Month: November 2009

Nov. 17th Meeting Minutes

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The minutes from  the Nov. 17th  meeting are posted on the Meeting Minutes page.  Highlights from the meeting include:

On December 1, 2009, UB-ALA will be having our last meeting of the semester.  We will be holding elections for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary officer positions.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions please prepare a statement about the position you are interested in and why you would be a good candidate for that position. If you are interested in running for a position and cannot make it to the December 1, 2009 meeting, please email us at ubstudentala @ gmail dot com, by December 1st to let us know and we can put your name in for nomination.

ALA Student to Staff nominations are temporarily on hold while we doublecheck the eligibility requirements.  If you are interested in learning more about the program in the meantime please email ubstudentala @ gmail dot com.


The end is near…

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…The end of the semester, that is. Here’s what’s going on:

Final UB ALA Meeting of the Semester will be December 1 at 6:00pm in 553 Baldy. On the agenda are elections for next semester, so if you are interested in running but can’t make the meeting, please email us at ubstudentala[at]gmail[dot]com. If you’re coming to the meeting and want to run, be prepared to give us a little info about yourself and why you would make a good officer. The open positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Rochester students can hold office, too. The only pre-requisite for any candidates is that you be an ALA member when you take office.

A Good Old Fashioned Book Sorting Jamboree will be held tomorrow, Sunday 11/22, at noon in the LIS computer lab in the basement of Baldy. Free refreshments will be available to help us sort through the many boxes of books we received in the recent book drive. Not all of these books are appropriate for WNYCPC so we will be weeding the donations and routing them in the appropriate directions. All are welcome, but if you’re coming, wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and be prepared for a dusty afternoon!

Rochester Wine & Cheese Soiree will be held on Friday, December 4 at 7pm at Charlie’s house in Rochester (same location as the barbecue earlier in the fall–let’s all thank Charlie for being such a generous hostess!) Same rules apply as for the Buffalo Wine & Cheese — this event is BYO-beverage-of-choice; UB ALA will provide cheese and other snacks. Adult guests of LIS students are welcome. Please RSVP to Charlie at charlieakajennykelly[at]gmail[dot]com by Tuesday, 12/1.

Other ways to help out WNYCPC

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In addition to helping with the book drive, there are many ways the UB community can get involved to help out the library at Western NY Children’s Psychiatric Center. Here’s a list to get you started–keep in mind that any of these activities would be a big help for CPC AND would look great on a resume. If you are interested in tackling any of these projects, or have more ideas, or would like to visit CPC on ALA’s next trip to West Seneca on November 9, please email ubstudentala [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks for all your help–keep up the great work!

  • Catalog materials (mainly copy cataloging using Access Pennsylvania records)
  • Organize and re-alphabetize all sections
  • Tag YA books with stickers and reinforcement tape
  • Create a professional-looking brochure that can be distributed to community and other institutions when applying for grants and donations
  • Create themed displays along with signage and booklists
  • Compile booklists such as “If you like this, try this” and genre lists based on the collection
  • Assist with researching and writing grants or looking into local organizations that might host a bookfair or purchase books and materials for the CPC
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation on how to use SMARTboard technology in the classroom
  • Develop library-centered activities and programming that can be implemented at the CPC

Some of these things can be done offsite, but please note that if you go to the CPC to do any activities you will be required to fill out a small amount of paperwork and a confidentiality agreement. If you decide to come back or will be working directly with the students, you will then have to undergo an extensive background check and orientation training.

For SLMS students, time spent at CPC can sometimes be counted toward your Field Experience hours–check with your advisor. Also, some of the background check paperwork you fill out is mandatory paperwork that you will need to have on file with the state to work as an SLMS anyway–you can get it on file through CPC.

Spend Money for a Good Cause

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The ALA Bake Sale was a great success and now we’ve got some money to spend! We’re going to go to the upcoming Clearfield Branch Library book sale and stock up on items for the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center. If you’re interested in spending someone else’s money (and you know you are), please email us at ubstudentala at gmail dot com, or speak to an officer at the Wine & Cheese Soiree on Friday, November 6.

Speaking of Wine & Cheese, the event is BYO drink (wine or whatever). ALA will provide cheese and other snacks. This isn’t a formal dress party or anything like that, just a chance to spend some time outside of classes with your colleagues. Rumor has it there may even be a fondue sighting! Hope to see you there!