Meeting Minutes 3.9.17


New Program Director Hiring Panel

  • The administration is looking for two students to sit on an interview committee for the new Program Director
  • Interviewing Dr. Joyce Yukawa and Dr. Tony Molaro on Monday, April 3, from 1:00-4:00pm
  • Would get job description, statements of interest, and CVs from Tony and Joyce
  • Should not solicit other students’ opinions; judge solely based on interviews and CV
  • Students will listen in and fill out a form to send to Dean Joann Bangs anonymously with their evaluations
  • Anyone interested contact Heidi Hammond,
  • Deb Eschweiler will do it

Multicultural Graduate Student Group

  • Multicultural graduate student group across all graduate programs
  • Janis Shearer starting – announcing at GSAB next week
  • There will be a survey going out to students who identify as a racial/ethnic group asking for feedback

Business Cards


  • Still collecting nominations
  • 2 nominations for Chair and Communications Officer; 1 nomination for Treasurer
  • Nominees for Chair and Communications Officer will give 30-second pitches at next SGO Meeting on Thursday, April 13.
  • Write up pitches to send out with election Google Form
  • April 14 – 28: elections
  • April 29: winners announced!

St. Kate’s Circulation – Student Facebook Group

  • New Communications Officer responsibility: invite new students to the FB group every semester
  • Include in orientation materials?


  • Funding Approvals – 1 student approved
  • Treasury update – Allison Current
    • $6,222.87 → $6,062.78

Professional Associations Fair

  • Student groups invited!
  • When: Monday, April 24, 5-6pm (first hour of MLIS Summit)
  • Where: St. Catherine University, Coeur de Catherine Building, 3rd Floor Atrium
  • This will be an opportunity for your organization to collaborate with your state chapter counterparts while educating fellow students on your organization’s opportunities for networking and professional development.
  • Please RSVP here:
  • Also related to re-accreditation: make sure your websites are updated with correct information

Student Groups

  • ALA – Tasha McLachlan
    • Next meeting is March 14th in CdC 18 @ 5:15pm
    • ALA national presidential elections coming up soon – any member can vote
    • Can still get early bird rates for ALA Annual in Chicago
  • SLA – Sarah Larsen
    • Moved March meeting to next Wednesday, March 15 in CdC 20 @ 5:15
    • Currently accepting applications for $1,000 SLA Conference Scholarship
      • Applications due April 7
    • Spring Information Professionals Panel
      • April 10th @ 6:00pm in CdC 19
      • MIA librarian, Target product taxonomist
    • MIA having an Edible Book Festival on Sunday, April 2nd, 12-4pm      
      • Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Target Wing 1st floor, Friends Community Room.
      • If you have a taste for books, join us at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a free family-friendly event hosted by Mia’s Library Affinity Group.
      • Submit your own entry to be judged, or just stop by, enjoy refreshments, and cast your ballot for the winner in the People’s Choice category.
      • For information about the event or submission guidelines, please refer to Mia’s website at:
      • The submission form & guidelines are on Mia’s website at: at:
      • Accepting submissions from students – must be at least 75% edible, must resemble a book
    • Looking for leadership for next year
  • SAA – Kristell Benson
    • Will begin taking nominations for SAA officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Media Relations Officer, and SGO Liaison) starting on March 15th.
      • Duties of each officer can be found on the website ( under About > Constitution > Article IV.
      • An officer position is a great way to gain and/or practice leadership skills, network with local LIS professionals, and collaborate with the other MLIS student organizations.
      • Nominations can be emailed to
    • Please take the ePortfolio Panel survey:
    • Meeting on Monday, March 13 is going to be at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts by Jenny Shaw. Happy hour at Grumpy’s afterwards
    • March 27: job search panel of archivists and other professionals, one-on-one meetings afterwards
  • PLG – Lauren Cottrell
    • Next meeting March 15 @ 5:00pm in CdC 5 – may send out Doodle poll soon to see what times/dates work better for people
    • School Supplies Drive week of Monday, March 27 – April 9
      • Really need backpacks and calculators
      • Will also take notebooks, pencils, etc.
      • Bring to the MLIS lounge
      • May partner with Campus Ministries on that


  • Faculty Development – Antonio Backman
  • Student Services – Wendy Dickman
  • Facilities – Kristell Benson
  • Curriculum – Deb Eschweiler
    • Finalizing advising pathways
    • Combining User Services & Literacy and Learning; Information Science & Digital Libraries
    • Revising Program Guiding Principles document to become our Value Statement
  • Program Meeting – Lauren Cottrell (backup: Deb Eschweiler)
    • Want students to sign up for student poster fair
    • Discussed website/accreditation
  • GSAB update – Allison Current, Deb Eschweiler, Janis Shearer
    • President coming next week
    • Had baked potato bar

MLIS Student Poster Fair

  • Monday, April 24 in the CdC 3rd floor ballroom (in conjunction with MLIS Summit)
  • All students invited to participate
  • First 10 people to sign up will get a free poster board
  • Groups or orgs can sign up, too
  • RSVP here by April 14:

Mentorship Program

  • Met on March 4
  • Matches have been made: 13 mentors and 11 mentees

Reaching Out to Online MLIS Programs

Open Forum

What do you want to talk about? Anything we want student reps to tell committees?


Questions? Comments?