Welcome to LISSA!
Welcome to the website of the Library and Information Science Student Association. If you have any questions that are not answered in this website, please feel free to visit About Us and send us an email. We are here to help you!
LISSA is the Rutgers University graduate student chapter of the American Library Association. Our goals include providing students with opportunities to make connections, share ideas and have fun (not to mention a slice of pizza here and there). Every Rutgers MLIS student is automatically a member of LISSA, but is free to choose his or her degree of involvement.
Besides linking you with the greater world of LIS outside the hallowed halls of SC&I, LISSA is your liaison with faculty and administration for concerns with our evolving curriculum. We aim to improve your experience in the program, but we can't do so without your input. All MLIS students are welcome at our meetings (hosted on-campus and webcast online) and are encouraged to contribute and participate as often as they'd like.
Last LISSA Meeting of Spring 2013!
Join LISSA for one last hurrah/meeting on May 6th @ 5:50PM in the SC&I Student Lounge. The meeting will be brief - we will be discussing elections of officer positions open for the Fall semester. There wil also be pizza and soda;Stop by and chat and chew before summer vacation!
Open officer positions include:
- Alumni Representative
- If you have any questions about any of the positions, feel free to contact any of the officers - email addressed provided on the "About" page.
As always, the meeting will be streaming via the LISSA Adobe Connect room.
OF NOTE - The Career Fair panels were recorded via Adobe connect as well. The webmasters from LISSA and RASL are pulling together the technology to make them available via this website. Watch the Facebook groupfor updates of when they will be up!
Spring 2013 Career Fair
The day has finally arrived - Career Fair day! Today, Friday April 19, from 5:00-9:00pm, LISSA (alongside SCARLA and RASL) will host a Career Fair for MLIS students. Even if you did not sign up in advance, you are welcome to attend the Career Fair to check out the panels and to network with a variety of library and information science professionals. The Fair will take place in the SC&I building Foyer, Student Lounge, Faculty Lounge, and Room 212.
Here is the schedule:
- 5:00 - Welcome
- 5:10-6:30 - Panels (SCARLA Panel on Academic Libraries & RASL Panel on Youth Services)
- 6:30-7:00 - Refreshments
- 7:00-9:00 - Resume Review, Mock Interview, and Networking
- *activity locations will be available on-site tonight
- RASL Adobe Connect Room
- SCARLA Adobe Connect Room
For those who cannot make the panels in person - never fear! The panels will be streamed. The RASL one will be streamed at:
And the SCARLA panel will be streamed at:
ATTENDEES - Feel free to live tweet the Career Fair using #lissacf13!
And after the panel there will be food, drink, and a chance to relax and network with your fellow MLIS students, faculty, and professionals! Finally, there will be the resume review and mock interview sessions! For those who signed up for resume review make sure to send your resume to the professional you were matched with! And if you see that another professional is unoccupied once your session is over, feel free to talk to them.
If you have any questions about the Career Fair, please email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2013 Updates
The LISSA webpage is back in action for the Spring 2013 semester! The "About Us" page has been updated with officers' contact information and below are the meeting and events dates for the remainder of the semester.
- Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ SC&I Student Lounge @ 5:50 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ SC&I Student Lounge @ 5:50 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 7, 2013 @ SC&I Student Lounge @ 5:50 p.m.
- NOTE: Career Fair! Friday, April 19, 2013 @ SC&I - Check the Facebook for updates.
LISSA is also on Facebook! Check out the LISSA page for regularly organization updates.
LISSA meetings for the Fall 2012 semester!
Below is a list of scheduled LISSA meetings for the Fall 2012 semester.
- Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ SC&I Student Lounge
- Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ SC&I Student Lounge
- Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ SC&I Student Lounge
- Tuesday, December 4, 2012 @ SC&I Faculty Lounge
We hope to see you!!
Last LISSA meeting of the semester!
LISSA is having their last meeting of the semester. The meeting is this Tuesday, December 6 at 5:50 in the Student Lounge.
We will be having elections for next semester. If you are interested in becoming an officer, contact a current officer, or come to the meeting. The officers are Co-President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Alumni Representative, Faculty Representative, GSA Representative, Curriculum Committee Representative and Webmaster. Descriptions for each position are located on the LISSA website.
We hope to see you on Tuesday!!
Alexander Library tours for new students
Rutgers librarians will give new MLIS students a tour of Alexander Library on Wednesday September 28th at 3 p.m.& Thursday October 6th at 5 p.m. Come see the library that you'll be using the most as a student in the MLIS program and get tips on the online resources that will be most helpful to you. The tour of the building will include a stop in Special Collections and University Archives. Please click here to RSVP.
The tours will begin by meeting in the SCC Seminar Room on the 4th floor of Alexander Library, followed by a tour of the library, and ending in the Special Collections/University Archives for a specialized tour of that area. The tour will last approximately 1 hour. There is no charge for attending the tour.
LISSA would like to extend our most heartfelt congratulations to the Spring 2011 graduating student body! We're very proud to have been able to share our SC&I time with such fantastic companions and look forward to a long career working alongside all of you.
LIS Student Association Career Fair
We are pleased to announce the LIS Student Association Career Fair to take place Friday, April 29 from 5PM to 9PM in the Lecture Hall and reception area on the 4th floor of Alexander Library.
In addition to the career fair where students will be able to network with LIS professionals in a casual atmosphere, we will also be hosting interview and resume workshops, an internship panel discussion, and using her experience with hundreds of students, Professor Marie Radford will deliver a keynote address about the idiosyncrasies of job applications. As always, we will be serving refreshments. The schedule for the evening is as follows:
- 5:00PM-5:30PM- Keynote Address by Marie Radford
- 5:30PM-6:30PM- Internship Panel Discussion
- 6:30PM-7:00PM- Refreshments
- 7:00PM-9:00PM- Networking with LIS professionals, Resume Workshops, and Interview Workshops
Workshop sessions will last for 15 minutes and will take place inside the lecture hall while the networking session is taking place in the reception area. Spaces for workshops are limited, so registration will be required. We will provide you with a scheduled time to meet with the LIS professionals who will work with you on a one-on-one basis. You will be able to network with other LIS professionals in between workshop sessions.
If you would like to come just to network, but not take part in a workshop we ask that you still register because space is limited in the rooms.
To participate in the Career Fair and either of the workshops, please check your LISSA Listserv mailings for the registration link (contained in the message titled: "LIS Student Associations Career Fair General and Registration Information").
You will receive a confirmation email from Ruben R. Balderas if you are successfully registered, and at that time you will be asked to forward a copy of your resume if you are registered for either of the workshops. The resumes will then be forwarded to the LIS professionals that you will be working with ahead of time in order to given them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with you and develop a truly unique experience.
We look forward to having you for this event.
Congratulations Fall 2011 Officers!
Polls are closed, ballots are in and chads are removed! Here are your new officers for the Fall 2011 semester:
- Co-Presidents: Christine McCluskey and Stephen Hrubes
- Vice President: Jaqueline Woolcott
- Secretary: Michelle Loudon
- Treasurer: Sarah Kiefer
- GSA Representative: Anjali Goyal
- Curriculum Committee Representative: Vanessa Kitzie
- Alumni Representative: Stephen Hrubes
- Faculty Representative: Melody Townley
- Webmaster: Rick Hale
- Online Student Representative: Laurie Anne Agnese
Fall 2011 Officer Elections
As it is coming up on the end of the semester, LISSA is looking to find officers for the Fall of 2011. We have one experienced Co-President running, but need another. Also, no one is running for the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, Faculty Representative, Curriculum Committee, or GSA Representative.
If you are interested in having your name written in for the election or have questions about a position, contact the current officer or Co-President Angie Ecklund. All contact info and duty descriptions are listed on the About page. To participate in the election, come to our next meeting on April 12th. If you can't make the meeting, but are interested in running for a position, contact Angie Ecklund.
Congratulations, Professor Cassell!
Professor Kay Cassell has been selected to receive the 2011 Women and Gender Studies Career Achievement Award! LISSA would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Prof. Cassell for this fantastic and well-deserved honor.
The award comes from the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division of the American Library Association and recognizes Prof. Cassell's "exemplary research" that "bridges theory and practice...inspiring numerous libraries and librarians in public and academic settings all over the world".
Read the full press release for more information on the award and on Prof. Cassell's impressive contributions to women's studies in librarianship.
I Need A Library Job
One of the best new resources for students and new graduates, I Need A Library Job offers tons of up-to-date LIS-related listings every day! This ambitious service was started by two of our own, alum Elizabeth Leonard and current-student Naomi House, and is quickly making a name for itself as an indispensible tool for our community.
Looking for a library job? Look here! Hundreds of library jobs posted weekly on our Facebook community page and even more are added to the daily email. We are a free service and our goal is simply to connect librarians with job postings they might not have seen otherwise. Having found our jobs through unlikely channels we hope others can find success through our postings!
Naomi and Elizabeth
You can read more about the project from Naomi, herself, right here.
Have you joined our Sakai site yet?
LISSA now has a Sakai site!
But why, LISSA? we can hear you ask. You've already got a perfectly serviceable website right here!
Well, friend, Sakai offers a better opportunity for you to interact with us online. You log in with your Rutgers NetID and join the LISSA site by searching for us through Sakai's website (or by following these directions). Once you're in you can post to our forums or keep an eye on updates to our calendar every time you log in for your classes. In addition, should you sign up for any of our awesome events we can put you into a group within the Sakai site to get important messages to you quicker! Doesn't that sound useful?
Why yes, it does!
LISSA Site Contents
Hit up the About Us page to see a short statement about the kind of organization we are as well as to get a list of the current officers, their email addresses and a list of their responsibilities (so you can better decide to whom you should direct any inquiry).
The Events page is where we put all our upcoming meetings and trips in a helpfully-dated list. If we have special information about a trip you'll also find that on the Events page. If you're looking for more events than just LISSA's, may we point you toward the LIS Dept Calendar of Events? It's mighty useful!
Did that pre-LISSA-meeting nap last an unexpected extra hour or two? From the Meeting Minutes page you can catch up on everything you missed. The page also has an impressive backlog of most the meeting minutes of the past eight years!
Here on the Resources page we'll point you to all the best on the web for an enterprising MLIS student such as yourself.
LISSA Site Archive
Best for last! Or at least most unique for last. The LISSA Site Archive pulls together the surviving resources of over 14 years of LISSA web-development! Heading over to the archive, you'll find an extra navigation bar under our contents that gives you a spread of all the years' websites we were able to piece back together adventuring in the mysterious and dangerous Deep Web (or the CommInfo servers, at any rate)!