The iSchool GSAC’s
May 2020 Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 5

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)


Congratulations to all the iSchool students who will be graduating this semester! These last few months have been extremely challenging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and GSAC’s officers would like to express how proud we are of our graduating Flashes for all of their hard work this semester. We wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors. For those of you who are now iSchool alumni, be sure to follow the iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Page and Facebook Group to stay in touch!

Throughout the summer, GSAC will remain active in providing support for and connecting iSchool students, which we feel is more important now than ever. We will continue to have our monthly general meetings as well as some virtual social events, so be sure to join our Facebook Group and follow our website to stay connected and keep up with GSAC news and events. 

If you have any questions or concerns as an iSchool student over the summer, please feel free to reach out to Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu


Calendar of Upcoming Events


GSAC Virtual Game Night
Wednesday, May 6, 8:00pm EST- Online via Zoom 
iSchool students are invited to join us for Jackbox games and conversation as we celebrate the end of the semester. You’ll need one device for Zoom (i.e. a laptop) and another one to participate in the games (i.e. a mobile phone or tablet). Participation is optional; you can be in the “audience” if you prefer. Check out the Facebook event here. Contact Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu) for the Zoom link. 

GSAC’s May General Meeting
Monday, May 11, 5:00pm EST – Online via Zoom 
All current iSchool students are invited to attend. Please email Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu for the link to the meeting.

NEO-RLS: Readers Advisory for All
Wednesday, May 6, 10:00am EST
This webinar program will remove the mystery behind providing great readers advisory service. Using her “Ten Rules of Basic RA Service” as a guide, Becky Spratford will show you how to use your own love of your favorite books to help any patron find their next great read. Attendance is free for iSchool students through NEO-RLS’s Gold Membership. For more information and to register, click here.

NEO-RLS: Customer Service on the Telephone and by Email
Wednesday, June 3, 10:00am EST
NEO-RLS will be holding an interactive webinar to explore best practices in creating positive experiences with customers on the phone and via email. Attendance is free for iSchool students through NEO-RLS’s Gold Membership. For more information and to register, click here.

New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians
Thursday, June 11, 9am – 4pm EST
The New England Science Bootcamp for Librarians is hosting a free virtual conference. Click here for more information and to register.

ALA Virtual: Community Through Connection
June 24-26
ALA will be hosting a completely virtual event, which includes educational programming, special author events, and social networking. Registration opens Monday, May 11th. Discounted rates are available for students. Follow this link for more information and to register.

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Applications are due May 24
This fellowship is awarded to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, information sciences, or a closely related field. One fellowship is awarded to to a master’s student at $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years. Click here for more information and to apply.

GSAC’s Facebook Group 

Current iSchool students are invited to join the iSchool GSAC’s new Facebook group. This Facebook group is a place for current iSchool students to discuss their experiences, seek and share advice related to the program, and learn about virtual and in-person opportunities for networking and professional development.

Join the group here!

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

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”

GSAC is seeking blog writers!

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
  • Internship experiences
  • 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

Produced by the iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council. 
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