Note from ALISS
Directed Fieldwork and Work Experiences
Cheap or Free Things To Do
Request for Submissions
A Note From ALISS
Statement of Goals:
For the coming year, the ALISS officers have five
Increase ALISS's visibility and activity,
including increased readership and submissions to the Silverfish,
ALISS's newsletter, as well as reliance upon the ALISS web pages.
We'd like to know that people are reading both and that we can use
the website to communicate information in a timely and reliable manner.
Promote greater social and intellectual
interaction among the bachelors, masters and Ph.D. students.
Assist in the on-going development
of the core curriculum.
Carry on the stewardship of traditional
ALISS events like the book sale and Spring Fling, as well as develop
new opportunities and traditions.
Explore contributing a portion of
our funds and energy in a philanthropic manner.
In addition to these objectives, we have several goals that we would
like to see happen during the Spring Quarter. These include decorating
the iSalon, hosting the Spring Fling, organizing an evening of presentations
to allow students to share what they have been learning, and organizing
a game night and/or talent show. (Holly mentioned she would tap dance!)
We will be soliciting your help to create these events. Think "Portfolio
& Work Study Experiences
We want to hear from you!
Are you currently engaged in a directed fieldwork experience
or have recently completed one? If so, we would like to hear from you!
Because so much of our program is theoretical in nature, we would like
to hear about your experiences in the real world; how much your skills
form the ISchool are being utilized, what lessons are to be learned.
If you are interested in contributing, please contact the editors, Ariel
Johnson or John Buell.
Woodside Elementary School Library Media Center
One of my favorite memories from my directed fieldwork
experience in the library at Woodside Elementary in Mill Creek, and
a memory that I will not forget anytime soon, was being asked almost
weekly if I was married to the famous author, Gary Paulsen! A student
would see the last name on my nametag - Paulson - and associate it with
the author of many adventure books, and although Gary Paulsen and I
are not related, it was a good way to strike up a conversation with
the student about favorite books and such. Of course, my directed fieldwork
experience also taught me much about school library media centers in
general, and a few thoughts regarding this learning experience will
be highlighted here.
The main objective for my directed fieldwork experience
was that I would be involved in various components of the daily operation
of a school library media center. This would include assisting with
library instruction and the Big 6, the Accelerated Reading program,
stack and inventory maintenance, overdues, book clubs, etc. Having now
completed my directed fieldwork, I can definitely say that this objective
was met. I not only got to observe Joan, my supervisor, in her role
as teacher librarian, but she let me assist and independently try my
hand at certain aspects of the job as well.
This experience on the whole was very positive! The
placement went quickly and smoothly, and all those involved in the process
were very helpful and supportive. In my case, directed fieldwork was
not only useful for career guidance, but this practical experience complemented
the theories I was learning in class. In my opinion, directed fieldwork
is or at least should be a vital part of the SLIS curriculum. My only
regret is that I did not pursue a second directed fieldwork; say in
a special library, to get yet a different perspective on the world of
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center Library
The Northwest Fisheries Science Center Library is a
small, specialized library serving the scientists who work at the facility.
We have associations with NOAA facilities all around the nation, so
we get requests from many locations.
The library has one full time librarian and two part
time student workers. My main responsibility is fulfilling requests
for articles for our users, which typically come via e-mail. Users generally
know exactly what they are looking for, so there aren't a lot of reference
questions that I have to answer. Usually they have seen an article cited
somewhere and want me to track it down. Occasionally the articles are
difficult to find, but through interlibrary loan I can usually find
the requested items. I also fulfill interlibrary loan requests that
we get through OCLC (Online Computer Library Center).
Our library also works to keep our users informed of
what is currently being published, so every month I compile a packet
of all the tables of contents from the month's journals. I send this
out both internally and to associates throughout the country. This service
helps our users become aware of what is available in the library and
alerts them to current issues in research.
I also help with maintaining the library, through shelving
books and maintaining the circulation records. The library recently
migrated from one online catalog to another, so there is a great deal
of work to get the new system complete. I enter a lot of information
into MARC records that were somehow lost in the transition. I also keep
the physical card catalog up to date. We maintain this because many
of our users prefer the traditional card catalog. My job is comprised
of a lot of small tasks, and there is always something new to work on.
UW Engineering Library
As a graduate reference assistant at UW's Engineering
Library, I help library patrons find information they need using the
library's traditional collections (e.g., serials, books, microfiche)
and online resources such as Inspec, Compendex and the United States
Trademark Office (USPTO) Web site. Learning about query negotiation
in LIS510 and LIS520 has been quite useful! Since I am still learning
what and where everything is in the library's collection (and all the
acronyms of engineering organizations that come with it), it can be
challenge to remember to conduct a thorough reference interview and
to quickly think of appropriate information sources to meet the user's
I still have much to learn--for example, how to conduct
patent and trademark searches using the USPTO Web site. Did you know
that UW's Engineering Library is the patent and trademark depository
library for Washington State? Both UW affiliates and independent inventors
from off-campus use the library to conduct patent and trademark searches.
Ever wonder what interesting inventions are being patented? Visit this
URL on the library's site and select "wacky and bizarre patent
For the past few weeks the library's upper floors have
been closed due to earthquake damage to the stacks. As a result, I am
fielding many inquiries about what materials are available, which are
not, and how to request inaccessible items through document delivery
or interlibrary borrowing.
Seattle Public Library
I was lucky enough to do my fieldwork in the North
East branch of the Seattle Public library. During the first week of
my fieldwork there, Gayle Richardson, my supervisor had me job-shadow
her. By the next week, I was at the desk alone, filling in for two sick
librarians - "trial by fire", as Gayle would say.
My duties at the branch varied a great deal, though there was a similar
structure every day. They included: answering phone and in-person questions
at the reference desk, initiating a weeding project in the Children's
Easy Fiction section, reviewing two children's books for a Children's
Librarian book review, attending the Global Reading Challenge at View
Ridge Elementary (acting as timekeeper and scorekeeper), leading a preschool
storytime and to start up a children's book group for the branch (which
was one of my most enjoyable tasks!).
My fieldwork was an extremely positive experience. It has been even
more helpful than simply working in a library. I only wish that I had
chosen to do 150 or 200 hours of fieldwork, rather than only 100.
Spring Quarter Brings New
Greetings to all! DISC (Disabled, International and
Students of Color) has two new representatives- Jeong Kim and Monica
Jackson. We are excited to be involved and hope you will join us in
providing a supportive forum for iSchool students.
We'd like to invite anyone interested to join us in
our kick-off meeting, tentatively scheduled for April 6th at 1:30 pm.
We will be sending out an email with more information about this soon.
Also in the works are plans for the long-standing DISC tradition - the
potluck! - To be held at Raya Fidel's pad (faculty advisor to DISC)
sometime in late April.
Other stuff: Check out the new link on the iSchool
Web page under Services where you can post your resume. This is a great
opportunity to get your name and talents out there to prospective employers.
And don't forget to sign up for the new listserv, idiversity, at http://www.ischool.washington.edu/technology/listservs.htm
to watch for more news from DISC!
Please don't hesitate to contact Monica (email@example.com)
or Jeong (firstname.lastname@example.org) with comments or questions. Here's
to a great Spring Quarter!
or Free Things to do Around Seattle Outside of the U-District
Free book readings: For dates, times, and places of
free book readings by local, national, and international authors, check:
Alternately, go to seattletimes.com. The click the following links in
order: Arts and Entertainment, NW Source.com, City Guide, and finally
Green Lake (between E Green Lake Dr. N and W
Green Lake Dr. N - (206) 684-4075): Called the "center of Seattle's
exercise culture," the 2.8-mile paved path around Green Lake offers
opportunities to jog, walk, and skate. However, this inner circuit can
be crowded. For less competition, try the 3.2-mile unpaved outer loop.
Or have a picnic, study, or people watch. Usually, you will be able
to find one or two grassy patches for this. Parking is limited. Try
the northeast lot (on Latona Ave. N and E Green Lake Way N, the most
crowded), the northwest lot (7312 W Green Lake Way N), or the south
lots (5900 W Green Lake Way N).
The Museum of Flight (9404 E Marginal Way S
- (206) 764-5720) is free on the first Thursday of each month from 5pm-9pm.
This museum, located 10 miles south of Seattle, offers a spectacular
display of 20 full-size airplanes, including a 40,000-pound B-17 suspended
from the ceiling of a stunning six-story glass and steel gallery. Other
artifacts and exhibits complete the story of the history of aviation.
The first Thursday of each month at the Seattle
Art Museum (100 University Street/ Seattle, WA 98101-2902 - (206)
654-3100) and the Seattle Asian Art Museum (1400 E. Prospect
Street, Volunteer Park/ Seattle, WA 98112-3303 - (206) 654-3100) is
free for everyone. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the first Saturday
of each month is also free. On free days, there may be a reduced surcharge
to select special exhibitions. Standard museum hours are: Tuesday-Sunday
from 10am-5pm and Thursdays from 10am-9pm. Spring Holiday museum hours
are: open on Monday, Memorial Day, May 28, from 10am-5pm, and closed
on all the other major holidays.
Matinees at the Guild Forty-Fifth St. Theatre
in Wallingford (2115 N 45th St./ Seattle, WA 98105 - (206) 633-3353),
the Harvard Exit in Capital Hill (807 E. Roy St./ Seattle, WA 98105
- (206) 323-8986), and the General Cinema Pacific Place 11 Theatre downtown
(600 Pine St. #406/ Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 652-2404): See movies
such as Chocolat and Pollock at the Guild Forty-Fifth St. Theatre for
only $4.50 when you arrive for the first show of the day. Other "artsy"
films are only $4.50 at the Harvard Exit when you catch the first show
of the day before 6pm. Or see more mainstream movies at the General
Cinema Pacific Place 11 Theatre at a discount price of $5 for all shows
before 6pm Monday-Sunday. During rush hour from 4pm-6pm Monday-Friday
the price is only $4.50. The Student Discount with valid ID is $6.75.
Are you interested in sharing your knowledge
with the rest of the student body? Have you attended any conferences or
taken an interesting or worthwhile class outside of the department? Would
you care to review nearby bars for us? Send your Silverfish submissions
to Ariel Johnson or John
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