Service Opportunity – Operation Christmas Child



As our main fall service activity, SCALA will be participating in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a yearly project undertaken by the organization Samaritan’s Purse. They collect toys, books, hygiene products, and other small gifts to put into shoeboxes and ship to children in third-world countries. They have drop-off locations across the country, so even if you are not in Emporia, you can pack a shoebox and drop it off at a location near you. It would be a fun cohort activity to bring gifts and pack/decorate shoeboxes if anyone is interested in organizing it. Just fill me in on the details if you do this!

If you are in Emporia, there are four drop-off locations on the Emporia State University campus: in the SLIM Office, in the WAW Library, in the Center for Student Involvement (in the Union), and in the Student Wellness Center. The whole campus will be asked to donate until November 17th and then we will hold a packing party sometime later that week in Emporia.

Please consider donating to this great cause! Take $5 with you next time you go shopping and buy a few fun items or pack a whole box yourself. A little goes a long way. We also need cash donations in order to pay for the shipping on the boxes. Each box costs $7 to ship.

Helpful links:

How to Pack a Shoebox

Find a Drop-Off Location


October SCALA Event – YALSA Webinar

Hello Everyone!

With classes and homework getting crazy and various conferences taking place, we have decided to advertise a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) webinar in lieu of a formal get-together this month. The webinar that has been chosen is free to view and is called Gamification in Libraries: Teen Tech Week. Please take some time to view this webinar if it is something that interests you.

P.S. Make sure to be watching for a fun service activity that will be posted next week. This activity will be available to all SCALA members regardless of location!

Join a SCALA Committee

This year, the SCALA officers have decided to form committees in order to increase member involvement and delegate tasks. If you are interested in joining any of the following committees, please respond via email to Anyone can join a committee regardless of cohort location.

Events/Fundraisers Committee – Help brainstorm, plan, market, and run SCALA events and fundraisers throughout the school year. (Headed by SCALA Events Coordinator)

T-Shirt Committee – Help collect t-shirt designs, run poll for t-shirt design selection, obtain quotes for t-shirt printing, collect money from t-shirt sales, and help distribute t-shirts. (Headed by SCALA Treasurer)

Election Committee – Collect list of nominees and nominee bios, run election poll, and communicate with nominees during SCALA elections. (Headed by SCALA VP)

Web Presence Committee – Help post job information, library related stories, and SCALA communications on SCALA blog and Facebook Group. Write posts for blog about trending library topics. (Headed by SCALA Webmaster)

October Event — YALSA Webinar

SCALA would like to provide a webinar for its members to view. This month we are going to select from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Please use the link below to select which topic you would most like to learn about. (We will choose from a different group next time).

The poll will be open until October 15th. Once a topic has been selected, information will be posted on how to view the webinar.

CO, UT, and OP Cohort Representatives

SCALA Elections:
SCALA is holding elections for site cohort representatives for the 2014-15 school year. If you are interested in being active in SCALA while a student, this is a great way to do so! Listed below are the qualifications and responsibilities of the site cohort representatives. Each site location will have 2 reps (1 per cohort).
If you are interested in being a SCALA Cohort Representative, please email a brief biographical paragraph to the SCALA VP, Christina Williams at Be sure to include what location you attend classes. The elections will be held starting on October 1st.

Section 10. Duties of the Cohort Representatives:

10.1 Shall promote SCALA at the distance locations.

10.2 Shall speak about SCALA to new students at orientation in their area.

10.3 Shall direct all SCALA social functions and community service in their area.

Section 11. Participation of Officers:

11.1 All officers are required to attend monthly Executive Council Meetings.

11.2 Dates and times of Executive Council meetings will be decided by a majority response survey, initiated by the President.

11.3 If an officer is unable to attend a monthly meeting, they must contact the President in advance.

11.4 Each Cohort Representative must coordinate and/or attend at least one social function or community service activity in their area each semester.

11.5 Repeated non-participation by any officer is grounds for officer removal.

2014-2015 T-Shirt Design Contest

image via Lawrence Public Libraryimage via Lawrence Public Library

We’re now accepting entries for the SCALA t-shirt design contest. T-shirt sales are a big fundraiser for SCALA and who doesn’t want another cool bookish or library-related t-shirt?

Show us your amazing design skills by submitting an entry. Please keep in mind that it must be approved by the ESU Marketing so it can’t violate copyright or include things like curse words.

Submit your entries to with the subject line SCALA T-SHIRT DESIGN by October 25th. We’ll post the images here with a poll so members can vote on their favorites.

Once the design has been chosen and approved, we’ll get pricing. Shirts will be available for distribution during the spring semester.



Service Opportunity: William Allen White Awards Ceremony Ambassadors

william allen white children's book award


Emporia State University is seeking volunteers to assist with festivities at the William Allen White Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 7:00 am to noon.

Some of the duties for the day will include helping the visiting schools find their way around the Memorial Union. Also, they may need to help guide the schools throughout a mapped route of campus for a short parade.

For those of you in the Emporia area, this should be a fun way to contribute some service hours to SCALA (remember, service hours are a part of our ability to be a university organization).

If you are able to volunteer, please email me at Please include the hours you will be available.


Service Opportunity – Friends of the Library Book Sale at Emporia Public Library

The Emporia Public Library, Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held October 25-31st. They will need help moving books on Thursday, October 23.  We hope to assemble the work crew at 3:30 pm and move the (larger than usual) number of books as quickly as we can.

Each participant gets to peruse all the sale books and choose one to leave with as a thank you from the Friends of the Library.  They will also have snacks and gift certificates for all participants.

If you are able to help with this event, please send me an email at or respond to this posting on the Facebook group. They would like an approximate number of helpers, but you can just show up to help if you aren’t sure of your schedule beforehand.

Faculty Meet-and-Greet


What: Faculty Meet-and-Greet

When: Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: SLIM Classroom (319F) at ESU

Please join us for an informal gathering with the SLIM faculty on Tuesday, September 30th. Food and drinks will be available. We will have a time for mingling as well as a short Q&A session with the faculty so we can get to know them better outside of class. If you live in or near Emporia, please try to come. The Q&A session will be recorded via Adobe Connect for those unable to attend.

This is a great opportunity to make personal connections with the SLIM faculty as well as getting to know other students outside of the classroom environment. Come and have a good time with your future colleagues!


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