ALA Student-to-Staffers: Where are you now?
Way back in June of 2007, I had the honor of representing TWU’s School of Library and Information Science at ALA Annual in Washington, DC. I was a member of ALA’s Student-to-Staff (S2S) Program, with assignment to the ALSC Division. If you’ve never heard of the S2S program, you can read about it here. There are 56 active ALA Student Chapter Groups at accredited graduate schools. Each is entitled to submit one name for consideration for the program. Schools have varying criteria. My school chose the student – me 🙂 based on an essay contest. Others have different criteria, but the end result is that 40 promising students receive a free trip to ALA Annual in exchange for working with ALA staff during the week. I was able to choose with whom I wanted to work. An aspiring children’s librarian, naturally, I chose ALSC.
It was my first connection with the national community of librarians. It was during my week as an ALA S2S er, that I first met ALSC’s own Aimee Strittmatter, Laura Schulte-Cooper, and Marsha Burgess, and I began my continuing association with the division. I wrote a piece about my experience for ALSConnect, now called ALSC Matters. (I am no less bright-eyed and bushy-tailed now.)
If you know someone in grad school right now, do them a favor and let them know about the S2S program. If you participated in the S2S program, give a shout out! Did you work for ALSC at the conference? When or where did you attend? How wonderful was it?
(The Student-to-Staff Program was established in 1973. There should be a lot of us out there!)