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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