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Give with UK ALA

Give with UK ALA
Give with UK ALA - God's Pantry

As we enter the holiday season, the University of Kentucky American Library Association Student Chapter (UK ALA) would like your help with giving back to the community. Libraries provide many critical resources to community members, but communities always need more aid.

This year, UK ALA is hosting a food drive from November 13th – December 18th to collect canned foods and other goods for the benefit of the Lexington community and the communities of our program’s distance students. We would love to have participants from all over the country, so feel free to share our drive with friends and family. Let’s make an impact this holiday season!

For the local drive, we are partnering with God’s Pantry Food Bank , which is a member of Feeding America and the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. Currently, the food bank needs the following non-perishable items: canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, cereal, peanut butter, baby food (no glass, please), canned soup, etc.

We are offering many opportunities for participation, so feel free to choose whichever option works best for you. If you want to take part in our drive, you can:

  1. Drop off donations in one of the collection boxes on UK’s campus
    • SLIS Lobby (3rd Floor, Lucille Little Fine Arts Library)
    • UK Writing Center (B108-B W. T. Young Library)
    • 13th Floor, Patterson Office Tower (outside Room 1353)
  2. Make a monetary donation online
  3. Purchase a pre-made bag at a Fayette County Kroger Store and donate it in-store
  4. Donate to your community’s food bank and send us an e-mail

No matter which option you choose, don’t forget to share your story with us via social media. Take a picture of your donation and share it with the hashtag #GiveWithUKALA.

Join us this holiday season to show our communities how much we care.

Thank you,

The UK ALA Student Chapter


Bake Sale


Want to help out a SLIS student organization or get more involved? The UK ALA Student Chapter will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for programs and events. The bake sale will take place onOctober 22nd and 23rd from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at the Student Center.


We need baked good donations! We would love cookies, brownies, rice krispie treats, cupcakes, cake pops, and layer bars. No cakes or pies, please. If you would like to donate baked goods, please drop them off at the SLIS office (3rd floor, Little Library Building) on Monday, October 21st between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or contact Ashley DeWitt to make other arrangements. If you are interested, please fill out this quick form so we can keep track of donations: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Zye84Cg1etyZUC-jq43JNl-K14OSuBKk0YAHtHTom7E/viewform


We need volunteers! SLIS students, this is your chance to start getting involved! We will need help with set-up, running the bake sale, and breaking it down. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by filling out this quick form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ynolw9Q4N8e-Idqn5I4fGzxEyL8X_7RyM5-Xy43Lt0E/viewform

Want to help, but can’t get to the SLIS office on Oct. 21st or volunteer? Please e-mail Ashley DeWitt at ashdewitt@uky.edu or one of the other UK ALA officers to see how you can help.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Spring Break at the Library of Congress

Alternative Spring Break Program
Library of Congress 
Application Deadline:  October 21, 2013
The University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science is currently soliciting applications for our 2014 Alternative Spring Break program at the Library of Congress. (Note that there will be a later call for programs at other institutions.) 
 This is an excellent opportunity for experience, leadership development and networking. Each student selected will be paired with a professional librarian who will serve as a mentor.
For each student selected, UK SLIS will make $1000 available to help with the cost of transportation and lodging (both will be the responsibility of the student). Possible housing accommodations might be found through Hotel Harrington – http://www.hotel-harrington.com/index.htm – or DC Lofty – http://www.dclofty.com/index.html.  Spring break 2013 for UK runs March 17-March 22. 
Attached to this email is a complete list of projects available to selected students at Library of Congress.
To apply to the Library of Congress Alternative Spring Break, please send a cover letter and a resume to: will.buntin@uky.edu.
Your cover letter must include 
  • name
  • home state
  • a list of courses you will complete by the end of fall 2013
  • general areas of interest
  • projects you are interested in (minimum of two; maximum of three)
  • why you are interested in those particular projects
Please submit all materials electronically to Will Buntin, will.buntin@uky.edu, no later than Noon on Monday, October 21.
For more about the alternative spring break program, go to https://ci.uky.edu/lis/asb


Involvement in professional organizations is an important aspect of every librarian’s career. So why not join an organization now with your peers and take advantage of student rates? Student membership in ALA is only $34 per year while regular membership starts at $66 and increases to over $130 per year.

After receiving email confirmation of your status as an ALA member, leave a comment on UK ALA’s facebook wall or send a tweet to @UK_ALA announcing you are a proud member of ALA and you will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. All tweets and comments must be received by October 15th. A winner will be announced via the SLIS listserv on October 25th.

Benefits of joining ALA national:

Automatically becoming a due paying member of the UK ALA student chapter

Registering with 2 Round Tables at no additional cost

  • Having the opportunity to join ALA divisions, such as the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) at a discounted rate
  • Taking advantage of discount rates for conference registration
  • Networking with other library school students and information professionals
  • Accessing American Libraries magazine (11 issues per year) and AL Direct (via email) for free
  • Being eligible to receive grants, scholarships, and awards

Benefits of joining UK ALA Student Chapter:

  • Networking with other library school students, which can be beneficial later in your career
  • Being the first to hear about upcoming chapter events, such as October’s informational talk about library conferences, which will include information about registering, receiving funds, and presenting.
  • Becoming involved in your library school education
ALA Student Membership is just $34 annually

ALA New Student Reception Program Schedule

3:00 PM

Escort new students from the Orientation Session at the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library to W. T. Young Library [refreshments provided]

3:30 PM

ALA officer introductions and introduction of representatives from other SLIS student organizations

3:45 PM

Remarks by Emily Aldridge, President, UK ALA Student Chapter

4:00 PM

Remarks by Gail Kennedy, Director of Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky

4:15 PM

Dismissal to group tours of W. T. Young Library