collaborative research activities.  Current library projects include renovation planning, development of a learning commons, innovative reference and instruction programs, a strong liaison program with academic departments, and leadership in resource sharing projects

Kansas State University Libraries in Manhattan, KS, announces our 2012 two-year residency.

Accredited graduate degree earned by Spring 2012 in MLS, M.S. Educational Technology, or M.S. Instructional Design and Technology required.  No more than 2 (two) years post-MLS/M.S. Ed Tech professional experience. For a complete position description and application procedures visit our website:

EOE. Background check required.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Association of Jewish Libraries $1000 Scholarship

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) is pleased to announce a scholarship of $1000
to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science.For information about the scholarships, from the official website,"In order to encourage students to train for, and enter, the field of Judaica librarianship, the Association of Jewish Libraries awards a scholarship to a student attending or planning to attend a graduate school of library and information science. Prospective candidates should have an interest in, and demonstrate a potential for, pursuing a career in Judaica librarianship."

For information about applying and eligibility, please visit:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Library Technology Conference Registration Now Open

Library Technology Conference
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
March 14-15, 2012

Registration for the 5th annual Library Technology Conference will open at noon on Thursday, December 8th.  Registration at the conference is limited to 500 total participants and once that level of participation has been reached, registration will be closed. Please note that, in previous years, registration has closed within a few weeks of opening. If interested in attending the 2012 LibTech Conference, please plan accordingly.

Applied Statistics for LIS canceled

LIS 7961 (G02) Applied Statistics for LIS  has been canceled for the 2012 January term due to low enrollment.

Graphic Novels and Grants and Libraries will be offered during the 2012 January term.

Library Outreach Services Internship at Hennepin County Library

Application Deadline: December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Congratulations to December 2011 Graduates!

Dawn Lyons, David Payne, and Jill Wujcik
The MLIS Graduate Reception was held on Monday, December 12 in the Coeur de Catherine Spillane Room.

At the reception, Candice La Plante was announced as the recipient of the Sister Marie Cecilia Marzolf, CSJ Founder’s Award. The award is given each semester to the student(s) whom the faculty has identified as the most outstanding MLIS graduate(s) of the semester. She will have her name engraved on the Founder’s Award plaque with previous graduates who also have received this honor. The plaque is located in the MLIS Student Lounge.

Nick Steffel awarded the Edward Swanson Scholarship

Nick Steffel and Carsten Solstad
The MLIS Program is proud to announce that Nicholas Steffel has been awarded the Edward Swanson Scholarship.

The one time $2000 scholarship is a part of the Margaret Mann Citation which the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) named the late Edward Swanson as the 2011 recipient by its Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS). Carsten Solstad, Edward's partner, chose St. Catherine University to award the scholarship for an MLIS student. Impressed with Nicholas' innovation in creating a Dublin Core template that overcomes many of the existing DC problems and presenting on it at the international DC conference, faculty selected Nicholas Steffel as the scholarship recipient.

Carsten was in attendance at the MLIS Graduate Reception on Monday, December 12, 2011 to present Nicholas Steffel the award.

The MLIS Program hosts their first Beta Beta Xi Induction Ceremony

Laura Morlock, Leslie Hunter-Larson, Birch Carlson, and Brian Huffman
At the annual Beta Phi Mu meeting during the ALA Conference in New Orleans, June 2011, Beta Beta Xi was installed as the St. Catherine University MLIS Program chapter.  On Monday, December 12, the first class of members were initiated into Beta Beta Xi. Four were inducted in person and the remaining were inducted in absentia. In addition to the inductees, Nancy Walton, the Minnesota State Librarian, and Mary Van Cura, Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator for State Library Services, also attended the ceremony as well as Robin Ewing, MLA President..

Deborah Torres, Robin Ewing, Leslie Hunter-Larson, Laura Morlock,Nancy Walton, Birch Carlson, Brian Huffman, MaryAnn Van Cura, Deborah Grealy, and Sheri Ross.
Dr. Sheri Ross organized the Beta Phi Mu chapter for the St. Catherine University MLIS Program. Beta Beta Xi officer positions include: Deb Torres as President; Jane Prestebak as Vice President/President-elect; and Margaret Tabar as Secretary/Treasurer.

Congratulations to Sara Zettervall!

Sara Zettervall was nominated by Dr. Sarah Park to participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program in 2012.  She is a current MLIS student and the St. Catherine University ALA Student Chapter chair. ALA selects 60 students who are members of their ALA Student Chapters to receive free registration, hotel and food at the ALA annual conference. It's a huge honor to have a Katie be selected and participate!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Position Available: Southwest Clinical Campus Librarian

The Library of the Health Science (LHS) at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) invites applications for the position of Southwest Clinical Campus Librarian. The position is located in Bismarck. We are seeking an outgoing and enterprising person who will be responsible for:   providing reference and information support services for clientele affiliated with the SMHS; designing and providing instruction and curriculum support to clientele affiliated with the SMHS; providing outreach information services to remote users and to health care personnel not affiliated with UND.
Requires an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science and one year experience.
For a full listing of qualifications and job duties, use the link on this page to visit the job posting at UND’s website:
Applications received by January 9, 2012 will have first consideration.

Employment Opportunities: Duluth Public Library

The Duluth Public Library is looking for forward thinking, customer service oriented people to help us expand open hours at our three library locations.  Last month the voters of Duluth overwhelmingly supported a referendum that secures dedicated funding for Parks & Recreation and frees up additional general funds for the library.  As a result, we are reopening mornings at the Main Library and restoring five-day-per-week service at the neighborhood branches.

Open Position: Head of Access Services from Amherst College

Head of Access Services
Frost Library, Amherst College

Applications accepted until position filled
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Mindful of the Amherst College motto, Terras irradient, the Head of Access Services leads a department that makes Amherst’s extraordinary collections, both print and electronic, available to all who need them, and helps Amherst’s faculty and students obtain information and publications necessary for their research. Working with a broad range of colleagues within and beyond the library, the Head of Access Services develops networks and relationships that yield efficient workflows satisfying the high expectations of those we serve. Such work requires the incumbent to lead an experienced staff in a collegial fashion to rethink traditional practices and priorities, including the distribution of responsibilities among positions and library departments, while matching qualifications and talents with known and yet-to-be-identified needs.  The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Call for Papers for IFLA Science and Technology Libraries Section

Call for Papers for IFLA Science and Technology Libraries Section

Papers are invited to be presented at 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Helsinki, Finland in August 2012

Theme: The Role of Libraries in Data Curation, Access, and Preservation: an International Perspective

Data curation, access, and preservation are integral to the advancement of research in science and technology. For further definition and clarification of the role of data in research see the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) website: (

The session will focus on the role of libraries and librarians in data curation in various countries and the challenges associated with establishing and operating data curation repositories, on a local or national level. Proposals must focus on one or more of the following topics:

1. Key issues confronted in establishing a national plan for data curation

2. The role of libraries in establishing data curation repositories.

3. A financial model for sustaining data curation within the library and/or university.

4. Training and preparation of librarians to participate in data curation.

IFLA Childrean/YA Section Pre-Conference Call for Papers

Call for Papers for Satellite Meeting of Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults in collaboration with Joensuu Regional Library, Finland, and the Finnish Library Association

Joensuu, Finland
9-10 August 2012, preceding the 77th Annual IFLA conference in Helsinki (August 11-17, 2012)

Theme: ” Libraries for Young People: Breaking through Boundaries”

IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults , Joensuu Regional Library and the Finnish Library Association invite you to submit a proposal for a presentation on the theme “Libraries for Children and Young people: Breaking through Boundaries”, the IFLA Pre-Conference to be held in Joensuu, Finland, 9-10 August 2012.

The Pre-conference Venue: Joensuu Main library and other premises in the city center. Beside the key note and invited speakers, in the two days programme we aim to have up to 10 presentations. We are particularly interested in presentations about innovations and best practices on the following ”breaking through boundaries” topics, related to the multifaceted reality where the library belongs :

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Monroe campus library assistance needed

Library Revitalization Update: Campus libraries are getting much needed attention
There is good work to be done in the Linwood campus library.
Ms. Rebekah has many library projects that need doing. Please come join other families as we help get our library in tip-top shape. Beginning December 2, we will be working together on Fridays from 2:00-3:30 pm. It’s easy, fun work—alphabetizing, sorting, and shelving. Then we will head downstairs for our Friday Gatherings. If you are interested in helping with this important work during the 2:00-3:30 time—or would like to arrange another time to volunteer-please email Ms. Rebekah at
On the same note, we can’t forget about the Monroe campus library. There has been no one working in this facility for over four years. The library is in a serious state of disorder and disarray. Ms. Shannon Morrissey, our current Librarian TA, needs help with shelving, cleaning, etc. The more help she gets, the sooner she can open up our beautiful library to students and teachers.
Says Ms. Morrissey: “I am flexible as to when you can come. Hey: How about an hour or two before a Friday Gathering?”
To make arrangements, please email: or call: (651) 293-8690 and ask for the library.
For further information regarding this project visit for Linnwood-Monroe Arts Plus Public School Library.

Free Library Webinars –December 2011

Free Library Webinars –December 2011

Additional Learning Opportunities for the Minnesota Library Community:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MLIS News: Caralyn Champa (alumnae) and Candice LaPlante (student)

In the Fall 2011 edition of the FAFLRT (Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Round Table) newsletter there is an article (a recap of the Army Library Training Institute, ALTI) written by MLIS alumnae Caralyn Champa. Congratulations on your publication Caralyn. 

In the same newsletter, Candice LaPlante, MLIS current student, is noted as having received the FAFLRT ProQuest Scholarship award.  Congratulations Candice!  She mentions retired MLIS faculty, Marilyn Cathcart, as an inspiring instructor of government publications. Kudos to Marilyn as well!

Open Position: Archival Consultant for Heart of the Earth: American Indian Movement Interpretive Center

Employer: Heart of the Earth: American Indian Movement Interpretive Center
Position: Archival Consultant
Application Deadline: Open until filledPosition
Type: Part-Time
Salary: DOQ
Location: Twin Cities Metro (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)

 Job Description: Heart of the Earth’s mission: Looking out to the Seventh Generation - Assuring that American Indian and all children use their knowledge, honor their cultures, live their spirituality and contribute to their local and international communities. HOTE is currently engaged in its “Launching the Legacy” campaign to refurbish the historic Frey mansion that will house the American Indian Movement’s archives collection including objects; poster collection; ephemera; papers; minutes; other identifying materials; clothing; paintings; prints; film; video of various formats; audio recordings; photographs; drawings; and other items relating to its 43+ year history of advocacy and activism addressing social justice for Indigenous Peoples in Minnesota, the nation, and throughout the world.

Open Position: Head of Information & Research Services

Florida International University
Miami, FL
Florida International University Libraries seek an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented leader for the position of Head of Information & Research Services. This individual will continue the Libraries’ exploration and implementation of new approaches to reference, instruction, and outreach services. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished leader, skilled in managing change and committed to planning and evaluating programs and services that reflect the varied needs of students and faculty served, as well as the diverse culture and innovative spirit of the University. 

MLIS Graduate Reception on Dec. 12; RSVP by December 5, 2011

Please join us for the MLIS Graduate Reception
Date: 12/12/11
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Place :CdC 401 & 4th Floor Atrium

All MLIS students are welcome to attend. Come celebrate with the graduates and enjoy this evening with refreshments sponsored by the Student Governance Organization.

The Founder’s Award and Edward Swanson Scholarship recipients as well as Beta Beta Xi inductees will be announced.

RSVP to by December 5th, 2011

(Dec. 7) Student Governance Organization meeting

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hennepin County's current Internship opportunities

Check out the following internship opportunities on the Hennepin County internship webpage.
  • Circulation Services Intern 
  • Library Outreach Services Intern  
  • Preservation Intern
Hennepin County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the Human Resources Department, A-400 Government Center, Minneapolis, MN 55487, 612-348-2163.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Book drive starts December 1! St. Kate's ALA and PLG together for children's books!

Book drive starts December 1, 2011! St. Kate's ALA and PLG together for children's books! 

The St. Kate's Chapter of the Progressive Librarian's Guild and the American Library Association are teaming up for a children's book drive December 1st through the 13th.  We will be collecting picture books for a Minnesota charity called Perspectives, which works to raise awareness about chemical dependency and "stop the cycle for at-risk families and children."  This year's theme is "Hopes and Dreams" so please visit our table on the second floor of Coeur de Catherine to donate money or books.  We will have information about Perspectives as well as a bookmark with suggested titles.  You can also drop off your books at one of our boxes located in the library, at the information center, or in the MLIS office lounge.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Seeking MLIS Student with Database Searching Expertise for Special Project

An exciting opportunity awaits an MLIS student with electronic database searching expertise to engage in an interdisciplinary team project for Winter 2012 involving St. Catherine University's School of Health (SOH) and Twin Cities based North Memorial Hospital.

The School of Health and the Center for Clinical Excellence at North Memorial are collaborating to offer an evidence-based practice course for practicing nurses. The course involves a research project and review of relevant research literature.

The project team members seek to enlist an MLIS student with database searching knowledge and/or an interest in health/medicine to provide database searching coaching for the nurse-scholars enrolled in the course. The course meets eight times during Winter 2012 (January-April 2012).

This position on the team is voluntary, however, there may be an opportunity to gain academic credit via an independent study. Substantial academic work beyond the coaching would be needed to gain academic credit.

For details and questions about this opportunity, email Deborah Torres, MLIS Assistant Program Director  <> by Noon, Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

SLMS/MLIS Grad Attains National Board Certification!

Donna Ohlgren (MLIS '07) recently received National Board Certification!  This means she has met the rigorous library media standards for teachers of students ages 3-18+ set forth by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

What Library Media Specialists Know
I.     Knowledge of Learners
II.    Knowledge of Teaching and Learning
III.   Knowlege of Library and Information Studies

What Library Media Specialists Do
IV.  Integrating Instruction
V.   Leading Innovation through the Library Media Program
VI.  Administering the Library Media Program

How Library Media Specialists Grow as Professionals
VII.  Reflective Practice
VIII. Professional Growth
IX.  Ethics, Equity, and Diversity
X.   Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Partnerships

Donna has been a Library Media Specialist in the Osseo School District at Rush Creek Elementary for the past six years.

Congratulations, Donna!