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Posted August 10, 2011 by DWOOD

A new FAQ, ALA Student Chapter Answers, helps explain how the ALA and ALA Student Chapters partnership works and provides easy access to ALA resources for Student Chapters. It also shows ways to get involved in ALA Student Chapters and ALA. Questions answered include: "What Are ALA Student Chapters?"; "How Do I Start a Student Chapter" and Why, or The Benefits!"; "What Can the ALA Student Chapters Do for Themselves and Others?"; "What Else Does ALA Offer Student Chapters?"; and "Where to Find Additional Resources for ALA Student Chapters." In addition to answering...

Posted July 27, 2011 by DWOOD

By completing this 20-minute survey, Welcome to the 2011 ALA Student Chapters Survey, you will provide ALA with invaluable information that no doubt will result in your having a greater ALA Student Chapter experience and in helping to ensure a greater ALA Student Chapter experience for future Student Chapter members. Please help publicize this survey widely to Student Chapter members, elected officers, faculty advisers, directors, deans, and anyone else associated with ALA Student Chapters. Specifically, this survey is designed to: Gather information that will result in helping all student chapters by finding and sharing best...

Posted July 21, 2011 by DWOOD

If you are not already a member of your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, please do join yours. There’s lots of reasons to do so, including discounts for attending conferences, networking, mentoring, and all kinds of other opportunities and services! And, most importantly, you can contribute to your state association’s efforts to support libraries and the library profession. The American Library Association has affiliate relationships with state library associations (Chapters) in all fifty States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and regional library associations in...

Posted July 19, 2011 by DWOOD

Apply now to be one of 75 ALA 2012 Emerging Leaders! The deadline to apply is August 1, 2011. This program is designed to enable library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers, and gain an understanding of the ALA structure and wide range of activities. See the 2011 Emerging Leaders and the projects they accomplished: Meet the 2011 Emerging Leaders, see their projects at the Friday poster session during ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans 2011 Emerging Leaders to Develop National Libraries Build...

Posted June 26, 2011 by DWOOD

It should be no surprise that a majority of the events I chose to attend at ALA were student focused. As a recent graduate of Florida State University’s School of Library and Information Studies, my primary connection to the profession is through my associations as a student. Finding avenues for student involvement in reshaping the future of librarianship, and encouraging that, is quickly becoming a professional goal of mine. Thus, I made a distinct point to attend the session aptly titled “Leadership of ALA’s Student Chapters” yesterday. The session was led by Jamie Renton of San Jose State University and...

Posted June 10, 2011 by DWOOD

Last month, ALA President Roberta Stevens delivered the commencement remarks for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Graduate School of Education. She offered the graduates some “fundamental concepts that I wish I had known from the start of my career.” You can find a transcript of her remarks at the UNC website. '

Posted May 3, 2011 by DWOOD

One of the best things a prospective MLIS student can do when preparing for a future in librarianship is to take advantage of all of the opportunities offered through professional organizations. The Student Chapters of ALA offered at Library Schools across the country are a fantastic way for students to jumpstart their career while building new relationships and getting hands on experience. Regardless of whatever stage you are presently in, this opportunity offers a wide range of possibilities for any student looking to strengthen their library and information skills. 1. Networking Opportunities Networking is essential in our field...

Posted April 26, 2011 by DWOOD

The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Project F is determining how to transform and expand ALA’s annual volunteer service day, “Libraries Build Communities,” in which ALA members volunteer to assist libraries and local groups in host cities where the ALA holds its Annual Conference, into an ongoing national volunteer program for librarians who wish to serve their local communities. This new program will continue to match skilled librarian-volunteers to volunteer projects, which provide assistance to school and public libraries and other community organizations, such as food banks, Habitat for...

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