Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Yes, it's a US presidential election year, but it's also time to get involved with two other elections as well!

It's time to think about finding new ALASC leadership for the 2015-2016 school year. A student leadership position will allow you to strengthen your leadership and event planning skills, get involved in the program, and network with LIS professionals. We have two formal positions open. We hope you'll consider applying! Here's what you need to know:

Chair: You run the ALASC meetings and act as the representative and liaison with ALA headquarters. You oversee ALASC and executive committee, shaping the group for the year and moving it forward.

Secretary: You would take notes during meetings and send follow up emails to the ALASC making list after meetings take place. You would also help the Co-chair with updating the ALASC social media. 

You can find full position descriptions in the ALASC Constitution: Section 3

Nominations Process
We are now accepting nominations for both Chair and Secretary. To nominate yourself for a position, please email Tasha McLachlan with your name, whether you are running for Chair or Secretary, and 2-3 sentences on what you hope to accomplish in the position. If you'd like to nominate someone else, please send their name, email address, and which position, and then we will email them to accept or deny the nomination. Please send the nominations by Sunday, April 30th.

New Leadership and Election Schedule
Nominations due: 4/30
Voting opens: 5/2
Voting ends: 5/9
New leaders announced via email: 5/11

If you have any questions about the positions or the election process, please contact Tasha McLachlan or Katherine Ward.


 National ALA elections are also happening right now!  Take a look at the ALA election webpage for more information on the positions, candidates and how to vote.  Voting is open to all ALA members.  Not a member of ALA yet?  Check out the joint membership program for students wanting to join at a local and national level.  

Voting is open until April 22, 2106.  

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Current Opportunities!

It's spring break 2016!  We've all got things to do, books to read, sleep to sleep (so much sleep).
There are so many opportunities for MLIS students right now, so if you have some time take a peek and apply/register/mark your calendars!

Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship
Applications are now open for the 2016 Conable Conference Scholarship sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. (FTRF). The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. The 2016 ALA Annual Conference will be held in Orlando, FL, June 23-28, 2016. Application deadline: April 8, 2016 5pm CST. Winners will be announced in early April, 2016.

2016 Google Policy Fellowship
The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2016 Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) began its participation in this program at the program’s founding in 2008.

For the summer of 2016, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. Throughout the summer, Google’s Washington office will provide an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.

The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, online privacy, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, open access to information, free expression, digital literacy, the future of libraries generally, and many other topics. Refer to the National Policy Agenda for Libraries for an overview of current priorities.  Application deadline: March 25, 2016

ALA Awards and Grants
A link to the ALA's full list of awards and grants.  A great resource for those looking for basically everything : )