The Newsletter of the Association of Library and Information Science Students
Dean Marsha Landolt has announced Dr. Michael Eisenberg will accept the position of Director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He will officially assume his duties in August, but is in contact with the School now working on projects and preparations for the upcoming academic year. Three cheers for all involved in this lengthy, demanding and time-consuming process: the Director Search Committee, Acting Director Betty Bengtson, Meg Rheingold, and all the students who participated!
In response to student demand, ALISS has arranged to have a GSLIS School Picture taken by the University of Washington organization that does such things. The details are:
There are limited venues in GSLIS to recognize students at present. Graduation with Distinction is based solely on Master's exam performance. The Ruth Worden Award is given by the GSLIS Alumni Association based on the Faculty's recommendation.
Many students, however, give generously and often of their time, energy and commitment to make our projects and events succeed -- the booksales, Resume Night, literacy outreach projects, fieldtrips, etc. Every year, there are a handful of GSLISers who go 'above and beyond' in contributing time and effort on our communal behalf.
The Presidents Award is being created to formally recognize and convey appreciation of exceptional individuals.
Thanks to all who helped make the Spring ALISS Booksale a success. We brought in $674.75, not bad profit for our first Spring booksale. Profits will be added to the ALISS account, to be paid out for Convocation, student conference scholarships, and other ALISS activities. Leftover books are being contributed to Books for Prisoners, a non-profit organization.
I would like to express my appreciation to all who pitched in. A good dozen helpers showed up for the sorting party, and we had plenty of wonderful volunteers staffing the booksale itself.
Extra big thanks go to the following extra-effort volunteers: Laura Tanji rounded up all the volunteers for the booksale and sorting party. David Wright finessed donations from UW libraries, GSLIS faculty and staff, and area bookstores (Magus and Half-Price Books); and also got our snazzy new vinyl signs printed, for which we received many compliments. Sharwain Smith designed and posted the nifty fliers that got everyone's attention all over campus.
Good job, guys!
Melissa Riesland, ALISS Secretary
Since joining Sean McCain as COA (Committee on Accreditation) Oversight Committee late in Autumn Quarter, I have attended two meetings, both of which were for the purpose of putting together and fine tuning the Plan for Program Presentation. We received no student feedback on the Plan after it was posted on the ALISS page. The Plan was sent to the ALA COA in mid-April. Things will start to heat up again this summer and fall, as we begin to prepare for the site visit, which is next spring. Speaking of which, please complete your COA student questionnaires and return them to the office. We need to have student input in order to be "up front" (as Betty B. put it) with the ALA COA on our problems, transitions, and strengths.
Also, it would be great to have another student to share this committee work with, and now because Sean will be leaving. Let me know if you're interested.
Well, we've made it ... good luck to everyone who's writing the Exam this quarter, and congratulations to everyone who's graduating this year!
It's been a whirlwind for me, so I'd like to take this opportunity to say "thanks" to a bunch of folks for showing up and doing the work to make so many projects and activities happen successfully this year:
Special appreciation as well is due to this year's ALISS officers, Liaisons and Committee Reps:
And, since Life Goes On, welcome to the new officers -- Debbie Chavez, incoming ALISS Secretary; Patty Stroschein, incoming ALISS Treasurer; and Sayumi Irey, incoming GPSS Senator. They each volunteered to join our happy crew and were unopposed, so they've got the jobs! They'll officially assume their duties on July 1.
Last words: I've been looking over my notes from last year and earlier this year, taking stock of where we've been, what we've accomplished, and where we're heading in GSLIS. Believe it or not, there have been more chaotic times in the past than it is right now! This is a window of incredible opportunity for the program and for us to impact it, to leave a meaningful legacy.
Those of us who are leaving our offices and the program have done a lot of good work in our tenure, and we're glad to see the fruits of our labors, our legacy -- a rarity for students who are "just passing through" in the view of many staff, faculty and administrators in Academe.
I'm glad to have had the chance to contribute something lasting and of value. I'm happy to have met and gotten to know so many people I might never have encountered in my normal haunts and habits. I've had a great time!
Best wishes and good luck, everybody!
Hey, kids! Do you want to work all day, go to class in the evening, and do homework all night and every weekend? Well, now you can -- just enroll in the Evening Degree Program and all this can be yours:
But seriously, folks, we night-shifters have been busy fighting for our right to have no life. Some of the issues we have tackled this year are:
If the tradition is to continue, we will need an Evening Degree liaison next year, so think about it over the summer!
Thanks to the Evening folks for providing guidance and input in our inaugural season, and thanks especially to Zoe for making things happen.
ASIS folks have been busy working on an IS/IT curriculum discussion for presentation to the GSLIS faculty, students, and new Director. The project will be presented to the faculty at the June 2 meeting in 127. It will be available in its final form on the ASIS webpage later this month.
Next year's officers have been confirmed. They are:
They will begin their duties in July and will be sponsoring the mid-Summer Quarter picnic at Magnusson Park.
From the SALA President (bostrom@u): The NEW "Top 10 Reasons to Get a Library Degree" T-shirt is coming next week. Look for SALA officers to sell them in your classes sometime next week. Special introductory price of $12. After the first few weeks, the price will go up. If you want one and don't see any of us, email Lorena O'English (oenglish@u) to arrange for one.
SALA Happy Hour -- We will host a Happy Hour on the first Friday of Summer Quarter, June 26. Come meet the summer school students and have appetizers on us. More details coming soon!
From the VP (jparker@u): Tour the ZymoGenetics Inc. research library on Tuesday, May 19, with Diana Nelson Louden. We are waiting to hear if we can also drop in on the new library facilities at Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center on the same afternoon.
Please send me a note at my email if you are interested/able to come on the tours this next Tuesday. Tentatively we're looking at 4:00p, but that is flexible to student feedback. The ZymoGenetics and Fred Hutchison libraries are located on the south end of Lake Union on Eastlake Avenue. Getting there is easy on a #70 Metro bus or a short drive from the University.
In addition, we will be having a couple of speakers from the KCLS in a few weeks and need to start thinking of elections for next year's officers. If you have a nomination to make or preferably, an interest yourself to get involved, please email me about that, too. We need candidates for the ballots!!
SLA Happy Hour: Friday, May 22 at Big Time Brewery on the Ave starting at 4:00p, lasting til whenever. It'll be loud, it'll be crowded -- but not at 4:00p! Join us for one last beer ... and help mull about the Future!
Nisqually Tribal Library: Faith Hagenhofer is the librarian at the Nisqually Tribal Library (a Gates Library Foundation Libraries Online! site) near Olympia. She is looking for students to help her put on a computer/library camp for kids this summer. The three-week long event will include all that you would think: computer basics, application basics, library stuff. She can't pay but ... just think of the children, the joy you could bring into their lives ... the satisfaction you could get from helping mold their spongy little minds! Not to mention how good it looks on a resume -- community involvement, etc. Contact Faith (email@example.com), 360-459-9600.