The iSchool GSAC’s
July 2020 Newsletter

Volume 8, Issue 2

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)


Happy July, iSchool students! We hope that you are enjoying your summer as much as possible. GSAC has been working throughout the summer to create fun and useful programming and resources for the upcoming school year. We will be reviewing some of these plans at our next meeting on July 13th, so please join us if you would like to join the discussion!

The officers at GSAC would also like to express our commitment to create an environment where all iSchool students feel welcome, represented, and valued. One of the main purposes of our organization is to provide a space where students’ concerns, questions, and ideas can be heard. We will work to develop and support programming that improves cultural awareness and provides space for reflection and dialogue. Please know that even though we are currently between semesters, GSAC is here to support you. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the summer, please do not hesitate to reach out to VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

GSAC’s July General Meeting
Monday, July 13th, 5pm EST – Online via Zoom 
All current iSchool students are invited to attend. Please email Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu for the link to the meeting.

NEO-RLS: Professional Internal Customer Service
Tuesday, July 7, 10:00am EST
In this webinar, part of NEO-RLS’s customer service academy series, you will learn about three key skill sets that support professional internal customer service and how you can apply these skills in your organization. For more information and to register, click here.

Ohio Local History Alliance: Digitization 101
July 14, August 18
Interested in learning about how to digitize collections? Attend a free, 3-part webinar series to learn almost everything you need to know. For more information and to register, click here.

Keep up with GSAC’s events on our website!

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, Twitter 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
Follow the Reinberger Children’s Library Center on Facebook

New on GSAC’s Blog

Learn about Kent State iSchool professor Dr. Timothy J. Dickey’s new book, his research and teaching interests, and which classes he will be teaching next semester in our new Faculty Spotlight.

Libraries – and each one of us – have an important role to play in the movement for social justice. Explore related resources from Kent State, national library organizations, and other groups in our latest Topic Spotlight.

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

Alumni Updates

Congratulations to alumna Jennifer Emser Flaherty for winning the 2020 Sanford Teacher Award for Ohio. Read more about this honor here.

Fairfield County District Library director and iSchool alumna Rebecca Schaade was recently featured in the Lancaster Gazette. Learn about her professional journey leading up to her role as director and her plans for the future of libraries here.
Keep up with alumni news by following the Kent State iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Group and Facebook Page.

Student Updates

Congratulations to GSAC Secretary Molly McGirr Norris, who was selected to participate in Library Leadership Ohio 2020. Read more about Library Leadership Ohio and see the other participants here.

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 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

Be sure to visit the Alma Flor Ada Virtual Exhibit to learn about author and professor Dr. Alma Flor Ada. Within the exhibit you can see some of Dr. Alma Flor Ada’s work as well as the letters and illustrations created by children who have been inspired by her stories. 
Contact Michelle Baldini, Director of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, at mbaldini@kent.edu for more information about the Reinberger and Marantz collections

New to KSU?

More information about the Fall 2020 Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is now available! Click here to learn more about the remote version of GSO that is being offered this year, including schedules, breakout sessions, and general information and resources related to being a new graduate student at Kent State University.
Contact Kyle Reynolds, Director of Graduate Student Services, at kreynol3@kent.edu if you have a question related to GSO.

GSAC is seeking blog writers!

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
  • Internship experiences
  • 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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