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The “Dewey Decimators” are marching! March 11, 2009

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Message from Chris Pryor, the Team Captain:
Our team has joined thousands of compassionate teams across the country that support March for Babies.  Won’t you please help us in this worthy cause?  Join us in the walk that helps all moms and babies.

March of Dimes Walk (3.1 miles)
Date: Saturday, April 25
Place: Muny Lower Parking Lot
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Registration at 8:00, walk begins at 9:00
Join our team at

Contact: Chris Pryor


Dewey Drinks Tonight! January 8, 2009

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A friendly message from our friend, Claire-ian the Librarian…


It’s time for the first Dewey Decimal Drinks of the year. Nothing says
“literacy” quite like the consumption of gin, does it? Join us at Van
Goghz Martini Bar, 3200 Shenandoah (just a coupla blocks east of
Grand). We will gather on Thursday, January 8th, starting at 6pm
(Happy hour ends at 7, so if you’re cheap like me, get there early!).
Van Goghz has info up on their website: http://www.vangoghz.com/

And hey, I’m bringin’ the donation jar one more time for the Gary
Public Library, to help them celebrate their library system’s 100th
birthday. Please go through your couch or your change dish before
joining us this evening–they are grateful for any contribution, and
will put your pocket change to good use.

As usual, this evening will be all about spirited conversation and
spirited spirits. I hope you’ll join us.

Always reading between the lines,
Claire-ian the Librarian
clairelovesthecity {at} gmail.com

4th Annual Holiday Open House December 5, 2008

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Who: LIS students, alums, friends and area librarians
What: Holiday Open House to visit with LIS students and fellow librarians
When: Sunday, 12/14, 4-7pm
Where: Home of MU-SISLT instructor Karen Robinson
RSVP by: Friday, 12/12 to KR at robinsonkar<at>umsl.edu

Want to bring something? cookies or other dessert, hors d’oeurves, snacks, soda… Contact Karen.

STL Foodbank Drive: Please bring a canned good(s) for our contribution to the St. Louis Foodbank. The last two years we filled over two boxes – Let’s go for more!


1) Annual prize wearing the most festive holiday attire!

2) Library Grab Bag – Bring a library, reading, or book-related item, wrapped, for the grab bag. Please keep it under $5. Ideas, but not limited to: ornament, mug, bookmark(s), notepads from a conference, book, comic book (graphic novel), etc. Be creative! Just be sure to wrap or gift-bag it.

We hope you can join us!

A Black Tie Affair November 19, 2008

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You may be interested in an event on December 6th, 2008 at the St Louis Public Library.   The first is the Winter White Gala to benefit the Library’s Children’s programming.  This black tie event includes dinner, valet parking, cocktails, entertainment and the after party for $250/ticket.   

The After Party goes from 10-1 and includes valet parking, open bar, DJ Andrew, snacks and desserts.  Tickets for this event are $75. but if you enter the promotional code literati1301 you can get $25/off each ticket.


Tickets are orderable through www.ticketmaster.com, keyword Winter White.


Please consider attending this event since it is for a good cause, or let someone else know about it.  Thanks


LL Chat: Cassandra Stokes November 13, 2008

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Recently, I sat down to talk with Cassandra Stokes, the Digital Projects Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, to learn what digital projects the office is currently working on and what she does in a days’ time.

What is a typical day like for you?

Urban Books website created by Digital Library Services at Washington University

Urban Books website created by Digital Library Services at Washington University

My days are really varied and my focus shifts every couple of months from one area to another. There are always emails to answer, library related events to attend, and committee and collection work. Other than developing digital projects I serve on a number of library committees, mostly related to usability and increased access to electronic resources. One I’m currently working on is the Next Generation Catalog Overlay Committee in which we have been reviewing products such as Aquabrowser, Primo, and Endeca. We will be implementing one of these products shortly.

In my position I also have the opportunity to attend many non-library related conferences, such as Digital Humanities, TEI Members’ Meeting, and the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. I found the Digital Humanities conference to be especially good because it brings together librarians, faculty, and students involved in Humanities Computing projects.

What digital projects are you working on?

We have many projects under development, but one that I’ve been spending a lot of time on lately is the Urban Books project. We partnered with a faculty member at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts who teaches a course on Urban Books. They had previously received a grant to develop an artists’ books collection and we’ve been helping them create a digital version of the original books along with artist supplied tags or keywords. The digital collection includes graphic novels for the students to use in their study as well as student created books that are a final project of the course. The collection currently includes 187 items and growing.

What do you find to be the most interesting part of your job?

I like that the digital library field and consequently, my job is fluid. There’s so much to learn which can be daunting at times but very exciting. Though no digital collection is ever complete, because there are always improvements that can be made, we regularly work with the university and library community to develop new projects and promote standards.

What types of skills do you find necessary to work in your field?

It’s helpful if you are technically inclined, and since you are working with technology you must also be open to making mistakes. Instead of getting frustrated when things don’t work out the first time, be sure to learn from the experience and use it to your advantage by applying those lessons learned to future projects. The digital library field is still in its infancy, so there’s always some new and exciting technology that is being developed by the larger community that you in turn must be aware of to stay current.

LIS Events Calendar: November November 5, 2008

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Below is a list of events relating to LIS that are coming up in November.  If you have any additions please feel free to add them in the comments or post them!

LISGSA – First Friday Happy Hour
Date: Friday, November 7th
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, 17 Moody, Webster Groves, MO 63119 (www.llywelynspub.com)

SLA – Annual Business Meeting
Date: Monday, November 10th
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Seven Gables Inn
Cost: Members: $22 // Students/SLA Retiree Members: $18 // Non-members: $26

LISGSA – Practicum Chat – Find out all you need to know about doing your practicum
Date: Wednesday, November 12th
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Nadoz in Brentwood, #12 The Boulevard, St. Louis, MO

LISGSA – St. Louis Saturday – Tour of the Missouri Botantical Garden Library
Date: Saturday, November 22nd
When: 10:00 am
Where: Missouri Botanical Garden Library,  4500 Shaw Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110 (http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/molib/)

LL Chat: Barb Knotts October 16, 2008

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MyTracs Program (Image courtesy of Barbara Knotts & SLPL)

Barb recently worked with the MyTracs Program - click the picture to learn more!

Since taking over the administration of this blog, one of the things I hoped to do was talk to local librarians about what their work entails, what skills they thought were necessary for their position, and basically anything else they would like to share with us.  (If you are a librarian in the area and would like to be featured, please send me an email.)

Anyone who is currently enrolled or recently graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia – SISLT and attended classes in the St. Louis area is probably pretty familiar with Barb Knotts, instructor for the Introduction to Information Technology course.  Barb was kind enough to recently sit down and talk about her job with SLPL and the Mizzou program.

Barb Knotts (Manager, Electronic Content & Collections St. Louis Public Library; Adjunct Faculty for MU) MLS from California State University—San Jose with undergraduate degree in History from University of Wisconsin.

1. What is your typical day like?

One of the best things about my job is that I don’t have a typical day. One day I could be evaluating and purchasing reference databases, reviewing license agreements, or training staff. The next day I might be writing for the website, helping patrons with online job applications, and hiring new staff. Another day I might be off to Jefferson City to participate in State Library committee activities. And, some of my favorite days are those that don’t end when I walk out of St. Louis Public Library. These are the days I get in my car and drive to UMSL. Now I get the privilege of being part of the instruction team for MU’s Introduction to Information Technology class. Each day is so different; it is one reason I rely so heavily on my Outlook calendar.

2. What do you find the most interesting aspect of your job?

I love when I can show patrons or staff how technology can help them accomplish their goals…that technology is a tool we can all understand and use. I call it the ‘epiphany’ moment. You show the patron how to set up an email account and open an attachment. Then watch their eyes light up when they see a picture of the grandbaby for the first time—and know they can come back to the computer tomorrow and do it by themselves. Or show a staff member shortcuts available on a favorite database and hear them say ‘I never knew it did that—wait unit I show the other staff.’

Website created by Barb Knotts. (Image courtesy of Barb Knotts and SLPL)

Louisiana Purchase website recently worked on by Barb - click on the picture to learn more!

3. What type of skills do you find necessary to work in your field?

I believe the most successful librarians (and those who find the profession most rewarding) are those with inquisitiveness and patience. One of my ‘Barbisms’ is: ‘if you stand still, you will fall behind.’ Librarians who are always digging deeper and thinking broader have so much to offer to their organizations. At the same time, sometimes we have to be patient. That can mean taking a deep breath when patrons ‘don’t get it’ or organizations have priorities that differ from ours. With a bit of patience the patron will get it and your project will become your organization’s ‘Emerging Idea.’

4. What is the best part of being a librarian?

I hope I can answer this question with two thoughts. First, at the end of the day We Have Made a Difference. Public, academic, school, special library—it makes no difference. The services we offer, the customer service we provide, and collections we make available to all change lives (yes I do believe that). Second, whether we are just starting out in the profession or are still active almost 40 years later, there are always new challenges and opportunities for us. This year in addition to my teaching, I have been involved with MyTRACS, a program where I worked with St. Louis teens. So different from anything I had done in years; so rewarding and such a wonderful example of why I love being a librarian.

Are You a Literati? October 14, 2008

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The St Louis Public Library’s Young Literati is having a party in the Central Library with food and fun.  This is a chance to hang out with fellow librarians and people who appreciate libraries.  Below is the press release for the event. 

Central Library Spooks St. Louis’ Young Professionals


St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s Young Literati to host downtown fright fest


ST. LOUIS – Just in time for Halloween, St. Louis’ newest young professionals group is hosting a haunted evening in one of downtown’s most historic buildings. Friday Night Fright will feature bestselling mystery author Angie Fox, drinks, appetizers, music, tours and a literary scavenger hunt throughout the 100-year-old Central Library. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m.


Angie Fox will be on hand to discuss her debut novel, “The Accidental Demon Slayer,” and will sell and sign copies of the book. DJ Raven Fox will provide music while guests enjoy drinks and appetizers provided by Lucas Park Grille. Lucas Park Grille is located around the corner from Central Library on Washington Avenue and will offer drink specials for all Friday Night Fright guests who want to continue their evening after the event. Other activities scheduled for the night include tales of St. Louis’ scary past and a scavenger hunt where participants will be entered into a drawing to win prizes provided by local businesses.


“I am so excited to be part of such a diverse group,” said Kimberly Blackwell, analysis consultant, Wachovia Securities and member of the Young Literati Steering Committee. “The Young Literati are passionate about promoting a strong urban Library and Friday Night Fright is a fun way to introduce everyone to Central Library while promoting a new and amazing local author.”


“Central Library is the perfect setting for the Young Literati’s first BIG event”,” said Liz Reeves, director of development and communications, St. Louis Public Library Foundation. “It is full of history and will provide a colorful backdrop for a night of spooky fun.”


Admission to Friday Night Fright is $20 for the general public and $15 for Young Literati members. Those who join the Young Literati that night will receive free admission. Guests will be able to tour the Library and hear haunting stories about St. Louis’s past. They might even hear about Central Library’s very own ghost.


Friday Night Fright is sponsored by, Commerce Bank, The Riverfront Times, Lucas Park Grille and the St. Louis Public Library. Proceeds from the event will go to the St. Louis Public Library Foundation to support the Library’s mission. For more information or to RSVP, contact Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403 or ereeves@slplfoundation.org.


Earlier this year, the St. Louis Public Library was named the No. 2 urban Library in the nation, marking the fourth straight year that the library has been ranked in the top three. This ranking helped St. Louis increase its score in the national rating of America’s Most Literate Cities, finishing number six overall among the country’s 69 largest cities (populations of 250,000 or greater). The study was conducted at Central Connecticut State University in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy and Social Research and was authored by CCSU’s president, John W. Miller. For more information about the St. Louis Public Library, visit www.slpl.org.


Created in 1989, the St. Louis Public Library Foundation supports the St. Louis Public Library’s programs and services through fundraising and building relationships with others who share a passion for the library’s work. Its pivotal project will be to undertake a capital campaign to support the complete restoration and modernization of the downtown Central Library, designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert and built in 1912.


For more information about the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, visit www.slplfoundation.org or call 314.539-0359.

Dewey Drinks Tonight! October 9, 2008

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Just a reminder, Dewey Drinks is happening this evening at 7pm at the Royale on Kingshighway.  Stop by and hang out with some local librarians and book lovers!

Astaroth, Yoshi & Commander Miranda Keyes: Game Night @ SLU Pius Library October 8, 2008

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Game Night

Game Night (image courtesy of Haroon Iqbal & Pius Library)

On September 18, SLU Pius XII Memorial Library hosted their second game night for students.  Haroon Iqbal, Technology Coordinator at SLU and coordinator of the event, was kind enough to fill us in on the game night beginnings and what all is involved in hosting a game night at the library.

1. How did game night come about at Pius and what did the library hope to accomplish by hosting this event?

We first thought of the idea of a game night at the library during the Library Christmas party. We played Guitar Hero during the party, and realized that this was a great way to attract students to the library. Based on positive feedback from library student workers, we decided that it would be something the students would love to have and things moved ahead from there.

By hosting this event at the library, our intent was to get students interested in the library as well as to promote it. Furthermore, we wanted to give the students a chance to relax.

2.  What was involved in setting up this event?

The set up was the easy part. We chose game consoles that we had access to and then selected some popular games on those consoles. Students were also encouraged to bring their own games, consoles, etc. The refreshments were provided by the library. We created some simple posters for the event and publicized it through word of mouth and Facebook. On the day of the event, we arrived an hour early and set up the equipment.

3. What kinds of games were played?  Was there a schedule of events?  Any prizes?

For the game night, we had games from many different genres ranging from racing games to board games. There was no set schedule as to what will be played when, but we had set up a station for each console and a table for board games. There were no prizes, and the whole night was very informal so it gave the place a relaxing atmosphere. The games that were extremely popular were Rock Band and Soul Calibur IV for the PS3, Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, and Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros Brawl for the Nintendo Wii.

4. What have been the results?  What has been the response from students?

We had an overwhelmingly positive response from students. The informal atmosphere was well received and since we publicized mainly through word of mouth and Facebook, we had groups of people show up who knew each other and got along well. There were no problems except that people were disappointed when the game night ended.

5. Do you have any tips for others who are considering instituting a game night?  Things that worked or didn’t work?

I would say get the word out early, do plenty of advertising (Facebook is great for publicity) and choose the date well.

And yes, they are planning to host another game night next semester!