Student Chapter Leadership Community
In Transforming the American Library Association Student Chapter at University of Southern California, Kimberly Tate-Louie and Anthony Profeta share lots of great ideas other ALA Student Chapters can use.
Check it out!
And if your Student Chapter has ideas it would like to share via the ALA Student Member blog, send a note to Don Wood at the ALA Chapter Relations Office.
Libraries Transform is the American Library Association's public awareness campaign. The campaign is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, to ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for the library profession, to showcase the transformative nature of today’s libraries, and to elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age.
You can find out more about the campaign at its about page. And for updated information you may sign up to receive news and updates and follow #librariestransform. And for more information and how to get involved in the campaign, you may contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at email@example.com.
Help spread the word
Libraries around the country are beginning to use Libraries Transform, the new public awareness campaign from the American Library Association.
What can you do as a Library Student, as an ALA Student Chapter, to help spread the word about the important role of libraries in people’s lives? Here are a few ways to get started.
- Visit your local library.
- National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3, 2016. Help library advocates make the case for libraries in Washington.
- Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook or Twitter. The official hash of the campaign is #librariestransform.
- Share your favorite Because Statement on social media, or write your own!
- Has the library transformed your life? Share your story.
- Watch a message from ALA President Sari Feldman.
- Check out a map of participating libraries.
- Display a Libraries Transform banner on your blog, your Student Chapter Facebook page, your SC website, etc.
- Library professionals and library advocates can visit the Libraries Transform Toolkit. (You’ll have to create an account. Takes just a few minutes!) Then you can access a terrific resource that your Student Chapter can use. For example:
- Include Libraries Transform messaging in your SC newsletters, e-newsletters or regular email blasts to your members.
- Host an event to build community/university awareness of new creative services at libraries (such as a makerspace, new collaborative work spaces or a new digital collection). You could use this as a teachable moment to increase the awareness of the importance of libraries in communities nationwide, as well as locally.
- Use the Libraries Transform brand on campus flyers and brochures to promote special programs and services at your university library. Get your university library involved if it isn’t already involved!
- The above brief list was adapted from “Ten Ways to Get Involved.”
- I’m confident your Student Chapter can come up with more ways. If yours does, I’d be glad to receive a story for the ALA Student membership blog. Feel free to share your ideas on this e-list, too.
You can also share ideas, initiatives, and much more, in the ALA Connect Student Chapter Leadership community. (You’ll see the community has not been as active as anticipated; however, now is your opportunity. Indeed, I’ve added this message as the first new posting in a while.)
#LibrariesTransform lives and communities!
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“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.”—Malala Yousafzai
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Student chapters of ALA have a powerful opportunity to build the strength of the LIS profession. Every future professional must attend graduate school. If we can maximize our impact on each student in our university’s program, we will have reached every incoming professional to the field. Wow. Imagine how much the field could benefit by making sure each new professional has a head start in knowing how to apply their academic coursework in a practical setting.
Career Enhancement Program Application Deadline Extended to November 17
Mark A. Puente | 202-296-2296 | firstname.lastname@example.org | on November 04, 2014
The application deadline for the ARL Career Enhancement Program has been extended to Monday, November 17, 2014. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.
The ARL Career Enhancement Program has three main components:
Each fellow will have a unique opportunity to work in an ARL member research library for 6–12 weeks to gain both educational and professional experience while enrolled in an MLIS program. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.
The fellows will participate in the annual ARL Leadership Symposium held January 29–February 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the symposium, the fellows will explore the major strategic issues facing research libraries today and discuss appropriate strategies for securing a professional position in research libraries upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to meet and network with other ARL diversity programs participants, library leaders, and other MLIS students who attend the annual event.
ARL staff will work with each fellow to help them connect with member libraries and to assist with networking during the job search process.
Eligible applicants for the ARL Career Enhancement Program must:
- Be accepted into an ALA-accredited library and information science program
- Be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada
- Complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship
Selection and Institutional Match
The ARL Career Enhancement Program has a unique process for selecting and matching fellows with host institutions. Each host designates a staff member to serve on the coordinating committee. The committee will evaluate the entire applicant pool, select participants, and then enter into dialogue with other coordinators about the institution that is best positioned to create a rewarding internship experience for each fellow. The assignments will be based on the fellows’ skills, knowledge, and expectations for the internships, as well as the institutions’ ability to create and manage a meaningful experience.
Applications are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, November 17, 2014, and should be submitted online. For more information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions, visit the ARL Career Enhancement Program website - http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/career-enhancement-program/2508-application-process#.VFkHevnF9wE
The National Digital Stewardship Residency Programs in Boston and New York, with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are working to develop the next generation of digital stewardship professionals by funding nine-month hands-on residencies for recent master’s degree recipients to complete digital stewardship projects at host institutions in the Boston and New York City area.
Applications for residencies running from September 2014 through May 2015 are now being accepted. Applications are due Friday, May 30, 2014.
Participation in NDSR Boston or New York will offer:
*A nine-month paid residency at a Boston or New York City institution working on a specific digital stewardship project with a mentor and with full host institution support.
*Participation in advanced training, lectures, and events on digital stewardship conducted by digital preservation professionals and program staff.
*Access to mentoring and career development services through the program and through the involvement in NDSR of notable digital preservation professionals.
*Access to professional development funding, the opportunity to present at national conferences, and the chance to help contribute to and shape a national model for post-master’s residency programs.
For more information please visit:
NDSR Boston: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/ndsr_boston
MentorConnect is an informal mentoring network implemented within ALA Connect that allows all ALA members to participate and only requires that you actively choose to join the network in order to begin serving as a mentor or seeking a mentor.
Mentoring others is one of the most powerful ways you can give back to the profession, but it’s not a relationship to be entered into lightly. If you join MC, you’re making a commitment to help someone else. A strong mentoring relationship requires consistent contact between the mentor and mentee so think carefully about making this commitment before offering your services as a mentor.
Having effective mentors is important for your professional and personal growth. Asking someone to take the time to mentor you is a serious commitment . When someone agrees to mentor you, they’re making an investment in your future. Plan on spending time with your mentor via MentorConnect in order to get the most from this important relationship.
If you choose to join MentorConnect, you can:
- Create a mentor and/or a mentee profile
- Search for a mentor in a variety of subjects
- Offer your services as a mentor
- Track feedback from your mentors/mentees
- Create your own private community in ALA Connect for you and your mentee(s) if you want to take advantage of the online documents, calendar, discussion forum, and chat features available to all members.
ACRL announces e-Learning scholarships to help librarians, library staff and library school students stretch their professional development dollars. Twelve e-Learning scholarships will be awarded – seven covering the registration cost of a Webcast and five covering the cost of an online course. Complete details and application materials are available online.
To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be ACRL members, complete the online scholarship application form and submit a 300-word written statement that describes how participation in an ACRL e-Learning event meets your professional needs and goals. The application deadline is November 1, 2013, with notifications issued in December 2013. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at email@example.com or call (312) 280-2522.