Meeting Minutes 2/09/16

SGO Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Conference call-in option: 641-715-3580 with access code 358-995


  • Welcome/Introductions
  • Funding Approvals
  • Treasury update – Allison Current
    • $11,045.90 → $10,141.41
  • Student group stipend discussion
    • Do we have enough? Or should we save it all for individual students?
    • Decided to keep with the old system, but student groups can ask for money ahead of time instead of getting reimbursed
    • IFLA counts as an international conference even though it’s in Ohio.
  • Greater collaboration with program
    • As SGO, it’s our responsibility to aid communication between students and the program at large. Advised committee reps to take on a more proactive role.
    • Kids in class
      • Will put a detailed blurb about Access and Success program in next newsletter – have many resources for graduate students with children.
      • Open forum – questions? concerns?
    • Curriculum
      • Forming a task force to lay out issues/changes we want to see, bring to the faculty curriculum committee
      • Send around sign-up
    • Student voices
      • Create SGO Facebook page for student-to-student discussion about the program in general
  • New electronic funding form launched!
    • Linked in first newsletter
    • Link also available on “Get Funding” page of the SGO blog
  • Student groups update
    • ALA – Tasha McLachlan
      • First meeting is 16th @ 5:00 in CdC 5
      • Nancy Sims coming on the 22nd to talk about copyright
    • SLA – Samantha Stepp
      • Toured Walker Art Center Library on January 28th
      • First meeting last Thursday
      • Information Professional Panel coming up Monday, Feb 29th
    • SAA – Kristell Benson
      • First meeting last night
      • SGO Liaison now an official officer position
      • VP is now Sara Butterfass
      • Fundraising committee looking into ways to fundraise
        • Smashburger has percentage of sales-type fundraiser
        • Bowling alley nearby also has several options
      • Annual report a success
      • PLG came by and talked about what they are doing with East Side Freedom Library project
      • Looking at doing a tour of the Target archives in March
      • Cover letter writing and resume practice for archival positions/library positions in general
      • Couple of outreach projects in the works with Minnesota State Law Library, War Road, and WARM
      • Next meeting March 14th
    • PLG – Edwin Schenk
      • East Side Freedom Library project
      • Partnering with some Asian student groups (contact
      • Hmong archives event happening tomorrow 5-9
      • Tour on the 15th at the Freedom Library, showing a movie at 7 after
  • Committee updates
    • Faculty Development – Antonio Backman
      • No meetings yet
      • Often talk about research in faculty development meetings
    • Student Services – Wendy Dickman
      • Scholarships are a thing, check out the web page
      • Wendy will email Sam highlights
    • Facilities – Kristell Benson
      • We got new stuff! Standing desks, floor outlets, new carpet, new paint, new layouts.
    • Curriculum – Deb Eschweiler
      • New enrollment minimums causing classes to be cancelled (due to low enrollment in the program)
      • How can students have a stronger voice?
      • Many stakeholders – faculty, administration, students
      • Students forming committee to discuss curriculum issues and what changes we want to see – see bullet point above
      • ALA requires certain courses to be taught on at least a two-year rotation
      • Should enrollment caps be a percentage of the total students in the program rather than a hard number?
    • Program – Allison Current (Samantha Stepp)
      • Access & Success came and explained services – list of babysitters and child-friendly study room
        • Have baseline policy of no children but faculty can deviate from that
      • Discussion about portfolios & intent to graduate
        • students don’t know what to do, need to standardize portfolio requirements, put dates on advising form
      • Searching for replacements for Laura (Office Manager) and Nick (IT Support Coordinator)
        • Want a student to sit on Nick’s hiring committee – email SGO if interested!
  • GSAB update – Allison Current
    • Need one more liaison for this
  • Open forum – what do you want to talk about? Anything we want student reps to tell committees?
  • Questions? Comments?

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