Leap into Librarianship

Leap day only happens every four years! Let’s celebrate it at Rioja! wine bar. We are inviting the LIS students as well and they can “leap” into librarianship by meeting all of our wonderful alumni!  Spread the word!

When: Wednesday, February 29 at 7:00 pm
Where: Rioja in Greensboro (http://riojawinebar.com/)
Who: YOU! and any other library friends
Why: Because you love us so!

get yer party-hopping boots on!

Some librarians are going to rock Hickory during NCLA! And to get the festivities started the LIS Alumni Association is going to meet up at Carraba’s on Wednesday, October 5 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Carrabba’s told us that they don’t have a happy hour, and we said “Don’t worry. We will bring the happy.”  We know other events may compete but none will be as cool. Feel free to stop by and say hello to your fellow alumni as well as some recruited current students.

In addition to happy hour, the LISAA board will be live blogging the events as possible. If you would like to live blog for us on Minerva’s Library, email Lynda.

UNCG LIS Students Want You!

UNCG LIS Student Association would like to invite UNCG LIS alumni to attend and participate in our mentor socials. We are looking for volunteers to visit with our members and discuss topics of interest. These events will be held on Friday evenings in late fall. Topics we will be addressing this semester include:

New Professionals: What to Expect in the Job Search Process and In Your First Few Years on the Job (For this topic, we would prefer recent graduates-within the last 5 years or so.)

Conference Attendance: Navigating What to Attend and What to Do When You Get There

If you are interested in attending to discuss one of these topics, please email Sarah Anderson and provide the Friday night dates you are available in October and November.

LISAA’s Virtual Meet & Greet

You told us what you wanted and LISAA heard you. In our recent survey, several alumni asked to have more opportunities for networking, but many of you also wanted virtual access. On March 12, 2010 at noon, LISAA will host a Virtual Meet & Greet moderated by Lauren Pressley and Lynda Kellam. We hope that many of our alumni can take advantage of this opportunity to learn about their fellow alumni. We also would like to hear more from you about the types of continuing education opportunities LISAA could provide. If you would like to attend our meet and greet, please RSVP @ http://tinyurl.com/lisaa-rsvp by February 26.

Technical requirements: We will be using a collaborative software called Elluminate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda. Also, you may talk using Elluminate, but you will need to have a headset with a microphone or an external microphone. If you do not have either, you may still participate through the internal chat.

Interested in mentoring current LIS students?

The Alumni Association asks interested alumni to serve as mentors for current LIS students and new and recent graduates. Our goal is to support students in their career exploration during the MLIS degree program by allowing them to ask mentors in the field questions regarding their careers, skills and competencies, or other relevant areas and developing personal and professional relationships and contacts within the field. We hope to have mentors to represent all areas of library and information science.

We envision holding some informal meet and greet events with students as well as other follow-up communications through phone, e-mail, blogs, on-your-own communication, etc. You may also wish to offer a mentee an internship/practicum opportunity, which may provide invaluable practical training for future librarians. Keep in mind that a mentoring relationship is about guiding and helping and working toward the mentee’s goals and needs.

We believe a mentoring program will enable us to share our knowledge of the field with prospective librarians and give back to the department and the profession. If you would be interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Lynda Kellam. Please include your position title, type of library, communication preferences (e-mail, facebook, in-person, etc.), how long in the profession, and why you would like to serve as a mentor.