Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
To be matched with a mentor, please send your contact information and your areas of interest to DVCmentoring@gmail.com. We will match you with a librarian who has expertise in those areas, and works within a reasonable geographic proximity.
To learn more go to: http://www.acrldvc.org/mentor.htm
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
For more information, see their Youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/LubutoLibrary or visit their website at http://www.Lubuto.org
Friday, September 23, 2011
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Welcome Back Event
Celebrate with GSA, EGA and DIG at this social event for all graduate students. Two free drinks and endless appetizers. More info...
- Friday, September 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
- Landmark Americana (on the Drexel campus - 3333 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
Special Event with Jane Meyers of Lubuto Library Project ONLINE too!
The Lubuto Library Project builds libraries for AIDS orphans and street children in Southern Africa. Come learn about how libraries make a difference in third world communities—and how you can get involved. More info...
- Monday, September 26 from 5:00 -6:00 PM
- Hagerty Library Room 033 on the Drexel Campus and online at http://bit.ly/SCALAevent
- R.S.V.P to email@example.com
iSchool Alumni Association (ISTA) Networking Happy Hour
Make connections with former classmates, iSchool alums, and graduating students. FREE for iSchool alumni and students. $10 per guest. More info...
- Thursday, September 29 from 5:00 – 7:30 PM
- World Café Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
- Click here to R.S.V.P.
DUSLA & SCALA Back-to-School Social
Kick off the new term with DUSLA and SCALA. Appetizers and beverages are on us. Come meet classmates and discuss upcoming events. New students welcome! More info...
Monday, September 19, 2011
WHEN: Monday, September 26 from 5-6 PM
WHERE: Hagerty Library Room 033 on the Drexel Campus - Refreshments will be served. This event will also be simulcast live online at http://bit.ly/SCALAevent
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Contrary to what you might assume, grad school can be the perfect time to have a baby... especially if it is your first child. It was for me, at least. The feasibility of it all depends entirely on your particular situation. I am lucky to have a wonderful husband who, from the outset, committed to covering our expenses for the roughly 2 years while I pursued my degree. I was also enrolled at the iSchool as an online student even though I live in Philadelphia. I found this arrangement to be ideal since I was able to schedule the classes I needed online but was also able to make it down to campus for the occasional on-campus class, group work session and iSchool event. Because of all these factors, I had the freedom to stay at home with the baby while still actively pursuing my degree.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently finished up my duties as a member of a hiring committee here at SEMO, so these tips and tricks for a successful phone interview and on-campus interview experience are fresh in my mind.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
"ALA Virtual Conference brings you additional interesting and useful sessions—perfect for those who couldn’t make it to Annual Conference as well as those who did and are ready for more—right from your own computer.
ALA is offering a full series of 11 interactive web sessions on Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14 after the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The conference will begin each day at 9:30 a.m. Eastern/6:30 a.m. Pacific and end at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Pacific."
For more info and to register visit http://www.alaannual.org/virtual/
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I learned many things from the lectures at the conference. Below are the highlights of some of the lectures I attended.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Managing your online presence and networking
Monday, June 6, 2011
Being on a search committee is a valuable and rewarding experience, albeit very time consuming. It has given me a unique perspective on the hiring process that I will certainly keep in mind when applying for jobs in the future.The timing of this post could not be more perfect, as my colleagues and I finished our committee duties mere days ago. While I cannot speak for every university hiring committee, I can lend you my insight from my recent experience of being on the other side of the hiring process. For brevity’s sake, I will only be focusing on the written application portion of this whole ordeal because the phone interview and on campus interview are worthy of their own attention.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The dinner buffet is awesome and costs $11.95 (and there's also a full bar).
We hope to see you there! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job searching can be tough. But it’s even tougher when there is economic hardship and Library jobs are being cut all over the country. Some people are lucky to live in an area that has an abundance of options, while others live in an area that seems to be saturated with more job seekers than there are jobs.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
The job search can be daunting. It can sometimes feel like you are sending resumes out into a black hole. It can be a challenge to stay optimistic and continue to put your best face forward. Here is my story of how I survived the job search and finally found a position that keeps me challenged, inspired, and gainfully employed.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I’ve been asked to write a guest spot about my experience searching for librarian/archivist jobs in the vast ocean that it is. Since many of you probably haven’t met me, I thought that I would give some background information about myself and then jump into what worked for me, what didn’t and some tips that I’ve picked up along the way.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Job Search Timeline:
November 2009 – Submit first job application
June 2010 – Graduate from Drexel
July 2010 – Receive job offer from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
July 27 2010 – Move to Lincoln, NE
August 2 2010 – Start work at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Total time from first job application to job = 9 months
Advice for Job Seekers:
Thursday, May 5, 2011
It's field trip time! Join us for an exciting library career event on Thursday, May 19 at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College.
Library Tour: Feast your eyes on the culinary and hospitality collection.
Networking Reception: Mingle in the on-campus restaurant. Wine, cheese and appetizers will be generously provided by the The Restaurant School.
Career Panel: A conversation with dynamic librarians about their career paths, interesting collections and advice for students entering the field:
Madeline Copp, Academic Librarian at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, which grants Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management degrees.
Beth Bensman, Archives Specialist for The National Archives at Philadelphia, which maintains the historically significant Mid-Atlantic federal records from 1970 to the present.
This event is FREE but reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, May 16.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Betty's Speakeasy and local cheese & sausage from Birchrun Hills Farms. Paintings by Brad Carney and Brian Potash (Devilfish Ink). Local art & craft vendors. Live music by Gringo Motel, Chalk & The Beige Americans, and The Sideshow Prophets. Draft specials all night!
WHEN: Friday, May 6 from 5 pm - Midnight
$5.00 door charge starting at 7:30pm for the bands
WHERE: Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue - just north of Spring Garden Street at the intersection of Poplar Street and Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia
Get directions and SEPTA info.
No RSVP necessary, but check out the Facebook event.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
On the agenda:
- Prize giveaway from Library Networking Event
- Professional branding events in May
- Debut of guest blogger series
- Your ideas for future events (speakers, field trips, quizzo, etc.)
- Volunteer opportunities and upcoming conferences (ALA, SLA)
- Youth Services themed event
- Ways to reach online students
Where: Rush Garden (in front of of the iSchool building)
If the weather does not cooperate, we'll be in Rush 014.
Online students: How can we provide better virtual programs and support? Would you be interested in a live Tweet of the meeting? Send ideas, suggestions or questions via email, Twitter or Facebook.
Answer our poll to let us know if you plan to attend.
Image credit : Bruno Monginoux / www.Landscape-Photo.net (cc-by-nc-nd)
Monday, April 11, 2011
This event is FREE and open to anyone who is interested in librarianship. Students, alumni, and friends are welcome. Wine and appetizers will be served.
Network: Meet representatives from professional library associations and student chapters. This is a great opportunity to learn about the different kinds of librarianship, student discounts and the chance to network with library professionals. Association involvement is one of the best LIS job-hunt secrets.
Win: Stop by the SCALA table and enter to win a student ALA membership or a copy of This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.
Resume review: Two career services representatives will be in attendance; bring your resume for feedback.
Location: Drexel University – Main Campus, Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd and Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click here to RSVP.
Online students: The event will be recorded and available online for viewing. If you'd like to enter the giveaway, email us.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Wednesday night: A Conversation with Colleagues & Future Academic Librarians at Hagerty Library, 33rd and Market streets (RSVP requested)
Thursday night: Bibliodiscotheque!
Friday night: Dinner with other library school students? Drexel student or not, let us know if you're interested by filling out this form.
Ready to take on the conference? Here's what you need to know.
If you registered in advance, DO bring your badge and remember to stop by the registration table.
DO plan ahead. Take a look at the schedule and note which events interest you most. Have a backup plan, too. The conference schedule lets you search by keyword, date, and track (pre-determined lists of related events).
DON’T be married to your schedule. Opportunities come up, sessions may not be what you expect, and you want the flexibility to make the most of your conference experience.
DON’T feel like you have to suffer through a session that is not what you expected or that you are not interested in. You can attend more than one session in a given time period. DO sit by the door or the aisle if you plan to bolt.
DO attend the fun events – Bibliodiscotheque, the reception, the keynotes. You can sleep on Sunday.
DO attend the exhibits on Thursday or Friday (it's free!), Bibliodiscotheque, and the Drexel reception Wednesday night even if you are not attending ACRL.
DO tweet during the conference! If you are a Drexel MS(LIS) student and @DrexelSCALA isn’t following you on Twitter, let us know.
DO bring a bag large enough to carry home more than you brought. ACRL is not providing tote bags this year, so any swag you pick up will have to be carried another way.
DO wear layers and comfortable shoes. Hotels and convention center rooms can be chilly, and freezing is far from fun.
DON’T dress too casually. Library conferences are far from formal affairs, but that is no excuse to wear a high school theater T-shirt, ill-fitting jeans and flip-flops. Even if you are not job-hunting now, you want to put your best self forward.
DO meet new people, students and otherwise. Exchange business cards or contact information, and remember to follow-up later, especially if they work someplace you would love to be someday!
DO make up some simple business cards with your contact information and your status as a student. You never know who you’re going to meet. DON’T be afraid to give your card to someone, no matter how important they are in comparison to you!
DO bring a few copies of your resume to be reviewed at the Placement Center, or to hand out if someone asks (but DON’T plan on handing a lot out – people don’t want to be burdened with a ton of paper).
Got comments? Post them on Twitter or in the comments below.
— Catherine and Andrea
Thursday, March 17, 2011
First is the DUSLA/SCALA panel discussion Breaking the Mold: LIS Careers Outside the Library. Some people have reported an audio echo, but if you use the slider bar to jump into the talk and then back to the beginning, it seems to fix itself.
The LLAMA job hunting talk from November also is online. LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association) is a division of ALA, and the presenter, Brian Keith, is the assistant dean of the University of Florida Libraries. Keith discussed finding, applying for, interviewing for, and getting library jobs from the perspective of the hiring manager. Learn what mistakes NOT to make and how to make yourself stand out!
Do you have any tips about where to look for jobs or learn more about LIS careers? Share them in the comments!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Image: (c) 2011 Mikey Burton
Friday, March 11, 2011
Well, it's that time of year. Two of our officers are graduating in just a few days, so we're electing new officers.
Voting is open now until Wednesday, March 16th, at 5pm EST. We will announce the new officers at our end of term happy hour at Landmark (33rd and Market) from 5-7 that evening.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Are you jumping for joy knowing the quarter is almost over? SCALA wants to celebrate with you!
Wednesday, March 16th
(Market St between 33rd & 34th Sts)
FREE APPETIZERS & SPECIAL DRINK PRICES!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Please note that the abstract submission site will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
For more information, visit www.drexel.edu/researchday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free webinar from ALCTS: Current student members of the American Library Association will be able to register for any ALCTS webinar free of charge. Students who wish to take advantage of this offer need to be current student members of ALA and register in advance for the webinar(s) in which they are interested. Students need not be ALCTS members.
For more information, go to http://journalismthatmatters.org/biblionews/2011/03/03/fellowships/
Applications are due March 15.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Want to know what other careers are available to MSLIS students?
Join SCALA, Drexel University Special Libraries Association (DUSLA), and a panel of information professionals Wednesday, February 23 for “Breaking the Mold: LIS Careers Outside the Library.”
The panel discussion starts at 5 p.m. in Rush 209. The event will also be simulcast LIVE at http://bit.ly/DUSLAtalk AND http://bit.ly/SCALAevent for online students' convenience. As always, there will be free pizza!
The speakers will describe their current positions and career paths before a Q&A session. These information professionals have a wide range of professional experience, including academic libraries, vendors, corporate information centers, and knowledge management.
Amy Graham, a Drexel MSLIS alumna, has worked as a one-person information center for the technical support department of a computer retailer; a research associate at an executive search firm; a college library cataloger; and now works for an authority control vendor.
Richard Townsend, MS, R.Ph., is Manager, Strategic Business Intelligence, at Global Competitive.
Susan Zalenski, another iSchool alumna, is Senior Manager of Scientific Information at Cephalon. She also has worked at Thomson Reuters/Dialog as a trainer and consultant and at AstraZeneca as a knowledge manager. She previously participated in a panel on Non-Traditional Library Careers at the SLA Annual Meeting.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Image Credit: Flickr - Shannon K - CC license
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Want more info on what it's like to be an officer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Monday, February 7th @ 5-6pm
Where: Landmark Restaurant, Market St between 33rd and 34th Sts
If you are planning on coming, please let us know in the poll below!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
To join fellow SCALA members and iSchool students in this library video extravaganza, log online at 9PM EST and go to the following web address: http://www.synchtube.com/r/K6Wr.
Pop some popcorn, grab a glass of wine, and meet us tonight for LibraryTube!
Email email@example.com if you have any questions. :)
Friday, January 7, 2011
Villanova Digital Library Internship Spring 2011
The Villanova Digital Library offers 1 dynamic and innovative internship position for the Spring 2011 academic semester. Interns will work a 20 hour work week, with flexible work scheduling; starting and ending dates are also flexible. Interns will be provided training in creation and management of digital library collections.
Duties & Responsibilities
* Participates in the development of metadata by following project-specific guidelines and procedures and by adhering to established national and local standards.
* Interest in digitization in cultural heritage settings;
To apply, please go to the Villanova HR website at:
20 hours per week
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
As another iSchool quarter begins, so does another quarter of SCALA events! Next Tuesday night (1/11/11) at 9pm EST, join us for a night of LibraryTube.
LibraryTube goes something like this:
- Everyone suggests their favorite funny or inspirational library-themed YouTube videos to SCALA co-chair Lindsay Cummings (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Then join your fellow online (or on-campus but online) classmates for a synchronized screening of great library videos on Tuesday, 1/11 at 9PM EST.
- LibraryTube will take place on SynchTube in a private viewing room open only to iSchool students. We can watch the videos together simultaneously and chat at the same time!
Keep an eye out on the blog and Google group for the link to the LibraryTube private viewing room soon.
Image Credit: Flickr - Corie Howell - CC license