The Newsletter of the Association of Library and Information Science Students
[Formerly the Sojourner]
Update on Everything
As you may recall from the last Silverfish, there were many pending changes about to occur around GSLIS. Here's what's up:
The Glory of Metacrawler
On Tuesday, February 4, Erik Selberg came to speak before a rather populous colloquium crowd about the beauty and glory of Metacrawler (http://www.metacrawler.com), a Web search service he designed with Oren Etioni and that was created here at the University of Washington. To the delight of the crowd, he made a thorough demonstration of what Web search services do, what metasearch services do and what are the problems and pitfalls involved with their maintenance and operation.
Great Classes in Other Departments
There are many classes outside the Graduate School of Library and Information Science that can be of great benefit, both philosophically and practically, for our education and career preparation. Librarianship is very much a "real world" profession, in that we will be interacting with people from all walks of life and have to be prepared for almost any situation. Following are some tips from GSLIS students on places to look for broader educational horizons.
SLA Chapter Presents Sylvia Piggot
I attended the presentation by Sylvia Piggot, president of the Special Libraries Association, on January 16. It was seething with un-library school looking-types, in ties and with steely eyes. It looked like a good networking opportunity. And that's what she emphasized in her talk. She had the nicest accent that was a mix of Canadian, British and Jamaican. I was trying to decipher which country each vowel came from as she talked about the need for continual self-education and self-evaluation, to make sure you are staying on target with your goals. I gleaned the idea that in special libraries, we need to take charge of our own development. The presentation sometimes seemed a bit esoteric, and I would have liked more real-world examples, but some of her little maxims were interesting. She said: don't stay in a job you don't like, don't hang around negative people, congratulate yourself for trying with every job application, even if you aren't hired.
Special Libraries Association UW Chapter - Introduction
Raney Newman, vice-chair, SLA student group
Hello Everyone! I'd like to introduce the officers of the GSLIS SLA Student Group, and mention some of our upcoming events.
News from SALA
The new SALA (Student American Library Association) board is finally in place! We are: Bonnie Parks (bonster@u), Chair; Deirdre Miller (mdeirdre@u), Vice-Chair; Ginny Allemann (valleman@u), Program Chair; and Sarah Kielhack (sarahwk@u), Conference Chair. Two other people, Cass Shettleroe (cshettle@u) and Julia Paulsen (gringa@u) form the "leadership group." We are excited about SALA, but just a little overwhelmed as we head into the second half of the quarter.
Just a little update from your friendly GPSS Senators. There is a copy of the minutes for the January meeting available for viewing at http://www.grad.washington.edu/gpss/1996-7files/meetings.htm, and also on the bulletin board outside the student lounge. This is all so you can check up on us and see what we're up to!
Edited by Kathleen E. Bennett (last updated 2/07/97)
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