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Two MLIS Grads Selected as ALA Emerging Leaders

Two Syracuse University alumni have been selected to participate in the American Library Association Emerging Leaders program. This annual networking and leadership development program is designed to launch newer library workers’ participation in the ALA and other professional organizations. Participants meet at the ALA Midwinter Meeting to form into workgroups, which tackle specific projects throughout… Read the full article…


Crowd-Sourced Project: 19th-Century ‘Colored Conventions’

Are you interested in the digital humanities, social movements, or American history? If so, you should explore the Colored Conventions Project, which recently introduced a crowd-sourcing initiative to help transcribe minutes from 19th century Black political organizing meetings called “Colored Conventions.” As a library and information science student, I find this project an exciting example… Read the full article…


iSchool Alumna Interview at NYLA: Sue Kowalski

This is the last of three interviews I conducted with iSchool alumni at the New York Library Association (NYLA) conference in Saratoga  Springs about their involvement in NYLA and their advice for MLIS students who are thinking about getting involved in professional organizations. You can read the other interviews here and here. I spoke with Sue… Read the full article…



Why Librarians and LIS Students Should Join Professional Organizations (Part I)

What’s the value for MLIS students of going to conferences, and how can participating in professional organizations benefit librarians throughout their careers? I had the opportunity to talk to three iSchool alumni about these topics while attending the New York Library Association (NYLA) conference in Saratoga Springs on November 5-8, 2014. This is the first… Read the full article…


Crowdsourced Metadata Games: A Primer

The challenge: You have two minutes to educate a Stupid Robot by describing the picture below as precisely as possible. The catch: you can only list one word of any given length from 4-10 letters, and the robot will reject words it already knows. Therefore, you must be accurate, creative, and specific all at once. If,… Read the full article…