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Informational Interviewing

The University of Washington iSchool has a great article on informational interviewing. It’s a great low-stress way to expand your knowledgebase and meet people in your field:


2015 Charleston Conference Scholarship

If you’re interested in attending the Charleston Conference, there is a $1000 scholarship for anyone currently working in a library who has never attended before. You do not need an MLIS degree to apply.


HARRASSOWITZ Accepting Applications for the 2015 Charleston Conference Scholarship

July 7, 2015, Wiesbaden, Germany – HARRASSOWITZ, international booksellers and subscription agents, is pleased to offer once again a $1,000 scholarship to attend the Annual Charleston Conference that takes place November 4-7, 2015 in Charleston, SC. The scholarship is to be awarded to a librarian or paraprofessional who is currently working in a library and who has not yet attended a Charleston Conference.

Pursuant to the 2015 Charleston Conference theme of “Where Do We Go From Here?”, applicants are asked to write an essay of no more than 1,000 words on the following topic:

What does “Where Do We Go From Here?” mean to libraries and vendors?

Essays should be sent to scholarship@harrassowitz.de by August 4, 2015 and should be accompanied by a one-page resume. HARRASSOWITZ will notify the winner of the scholarship on August 20, 2015.

All applications will be acknowledged and will be reviewed by a panel of librarians. The scholarship must be used for the 2015 conference. Only applications from first-time Charleston attendees will be accepted.

All applicants will be notified of the results.

For more information on the Charleston Conference, registration and this year’s program, please visit http://www.katina.info/conference/

Established in 1872, HARRASSOWITZ is a global full-service subscription agent and bookseller headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, specializing in the distribution of e-content, periodicals, books, and music scores to academic and research libraries.

Contact Information:
Tina Feick, Director of Sales and Marketing, North America
Email: tfeick@harrassowitz.de
Phone: (800) 348-6886 (US and Canada)
Fax: (800) 574-5732

Friedemann Weigel, Managing Partner – Director of Sales, Wiesbaden, Germany
Email: fweigel@harrassowitz.de
Telephone: +49 611 530 500
Fax: +49 611 530 560
In the US: (800) 348-6886 Fax (800) 574-5732

Continuing Education Webinars

Julie Niederhauser from the Alaska State Library recently sent out the following information about continuing education webinars. All of these webinars are free and open to anyone.

There is a wide variety of top-notch CE webinars scheduled during the month of April.  If you order books and materials for your library there are two webinars scheduled on April 14th will help you stay up-to-date on SF/Fantasy and Children’s literature.  Booklist is sponsoring Look to the Stars: New SF/Fantasy for Your Library at 10 am and InfoPeople is offering What’s New in Children’s Literature: 2015 Update at 11 am.

For librarians struggling with digital preservation issues, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services is offering two timely webinars: Moving Image Preservation 101 on April 24th and Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups on April 30th.

What to do when your library receives a challenge to library materials is the topic of this month’s Public Librarians’ Monthly Chat.  Our special guest presenter is Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.  Please join us on Tuesday, April 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm for a discussion will prepare you to calmly and coolly meet your next censorship challenge.

Don’t miss Daniel Cornwall’s webinar on Free Online Survey Tools on April 8th from 1:00-2:00 pm.   Learn how you can quickly and efficiently gather survey results without the need for paper.

To view all of the webinar options this month visit the Library Development Training & Continuing Education calendar

Julie Niederhauser
Public Library Coordinator
Alaska State Library
(907) 465-2916 or within Alaska, (888) 820-4525



NMRT Live Chat: Conference Proposals and Scholarships

The ALA New Members Round Table will be holding a Twitter chat on writing conference proposals and/or scholarship applications.


NMRT March Live Chat: Conference Proposals and Scholarships

When: Thursday March 26th 2015

Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, US/Eastern

Conference Proposals and Scholarships can be a very rewarding aspect to one’s career as a librarian. Join NMRT for a live chat to learn and share tips and tricks on writing a conference proposal and/or scholarship application. This can be very helpful whether you are a student, new librarian or someone with many years in the field with a lot of conference proposal and scholarship application experience that can be shared with all. Come chat and learn from one another!

This chat will be happening on Twitter. To join and follow the chat, follow Leigh Milligan at @INALJ_PA and/or follow the hashtag #nmrtchat You can follow the tweets by typing #nmrtchat into the search box or use something like TweetDeck or HootSuite to filter the tweets.

The most important thing is to include #nmrtchat in all of your tweets to make them visible for all participants.

When the chat starts, send a tweet to introduce yourself, it’s always helpful to know who everyone is.

Leigh, the chat moderator will be asking 4 questions in the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 format, and followers will use the #nmrtchat and answer in the A1, A2, A3 and A4 format.

Feel free to retweet any comments you like or agree with, and share any articles or blogs of interest.

Look forward to seeing you all at #nmrtchat !

Upcoming FLIP meeting: Friday FEB 13th 12noon

Join us Friday Feb 13th from 12pm-1pm in Room 306 at the Consortium Library where we will learn more about the Alaska Library Network and its role within the state of Alaska.  UAA/APU Consortium Library Dean and ALN Board Member Steve Rollins and ALN Executive Director Tracy Swaim will be our guest speakers for the hour.

Follow-up from FLIP meeting last Friday 11/14

We had a lively discussion last Friday about searching for, applying and interviewing for jobs in the field of library science.

Thanks to those who attended!

Here are some resources that we referred to that may help you secure a job as an information professional:




  • Additional resources related to librarianship and vocational guidance are listed here


Mark your calendars for our next upcoming FLIP meeting on Friday December 12th from 12pm-1pm!


ACRL 2015 Conference Scholarship Due Nov. 7th

Scholarship opportunities to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Annual Conference in Portland, OR this coming March are available to a number of qualified applicants in six different categories ranging from library school students to early and mid career academic librarians.  To find out more about how you can have the chance to have your registration fee waived and be awarded a stipend go to: http://conference.acrl.org/scholarships-pages-162.php


Alaska Library Association Scholarships for Graduate Library Studies

AkLA has established a scholarship program to support the education of librarians for Alaska’s libraries, including school libraries. The stated purpose is to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies in Library Science and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional library positions. Preference is given to qualified applicants meeting the federal requirements of Alaska Native ethnicity.

Three scholarships of $4,000 each may be awarded: one for a Master’s Degree candidate, one for School Library Media Certification (the B. Jo Morse Scholarship), and a third from either category.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be an Alaskan resident who:

  • possesses a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university;
  • is eligible for acceptance, or is currently enrolled, in a graduate program in Library and Information Science leading to a Master’s Degree or School Library Media Certification, from a university program accredited by the American Library Association;
  • is or will be a student during the academic year, semester, or academic quarter for which the scholarship is received; and
  • makes a commitment to work in an Alaskan library for a minimum of one year after graduation as a paid employee or volunteer, or for two semesters for one semester’s financial assistance.

Completed applications must be received by January 15 of the award year. If you
are interested in applying, copies of the guidelines and application forms are
available online at http://akla.org/scholarships/

If you have questions about graduate library studies or would like paper copies of the scholarship application, contact:

AkLA Scholarship Committee
Alaska State Library
P.O. Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571
(907) 465-2458 or 1-888-820-4525

October FLIP Meeting


In honor of International Open Access Week, Metadata Services Librarian Erik Carlson gave a very informative overview of Open Access (OA) in general and also spoke about his work with ScholarWorks, UA’s institutional repository. Erik spoke about the different kinds of OA access (gratis vs. libre, green vs. gold), copyright and licensing issues, and subject and institutional repositories and also provided links to further resources about Open Access. Thanks Erik!

Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014


http://doaj.org/ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

https://creativecommons.org/ (Creative Commons)

http://www.plos.org/ (Public Library of Science)


https://scholarworks.alaska.edu/ (Scholarworks@UA)

http://arxiv.org/ (Arxiv)

http://dspace.mit.edu/ (MIT)


http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ (SHERPA/Romeo)

http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/ (Sherpa/Juliet)

http://www.opendoar.org/ (Directory of Open Access Repositories)

http://maps.repository66.org/ (Repository 66)


ER&L Student Travel Award

If you are interested in electronic resources, the Electronic Resources and Libraries conference is a fantastic learning opportunity. They are offering travel grants for two library school students to attend the 2015 conference in Austin, TX.

Students! Win an amazing opportunity to learn from and network with bright and experienced e-resources management and digital services professionals at ER&L 2015. Learn more about the returning 2015 ER&L + Taylor and Francis Student Travel Award including eligibility, application and the past winners.