SCALA Fundraiser

Your’re invited to an online PamperedChef Fundraiser for SCALA. You can shop the NEW Spring/Summer 2015 Catalog from the comfort of your home.

Your secure order can be placed online and direct shipped right to your door. Help to send your student to National Conference.

Order Pampered Chef products through the Fundraiser Catalog Show and up to 30% of total sales will be returned to SCALA. Plus, an extra $3 is contributed from every Cooking Show, Catalog/Facebook Party, Bridal Shower or Fundraiser booked from this event.

To get great products and support an important cause, visit the Catalog Show website and place your order by the Show closing date of March 22nd at 7:00 pm.

Interview and Resume Workshop for SLIM Students

SCALA will be hosting an Interview and Resume Workshop in Emporia on Saturday, April 11th. There will be a panel discussion in the morning featuring public, academic, and special librarians as well as archival professionals. They will give tips on how to create a good first impression, how to dress, and other crucial tips to land your dream job. In the afternoon, a short session on resume building will be followed by break-out sessions where students can get more information about interviewing for specific library types (public, academic, and archives) as well as get individual resume help.

Cost of the workshop is $5 which will cover travel expenses for our speakers and the cost of lunch. Registration will remain open until the day of the workshop. We would like to have 15-20 in-person participants to make the experience worthwhile for our speakers.

If you are unable to attend in-person, we will be recording the panel discussions and resume building session and posting them on our blog and Facebook page.

3 Reasons to Join ALA as a Student

Joining ALA as a student, even if you’re not currently working in a library setting, has lots of benefits.

I joined ALA and YALSA before I even applied to library school. After a few months of working in a library, I knew this was what I wanted to do, and joining the professional organization was a great decision.

1. Joining ALA will never be cheaper.

You can get a student membership for $35.

You can get a joint membership with your state organization for the same price in most states.

2. ALA give you lots of opportunities to explore your interests.

If you’re unsure about how involved you want to be with national professional organizations, starting out as a student is a great way to test the waters.

If you’re not sure what areas of librarianship you want pursue, exploring the divisions and roundtables is a great way to see what work in various subfields, types of libraries, or specialties would look like.

3. There are opportunities for scholarships, grants, awards, and volunteering. 

Depending on what divisions you are interested in, there are lots of members-only perks. For example, in just the three years I’ve been involved in ALA and YALSA, I’ve received a grant for Teen Read Week programming at my library, volunteered as a contributor to YALSA’s The Hub, and won a writing award.

ALA can seem like an intimidating organization, but in reality, the administrative office is comprised of just a handful of people who are friendly and willing to answer any questions you have.

The professional organization is only as good as its members, and you only get out of the organization what you put in. If you’re on the fence about joining ALA and wondering if its worth your $35, I highly encourage it!

Spring Library Tours: Lawrence and Wichita

Lawrence Tour

SCALA has organized tours of The Dole Institute Archives at the University of Kansas and at Lawrence Public Library for March 6th, 2015. We’ll meet at Lawrence Public Library at 1:30 pm, then head over to the Dole Institute at 2:45pm, and then head back downtown for some happy hour drinks.

If you would like to attend, please add your name.

Wichita Tour

SCALA is planning a field trip to the Wichita-area libraries this coming March, either the week before spring break, or the week after. We plan to visit Ablah Library at Wichita State, Wichita Public Library’s main branch downtown, Friends University Library, and Clearwater Public Library. We will tour two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

You are more than welcome to come for half the day or the entire day. We will have a break in the middle for lunch, which will be on your own. There is flexibility for students going on this field trip, but we need your help in deciding on a date.

Please take this survey if you’re interested in going on the field trip to Wichita-area libraries in March. Whichever date has the most votes will be the date we go on the field trip. We appreciate your help!

We hope to schedule a tour of Kansas City area libraries later in the semester.