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
Visit Katy’s blog Hej København (http://hejkoebenhavn.weebly.
ASIS&T and sALA Game Night
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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)
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
- Complete an online nomination form, visit: http://www.ala.org/faflrt/
- 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.