If you are a graduate student in UB’s Department of Library and Information Studies, then you are a member of the Library and Information Studies Graduate Student Association, better known as LIS GSA.
LIS GSA serves DLIS students in many ways.
First, LIS GSA supports students academically by providing financial assistance to attend professional conferences. All you have to do is ask for conference funding and the money is yours! Yes, there are a few forms to fill out but there is no such thing as a free conference. (Unless your conference costs are under $250.) Between LIS GSA and the university-wide GSA, you are eligible for up to $250 to attend a library-related conference. There is more money available if you are presenting at a conference!
Second, LIS GSA sponsors social events for DLIS students. LIS GSA kicked off the spring semester by hosting one of our famous happy hours at Jack’s Place. Students enjoyed refreshments as well as good company. The next happy hour will be held on Friday, February 22nd at 7:30pm at the Distillery in Henrietta for those students in the program who live in Rochester.
LIS GSA student representatives also serve on the DLIS Council, a committee made up of faculty, staff, and students, which handles departmental matters. Currently the DLIS Council is planning to host a speaker in the Fall of 2008 and is soliciting ideas from students for a speaker who would appeal to a wide audience.
This spring, LIS GSA has revived a mentoring program. Students who are new to the department and requested a mentor were paired with a student further along in the program who shares their academic interests.