UNCG LIS Alumni Needed!!

Please respond to the questions below and send directly to Diane Covington! Thanks for participating in this process!

My name is Diane Covington and I am a member of the External Panel for the ALA Accreditation for the University of North Carolina Greensboro MLIS program. The role of this panel is to make an onsite visit to your university to collect information that will help ALA in the accreditation
process.

We need feedback from current students regarding your experience in the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro or Charlotte campus. Since some of you are not able to attend the face to face meetings, we would like to give you an opportunity to
give us your comments.

Below are a few questions regarding your experience in the MLIS Program that we would like for you to answer. Your response will be
confidential. Your responses will be combined with those of other students, and neither of your responses nor the fact that you responded
will be shared with anyone other than the external review panel.

Your feedback is very important to us; Please reply promptly. Please send all responses to dianec@andrew.cmu.edu.  Please respond by
Friday,February 13. 2011.  Thanks for your assistance

Questions

1.Where are you currently living and when did you earn your degrees?

2. What was the quality and usefulness of placement services?

3.How ready and prepared were you to meet the responsibilities and
expectations of your first job?

4.What are the program’s strengths and weaknesses?

5.How approachable were your instructors?

6.Were they effective teachers?  Did you learn new things and were they
appropriate to the courses’ topic?

7.What is the public perception of the program—library community at large,
potential students?

8.What was the benefit of graduating from UNCG and having access to the
Charlotte opportunities?

9.If you were asked about the program by a prospective student, how would
you answer?

10.Do you stay in touch with the program?  If so, how?  Why?

11.Did you receive financial aid from the university?

12.Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the program?

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Upcoming UNCG LIS Town Hall Meetings

The UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies is an ALA-accredited program and we are in the process of an accreditation review.  In the past year we have invited you to participate in our strategic planning process to obtain your input in the process (see 2010-15 plan http://lis.uncg.edu/about-us/strategic-plan/), all of which has been considered and was of much help in writing our Program Presentation.  Thank you for your contributions.

We now invite you to continue to participate in the accreditation process by attending the forthcoming town hall meetings and the external review panel visit.

Town Hall Meetings:

Thursday January 20, 2011, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Charlotte) – UNC-Charlotte, Fretwell 124
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 5:00-7:00 (Greensboro) — Macdonald Center, Curry Building, #231, UNCG

ALA Committee on Accreditation (ALA COA) External Review Panel (ERP) Visit, Feb. 4-8, 2011- schedule TBA
Friday, Feb. 4th (8 am-5pm)   visit (Diane Barlow) – UNC-Charlotte, Fretwell 126
Sunday, Feb. 5-Tuesday, Feb 8th (Greensboro campus)

At the town hall meetings we will share information on the accreditation process and obtain your input on our Program Presentation, where we describe our  MLIS program, faculty, students, alumni and community.  The Program Presentation and other accreditation information can be found at: http://lis.uncg.edu/about-us/accreditation/

During February 4-8, 2011 we will be welcoming the following External Review Panel and hope you can participate in the meetings with them to share your experiences with our program (detailed schedule will soon be posted):

  • Chair: Diane L. Barlow, Associate Dean, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Diane Covington, Chemistry and Biology Librarian, Mellon Institute Library, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jennifer Jung Gallant, Associate Director, Elyria Public Library System
  • Gertrude S. Koh, Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University
  • James R. Rettig, University Librarian, University of Richmond

We have found that preparing for our accreditation visit and review has allowed us an opportunity to highlight our efforts in offering the highest quality MLIS education and develop plan on continuous improvement.  We are committed to graduating MLIS professionals who connect people, libraries, and information through research, teaching, and service to enrich living and working in a global environment.  We look forward to your participation and continued support.

Second iDEAL Summit

On behalf of the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) I am delighted to invite you to participate in the second iDEAL Summit on Monday, November 15, 2010, noon-6:00 pm, at the Elliott University Center. This year’s theme is “LGBTQI out on the open shelves: Serving Hidden Communities”, with the main panel, also as the Fall 2010 lecture of the UNCG Libraries and LIS Lecture Series, taking place 1:30-2:45 pm. The panelists are:

· Mario Ascencio – Director, Corcoran Library in Washington, DC and recent past president of REFORMA.
· Jim Carmichael – Professor of Library and Information Studies, UNCG, much of his research has focused on the history of LGBT issues within librarianship
· Trae Middlebrooks – MLIS Student and Academic and Cultural Enrichment Scholar
· Polly Thistlewaite – Head of Public Services, City University of New York Graduate Center Library and long-time volunteer at and chronicler of the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
· Moderator: Nathan Belyeu, Master of Education Student and Coordinator for LGBTQI Health, The Wellness Center of Student Health Services

At LIS, we are connecting people, libraries, and information through research, teaching, and service to enrich living and working in a global environment. We recognize that diversity and social contexts determine the extent to which communities can access information, and library and information professionals can bridge information gaps. Through the iDEAL Summit (iDEALS), we are bringing together LIS students, faculty, staff and alumni, the regional professional community and other stakeholders to discuss and work on how we address information, diversity, engagement, access and libraries (iDEAL) in our education, research, practice and community. iDEALS provides participants the opportunity to address three goals around this year’s theme:
1. DIALOGUE (exchange/connect) – What are your concerns, ideas and solutions regarding LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allies) information needs?
2. ACTION (engagement/reciprocity) – what skills/knowledge/expertise do you/we have and can contribute/share to advance LGBTQIA information needs?
3. TRANSFORMATION (change) – what is the change you want to see in addressing LGBTQIA information needs and how do we add it to our institutional/policy agenda?

For those who cannot join us at UNCG, we will be video streaming the panel and plenary sessions live. Please join us at: http://lis.uncg.edu/news-and-events/ideal-summit/watch-ideals-2010/. Online attendants may ask questions by using their Facebook, Twitter, AOL, or MySpace accounts.

We will be having a showcase of research posters and library and information initiatives/best practices and invite faculty, students and the professional community to participate. The call for participation is at our website.

The first 60 registrants will receive complimentary parking. Please RSVP by November 3rd using the following link: https://spreadsheets0.google.com/a/uncg.edu/viewform?formkey=dDU1aWU2eHhtNzc1RHdGdTg4Y2NFcGc6MQ. Please contact Cindy Felts with any questions: cpfelts@uncg.edu, 336-334-3477. Registration, online and poster participation information and flyer are on our website: http://lis.uncg.edu/news-and-events/ideal-summit/.

Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending. If you wish to assist with or contribute to iDEALS, please do not hesitate to contact me at cmchu@uncg.edu or (336) 334-3481. Your voice and knowledge matter to LIS.

iDEAL Summit

iDEAL Summit at UNCG

iDEAL Summit at UNCG

The Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) is holding a town hall meeting, the Information, Diversity, Engagement, Access and Libraries Summit (iDEALS), to bring together LIS students, faculty, staff and alumni, the regional professional community and other stakeholders to discuss and work on how we address information, diversity, engagement, access and libraries (iDEAL) in our education, research, practice and community. iDEALS provides participants the opportunity to address three goals:

* DIALOGUE (exchange/connect) – What are your concerns, ideas and solutions regarding iDEAL?
* ACTION (engagement/reciprocity) – what skills/knowledge/expertise do you have and can contribute/share to advance iDEAL?
* TRANSFORMATION (change) – what is the change you want to see and will experience in addressing iDEAL?

Proposed Program
Monday, November 9th, 2009, 1-5 pm
12:30 p.m. Registration, Alexander Room in the Elliot University Center, UNCG (see map).
1:00-2:45 pm Welcome and Dialogue
2:45-3:35 pm Showcase and Refreshments
3:35-5:15 pm From Dialogue to Action
5:30-6:30 pm Reception and Showcase
6:30-8:00 pm Keynote Speech by Camila Alire, American Library Association President

New Department Chair Clara M. Chu is looking forward to meeting with, hearing from and working with you. If you wish to assist with or contribute to iDEALS, please do not hesitate to contact her at cmchu@uncg.edu or (336) 334-3481. Your voice and knowledge matters to LIS.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 3rd or if you have a question to Cindy Felts or (336) 334-3477, and we’ll also be happy to add you to the lis-news-L list. The first 60 registrants will receive complimentary parking. Please check back as we will be adding more details on the program as it becomes available.

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