iSchool GSAC's February Newsletter

The iSchool GSAC’s
February 2019 Newsletter

Volume 4, Issue 2

Greetings from the Graduate
Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

Hello everyone! I hope you are all staying warm and that your first few weeks of classes have been going well. I am honored to take on the role of GSAC President this semester. We have some exciting things in the works for the semester, so stay tuned.

Feel free to join us on the iSchool Slack channel, a great place to chat about classes, professional development opportunities, or just share photos of your pets. As always, please reach out to us with any questions or problems you might have. We are here to advocate for our fellow students. You can contact me via email at

Haley Shaw
President, Graduate Student Advisory Council

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

Calendar of Upcoming Events


Private to Federal Sector: Unique Librarianship Careers (ALA Student Chapter Spring Speaker Series Event)
Monday, February 11th, 2019, 6:00 PM; via Zoom
Jacqueline Woolcott, who is a research Librarian for Moody’s Investors Services (in New York), will discuss how to get hired in the private sector as a financial librarian. Karyn Meyers will share the experience of applying for a federal position using a MLIS. Members, alumni, and library professionals are invited to join the hour long, informal discussion. To RSVP please email

The Giver Book Signing Event
Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM; Reinberger Children’s Library Center, School of Information, 3rd floor University Library
Experience The Giver like never before! The School of Information and Reinberger Children’s Library Center will host a book signing event on February 28, 2019 to celebrate the release of The Giver (Graphic Novel).  Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning YA novel has been adapted into a graphic novel by award winning artists, P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book, Coraline, American Gods), Scott Hampton, and Galen Showman, who rendered pencils in The Giver. Join us and meet two of these renowned artists, P. Craig Russell and Galen Showman. **Original art from the graphic novel will be exhibited and copies of the graphic novel will be available for purchase.

The Interview Process, Diversity, & Beyond (Academic Libraries) (ALA Student Chapter Spring Speaker Series Event)
Thursday February 28th, 7:00 PM; via Zoom
This week, we will be joined by Jennifer Embree and Jessica Dai. Embree, a psychology and biology subject librarian at Binghamton University Libraries, will discuss what to expect when interviewing for academic libraries. Dai, a Diversity Resident Librarian at West Virginia University,  provides information regarding life after you have achieved the position and how to navigate promotions and working in a diverse workforce. Members, alumni, and library professionals are invited to join the hour long, informal discussion. To RSVP please email

Resumes to the Job Search (Academic Libraries) (ALA Student Chapter Spring Virtual Speaker Series)
Wednesday, March 6th, 8:00 PM; via Zoom
Derek Malone, Interim University Librarian at University of North Alabama, will discuss the interview process for academic librarians. Lauren Puzier, User Experience Librarian at the University of Albany, will discuss the benefit of internships and how to search for jobs. Sharon Holderman, Coordinator of Public Services and Associate Professor at Volpe Library at Tennessee Tech University, will discuss the best practices for resumes and cover letters. Members, alumni, and library professionals are invited to join the hour long, informal discussion. To RSVP please email

Exercises for the Quiet Eye
Monday, March 11th, 2019 and Tuesday, March 12th, 2019; see times and locations below
Read the MuseLab update in this month’s newsletter (below) and visit for more details. On Monday, March 11th, a workshop for faculty and professionals will take place at 9:00AM-11:00AM in the MuseLab, 3rd floor University Library, and the EQE session for workshop participants will be held 2:00PM-4:00PM in the Kent State University Museum. On Tuesday, March 12th, the workshop for students will take place 9:00AM-11:00AM in the MuseLab, with a campus-wide talk 1:00PM-2:30PM in the Kent State University Museum.

Join the Student ALA Chapter.

The ALA (American Library Association) Student Chapter at Kent State is a free library and information science student organization that hosts events, meetings, and programs throughout the semester for both virtual and in-person iSchool students. This semester the Chapter is hosting a speaker series on making the transition from graduating to being a new professional in the library field. Join the chapter and learn more on our website at    


For more information contact Chapter President Jacquie Kociubuk at

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 on Facebook and visit their website
Follow the MUSE Lab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and their website
Visit the iSchool Alumni Network Facebook group

Student Spotlight

Carla Everstijn, PhD Candidate

Carla is currently a PhD student in the iSchool. She earned her MLIS from Kent State in August 2018. We asked her to tell us about her journey to the Doctoral program here at Kent State and she shared some exciting news!

What is your academic background?

“I have a strong interdisciplinary background.  My Bachelor’s degree is in International Studies, and I have an extensive background in political science.  I have Master’s degrees in Interpersonal Communication and Library & Information Science.”

What brought you to the Doctoral program?

“I have always been interested in human behavior, and after taking Dr. Yin Zhang’s Information Needs, Seeking, and Use class, I really wanted to explore this area of research.  I knew I wanted to stay for the doctoral program before I completed my MLIS. The program at Kent State is pioneering in combining the fields of communication and information under one umbrella, and I am excited to stay and explore an interdisciplinary PhD.”

What are some of your academic interests?

“My academic interests and research areas span both communication and information.  I am interested in information behavior around misinformation, issues of identity and collective memory across cultures, and political communication.”

Can you tell us about your current work and research?

“I am currently a Research Assistant for Dr. Cathy Smith, working on studies involving student search experiences and academic library websites.  I just returned from Portugal, where I had the honor of presenting a paper at the 1st Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication. It was entitled “The Psychology of Information Behavior in the Age of Disinformation,”  and I hope to use it as a starting point for further research. The Winter School was an amazing experience, and I received support from the college to attend. In April, I will travel to Boston for the Museums and the Web conference (MW19) to present another paper, ‘The Digital Presence of Museums and the Implications for Collective Memory.’”

Student Resource

Try the iSchool job and internship board to view the latest opportunities and postings.
Visit today!

If you are looking for an internship for credit, contact your faculty advisor during the semester before you intend to enroll in the internship to determine requirements and deadlines and to ensure that an opportunity will qualify as credit for your degree program.  

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

RCLC’s Fifth Annual Mock Caldecott Award Night

The Reinberger Children’s Library Center held its 5th Annual Mock Caldecott on January 16, 2019. In-person participants gathered in the RCLC along with several online attendees to discuss  Mock Caldecott contenders. A list of 30 books for consideration was generated by youth faculty, participants, and Reinberger Director Michelle Baldini. The selection of titles was based on RCLC’s reviews and which books had received attention throughout the year. The participants evaluated these titles, using rounds of voting to select a winner.

After the initial list was scaled down to 20 books, the committee narrowed the contenders down to 5 finalists, finally selecting Julián is a Mermaid by author-illustrator Jessica Love as the Mock Caldecott Winner. Three other books, including Drawn Together and Dude!, both illustrated by Dan Santat, and Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall, received Mock Caldecott Honors. Be sure to check out these great titles to see what the buzz is about!


Participants pose in the RCLC with the Mock Caldecott Winner and Honor books.

Looking ahead to the end of this month, don’t forget to stop into the RCLC for the book signing on February 28th with P. Craig Russell and Galen Showman! See calendar above for more details.


Contact Michelle Baldini, Director of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, at for more information about the Reinberger and Marantz collections.

News from the MUSE Lab

Dr. Latham and the MuseLab are excited to host a series of FREE workshops and events for students, faculty, and professionals with Dr. Annie Storr, the creator of Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE). Visit our website for more information about the events, which will offer participants the opportunity to learn about EQE, an approach to guided looking that fosters close observation and patient reflection. Space is limited, so sign up soon to take advantage of these FREE learning opportunities!


In the wall gallery, we’re sharing a series of Traveling Stanzas poems created by Wick Poetry Center participants and designed by Visual Communication Design students. Through a crash exhibit in the gallery, we’re exploring the stories and connections of Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, and Yuyi Morales through books and objects from the Reinberger Children’s Library Center and testing some VR and technology components for exhibits. A group of three students completing their Culminating Experience projects in the MuseLab are bringing to life the exhibit design that their Museum Communication class developed last semester about José Gregorio Hernández. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with exhibit installation, send us an email at and let us know!  

To explore how you might find your muse here, make an appointment to visit by calling 330-672-5846 or emailing

Follow MuseLab on Facebook and Twitter for updates on exhibits and other news.

Writing Opportunity

The ALA Student Chapter is currently looking for blog writers to share student and library-related experiences and resources. Though membership in the chapter is strongly recommended, it is not required.

Highlighted Event


Are you a current LIS student or a new library professional? Do you want to learn more about OCLC and central Ohio libraries? If so, you do not want to miss this event!

Join the New to Libraries Network for a day of engagement with librarians from all across central Ohio on Friday, April 19th, from 10am until 4pm. The day will begin with a presentation and tour at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) headquartered in Columbus Ohio. OCLC is best known for WorldCat, the world’s largest network of library content, but they are also known for their research, community programs and the major services they offer. In the morning you will have a chance to learn even more about OCLC and its role in furthering the mission of libraries throughout the world. There will be time to network and interact with your peers over lunch (self-serve, OCLC Café). Then in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to tour a local central Ohio library of prominence.

You can choose to tour either The Ohio State University Thompson Library or the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Library).

You do not want to miss this exciting event. Register now to reserve your spot as space is limited. More details to come in the coming months!

*Transportation & lunch fees are not included

Questions, please email Christina Rodriques at

ALA/OLC Connection


Not sure how to begin navigating the maze of professional organizations? Look no further! As an iSchool student, you can join both ALA and OLC for only $42 at Since an ALA student membership costs $38, the OLC membership opportunity is a steal for just $4 more! Benefits of OLC membership include professional development opportunities (including a discounted public librarian certification), regular updates on exciting library-happenings and news, and discounts at conferences and events.

For more information about the joint ALA/OLC membership program and other joint state library memberships, visit

Questions? Contact your OLC Student Representative Sarah Myers at

We’d love your input.

Received a recent recognition, scholarship, or award?  Have an idea for our newsletter or wish to contribute yourself?  Please contact Mallory McCorkhill at  We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Current students, faculty, and alumni are all welcome contributors.

Produced by the Graduate Student Advisory Council
Compiled and Edited by Mallory McCorkhill, Vice President of Communications, GSAC
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February 2019