ALA Accreditation Visit

As many of you know, SLIS is going to be undergoing reaccreditation this year. A committee will be coming in March to observe classes, talk to students, and evaluate the program. Dean Lipinski has asked me to gather a group of students for a lunch meeting with two members of the committee and answer questions about the program, and I was hoping that you would be able to attend.

It will be Saturday, March 24th. There will be free pizza! Dr. Lipinski has asked for you to be available for a block of time from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, though he doesn’t think it will take that long. Please reply and let me know if you will be able to attend and if you have any dietary considerations or restrictions.  Also, please let me know of other people who would be interested in attending with whom I should get in touch.

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.

Enjoy!

Sarah Gilchrist

http://news.cengage.com/library-research/gale-launches-librareo-an-online-community-to-power-up-the-next-generation-of-superhero-librarians/

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 www.ala.org/scholarships. 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 www.ala.org/scholarships or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.