Volume 4, Issue 5

The iSchool GSAC’s
May 2019 Newsletter

Volume 4, Issue 5

Greetings from the Graduate
Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

Can you believe it is already the end of the semester?! I hope everyone is finishing this last week of classes strong. Keep working hard but don’t forget to take time for self-care. Congratulations to those of you who are graduating this semester, including GSAC officers Bridget Garnai and Sarah Myers as well as former officer Jacquie Kociubuk. I hope your time at Kent was valuable and you were able to make great connections to help you in your careers. I think I can speak for all of the GSAC executive board in saying we are proud of you. For those who still have a few classes to go or who are new to the program we wanted to extend an invitation to you to join our team. A formal announcement of available positions and their descriptions will be sent out next week, so keep an eye on your email.

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

Society of Ohio Archivists 2019 Annual Meeting: Invention and Innovation
May 17th, 2019, Akron/Fairlawn, OH
Pre-conference workshops will be led by Dr. Karen Gracy and Dr. Heather Soyka on Thursday, May 16th at the Kent State University Library. The main conference will take place at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel on Friday, May 17th. See more about this conference at http://www.ohioarchivists.org/annual_conference/.
NEO-RLS, 2019 Emerging Tech Symposium: AR/VR- Immersive Realities
June 6th, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern, Twinsburg, OH
The 2019 Emerging Tech Symposium will focus on exposing library staff interested in emerging technologies to a broad array of possibilities.  The day-long format of the Symposium will include two speakers and four breakout sessions as well as a poster session, and will conclude with a panel discussion.  Breakout sessions will be scheduled so that every attendee may attend three different sessions. For details, visit https://mms.neo-rls.org/Calendar/moreinfo_responsive.php?eventid=51193&org_id=NEOL.

Special Libraries Association 2019 Annual Conference
June 14th-18th, Cleveland, OH
Fireside Chat with LIS Directors (including your own Dr. Kendra Albright). There will be an event for students and alumni. More information to come. Visit https://connect.sla.org/ac2019/home for more about the conference.

American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition
June 20th-24th, Washington, D.C.
For details about this conference and its schedule, visit the ALA Annual site at https://2019.alaannual.org/. There will be a student-alumni event. More information to follow soon.

Join the ALA Student 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. 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
Follow the MuseLab on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and their website
Visit the iSchool Alumni Network Facebook group

Faculty Spotlight

Marianne Martens, PhD
Dr. Martens has been an iSchool faculty member
since 2012. Read about her current work below!

Could you tell us a little bit about your current address
research interests and projects?

As always, I have a few projects in-progress: a grant-funded project with Dr. Campana at Maple Heights Public Library, and a collaborative USAID Grant with American University Nigeria, Columbia University, and Kent State colleagues. I also have a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press called The Forever Fandom of Harry Potter: Balancing Fan Agency and Corporate Control. The Harry Potter franchise lends itself exceptionally well to fan-based activities, from fan fiction, to festivals, to charitable works, and many who started as childhood fans continue into adulthood. J.K. Rowling (and related corporate entities) have not always been supportive of fan activities, but arguably, fans’ ongoing activity is closely tied to the series’ success. I believe that it is mutually beneficial for corporations and fans to figure out how to work together.

Do you have any advice for students?

Here are ten tips for students:

  1. Join a professional organization. Take advantage of student rates.

  2. Volunteer to serve on a committee—any committee—within this organization. Your openness will increase your chances of getting picked. Committee work enables you to build your professional network while gaining a broad overview of the field—and make lifelong friends. And you might just get a job out of it—I met former ALSC President and Kent State Professor Emerita Dr. Carolyn Brodie through ALSC committee work, which helped bring me to Kent State.

  3. Attend and present at conferences. Local, regional, and state conferences are great places to start, and are more affordable.

  4. Seek funding and volunteer opportunities.

  5. Partner with colleagues (there is a reason I assign group projects!) to present, or to organize a panel or workshop.

  6. Publish articles in professional publications – that will get your name out there. Co-authoring is a great idea, too.

  7. Post on social media, but spread positivity. Offer solutions to problems when you have them.

  8. Say yes to opportunities.

  9. Do your very best to keep your promises.

  10. Don’t give up.

For those of you graduating this spring, congratulations! Please stay in touch. And for everyone else, we’re glad you are here. Hope to see you face-to-face, but until then, see you online!

Highlighted Resource

Are you looking for new opportunities or work? Explore some of the resources provided by Career Exploration and Development. Take advantage of helpful hints, such as how to prepare to attend career fairs.

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

The Reinberger Children’s Library Center is seeking book reviews to publish on its blog. Enhance your resume with writing experience! If you are interested in contributing, please complete this form to submit your review.

To connect with the RCLC, visit https://linktr.ee/rclckentstate for links to social media, their website, and their blog.

Stop in to see original art from the graphic novel adaptation of The Giver, on loan from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State University.

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 MuseLab

Get ready to visit this summer’s exhibit, “Healing through Faith & Medicine: One Man’s Legacy.” This exhibit, the product of months of planning and work, started as a project in the Museum Communication class in Fall semester. It is the Culminating Experience for two Museum Studies specialization students and was made possible with the help of MuseLab staff and interns. Stay tuned to the MuseLab blog for more information!


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.

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.

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