Monday, February 27, 2017


This Friday, March 3 at noon in 205 Townsend Hall (Columbia), attend a free session that will provide you with some general tips about resumes and cover letters!  Pizza will be provided for lunch!

Mark your calendars for the last session in this professional workshop series: April 7th, noon!  The April session will consist of a panel of employers who will talk about the interview questions they ask, skills they seek, and how and what you can negotiate at the hiring point.

Not in Columbia? These sessions will be live-streamed and recorded via Collaborate Ultra:

Need one-on-help? Resume review? Advice on job seeking? Contact Michelle Bollinger ( or Kristel Schempler (

Sunday, February 26, 2017

ALA New Members Round Table Updates

Jan. and Feb. 2017 ALA New Member Round Table Updates


Don’t miss the global library event of the year, back in ALA’s home city of Chicago! This is the week to start thinking about the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, June 22-27. Registration and housing open on February 2 at noon (Central) and best rates are available for ALA members and before March 22. Get more information and register at

What do your colleagues say about how the Annual Conference reinvigorates events, restaurants, and its lake and parks.and helps make them more effective in their work? Find out, and get help in making your case to attend at

At the 2017 ALA Annual Conference you'll have access to:
--Learning and connection with your colleagues at more than 2,500 scheduled programs and events.
--Future-focused content and resources.
--900+ organizations and companies whose experts will introduce you to the latest technologies, services, products, and titles at the most extensive library exhibits in the world.
--Inspiring speakers such as Reshma Saujani (Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code), authors Sandra Uwiringyimana, Colson Whitehead, Matthew Desmond, and Kameron Hurley, poet Nikki Giovanni, environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, Bill Nye and co-author Gregory Mone, a panel with Chip Donohue, Sarah R. Lytle, and Lisa Regalla, and many more TBA.
--A great time of year to enjoy Chicago and its rich cultural resources,

Register and book housing after noon (CST) February 2 at For the best earlybird rates, register before noon (CST) March 22, 2017.


Look back on the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits—learn what the speakers and participants at the new Symposium on the Future of Libraries had to say, who won the book and media awards, exhibitor news, and other highlights of the meeting. American Libraries coverage is at and Cognotes (the show daily) coverage is at

Apply Now for the 2017 MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant
Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2016 at 5 pm (EST)
We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a $1000 grant, which will assist with expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 22 – June 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. This award is generously sponsored by MANGO Languages.
You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership, it is well worth the low cost!  Successful applicants will show their attendance at ALA will impact their home institution, NMRT or another ALA organization, and their personal professional development.
Click Here to go to the application.
Questions? Please contact Katy Holder, Chair of the NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, at

ALA Video Roundtable Mentoring opportunity
One of the services the ALA Video Round Table provides its members is a
mentorship program. This program connects experienced media professionals with those who are new to the field, or who would benefit from advice and guidance beyond their local institutions.

All participants will have the opportunity to meet new people, share personal
and professional insights, discuss networking and communication skills, and
gain fresh perspectives on the work they do.  With various online and conference options, there will be plenty of opportunities for rich, rewarding conversations.

Please consider applying to be a mentor or mentee by filling out the form on the VRT
Mentorship Program webpage:  (See also VRT’s New Member information page:
If you are interested in the program, please fill out the application by March
15, 2017.

Call for Proposals: Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums Allied Media Conference 2017
Conference Dates: June 15-18, 2017
Location: Detroit, MI
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2017
Libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) are more than places for collecting and storing books and exhibiting artifacts. LAMs can be living, transformative spaces where artists, educators, technologists, and activists convene to access, document, share, organize, and find solutions to issues that impact their communities. We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all ages and backgrounds, and interpret the work of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums through the lens of media-based organizing. In previous years, we have covered subjects such as restorative justice practices in teen librarianship, starting seed libraries, zine libraries, tool libraries, and community archives that center the narratives of people of color.
We are especially interested in sessions that:
·         Challenge traditional gallery, library, archive, and museum
structures, institutions, and organizations
·         Discuss best practices for community-based organizations that
provide books, technology or internet access, creative materials, or collaborative opportunities centering people of color, queer and gender nonconforming folks, disabled people, incarcerated people, and undocumented people
·         Consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity and state sanctioned violence
·         Address racism, white supremacy, and issues of inclusion in galleries, libraries, archives, or museums
Contact ( or one of the other track coordinators on the Allied Media website if you have any questions.

Endnotes Call for Student Proposals.

Greeting from the Endnotes Committee. We are looking for contributors to our Spring 2017 publication of Endnotes. For those LIS students who are new to NMRT, Endnotes is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles of interest to early career librarians. Endnotes is a great platform to provide an opportunity for LIS students and early career librarians to gain experience writing for publication. Endnotes publishes a wide array of topics from library instruction & assessment, training, mentoring, job searching and much more. Articles should range between 2,000-4,000 words, present original research, practitioner-based research, and case studies relevant to LIS students and new library professionals.  Submissions will be accepted throughout the year, but articles received by February 15, 2107, will receive guaranteed consideration for the Spring 2017 issue. For more information about Endnotes and information about submission guidelines, please visit Any questions, please contact the Endnotes Editors at

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Columbia Area Students: Job Opportunity!

Live in Columbia? Looking for part time employment during the school year? Stephens College has an opening for a part-time Evening & Weekend Reference Librarian!

This is a part-time, maximum 20-hour per week position, running from August to May.  Work hours will be evenings and weekends and scheduled with two other Evening & Weekend Reference staff.  They are currently looking for someone to work two evenings per week and help them through the end of the semester (May 4th).
Responsibilities include providing reference and research services to Stephens’ students, faculty, and staff;  Supervising student workers during the evening and weekend hours;  General supervision of the library building during the evening and weekend hours;  And other responsibilities and/or special projects as assigned.
Qualifications include current enrollment or completion of an accredited graduate library program, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a patron-focused mindset.
Job Link & Application Requirements:
Contact Info:
Dan Kammer, Library Director or (573) 876-7273

Friday, February 24, 2017

Summer Internship Opportunity

The Missouri Historical Society is accepting applications from individuals interested in an unpaid internship with the Collections Department. The intern will work alongside the Soldiers Memorial staff to process an archival collection at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, located in St. Louis, Missouri.  For more information, click here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Looking for Archives Experience???? Take ISLT 9410 over Spring Break.

We have an opportunity to work with an institution in Kansas City, the Black Archives of Mid-America from Sunday, March 26th to about Friday, the 31st

This course, ISLT 9410 (1 credit hour) will provide a basic overview of archival practices, including accession and cataloging materials, supplemented by field experience. Tentatively, Dr. Buchanan would lead a five-hour "Intro to Archives" session on the 26th (either in KC or Columbia) and then students will be expected to work on-site, located in the historic 18th & Vine district. SISLT and the students may be able to facilitate lodging and meal arrangements.

Contact Dr. Buchanan for more information or if interested. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity

The State Historical Society in Columbia, MO is looking for volunteers to help judge National History Day in April. 

Judges can expect to spend the day interacting with students from across the state in grades six through twelve and providing constructive comments on their work. This feedback contributes to their learning experience and helps prepare top finishers for nationals. 

To thank you for your essential participation in National History Day in Missouri 2017, we will provide a light breakfast, lunch, and a travel stipend of up to $50 for those whose round trip mileage exceeds 75 miles. Sign up today. If you have questions, please email, call 573.882.7083, or find out more info here:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Travel Grant Available to a Student Interested in Special Libraries!

SPIE Digital Library is sponsoring a $1200 travel stipend toward payment of expenses incurred while attending the annual Special Libraries Association conference in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18-20, 2017.   The award recipient will also receive a one-year SLA student membership to the Engineering Division.  An announcement and introduction to the award recipient will be posted on the Engineering Division website, appear as an article in the Sci-Tech News.  The award check will also be presented at the SLA conference, date and time to be determined.

The award winner will be required to fulfill one of the two post-award requirements:
* Submit an article to the Engineering Division newsletter, Sci-Tech News, within six months of attending the conference covering your conference experience or what you took away from the conference.
* Attend an Engineering Division meeting shortly following the annual conference to give a report about your conference experience.

To be qualified for this opportunity, submit a personal statement of up to 1000 words on how you believe this award will benefit you personally and professionally.  Provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, name of your library school, and statement to Bette Finn at  Submit your application by March 1, 2017.

The winner of the award will be notified by early to mid-March.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Join ALA & your state association for only $38!

Thirty-nine state library associations partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2017.  The Missouri Library Association is one of these participants, as well as several other states!  Join online now and you will get your receipt the day you join.

Another perk of joining ALA: If you plan to attend the ALA Conference this June, the registration cost for students members is drastically lower than it is for non-members! (You save $225!)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Grad Academy

The Grad Academy
Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4 pm

Graduate Student Services and Initiatives is providing 30 College of Education graduate students the opportunity to enhance their self-confidence and skills related to scholarly writing through The Grad Academy. The academy is FREE and breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided. 

Who Can Attend
Any College of Education graduate student who has completed at least one semester of graduate work. The first six graduate students to sign-up from each of the five departments from the College of Education will be admitted. There will be a waiting list. No application necessary, just signup by clicking HERE.

What Students Will Learn 
As a member of The Grad Academy, you will...
·         learn how to read journal articles & improve reading comprehension; 
·         be able to expand and organize literature reviews with e-citation tools;
·         gain techniques for academic-style writing (journal articles & thesis/dissertation); and
·         overcome the impostor phenomenon (because it often impedes writing progress).

For more information click HERE

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Interested in SAA?

The application period for the 2017 Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2017.

The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 to recognize and acknowledge minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino, or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

Up to two recipients of the award will receive full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23-29, 2017.  In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

Apply here!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

COMING SOON: 5th Annual LISGSA Conference

Check out our Facebook event for the conference!  Let us know that you are either "Interested" or "Going" to receive the latest information about the event.

REMEMBER: We are still accepting student proposals for presentations at the LISGSA conference as well.  Proposals can be submitted here and are due by Friday, March 3, 2017. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017


ALA is seeking a part-time online learning assistant to work with our Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) divisions.

Reporting to the ASCLA/RUSA Web Services Manager, this position will assist in organizing and supporting the divisions’ program of online CE opportunities to increase their quality and generate income for the divisions. 

Responsibilities include maintaining digital submission and session evaluation forms, assisting with calls for proposals, contacting presenters for scheduling and logistics, setting up virtual meeting rooms, communicating registration information to the Member and Customer Services Department, supporting the Marketing Specialist to promote upcoming opportunities, creating and issuing certificates of completion and tracking the previous activities to make sure they are carried out and all the deadlines are met.

For more information, contact:

Leighann Wood, MSLIS
Sr. Program Officer
American Library Association
50 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
RUSA’s new member website is here!