Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing break; they never seem long enough, huh? I just wanted to give you all an overview about what has happened and what we have planned for this quarter. First of all, ALA has attracted some of the brightest minds of our program to form an excellent board of officers. ALA's new officers, whom I affectionately refer to as the "ALA Angels," are as follows:
Vice-Presidents: Caroline Yee and Francesca Marineo
Secretaries: Linda Kobashigawa and Christine Chai
Publicist: Leann Voss and Ashley Sands
Treasurers: Alyson Thomas, J Lee, and Stella Castillo
Webmaster/Blogmaster: Camille Mathieu and Alice Schock
I am really excited about this group of officers. After our first officer meeting of the quarter, which was held on Monday, it is clear that these ladies have excellent ideas about how to bring ALA back to its former glory. Here are some things that I would like to bring to your attention.
- At the second UCLA Librarian Panel (about which I neglected to blog), Jennifer Osorio's description about the lengthy interview process for academic librarians piqued the interest of our members. This coming Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (the 15th, 16th, and 17th), ALA members will have the opportunity to observe the Presentation and General Session of the interview process for the Research Informationist position at the Biomedical library.
- Professor Christopher Kelty will be giving a talk to students about the UC Open Access policy and what this means for future university librarians on January 27th.
- UCLA MLIS alumna Sylva Manoogian has agreed to give our members a behind-the-scenes look at LAPL's Central Branch library on February 21st.
- Lastly, I am in the process of getting our student chapter a new webpage. Our current page has served us well but our officers agree that it is time for a new site.
As you can all see, we have a lot planned for the winter quarter. We are even starting to talk about events for the spring. If you guys have any interest in the field of librarianship or ideas about how we can better serve/educate our MLIS students, we would love to hear from you!
Wishing you all the best for the winter quarter,