Getting Ready to Attend the ALA Annual Student-to-Staff Program

This month I will be traveling to the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas to participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program (S2S). Each year LIS schools nominate a student to represent their school at the conference. Forty out of the 60 schools are represented at the conference, as there are only 40 positions available each year. Wayne State University students can apply for the S2S program between late October and November through our LIS program.

The S2S program provides us with an opportunity to work with ALA staff and students from other LIS schools during the conference. We will work 16 hours and may volunteer for more hours over the course of six days. Plus, we get to attend some events at the conference. It’s a great way to attend my first ALA conference and network with staff, students, and professionals in our profession.

I will be working in the ALA’s International Relations Office (IRO) with several other students. I am excited to work with the IRO as I have an interest in international librarianship. I look forward to getting a glimpse of the IRO’s goals and responsibilities and how the unit functions. I will share my experiences here in mid-July.

Join us to get the most out of your LIS studies.

Roxanne Brazell


TLN Adult Services Fall Workshop

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 9 am-1 pm, Plymouth District Library will be hosting the TLN Fall Workshop, “Turning the Page: What’s Next for Libraries?”. There will be three informative sessions, outlined below. Registration for library students is only $10, and includes a continental breakfast and workshop materials. It is due Thursday, September 20th. Checks payable to The Library Network can be sent through the TLN delivery route or mailed to:

Dana Szanti
The Library Network Business Office
41365 Vincenti Court
Novi, MI 48375

More information can be found in the conference brochure:2012 TLN ASC Brochure

***For those interested, a member of the PDL staff is also willing to give a tour of the library following the half-day workshop. Please comment on this blog post or email Emily Hudak,, if you are attending the conference and would like to be included in the tour.

Session 1: 9:30 — 10:30 AM
“Turning Trend Watching into Innovation”
Kevin King, Head of Patron Services & IT, Kalamazoo Public Library
–How do rock star librarians always seem to be coming up with cool programs and services? Do you always feel like you are behind the current trends and fads? Do your patrons wonder why your library seems “behind the times”? Get some tips on how you can harness the power of innovation and unleash pure awesomeness.

Session 2: 10:45 — 11:45 AM
“Future Public Librarians: Apply Now!”
Jennifer Moldwin Gustafson, Adjunct Faculty & Practicum Coordinator, Wayne State University School of Library & Information Science
–What will the job description for a public librarian look like in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? What skills will be most valuable? Jennifer will skype from Stuttgart, Germany to discuss some of the human aspects of the library of the future.

Session 3: 12:00 — 1:00 PM
“The Future of Libraries — Where Do We Go From Here?”
Lauren Douglass, Head of Technology Services, East Lansing Public Library
–eContent and the move to mobile computing will change how the world reads and how the world views libraries as well as their role in society, culture and commerce. This presentation looks at what changes have happened, what is on the horizon, and tries to answer the following question: If a library isn’t full of books,
what does it become?