iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council Newsletter
June 2021 | Volume 11, Issue 1

June 2021 at a Glance

  • Join GSAC’s new social initiative, Community Circles!
  • iSchool “Flat Flashes” social media campaign
  • ALA Annual Conference starting on June 23rd; register link below
  • Check out the new iSchool Book Exchange on Facebook

Greetings from the GSAC President

We made it to summer! I hope everyone is enjoying the break from classes. Congratulations again to all iSchool students who graduated this spring. To celebrate, we’ve published a Virtual Yearbook (video | PDF). Please be sure to follow the iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Group to stay in touch. 

GSAC recently held elections and will be introducing new officers in the fall, including incoming President Taylor Fields. The office of Secretary is open; if you are interested, please reach out to me or Taylor. In the meantime, enjoy the long days and warm weather!

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.

Flat Flash working on his K-12 School Library Media Practicum at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood, Ohio with April Hoy ’08, Kathryn Taylor ’21, and Jen Johnson ’08.

Flash took a visit to the Ohio Genealogical Society where he helped Olivia Wood ’21 process a letter collection from 1920.
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

June 16th-17th


UXDX USA 2021, held online from June 16-17, 2021, is an online product development conference that brings Product, UX, Design and Development together to build better products, faster, together. 

A discounted student rate of $49 is available. For more information and to register, go here.

June 17th

Library 2.021: Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World

This free event, held on June 17, 2021, will discuss ways that librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post-COVID world. It is being organized in partnership with Ellyssa Kroski, the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute, as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books.

For more information and to register, go here.

June 23rd-29th

American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference

The American Library Association will hold its annual conference virtually from June 23rd-29th, 2021. For additional information and to register, go here.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate Student Senate Awards

The Graduate Student Senate of Kent State University will be offering upcoming scholarships and awards for eligible students, such as the Domestic Travel Award, Research Award, and others. Multiple due dates are listed throughout the page.
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
June 2021

Volume 11, Issue 1