ALCTS New Members Interest Group Chat

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“So You’re Graduating? Now What?”

Finally, after years of hard work, you are now getting your library degree. You might be very excited to jump into the library workforce but what if you don’t know what type of library you want to work at/in? If you don’t have library experience, do you ever wonder how you can qualify for librarian jobs? Do you know what you need to land an interview and a job offer? Do you want to expand your professional network? Considering joining the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) New Member Interest Group (ANMIG) as they discuss these questions and how ALCTS can help or support you.

When: Wednesday, April 29th, at 2 p.m. EST

ANMIG officers will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. Come chat with ANMIG peers and calm your fears. Regina Gong, ANMIG Member-at-large and Katy Holder, ANMIG Student Liaison (who’s going to graduate with her MLIS in May) will be the hosts. This chat is open to all ALA members.

  1. Please note that you must join the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) before you can join the chat, which is easy! Go to and click the “Join” box under the search box in the left hand menu.
  2. Once you’ve joined the community, you can join the chat here:

New YALSA Student Member Site!

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There are some amazing resources now available for LIS students in the brand new Student Member section of the YALSA website. This page contains important information that will enhance your YALSA membership. It provides links to student resources such as membership benefits, how to become involved, how to publish with YALSA, and all-important job search and career resources. It is one-stop spot to support your professional development opportunities as you launch your career in teen services.

Check it out or visit and click on the YALSA members tab >> student members.

Save the Date! Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7

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Choose Privacy Week is an ongoing ALA initiative that invites people into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

Head over to to find more information on how you can take action and get involved.

ALA Midwinter Meeting presentations now online!

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Check out recordings of presentations from this past ALA Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Chicago, IL on January 29 through February 3, 2015.  This link can also be found on our Events page, under Past Events.  Enjoy!

Info on the Student-to-Staff Program

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If you are interested in being the UB representative in Chicago next year, here is a little more information about the program from the ALA website (

Student-to-Staff Program

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.

See also the Facebook page American Library Association Student to Staff Participants