Highlights of the 2014 ALA Student-to-Staff Program

I just returned from the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Student-to-Staff (S2S) Program at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The S2S program gave me an opportunity to work with the ALA’s International Relations Office (IRO). The S2S program requires a lot of energy and a “can do” customer service attitude. I was assigned to the IRO Registration area, where I helped international librarians register for the conference. I also worked in the IRO Visitor Center and distributed conference resources to the international registrants. I enjoy helping others, so my IRO assignment was a pleasure to perform.

The conference was jam-packed with events for every type of librarian and paraprofessional. The main conference sessions and exhibits were a buzz with the glitz and showmanship for which Vegas is known. I could not have imagined there would be 700+ exhibitors on hand including book vendors of all types, not to mention software and furniture retailers, and LIS graduate schools. There were so many exhibits to visit and Elvis had not left the building when I arrived, so I took a picture with him. Plus, I unexpectedly connected with a few colleagues in the exhibit hall.

Roxanne and Elvis Impersonator

Our own WSU SLIS graduate program was on hand displaying our program materials. Networking was the biggest perk of the 2014 S2S and Annual Conference. There was an Alumni Reunion sponsored by the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), and they also provided a shared booth for the LIS graduate schools that were exhibiting. I got a chance to meet some WSU alumni who graduated in 2003 and 2009. They shared some of their experiences finding their first job after graduate school, along with their progression in the profession. This event also gave me an opportunity to meet and chat with our WSU SLIS Associate Dean, our Academic Advisor and a previous ALA@Wayne colleague at the reunion. These are the types of social interactions and experiences that conferences support. As a distance student, I would not have met my WSU and other future LIS colleagues, without my attendance and participation at this year’s ALA S2S program.

Check out the other experiences I gained through the 2014 ALA S2S program at the Annual Conference on the SLIS blog.

Roxanne Brazell
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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.

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Roxanne Brazell
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