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Posted December 2, 2014 by DWOOD

Forty 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)...

Posted December 1, 2014 by DWOOD

How would you like to spend a month in beautiful London, England, while earning graduate course credits? How would you like to earn those credits by touring some of the UK’s most important and historic libraries, archives, and special collections? If yes, then you may wish to enroll in British Studies 2015, a month-long study abroad program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) that takes students on guided, behind-the-scenes tours of libraries and archives in London, Oxford, Greenwich, and Edinburgh. The program is offered June 25 to July 29, 2015, and carries six hour'...

Posted October 30, 2014 by DWOOD

Each Annual Conference ALA provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 40 students engaged in ALA Student Chapters both to attend an ALA Annual Conference and to work behind-the-scenes with ALA staff.  The Student-to-Staff Program (S2S) was created so that each of 60 schools affiliated with ALA has an equal and equitable opportunity to nominate one and only one student to fill one of 40 available slots in the program. Established in 1973, S2S offers qualifying students in the program the opportunity to attend meetings, programs, and other ALA Conference events in their spare time. Faculty advisors nominate only one student at...

Posted August 20, 2014 by DWOOD

August 20, 2014 Dear students, now is the time to join ALA before dues increase on September 1. Join now for $34 and save $1 increase to $35 on Sept. 1. Save $3 if your state library association is one of 28 partnering with ALA to offer joint student membership. Before September 1, join ALA and your state library association for one low price of $35. After September 1, join for $38. Special dues rates are designed to help you access the benefits, networking, and career resources that come with membership. Student members, whether full- or part-time, are also given the best rates for conference registration, often at discounts as...

Posted August 20, 2014 by DWOOD

August 20, 2014 Your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, needs your help to support libraries in your state. If you're not already a member, now, right now, is a good time to join! Indeed, it’s not only a good time to join, with budget cuts and worse directed at libraries in many states, it’s also imperative— now more than ever—to support your state library association’s efforts to advocate for and support libraries, librarians, and library workers within your state. Your Chapter membership will also benefit you personally and professionally: You’ll receive discounts for attending your state association’s...

Posted August 5, 2014 by DWOOD

Last spring the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, created Digi Day for students to be provided with a hands-on digitization experience and an opportunity for service hours for its students. Let me share with you how we created this successful event so you can re-create it on your campus. Early last spring, USM Digital Lab manager, Elizabeth La Beaud—who is also our student chapter secretary—came to me with the beginnings of an idea to provide LIS students with hands-on digitization experience and an opportunity for service hours. Over the next few months, she and I ironed out the details of what would become...

Posted June 25, 2014 by DWOOD

The mission of Librarians Build Communities is “to connect librarians with libraries and community organizations in need of skilled volunteers in order to form meaningful volunteer opportunities and to improve awareness of the expertise librarians possess.” The 2014 Emerging Leaders team (Team F) assigned to Librarians Build Communities (LBC) was asked to build on the work of three previous Emerging Leaders teams. Those teams, from 2011, 2012, and 2013, delved deep into research on how LBC could be structured and promoted, then set up the initial websites and created promotional tools and procedures. We in the 2014 Team began our...

Posted April 1, 2014 by DWOOD

Tired of the drab, uninspiring sales of T-shirts and coffee tumblers to raise funds for your ALA student chapter? Yes, we at Clarion University were too! Let me share with you how holding a literary photo scavenger hunt helped us raise funds for our annual spring trip to Washington, D.C., and not be bored! Faced with offering another boring fundraiser for our ALA student chapter at Clarion University, we decided to do something that would appeal to our entire member base, many of whom are distance students. We landed on the idea of a literary photo scavenger hunt. Our rules were simple. For $10, and the chance to win a Kindle,...

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