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 ^-^


Career Information Professionals Communications Workshop

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Would you know what to say if you were being interviewed by the media about a recent library event? How would you answer a reporter’s questions and portray the best possible image for yourself and your library?

Find out at the next Rochester Early Career Information Professionals meeting on Tuesday, February 24th at 7:30 pm. Megan Mack, Communications Project Manager at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, will lead us through a workshop on talking to TV, radio, and print reporters. We will cover how to answer reporters’ questions, craft an effective message, and maintain control of the interview. We will also work on improving our delivery and being comfortable on air. Wear comfortable shoes because we will play some improvisation games to boost our confidence.

The meeting will take place at the Rush Rhees Library’s Gamble Room at the University of Rochester, located on the library’s 3rd floor. For directions to the Rush Rhees Library’s Gamble Room, please see below.

Megan Mack has served as Communications Project Manager at the River Campus Libraries since January 2014. She has experience in television sports, entertainment, and news, and has been a producer at News 10NBC (WHEC) since 2008. She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the improvisation Conservatory at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto.

Parking Directions:

After 7 pm, parking is free in the Library Lot (http://goo.gl/maps/USqek[goo.gl]). Rush Rhees Library is the large building next to this lot. Walk around either side of the building to the Eastman Quad, and enter the library from the doors on the quad. Once you’re in the lobby, the stairs will be on your left, or you can take the elevator, which is also nearby: http://www.library.rochester.edu/rhees/floor-plans#ground.  Be sure to look for signs to guide you to the Gamble Room once inside!

Welcome to the Spring Semester!

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Hi everyone!

I just wanted to welcome everyone to the spring semester here at U.B.. Things are getting underway pretty quickly and the LIS Student Groups (LIS-GSA, ALA, SLA, and PLA) have already had their first meeting of the semester which was a rousing success! It was great to see so many students looking to get involved with the organizations and we have some great things in the works for this semester.

Just some brief highlights of the meeting:

– Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 in either the LIS Student Lounge (543 Baldy) or the conference room at 553 Baldy.

– The LIS Student Groups will be at the Welcome Reception for students which is being held this Tuesday, February 10th from 5:30-6:30 in 553 Baldy so stop by meet your representatives and GET INVOLVED!!!!!!! This event is not only for new students so if you are a continuing student join us to network and meet other students in the program.

– We will be having a Valentine’s Day fundraiser on Friday February 13th on the 1st floor of Baldy. We will be selling homemade cards and baked goods as well as having ‘Blind Date with a Book’. We are looking for volunteers to help with making desserts and donating books for the Blind Date. If you are interested, please email us at ubstudentala@gmail.com and let us know how you can help!

– There will be a Happy Hour coming up for LIS students on Friday February 27th (the time and location will soon follow) and the SLA will also be hosting a tour of UB’s Museum of Neuroanatomy aka the Brain Museum on Saturday, March 7th at 12:00pm. Everyone is welcome on the tours, you do not have to be part of SLA to go. It is just a great experience to meet new people and network.

– If you have a suggestion for an event or volunteer opportunity, please let us know!!

I look forward to working with you guys in the next few months!

~ Jillian

Student to Staff Winner!

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Congratulations goes out to Jessica Bright who will be representing our chapter at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference which is being held June 25th-30th in San Francisco! Jessica will be part of an elite group of 40 students chosen to assist ALA staff members during the conference. Click here to read the announcement and learn more about this great opportunity.

Remember – the Midwinter Meeting will be held January 30th – February 3rd and only costs $90 for students to attend! Find out about that and the Annual Conference at the ALA’s website!

Libraries as Safe Havens

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In the most recent edition of American Libraries Direct, which is the ALA’s magazine, there was a great article about one of the roles that libraries play that often goes unnoticed, the role of the safe haven.

Libraries are great places for people who are seeking a safe space. During the civil unrest plaguing Ferguson, Missourri, the Ferguson Public Library has been providing a safe haven for teens seeking a respite from the chaos outside. Art teacher Carrie Price and library director Scott Bonner aimed to provided students who wanted one, an education. By the end of the first week, they were servicing over 200 kids and several adults and providing a valuble service to their community.

Read more about the inspiring work done at the Ferguson Public Library in the link to the article below and remember that it isn’t only about providing patrons with materials. As librarians, it is also about observing the needs of the community and meeting them.

Ferguson’s Safe Haven by Tim Inklebarger



Copyright and the Academic Library: A Bridge between Administration and Faculty

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By: Jodi Oaks

At the beginning of this summer I was freshly married, back from my honeymoon, and excited to get to work at my recently landed summer job.  Throughout the year I work as a library support assistant at Milne Library at SUNY Oneonta.  Toward the end of the spring semester I secured an additional position in the Bibliographic Services Department at Milne Library.  During the summer I was invited by the Library Director to join a small, informal work group discussing copyright and the role of the library.  This group eventually developed into an across-campus work group with the complicated task of handling the topic of copyright compliance on the SUNY Oneonta campus.

Originally, our small group was formed under the discretion of the Library Director, and included just members of the library.  Over the past year, SUNY Oneonta has worked to switch the learning management system used by faculty, updating from ANGEL to Blackboard education software.  With this shift came a focus on faculty copyright compliance.  This was a result of concern over whether faculty members were regarding copyright laws in the migration of their teaching materials from ANGEL to Blackboard.  Therefore, members of administration looked to inform all on copyright law and how it applied to our campus community, and desired a way to diplomatically communicate with faculty about copyright compliance.  The administration turned to the library to help them with this project.  Consequently, our small copyright group grew into an across-campus work group, including members from all over the campus community.

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