The iSchool GSAC’s
March 2019 Newsletter

Volume 4, Issue 3

Greetings from the Graduate
Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

Hello all. I cannot believe it is already March! This semester is flying by. I don’t know about the rest of you, but it has been pretty stressful for me. For many of us, this is midterms or even finals (for those in 10 week courses), so I figure this is a good time to remind you to take a moment to breathe. Self-care is really important but is often forgotten when we get busy with school or work. We included some helpful self-care resources in this newsletter. We also wanted to extend an invite to join us for a coffee (or tea) break on Friday, March 15th. As always, feel free to reach out if you need anything. Keep working hard!

Haley Shaw
President, Graduate Student Advisory Council

For more information or opportunities to serve with GSAC, please contact Haley Shaw at hshaw9@kent.edu

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Resumes to the Job Search for Academic Librarianship on
Wednesday, March 6th, 7:00PM EST, online via Zoom
Listen in as national speakers present on how to maximize your resume and job search process for academic libraries. Sponsored by the ALA Student Chapter, RSVP to jkociubu@kent.edu.

Performing Arts Library (PAL) Tour & Coffee Meet-Up on
Friday, March 8th, 11:00PM-12:30PM EST, KSU Performing Arts Library
Learn about KSU’s PAL library from Director Joe Clark followed by a short networking coffee break. Co-sponsored by the iSchool’s GSAC and ALA Student Chapter. RSVP to mmccork1@kent.edu.

GSAC Coffee Hour Meet-Up
Friday, March 15th, 2:30PM, 3rd Floor, Library and online via Zoom.
Get to know your fellow iSchool students! This will be an informal gathering for conversation. Meet us on the 3rd floor of the library, or brew your own cup at home and join us via Zoom. RSVP to mmccork1@kent.edu or hshaw9@kent.edu.

Exercises for the Quiet Eye: An Approach to Guided Looking in Museums
Tuesday, March 11th, 9:00AM-11:00AM, Kent State University MuseLab
FREE workshop for students. See below for more details. (Register here.)

Deep Looking: Art and the Human Experience of Not Knowing
Tuesday, March 11th, 1:00PM-2:30PM, Kent State University Museum Auditorium
FREE talk by Annie Storr. See below for more details. (No registration required.)

NEO-RLS Critical Conversations Conference
Thursday, April 4th, 9:00AM-4:00PM, Twinsburg, OH
The theme for this day-long conference is Mental Health Awareness: Libraries Create Safe Zones for Customers and Staff. Visit the NEO-RLS event page for more information, and see below for how you can attend as a student!

Volunteer Day at Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Saturday, April 6th, 1:00PM-3:00PM, Cleveland, OH
Love to give back? So does the ALA Student Chapter! Help us sort books while meeting fellow students and friends. Spots are limited, please reserve today.

ACRL iSchool Reception
Thursday, April 11th, Cleveland, OH
Join current students, alumni, and faculty for an evening networking event with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Conference attendance at ACRL is not required. More information to come.

Free NLNO & Central Ohio Libraries Event
Friday, April 19th, 10:00AM-4:00PM, Columbus, OH
Tour OCLC and network with peers over lunch before visiting either the The Ohio State University Thompson Library or the Columbus Metropolitan Library (Main Library). You do not want to miss this exciting event. Register now to reserve your spot, only a few remain! Email Christina Rodriques (rodriquc@oclc.org) with questions.

Join the Student ALA Chapter

Did you know that membership in the ALA Student Chapter at Kent State is free? Members receive exclusive notice about scholarships and other opportunities that can help your career in the future! The majority of our events are held virtually, making it accessible to all iSchool students. Join us for the chance to network with your peers, gain new skills, give back, and become familiar with professional organizations. Visit https://alastudentchapterksu.wordpress.com/join/.

For more information contact Chapter President Jacquie Kociubuk at jkociubu@kent.edu

Connect with us.

There are many different ways to connect with the iSchool and fellow students at Kent State:

Follow the iSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the iSchool’s listServ
Join the iSchool Student Open Discussion Facebook group
Follow the ALA Student Chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and their blog
Follow the Reinberger Children’s Library Center on Facebook and visit their website
Follow the MUSE Lab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and their website
Visit the iSchool Alumni Network Facebook group

Student Spotlight

Brittany Hujar, MLIS and MA Candidate

Brittany is currently in her 5th semester at the iSchool pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science in addition to her program for a Master of Arts in Art History.

What is your academic background and what are you doing in your programs?

“I have a B.A. in Art History from San Diego State University. I am finishing up my Masters in Art History here at Kent. I am defending my thesis in the beginning of April and plan on graduating at the end of this semester. My specialization in the iSchool is archives/digital preservation.”

Tell us about some of your academic interests.

“My interests are in Japanese art and photography. My thesis explores three different series of photographs by Japanese photographer Kozo Miyoshi. I analyze how each series signifies water as metaphor for life and death through his landscape photographs of the Arizona desert and the destroyed Japanese landscape caused by the 2011 tsunami. I am also interested in moving image and audiovisual archives.”

Can you tell us about research you do and any awards you have received?

“Last semester I received the Graduate Student Senate research award, which allowed me travel to The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. While I was there, I had the opportunity to research the entire photography collection of Kozo Miyoshi. I was also able to connect with the archivist and librarian as well as see the archive. The CCP opened up opportunities to connect with the artist himself, and I also applied for one of their research fellowships. It was overall an amazing experience. I will be presenting my research at the Graduate Research Symposium in April. After completing my thesis, I hope to publish my research in academic journals, such as Exposure.’”

Do you have any advice for your fellow students?

“Network as much as you can and gain plenty of experience while you are in school!”

Self-Care Resources

  • If you are in the campus area and need a break, try Meditation Across Campus. Click here for more details.
  • Watch this presentation on Avoiding Burnout from Graduate Student Orientation (GSO).
  • Read about self-care on ActiveMinds.org.

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

Book Signing with P. Craig Russell and Galen Showman

On Thursday, February 28th, artists P. Craig Russell and Galen Showman came to the iSchool for a book signing to celebrate the release Russell’s graphic novel adaptation of Lois Lowry’s classic YA book, The Giver. The bookstore provided books for purchase on-site, including The Giver graphic novel, and Showman and Russell’s other well-known works and adaptations. Original art from the graphic novel was also on display in the RCLC for visitors to admire.


Left: Russell shakes hands with a fan. Right: Visitors view original art from The Giver.

Writing Opportunity! Call for Volunteers:

The Reinberger Children’s Library Center is seeking volunteers from the iSchool to review children’s literature for its blog, found here. Please contact Michelle Baldini for more information.                

Contact Michelle Baldini, Director of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, at mbaldini@kent.edu for more information about the Reinberger and Marantz collections.

News from the MUSE Lab

Please join us for a FREE student workshop and lecture with museum educator Dr. Annie Storr on Tuesday March 11, 2019. Dr. Storr will share her guided looking technique, Exercises for the Quiet Eye, which fosters close observation and patient reflection. To find out more and register for these free in-person learning opportunities, visit: https://www.themuselab.org/exercises-for-the-quiet-eye.

Our CE project students have been hard at work preparing for their upcoming exhibition, Uniting Faith & Medicine: One Man’s Legacy. Their process began with building an exhibit scope based on the proposal prepared by their classmates in Museum Communication last semester. Now, they are putting together the details in an exhibit scope and beginning to prepare the MuseLab gallery by painting the walls and exhibit furniture.

To explore how you might find your muse here, make an appointment to visit by calling 330-672-5846 or emailing kflatham@kent.edu.

Follow MuseLab on Facebook and Twitter for updates on exhibits and other news.

Tech Resource

The IT department has plenty of learning opportunities for students! See how to access their services by visiting https://www.kent.edu/it/technology-training for more details.

Are you in the campus area? There is still time to sign up for TechHelp’s free technology workshops! View available course offerings at https://training.kent.edu/courses.php.

NEO-RLS Resource

Click here to download the NEO-RLS CE Guide: Winter/Spring 2019 CE Guide (PDF), which lists all trainings and webinars through June 30, 2019.  It is organized chronologically, by Track, Location, and Live Webinars. Learn about important issues libraries face in Northeast Ohio. iSchool students are provided with a Gold Membership to NEORLS. Contact NEO for more information on how to activate this membership at https://neorls.org/


ALA/OLC Connection

More details coming soon!

Don’t forget! As an iSchool student, you can join both ALA and OLC for only $42 at https://www.ala.org/cfapps/jntapp/index.cfm?urlcode=ST-OH. Benefits of OLC membership include professional development opportunities (including a discounted public librarian certification), regular updates on exciting library-happenings and news, and discounts at conferences and events. For more information about the joint ALA/OLC membership program and other joint state library memberships, visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/joint-membership-program.

Questions? Contact your OLC Student Representative Sarah Myers at smyers56@kent.edu.

We’d love your input.

Received a recent recognition, scholarship, or award?  Have an idea for our newsletter or wish to contribute yourself?  Please contact Mallory McCorkhill at mmccork1@kent.edu.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Current students, faculty, and alumni are all welcome contributors.

Produced by the Graduate Student Advisory Council
Compiled and Edited by Mallory McCorkhill, Vice President of Communications, GSAC
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February 2019