Newsletter of the Association of Library and Information Science Students (ALISS)




 title of the newsletter: The Silverfish


April/May 2004

Vol VIII Issue IV

Letter from the Editor

Greetings iSchoolers!

Spring is here – the flowers are blooming, the sun is (occasionally) shining, the birds are singing… what better time to reveal to students the true nature of a devious gang that has infiltrated the iSchool community?

Investigative journalist and Silverfish staff member John Glover has spent the better part of the school year infiltrating this mysterious subculture. His sensational exposé, “Doughnuts and Dime Bags: An iSchool Subculture Explored” tells the story of his initiation into the underground society. If you’ve ever wondered why there seem to be so many doughnuts on the fourth floor of Mary Gates Hall, be sure not to miss this special report.

On a more serious note, in this issue of the Silverfish we continue our spotlight on the different programs offered at the Information School by focusing on the Law Library program. Due to the intensive nature of the program, most regular MLIS students rarely see their counterparts in the Law MLIS program. In this issue we have interviewed four students in the program so that we can get to know our colleagues a little better. The spotlight section also features articles by two alumni who discuss the process of interviewing for law library jobs and what it’s like to work in an academic law library.

Looking forward to the next year, the Silverfish staff is working with a LIS 570 research team to analyze the information needs and expectations of our readers. Stay on the lookout for a survey that we will be sending to the iSchool community. We look forward to getting your feedback on how we can improve the newsletter.

In our next issue of the Silverfish, we will continue the spotlight on different programs offered in the Information School by focusing on the Informatics program. Informatics students and alumni are encouraged to submit articles sharing their experiences in the program or to submit papers from their classes. To submit an article or to share story ideas, please send me an e-mail at:

Happy Spring (and watch out for the doughnut gangs!)

Katy Shaw
Silverfish Senior Editor

Spotlight on Law Librarianship

All You Need is Law:
On Overview of the Law Library Program
by Katy Shaw

Academic Law Librarianship, Not Just for Lawyers
by Scott Matheson

How to Interview for Your Dream Law Library Position
by William Logan

Student Profiles:

Law MLIS Student: Helane Davis
by Phoebe Ayers

Law MLIS Student: Stacy Etheredge
by Phoebe Ayers

Law MLIS Student: Tammy Hinderman
by Phoebe Ayers

Law MLIS Student: Julie Turner
by Carmine Rau

Information Professional Spotlight

A Conversation about Leadership with Cindy Cunningham, MLS ‘87
by Dyan Chandler

For Book Lovers:

Judging A Book By Its Cover
by Jenine Lillian

Just for Fun & Opinion

This Library Will Kick Your Ass: A Refelction on the New SPL Central Library
by Tom Dobrowolsky

Hymn to Spring
by Karen Estlund
with Commentary by John Glover

Doughnuts and Dime Bags: An iSchool Subculture Explored
by John Glover


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