The iSchool GSAC’s
December 2020 Newsletter

Volume 9, Issue 4

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

We are in the homestretch to the end of the semester and 2020. In this challenging year, some days felt like an eternity, while others flew by. I hope you enjoy the final weeks of classes and some much-needed rest over winter break.

We will be holding elections at our next GSAC meeting on December 9th at 8pm ET. Please consider nominating yourself for an open position. It’s a great way to meet other students, develop leadership skills and help improve the iSchool experience.

To celebrate the end of the semester, GSAC will host a Virtual Happy Hour on December 14th at 8pm ET. There was a lot of laughter at our last happy hour. Hope you’ll join us for the next one.

Lauren Zollinger
President, iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council



GSAC is looking to fill a number of officer positions next semester. We will be accepting nominations until December 6th, so please fill out this form if you are interested in getting more involved and gaining leadership experience. New students are welcome and no prior experience is necessary!

Fall 2020 Virtual Yearbook

GSAC would like to congratulate all iSchool students completing the program this month. To celebrate, GSAC and the ALA Student Chapter invite graduates to be a part of our Fall 2020 Virtual Yearbook. If you’d like to participate, please look for an email from Janna Korzenko or reach out to Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu). All submissions are due by Thursday, December 17th.

2020 GSAC Holiday Card Exchange

As the year winds down, you are cordially invited to participate in the iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) holiday card exchange. If you’d enjoy spreading holiday cheer and getting to know other iSchool students, alumni and faculty better, please fill out this brief form by Sunday, December 6th. You can select how many cards you’d like to send, and we’ll follow up with your assignment(s) by December 8th. All cards should be sent by Tuesday, December 15th.

GSAC will not share your address with anyone other than those who will be sending you cards. Your information will not be saved past 12/31/20 and will be deleted. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Natalie Groff, GSAC VP of Student Outreach.

Calendar of Upcoming Events


GSAC’s November General Meeting
December 9th at 8pm
Current and incoming iSchool students are invited to attend our general meeting to discuss upcoming plans and new ideas. We will be holding elections at our December meeting. Contact Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

GSAC Happy Hour
December 14th at 8pm 
Grab a beverage and join other iSchool students to celebrate the end of the semester. Contact Natalie Groff (ngroff3@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

ALA Student Chapter Speaker Series
December 3rd at 7pm – Medical librarian
Mark your calendars and join us virtually via Zoom for the final installment of our Fall Speaker Series event on non-traditional library careers. At this speaker session, Michelle Kraft, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Library, will discuss what it’s like working in the medical library field. Email ALA Student Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu for the Zoom link if interested in attending.

ALA Midwinter Registration 
Closes January 15th
Register now for ALA Midwinter, which will be held virtually from January 22nd to January 26th. Registration for student ALA members is free this year! Register here. Not an ALA member? ALA offers a great membership deal in partnership with most state library associations for only $42, which you can sign up for here.

Explore additional events on our website!

Scholarships & Fellowships

NOTSL Jane Myers Scholarship
Applications due December 31, 2020
Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) is now accepting scholarship applications to cover educational activities. The proposed activity must relate to technical services, cataloging, serials, acquisitions, preservation, processing or management of technical services. Click here for more information.

SAA Scholarships
Applications due February 28, 2021
The Society of American Archivists is offering a number of student scholarship opportunities. Click here for more information on the scholarships available.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship
Applications due March 1, 2021
The Spectrum Scholarship Program, administered by ODLOS, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. Click here for more information.

Find us on Facebook!

Current iSchool students are invited to join the iSchool GSAC’s new Facebook group to discuss experiences, seek and share advice related to the program, and learn about virtual and in-person opportunities for networking and professional development.

Other Ways to Connect:

There are many different ways to connect with the iSchool and your peers at Kent State:

Follow GSAC on our Facebook Group, LinkedInTwitter and website 
Follow the iSchool on Facebook and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the iSchool’s listServ
Follow the iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Page and Facebook Group
Follow the ALA Student Chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and their website

New on GSAC’s Blog

Student Spotlight
Faculty Spotlights
Alumni Spotlights
  • Ken Burhanna,  Dean of Kent State University Libraries 
  • Mary Schreiber, Collection Development Specialist for Cuyahoga County Public Library

Interested in writing for GSAC’s blog? For more information or to share your ideas for future blog posts, please contact VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu

ALA Student Chapter Updates

Upcoming speakers

December 3rd at 7pm – Medical librarian

The ALA Student Chapter is hosting its final Virtual Speaker Series of the fall semester! This series will feature librarians who work in non-traditional library jobs, including museums, medical libraries, law libraries, military base libraries, corporate libraries, and more. The speakers will discuss their experiences about how they got their positions, what they do, and tips for new professionals. Email ALA Student Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu for more information.

Student Resources

Joint ALA/OLC Membership

Did you know that as a student, you can join both the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council for $42? The cost of a student membership is regularly $39 for ALA and $25 for OLC. There are many benefits of membership, including networking opportunities, regular updates on news and events, professional development, and reduced registration at events.

You can join ALA & OLC by clicking here

For more information about the joint membership program, please click here

Questions? Please email OLC Student Representative Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu

NEO-RLS Gold Membership

Currently enrolled iSchool students are eligible for a FREE Gold Membership to the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System. A Gold Membership provides free access to NEO-RLS’s live workshops and webinars as well as their archived webinars. NEO-RLS’s Gold Membership provides students with professional development in a wide variety of areas while interacting with library professionals in our region as well as with library professionals in the state and across the nation. 
Sign up by visiting the NEO-RLS website and creating a free account under “Login”
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