DLIS Community Conversation #1
September 8, 2014
Present: There were 9 people in attendance from the DLIS community. One
Next meeting: October 14 (Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch)
I. Establishing the problem
How do we get people to realize the importance of connecting with others on their journey during
the library science graduate program?
faculty member, one UL employee, three students/ALISS board
members, and four new students in the DLIS program.
• We have to work with others in career settings; how can people develop those
skills when classes are now online?
• Several people in the room indicated that they had heard about jobs or
opportunities by making real-life connections with other DLIS individuals. Now
that people are not coming to campus for class, how can we facilitate relationship
• ALISS members discussed a recent survey that was conducted to determine students’
willingness to attend in-person events with other members of the DLIS community.
• Someone brought up the idea of doing virtual mentoring within the program; students in
their second or third year could be paired with new students to help them while they get
used to the program.
• Discussed the creation of a listserv just for students – fostering relationships, making
connections, and facilitate distance students connecting with others in their area.
• Discussion: what type of event would get people’s attention and result in a good turnout?
• ALISS will continue to create opportunities for students to meet throughout the school
year. There is an emphasis on helping students make connections outside of the
III. Future Community Conversations
• October event: Scavenger Hunt at the Indy Public Library Central Branch. Attendees will
participate in the activity from approximately 6:30-7:30 with the chance to socialize at a
• Attendees voted on and discussed possible topics for future Community Conversations.
The November topic will be “Has Freedom of Speech changed now that the whole world
is listening?”. The December topic will be “Does Social Justice belong in libraries and
archives?”. Possible locations and details were discussed; these will be solidified in the
(There will also be a distance location and online version of this event).