Student Member Blog

Posted February 2, 2011 by DWOOD

Forty ALA Student Chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 20 hours), 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, they may attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are: Talea Alise Anderson, University of Washington Jenny Arch, Simmons College BriAnne Baxley, University of South Carolina Tali Beesley, University of...

Posted May 4, 2010 by DWOOD

The seventh draft of “Librarianship and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Nurturing Understanding and Respect” is available for review and comment. “The responsible management of traditional cultural expressions—in which the principle of open access to information is balanced with a respect for the rights of indigenous and traditional communities—is an important issue for the American Library Association and for libraries,” said ALA President Camila Alire. The author of this statement is the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and its Advisory Committee. The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), which OITP...

Posted February 5, 2010 by DWOOD

We all know that libraries are busier than ever, providing incredible service in these challenging economic times. What if libraries went away, even for a day? What would the impact be on our state and the people we serve? What would happen if there were no libraries? Holding a library snapshot day is a simple way to prove that libraries provide invaluable services to our communities. Learn to organize a successful Library Snapshot Day in your state with this How-To created by the New Jersey State Library. Strategies to help get buy-in, put together a creative committee, and create a wiki for all libraries to use. Ways to...

Posted November 12, 2009 by DWOOD

The first ALA Student Chapter was created in 1980 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Each Student Chapter has its own character and purpose. ALA Student Chapters enhance students' ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses. Eligible participants 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. Fees Student Chapters pay no fee to...

Posted October 19, 2009 by DWOOD

Advocacy University is ALA’s initiative geared to providing tools, training and resources to library advocates to achieve real advocacy goals in real situations at the local level. Go there now and learn about these wonderful resources to help you in your advocacy work: Frontline Advocacy is designed to motivate, encourage, provide content, train, and educate librarians and library workers in seizing opportunities at all levels and especially from the front lines. Coalition Building Web Resource includes several best practices of successful library coalition building from around the country. Add It Up: Libraries Make the...

Posted April 23, 2009 by DWOOD

Our Emerging Leaders Team L (Amalia Monroe, Morgan Montgomery, Karen Keys, and Erin Dorney), with feedback from ALA staff, would like library workers born after 1978 to spend 15–20 minutes completing a brief survey about ALA chapter membership. They are interested in finding out more about millennial generation needs and wants. '

Posted March 25, 2009 by DWOOD

Portia Latalladi is the Youth Librarian and First Assistant at the Garfield Ridge Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Portia’s fascination with libraries began early in life and continued throughout her early adult years and was the basis for her decision to become a librarian. In 2001, Portia became a ALA Spectrum Scholar and in 2004 graduated from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, with a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her studies focused on youth services and library administration. As a recent professional librarian, Portia has increased her accomplishments to...

Posted February 19, 2009 by DWOOD

Helen Snowden is currently a librarian with the Children’s Department at the Gloucester Township Branch of the Camden County Library System.> As a recent graduate from Drexel University MLIS Program and a 2007 Spectrum Scholar recipient, librarianship is a career change for Mrs. Snowden.> After a number of years in marketing she decided to pursue a passion that encompasses many of her talents. What made you choose your field of focus, and when did you decide? My previous employer was going through many changes and I became quite unhappy with my position.> Lack of challenges and mundane, routine work...