UK ALA Dine to Donate

UK ALA Dine to Donate flyer Show your support for UK ALA by participating in the Dine to Donate event the chapter is holding next Thursday, Feb. 20th at Applebee’s Nicholasville Rd (between Man O War Boulevard and Fayette Mall).

When you purchase a meal on Feb. 20th and present the Dine to Donate flyer to your server, Applebee’s will donate 10% of your purchase to UK ALA.

These funds will assist our organization in hosting informational events for students, providing funds for students attending professional conferences, and more.

When: Feb. 20th, all day

Where: Applebee’s 4009 Nicholasville Rd

Why: To support your UK ALA organization

Remember: You must bring a physical copy of the flyer to participate – Click here to get the flyer!

Flyers are also available in the SLIS office and libraries across campus.

Thank you for your support!


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


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:


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:

Want to help, but can’t get to the SLIS office on Oct. 21st or volunteer? Please e-mail Ashley DeWitt at 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 – – or DC Lofty –  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:
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,, no later than Noon on Monday, October 21.
For more about the alternative spring break program, go to

Free Webinar “New Librarians Global Connection”

IFLA/ALA free webinar on October 3rd: New Librarians Global Connection

We are proud to present the next session of the 2013 webinar series

“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations<>”

For the second consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers for each of our quarterly sessions come from different regions of the world. They have included IFLA Incoming President, Sinikka Sipilä, and the President of the Library Association of Singapore, Gene Tan.

Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!

October 3, 2013
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET

Let this link help you determine when you can attend where you are!:

Link to access the virtual meeting room – coming soon.

Webinar length is one hour.


·         Keynote by Victoria Owen, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough in Toronto, Canada. Chair of IFLA’s Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Committee. Keynote topics: CLM and librarians, why it is important, recent initiatives and issues.

·         Olaf Eingenbrodt, Senior Head of User Services | Advisor for Planning and Construction Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky, Germany. Visiting Lecturer at Berlin School of Library and Information Science. Topics: libraries as cultural houses, the importance of study tours.

·         Moreno Barros, Research librarian at the University of Rio de Janeiro. Topics: future librarians from a Brazilian perspective including continuing professional development and concepts to replicate, model and adapt.

The topics for the webinars were compiled from surveys, Proceedings from CPDWL Satellite Conference for WLIC 2012, topics presented by speakers during the NPSIG and MLAs program at the WLIC 2012 in Helsinki, NPSIG working group, and new librarians’ forums, listservs and online spaces.

The quarterly webinars are presented in January, April, July and October.Stay tuned for more news!

The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time. For more information about the 2012 series and to listen to the webinars from January and April 2013, visit the following link

Questions and requests for information:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Series Coordinator<>

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

Free Webinar Offers Resume and Cover Letter Tips

We know the semester hasn’t even started, but wanted to pass along information about a free webinar on resume building. The webinar is offered by Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) on Wed., Sept. 18, 2013, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (Central Time). This free webinar is geared towards library students, recent graduates, or job changers. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible!

Follow this link to reserve your place:<