Upcoming Events

ALISS is proud to sponsor a talk by Alex Wade and Lee Dirks, two former librarians that now find themselves working in the corporate world at Microsoft. These two guys have some great stories about life after working in an academic library and what it was like to transition from the library to industry.

Tuesday February 15th
Mary Gates Hall room 420
4:30 - 6:00.

Lee Dirks is the Director of the Research Business System in Microsoft's Corporate Marketing Group and is responsible for the centralized management of all syndicated IT market research at the company. He has held a variety of roles at Microsoft since 1996. Previous to Microsoft, Lee held positions at Columbia University Libraries and at Preservation Resources (a division of OCLC). He holds an MSLS from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a post-master’s degree in Preservation Administration from Columbia University’s School of Library Service.

Alex Wade is a Program Manager in Microsoft’s Natural Interactive Services Division, currently working on the search user experience for Longhorn. Previous projects at Microsoft including the MSWeb and MSLibrary portals, the global intranet deployment of SharePoint Portal Server, and the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Sarbanes-Oxley. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1999, he worked in the libraries of the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Washington. Alex holds an MLIS degree from the University of Washington.

The ALISS Book Sale is on February 16th and 17th from 8-5 in the By George Lobby. We have thousands of books to choose from as well as great CDs, DVDs and video tapes. The good stuff goes fast, so plan to arrive bright and early! If you're interested in volunteering at the sale, you'll find sign-up sheets in the iSalon.

Join SALA for a bike ride!

ALISS sponsored tour of the ZAPP (Zine Archive and Publishing Project) at the Richard Hugo House, Feb. 23rd at 4pm. The Richard Hugo House is at 1634 Eleventh Avenue in Seattle. Please direct questions to Emily Warren (

Submissions wanted!

Coming up in March we are planning a special feature on the new downtown Seattle Public Library (SPL). We are currently looking for submissions dealing with SPL specifically or with public libraries in general. If you:

  • Have worked or volunteered at SPL
  • Have a strong opinion about the building (one way or the other)
  • Have done research on SPL
  • Can get an interview with Deborah Jacobs
  • Or have other ideas for stories

Please contact the editors at! The deadline will be around the beginning of winter quarter; contact the editors for more details.

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