The iSchool GSAC’s
March 2020 Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 3

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

I can’t believe we’re already more than halfway through Spring semester. GSAC has a lot of news and events to share with you this month. We are currently working on planning a Graduation Social event with the ALA Student Chapter for this May, and I’m excited for this collaborative project.
I hope to see you at our monthly Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 8:00pm EST. We will be discussing our final iSchool Student Survey results and how to best implement our findings. We’re also going to continue plans for a “Virtual Happy Hour” event and discuss ways to build our social media presence. We’d love to hear your ideas! All iSchool students are welcome to attend our monthly meetings :).

Are you interested in getting involved in GSAC but not sure how to begin? If so, please email me at jstone36@kent.edu. I’d be more than happy to discuss various ways to be an active member of the organization. I hope everyone has a lovely March!
Julia Stone
President, iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council


Calendar of Upcoming Events


GSAC’s March General Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 8:00pm EST – Online via Zoom 
Please email VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu for the link to the meeting.

ALA Speaker Series – Librarians Run the Gamut
March 5, March 9, and March 27 – Online via Zoom
The KSU ALA Student Chapter Spring Speaker Series features librarians from a variety of backgrounds, who will be sharing their experiences in the field. Learn about youth services, technology, libraries in rural, suburban, and urban environments, and more! For more information, email Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu and check out their Facebook page here.

2020 ALA Annual Conference
Thursday, June 25 – Tuesday, June 30 – Chicago, IL
Early registration closes Sunday, March 15. Register early to get the lowest rate! Click here to register and here for more information on the conference.

NOTSL Spring Meeting
Friday, March 20 – Parma, OH
The Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians’ Spring meeting, Metadata Matters: MARC and Beyond, will be held on Friday, March 20 at the Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma-Snow Branch. Dr. Marcia Zeng, iSchool professor, will be the featured speaker. Register here.

OhioNet Fundamentals of Cataloging Series
March 17, March 24, and March 31 – Online
OhioNet is offering a webinar series on select Tuesdays in March: March 17, March 24, and March 31This series will focus on the issues, fields, and elements to be considered when cataloging periodicals. These webinars will be led by Sarah Schaff, Discovery Librarian at Denison University Library. Click here for information about OhioNet webinars and to register.

ALAO Workshop: Design Your Next Research Project
Friday, March 27 – Columbus, OH
The Assessment Interest Group and the Research & Publications Committee are holding a workshop on the research planning and design process at the State Library of Ohio on Friday, March 27. This will be led by Kent State professor Dr. Miriam Matteson and OCLC Research Support Specialist Brittany Brannon. Register here.

NEO-RLS 2020 Critical Conversations: Building Empathy to Build Community
Thursday, April 2 – Twinsburg, OH
NEO-RLS’s Critical Conversations Conference will focus on empathy in all aspects of library services. The event will be held on Thursday, April 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, Ohio. Click here for more information and to register. 

Ohio Health Sciences Library Association Spring Meeting
Friday, April 17 – Columbus OH
Registration is now open for the spring meeting of the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA). It will be held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, April 17. Register here.

Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth
Thursday, April 30 – Kent, OH
Registration is open for the 35th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference, which will take place Thursday, April 30 at Kent State University. Register here.

Scholarships & Fellowships

The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA)
SOA has two scholarships available to students to attend their annual spring meeting on Friday, May 15 at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. Applications are due by Friday, March 13. Click here to apply.

Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship
The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is offering a scholarship (worth $750) and a one-year membership in the Midwest Archives Conference for graduate students in archival administration. Applications are due by March 20th. For more information and to apply, click here.

ALAO Diversity Scholarship
ALAO is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. The deadline to apply is March 21st. Click here to apply. 

The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program 
This program is offered by North Carolina State University Libraries August 10-14. The Jumpstart Program is an immersive, all-expenses-paid experience that will help to position first-year library school students for a career in library technology upon graduation. Applications are due Tuesday, March 31. Click here to apply.

Connect with us:

There are many different ways to connect with the iSchool and your peers at Kent State:

Follow the iSchool on Facebook and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the iSchool’s listServ
Join the student’s open discussion board
Follow the ALA Student Chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and their website
Follow the Reinberger Children’s Library Center on Facebook

iSchool Alumni Network News

Brianna Treleven, 2016 alumna, is Shaker Historical Society’s new executive director. She worked in the Reinberger Center at the iSchool and focused on museum studies, archives and special collections. Read more about Brianna on the iSchool website here.

Julianne Bedel, 2006 alumna, was hired as executive director of Medina County District Library. Read about her exciting promotion here.

Kaitlin Cottrill, iSchool alumna, is the newest technology tutor at Carnegie Public Library. Read about her story here.

Keep an eye on the iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Page and GSAC’s blog for more alumni updates!

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”

NEO-RLS Jobline

Are you ready to hit the job market? Did you know that the NEO-RLS Jobline includes job postings for libraries, archives and information-related positions from all parts of the country? All levels of positions are included–from pages to Directors–and all types of organizations are included: libraries, archives, museums, hospitals, corporations, and more.

Not quite ready for the job market? The NEO-RLS Jobline also includes a wide variety of internship opportunities for all levels, all types of organizations, and from all around the country.

Click here to start your search!

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


The Reinberger Children’s Library Center is continuing to publish new videos as part of their Reinberger Reviewers: A Kids Book Review Series. In the latest review, John, age 10, shares why Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is one of his favorite reads. Check out this blog post to view John’s review, and visit the Reinberger on Facebook or YouTube to see more videos.

The Reinberger is seeking new book reviewers! If your child is interested in reviewing a book, please fill out this form. Have any questions about the video series? If so, please contact Michelle Baldini at mbaldini@kent.edu.

We’d love your feedback!

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
  • 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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