Networking: It’s for Everyone

While perusing the ALA JobList Newsletter, I came across this article on networking from the Huffington Post:

I like that the author, Brian Harke, mentions that networking happens all of the time. Enjoy the winter break and remember that you can network with friends and family while enjoying seasonal festivities.



Free Workshop on Job Searching for SLIS Graduates

Please join Robin Haun-Mohamed, Director, Collection Management and Preservation, Library Services and Content Management, United States Government Printing Office, Tiffany Smith Licciardi, Leadership Team Coordinator, Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy, and Bridget Roddy, Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Program Manager, State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy, for a free web conference on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. PDT, courtesy of SJSU SLIS!
Abstract: There are many non-traditional jobs and resume-building opportunities that Master of Library and Information Science candidates and job seekers can immediately take advantage of to gain experience in the federal government. This session includes tips to finding and creating opportunities to earn academic credit or to get a head start on landing a job. Learn about student employment opportunities that convert to full-time employment, contract employment in federal agencies, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program, and even virtual internships.

16 November 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT
Location: Live using Elluminate
Live URL:


This web conference is part of San Jose State University’s SLIS Career Colloquia, which provides tips and strategies for career development and job searching. Please visit the following link to find recordings of previous SJSU SLIS Career Colloquia webinars:

2011 Indy Author Fair

2011 Indy Author Fair
Saturday, October 29th
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Central Library in downtown Indianapolis

At the Indy Author Fair, you will:
- Learn how to publish and market your book through a variety of workshops and presenters.
- Have the opportunity to meet over 40 of Indiana’s talented authors.
- Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2011 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

And, it’s FREE and open to the public!

Gale Launches Librareo, an Online Community to Power up the Next Generation of Superhero Librarians

I found this article in the American Libraries Direct newsletter from ALA. As LIS students, we are able to use Gale products for free, so that we will use them and be familiar with them in our post-graduation positions. If you’re interested in this free subscription service, check out the information in the article link below.


Sarah Gilchrist

ALA 2012 scholarship online application now available

For Immediate Release – Tue, 10/04/2011 – 15:05Contact: Kimberly Redd – Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

CHICAGO – Scholarship money is available for future librarians.ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master’s degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and instructions are available on-line at The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

There are many types of scholarships available for the study of librarianship.  These include scholarships for students who are interested in children’s librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation.  In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and for people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a masters program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA.  Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Complete guidelines and instructions are available on the website.

The scholarship process is open annually from October through March. For more information, visit or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.

Preparing Future Faculty at IUPUI – Fall 2011 Program from the Graduate Office

If you’re interested in gaining more knowledge about teaching, please join the Graduate Office on Friday, November 11, 2011 for the Preparing Future Faculty Fall Symposium: Preparing for the Academy. For additional information, please visit:

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Further information about MARAC can be found at

This is a friendly reminder that pre-registration for the Fall 2011 Conference in Bethlehem, PA, will end September 30, 2011. Please note the following registration rates:

• Postmarked Sept. 17-Sept. 30:  Member – $75.00/ Non-Member – $120.00
• After Sept. 30:  REGISTER ON-SITE – Member – $85.00/ Non-Member – $130.00
• Student Rate:  $35.00 | Saturday Only Rate – $45.00

Please also note that there are only 6 spots remaining for Tour 2 and 3 spots remaining for Tour 3. 

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Great Resource for Library Job Seekers!

William Weare passed this resource along and I thought that we could all benefit from the information. Please pass it along!

Examples of Successful Cover Letters:

An Article Interviewing Stephen Flynn, creator of Open Cover Letters:


Sarah Gilchrist

From the ALA – Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by Nov. 4, 2011. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2012.

For more information and guidelines, visit or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275; e-mail:

Mary Ellen Davis
Executive Director
Association of College & Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611