The iSchool GSAC’s
November 2020 Newsletter

Volume 9, Issue 3

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)

I hope everyone is enjoying Fall semester. We are more than half way through! 

Juggling graduate school, work and family during a pandemic is stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, be sure to take time for yourself and seek support. (Keep an eye out for additional resources in Dr. Harper’s next Dialogue with the Director). I find it helpful to get outside.

Our iSchool Town Hall series continues on November 12 at 7pm, when we’ll focus on knowledge management (KM). We’d also love to see you at our GSAC Meeting on November 17th at 8pm and Virtual Happy Hour on November 18th at 8pm, when we plan to share recommendations and experiences with iSchool electives. 

In December, we’ll be holding elections for officer positions opening up in 2021. If you’re interested in getting more involved, please fill out this form.

If you ever have questions, ideas or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out (lzolling@kent.edu). 

Lauren Zollinger
President, iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council

Don’t forget to vote by Tuesday.


GSAC is looking to fill a number of officer positions next semester. We will be accepting nominations until December 6th, so please fill out this form if you are interested in getting more involved and gaining leadership experience. New students are welcome!

Calendar of Upcoming Events


GSAC’s November General Meeting
November 17th at 8pm
All current iSchool students are invited to attend. Please email Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

GSAC Happy Hour
November 18th at 8pm EST
Current and incoming iSchool students are invited to join us for casual conversation. (This month, we’ll be discussing recommendations and experiences with iSchool electives). Contact Natalie Groff (ngroff3@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

ALA Student Chapter Speaker Series
November 9th at 6pm – Music librarian
November 12th at 6:30pm – Book vendor librarians
November 18th at 3pm – Government librarian
Mark your calendars and join us virtually via Zoom for the next installments of a Fall Speaker Series event on non-traditional library careers. Email ALA Student Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu for more information.

iSchool November Town Hall
November 12th at 7pm
Connect with iSchool students, faculty and alumni, and learn about valuable resources. In November, we’ll be highlighting the Knowledge Management program. Meet KM Director Dr. Kendra Albright and learn more about the program and career options. Contact Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

ARSC: Strategies for Navigating the Archival Job Market 
November 2nd, 2PM EST
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections invites you to a free webinar covering advice and resources for launching your career in audio preservation, moving across disciplinary boundaries or job sectors, and putting your best foot forward when you’re ready to take your next professional steps. Register here.

OhioNET: Subject Cataloging Webinar Series
Nov. 10, 1:30 PM, Nov. 17, 1:30 PM, Dec. 1, 1:30 PM
Do you work with cataloging or records maintenance at your library?  Could you use a better understanding of how subject headings are assigned? This webinar series will focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and assess existing subject headings in MARC format. Learn more and register here.

KMWorld 2020
November 16th-19th
Explore future-focused strategies, technologies and tools to help organizations utilize knowledge management to transform for positive outcomes. Learn more here.

OhioDIG: Advocating for Digitization Resources
November 18th, 10:30am
Please join the Ohio Digitization Interest Group for an informal virtual meeting, hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Learn more and register here.

ALA Connect 
November 19th, 2pm EST
The American Library Association will be hosting a town hall-inspired conversation focused on library students and the employment outlook in the industry. The event is free and will provide some insight on how the job market has been impacted by the pandemic. Register here.


Explore additional events on our website!

Scholarships & Fellowships

NOTSL Jane Myers Scholarship
Due December 31, 2020
Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians (NOTSL) is now accepting scholarship applications to cover educational activities. The proposed activity must relate to technical services, cataloging, serials, acquisitions, preservation, processing or management of technical services. Click here for more information.

Kent State Grad Studies Book Award
This one-time GSS book award is a non-competitive award that offers a flat rate of $200 to eligible graduate students to assist with the cost of books for classes, research, or mental health. For more information, click here.

Find us on Facebook!

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

Other Ways to Connect:

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

Follow GSAC on our Facebook Group, LinkedInTwitter and website 
Follow the iSchool on Facebook and LinkedIn
Subscribe to the iSchool’s listServ
Follow the iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Page and Facebook Group
Follow the ALA Student Chapter on Facebook, Instagram, and their website

New on GSAC’s Blog

Topic Spotlights
Student Spotlight
Faculty Spotlights
Alumni Spotlights

Interested in writing for GSAC’s blog? For more information or to share your ideas for future blog posts, please contact VP of Communications Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu

ALA Student Chapter Updates

Upcoming speakers

November 9th at 6pm – Music librarian
November 12th at 6:30pm – Book vendor librarians
November 18th at 3pm – Government librarian

The ALA Student Chapter is hosting another Virtual Speaker Series for the fall semester! This series will feature librarians who work in non-traditional library jobs, including museums, medical libraries, law libraries, military base libraries, corporate libraries, and more. The speakers will discuss their experiences about how they got their positions, what they do, and tips for new professionals. Email ALA Student Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu for more information.

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, 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”

Alumni Updates

iSchool alumna Emily Skunda was appointed as Perry Public Library director. Read more about this exciting opportunity here.

iSchool 2003 alumna Amy Pawlowski has been appointed as Executive Director of OhioLINK. Read more here.

iSchool alumna Ann Plazek is a recipient of the 2020 ABOS John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award.  Read more here.

Keep up with alumni news by following the Kent State iSchool Alumni Network’s Facebook Group and Facebook Page.
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