Forty American Library Association (ALA) student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. In exchange for working 16 hours during the conference (4 hours a day), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses.
During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are (in alphabetical order by last name of student):
- Sarah Breen—Simmons College (MA)
- Jessica Bright—State University of New York, Buffalo (NY)
- Constance Caddell—North Carolina Central University (NC)
- Annamichelle Chovanec—Syracuse University (NY)
- John Daquino—Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (NJ)
- Leslie Drake—Texas Woman’s University (TX)
- Allison Fantetti—University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (WI)
- Barbara Flohr—East Carolina University (NC)
- Jessica Franco—University of Rhode Island (RI)
- Veronica Furlong—University of Arizona (AZ)
- Jennifer Gravley—University of Missouri (MO)
- Kelly Grogg—University of Iowa (IA)
- Elizabeth Hamilton—Dominican University (IL)
- Karen Harper—Chicago State University (IL)
- Erika Jenns—Indiana University (IN)
- Martin Kass—Florida State University (FL)
- Valerie Kerr—Clarion University (PA)
- Lily Kosmicki—Valdosta State University (GA)
- Kristina Kottenbrook—University of Michigan (MI)
- Alexandra Kuskowski—University of British Columbia (BC)
- Lauren Lancaster—University of Pittsburgh (PA)
- Elizabeth Lieutenant—The Catholic University of America (DC)
- Robert Manzo—University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
- Francesca Marineo—University of California—Los Angeles (CA)
- Nicole Masullo—University of Oklahoma (Norman) (OK)
- Missy McConnell—University of Denver (CO)
- Kathryn Menten—University of Hawaii, Manoa (HI)
- Rachel Murdock—Louisiana State University (LA)
- Perlita Payne—San Jose State University (CA)
- Edras Rodriguez-Torres—Wayne State University (MI)
- Marla Ross—University of North Texas (TX)
- Rebecca Roth—Drexel University (PA)
- James Scholz—University of South Florida (FL)
- Jeremy Selvidge—University of Texas—Austin (TX)
- Kaia Sievert—St. Catherine University (MN)
- Madison Sullivan—University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
- Krista Suter—Emporia State University (KS)
- Bryana Wachowicz—State University of New York, Albany (NY)
- Rachael Wettenstein—Pratt Institute (NY)
- Jessica Whipple—University of Southern Mississippi (MS)
The ALA student-to-staff program is available only at the Annual Conference. To qualify for this program, each student must be a current ALA member and a student chapter member, and cannot have previously participated in the program. Moreover, the student must remain an ALA member through the ALA Annual Conference that he or she is nominated to participate in. Qualifying students are chosen by their schools (e.g., by a random drawing, essay contest, etc.).
The chosen student’s name must be submitted to the Chapter Relations Office by the group’s faculty advisor. Only one student will be accepted per chapter.
Information on how to nominate a student is sent to the schools each year between October and December, and the deadline for submitting a name is between then and whenever 40 qualifying students are accepted into the program. Because there is only room for 40 students and there are 60 active student chapters, participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Currently there are 9,000 ALA student members. Are you an ALA student member without a student chapter? It’s easy to start one. ALA student members at the master’s level and beyond are eligible to form official ALA student chapter groups at schools offering ALA-accredited programs of library and information services, or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an NCATE/AASL-accredited program.
Take a look at these student chapter constitutions and bylaws to give you an idea on how to organize a student chapter. Contact established student chapters for their feedback on creating a chapter, and what to do once you start one. Contact the ALA Chapter Relations Office for assistance, as well.
Belonging to an ALA student chapter enhances your ALA student membership by providing opportunities to learn and hone leadership skills and to design and accomplish programs, participate in community volunteer work, network with other ALA members and ALA leaders, and more.
If you establish your student chapter by next October, encourage your faculty advisor to nominate a student in your student chapter to participate in the ALA Student to Staff program. Point your faculty advisor to the background information below.
That student could be you!
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