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Understanding the MLNC/MOBIUS Merger October 29, 2008

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In early October a Merger Exploration Task Force was created to discuss the viability of merging MLNC and MOBIUS.  MLNC, or the Missouri Library Network Corporation, provides OCLC related services and training as well as discounts to Missouri libraries on a variety of databases. MOBIUS is a consortium of academic libraries and cooperating partners that seek to provide information resources to students, faculty and staff in libraries throughout the state.

According to the task force white paper, it is believed that a merger between these organizations would produce greater participation in the MOBIUS delivery system by all libraries (not just academic), expand existing MLNC training and support, and allow the merged organization to possibly participate in the development of next generation technologies.

Shirley Baker, Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources and Dean of University Libraries at Washington University in St. Louis, is a member of this task force.  In reference to any changes that might take place in the event of a merger, Baker states, “On the MLNC service front, what changes we experience will be those that are mandated by OCLC as part of their on-going development rather than things attributable to a merger.  On the MOBIUS front, one of the advantages could be using the MLNC experience with serving public libraries to speed up the process of incorporating more public libraries into MOBIUS.  There are technology and organizational issues involved in expansion of MOBIUS membership, but with time most could be resolved. ”

The only effect of the merger noticeable to library users will be the increased access to information resources.  According to Baker, “Patrons would see a broader range of materials when they click the MOBIUS button and our volume of MOBIUS activity might increase as users find more materials they want to borrow.”

Since their initial meeting, the task force has set up a blog to field questions.  They will also host a town hall meeting on Friday to continue the discussion of a possible merger.  The task force expects to make a recommendation on the exploration of the merger to the boards of MLNC and MOBIUS by November 10.  A positive recommendation would initiate a detailed feasibility study.


What are your interests? October 23, 2008

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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.

Join the St. Louis SISLT Team to support the March of Dimes March 9, 2008

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Join Today! Our team needs your help!

Hi! Join our team of walkers for the March of Dimes March for Babies (formerly known as Walk America). It’s easy to sign up for our team! Just visit our team Webpage at http://www.marchforbabies.org/510086 and click on “Join this Team.”

Our Team Name: Mizzou SISLT
Our Team Webpage: http://www.marchforbabies.org/510086
Event: April 26, 2008 at 9 am
Where: Forest Park in the Lower Muny Parking Lot (Map)
Our Team Goal: $500 but I hope we can surpass this!
Please contact Chris or Anna with any questions.

This is not only a great cause but it’s an excellent opportunity to get together with other LIS students, alumni, and faculty here in the St. Louis area and to be visible in our community!

Don’t forget to sign up your friends and family members for our team too! We can help this great cause!

Up until the walk on 4/26, you will raise money through sponsorships for our team. It is easy to recruit sponsors and contributing online is fast, easy and secure. When you join the team, you will be given an webpage and you can send emails to all of your friends and family members. You can even put banners on your profile in Facebook or on your blog! They can donate directly from that personal webpage with a credit/debit card or PayPal. If your sponsor prefers, you can also accept cash or check. They just need to click the appropriate box on the webpage. In this case you will need to follow up to ensure payment.

Please note: I will setup a meeting area the morning of the event so we can all walk together as a team. More details to come.

We need your help. Please join us in the fight against prematurity. Visit our webpage and be apart of our team!

Thank You!

St. Louis LISGSA Student Event Coordinators:
Christina Pryor (  cnpryor@gmail.com)
Anna Kwiatkowski ( avkfh7@mizzou.edu)

LISGSA St. Louis First Friday Happy Hour December 7th! December 4, 2007

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Join us for LISGSA St. Louis First Friday Happy Hour!
It’s the last happy hour of the semester!

Friday, December 7th at 6 pm

Scottish Arms
6-10 South Sarah Street
St. Louis, Missouri
Phone: 314-535-0551

Please let me know if you plan on attending so I can save a seat for you.

Come relax with other St. Louis LIS students, alumni, faculty, and their families as another semester comes to a close.

Don’t hesitate to contact any of the committee members anytime with questions.

LISGSA St. Louis Committee Members
Christina Pryor (cnpryor@gmail.com)
Anna Kwiatkowski (avkfh7@mizzou.edu)
Britne Rockwell (britnerockwell@gmail.com)

Wash U Libraries’ Mentoring Program Brown Bag November 29, 2007

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See information below about a library career-oriented brown bag sponsored by Wash U Libraries’ Mentoring Program. Please contact Cheryl Holland (cholland@wustl.edu or call 935-6626) for additional information.  Feel free to pass the information on to anyone you think might be interested!


Washington University Libraries’ Mentoring Program presents
Become a Librarian:
An Excellent Career Choice

Place: Washington University – Olin Library Conference Room 142
Date: Friday December 7, 2007
Time: Noon – 1:30pm
The Washington University Libraries Mentoring Program is sponsoring an
information session on Graduate Study in Information Science and Technology.
Session will cover admissions requirements, costs, financial aid, curriculum,
and careers in libraries and other information fields. Graduates and
undergraduates of all disciplines are welcome.
Guest Speaker: Karen M. Robinson
Clinical Instructor, University Of Missouri – Columbia, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, Reference Librarian, Thomas Jefferson Library, University of Missouri – St. Louis
The session will also include:
• ACRL Video, Faces of a Profession, which highlights the role of academic librarians,
what they do and why they made their career choices
• Discussion, Question & Answer
Participants can bring their lunch. Refreshments provided.
Please RSVP to: cholland@wustl.edu or call 935-6626
Cheryl Holland, Mentoring Coordinator
Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Library

Dewey Decimal Drinks this Thursday! November 6, 2007

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Dewey Decimal Drinks: A gathering of St. Louis librarians/library workers to network, chit-chat, and to talk about things librarians talk about after work.

We will meet this Thurs., Nov. 8th, starting at 7pm at Riley’s Pub, 3458 Arsenal (just east of Grand). The place is accessible via the #30 Soulard and #70 Grand buses. Riley’s is the kind of place that feels like my neighborhood pub even though it ain’t in my neighborhood. They have big, tall wooden booths and St. Louis style pizza that is actually good. They’re giving us a drink special this month (on a microbrew, methinks). I’m excited, and I hope you can make it.

Heads up: Riley’s is pretty smoky, if that’s an issue for you.

Bookishly yours,
Claire-ian the Librarian

LISGSA St. Louis Happy Hour this Friday! October 10, 2007

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Come join us for our monthly happy hour!


Friday, October 12, 2007, 6pm

The Royale

3132 South Kingshighway

St. Louis


We’ll be on the patio! Please let us know if you plan on attending so we can save a seat for you.


Hope to see you there!

Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association

Christina Pryor (cnpryor@gmail.com)

Anna Kwiatkowski (avkfh7@mizzou.edu)

Britne Rockwell (britnerockwell@gmail.com)

Tour of the Digitization Center at SLU’s Pius XII Memorial Library this Saturday! October 8, 2007

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Special LISGSA St. Louis Saturday Event

Tour of the Digitization Center at SLU’s Pius XII Memorial Library

10 am Saturday, October 13th
Meet at the coffee shop right inside the door of the library at 10 am

Saint Louis University
Pius XII Memorial Library
3650 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Campus map and parking information:
Also, there should be ample street parking on Lindell that morning but you will need to pay the meter.

Please let me know if you plan on attending just so I know to watch for you before we begin our tour!

Hope to see you there!

Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association

Christina Pryor (cnpryor@gmail.com)

Anna Kwiatkowski (avkfh7@mizzou.edu)

Britne Rockwell (britnerockwell@gmail.com)

Dewey Drinks next week (Oct. 11) at Venice Cafe October 2, 2007

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The next Dewey Decimal Drinks will be next week on Thursday, October 11 at 7pm.

We’ll meet at the Venice Café, 1903 Pestalozzi St in Benton Park. The Venice is pretty much just across Highway 55 from the big Anheuser Busch brewery. It’s a neat place—virtually every surface, inside and on the patio, is covered with a mixture of art and colorful found objects.

Since it’s Halloween season, this month we encourage you to wear your best stereotypical librarian outfit. It’s not mandatory, but we will have a few prizes for the best ensembles. And if you’re saying to yourself, “Gee, my best stereotypical librarian outfit is the clothes I wear to work every day,” well… For starters, we love you, and for seconds, we just might give a prize to the best dressed librarian in their regular work clothes.

We’ll nudge you again when the date draws nearer. If you’d like to see the October flyer (starring future supermodel Exine), check out our pics on the Dewey Decimal Drinks Facebook group or on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/deweydecimaldrinks.

Yours bookishly,
Claire Nowak-Boyd