Monthly Archives: April 2008

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From The Editors

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski

As this semester nears the end, our student groups have some accomplishments to report. Several successful events were held and foundations for the future have been established. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the newsletter and blog and we seek your continued interest and support. In order to make it even easier for you to keep up to date with the blog, here is a beginner’s guide to using a feed reader to keep track of all the really cool blogs that are out there…

First off, a feed reader is a tool that collects any new postings from sites that you are subscribed to and displays them all on one site, saving you from having to visit multiple sites every day to see who has posted a new entry. Most sites have some type of feed, meaning that you can get news, book reviews, and even photos every day, without navigating all those pages. There are a few different feed readers, each of which has slightly different features. Two of the most popular are and Both are fairly simple to set up and use. To check if your favorite sites have feeds, just look for an orange icon such as this or this.

For more information, check out

Updated: In honor of RSS Day (May 1), here is a link to a site that explains it much better than I did. Check it out!

Teen Book Festival

 By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski 

On April 5, 12 authors from all over the country attended the 3rd annual TBF in Fairport, where crowds of young adults (and librarians!) were amused, entertained, and waited in long lines for autographs. Attendees had the pleasure of hearing Libba Bray talk about her trilogy, a self-proclaimed Victorian version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as inner critics and her inspiration.  Another energetic session was that of Todd Strasser, who illustrated for his audience the elements of any good story.  Timothy Zahn and his escort of costumed Star Wars characters were another big hit.  Over 100 volunteers, both teens and adults, helped to make this event a success.  Look for information about next year’s festival on their website at .


Librarians For Life

 By Jeremy Crawford     

On Saturday April 12th , a dedicated band of library students joined in the UB Relay for Life event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  The Relay, an overnight event, was held in UB Alumni Arena and involved one hundred and twenty teams and over eleven hundred people from both our campus and the Buffalo community.

Our eleven member team raised $1566.85, making us the 7th  team overall in funds collected. Alongside donations, we raised additional money at the event by selling gently used books, magazines, and baked goods. A good time was had by all the members of our team and we were one of only a handful of teams to have a team member walking through the entire night. Thanks to everyone who supported us.  If you would still like to make a donation to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Librarian for Life, visit

 Librarians For Life

SLAWNY Springs Into Sharing Success

By Tina Scavo

Spring Sharing was the last Saturday in March at Cheektowaga High School. Many school library media specialists in the area were on hand to hear keynote speaker Patrick Jones talk about young adults and the library, as well as the reluctant reader.

There were two workshop sessions where a wide variety of topics were covered, such as National Board Certification, Grant Writing, and Collaboration. Vendors were on hand for those who had needs to fill in their libraries. Attendees were treated to lunch, catered by Charlie the Butcher. During lunch, the Outstanding Library Advocate Award was presented to Rosina Alaimo from Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville.

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. Hope to see you there!

LIS GSA Celebrates The End (Of The Semester)

By Kim Hanford

For the enjoyment of all DLIS constituents (students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and family) LIS GSA is planning two events for the end of this semester. The first event is a Happy Hour at Jack’s Place on Friday, April 25th. The fun starts at 8 pm! Second is a Picnic on Saturday, April 26th at the Flickinger Court Community Building. Stop by anytime from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm for a free lunch, games, and a chance to win door prizes!

Since this semester is quickly drawing to an end, LIS GSA has already started planning for this summer. To welcome new students who will join DLIS this summer, LIS GSA will host a Happy Hour on Thursday, May 15th at Jack’s Place. New students, please head over after orientation. Everyone else, meet us there at 6 pm.

To prepare for next fall, DLIS has elected new LIS GSA officers. Congratulations to President Nathan Tallman, Vice-President Ellie Jones, and Senator Chris Hayes. Elections for Secretary, Treasurer, and another Senator will be held next fall.

LIS GSA wishes to thank all those who made this past year a success!

SLA Will Partner With Toronto

By Ellie Jones

This semester was a rewarding one for UB SLA. After being defunct for several semesters, UB SLA has reformed with great acclaim. Clare Rauch will be a shadow at this month’s conference on copyright and digital rights management in Ithaca, NY. Clare will introduce Tracy Mitrano, the speaker on the socio-political side of copyright. Look for her article about the experience in the Upstate New York SLA newsletter.

UB SLA is also working on two great experiences in May/June 2008. SLA will run a workshop on careers in special libraries, including finding and applying for jobs. We will have speakers from corporate, medical, and possibly law libraries. Stay tuned to the listserv for more information.

We are also working with the SLA chapter at the University of Toronto to create a day-long event about special libraries in Toronto. Both chapters will be visiting special libraries. This event is especially great as SLA is an international organization and students from both campuses will be able to network with one another and share library school experiences. Watch for an email about this fantastic upcoming trip!

UB-ALA Reports Successes, Proposes Goals

By Kelly Kroese

What a great semester for UB-ALA! First of all, t-shirt sales have been brisk and over half of them are already sold. If you want a t-shirt, please be sure to let us know ASAP. Second, if you missed our wine and cheese soiree, it was a really great time for everyone, with interesting discussion and debate. Many thanks to everyone for bringing something to share. We hope that you can make it to the next one.

The Books Behind Bars book-raiser was a total success. We collected almost 200 books for the Chautauqua County Jail. It was 82 degrees that day and sunny, so Cozumel was filled beyond capacity. Our handmade smiley bookmarks were surprisingly popular.

Table at Books Behind Bars

Other accomplishments include ratification of our new constitution, great workshops, and a successful bake sale. We look forward to working with new officers Blodine Francois (Vice President) & Sarah Kelly (Secretary).

This June, our Student-to-Staff representative at the ALA Conference in Anaheim, CA will be working for the Governance Office.

Next semester we plan on getting the Give-a-Book, Take-a-Book Shelf put up and stocked somewhere on this campus. We also want to re-work the website, get creative with our workshops, and more.

Everyone, enjoy your summer! Watch for notices about euchre tourneys, pool parties, and who knows what else. To those of you moving on to greener pastures, be sure to keep them well-watered or else they will turn brown…

A Student Success Story

By Luis Davila

I graduated from UB with a BA in English and decided to enter the MLS program.  I graduated from the program with a MLS degree and a license to work as a public librarian in September 2001.  However, just before I officially received my diploma, 9/11 happened and the economy suffered a downturn.  The jobs available for my degree dried up and I had to go through a long drawn out process of trying to get a job in the field. 

Between 2001-2004, I interviewed for positions within the area (which isn’t easy since the public library system here is in shambles) and as far south as Miami and as far west as Las Vegas (both over the phone).  I worked in the steel plant that my father worked in during 2002 as I continued to look for work in the field to no success.  This didn’t last long and I was searching again.  I even wound up temping in various offices until 2004 when I decided to come back and go for my certification as a School Media Specialist here at UB.  I started in May 2004 and finished in August 2005. 

I came back to school to take summer classes in the summer of ’06 and decided to complete the advance certification for the LIS program (a notch below actually going for a full PhD) and will finish at the end of the semester.  This past Monday, April 14, 2008, I was hired by my hometown’s public library, Lackawanna Public Library as a Librarian I, part-time, which is how all librarians start out in the B&ECPL system.  I begin on May 1st and am extremely excited about finally beginning my career.

So, it should be said that if even someone like me can finally get a job in the field, it can happen for all of you also


A Closer Look at Digital Libraries

By Nathan Tallman

The digital libraries class (LIS 563) is unlike most other courses in DLIS.  Everyone is involved within a particular team responsible for a portion of the digital library.  This semester’s teams were user liaison, copyright and content, metadata, infrastructure, interface, and digitization.

After three or four classes with lectures on each topic, teams presented their findings and discussed how they affected the digital library.  After that comes building the library from the ground up.  There are no tests or quizzes: grades are determined by participation and teamwork.

This spring, the class worked with the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (BECHS) to create the E. B. Green Digital Collection.  The E. B. Green Digital Collection was created using archival materials of the Green and Wicks architectural firm, books which record information and plans regarding the construction of structures designed by the firm.  Although the class worked with only the earliest book, the digital collection maybe further expanded upon by BECHS to include other cost and contract books.

The class is definitely a good experience.  Many libraries are building digital collections and the knowledge gained is very beneficial.  These skills can be listed on your CV and mentioned in a job interview.  While it’s a lot of work, especially towards the end, I highly recommend this class.

Note: The URL for the E. B. Green Digital Collection is not available yet as the digital library has not moved off the GSE servers to its final destination.  Stay tuned to UBdlisISBN to find out what it is!

 Digital Libraries