iSchool GSAC’s December 2019 Newsletter

The iSchool GSAC’s
December 2019 Newsletter

Volume 6, Issue 4

Greetings from the Graduate
Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

The end of the semester is in sight! I hope you all have a strong finish to the semester and enjoy the holidays and break. I have enjoyed having the honor of serving as your GSAC president this year. I am proud of what we have accomplished this year and what we are building for the future. I will be graduating this semester and will no longer be president. We will be holding elections for all officers at our next meeting (12/9/19 6:00pm). I know the incoming GSAC exec board will continue serving the iSchool students with excellence. Happy Holidays and Congratulations to all the Fall 2019 Graduates! To quote Elle Woods, “We did it!”
Haley Shaw
President, Graduate Student Advisory Council

Season’s Greetings, Kent State iSchool! I join Haley in congratulating our fellow grads. Like her, I will be graduating this semester, passing the torch to another VP of Communications during the upcoming meeting. I am excited for the plans that GSAC is continuing to build upon. To those who are still in the program, I wish you all continued success in completing your studies. To my colleagues in GSAC, I am very proud of the work you are doing and will be cheering you on as an alumna!
Mallory McCorkhill
Vice President of Communications, Graduate Student Advisory Council

For more information or opportunities to serve with GSAC, please contact Haley Shaw at

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Reinberger Children’s Library Center Annual Book Sale
Thursday, December 5th, 10:00AM-3:00PM, 3rd Floor Library
The Reinberger is holding its annual book sale tomorrow! Visit their Facebook event page or see more details below.

GSAC December General Meeting
Monday, December 9th, 6:00PM EST, online via Zoom
Join us for our general meeting, open to all current iSchool students! We will be holding our annual elections to select new officers for 2020. More information below. If you are interested in attending or have questions or concerns, please email GSAC President Haley Shaw at or VP of Communications Mallory McCorkhill at to receive a Zoom invitation.

ALA Student Chapter Speaker Event
Monday, December 9th, 6:00PM EST, online via Zoom
ALA Student Chapter is holding a speaker event on diversity, equity, and inclusion on December 9th at 6pm with Anne Heidemann and Jenice Dames. Please RSVP to Chapter President Raychelle Steele at

ALA Student Chapter December Meeting
Details TBA via email, online via Zoom
Keep an eye on your inbox for details about the upcoming ALA Student Chapter meeting, held virtually.

GSAC Holiday Card Exchange: Send-Out
December 15th deadline for send-out
We had a great turnout for our exchange! For those who signed up, GSAC VP of Student Outreach Lauren Zollinger contacted you with details. Be sure to send your cards out by December 15th!

New-to-Libraries Network and ALA SC Library Resident Programs Webinar
December 17th, 2019, 3:00PM-4:00PM, online
“New-to-Libraries Network Partnered presents a webinar about Library Resident Programs as told by current and past Residents. Our speakers are Adriana Cásarez, Maud Mundava, and Jamia Williams. Please join us on December 17th 3-4pm to hear them speak about their experience as Residents, learn more about what a Library Residency is, and if it might be right for you!” For details, click here.

Throughout December
Visit the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System’s online CE Calendar for upcoming workshops and webinars. Current students can contact them about activating a Gold student membership!

Reinberger Children’s Library Center Mock Caldecott Night
Monday, January 13th, 2020, 5:45PM-9:00PM, 3rd Floor Library
The Reinberger is holding its Sixth Annual Mock Caldecott Night in January! Be sure to register early and send in your pick to win by January 10th. Details can be found at

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits
January 24th-28th, 2020, Philadelphia, PA
Visit for more information. Take advantage of advance registration!

2020 Election, Graduate Student Advisory Council

Would you like to become more involved with the iSchool community? GSAC is holding its general election during the December General Meeting on December 9th.

If you are interested in gaining leadership experience and meeting iSchool colleagues, please fill out the GSAC Officer Nomination Form, which also includes brief descriptions of each position.

There are many ways to serve! If you are unsure about a position or want to learn more about what GSAC does, please plan attend this meeting or reach out to us via email.

GSAC Blog Update

GSAC is adding new resources to its website at This month GSAC is featuring a workshop from career services about how to make the most of LinkedIn. Be sure to visit our blog to watch: simply click the image below!

Curious about what GSAC does? Visit our blog for recaps of our monthly meetings. Forthcoming blog entries will focus on professional and educational experiences from current iSchool students. A calendar of events is also maintained on this site.

Connect with Us

There are many different ways to connect with the iSchool and fellow students at Kent State:

Follow the iSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the iSchool’s listServ
Join the iSchool Student Open Discussion Facebook group
Follow the ALA Student Chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and their blog
Follow the Reinberger Children’s Library Center and look at their Pinterest
Follow the MuseLab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and their website
Visit the iSchool Alumni Network Facebook group

ALA Student Chapter Update

ALA Student Chapter did not hold a November meeting but will be holding a meeting for general membership in December. They will also be holding a meet-up at ALA Midwinter, details to be determined. ALA SC is in the planning stages for a LFL and are asking members to nominate their/any neighborhood with this form:

The Chapter is collaborating with New to Libraries Network, which will host a residency webinar on December 17th which will include “Current and/or Former Residents Librarians talking about Library Residencies.” Interested participates can contact Raychelle Steele at or Cara Calabrese at

For more information contact Chapter President Raychelle Steele at

Joint ALA/OLC Membership Opportunity

As an iSchool student, you can join both ALA and OLC for only $42 at See what professional organizations have to offer and take advantage of professional development opportunites! If you are not an Ohio resident, find out more about the joint ALA/state library memberships by visiting

News from the Reinberger Children’s Library Center & Marantz Picturebook Collection

Annual Children’s and Teen Book Sale
During its annual sale, the Reinberger offers deeply discounted children’s and YA books. Celebrate the holidays with the children and young adults in your life by giving the gift of reading! Be sure to stop by on Thursday, December 5th, from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. All funds from this book sale are used for student scholarships to attend professional development events/conferences. This event is sponsored by GSAC. Visit the Facebook event for book prices.

Sixth Annual Mock Caldecott Night
The Reinberger’s  annual Mock Caldecott will take place in January. See their Pinterest for potential picks! Register here by January 8th and send in your top pick to win the Caldecott Award to Michele Baldini before Friday, January 10th. More information at this link.

There is always something to do at the Reinberger!
Interested in hands-on volunteer experience? Contact Director Michelle Baldini at If you are unable to visit RCLC in person, see the virtual exhibit at Read a good children’s book? Submit your book reviews Reinberger’s blog using this form.
Contact Michelle Baldini, Director of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, at for more information about the Reinberger and Marantz collections.

iSchool Alumni Network News

Kent State alumna and Medina County District Library Director Carole Kowell is celebrating retirement! Visit this link for the full story: Medina County District Library director ready for life’s next chapter. Alumnus David Eckert, bassist, will be part of a holiday music program in Pocahontas, Arkansas: KASU to present “Jazz for the Holidays” in Pocahontas.

Be sure to keep an eye on the Alumni Network’s Facebook Page and GSAC’s blog for more updates!

We’d love your input.

Received a recent recognition, scholarship, or award? Know of job opportunities, upcoming events, or want to share a professional experience or advice? GSAC’s website,, is currently seeking contributions. Share them with us and gain writing experience! Content ideas include:

  • Conference and professional development write-ups
  • Advice or tips for iSchool Students
  • Scholarship, grant, and funding opportunities
  • Graduate research opportunities
  • Professional experience/activities write-ups
  • Alumni/ae news
  • Student, Faculty, and Staff Spotlights
Contact Mallory McCorkhill at with contributions or for further information.
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December 2019