iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council Newsletter
February 2021 | Volume 10, Issue 2

February 2021 at a Glance

  • iSchool “Flat Flashes” social media campaign
  • Register for the Spring 2021 Career Exploration Fair on Thursday, February 25th
  • New scholarship opportunities from American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, and College Club West
  • Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Hamilton Cox, Jr. and Tricia Bohanon

Greetings from the GSAC President

I hope your Spring semester is going well so far. The days are getting longer! We recently got a puppy, who makes sure that I get outside to enjoy February in Ohio. 

One of the things I love most about GSAC is how it connects people across the iSchool. I’ve enjoyed meeting other students, faculty and alumni during our meetings, happy hours and other events. In an effort to see more faces of the iSchool family and document this unique time, we are launching a “Flat Flash” social media campaign using the hashtag #iSchoolFlashes. We’d love to see your smiling faces at home, work or beyond. We’d also love to see you at one of our upcoming events. (See details below).

Lauren Zollinger
President, iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council


#iSchoolFlashes “Flat Flash” Project

In an effort to see more faces of the Kent State University iSchool family, GSAC is inviting all iSchool students, faculty and alumni to print out a “Flat Flash” and share a photo of it on social media using the hashtag  #iSchoolFlashes. We’d love to see your smiling face at home, work or beyond!

Be sure to follow and tag @KentGSAC on Twitter or Instagram (students, alumni and faculty), or join our LinkedIn (students, faculty and alumni) or Facebook group (students only) to join the fun!

You can choose from two versions: Ready to print OR ready to color (and add your own flair). We look forward to seeing some of our iSchool peers!

Artwork courtesy of the KSU Flashes Forever Hub.

Have you visited the GSAC Website lately? Below are a few of the resources we provide to students:
GSAC is looking for a Health Informatics Student Representative. If you are interested in getting involved with GSAC, please contact Lauren Zollinger at lzolling@kent.edu.
If you’re interested in writing for GSAC’s blog, contact the VP of Communications Olivia Wood at owood2@kent.edu. We’re excited to hear from you!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

February 2nd

OhioNET: Fundamentals of Cataloging – Meet MARC (Session 2)

This second session in the Introduction series will focus learning about MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging) – what it is, what it looks like, and how it works.

The event will be held on TuesdayFebruary 2, 2021 from 1:30-3:30pm EST. When registering, select Kent State – iSchool as the organization. (Registration is free for iSchool students).

February 4th

OhioNET: Copyright in Action – Introduction and Overview

This session will review the history and mechanics of copyright law in the United States. Attendees will discuss what is/isn’t copyrightable (including exceptions!), ownership and duration of copyright, author’s rights, and infringement pitfalls.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 2:30-4:00pm EST. When registering, select Kent State – iSchool as the organization. (Registration is free for iSchool students).

February 9th

OhioNet: Fundamentals of Cataloging – RDA vs. AACR2 (Session 3)

This third session in the Introduction series will focus on discussing the key differences in cataloging vocabulary and workflows brought about by the new cataloging standard – RDA (Resource Description and Access).

The event will be held on TuesdayFebruary 9, 2021 from 1:30-3:30pm EST. When registering, select Kent State – iSchool as the organization. (Registration is free for iSchool students).

February 12th

KSU ALA Student Chapter General Membership Meeting

The Kent State ALA Student Chapter is holding its first meeting of the semester. We will be discussing this semester’s speaker series and our plans to apply for the ALA Student Chapter of the Year award. All iSchool students are welcome. The meeting will be held on February 12, 2021 at 8:00pm EST via Zoom. Email president Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu for the Zoom details.

February 23rd

Hiring Outlook for UX Professionals: Part 2

Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics presents its second event in the Hiring Outlook for UX Professionals Webinar Series on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 2:00-3:00pm EST.


  • Michael Dickard, Vanguard, UX Research Manager
  • Diana Kusunoki, White Ops, User Experience & Research Manager 
  • Chuong K. Nguyen, Chair of PhillyCHI & Product Designer at Comcast

February 23rd

iSchool GSAC February General Meeting

The iSchool GSAC will host its general meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:00pm EST via Zoom. Any and all iSchool students are welcome to attend to discuss upcoming plans and new ideas with the GSAC Team! Please contact GSAC President Lauren Zollinger at lzolling@kent.edu for details and Zoom link.

February 25th

Kent State University Career Exploration Fair

Join us for the Career Exploration Fair on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 10:00am-3:00pm EST. This event will take place 100% virtually in Handshake and will allow you to connect with employers through one-on-one video sessions and group video sessions to learn about a variety of employment opportunities.

The Career Exploration Fair is open to ALL Kent State students and alumni of all campuses seeking:

  • Full-time, part-time, internship, and co-op opportunities
  • On-campus opportunities
  • Industry information
  • Networking contacts

Scholarships and Fellowships

Society of American Archivists

The Society of American Archivists is offering multiple scholarships for students of archival studies. Students are able to apply for multiple scholarships at once.

American Library Association Learning Round Table Scholarship, due March 1, 2021

The ALA Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to participate in continuing education event(s) between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, listserve, etc.).  This opportunity is open to everyone! You do NOT have to be an ALA member to apply. Applicants must respond to the Survey Monkey questionnaire located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8P388D by March 1, 2021, at 11:59 pm CST.
American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship, 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. Applications must be received by March 1, 2021 to be considered for the scholarship. Click here for the FAQ provided by ALA.

College Club West Scholarship Grant, due March 21, 2021

The College Club West Scholarship Grants are awarded annually to qualified greater Cleveland women ages 25 or older in a four-year-degree-granting program or graduate program. The Scholarship Committee selects recipients on the basis of maturity, academic record, promise, goals, and financial need. Applications are due on March 21, 2021.
Alumni Spotlights
Stephen Hamilton Cox, Jr.
Stephen graduated from Kent State University iSchool in 2011 and serves as a branch librarian for the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park & Conservation Biology Institute, where his primary focus is scholarly research. He also serves as the Mineral Sciences librarian at the National Museum of Natural History and provides reference services for the Natural History library. When asked how libraries can remain important to their communities, Stephen provided us with an insightful answer: “The purpose of our profession is to illuminate information, in all its facets and, and as we see with our peers’ pursuit of improvement, emerging services and products will make the library indispensable.”

Tricia Bohanon
Tricia graduated from the Kent State University iSchool in 1999; she is now working as a library consultant after starting her own business and is primarily interested in providing libraries with sensory and inclusive programming training. Tricia is also working as an Author Manager in the publishing sector. She is committed to community, service, and honesty, and encourages professionals to “let the path unfold you before you by being open to opportunities.” Thank you, Tricia!
Special thanks to the Kent State University iSchool Alumni Network for coordinating these profiles. Learn more about the Alumni Network on their Facebook page and Facebook group. Students are welcome to join and participate.
ALA Announcements

The Kent State ALA Student Chapter will be running for the American Library Association’s Student Chapter of the Year, and we need your help! As part of the application, we need to include awards and honors received by members of the student chapter. If you have received any type of scholarship, award, or other recognition as an iSchool student during the past year, please email Chapter Vice President Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu by March 1st to let us know so we can include this in our application. Thank you in advance!

Interested in becoming a member of the Kent State ALA Student Chapter? Membership in the ALA Student Chapter is open to any current iSchool student at Kent State University. Though membership in the American Library Association is encouraged, it is not a requirement for a general member. There are no dues for the student chapter. To learn more about the student chapter, click here. Please fill out this short survey to request membership.

For more information, contact Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu.

About GSAC

The Kent State University iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) works to enrich graduate student life through social events and professional development opportunities. We serve as a bridge between the students and the faculty and administration of the Kent State University iSchool. Membership in GSAC at Kent State University is open to any and all students enrolled in the iSchool at Kent State University.
Kent State University iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council
February 2021

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