iWelcome Week!

ASIS&T and sALA Game Night

Date: 9/17/2014
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: HUB Game Room

This is a mixer for all new and returning Online and Residential MLIS students, as well as MSIM students Join us for an evening of bowling, pool, tennis, and arcade games! Please RSVP.
Learn more about ASIS&T.

ALISS & sALA Social

Date: 9/19/2014
Time: 4:45 p.m.
Location: Grieg Garden (near Allen Library) 

A mixer for all new and returning Online and Residential MLIS students, hosted by ALISS.



Enter the Edible Book Cake Contest at iBall!

A submission from last year

A delicious submission from last year

Back by popular demand: Edible Book Cakes at the iBall! Bake a cake of your favorite book–featuring a character, a scene, or an ambiguous representation–and bring it to the iBall!

How to enter:
1. If you’re coming to iBall, bring your cake and a description of what your cake represents to the UW Tower on June 6th!
2. For the first time ever – digital entries! If you’re unable to attend iBall, submit a photo of your cake and a description of what your cake represents to sala@uw.edu by June 4th! Photos will be entered into the contest, displayed during iBall, and posted to the sALA website and Facebook page. Submit digitally, vote digitally!

1. Cakes must be book-related (this can be open to interpretation!)
2. Must bring a print out of what your cake represents (i.e. book cover, etc.)
3. Cakes brought to the iBall will be eaten, unless the baker says otherwise.

Judging and Prizes:
1. Cakes brought to iBall will be voted on by the iSchool community with the winner announced halfway through iBall.
2. Digital submissions will be voted via Catalyst Survey from June 5-6th with the winner announced halfway through iBall.
3. Two first place winners in the iBall and Digital categories will win great prizes! Honorable mentions receive first dibs on cake.

Take a break and bake a cake! See you at iBall!

sALA and SLA Conference Panel Report

sALA and SLA sponsored an excellent panel on May 8th featuring seasoned faculty and students who shared their tips for attending professional conferences. In case you missed it, watch the whole panel through Adobe Connect here:  https://ischool.adobeconnect.com/p20phfc98zb/. Below are the top 10 pieces of advice to take with you to your next conference, as composed by our friends at SLA:

1. Attend any and all conferences you can, especially when there are volunteer opportunities available! Conferences show you the breadth of the field and are a chance to discover new interests.

2. Conferences are all about meeting new people and making connections. These connections happen anywhere, from sessions to happy hours to the line for the bathroom.

3. Branch out! Attend a session you may have not previously considered. You can go to any session that isn’t marked “closed”, so go ahead and try something different. You may find your next career, or at least learn some new fun facts to share with your friends and family.

4. Not enjoying a session? Leave! Your time is valuable, and if you are not getting the most of your experience, try something else (see lesson #3!).

5. Follow social media, especially Twitter and Tumblr, to hear the latest buzz around popular sessions, speakers, and social events. Conferences often create a particular hashtag, Google Doc, or Facebook group for attendees to follow (see sALA and SLA’s Facebook pages for more info on this!).

6. Having trouble picking a session? Find a speaker you’ve heard good things about, or professionals from a library system you’re interested in (see #5 for more info on how you can keep up with other sessions).

7. Don’t just talk to people you came with or know. Chat with new people; you never know where it could lead (internship?? job?? new best friend?? fingers crossed!). Worst case, you met some weirdos but hey, you survived. Side note: SLA’s “First Five Years” group and ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) are great places to meet recent grads/alums who surely have great advice to share.

8. Notice the set-up of session rooms. Round tables mean you’ll be conversing with those around you while rows of seats mean it will be a lecture-style session.

9. Its okay to take a half-day or day off from the conference. You may need some time to process all of the information coming your way, plus you may want to explore the city in which the conference is taking place. There will be librarians everywhere you go, so you never know who you may meet outside of the conference walls.

10. Unsure of what to wear/bring? Comfort is key! Our panel recommended “comfortable business casual.” Think of how you want to present yourself. Bring a bag, but consider what you would want to carry all day. Lastly, take your conference badge off at social events. Nobody wants to be that person.

Hope these tips come in handy in your professional development endeavors!

(Cross-posted from SLA)

Lives Change at Your Library – Global Libraries Initiative Presentation by Zola Maddison

In celebration of ALA’s National Library Week, please join SALA in welcoming our guest speaker and an iSchool alumna Zola Maddison, Program Officer for the Global Libraries Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation!

Zola’s presentation will feature an international perspective on various library projects, as well as her experience as an Emerging Leader for ALA and her career path after graduation. Attendance is strongly encouraged for those who would like to hear what life is like post-grad from one of our own, and for our international students.

When: Tomorrow, Thursday April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm
Where: Mary Gates Hall, room 420 or online via Adobe Connect @ https://ischool.adobeconnect.com/sala/

Lunch from Jimmy John’s will be provided.


Zola Maddison is a Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries team. She supports grantee teams in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Jamaica, the U.S., and the Beyond Access initiative. Prior to her work at the foundation, she worked with OCLC’s WebJunction program as the Engagement Manager for the Global Libraries Training Work Group. She was also Program Coordinator for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded Project Compass initiative, leading economic development and workforce recovery efforts by libraries in high-unemployment areas across the U.S.

Since graduating from the University of Washington with an MLIS and graduate certificate in International Development in 2005, Zola has worked with library staff in the U.S., South Africa, Guatemala, and the United Arab Emirates. Zola was an American Libraries Association (ALA) Emerging Leader in 2009, and is currently an IFLA International Leadership Programme Associate.

UW Celebrates National Library Week

Greetings everyone!
National Library Week is coming up April 14-18 and the iSchool’s student chapter of the ALA (sALA) is planning some events to celebrate…
From Monday, April 14th through Friday, April 18th, take a photo of yourself at any library, anywhere! The five most creative “shelfies” tagged with #uwsalashelfie on Twitter or Instagram will be featured on the sALA blog. Enter as many photos as you want and tell us where you are!
Volunteer at WTBBL

On Tuesday, April 15th, join sALA at the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (2021 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121) from 1 to 4:30pm. We will start with a tour and then students will be volunteering in the WTBBL shipping department to:

  • process talking book players that have been returned from repair sites
  • inspect talking books that have been returned
  • shelve talking books that have been returned
No need to RSVP – just show up! 
Guest Speaker Zola Maddison
Please join us in welcoming Zola Maddison from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a Program Officer working on the Global Libraries Initiative! The event will be held Thursday, April 17th in MGH 420 at 12:30pm. Bio and more info regarding online streaming to follow.
Happy Hour
Join your classmates and sALA officers at an end of National Library Week happy hour at the District Lounge (in the Deca Hotel at the corner of 45th and Brooklyn) on Friday, April 18th from 5-7 pm. sALA will cover some appetizers; just bring money for drinks!
We hope to see you at these events!

FAFLRT Scholarship

The Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) Awards Committee is now accepting applications for theFederal Librarians Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship which is given to a library school student who has an interest in working in a Federal library. The student will receive a scholarship award of $1,500.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be full or part-time students at the time of application
  • Students who are currently enrolled in any ALA-accredited library school
  • Students who have not already earned an ALA accredited degree
  • Students who have expressed an interest in some aspect of Federal librarianship


To Apply:

  • Complete an online nomination form, visit:   http://www.ala.org/faflrt/nominationstudentform
  • Letter of reference from a FAFLRT member, Federal librarian, library employer, a library school professor, etc. should be emailed to the Awards Committee Chair in support of an application.


The deadline for submissions is midnight Tuesday, April 29, 2014. 

DFW Info Session and Panel

Hi MLISers!

Here’s your friendly reminder that on March 10th (this coming Monday) at 4pm MLIS/SALA will be hosting a DFW info session and panel discussion.

This event may be of particular interest to those of you trying to solidify your last few spring credits or for those of you entering the 2014-2015 academic year and looking to acquire a DFW this summer or next school year.

It’ll be held in MGH 420 (with Adobe Connect link to come Monday). Hope to see you there!

Happy Hour w/ UW and BC sALA!

Welcome back! To start things off with sALA this quarter we are having a small sALA student group from the University of British Columbia in town next weekend. They are planning to check out a few libraries while they are here and UW sALA has planned a happy hour event Saturday, January 18th at College Inn Pub  at 5pm. Join us for snacks, drinks, and interesting conversation!

If you have spare room in your home and would like to host one of the UBC students for the weekend, they would greatly appreciate it! I’ve created a Google doc if you would like to sign up to host a few of our Canadian counterparts!

Time-sensitive deadline for ALA Gov Docs Roundtable Committee

Dear sALA Members graduating now, or in Winter or Spring 2014,

Do you know already that you plan to be active in the American Library Association, attending conferences when you can (annually or thereabouts), getting involved in different groups, etc.?

Do you love learning about government information, as I do?

If you answered YES to both of these, we would love to have your involvement on ALA Gov Docs Roundtable (GODORT). This year, the deadline for getting on committees (via election) has been moved up to January 3. Thus my outreach to you now.

If you want to rub elbows gov docs librarians … even if you don’t have a job … and lend your skills to our committees, here’s what we need:

–> Awards Committee (2 slots open). Review the nomination materials for librarians up for various awards, see http://www.ala.org/godort/godortcommittees/godortawards.

–> Bylaws & Organization Committee (1 slot open). Keep our roundtable organized!

–> Nominating Committee (2 slots open). Send out calls for nomination, like this one.

–> International Documents Task Force Coordinator (1 slot open, two year commitment) Plan programs for conferences, help lead projects.

–> State & Local Documents Task Force Coordinator (1 slot open, two year commitment) Plan programs for conferences, help lead projects.

Your term of service would begin at the conclusion of ALA Annual (Las Vegas) 2014. You would be on board for Midwinter 2015 (Chicago) and Annual 2015 (San Francisco, excellent for West Coasters).

To jump on board, you would need to:

1. Be an ALA member
2. Be a GODORT member (simply add us on to your membership account, we’re listed under Roundtables)
3. Fill out https://www.alavote.org/nomination/2014users.html. Use the second link (Divisions/Sections/Roundtables). This puts you on the ballot for Spring elections to committees.

Thank you for considering this opportunity for a win-win (we get your talent and new ideas in our organization, you get committee service for your resume and great professional connections).