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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.

IFLA 2014


Here’s Lyon during the conference. I walked almost this far up the hill but not quite.

In August, when I arrived in Lyon, France, for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference, it was my first trip abroad and I didn’t know much about IFLA. A month later, I’m having a hard time separating the newness of the travel experience from the conference itself, but here’s my attempt.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge,” so named because Lyon is at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Including this year’s, France has hosted the annual IFLA conference six times since IFLA’s founding in 1927.  IFLA is a nonprofit organization that has evolved from mainly a European federation of library associations to a worldwide group that in 1976 added institutional memberships and more recently individual memberships. Members are still predominantly organizations (including the American Library Association), and the conference is probably of most value to people conducting IFLA business, including this year’s “Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development,” which calls on member states of the United Nations “to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development.” The signing of this document was quite the buzz at the conference.  Even though I’m not an IFLA member and not involved in signing international declarations, the conference was a valuable experience.

The convention center was a half-hour walk from my hotel through Parc de la Tête d’Or (Golden Head Park), the largest urban park in France, very lovely, and very loved, judging from throngs of families, joggers, bicyclists, and walking commuters. The convention center sits between the edge of the park and the Rhône River.

For a sense of the conference’s internationality, when I introduced myself to the person next to me at the opening plenary, I learned she was the librarian at the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia.

Plenary speeches were in a steep amphitheater and in the language of the speaker. It took considerable time to stand in line for a translation headset, climb up to an available seat, listen to the talk, climb back down, get in line to return the headset, and then get to the first program session.  (Session presentations were all in English.)  As a result, I did not attend all plenaries.

On August 18, I was part of a panel presenting on health literacy. My half-hour presentation was called “Medical Library Support for Peer Language Navigators in Anchorage, Alaska: Partnering to Help Individuals with Limited English Proficiency Find Reliable, Culturally Relevant Health Information.”  Other presentation topics included an outreach project to get current health information to health workers in rural Uganda, a McGill University study of medical librarians’ use of critical appraisal of the literature, medical librarians’ role in health promotion in Iran, and health literacy in Turkey.  Unfortunately, our morning session overlapped with a plenary speech by Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands on libraries and literacy, so attendance wasn’t what it could have been, but by the end, as people drifted in after the plenary, there were over 55 people in the room.  After the session, the health literacy panelists, along with section committee members, went out to lunch and had a nice visit, doing our best to communicate with each other in our respective languages.  The dozen or so people at the table were from Uganda, Iran, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and the U.S.

I attended sessions covering a range of topics: blending pedagogy with Maori traditions and worldview in New Zealand, a massive digitization project cleaning and photographing indigenous objects in Taiwan (I was surprised to learn there are 16 indigenous groups in Taiwan), helping Manitoba’s indigenous students (predominantly Cree, Ojibwe, Sioux, Inuit, and Métis) feel welcome and successful at the University of Manitoba, identifying and archiving historical photographs of indigenous groups of the Cordillera Region of the Philippines, cooperation between public libraries and schools in the Netherlands, building literacy in rural Ethiopia, a family literacy program in Australia, and others.

I think what I gained most from the conference was the opportunity to meet so many people from so many countries and also the realization that libraries and librarians around the world grapple with very similar issues.

As a side note, I’d been told over and over that Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, possibly the world, and I was ready to be blown away by the food. Perhaps my expectations were too high, or perhaps I tended to choose the wrong restaurant or the wrong menu item, but other than an amazing apple tarte tatin I was underwhelmed by Lyon dining.  It made me realize how many good restaurants we have in Anchorage.  Lyon is a lovely city, though, and I hope to return someday.

October FLIP Meeting

Due to a conflict with another library event on October 10th, we are rescheduling the October FLIP meeting to October 24th, 12-1.

At this month’s meeting we’ll be discussing Open Access, and Erik Carlson, Metadata Services Librarian at the Consortium Library, will be speaking about open access in relation to ScholarWorks, the university’s institutional repository.

Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014


EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship

Interested in book and serial acquisition or issues in scholarly publishing? EBSCO is offering a scholarship to attend the 34th annual Charleston Conference, in Charleston, South Carolina, November 5-8, 2014. This scholarship is open to para-professionals as well as librarians with the MLIS degree.

EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: up to $1,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Applicants must:

  • Currently work as a librarian or para-professional
  • Provide one professional recommendation
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit short essay (up to 1,000 words) on the following topic: Please describe three professional objectives and how attending the Charleston Conference will help you to achieve them.

All application documents should be sent electronically to Kate Burgess at EBSCO (kburgess@ebsco.com) by October 1, 2014. Scholarship money must be used to attend the 2014 Charleston Conference.