Lunch with Betsy was a success!

In case you missed having lunch with Betsy Wilson, here is the recap of some great advice that she had for MLIS students:

  • [On getting involved with professional organizations] Find something you’re interested in and volunteer, volunteer, and volunteer! Attend committee meetings, be persistent, and reach out to people — this helps build skills and professional connections.
  • Important skills/knowledge to develop…..
    • the ability to assess user needs
    • an understanding of “anything digital” — including digital publications, data life-cycles, how to bring technology to users, information policy, and open access
    • professional and personal values and principles — these will help drive how you thrive (or not thrive) once you’re in a position
  • Get out and talk to people; the library community is a small world.
  • Be ready and able to articulate what you do and what value you bring to society.
  • Know your story and how to share it.
  • Stay open to all opportunities; you can’t predict what might come your way!

Thanks for participating and for those that missed it this time, there’s always next year!! :)

A photo of Betsy Wilson and all attendees to the lunch! (Minus the co-president  who kindly took this photo!)
A photo of Betsy Wilson and all attendees to the lunch! (Minus the co-president who kindly took this photo!)

Student Feedback Session — Online!


On Thursday, May 12 from 3-4 pm, join us online for the first ALISS Student Feedback Session! This is an opportunity for Online & Residential MLIS students to meet the new ALISS Officers, share concerns about the curriculum and professors, offer suggestions and pose questions to later be answered by Marie Potter, Jin Ha Lee and Matt Saxton during the Open Meeting on May 16th (more info about that coming soon).

This Student Feedback Session is for students only, so we hope that you will feel comfortable to share your concerns with us. If you are unable to attend but would like to us share your questions/concerns/suggestions/feedback in the Open Meeting on May 16th, feel free to e-mail us at Your comments will be presented anonymously!
Check your UW e-mail or our Facebook Event page for the link to the Adobe Connect room!
We hope to see you there! And keep a look out for more information coming about the Open Meeting on May 16th (which will also be held online)!

ALISS Presents: Lunch with Betsy Wilson

The New ALISS Officers’ First Event!
lunch with Betsy May 2016

Betsy Wilson has a wealth of experience and knowledge that may be of interest to some of you MLISers out there! She is graciously making herself available to us so we can learn about her experiences, gain insights and ask for advice. Questions that have been asked in the past include: “What will some of the big issues be for information literacy in the next 5 years?” and “What skills would you consider the most important for current MLIS students to gain while they are in school?” If you are interested, please RSVP to participate in this exclusive event!

To learn more about Betsy Wilson click here!

To RSVP click here! Please let us know if your plans change no later than May 2nd if possible, as there are limited seats available for lunch.

Do you have a question you want to ask Betsy? Include in your RSVP, bring it with you to the event or e-mail it to with subject line “Betsy Lunch Questions” so we can add it to the agenda!

We sincerely hope to see you there!

Fall Quarter Events

Have you wanted to get more involved with ALISS and other MLIS students? Now is your chance! ALISS is putting on a lot of events in the next week and a half. The ALISS booksale, the fall quarter open meetings, and our Halloween social are all next week! Check the upcoming events page or your student email account for details. We hope to see a lot of you there!

iWelcome Week & Garden Party

Garden Party (1)Summer is almost over which means it is time to welcome in the new cohort and welcome back all of the returning MLIS students! The ALISS officers have literally been all over the world doing all sorts of things, but ready and excited for a new year! To help kick off the new year we are co-sponsoring a garden party with sALA. It is going to be this Friday, 9/25, from 3-5 pm! Come over right after the iWelcome week fair, we’d love to meet you and catch up. Remember to tag all your iWecome week posts with #iSchoolWelcome, and we hope to see you on Friday!

Welcome to the newly redesigned ALISS website!

If you are reading this you have found yourself on the ALISS webpage! Welcome! This site is a place for you to learn more about ALISS and your current officers, and find information on upcoming and past events. Please click around and check the site out, and if there is anything that you would like to see added or changed feel free to let us know. We want this site to be a helpful resource for current and future students.


Student Leader Elections are almost here!

Greetings MLISers!

Want to make your mark on the iSchool, pursue your interests more deeply, offer support and lead your fellow students? Consider becoming a student leader! 

Becoming a part of the professional community is an important part of your education. Becoming a student leader won’t just help you network with your peers; you’ll also get to make professional contacts, gain experience with event planning, and build your leadership skills. For a closer look at some of the benefits and our iSchool organizations, ALISS has prepared a brief presentation for you to consider.

Connecting at the iSchool

ALISS will host a Student Leadership Brown-Bag on Wednesday, February 11th from 12:30pm-2pm in the Allen Research Commons Red C to provide more information about becoming a student leader and respond to questions or concerns. Also, feel free to bring your questions to the Open Meetings on 2/6 and 2/11!

More info on elections coming soon!

Don’t miss the Winter Quarter Open Meetings!

Greetings MLISers! It’s that time again – Don’t forget to participate in the Winter Quarter Open Meetings! Do you have questions about spring registration? Comments about your current coursework? Suggestions for the future? Do you want more information about becoming a student leader?

This is your chance to give direct feedback on your iSchool experience and improve the program for future students. ALISS is committed to helping maintain an open dialogue between students and iSchool administration, and we value your participation.

The F2F Meeting will be held Friday, February 6th from 2pm-4pm in the Allen Library Research Commons, Red C.

The Online Meeting will be held the following Wednesday, February 11th from 6:30pm-8:30pm (PST;

As usual, the first hour is students-only. During the second hour, we will be joined by Marie Potter (MLIS Academic Advisor). Be on the look out for more events soon!

If you’re unable to attend, remember that we have the ALISS course on Canvas to discuss your iSchool experience in a more secure place than social media. There are no faculty, staff, or administrators on the Canvas site, so your comments/questions/concerns will remain anonymous. Post your thoughts there and we will address them during the open meetings.

Save the Date: iSkating Fall Social 12/6!

Greetings MLISers! There are only a few short weeks until the end of the quarter – whether it’s your first one or your last, we know you’re ready for a break! At the end of each quarter, ALISS holds an event to give to students an opportunity to relax, revel in your accomplishments, and socialize with your peers.

Please join ALISS for our end of the quarter social event – iSkating! (See what we did there?). This event will take place at the Winterfest Ice Rink at Seattle Center, Saturday December 6th from 7pm – 9pm! This is an ALISS-sponsored event, open to all MLIS students, your significant other, and your families.

ALISS will pay admission for any students that RSVP by December 1st (so we can purchase your tickets in advance). Those who don’t RSVP can still join in, but you’ll have to pay for your ticket. Guest admission should be paid by the individual. Rates are $7 for adults, $5 for children.

If you know you can make it, let us know too! RSVP via the Google Doc and tell us if you’re bring a guest(s) so we have enough hot chocolate and snacks to go round. Hope to see you there!

Midpoint Check

Greetings MLISers! Can you believe we’re already over halfway through the quarter? Time truly flies when you’re having fun and soaking up skills left and right!

We hope you had a chance to join us for the Fall Open Meetings but just in case you didn’t, you can check out the transcripts on the ALISS Canvas page.

Joe Janes also just put out a mid-quarter update on the meetings, the MLIS program committee, and other bits on scheduling, peer review, and feeling like you belong. If you have a minute, give it a listen here!