Each year during Annual Conference, the Chapter Relations Office assembles 40 representatives from the student chapters to assist ALA staff at the conference. To qualify, the student must be a current ALA member and a member of a student chapter, and cannot have previously participated in the program. Although each school has its own selection process (i.e. random drawing, essay contest, etc.), the chosen student’s name must be submitted to ALA by the group’s faculty advisor. One student will be accepted per chapter. In exchange for working 4 hours per day at the conference, the student will receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. Transportation costs (such as airfare and cabs) are the student’s responsibility. This program is only available at the Annual Conference. At this time there are no volunteer opportunities at Midwinter Meetings.
Information about the program is sent to the schools each year in early December, and the deadline for submitting a name is February 1. Because there is only room for 40 students and there are currently 49 active student chapters, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hey ya’ll! (I like to say ya’ll even though I’m from Buffalo. Sorry)
Glad you made it here. Our first official meeting is going to be Monday 9/15 at 4:30 pm. If you cannot make this meeting, please let us know. We are really excited to get as many people feeling like a part of UB and ALA as possible.
Speaking of which, seeing as how you are members of ALA now, we want to know what you need out of your student chapter. I’m sure you’ve spent hours surfing through the ALA site and have come up with a lot of comments/questions/concerns regarding librarianship, (… obviously that is sarcasm) how can we address those? We want to know how we can best serve our student population. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we’d like to hear them! If you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your ideas, you will be entered into a drawing for a free UB ala t-shirt, featuring our “Get Shelved.” slogan.
Hello All! Welcome to this site. More importantly, welcome to UB and welcome to Library Science! We have all come to this field in various ways and for many different reasons, but we all have one thing in common: chances are none of us knew when we were five years old that we wanted to grow up to be librarians. However, now that we’ve made our career decision, we can start to explore what it really means to be a librarian and how we can be our best.
Librarians are some of the few true democrats in our society. We deal in the business of information, hence why they call us information specialists. Our job is not to know everything, just to make it look like we do. This means knowing the latest access technology and the best way to retrieve exactly what someone else needs to know. It is NOT our job to pass judgment or to LIMIT access in ANY way.
People ask me, “Don’t you think Librarians are becoming obsolete with the Internet?” When people ask you this – and they will – you proudly shout “NO!” Libraries have NEVER been about books. They have always been about information – access to information – universal access to information – FREE universal access to information – it just so happens that for the past few hundred years or so, information has come by way of the book.
Now is the time when librarians are needed more than ever, even if the public at large doesn’t realize it. Information is the fastest growing commodity on Earth, and someone is going to have to know how to surf through it. That someone is a librarian. That someone will be us.
Be proud, stand tall! Get ready to defend yourself, because you will have to.
UB ALA’s buzzword of the semester is ADVOCACY. Unfortunately there isn’t really a class in our curriculum about “Saving Your Job” or “Defending Your Position.” We hope to make up for this by providing some tools and resources, so that when we graduate, we can start shouting right out of the gate – “I’m a LIBRARIAN! Not a book shelver! You need me and this is why!”
Good luck with classes this semester and please contact us if you have any questions. We officers (Blodine Francois, Sarah Kelly and Kristin Piatko) look forward to hearing from you…