Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year, and a special welcome to the new incoming MLIS cohort!

We’ve already had a ton of fun during iSchool Welcome Week, and there will be a lot more exciting events coming your way throughout the quarter.


A great turn out for Speed Friending. Thank you to everyone who came to hang out and make new friends!
A great turn out for Speed Friending. Thank you to everyone who came to hang out and make new friends!

We’d also like to announce the debut of our stunning new swag design, by second year MLIS student James Sobczak!

ALISS Logo 2017-18

If you want this awesome design on your very own t-shirt, hoodie, travel mug, tote bag, or tank top, they’re now available to order on our society6 shop here: https://society6.com/aliss

Fall Student Orgs Special Election

Interested in being part of a student organization? The application is open for the fall Student Orgs Special Election!


iSchool Student Orgs Special Election

The following positions are currently open:


ALISS (Association of Library and Information Science Students) – Residential Diversity Officer
ALISS – Online Diversity Officer
sALA (student chapter of the American Library Association) – Vice President
SAA-UW (Society of American Archivists) – Secretary
SAA-UW – Publicity Officer
ASIS&T(Association for Information Science and Technology) – Chair/Co-Chair
If you’re interested in applying, please fill out the form by Monday, OCTOBER 2nd!

Find out more information about the student org positions here: http://bit.ly/2xpGRjV

If you have any questions, contact the org you’re applying with (contact information is on the position description sheet) or email ALISS at aliss@uw.edu.

2017 21st Century Award Nominations

21st Century Award 2


Know a graduating Online or Residential MLIS student who embodies the future of our field? Nominate them for the 21st Century Award!

The recipient is nominated and selected by their fellow students. Any MLIS student may nominate one or more MLIS students graduating this Spring, 2017.

Submit your nominations here: https://goo.gl/forms/xHO9CP4djDhdLXyl1

The form will be open through Monday, April 24th. Thanks for your nominations!

Fall Festivities!

Check out these 3 upcoming events!

1. Admissions Committee  10/21/16

The iSchool Faculty and Staff are looking for four students to serve on the MLIS Admissions Committee. Some of the members on the committee include Jinha Lee, Helene Williams, and Marie Potter.

We would like to encourage both online and residential students, from the first, second, or third year cohorts to apply. The screening can easily be done remotely, however, student members must attend the meetings in person. If you aren’t local but you can commit to coming to Seattle for the two meetings, then please feel free to apply.

Right now the meetings are scheduled for: Monday, November 142-4pm & Wednesday, November 30, 10:30-12pm

The four student participants will each read between forty and fifty applications and will take full part in the committee’s work and deliberation as voting members. It is a great committee to serve on. Faculty members often volunteer to serve on it; the deliberations are lively and intense, and when all’s said and done you will help decide who students and staff will be working with in the years to come. It is a great contribution to any student’s portfolio.

If you are interested in serving on the Admissions Committee, please send an email to aliss@uw.edu by Friday, October 21 answering the following:

  1. Why are you interested in serving on the committee and what do you hope to get out of the experience?
  2. What do you think you will be able to contribute?
  3. Have you had previous experience being on a committee or participated in anything similar?

We are looking for students who are confident and can express their opinions clearly and professionally. Students should also have a good sense of humor and a strong work ethic. Candidates should have a general understanding of both the online and residential programs and should understand the need for confidentiality.

Please let us know if you are interested!

2. MLIS Diversity Better-than-a-Brown-Bag Lunch 10/24/16

ALISS, Dr. Jin Ha Lee and the iSchool Diversity Committee invite you to our Better than a Brown Bag (BBB) Diversity Lunch —

Diversity in our MLIS program: Developing a 1-credit Seminar Course Facilitated by Dr. Jin Ha Lee, Amber Schmugge, Paige Sundstrom and Cynthia del Rosario

Monday, October 24, 2016 

12:30-1:30pm – Lunch provided! (I told you it was Better than a Brown Bag lunch!) 

MGH 258

Please RSVP for headcount and food restrictions/preferences by the morning of Monday, 8/24.

Please RSVP to attend ONLINE by Friday, October 21st at 5 pm.

In response to students asking for more diversity in our MLIS program, and in our curriculum in particular, the iSchool is looking to make a few changes. The MLIS program will start by developing a 1-credit seminar specifically around diversity in LIS, and we need your input! Please join us to give input and feedback about what YOU think will be useful for you and others in our MLIS program regarding diversity. We won’t solve all of the big issues regarding diversity in the LIS world, but let’s get a start with input/feedback regarding the development of our 1-credit diversity in MLIS seminar course.

3. Elections Voting — Voting Ends 10/19/16 at 11:59 pm.

Many student organizations are holding a special election this Fall to fill open positions! Please visit this link to cast your votes!! Voting ends Wednesday, 10/19/16 at 11:59 pm!

Thank you for your participation!

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 aliss@uw.edu. 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 aliss@uw.edu 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.