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ALCTS YouTube Webinars

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A quick look at ALCTS’s YouTube page, including a review of one video. Reviewed by Lisa Buda.

ALA offers many divisions for professionals looking to join a specialized community within the organization. With an interest in cataloging and metadata, I decided to join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Upon perusing their website, I was delighted to find that ALCTS has a YouTube channel (ALCTSCE) where they post free webinars. YouTube videos are a great resource for students as they are convenient, free, and offer information on a wide range of information science topics and issues.
ALCTSCE has videos that include topics such as preservation, cataloging, and RDA. I decided to focus on the RDA Series Webinars, in particular, the video RDA for Copy Catalogers: The Basics, presented by Vicki Sipe, a Catalog Librarian at the University of Maryland during the time of the video’s recording in 2015.

It’s an hour long video that looks at Resource Description and Access (RDA) concepts and the RDA Toolkit. Some key topics discussed include:

  1. FRBR and RDA basics
  2. Option, alternative, and exception rules
  3. Preference indicators (LC-PCC PS)
  4. Examples (AACR2 and RDA)
  5. Helpful bits of information

All of these points were excellent refreshers on items already learned through coursework. The video also provided new information and tips for working with the RDA Toolkit. For example, I never realized that the core elements that are mandatory for a MARC record are designated as such in the toolkit. For example, when one goes to RDA item 2.3.2 “Title Proper”, they will see “CORE ELEMENT” underneath the heading in light blue. Similarly, when an alternative, exception, or option is available for an element, it is shown in green.

The examples Sipe provides are easy to follow and highlight specific points. She also compares AACR2 and RDA records to show their differences and similarities. For example, in AACR2, the “rule of three” applies to creators but this notion is no longer used in RDA, which strives to record as much information as possible.

  • RDA prefers spelling out the value rather than using an abbreviation. So “ill.” is now “illustration”. The exception for this is in cases of direct transcription from the source. Such as “Third ed.” should remain as such if that is how it appears on the title page.
  • Record more information rather than less.
  • RDA encourages the use of the resource as much as possible to extract information. Basically, “use what you see”. But be aware of the preferences your organization may follow. For instance, the Library of Congress-Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Statements (LC-PCC PS) may indicate a preference over the documented RDA standard.
  • RDA is constantly being reviewed and updated, so be sure to access the most recent resources.

RDA and its accompanying Toolkit encompasses a vast wealth of information and resources. By watching this video, a student can break up key topics into manageable chunks. I look forward to viewing the other videos available on ALCTS’s YouTube channel and hope you will too.

– Lisa Buda, Rochester, NY.


Resumes and Job Searching for Future Academic Librarians

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Kent State’s LIS program features free speaker events. Please see the following notes for takeaways on the March 6 webinar about resumes and job searching for future academic librarians, as presented by Sharon Holderman, Derek Malone, Lauren Puzier, respectively.

Cover Letters and Resumes

Cover letters should not be more than 1 page. Highlight 2-3 things that makes you best candidate/ stand out. Tailor to each job. Address what you don’t have, but why you’re still a good fit.

The term CV and resume are used interchangeably in libraries (same document)

It’s fine to go over one page limit with your resume in the digital age, just make sure it’s all relevant.

11, 12 font size. No smaller.

Put purpose/ objective in cover letter, not on resume.

Don’t list course titles of classes you’ve taken- list projects from the class.


Phone/skype interview: have a good answer for why you stand out/ are unique for this position.

Make an outline (strengths, weaknesses and how to highlight both to make self look better).

Speak clearly and slowly. Have a good phone connection.

Questions ready for them (you’re interviewing them too)

Apply for all opportunities. Worst that can happen is offered a job you’re unsure about. You can always say no.

On site interview: be yourself. If you don’t get along with the interviewers it should stick out then because you will want to know before rather than after you take a job.

Have good questions ready. Ask for agenda before arrive, ask who you’re going to meet with. Be prepared to speak with someone in administrative role in addition to search committee

Send thank you notes via email, and send them that night or the next day. They won’t sway a committee, but they are good practice

Entertain, set good vibes

Job Search/ Beginning Career

Internships: traditional and recommended

Independent Study – more tailored to personal interests/ time, also recommended

Job Hunt Resources- create a list of places to keep track of for openings

Rejection is okay! It can take 2-6 months to find a job after graduation

Begin applying before graduation- list graduate date on applications

Say yes to trying new things and opportunities, accept failures and learn and grow.

Keep in touch with your peer network!


-Annie Windholz (UB ALA Student Chapter Vice President)

Academic Librarianship Interviews & Diversity in LIS Webinar Notes

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Kent State’s LIS program features free speaker events. Please see the following notes for takeaways on the Feb 28 webinar about the academic librarianship interview process, and diversity in LIS, as presented by Jen Embree and Jessica Dai, respectively.

Main takeaways – academic librarianship interviews:

  1. APPLY, even it you don’t fit ALL the qualifications
  2. Read the institution’s mission statement, and use that to formulate your cover letter, questions, and eventually your presentation for the 2nd interview.
  3. For your initial interview (if over Skype), practice with the technology beforehand to avoid technical difficulties. Make sure to keep dogs and cats OUT so they do not interrupt your interview! Also, have questions prepared. After the initial interview, SENT A “THANK YOU” EMAIL!
  4. Be aware of the “What’s your greatest weakness” question! Tell of an instance where you demonstrated a weakness, and how you overcame it.
  5. Your presentation will be 20-40 minutes long. Do your research on the departments you’ll be working closely with (e.g., who the faculty are; what research departments are conducting). Use that information to build your presentation. Customize it to the institution. And, of course, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
  6. Your presentation audience could be anywhere from 5 to 30 people! Do not be discouraged if your audience is looking at their phones: many must stay on their email at all times.
  7. Your second interview will be a FULL DAY meeting LOTS of people. Pay attention to details: names of people you meet; departments you visit; how people interact with each other; ask questions to everyone, (e.g., what does your average day look like?).

Main takeaways – Diversity in LIS

  1. Be aware of acronyms: EDI (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion)! EDI in ALA
  2. Did you know you could do a residency in LIS? Yes, like a doctor! ACRL Residency Interest Group & ACRL Diversity Alliance
  3. All librarians experience impostor syndrome! Where you think “I don’t know anything/ how did I get this job/ what happens if they realize I’m clueless??” DON’T PANIC. Read blogs of other librarians to learn about their experiences and struggles, (e.g., Mr. Library Dude; We Here)!
  4. How to instill diversity in hiring reform: building in mentorship; helping to guide librarians through the hiring process
  5. Don’t be afraid to advocate/negotiate for fair pay! Do your research here!

I’ve included a link to the PowerPoint presentation slides FILLED TO THE BRIM with useful links and resources. – Jessica, ALA Student Chapter president

New Student Reception – Feb 26, 2019!

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For all UB MS students  faculty, staff, adjunct instructors, and DLIS Advisory Board Members. You’re Invited! Please join us for a “getting to know you” reception. No need to RSVP—please join us to welcome our new students!
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 553 Baldy Hall! 

Free Virtual Speaker Events

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The ALA Student Chapter at Kent State wants you to join us for the last three events of our FREE, virtual, speaker event series. All are welcome! We’ve been so pleased to have many students from other schools join us! RSVP

  • Thursday Feb. 28th at 7pm EST: The Interview Process, Diversity, and Beyond for Future Academic Librarians
  • Wednesday March 6th at 8pm EST: Resumes and Job Searching for Future Academic Librarians
  • Tuesday April 9th at 7pm EST: Career Development and Mentorship for all Librarians

Did you know we have a Kent State student-run blog that shares peer resources and experiences? Catch up on our newest posts:


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This is your destination for members’ experiences in the library information science field! Please email to contribute your own experiences.

Interview: Marie Elia – Processing Archivist, University at Buffalo Poetry Collection

For some insight into diversity in the archival field, please see the interview here! – Jessica, ALA chapter president

UB ALA Chapter Renewed – 2019

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With advisement from Dr. Brenda Battleson, resources from the ALA website, and assistance from the LIS GSA, the UB ALA chapter is being updated for the current class of UB LIS students. In the past, the club has focused on in-person meetings and events. To accommodate our online student population, we are focused on building a website that provides students with access to unique information regarding the UB Information Studies program, and the Library and Information Science profession. Our main goals for this semester are to re-establish ourselves as a resource for students, and represent the University at Buffalo Information Studies program on a national level.

Per the standard set by other ALA chapters, if you are interested in joining this UB ALA chapter, you will be required to join ALA at the student rate. Being a member of an ALA chapter is an excellent activity to add to your resume or CV! For those interested, ALA has joint student memberships with state library associations, (e.g., NYLA). Joining ALA and NYLA together under the student rate is extremely cost effective. Link to ALA Joint Student Membership

All LIS students, regardless if they are members of the UB ALA chapter, are welcome to use the chapter’s resources.

Cheers, Jessica Hollister ^-^