The iSchool GSAC’s
September 2020 Newsletter

Volume 9, Issue 1

Greetings from the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)


Happy September, iSchool students, and welcome to Fall semester! Hopefully the first few days of classes have been going well for everyone. It was great seeing new and familiar faces at August’s Meet and Greet event. We will be hosting another casual social on September 30th at 8pm ET. All current iSchool students are invited. Please email Lauren Zollinger at lzolling@kent.edu for the Zoom link. 

We also invite you to join our general meeting on September 19th at 12pm ET. (Email Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu for the Zoom link). We will be holding elections and still have several positions that need to be filled. Please consider nominating yourself! It’s a fun way to develop connections and experience. We’ve extended the deadline until September 15.

If you haven’t already, be sure to join our Facebook Group and follow our website to stay connected with fellow students and keep up with GSAC news and events. If you have any questions or concerns as an iSchool student, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brenna Hubschman at bhubschm@kent.edu. We look forward to connecting with you and wish everyone luck with their studies this semester!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

GSAC’s September General Meeting
Saturday, September 19th, 12pm ET – 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.

GSAC Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 30th, 8pm ET – Online via Zoom
Current iSchool students are invited to join GSAC for a virtual happy hour! This will be an informal conversation, where you can get to know your classmates, discuss classes, and learn some tips and tricks for navigating the iSchool experience. Contact Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

iSchool Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, September 22nd, 7pm ET – Online via Zoom
Connect with GSAC student leaders, iSchool students, and administrators, and learn about valuable resources. In September, we will be introducing iSchool Interim Director Dr. Meghan Harper and highlighting the Health Informatics program. Meet HI program coordinator Dr. Chris Hudak and learn more about the program and career options. Contact Lauren Zollinger (lzolling@kent.edu) for the Zoom link.

OhioNET Digitization Basics Series
September 2nd, September 17th, October 6th
This webinar series provides an overview of how to plan, execute, and assess a successful digitization project. Learn more and register here. Current iSchool students are members at OhioNET. Please select “Kent State University – iSchool” from the list on the registration form.

NEO-RLS Emerging Technology Symposium
September 3rd – September 30th
NEO-RLS is hosting a free, virtual, month-long celebration of making, makerspaces and community engagement. Learn more about the event and register here.

Ohio Dig: Digital Preservation
Wednesday, September 23rd, 10:30am
Ohio Dig is hosting its second virtual meeting, hosted by the Kent State University Libraries. Panel topics will include “Evolution of Technological Guidelines: NDSA’s Levels of Digital Preservation Revision” and “Digital Preservation Documentation: An External Perspective.” Please register here by Friday Sept 18, 5pm. Learn more about Ohio Dig here.

OLAC 2020 Conference
October 13th – October 16th
This year’s Online Audiovisual Catalogers conference will provide attendees with expertise from workshops and presentations on the latest trends and developments in non-print materials and resource description. Register for the conference here by September 27. Discounted rates are available for students.

Explore additional events on our website!

Scholarships & Fellowships

OHRAB Professional Development Scholarship
Applications due Wednesday, September 30th
The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, in conjunction with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, has allocated $1,200 annually in scholarship aid to support continuing archival education for graduate students. Learn more about the scholarship and apply here. Learn more about OHRAB here.

ACRL 2021 Scholarships
Applications due Friday, October 9th
The ACRL Conference Scholarship program provides opportunities for the academic and research library community to expand their professional horizons, update their skills and knowledge, and learn more about current issues and developments in academic and research libraries by participating in ACRL professional development experience. Learn more about the scholarships and apply 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

GSAC would like to congratulate all iSchool students who completed the program this summer. To celebrate, we’ve partnered with the ALA Student Chapter to compile a Virtual Yearbook. To watch the video, please click here.

Learn more about the iSchool’s new Interim Director, Dr. Meghan Harper, her research, and her advice for students in our new Faculty Spotlight.

Learn about 2009 (MLIS) and 2015 (Ph.D.) iSchool alumna, Shelley Blundell, her career at Youngstown State University as assistant professor of journalism and communication, and how she encourages innovative ideas in a new Alumni Spotlight.
Learn about 2017 iSchool alumna, Alex Bell, her career as a children’s librarian, and professional advice in a new Alumni Spotlight.

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

Interested in becoming a member of the Kent State ALA Student Chapter? Membership in the ALA Student Chapter is open to any current iSchool student at Kent State University. Though membership in the American Library Association is encouraged, it is not a requirement for a general member. There are no dues for the student chapter.

To learn more about the student chapter, click here. Please fill out this short survey to request membership.

For more information, contact Chapter President Raychelle Steele at rsteele7@kent.edu

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”

Alumni Updates

Congratulations to iSchool alumnus Michael Thornton, who was named digital library branch manager at Ashtabula County District Library. Read more about this exciting opportunity here.

Congratulations to iSchool alumnus Jason Crabill, who was named as the new executive director of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Read more about Crabill’s new position here.

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

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 blog 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

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