Friday, January 30, 2009

LISSA Elections - Call for Candidates

Hi all,

As the Spring semester really starts to swing we have some very important LISSA news!

The LISSA Executive staff has decided to hold the LISSA Officers Election early this year...this is your opportunity to help lead LISSA (your student association and face of SLIS to the Carolina community) in the '09-'10 school year and gain excellent organizational experience at the same time!

The reason for early elections is to assist in the transition period for the new Executive staff, so that those elected can "understudy" with the current officers, and help maintain our level of quality in our professional student association.

Here's what we need to get this ball rolling, folks:

First off we need an Elections Commissioner to oversee the entire process. This person will be appointed by me and can not be anyone running for office in the upcoming election (though it can be a current officer). Please email me off list (leemw@mailbox.sc.edu) if you are interested. (P.s. SLIS grad Patrick McLaughlin has graciously volunteered to help train the new Elections Commissioner once chosen, so do not worry if you aren't familiar with the art and science of elections)

Also, we obviously need you to run for an office! We will be electing posts for President, Vice President, Treasurer, & Secretary. For more information on what responsibilities are involved with each office, please read the LISSA Constitution (downloadable here: http://students.libsci.sc.edu/lissa/documents/constitution.doc )...page 2 lists the offices and duties.

Be thinking of what offices may interest you and I'll hopefully have an Elections Commissioner in the near future that will handle all nominations and such heading into the election proper.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the upcoming elections, or for that matter any LISSA questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at leemw@mailbox.sc.edu !



Good luck to all in their SLIS studies this semester.

Mahalo,

Mike Lee
LISSA Acting-President

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Awards and Scholarships

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is now accepting applications for its 2009 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the 2009 Annual Conference being held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009.



Marcia Tuttle International Award

A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the serials information chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education. For more details, please visit the following page: http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_tuttle.cfm



Horizon Award

Awards for promising new serials professionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. Recipients will also be invited to serve on a NASIG committee. For more details, please visit the following page: http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_horizon.cfm



Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship and conference travel grant for a graduate student demonstrating excellence in scholarship and the potential for accomplishments in a serials career. For more details, please visit the following page: http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_schwartz.cfm



NASIG Conference Student Grant

Grants for qualifying students to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. For more details, please visit the following page: http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_studentgrant.cfm



Serials Specialist Award

Awards for promising paraprofessionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. For more details, please visit the following page: http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_specialist.cfm



Rose Robischon Scholarship, underwritten by Swets Information Services

This needs-based scholarship for a serials professional will be awarded for the first time in 2009. For more details, please visit the following page: http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_robischon2.cfm



The application deadline for all of the above-listed awards is February 16, 2009. For details about the awards offered by NASIG, please visit http://www.nasig.org/about_awards.cfm.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Scholarship opportunity from the Georgia Library Association

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE GEORGIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S SCHOLARSHIP
COMMITTEE


Please help us spread the word to students in LIS programs or those
entering an LIS program about the availability of two (2) scholarships
from the Georgia Library Association:

The Beard Scholarship ($1,000)
The Beard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made
possible by friends and colleagues of the late Charles Edward Beard who
served libraries and the library profession for almost 40 years with
distinction and dedication. The purpose of this scholarship is to
provide financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in
library science for candidates who show strong potential to inspire and
motivate their peers in the profession and in professional associations.

The $1,000 award is presented each year.


The Hubbard Scholarship ($3,000)
The Hubbard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made
possible by the family and friends of Mr. C. S. Hubbard, an early
supporter of libraries in Georgia. The purpose of the scholarship is to
recruit excellent librarians for Georgia and provide financial
assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science.
The $3,000 award is presented each year.


Qualifications for both scholarships

The recipient must:

Be completing the senior year in an accredited college or university or
be a graduate of such an institution.
Be accepted as a student in a master's degree program at a library
school accredited by the American Library Association.
Be ready to begin the program of study not later than the fall term of
the year in which the scholarship is awarded, or already in an LIS
program.
Indicate an intention to complete degree requirements within three
years.
Maintain a passing grade average throughout the program and submit
grade reports to the committee chair at the end of each term.
Agree to work for one year following graduation from library school in
a library-related capacity in Georgia, or agree to pay back a prorated
amount of the award plus interest. Repayment must be made within a two
year period.


Application Procedure
To apply, submit to the Chair before May 21, 2009 :


**One official application form which includes an essay on why you want
to be a librarian and your professional goals (you may be considered for
both scholarships via one form and other accompanying documentation - do
not send duplicate materials).

**Proof of admission to an American Library Association-accredited
Master’s program/library school, i.e., a letter from the dean of the
school/program certifying your acceptance (a photocopy is acceptable).

**Three letters of reference sent directly from the reference to the
committee chair.

**Official transcripts of all academic work sent directly to the chair
from each college or university you have attended.

Selection of Award Recipients
The Scholarship Committee will review all complete applications
received by the deadline of May 21. Selection will be based on the
application and supporting documents. Other considerations being equal,
residents of Georgia will be given preference. Applicants will be
considered for both awards by the committee. Beard scholarship criteria
are the same as for the Hubbard; the committee will choose two top
candidates with the Beard being given preferably to applicants
demonstrating involvement in a professional library association (e.g.,
GLA, ALA, SELA) or evidence of library leadership.

Applicants will be notified of the decision not later than June 15. The
scholarship will be paid to the recipient in equal installments at the
beginning of each term (semester, quarter or other division) of the
school in which the recipient is enrolled. Also , reimbursement of some
travel expenses will be provided to Beard and Hubbard Scholarship
recipients to attend one COMO conference, in order to be honored at the
GLA Awards Banquet and to assist with the Scholarship Raffle.

The online application is here:

http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship_application.pdf

Information about the scholarship is here:


http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship.htm



Send all application materials to the GLA Scholarship Committee Chair:


Barbara Petersohn
Alpharetta Center Library
Georgia State University
3705 Brookside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
bpetersohn@gsu.edu

Volunteers Needed for Savannah Book Festival

The Savannah Book Festival is being held on Saturday, February 7, 2009. They need volunteers to help at the different venues and the information desk with shifts available all day from 8am to 5pm. You can get more information about the festival at www.savannahbookfestival.org. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact Jennifer West - Jennifer [at] symposiumav [dot] com.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Georgia Library Association Scholarship Opportunity

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE GEORGIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S SCHOLARSHIP
COMMITTEE


Please help us spread the word to students in LIS programs or those
entering an LIS program about the availability of two (2) scholarships
from the Georgia Library Association:

The Beard Scholarship ($1,000)
The Beard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made
possible by friends and colleagues of the late Charles Edward Beard who
served libraries and the library profession for almost 40 years with
distinction and dedication. The purpose of this scholarship is to
provide financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in
library science for candidates who show strong potential to inspire and
motivate their peers in the profession and in professional associations.

The $1,000 award is presented each year.


The Hubbard Scholarship ($3,000)
The Hubbard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made
possible by the family and friends of Mr. C. S. Hubbard, an early
supporter of libraries in Georgia. The purpose of the scholarship is to
recruit excellent librarians for Georgia and provide financial
assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science.
The $3,000 award is presented each year.


Qualifications for both scholarships

The recipient must:

Be completing the senior year in an accredited college or university or
be a graduate of such an institution.
Be accepted as a student in a master's degree program at a library
school accredited by the American Library Association.
Be ready to begin the program of study not later than the fall term of
the year in which the scholarship is awarded, or already in an LIS
program.
Indicate an intention to complete degree requirements within three
years.
Maintain a passing grade average throughout the program and submit
grade reports to the committee chair at the end of each term.
Agree to work for one year following graduation from library school in
a library-related capacity in Georgia, or agree to pay back a prorated
amount of the award plus interest. Repayment must be made within a two
year period.


Application Procedure
To apply, submit to the Chair before May 21, 2009 :


**One official application form which includes an essay on why you want
to be a librarian and your professional goals (you may be considered for
both scholarships via one form and other accompanying documentation - do
not send duplicate materials).

**Proof of admission to an American Library Association-accredited
Master’s program/library school, i.e., a letter from the dean of the
school/program certifying your acceptance (a photocopy is acceptable).

**Three letters of reference sent directly from the reference to the
committee chair.

**Official transcripts of all academic work sent directly to the chair
from each college or university you have attended.

Selection of Award Recipients
The Scholarship Committee will review all complete applications
received by the deadline of May 21. Selection will be based on the
application and supporting documents. Other considerations being equal,
residents of Georgia will be given preference. Applicants will be
considered for both awards by the committee. Beard scholarship criteria
are the same as for the Hubbard; the committee will choose two top
candidates with the Beard being given preferably to applicants
demonstrating involvement in a professional library association (e.g.,
GLA, ALA, SELA) or evidence of library leadership.

Applicants will be notified of the decision not later than June 15. The
scholarship will be paid to the recipient in equal installments at the
beginning of each term (semester, quarter or other division) of the
school in which the recipient is enrolled. Also , reimbursement of some
travel expenses will be provided to Beard and Hubbard Scholarship
recipients to attend one COMO conference, in order to be honored at the
GLA Awards Banquet and to assist with the Scholarship Raffle.

The online application is here:

http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship_application.pdf

Information about the scholarship is here:


http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship.htm



Send all application materials to the GLA Scholarship Committee Chair:


Barbara Petersohn
Alpharetta Center Library
Georgia State University
3705 Brookside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
bpetersohn@gsu.edu

Friday, January 9, 2009

Intership at the Government Accountability Office

GAO currently has paid internships available in records management.


Link to USAJOBS announcement: GAO-09-APSS-0343-02.




Applicants are to specify in their application that they are
interested in
working in Knowledge Services, Information Assets (the title of GAO's
records office).

National Library of Medicine's Associate Fellows Program Webinar

If you plan to submit an application for the Associate Fellows Program to the National Library of Medicine, don't miss this opportunity. A recent SLIS graduate and the current NLM Associate Fellow, Mr. Patrick McLaughlin , will be one of the presenters of this webinar.

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The National Library of Medicine will host a free one hour webinar on its Associate Fellows Program. The webinar will consist of a short presentation about the Associate Fellows program followed by a discussion by current 1st and 2nd year Associates about the application and interview process. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions. The webinar will be recorded for future listening.

Deadline for applying to this year's program is February 6, 2009.
Up to 6 applicants will be accepted into the program.

Webinar will be held: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 2:00pm EST

URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmassociates/

Call:
Conference Number: 1-888-813-8477
Participant Code: 934901

Questions?


Kathel Dunn

Associate Fellowship Coordinator
National Library of Medicine
Bldg 38, Rm 2N-19
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
301-435-4083
dunnk@mail.nih.gov

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/

Preparing future leaders in health sciences libraries and in health services research

Orientation

New student orientation is tomorrow, and LISSA will be there!

Welcome to all the new folks!