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Business Information Forum – Recap

Several weeks ago a group of about 20 gathered at the University of St. Thomas’ (UST) O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library for a Business Information Forum co-sponsored by the SLA Minnesota Chapter and UST Libraries.

So, what is a “Business Information Forum?” In our case, it was an evening of pizza and lively discussion. The conversations we had were ad hoc and informal. The underlying purpose of the event was to gauge the value of meeting peer-to-peer in person to share news, ideas, experiences and opinions.

The topics we covered included: a brief history of the group “Business Librarians Serving the Public;” the wide range of databases (not just business-focused) that are available through our local public libraries; the ever-challenging quest for private company information, which included a discussion of the PrivCo database; and a review of some of the latest reference sources for business information.

The gathering was both productive and fun, and so we decided to build on this positive experience and arrange another meeting sometime in early 2014. One idea that was brought up (thanks, Dru!) was to try and plan an onsite visit to a library or information organization … field trip! Once we have a plan for our next adventure we’ll share this information through the SLA Minnesota Chapter, and we hope that you’ll consider joining us.




R. Scott Odman

Business Reference Librarian

University of St Thomas Libraries

Phone: 651-962-4646

Email:  odma3011@stthomas.edu


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Annual Business Meeting – Tuesday, Dec. 17, 8:00 – 9:45 AM

Our annual business meeting (and 4th board meeting) will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 8-9:45 a.m. at Donaldson Co. in Bloomington. Please mark your calendars and plan to come! We’ll review the year and meet our incoming executive board members over a light breakfast.

RSVP on or by Friday, Dec. 13 at http://bit.ly/17XQtAw.
Donaldson Company Inc. World Headquarters
1400 W. 94th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Directions and map:

Please park in any visitor or NON-numbered spot, and proceed to the main entrance of the 1400 building (see map).

Contact Chapter President Karen Mackey with questions: 952.887.3018.

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Holiday Party 2013!!

Celebrate the season with colleagues during this annual event open to ALL librarians, information professionals, researchers, knowledge managers, archivists, students and guests!   Party attendees will:

·         Enjoy appetizers, assorted desserts and coffee/espresso bar

·         Celebrate with beer and wine (included in your ticket price!)

·         Browse the Exhibitor Fair featuring five fabulous sponsors

·         Bid on silent auction items benefiting the St. Catherine University SLA Student Group

·         View posters celebrating SLA-MN’s 70th anniversary

·         Opt to bring a friend or significant other to enjoy the party with you – same price as members!

·         Mingle with like-minded professionals from across the Twin Cities

·         Revel in the ambiance of holiday music and a beautiful downtown setting.

WHEN & WHERE 5:30–8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
HGA Ford Center Building
420 North 5th Street, Suite 100
Minneapolis MN 55401
Map http://goo.gl/maps/N5eZa

Parking is available in the Visitors Lot next to the building and specific spots in the lot across the street under the viaduct. Refer to the parking map (Link to Parking map here) and please park only in numbered spots in green and red. All other spots are contract only and unauthorized vehicles may be towed. Guests parking in the Visitors Lot must register their vehicle at the security desk located just inside the main door.
Parking Map:  http://minnesota.sla1.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/FORD-PARKING-COLOR-CODED.pdf

COST* $30 for ANY library/information/knowledge association members (SLA, MALL, MLA, SCIP, etc.) $30 for guests $20 for library/information science students *Includes appetizers, drinks, dessert & espresso bar!

REGISTRATION Please register at http://slaholidayparty13.eventbrite.com

Renee Weddle – renee_weddle@cargill.com – 952.742.0195
Julie Weston – jweston@hga.com – 612.758.4624
Lori Donovan – lmdonovan@stkate.edu – 612-703-5349 (silent auction donations & inquiries)

THANKS to our event sponsors who will be featured in the exhibitors fair. You’ll meet representatives from and learn more about Datamyne, Factiva, InfoNOW, EBSCO, andElsevier/Knovel and ProQuest. We are grateful for their participation and support!

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Strictly Social Salon on Nov. 14 to celebrate one of our own winning SLA presidential election

Raise a glass to Jill! The November 14th SLA-MN Salon will be a festive one with incoming 2014 SLA President-Elect (and fellow SLA-MN member) Jill Strand joining us as we gather to socialize and celebrate.

Salon #2 Strictly Social: We’ve had some great educational and volunteer SLA events this year. This one is just for fun. Swing by the last Salon of 2013 to raise a glass. We will socialize, network, and make some toasts to celebrate Jill’s election. Hope you can make it!



Thursday, November 14th, 6pm to 8pm

  • 6:15pm – informal introductions
  • 6:30pm – toasts for Jill



Pracna on Main, a historic restaurant on the St. Anthony Main riverfront overlooking downtown Minneapolis

117 Main Street, SE



Please spread word to friends in like-minded fields. SLA membership not required.

RSVP to Jennifer Hahs: jhahs@martinwilliams.com; 612-342-9739

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Copyright Lunch Event Nov. 4 @ Cargill

Join MN-SLA for “Copyright: Social Media, Mobile Access, Open Content and More” Monday, November 4, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, Cargill Office Center

We are pleased to present two featured speakers: Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian from the University of Minnesota, and Troy Baker from the Copyright Clearance Center.

Part 1: “Open” Content Resources in the Special Libraries Context

We’ll start with an introduction to open content: resources that are free for public access and/or use, but not always fully understood. We’ll discuss some of the unique issues this content may pose in the corporate and other special libraries contexts, as well as some of the great advantages it can offer. Specific examples will include Creative Commons licenses, Open Access academic publications and archives and some public domain resources.

Part 2: Copyright Compliance Challenges

Today more than ever before, employees are using Twitter, Google, You Tube and other content sharing sites. Valuable information is easily accessible and employees enjoy ubiquitous access to copyright protected music, images and text as a part of their everyday work life. Awareness of the copyright implications and best practices in content reuse are important factors in making educated decisions around the use of copyright protected materials.

COST – Includes lunch (assorted sandwiches, fruit, chips, dessert & beverage)

$20 for SLA members / $15 for students, unemployed & retired / $30 for guests


Register no later than Monday, October 28 at https://sla-mn-copyright.eventbrite.com.

See http://minnesota.sla1.org/event/copyright-social-mobile-open-more/ for more information.

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Business Information Forum for Library and Research Professionals, Wed. November 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Co-sponsored by University of St. Thomas Libraries and SLA Minnesota Chapter, Business Information for Library and Research Professionals is an informal gathering for the purpose of having discussion surrounding business information, the business information landscape in the Twin Cities area and how it has changed over the past decade. Topics include public access to business information, academic library and resources access, how budgets have affected staff and collections and knowledge sharing across organizations.
The meeting will include brainstorming exercises, so please show up ready to share your ideas, concerns, and observations.

RSVP to Scott Odman (odma3011@stthomas.edu) by Oct. 23.

For more information please follow this link  http://minnesota.sla1.org/event/business-information-forum-for-library-research-professionals/

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Chapter Board Meeting 10.14.13

Our third board meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 14.  Among the agenda items: Molly Dinneen will lead a discussion of the board restructure.

 Monday, Oct. 14 : 5-7 pm

  • 5-5:30: Arrival, pizza and time for committee discussion
  • 5:30-7: Board meeting

St. Louis Park Library – Meeting Room

3240 Library Lane / St. Louis Park, 55426

Please RSVP at https://slaboardmtgoct2013.eventbrite.com/.  If you’d like to attend virtually via conference call, contact Karen Mackey karen.mackey@donaldson.com.


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Solo Group Meeting 9.27.13 @ Andersen Horticultural Library

On Friday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m., librarian Kathy Allen will provide a tour of the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for the SLA-MN Solo Group.  After the tour, lunch can be purchased at the Arboretum Restaurant for those interested in further discussion and networking.

Please RSVP to Julie Eskritt (julie.eskritt@donaldson.com) by Sept. 20.  The entrance fee will be waived for those attending the tour, but Julie needs a list of attendees for gatehouse staff.


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Represent SLA-MN at the MLA Conference Oct. 10-11

We need a handful of volunteers to represent SLA-MN at the MLA Conference in St. Cloud in October!  This is a great place to network.  Student group members are welcome as well.  You can volunteer for an hour or a day – up to you.  You do not need to be registered for the conference to help out at the table.

Contact SLA-MN member Polly Perkins with questions or to volunteer: pperkins@enclos.com.

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Natalie Reynolds Wins 2013 Grieg Aspnes Scholarship

Congratulations to Natalie Reynolds, winner of the 2013 Grieg Aspnes Scholarship! 

Natalie plans to graduate in December 2013 from the St. Kate’s MLIS program.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in May 2010 with a Spanish major and an English minor.  After graduation, she hopes to find a position in a medical or hospital library.

Natalie is currently working as an Embedded Library Intern at the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota where her office is located in the midst of graphic designers, web editors, program coordinators and other Transportation Center staff.  By being embedded, she can readily assist with their information needs.

Natalie is a member of the Special Libraries Association, the Minnesota Libraries Association and the Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota.  She has served as Co-Chair of the Student Government Organization at St. Catherine’s and as the St. Catherine’s Liaison to the National Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild.

About the Award:

The Grieg Aspnes Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award for a St. Catherine University MLIS student interested in special librarianship.  It was created in honor of Grieg Aspnes, a past president of the Minnesota Chapter and of the Special Libraries Association and an active leader in the SLA Information Technology and Advertising Divisions and Education Committee.  Grieg held several library positions in the Twin Cities and finished his career as the Library Director at Cargill, Inc., retiring in 1977.  Grieg was an advocate of the information profession and a guest lecturer at the St. Catherine University and the University of Minnesota. After his death in 2004, his family named the Minnesota Chapter as a beneficiary for memorials.  Previous scholarships were funded from those memorial funds and contributions from the Cargill Information Center and the Minnesota Chapter.

Previous Winners:

2005  Bethany Emerson

2006  Don Lorr

2007  Margaret Ostrander

2008  Erin Perry

2009  Elizabeth Mead Cavert Scheibel

2010  Carol Lynn O’Gara

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About SLA-MN

The Minnesota Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) was founded in 1943 to share expertise and interests and to build a community to support the special librarians of Minnesota and the surrounding area. The chapter exists to provide these same opportunities and services to our members & partners.

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