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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:
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)
- Make a monetary donation online
- Be sure to select the UK ALA Food Drive from the drop down menu
- Purchase a pre-made bag at a Fayette County Kroger Store and donate it in-store
- 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.
The UK ALA Student Chapter
- 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
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
Escort new students from the Orientation Session at the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library to W. T. Young Library [refreshments provided]
ALA officer introductions and introduction of representatives from other SLIS student organizations
Remarks by Emily Aldridge, President, UK ALA Student Chapter
Remarks by Gail Kennedy, Director of Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky
Dismissal to group tours of W. T. Young Library