iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council Newsletter
July 2021 | Volume 11, Issue 2

July 2021 at a Glance

  • Join GSAC’s new social initiative, Community Circles!
  • iSchool “Flat Flashes” social media campaign
  • Check out the new iSchool Book Exchange on Facebook
  • Register for the 11th NCAAL on July 28th

Greetings from the GSAC President

For those of you in classes, I hope summer semester is off to a great start. I’ve enjoyed taking my reading outside. We will resume GSAC meetings next month. If you are interested in learning more about GSAC or getting involved, please reach out to me or incoming President Taylor Fields. We have a few officer and representative positions opening up this fall and would love to have your help. In the meantime, I hope you’re able to enjoy family, friends, food and fun over the holiday weekend and beyond.

Lauren Zollinger
President, iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council

Community Circles

GSAC has launched a new social initiative within the past month to connect students within the iSchool. We are in the early and developing stages of piloting  Community Circles, where iSchool students can come together to share ideas, advice, and experiences. 

Community Circles will be launched through private communities created in Google Currents and Google Meet. If you are interested in participating in one of our test groups this summer or recommending Circles for the future, please fill out this form (while logged into your KSU Gmail account). We look forward to helping you meet others within the program!

Have you visited the GSAC Website lately? Below are a few of the resources we provide to students:

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!
#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! 

You can choose from two versions: Ready to print or ready to color (to add your own flair). Follow this link to our blog where you can find and download your choice of Flat Flash. We look forward to seeing some of our iSchool peers!

If you’d prefer not to post the photo from your account, feel free to send it to GSAC VP of Communication Olivia Wood at owood2@kent.edu, and we’ll post it from the GSAC account. (Let us know if you’d like us to include your full name or first name).
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!

Artwork courtesy of the KSU Flashes Forever Hub.
iSchool Book Exchange

GSAC has created a Facebook Group in which current iSchool students will be able to sell or exchange their textbooks with other iSchool students. In order to join the group, you must be enrolled in the iSchool. Those wishing to join the group must adhere to the group guidelines as posted on the Facebook Page. Take a look and join in on helping your fellow classmates!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

July 13th

NEO-RLS: Disability 101

This session will be a broad introduction to what disability is, what the Americans with Disabilities Act says, and how libraries can assist patrons with disabilities who use their services and spaces.  It will cover a variety of topics including some disability statistics, examples of good and poor accessibility, as well as where to get more information.

The session, held on July 13th, 2021 from 2-3pm EST, will be presented by JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information, please go here.

July 19th-23rd

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2021

The American Association of Law Libraries’s (AALL’s) second Virtual Conference will be held July 19-23, 2021. The schedule of sessions is now available.

Students can register for free. For more information and to register, go here.

July 28th-August 1st

11th National Conference of African American Librarians

The 11th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) will gather online from July 28 – August 1, 2021 to engage and elevate this year’s theme: Culture Keepers XI the Sankofa Experience: Inspired by Our Past, Igniting Our Future. Featured speakers include Michael Eric Dyson, Jason Reynolds and Carla Hayden. For more information and to register, go here.

Alumni Spotlights

Take a look at the Alumni Spotlights posted through the Kent State University School of Information webpage and learn more about the career paths some alumni have pursued. This page features spotlights from Travis Feder (MLIS ’15), Brent Hicks (MSHI ’19), Ruth Monnier (MLIS ’18), Stephanie Morillo (MSUXD ’19), Robert Nowatzki (MLIS ’19), Brian Parsons (MSUXD ’18), Dawn Sedor (MSKM ’19), Jeremy Williams (MSUXD ’18), and Maja Zumer (MLIS ’93)
ALA Announcements

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.

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 Newsletter
July 2021

Volume 11, Issue 2