Monthly Archives: March 2008

And this week’s question is…

…after all those final projects are done and you finally have some free time, what is the first book you are going to read for fun?


Survey Question of the Week

What conferences will you be attending before Fall semester?

Next LIS GSA Happy Hour

LIS GSA is hosting its next happy hour on Wednesday, April 9th.  Meet us at Jack’s Place at 9pm for free food and beverages!

From The Editors

Here it is…the second issue of UB DLIS’s Interesting Student Blog & News (ISBN)!  We hope you enjoyed reading (online or in print) the first issue and learned something new about UB’s Department of Library Information Studies and its student groups.  Included in this issue are updates from departmental student groups as well as information about the DLIS Relay For Life® team, resources for Rochester students, and a book review.  There is even a chance to win a $50 gift card!We welcome submissions for the newsletter from DLIS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.   Please share your interesting class, practicum, job, or conference experience with us!Answer our survey question of the week and see what others have responded.  This week’s question is “What conferences will you be attending before Fall semester?” We would love to hear from you!

Your Editors,                                                                                                                                                             

~ Jeremy Crawford, Kim Hanford, Ellie Jones, Kelly Kroese, Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, and Tina Scavo 

Join DLIS Relay for Life Team

Relay For Life® is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Please consider joining or sponsoring the Librarians for Life team for the UB event, April 12-13. This team is for DLIS students, faculty, staff, friends and librarians in the Buffalo area. For more information, please go to:

Relay For Life®, the American Cancer Society’s signature event, is a fun-filled overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer. At Relay, people from within the community gather to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and to fight back against this disease. Relay participants help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. During Relay For Life ® events, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. The events are held overnight to represent the fact that cancer never sleeps. Through the survivors’ lap and the luminaria ceremony, we honor the people who have faced cancer first hand, and we remember those who have been lost to this disease.

Support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life® team Librarians for Life

Thank you for your support.

~ Laura Mendola Lusk 

SLAWNY Hosts Spring Sharing

This Saturday is Spring Sharing at Cheektowaga High School. Early registration may be over, but walk-ins are always welcome. The morning will kick off at 7:30 am with registration and breakfast. There will also be many vendors, and their exhibits will open early as well. Breakfast will be followed at 8:00 am by an address by keynote speaker Patrick Jones, talking about the reluctant reader. There will be two, one hour workshop sessions. Some of those workshops will include Using WIKIS to Harness Collective Knowledge, The Great Book Debate, Emotional Intelligence at Work and Grants and Scholarships. Hope to see you there!

Next up, the last SLAWNY meeting of the school year… Wednesday, May 21 at 4:30 pm at Southside Elementary School in Buffalo, featuring local historian and author, John Percy.

~ Tina Scavo

LIS GSA Instates New Policy

LIS GSA has decided to institute a deadline for conference funding requests. If you would like to receive conference funding from LIS GSA (up to $100 per year) please e-mail us at with your request. This e-mail must be sent on or before the 15th of the month prior to the conference you are attending. We have established this deadline to ensure that students who are requesting money to go to a conference will get that money. This date coincides with the deadline of UB’s GSA. They also have a policy of handing in conference funding request forms by the 15th of the month before the conference takes place.

Join LIS GSA for our next open meeting on Tuesday, April 1st at 5:30pm in Baldy 553.

~ Kim Hanford

SLA Plans Albright Knox Trip

UB chapter of the Special Libraries Association is planning an upcoming field trip! We will be visiting the library at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. The G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library is the primary research and information center at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. This specialized library collects, preserves, and provides access to a number of resources related to the arts, with a specific focus on modern and contemporary art. With over 45,000 titles (and a pretty cool Gallery Archive), it is one of Buffalo’s premier research institutions for information regarding the visual arts and artistic culture!

This library is so special that visitation is typically reserved just for gallery affiliates and members. We hope that many of you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us for the tour! We will be meeting at 3: 00 pm on April 4th (Friday) in front of the main entrance to the Gallery (Elmwood side). Parking in the Albright Knox lot will be free because of Gusto at the Gallery on Friday evenings. You do not have to be an official member of SLA to join us—anyone is welcome! If you would like to learn more about the Albright Knox Art Gallery you can visit: for more information.

~ Kristen Kelly

UB ALA Throws Book-raiser, Unveils New Shirt

The UB ALA has many things happening in the upcoming month. First off, we’d like to thank Britt White, Karen Morse and Jessica Tanny for presenting as part of our speaker series. They were informative and interesting, and we’re glad they could share their experience and knowledge with our students. Second, our bake sale was a big success. Thanks to all to baked, including those people who don’t get to make it to meetings. It’s nice to know you’re still thinking about us! Now, for the events of April: Saturday, April 5th we’re having a wine & cheese soirée to give students an opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to library and information science. Everyone who comes must bring one discussion topic to submit to the group. We’ll pick topics out of a hat, and hear what people have to say. Hopefully it will be a nice social event where we can all gain more perspective on the issues. To RSVP contact us at: Our second big event, Books Behind Bars, is going to be held Friday, April 18th. We will be collecting book donations to help build a new library in the Cattaraugus County Jail. Donations must be new or gently-used paperback books and brought to us the 18th at Cozumel Grill, 153 Elmwood between North and Allen. Everyone who brings a book gets a free drink (limit one per person). More details on the website and look out for posters.

We also have a new t-shirt design! Look for it on the website, and to be printed up hopefully by the end of the semester. If not, we’ll have them for next year and on the website.


~ Kelly Kroese

Resources for Rochester Students

Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC)

The RRLC is a source of information and networking for librarians of all disciplines in the greater Rochester area. This group offers workshops, networking, and job listings. For a list of the different libraries that the council serves and for the services that they offer please visit their website:

Rochester Area School Librarians (RASL)

For anyone interested in working as a SLMS in the Rochester area you might want to go to the RASL website and check out what they have to offer. There are opportunities to network with future colleagues, find placements for observing and training, and information on jobs. RASL also offers 2 scholarships for SLMS candidates. Go to their website for more information:

~ Jeremy Crawford