Welcome to the newly redesigned ALISS website!

If you are reading this you have found yourself on the ALISS webpage! Welcome! This site is a place for you to learn more about ALISS and your current officers, and find information on upcoming and past events. Please click around and check the site out, and if there is anything that you would like to see added or changed feel free to let us know. We want this site to be a helpful resource for current and future students.


Student Leader Elections are almost here!

Greetings MLISers!

Want to make your mark on the iSchool, pursue your interests more deeply, offer support and lead your fellow students? Consider becoming a student leader! 

Becoming a part of the professional community is an important part of your education. Becoming a student leader won’t just help you network with your peers; you’ll also get to make professional contacts, gain experience with event planning, and build your leadership skills. For a closer look at some of the benefits and our iSchool organizations, ALISS has prepared a brief presentation for you to consider.

Connecting at the iSchool

ALISS will host a Student Leadership Brown-Bag on Wednesday, February 11th from 12:30pm-2pm in the Allen Research Commons Red C to provide more information about becoming a student leader and respond to questions or concerns. Also, feel free to bring your questions to the Open Meetings on 2/6 and 2/11!

More info on elections coming soon!

Don’t miss the Winter Quarter Open Meetings!

Greetings MLISers! It’s that time again – Don’t forget to participate in the Winter Quarter Open Meetings! Do you have questions about spring registration? Comments about your current coursework? Suggestions for the future? Do you want more information about becoming a student leader?

This is your chance to give direct feedback on your iSchool experience and improve the program for future students. ALISS is committed to helping maintain an open dialogue between students and iSchool administration, and we value your participation.

The F2F Meeting will be held Friday, February 6th from 2pm-4pm in the Allen Library Research Commons, Red C.

The Online Meeting will be held the following Wednesday, February 11th from 6:30pm-8:30pm (PST; https://ischool.adobeconnect.com/aliss).

As usual, the first hour is students-only. During the second hour, we will be joined by Marie Potter (MLIS Academic Advisor). Be on the look out for more events soon!

If you’re unable to attend, remember that we have the ALISS course on Canvas to discuss your iSchool experience in a more secure place than social media. There are no faculty, staff, or administrators on the Canvas site, so your comments/questions/concerns will remain anonymous. Post your thoughts there and we will address them during the open meetings.

Save the Date: iSkating Fall Social 12/6!

Greetings MLISers! There are only a few short weeks until the end of the quarter – whether it’s your first one or your last, we know you’re ready for a break! At the end of each quarter, ALISS holds an event to give to students an opportunity to relax, revel in your accomplishments, and socialize with your peers.

Please join ALISS for our end of the quarter social event – iSkating! (See what we did there?). This event will take place at the Winterfest Ice Rink at Seattle Center, Saturday December 6th from 7pm – 9pm! This is an ALISS-sponsored event, open to all MLIS students, your significant other, and your families.

ALISS will pay admission for any students that RSVP by December 1st (so we can purchase your tickets in advance). Those who don’t RSVP can still join in, but you’ll have to pay for your ticket. Guest admission should be paid by the individual. Rates are $7 for adults, $5 for children.

If you know you can make it, let us know too! RSVP via the Google Doc and tell us if you’re bring a guest(s) so we have enough hot chocolate and snacks to go round. Hope to see you there!

Midpoint Check

Greetings MLISers! Can you believe we’re already over halfway through the quarter? Time truly flies when you’re having fun and soaking up skills left and right!

We hope you had a chance to join us for the Fall Open Meetings but just in case you didn’t, you can check out the transcripts on the ALISS Canvas page.

Joe Janes also just put out a mid-quarter update on the meetings, the MLIS program committee, and other bits on scheduling, peer review, and feeling like you belong. If you have a minute, give it a listen here!

Mark Your Calendars for Open Meetings!

Greetings MLISers!

Now that we’ve all settled into the new academic year, it’s almost time for you to give us your feedback on the iSchool experience. Each quarter ALISS hosts two open meetings, one on campus and one online, for students to voice their concerns and share comments or suggestions for improving the program. ALISS is committed to helping maintain an open dialogue between students and iSchool administration, and this is your chance to participate.

Check out the details on our events page and mark your calendars for the Fall Open Meetings! See you there!

iWelcome from ALISS

Summer’s just about over and Becca, Kate, and Frank had a great time meeting all of our incoming cohorts at Orientation and the iWelcome Fair last week. Check out some of our photos over on the events page!

Beth, Elan, Lydia, and Katy also wanted to give you guys a big “Hej!” from Copenhagen since we were unable to attend the festivities here in Seattle. Here’s a photo of us at the last group dinner during our Denmark exploration seminar. We can’t wait to meet you!


Remember – ALISS is here to support you so if you have any questions or concerns as we enter Fall quarter, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Enjoy the last day of summer!

Here we go again!

It’s almost time to begin another year of iAwesome-ness. ALISS is looking forward to meeting all of our incoming cohorts at orientation next week and catching up with old friends. Please join us at the all iSchool Fair on Friday, September 19 at 1pm and we’ll tell you about everything that we do at the iSchool.

Following the fair, ALISS is hosting our annual social with sALA in the Grieg Garden near Allen Library at 4:45pm. This is a mixer for new and returning students, so stop by and get to know your colleagues!

We hope everyone had an awesome summer and, once again, welcome (or welcome back) to the iSchool!

What have you been up to this summer?

Greeting MLIS-ers! We hope you’re enjoying your time off from the rigors of graduate school, reading a good book (for fun!), traveling, interning or otherwise gaining professional experience in library-land.

Your ALISS officers have been busy this summer – working in libraries, taking classes, studying in the states and abroad. To get you excited about the amazing opportunities that iSchool has to offer and to get you pumped up about the upcoming academic year, we’d like to share our summer experiences with you. Check out the links below for all the details!

Zen & the Art of Archiving – Our treasurer, Kate Emery, spent one month at the San Francisco Zen Center, living among the monks and helping to preserve their history with a small group of iSchool students led by Joe Tennis.

Seattle to South Korea – Co-President, Becca Fronczak, went all the way to Japan and South Korea during the month of August. Her exploration seminar was called Information, Technology and Society in Modern Korea and it was led by Associate Dean of Academics, Matt Saxton. Look at Becca’s blog for some amazing photos!

Katy Curtis, Lydia Bello, Beth Lytle, and Elan Tomlinson are gearing up to leave for Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of this week! Our exploration seminar will be led by Trent Hill in collaboration with the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS) and focuses on Information Literacies and Instructional Design. We’ll be gone right up until the new school year starts but you can follow our travels in the following locations:

  • Hej København – Katy’s blog about all things Danish, information literacy and instruction at RSLIS, and not making a fool out of herself on a bike.
  • Bibliotrekking – Lydia’s blogging about her experiences and exploring teaching, learning, and librarianship and how they differ between cultures.

Finally, our Distance Representative, Frank Branch, stuck around Seattle and took an Information Visualization course with the iSchool. Check out his online portfolio for a look at what he learned!

That’s all for us. What have you been up to this summer?