sALA Celebrates National Library Week

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National Library Week is April 12 – April 15 and we’re celebrating!

sALA is hosting a Q&A with select Seattle librarians about what they do and what motivates them. This event will be simulcast, so you can attend either online ( or in person (MGH 258).


Azusa Tanaka  (iEquality focus) UW Libraries

Robin Chin Roemer  (sALA focus) UW Libraries

Jude Anderson   (sARSL focus) Granite Falls branch of Sno-Isle Library

The event is from 12:30 – 2:00 pm, and there will be snacks. Join us!

What: Seattle Librarian Q&A

When: Tuesday April 14th, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: MGH 258 or online via Adobe connect:


sALA goes to Vancouver, BC to visit UBC sALA!


sALA officers unite!


In January, sALA UW officers Twanna Hodge, Sarah Leslie, Heather Newcomer, and Xochitl Rocha went to Vancouver, BC over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. They participated in an exchange with the University of British Columbia ALA student chapter members. The previous year sALA officers invited UBC students to UW and this year the exchange was reciprocated. On Friday officers toured different departments at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on the UBC campus, including the ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System), the Digitization Center, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS).

On Saturday we started out the day by visiting the Out on the Shelves Library at Qmunity, Vancouver’s queer resource community center. The library has more than 3,500 LGBTQ books. It is evident that the library serves as an important resource for the community and was a pleasure to hear about what all they were doing. Following the Qmunity tour three out of the four sALA officers had their first poutine and proceeded to walk to the Vancouver Public Library, Central branch. Other UBC SLAIS students met sALA officers and their hosts for a VPL tour by a librarian. It was very interesting to see what the Vancouver Public Library has been up to. The tour was both architectural and gave overview of the different departments and services offered. Some fun tidbits are that VPL has a gym onsite at the library for staff to use. Also there is only one information desk (besides the one on the children’s floor). There are seven levels open to the public and on each floor there is a reference telephone rather than librarians staffing a reference desk. A librarian will come to the patron after the inquiry has been made. The Children’s area and Special Collections were the highlights of the library visit. After the tour all enjoyed a delicious sushi dinner and sALA officers drove back across the border the next day.

Thank you to UBC ALA members, especially Matthew, Anna, Mark, Apple Berry, Chloe, and Megan for arranging the awesome tours, showing us your city, and for being such wonderful hosts. We hope that the exchange can continue with new officers!


Vancouver Public Library


Qmunity Library, a LGBQT library in Vancouver.

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Heather in front of VPL

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What is a trip to Canada without some Poutine!

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Qmunity Library, a LGBQT library in Vancouver.

Seattle Public Library Central Branch Tour

On November 13th we held our annual tour of the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch.Each year we invite incoming and returning students to visit the Central Branch and learn insider details about the library services and its iconic building. Afterward we gather at a nearby location for Happy Hour and community networking!
Our tour was conducted by Leszek Chudzinski,  Senior Librarian in Outreach Services. We started on the ground floor at 3:00 and our personalized, librarian-focused tour lasted nearly two hours. We finished just before 5:00 and headed across 4th to Sazerac (Monaco Hotel) for Happy Hour where we had drinks and snacks, including wood-fire oven cooked pizzas, etc. Several first year MLIS students joined us and even a recent alumna stopped by!  Everyone enjoyed hearing her insights during our conversation.
All in all, a successful trip! Thanks to everyone who attended.

sALA Officer Summer Adventures: Denmark

Katy Curtis is a second-year online MLIS student and the Publicity Officer for sALA. This summer, she spent a month in Copenhagen, Denmark with about 20 other iSchoolers. The exploration seminar was led by faculty-member Trent Hill in collaboration with the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS) and focused on information literacy and instructional design.

Spare time was spent exploring the city and touring the public, academic, and national libraries in Denmark. Site visits included tours of the National Library of Denmark, the Faculty Libraries of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, a special visit to the Arnamagnæan Collection of medieval Scandinavian manuscripts public libraries in Aarhus and Hjørring, as well as the construction site for Dokk1, which will become Aarhus’ new Main Library. In their spare time, Katy and the other students also got Danish library cards, visited art museums and other cultural sites like Tivoli and Kronborg Slot (Hamlet’s castle), and took on the city by bicycle – all while eating delicious Danish pastries.

Visit Katy’s blog Hej København ( for more details about all things Danish, information literacy and libraries in Denmark, and how not to make a fool of yourself on a bicycle in Copenhagen!

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Event: Lunch with Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner

Want to gain some expert insight into the professional world of librarianship? Your opportunity awaits!
sALA and iEracism would like to invite you to a luncheon with Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner, on Tuesday, November 4 at 12:30pm.
Mr. Turner has been the City Librarian since 2011, overseeing the Seattle Public Library’s iconic Central Library and its 26 branches, and serves on the iSchool’s MLIS Advisory Board. For more information about the work he does for Seattle libraries, take a look at his bio. At this special luncheon, Mr. Turner will discuss his career trajectory, share his experiences in the field of librarianship, and tell you what he wishes he knew as a grad student.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Who: iEracism and sALA
What: Lunch with City Librarian, Marcellus Turner
Where: Smith Room, Suzzallo Library 3rd Floor, Rm 324
When: November 4th, 2014 / 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Extra: Lunch provided by Le Fournil Bakery
Please note that due to limited space this event is RSVP ONLY (max 20 students). Keep your eye out for the RSVP form and menu survey (coming next week). This lunch will be simulcast and recorded for later viewing (TBD) for those that can’t attend. Attendees with a disability or individuals requiring assistance to attend are encouraged to contact us ahead of time at so that we can accommodate their request.
Send us your questions! We’d love to help feed your curiosities. Questions can be submitted to with the subject “City Librarian Lunch” and please let us know if you want a shout out or if you’d like to remain anonymous.
Can’t make the event or missed the RSVP? Stay tuned for our recap on the sALA website!

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 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: 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 @

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.