American Library Association Student Chapter (ALASC) at Simmons GSLIS
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In 1991, the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Student Chapter joined many of its kind to be chartered by the American Library Association. The ALASC works closely with the American Library Association and its local and regional affiliates to form an alliance between the largest librarian organization in the U.S. and the next generation of information professionals. We serve as a resource for students interested in attending ALA meetings and conferences, promote opportunities for networking and professional development, and provide a local forum for the exchange of ideas and information about trends, issues, and opportunities in the ALA and in the profession. The ALASC by-laws were fully revised and updated in the fall of 2011.
So, in short, what is Simmons ALASC’s role? To prepare students for library life beyond Simmons.
Spring 2014 Officers
Chapter Coordinator - Rachel Good
Events Coordinator - Jennifer Browning
Information Coordinator - Sarah Breen
Liaison & Projects Coordinator - Brittany Strojny
Resources Coordinator - Emily Thaisrivongs
Interested in Joining the American Library Association?
ALA is the largest library association in the U.S. and all library students are encouraged to join. Keep your receipts though, because your ALA membership is one (of many) items that Simmons will help fund through the LISSA Professional Development Reimbursement Policy. The professional development reimbursement policy also helps offset LIS conference fees, GSLIS Continuing Education classes, and other educational and professional workshops related to the field.
- To join ALA at the student rate through the Massachusetts Library Association, please click here and follow the link for Massachusetts to download a PDF form for joint student membership to both organizations.
There are many ALA Divisions & Roundtables in ALA that you may want to join, but it is easy to be confused by acronyms. This "quick start" guide to ALA Divisions & Roundtables highlights what groups are best to join depending on the type of library you hope to work in. You can also consult the grid developed by ALASC that suggests divisions and roundtables based on your interests and favorite GSLIS classes.
- All new GSLIS students are encouraged to join NMRT (ALA's New Members Roundtable).
Current and Upcoming Events
Please note that as of Spring 2013 we will no longer be updating news or events on our wiki. Please refer to our website for the most up to date information.
GSLIS Book Club
In the fall of 2011, ALASC started hosting the GSLIS Book Club that ALASC faculty advisor Mary Wilkins Jordan founded in February 2011. In Spring 2013 it was decided that the format of the Book Club should be changed to make it easier for students to get involved. The NEW Book Club will hold monthly meetings, each with a different theme and suggested reading list. You don't need to read anything to attend, just come and join in the conversation by discussing books you've read in the past, watched a movie rendition of, or even just heard about, in relation to the theme.
February's Theme: Breakups
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Why We Broke Up By David Handler
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Books read in 2012
October: The King's Rose by Alisa Libby
September: My Life in France by Julia Child
August: "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern
July: The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser
June: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
May: Images of America: Boston Public Library by Catherine J. Willis
April: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
March: Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
February: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Books read in 2011
December: GSLIS alumni author Glenn Stout
November: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
October: The Blood Confession by Alisa Libby
September: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
August: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
July: Bossypants by Tina Fey
June: This Book Is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson
May: Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
April: The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
March: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
ALASC Haunted Harvard Tour
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
On the Wednesday before Hallowe'en, a group of Simmons students went on a spooky historical and ghost-themed tour of Harvard Square and the surrounding area. The tour lasted an hour and a half and everyone who attended reported that they had a great time and enjoyed many of the fascinating (and spine-chilling) anecdotes of our tour guide. Basically we learned that Harvard has had more than its fair share of ghost sightings!
Advising Day Happy Hour
Thursday, July 12, 2012
On the evening of the second day of orientation for the incoming Fall semester students, ALASC hosted a "Happy Hour" event to give new students a chance to mingle with the old ones. The event was hosted at the Yard House near campus and a good time was had by all.
Library Snapshot Day
Thursday, April 12, 2012
On Library Snapshot Day, Massachusetts libraries joined others across the nation to provide a snapshot of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever. GSLIS students participated by posting photos to Flickr and Facebook; a statewide summary is on the Massachusetts Library System website.
One-on-One Mock Interviews
Thursday, April 5, 2012
In the second of two mock interview events, ALASC, Panopticon, and SCoSAA invited five information professionals from several different disciplines to meet one-on-one with students in the GSLIS program.
Mock Interview Panel
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
ALASC, Panopticon, and SCoSAA collaborated to present this interview "master class." Students worked in teams to answer interview questions from our panelists: Roxanne Jackman from the Simmons CEC; Mary Wilkins Jordan, Associate Professor at Simmons GSLIS; and Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, the Harvard University Archivist. Panelists judged each team's answers to interview questions and give interviewees feedback about their responses.
Digital Dead End
Friday, March 30, 2012
Virginia Eubanks, author of the 2011 book Digital Dead End, spoke about the realities of the digital divide and how technology affects the lives of poor and working-class women and families. Her appearance at Simmons was co-sponsored by ALASC and PLG, with support from LISSA and the Women's and Gender Studies departments. A recording is available on GSLIScast.
Developing Diverse Library Leadership for the 21st Century
Monday, March 19, 2012
Current ALA President and GSLIS alumna Molly Raphael gave a talk on leadership development and diversity in libraries. A recording is available on GSLIScast.
Kick-Off to the ALASC Podcast Interview Series
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Chapter Coordinator Brita Zitin interviewed ALA President-Elect Maureen Sullivan, a Professor of Practice in the GSLIS Ph.D. MLIP program. The recording is available on GSLIScast.
Presidential Debate Screening
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Students gathered to watch a recording of the candidates' forum at ALA Midwinter 2012. The two candidates for the 2013-14 ALA Presidency are Barbara Stripling and Gina Millsap.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
GSLIS students new and old gathered to learn what ALASC is planning for the semester and how to get involved. We had clementines to snack on, because everyone needs a little extra vitamin C at this time of year! If you missed the meeting, you can listen to an audio recording online at ALASC's UStream.tv channel.
Second Annual LISSA/ALASC Library Trivia Night
Thursday, January 26, 2012
In this year's event, Team Awesome battled the Overdue Books, Desk Set, and and three other teams for ascendancy in categories including "Libraries and Librarians in Literature" and "Library Acronyms." The Bell in Hand Tavern played host for this evening of fierce, yet entirely frivolous competition.
Please note that we will no longer be updating upcoming and past conference information on the wiki. Please see our website for the most up to date information on professional events.