iSchool Spring 2020 Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, April 22, the iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) hosted a Town Hall Meeting via Zoom with Program Director Dr. Kendra Albright and incoming Interim Director Dr. Meghan Harper. Current students had the opportunity to ask questions about program requirements, curriculum development, the school’s response to COVID-19, and more.

If you were unable to attend, please feel free to watch the full recording of this event by clicking the image below. If you are interested in attending future virtual GSAC events, please reach out to GSAC President Julia Stone at

Please click here or on the image for a link to the video!

Meet & Greet Recap

The iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) hosted its Spring Semester Meet & Greet on Monday, January 13 prior to the Reinberger Children Library Center’s Mock Caldecott Night.

This event was a fun way to get to know faculty and iSchool students while enjoying coffee and snacks. GSAC is hoping to host more in-person events this semester in different regions.

If you are a current iSchool student who is interested in getting more involved in GSAC, or if you have an idea for a future event we could host, please contact GSAC President Julia Stone at For login information for our February General Meeting held via Zoom on Monday, February 3 at 7pm, please reach out to VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at

GSAC Spring Semester Meet & Greet

GSAC is hosting a Meet & Greet on the first day of classes Monday, January 13 from 4 to 5:30pm on the 3rd Floor of the KSU Library. Come socialize with iSchool students and faculty to kick off the Spring Semester! We will be serving coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks.

The Meet & Greet will take place right before the Sixth Annual Mock Caldecott Night in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center (RCLC). All GSAC Meet & Greet attendees may attend Mock Caldecott for free! If you are interested in attending both the Meet & Greet and Mock Caldecott Night, please RSVP to Julia Stone at by Friday, January 10.

About Mock Caldecott Night

The RCLC is holding its Sixth Annual Mock Caldecott Night from 5:45 – 9:00pm on Monday, January 13. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss noteworthy picture books and decide on which book they would nominate to win a Caldecott Medal. Dinner will be provided.

If you are interested in attending Mock Caldecott virtually via Zoom at no cost, please email Michelle Baldini at You can also send in your favorite 2019 picture book as a nomination to win by Friday, January 10 to

All attendees of the GSAC Meet & Greet are eligible to attend Mock Caldecott Night for free. Please email Julia Stone at by Friday, January 10 if you would like to take advantage of this free admission opportunity. Also, check out the Mock Caldecott Facebook event or this link for more information.

Meet the New 2020 GSAC Officers

We are excited to announce the new iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) officers for the 2020 academic school year! GSAC is the bridge between students, administration, and faculty. Our mission is to enhance graduate student life through social events and professional development opportunities.

If you are interested in getting involved in GSAC and attending our next General Meeting, please reach out to Julia Stone at

Julia Stone, President

My name is Julia Stone and I live in Kent, Ohio. I currently work as a Graduate Assistant at the Reinberger Children’s Library Center. I am excited to serve as the President of the iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council. As President, I hope to create meaningful networking and educational events for iSchool students and enhance our blog to keep students aware of upcoming events, student and faculty news, and career opportunities. I plan to work closely with the other officers to help expand our organization and make it a valuable resource for all iSchool students.

After working in editing and marketing in Chicago for several years, I decided to pursue a career in librarianship because I am passionate about helping people and providing equitable access to information. My goal is to become a reference or cataloging librarian at an academic library. I am currently a member of the American Library Association, the Asian Pacific American Library Association, and the Ohio Library Council. I also serve as the Vice President of the KSU ALA Student Chapter. In my free time, I enjoy reading, journaling, and spending time with my puppy, Koro, who I recently adopted from an animal shelter.


Brenna Hubschman, Vice President of Communications

My name is Brenna Hubschman, and I am a first year LIS student at the iSchool with a focus on information access and discovery and information organization. I live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with my rabbit and cat, Winnie and Pixie. I am originally from Columbus where I received my BA in English Literature from Ohio State. 

I currently work as a graduate assistant in the iSchool, and I am also an advising officer for Kent State’s ALA student chapter. In my free time I like to sew, cook, garden, and check out thrift stores. I am honored to be a member of GSAC this semester, and I look forward to working together to connect and support the students of the iSchool.


Lauren Zollinger, Vice President of Student Outreach

My name is Lauren Zollinger. I am entering my second semester in the iSchool, with an interest in public, medical and special libraries. I have an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University and currently work for a Chicago-based company that develops corporate information solutions, primarily within healthcare.

I believe the secret to a fulfilling life is forming meaningful connections with other people, continually working on a better version of yourself, and contributing to something bigger than yourself. GSAC is a wonderful platform for all three. I am excited to serve in this role and hope to establish new channels of communication to help students feel more connected to each other and the program. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering for hospice and other local nonprofits, hiking, listening to live music and spending time with my husband and two daughters in North Canton, Ohio. I look forward to getting to know all of you better and hearing your ideas on ways we can leverage GSAC to improve the iSchool experience.


Molly McGirr Norris, Secretary

My Name is Molly McGirr Norris, and I am a first year Library and Information Science student in the iSchool. My areas of interest are management and leadership of information institutions. I received my undergraduate degree in English from Kent State University, and am excited to have returned to my alma mater for my graduate studies.

I currently work at two public libraries, Lakewood Public Library and Rocky River Public Library. Through my experiences at these institutions I gained a passion for advocating for intellectual freedom and equity of access for all users, and particularly for underserved populations. I believe those in leadership roles are uniquely placed to advocate for individual groups. This is true for myself and the other officers of the iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council, and I look forward to working with them to advocate for iSchool students’ needs. I reside in Lakewood, Ohio with my husband, Daniel, and our dog, Berkeley, with whom we enjoy spending our free time.


Anakarine Solórzano, Virtual Student Representative

My name is Anakarine Solórzano and I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela. I am in my late 40s, I am married, and I have three children. When I am not occupied with my family and schoolwork, I am usually working on art projects. On that regard, I am currently preparing to have my first solo show which will take place in the Spring of 2021.

After finishing my bachelors in my native country, I decided to pursue a masters in music at Central Michigan University. During my time at CMU, my interest in a music career decreased while curiosity about the library’s cataloging, reference, and overall organization became of great interest. The concept of encapsulating a representation of knowledge (or a portion of it) within a building and the possibility of expansion through the web or interlibrary loan was something I had not experienced in my native country. While pursuing my MLIS degree, I have gravitated towards metadata architecture and taxonomies, which are the areas that I am specializing in. I am really excited about my upcoming internship and consequent graduation in the Spring of 2020.


October 2019 General Meeting Recap

Our October general meeting centered on how to best organize and implement an iSchool student survey to find out what our students need most from GSAC. We discussed the possibility of forming cohorts based on location or MLIS program specializations. Members in attendance also brought up interesting ideas for our blog, including spotlighting student internships or final projects. If you are interested in contributing to our blog about your MLIS culminating experience, or if you have another idea for a blog post, please reach out to Mallory at, or Haley at In addition, we talked about our upcoming event, a discussion with KSU iSchool alumna Erin Fleak about the value of professional organizations in career development. This virtual event will take place on Monday, November 4 at 7:00PM EST via Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to We hope to see you there! Also, if you would like to attend our next general meeting in November, please feel free to contact Haley at The more, the merrier!