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The American Society of Information Science and Technology invites you to hear:

Colleen Rowley, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Speak on the FBI's Freedom of Information and civil liberties issues pertaining to libraries.

Tuesday, January 10th
5:00 - 5:30
Registration & Networking
5:30 - 6:30 Presentation
6:30 - 7:00 Questions & Wrap Up
Appetizers provided

James J. Hill Reference Library
80 West Fourth Street, St. Paul
*See below for links to a map and parking suggestions

for library association members (SLA, ASIS&T, SCIP, MALL, etc.) and guests
$5 for students, unemployed, or retired

Registration is a two-part process; register and send payment by Jan. 6!
Email name and contact information to atreacy@treacyinfo.com
2. Bring money to event

Registration is limited to 125 people. If you have already contacted Ann, you are registered. (Please let her know if you need to change your registration so that we can open up space for others.)

Ann Treacy, 612, 670.3087, atreacy@treacyinfo.com

Colleen speaks publicly to a number of groups, ranging from school-aged children to business-professional-civic groups on two principal topics: ethical decision-making (and) balancing civil liberties with the need for effective investigation. She wrote a chapter on the latter topic for Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad, a book published by the Milton Eisenhower Foundation.

As a Chief Division Counsel for the FBI's Minneapolis Division, Colleen was responsible for overseeing the Freedom of Information, Forfeiture, Victim-Witness and Community Outreach Programs as well as providing regular legal and ethics training to FBI Agents of the Division and some outside police training.  Rowley was named one of Time magazine's Persons of the Year for 2002 after she criticized the FBI for ignoring her calls to investigate terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  In April 2003, following an unsuccessful attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, she "stepped down" from her legal position and returned to being an FBI Special Agent.  She retired from the Agency in 2004 and declared her intention to run for the U.S. Congress in 2005.  She graduated summa cum lade in 1977 from Wartburg College in Iowa and earned her J.D. with honors from the College of Law at the University of Iowa in 1980.

Click here to get directions to the Hill Library and link to a map (see "St. Paul Map" at top of the page.)

Check these links for parking suggestions and bus information.

NOVEMBER 15, 2005

"And Now for Something Completely Different" brain food sampler series from ASIS&T
Tuesday November 15th 5:00-6:30
Two Too Cool Online Tools for Retail Demographics and B2B Targeting by Denise Cumming

Sorry for the late notice and change of regular time. We wanted to avoid having a program on Election Day. I am delighted to report that Denise Cumming will be coming on November 15 to talk about two cool tools: ESRI (http://www.esribis.com/) and ZapData.com (http://www.zapdata.com/). These are two tools that give great info related to zip code demographics and are useful, accessible, and affordable to small businesses.

Denise has worked with small businesses at Teltech, Minnesota Technology Inc, and as a freelancer for many years. She is a master online searcher and is going to be working on a case study of these tools for the ASIST talk. (Given the nature of the talk I may invite some business owners to join us - and of course you?re welcome to do that too.)

Please note the venue is the College of St. Catherine, Centers for Excellence, 2nd floor of the Coeur de Catherine.

The entrance to the parking lot is off Fairview Ave just beyond Randolph. (Parking should be pretty good as the meeting is scheduled between day and evening classes.)

The goal of our speaker series is to showcase different information-related jobs and topics. The target audience is twofold: folks who are scoping out potential careers and folks who want to stay up on things in case someone at work asks and/or they are expected to become (or know) an expert in a given area.

The format is informal, roundtable discussion. We will ask each speaker to spend 30 minutes.  Then we?ll open it up for questions from attendees.

Here are the details:

Date & Time: 5:00 - 6:30 Tuesday November 15th (speaker starts at 5:30)
Place: Centers of Excellence, 2nd Floor of the Coeur de Catherine.
RSVP: please send us a note if you will be coming
atreacy@treacyinfo.com.  It is not necessary, but really helps us have enough snacks. Students you are welcome to come before your classes or during a break - if you plan to snack with us please RSVP.

Cost: None - in fact ASIS&T brings the snacks

APRIL 12, 2005

GIS – an Intro for Info Professionals

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology combines standard databases with maps and location-related information such as street addresses, ZIP codes, and GPS data. GIS is widely used in government, business, and education for managing geographically referenced data, for creating maps to show patterns and trends, and for conducting spatial analysis, such as market research.

Angela Lee, from ESRI, will provide an overview of GIS and the potential applications of GIS. Types of GIS software as well as sources of GIS data will be discussed.

Sponsors: James J. Hill Library & ASIST
What: An overview of GIS
When: April 12th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: James J. Hill Library, 80 W. 4th Street, St. Paul
Cost: $5 (to cover refreshments)
RSVP – please RSVP to Ann Treacy (atreacy@treacyinfo.com) if you can. It will help us with counts. We’ll collect money at the door.

APRIL 7, 2005

MNASIST Meeting: Internet Fears – Rational and Irrational

If I forward an email to my friend can the original sender access my friend’s email address? I’m getting messages saying that I sent out a virus – but I know I didn’t. What’s the problem? Can my boss see what I’m surfing? Can I see what my staff is surfing? Is my identity safe or am I going to be featured on one of those Citibank commercials buying a robot for the prom?

We all have needling fears or reservations about the Internet. Technology experts from MAP for Nonprofits have offered to come and answer all of our questions – big and little. You can even email your question in advance and they’ll come prepared.

The session will be held at the new Coeur de Catherine building on the College of St. Catherine’s Campus. So, this is also a chance to see the new CSC library too. In fact, the library staff has volunteered to give a tour before the meeting (at 5:30) for anyone who is interested. It’s worth a tour!

Place: Room 355
Coeur de Catherine Building
College of St. Catherine
St. Paul, MN
»Directions to the College
»Map of the Campus (meeting will be in building 4)

Time: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Tour of the Library
6:00 - 8:00pm Meeting and refreshments
Cost: No fees and free treats!

RSVP: Please email Ann at atreacy@treacyinfo.com so we can provide the appropriate amount of food. Also, let her know if you'd like the tour.

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Summaries/Notes are available for the following events:

The Minnesota Chapter SLA Board decided at the September 1999 board meeting to selectively videotape some of our meetings and make them available for loan to our members and MNASIST members. The cost to receive the videotape is the cost of postage to and from the requester, $4.40.

A prepaid return postage mailer will be enclosed with the video. Requests will be filled on first come, first serve basis and we ask that members not keep the video for more then two weeks.

All videos for a current program year will be available for mailing until the start of the next program year in September when they will be archived. Notice about the taping will be on the program announcement and this notice will be sent out after each taped meeting.

Additional information, a list of videos currently available, and instructions on how to order are available on the SLA Minnesota Chapter web site or contact Donna Koenig at 651-481-2691 or e-mail: dkoen@landolakes.com.

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