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March 14th Save The Date!!

All SLA members have been inited by the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries [MALL] to join them the evening of Tuesday, March 14th for presentation with Lance Odegard.

From MALL:

Lance Odegard, National Director of Technology for Thomson Reuters will join us for our winter meeting.  We’ll get a brief introduction to terminology (algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more) and then settle back for a freewheeling discussion about what’s going on in the background of our searches and how librarians today can assess the search results we get.  Whether it’s how news gets pushed to us, or how Westlaw orders results, librarians want to know the best ways to search and to evaluate results.  Please join us for the meeting librarians are going to be talking about for the rest of the year!

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Presidents’ Award Lunch: Postponed

We are postponing this event due to the winter storm that is approaching Minnesota.

Please stay tuned for rescheduling.


The Presidents’ Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes the significant achievement of an information professional and Minnesota Chapter member over the course of a career. Soon, we will be honoring the 2016 recipients of the Presidents’ Award for Lifetime Achievement, Peter Sidney and Margaret Drews. Come network with other information professionals, see old friends and make some new ones.

Where: BLVD Kitchen & Bar 11544 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN 55305

Please RSVP, here. Bring your colleagues! SLA Membership is not required.

Judging Criteria

  • Long-standing active member
  • A member dedicated to SLA, the chapter, and furthering the profession
  • One who demonstrates leadership, excellence and service
  • Someone who has accomplished notable innovations in the workplace
  • A mentor who has encouraged others in the profession
  • One whose activities bring recognition and acclaim to the chapter

Peter served as Minnesota Chapter President from 1993-1994. Margaret served as President from 1983-1984. Both Peter and Margaret made Cargill facilities available for many Chapter functions over the years and have provided general support and encouragement to the Chapter and individual members on various projects.

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Cookie Cart Volunteer Event!

Are you ready to burst some librarian stereotypes and encourage diversity in a future library workforce?  Please join us to meet and work alongside teens at the Cookie Cart kitchen.  We have the opportunity to talk with teens, hear about their experience at Cookie Cart, and share our stories about what we do and how we got where we are.  Youth employees will get tips on modeling professional behavior, practice their interpersonal skills, and best of all, learn that librarians are not all bun-wearing, book-wielding, “ssshhers”.  In addition to the conversation, we’ll work side-by-side with the youth employees to help scoop fresh dough, hand decorate cookies, and pack orders.

All librarians are welcome.  SLA membership is not required.  Kitchen volunteer capacity is 20 people so please RSVP here if you plan on attending.

Directions/Parking: Cookie Cart is located between Fremont and Emerson on West Broadway Ave.  There is free public parking in a lot directly behind the building as well as on Broadway and Fremont. If parking in the back, volunteers can enter the building through the back door by ringing a buzzer next to the back door.  Upon arrival, volunteers will check in at Cookie Cart’s lobby where they will sign in, get name tags and meet bakery staff who will take the volunteers on a tour before they get started in the bakery.

Attire: Volunteers are asked to dress for comfort since they will be on their feet while working in the bakery. Open-toed shoes are not allowed in the bakery. Any clunky jewelry may need to be removed. There is storage on site where volunteers can lock up belongings. Cookie Cart will provide aprons, hairnets, and rubber gloves.

Questions: email Beth Northcutt, president-elect@minnesota.sla.org

Cookie Cart – 1119 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Q&A with SLA President-elect Jill Strand

Minnesota’s Jill Strand becomes SLA president in January

By Dru Frykberg

SLA-Asia President Shirley Ingles-Cruz and SLA President-elect Jill Strand at the Fellows and First Timers Reception at the SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver.

SLA-Asia President Shirley Ingles-Cruz and SLA President-elect Jill Strand at the Fellows and First Timers Reception at the SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver.

SLA Minnesota Chapter member Jill Strand is currently serving as SLA president-elect. She’ll become president of the 9,000-member international association in January, joining at least one other chapter member who became SLA president – Grieg Aspnes who served in 1951-52.

Jill, who is director of the Knowledge Management Library at the Minneapolis law firm Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, recently answered questions about her experience serving on the SLA Board of Directors and her upcoming role as president.

How was your experience at the SLA 2014 Annual Conference in Vancouver, especially in your role as president-elect?

It was busy but fabulous. Vancouver is a lovely city which I’ve always wanted to visit and it is also a great conference city; easy to get around and with so many fun things to explore – mountains, ocean, parks, restaurants – all very close by.

While I did have additional duties as president-elect, most were behind-the-scenes. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people at conferences, but this time it felt even more important as a member of the SLA Board of Directors. I spent a lot of time talking with and listening to a wide range of members to better understand why they were there, the challenges their units are facing as well as what they are facing in their jobs.

This year the conference premiered 15-minute “quick-take” sessions. These were offered in an open space in the convention center and focused on topics ranging from competitive intelligence to big data. They were very popular and well-attended, so I hope to see them repeated next year!

What are you up to nowadays to prepare to become SLA’s president in January?

I’m very lucky in that I get to work with and learn from our current board and HQ staff. The board is being very bold and purposeful in the ideas it is putting forward. For example, board members recognize some units struggle with everything from finding leaders to handling reporting requirements. The recent unit re-envisioning effort focuses on allowing for more flexible unit structures that would allow caucuses to form based on geography or chapters to form specific sections.

Another example is developing a new strategic agenda as we wind up the previous agenda. The board started discussing this in January by looking at everything from relevancy of the current agenda, threats to the association and overall takeaways from past research from the alignment and loyalty projects, Financial Times study, and the name change survey. The discussion continued and led to a brainstorming session at the annual conference where the board identified three key member-driven priorities:

  • Value of the information professional
  • Value of SLA
  • Value of the member experience

Specific goals were articulated for each and staff members whose input and help would be important to achieving these goals were also identified. President Kate Arnold has formed a Member Priorities Task Force made up of a diverse group of members from all geographic regions to mine the recent membership survey for specific ideas and goals to focus on as part of these larger priorities.

I look forward to continuing that work and seeing it through in 2015.

Can you tell us how you came to run for president-elect and why?

The simple answer was because I was asked to and because it seemed like the next logical step in being able to give back to SLA. I’ve been volunteering and leading association-level committees and councils for nearly 10 years. This felt like a good foundation for serving on the board although I know I still have a LOT to learn.

At what point in your SLA membership did you consider a international role and when did you feel prepared to do so? Was leading the association ever a dream or a thought early in your SLA involvement?

Years ago I got involved in St. Catherine University’s SLA Student Group and the Minnesota Chapter to learn more about the profession. Once I realized how little the outside world understood the value of librarianship, I volunteered for SLA’s Public Relations Advisory Council to help change that. Since then, I think people have seen that I’d rather roll up my sleeves and do something to help effect change than to sit on the sidelines and simply bemoan the lack of it. As for leading the association, I don’t think the thought crossed my mind until someone asked if they might nominate me to run for the board.

What are your goals for the three years you’ll serve on the board of directors? What will be your focus as president?

My main goal this year is to get up to speed on everything I need to know to become an effective board member and association leader. I’ve been auditing SLA Finance Committee meetings for a few years and board meetings while a candidate, which have been helpful but there is still much I need to learn. My “platform” as a candidate was to focus on making the most of past and current resources such as the alignment and loyalty projects to inform us on our next steps for the strategic agenda. I’m excited to be a part of this process, particularly given the strong focus on continuity between the current and past presidents and presidents-elect. More and more, these individuals have worked together as a team to achieve the association’s goals rather than pursue their own individual theme or program. Looking for ways to link our efforts together into a more cohesive, far-reaching effort makes sense to me because in the end, it isn’t about what one person hopes to accomplish as president, but it’s about working together on what’s best for SLA.

Can the Minnesota Chapter expect some presidential visits?

We were fortunate to have current President Kate Arnold last year for our chapter’s 70th celebration, which was great. A visit from me wouldn’t be nearly as exciting (especially since I don’t have a cool British accent ). That said, I want to continue attending Minnesota Chapter events whenever I can. The chapter kicked off the year with a great program called “Beyond Aggregation” led by Robin Neidorf of FreePint. News aggregation is a timely topic and as we learned, more complicated and multi-faceted than one might imagine. Robin did a great job of helping us to think critically about how to approach it based on the needs of our own organization.

I’m incredibly bummed I couldn’t make the Aug. 7 salon at the Walker Art Center where attendees discussed whether or not we need professional associations. This is another very timely topic and one I’m very interested in for obvious reasons! I put a call out to the chapter list inviting people to connect with me to share their thoughts and I look forward to hearing what they have to say.

What advice would you give SLA-MN members wanting to contribute to SLA on the international level? What’s a good starting point and trajectory?

The unit level is always a great place to begin, whether with a chapter, division or caucus as it gives you a chance to find out what you are good at and enjoy most. It’s also a good way to be noticed at a broader, association level. If possible, I’d also suggest attending the Leadership Summit, even if you’re not a unit president or chair or elect and even if you can’t go every year. This event presents several chances to learn more about how SLA works and to network with a more diverse group of members and leaders. Lastly, every year in the fall there is an online form on the SLA website where you can indicate your background and volunteer interests (http://www.sla.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-request-form).

All this information is shared with the incoming SLA president to help make committee and council appointments. At the same time, I’m a big fan of letting people know directly that you’re interested, why and what skills and strengths you have to offer. Of course, it’s always nice to wait and be asked but then again, sometimes if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

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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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Scott Odman Wins Professional Development Grant!

The SLA-MN Awards Committee is pleased to announce Scott Odman, a University of St. Thomas research and instruction librarian, is the recipient of the chapter’s $250 fall professional development grant. Scott — UST’s liaison for accounting, finance and business — plans to use the grant to offer a business information forum in November at the University of St. Thomas.

He wrote in his application, “… My hope is that this event will help lay the foundation for an ongoing collaborative exchange among library and information professionals with an interest in business information. My idea borrows from the purpose and spirit of the now dormant group: Business Librarians Serving the Public.” Scott helped spearhead this earlier network.

Scott’s proposal not only will provide him with a professional development experience planning an event, but it should provide professional development opportunities to those who attend the gathering and work toward re-establishing this group. It also aligns with the chapter’s focus to expand and promote SLA to new and non-traditional sectors of information professionals.

Congratulations to Scott and we look forward to supporting his forum!

Also a BIG thank you to awards committee members Brenda Carriere, Pam Enrici and Noelle Lowrie, and SLA-MN Awards Committee Chair, Dru Frykberg.

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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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Qin Tang’s Little Free Library in the News

Qin Tang 8.2013

SLA-MN member Qin Tang and her Little Free Library were recently featured in the Woodbury Bulletin: “Neighborhood unites around ‘Little Library’” http://bit.ly/13WQ4Hp.


See more photos on Qin’s blog and Facebook page, and watch for the story on Kare 11 News (air date unknown).


Congratulations to Qin!  Thanks to member Jerry Baldwin for sharing this news.


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SLA-MN History Project Underway

Kristine Spanier, SLA-MN Past President of 2009, is working on updating the chapter’s history. This is a project that hasn’t been done since 1957. If you have any anecdotes or other bits of interesting information that should be included, please send it along to kspanier@knownomads.com. Kristine is especially interested in hearing from past presidents or committee chairs with one or two (or more) standout memories from their leadership experiences. The goal is to have this project completed by our summer anniversary celebration on August 8, so please send along your contributions soon.

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Chapter 70th Anniversary Celebration featuring SLA President-Elect Kate Arnold to be held August 8, 2013

SLA MN 8.8.13

Celebrate SLA-MN’s 70th anniversary!  On August 8 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, we’ll take a look at where we’ve been and where we’re going as a chapter and an association.  SLA President-Elect Kate Arnold, the first person from outside the US to hold the position, will be our featured speaker.  Other highlights include an updated history and archives display, and one lucky attendee will win a $50 Amazon gift card!

WHEN:  Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • 5-6 pm Registration & Social Hour
  • 6-8 pm Dinner & Program

WHERE:  Science Museum of MN — Argon Room

120 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul, MN

As a registered attendee, you’ll have the option to go to the museum early and enjoy the exhibits prior to the party (a $13 value), or the museum is open until 9 pm that evening.


Thank you to our generous sponsors: Elsevier, Nexis, Datamyne and Springer! 

We are so grateful for their support of our chapter and this event.



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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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