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 @

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:
  • 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

–> 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 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).

Meet Becca, sALA’s First Year Representative 2013-2014

Becca Fronczak, MLIS 2015 Candidate and sALA's First Year Rep!

Becca Fronczak, MLIS 2015 Candidate and sALA’s First Year Rep!

Greetings iSchoolers!

My name is Becca Fronczak and I am happy to be serving as your first year representative.

I am originally from a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  As a kid I was a certified bookworm and I brought that love of reading with me to college.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a undergraduate working towards my degree in Elementary Education and History.  There I learned about choosing quality children’s literature and how to best develop text sets (amongst many other things).  After I graduated, I moved to Miami, Florida.  There I worked at Florida International University as a secretary for the Mathematics and Statistics Department.  I knew I didn’t want to be a formal teacher, but I also knew I wanted to go to graduate school.

So, I started my search for various programs and I found my way to the iSchool.  I live in Seattle with my husband, a Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Sciences, and our two Italian Greyhounds.  I am learning so much in this program and loving my new city and career path.  I’m not entirely sure what I’ll end up doing, but I know I’ve found the right field.  Though I am an online student, I am often on campus as I work on the GA Crew.  If you see me around, please feel free to stop me and say ‘Hi.’  I look forward to meeting you all in-person or online!

ALA Student-to-Staff Scholarship

Want to kill THREE birds with one stone? Here’s your opportunity to win a scholarship, attend an ALA conference, and go to LAS VEGAS, baby!
The 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference will be held in Las Vegas June 26-July 1, 2014, and sALA is providing one registered ALA student member at the UW with a scholarship to attend. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses, in exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), assisting ALA staff during the conference. All you have to do is follow the link below and fill out the survey before 11pm on Friday, November 22, 2014.
If you’re still not convinced how amazing this opportunity is, just take a look at what last year’s winner, Stacey Wedlake, had to say about her experience:
“Not only did the ALA Student-to-Staff scholarship greatly reduce the costs of attending the ALA National Conference, the scholarship provided the opportunity to work with the ALA Office of Information and Technology Policy. Thanks to the scholarship, I made invaluable connections with librarians and other professionals from all over the country,” – Stacey Wedlake, MLIS ’14 Candidate.
For more information on the ALA Student-to-Staff Scholarship, visit:

A winner will be chosen by next Monday. Good Luck!

Sala Events

We are over halfway through the first quarter! Woot! I hope you all have been enjoying the lovely fall weather and your classes!


The winner from the drawing sALA had at the iSchool Fair for a free ALA/WLA membership is Mantra Roy! Her favorite banned book was Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. For more information on this contested title, check out:


Also don’t forget sALA is looking for a first year representative. Duties of the representative include attending officer meetings and providing insight into the needs and desired programming of first year online and residential MLIS students. To apply fill out this short Catalyst Survey:

Deadline for submissions is November 8th.


Be on the lookout for upcoming events that sALA is hosting! On Tuesday November 12th, from 6 to 7pm (PST) we are hosting an entirely online public librarian panel. It’s a chance to hear what movers and shakers in the public library field are doing and gain some career advice! You can join the Adobe Connect Room here:


The VERY NEXT DAY on Wednesday, November 13th at 4pm we will be downtown at the Seattle Public Library for a Central Branch Library Tour. After the tour we will be headed to Library Bistro, Bookstore and Bar for some Happy Hour fun! RSVP today at /ccc?key=0Aipi8I3OtXxndEdLN0pGRF9qYmlBSW9CNlNkb1ZNT3c&usp=sharing


We hope you can join us for one or both events!


Happy Halloween!

sALA Officers