The iSchool GSAC’s
February 2020 Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 2

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

I hope your Spring semester is going well! So far, my favorite class this semester is my Information Sources and Reference Services class. It’s great to learn more about my area of specialization, and the readings have been really helpful.

I am looking forward to our February General Meeting on Monday, February 3 at 7:00pm, where we have a lot of important initiatives to discuss, including preliminary results from our iSchool Student Survey. If you haven’t filled out this survey yet, please do! Here is the link. This survey will be a great tool to help GSAC best serve all iSchool students.

If you are interested in getting more involved in GSAC, please feel free to reach out to me at jstone36@kent.edu to be added to our email list. As part of this list, you will receive a Doodle Poll with potential dates for our monthly Zoom meetings, and a copy of our agenda prior to the meeting.
Julia Stone
President, iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council


For more information or opportunities to serve with GSAC, please contact Julia Stone at jstone36@kent.edu

Calendar of Upcoming Events


GSAC’s February General Meeting
Monday, Febuary 3, 7:00pm EST, Onliine via Zoom 
Please email VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu for the link to the meeting.

GSAC Student Survey Deadline
Saturday, February 15th
GSAC would like to know how to best serve and engage with all students at the iSchool. Please complete this survey to help us plan for the future and improve your experience in the online program. Your input is very much appreciated. You can fill out the survey by clicking this link.

Graduate Assistantship Application Deadline
Sunday, March 1
The School of Information is now accepting applications to fill graduate assistant positions for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information on assistantships, plese click here. Here is a direct link to the application. If you have any questions, please contact ischool@kent.edu.

ALA Student Chapter February Meeting
TBD, online via Zoom
Keep an eye on your inbox for details about the upcoming ALA Student Chapter meeting, held virtually. You can also reach out to Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu for more information.

Copyright in Action Webinar
Thursday, February 13, 2:30-4:00

In this introductory webinar, attendees will learn about the basics of copyright from Carla Myers of Miami University Libraries. If you can’t make it in real-time, you can still sign up to get the link to view the recording of the online session at your convenience. Click here to register. Currently enrolled iSchool students who are members of OhioNET should select “Kent State University – iSchool” from the drop-down menu when registering. 

GSAC Meet and 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 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 jstone36@kent.edu

Read more about GSAC events, announcements, and info on our website

Scholarships & Fellowships

Beta Phi Mu Scholarships
Applications are now being accepted for a number of Beta Phi Mu Scholarships, including some for students. It is not necessary to be a member of Beta Phi Mu for the following scholarships:

Sarah Rebecca Reed Scholarship: Up to two scholarships, $ 2,250 each. For beginning LIS studies at an ALA accredited school. Deadline is March 15, 2020.

Blanche E. Woolls Scholarship: One scholarship, $2,250. For beginning LIS studies with a concentration in School Library Media. Deadline is March 15, 2020.

For more information on these scholarships, please click here

Connect with us:

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

Follow the iSchool on Facebook and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the iSchool’s listServ
Join the student’s open discussion board
Follow the ALA Student Chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and their website
Follow the Reinberger Children’s Library Center on Facebook

iSchool Alumni Network News

KSU iSchool alumna Jo Schofield, Branch Manager at Stark Library, Dehoff Branch, will help select the most distinguished children’s book published by an American in 2020 as a member of the 2021 Newbery Committee. 

Natosha Massie, KSU iSchool alumna, is the new executive director for the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County. Read more about her new role in this article from The Pike County News Watchman.

Keep an eye on the iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Page and GSAC’s blog for more alumni updates!

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 opportunities, 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”

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

The Reinberger Children’s Library Center hosted their Sixth Annual Mock Caldecott Night on Monday, January 13. The mock committee selected Field Trip to the Moon by John Hare as its winner, and The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander and Fly! by Mark Teague as its two honor books. To learn more about this event, please click here

The Reinberger released a new YouTube video as part of their Reinberger Reviewers: A Kids Book Review Series. In this review, Mirabelle, age 5, shares why she loves the book Ruby’s Beauty Shop by Rosemary Wells. Check out this blog post to read more about the RCLC’s exciting project and to view the new video.

We’d love your feedback!

Have you recently received a scholarship or award? Do you know of any job opportunities or upcoming events? Want to share a professional experience or advice? GSAC’s website gsac.ischool.kent.edu is currently seeking contributions. Take advantage of the opportunity to share your work 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 news
  • Student, Faculty, and Staff Spotlights

If you would like more information or to share your ideas for future blog posts, please contact VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu

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