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!

Service Opportunity – Can the Bods Canned Food Drive

This year, Can the Bods (ESU food drive) will be supporting our new on-campus food pantry, Corky’s Cupboard. We are excited to be able to support this initiative because the cans that we raise here on campus could affect students sitting next to you in class. Can the Bods is crucial this year, because we want to start Corky’s Cupboard with a solid amount of items to help students on our campus! Therefore, Associated Student Government needs your help to make this year a success.

This year, we are asking that our Recognized Student Organizations support Can the Bods by participating in the RSO Can the Bods Competition. The winning organization will receive a prize from the Associated Student Government. Items must arrive to the Center for Student Involvement between September 15 and noon on October 31 to be counted, so have them to the SLIM drop-off point by October 30th!

Nonperishable items and cash donations will have the following values:

  • $1 = 3 CANS
  • Ramen Noodles = ¼ of a can (4 packages = 1 can)
  • Jarred items-12 oz or more (peanut butter, mayo, pickles, etc.) = 3 cans
  • Boxes of cereal- 12 oz or more = 3 cans
  • Macaroni & Cheese = 1 can

If you are in the Emporia cohorts, please consider bringing can goods or cash donations to any of the class weekends between today and October 30th. I will have Kathie provide a box for the donations. If you are not in Emporia, but would like to contribute, please send donations to the following address and mark them as “Can the Bod donation for SCALA”:

c/o School of Library and Information Science

Emporia State University

Campus Box 4025
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

New Officers for 2014-15

Please help me in congratulating our new officers for the 2014-15 school year!

Bridgid Reeves — Secretary

Jason Phinney — Treasurer

Molly Wetta — Webmaster

Kayla Kettelson — Events Coordinator

Thank you to everyone who ran for office! We hope to have a great year.

The first SCALA activity will be at the end of September, so be watching for updates on that event!

Fall 2014 Elections

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all excited about the first day of Fall classes!! Now that school is back in session, it is time for elections. The following officer positions are open: Secretary, Treasurer (really needs to be someone who is in Emporia), Events Coordinator, and Webmaster.  For information on the duties of each position, look under the ABOUT section of the website and then under CONSTITUTION. Email me at msalsbur@g.emporia.edu to let me know what position(s) you are interested in (please include a short introductory paragraph about yourself with the email).

For students in Colorado, Utah, and Overland Park who wish to be cohort liaisons, please be watching for information about those elections in the next week or so.



Reflections on ALA Conference

From Marinda Keller (SLIM Utah):


Thank you so much for sponsoring my registration at the 2014 ALA conference in Las Vegas. I had many valuable experiences meeting with leaders in other libraries, attending beneficial workshops, and stopping by the Job Center.


I met many leaders in libraries during my time in Vegas. One woman, slightly older than myself, shared her work experience of becoming a library director after graduating with her MLIS just a few years earlier. She shared with me the challenges and importance of gaining community buy-in. Two other library workers, a librarian from Toronto, and an engineer from Houston, enlightened me on the differences between a smaller system like mine, with only 18 branches, and their larger systems with 40+ locations. I was very surprised to learn that they had security guards at their public libraries and I think the were equally shocked to hear that we did not.


I got to attend some great workshops, one in particular really made the conference worthwhile for me. It was called Care and Feeding of Teen Volunteers. As one of two Volunteer Coordinators at my branch library, and with aspirations of fostering a teen program as a librarian that aligns with the state goal to increase the number of adults with post-secondary education by preparing them as teen for college and certificate programs, I was overwhelmed by the information shared with us. The challenges discussed by the presenters align with our challenges, and the outcomes they experienced align with our goals. I am enthusiastic to build a program in my system based on their findings and research I have also conducted on the issue.


Lastly, I was able to speak with many newer librarians who are facing difficulties in the job market. One had chosen to work outside of librarianship but had self-sponsored her trip in hopes of making career contacts. Another recent graduate worked two part-time jobs in libraries, one as a cataloger in an academic library and one as support staff in a public library. She admits the situation isn’t ideal, but she is happy to be able to use her education in her work. I stopped by the Job Resources booth and picked up information for myself and my cohort about which positions are open and what employers are looking for, I also had the chance to speak personally with recruiters and hear about the candidates they recruit and challenges they are overcoming as needs and resources of libraries and vendors continue to change.


Thank you for giving me the opportunity as a student to connect with my profession. I am so grateful for your support.



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