Tuesday, November 17, 2009

LISSA Christmas Party

Join us on Saturday, December 5th at 6 pm for the LISSA Christmas party at The Greenhouse Restaurant ( 600 N Locust St, Denton, TX). This is not a LISSA sponsored event, just a chance for library and information science students, faculty, and staff to get together socially. Dinner and margaritas not provided by LISSA. Guests are welcome. Please email untlissa@gmail.com by Friday, December 4th at 5 PM to RSVP and let us now if you plan to bring a guest.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dinner and Margaritas at Mazatlan

Join us on Thursday, November 5th at 6 pm for dinner and margaritas at Mazatlan (1928 N Ruddell St, Denton, TX). This is not a LISSA sponsored event, just a chance for library and information science students to get together socially. Dinner and margaritas not provided by LISSA. Guests are welcome. Please email untlissa@gmail.com by Thursday, November 5th at 5 PM to RSVP and let us now if you plan to bring a guest.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Margaritas and Desserts

Join us this Friday, October 9th from 7 to 9 PM at El Guapo's in Denton for Desserts and Margaritas. This is not a LISSA sponsored event, just a chance for library and information science students to get together socially. Desserts and margaritas not provided by LISSA. Guests are welcome. Please email untlissa@gmail.com by Friday at 5 PM to RSVP and let us now if you plan to bring a guest.

Map to El Guapo's

All School Day

Mark your calendars. This semester's All School Day will be held Saturday, October 24th at Discovery Park, Rm B-185, 9am - 2:30pm. The topic is library advocacy. Speakers will cover areas such as library outreach, marketing and influencing policy - all helpful topics in these days of budget cuts, layoffs, and reduced hours. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and prizes will be given away throughout the day. Please RSVP by October 22nd by email to untlissa@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Congratulations to our new officers!

The nominees for both available positions are unopposed. So, congratulations to our new Secretary/Treasurer Sharon Lee and our new Member-at-Large Rachel Hall!

Friday, September 25, 2009

LISSA Officer and Election News

Two LISSA officers have resigned, leaving the Vice President and one Member-at-Large position open. Current Secretary/Treasurer Carrie Gassett will fill the Vice President role. A new election will be held to fill the Secretary/Treasurer and Member-at-Large positions. Anyone interested in running should email their name, name of the position desired and a short bio to untlissa@gmail.com. The deadline for nomination is Friday, October 2nd at 5pm.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Back to School Bash

Meet LIS students and faculty and enjoy free ice cream at the LISSA Back to School Bash, Thursday, Sept 17 - 5-7pm @ Discovery Park, main 1st floor hallway by entrance to B1 classrooms.

LISSA Library Tour

If you want to know about a career in rare books or special collections, join LISSA for a tour of the Rare Book and Texana Collections at Willis on Friday, September 25th at 2 PM. You will get the chance to tour the area, see what kind of items are in the collection, and talk with the curator of the Rare Books and Texana Collections about what a career in special collections is like and how to get started. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to untlissa@gmail.com by Thursday, September 24th at noon.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mark your calendars - Tour of the Rare Book and Texna Collections at Willis coming up

If you are interested in a career in special collections, be sure to make it to the library tour of the Rare Book and Texana Collections on September 25th at 2 PM. Tour the library and hear more about careers in special collections.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The 2009 Children and Youth Conference for North Texas Libraries will be held tomorrow, Thursday, August 13 at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area in southwest Fort Worth. Cost is $20 at the door, or you can register online here.

Carrie Gassett

Sunday, July 26, 2009

LISSA Election Winner

Congratulations to the new LISSA Secretary/Treasurer, Carrie Gassett.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

SCC/MLA Student Award Opportunity

Travel award opportunity for library students to attend and participate in outreach activities at the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Tulsa, OK, October 17 – 21, 2009. Great networking opportunity for students interested in health librarianship. Visit link for application.

Deadline for Applications: August 3, 2009, 5:00 pm.

Jani Okai

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Election Update

The election is currently tied, so voting has been extended. If you haven't already voted, email your choice for Secretary/Treasurer to untlissa@gmail.com by Friday, July 24th at 11:59 PM.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Secretary/Treasurer Elections

Elections for LISSA Secretary/Treasurer for the 2009/2010 school year start today. Please send an email with your vote to untlissa@gmail.com by Wednesday, July 22nd at 11:59 PM. Here are the candidates:

Carrie Gassett: My name is Carrie Gassett and I would like to be considered for 2009-2010 LISSA Secretary/Treasurer. I am a first-year graduate student earning my Master’s with a concentration in youth librarianship. Before leaving Houston for Denton in June of 2009, I worked as a leader in theatre arts administration for three years, and earned my undergraduate degree in English from the University of Houston in 2007. In the Houston theatre community, I had the opportunity to work on arts development projects for children, serve as a social and event coordinator, and volunteer for community events such as fundraising galas and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. I currently work under Dr. Ana Cleveland as a teaching assistant and member of the Houston Program team. I am eager to get involved with LISSA and hope to make a difference in the organization!

Melody McCotter: I am interested in running for the LISSA treasurer/secretary position. I am a doctoral student in the LIS department, and received my master's in information science from UNT in August, 2008. I work as a research assistant in the LIS department and TxCDK, so I'm familiar with the faculty and staff, and I'm on campus quite a bit. I have good organization and mathematics skills, so I think I'd be a good fit for this position.

Megan Rush
LISSA President

Monday, July 6, 2009

Special Election

Since the Secretary/Treasurer position was not filled during the spring elections, a special election is being held over the summer for the position. Anyone interested in running should submit a paragraph about themselves to untlissa@gmail.com by Monday, July 13th at 11:59 PM.

Megan Rush
LISSA President

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hey Everyone,
I just wanted to let you all know about the ALA-TLA Joint Student Membership. I hope everyone had a great and successful semester!
Pau Andersen

http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/cro/studentchapters/jointmembership/Texas_ALA Joint Student Form.pdf

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New President Elected

The newly elected UNT LISSA President for 2009-2010 is Megan Rush. Congratulations to Megan and a big thank you to all who participated in the election.

Paul Andersen

Friday, May 8, 2009

LISSA Election Update

LISSA Voting-New Officers

Voting for the new LISSA officers for 2009-2010 begins today and will close at noon on May12th. Please submit your vote to untlissa@gmail.com to determine who will be next year’s president, Megan Rush or Will Senn. I would like to congratulate our unopposed candidates Jani Okai (Vice-President), Sarah Eulert (Member at Large), and Andrea Mott (Member at Large) on becoming officers for the 2009-2010 UNT LISSA student group! LISSA is very fortunate to have such an impressive group of candidates run for office. The naming of the new Treasurer/Secretary position will be determined at a later date.

Paul Andersen

Presidential Candidates: Megan Rush and Will Senn

My name is Megan Rush and I decided to run for President.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I started the Library and Information Science program in August 2008 and was immediately interested in the information systems program of study. I currently work as a library assistant at the UNT Dallas Campus where I get to experience all aspects of library operation.

Name: Will Senn
Position running for: President
Will is currently serving as an executive committee member of the UNT Staff Council, board member of the Higher Education Data Warehouse Forum (HEDW), and as a Justice on the UNT SGA Supreme Court. He has previously served as the SGA Senator for the College of Information, Library Science, and Technology and as Financial Officer on Graduate Student Council. Will is also the Director of Decision Support at the University of North Texas. He is working on finishing his Masters in Information Science, and hopes this fall, to begin working on a PhD, also in Information Science.

New Vice-President Jani Okai
I would like to be considered as a candidate for the 2009-2010 LISSA Vice-President. I'm a first year masters level student in SLIS and seeking a student leadership opportunity. My professional areas of interests are in health informatics and information systems. I'm originally from Austin, Texas and have lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly two years. I earned my undergraduate degree in Public Health from Stephen F. Austin State University. After reviewing the responsibilities and qualifications for the LISSA Vice-President position, I feel my education and over four years' experience in various administrative roles makes me a strong candidate for Vice-President.

In these positions I have coordinated the logistics of departmental events, provided customer service and marketing support for various programs, performed research and analysis support functions, maintained departmental calendars and records, and assisted with database maintenance. During my service in the U.S. Navy, I developed the necessary leadership skills and work ethic required for this position. These experiences have also afforded me the opportunity to develop strong oral and written communication skills, effective time management practices, and a teamwork oriented management style.

New Member at Large Sarah Eulert

My name is Sarah Eulert and I am running for one of the two Member-at-large positions for UNT’s 2009-10 LISSA officer positions. I am in my second semester in the Master’s degree General Program of Study. I have worked as a Graduate Library Assistant (GLA) since January 2009 in both Sci/Tech and Willis Libraries. I am also a student member of both ALA and TLA. I received my bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, from UNT in August 2007. I would like the chance to become involved in this wonderful student organization!

New Member at Large Andrea Mott

My name is Andrea Mott and I am just finishing up my second semester in the LIS program. I completed my first semester online while living in Denver and working full time at RE/MAX International in the corporate headquarters. I worked as a receptionist and assisted the records department whenever possible. I am from Montana and attended school at the University of Montana, Missoula. I studied anthropology and Native American Studies and graduated in May 2007. I have enjoyed moving around the country and have loved every new place I get to experience. While I am still open to what my "first job" will be and where exactly my library science degree will take me, I am loving school and am very happy to be here. I hope to move to Seattle, WA when I am done next spring in the general program to be closer to family and friends.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Register for North Texas 23 Things Learning 2.0 Experience

Just wanted to pass this great opportunity along!
Paul Andersen

North Texas 23 Things is an online Learning 2.0 experience for library staff in North Texas. North Texas 23 is a great opportunity to play with all kinds of new Web 2.0 tools. North Texas 23 begins May 7, 2009, and ends in August.

Response has already been tremendous for the North Texas 23 Things experience! North Texas 23 is an online, hands-on learning experience focusing on Web 2.0 technology. Please go to our blog at http://northtexas23.blogspot.com for more information.

Registration begins:
Registration is now officially open for North Texas 23! To register, visit the blog at http://northtexas23.blogspot.com. Complete "Thing 1" by starting your blog, and then send an email with the following information to northtexas23@yahoogroups.com:
1) Your name
2) Your library or institution affiliation
3) Your blog's URL.
You will not get a confirmation email, but the URL of your blog will appear on the blog. If it does not appear after one week, please resend. You must be registered by June 1 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Expanded eligibility:
North Texas 23 Things is open to several groups, not just library staff. If you meet any of these qualifications, you are eligible:

* All library staff and library staff retirees, from all libraries of all types (academic, public, school, special) in the 20-county area served by NTLP, also known as Texas Library Association District 7
* Members of advisory boards, governing boards, foundation boards, and Friends boards, from libraries in the same area (District 7)
* Current library school students and faculty from Texas Woman's University and the University of North Texas
* All persons in attendance at the TechNet Conference in May, or the Children's and Youth Librarians Conference (CYC Conference) in August. CYC attendees outside of District 7 must be registered for CYC and fully paid by June 1 to be eligible for North Texas 23.

All persons who complete the 23 Things by September 1 will get a certificate of accomplishment. All who complete by August 15 will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes!
* iPod Shuffle, provided by North Texas Library Partners;
* Motorola Hands-free headset (for a mobile phone), provided by North Texas Library Partners;
* 3 software games, provided by http://www.nothingbutsoftware.com/.

Leadership Team:
We have a great group of persons leading this project. You can see their names on the 23 Things blog. We are also looking for a few more people to join the leadership team. If you are interested, please let me know.

North Texas 23 is presented by North Texas Library Partners, home of the North Texas Regional Library System.

Please direct all questions to northtexas23@yahoogroups.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


Jeff Bond
Science Reference Librarian
Texas Christian University

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Officers Nominations

LISSA is needing interested SLIS students to run for the 2009-10 LISSA officer postions. The positions are: President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and 2 Member-at-Large positions (for a total of 5 positions). Please e-mail the following information to untlissa@gmail.com by noon on May 7th.. name, position running for, and a short bio about yourself.

Below is a description of the positions and its responsiblities.

A. President.
The President of the Association shall preside over the meetings of the Association, both general assemblies and the meetings of the Executive Committee. The President shall be responsible for all communications to officers, the general membership, the Dean, the faculty, and the staff regarding Association meetings, assemblies, activities, and other pertinent information regarding the Association. The President shall act as the official liaison between the Association and the Dean, faculty, and staff of the School of Library and Information Sciences, the University of North Texas (UNT) Student Association, and the UNT campus and administration. The President shall appoint chairs for Association committees. The President shall also attend Faculty/Student Council or will designate a representative to serve in his/her place.

B. Vice-President.
The Vice-President shall assist the President in the performance of that position and shall serve in that position in the event that the President is absent. The Vice-President shall have primary responsibility for programming Association functions. The Vice-President shall also be responsible for the upkeep of the Association bulletin board.

C. Secretary/Treasurer.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the recording of minutes at all meetings of the Association. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the distribution of the minutes to all members of the Association. Financial responsibilities include the conducting of any financial transaction and accounting which is conducted by the Association and the reporting of such activity.

D. Member-at-Large.
Members-at-Large shall be responsible for chairing committees as appointed by the President. The Members-at-Large shall also be responsible for assisting the Vice-President with the programming for Association functions. In addition, one Member-at-Large will be responsible for the distribution of information regarding the American Library Association (ALA) (convention information, scholarships, etc.) and one Member-at-Large will be responsible for the distribution of information regarding the Texas Library Association (TLA)(convention information, scholarships, etc.)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chat Tonight

Tonight there will be a chat with Shawne Miksa at 8 p.m., and she will discuss the changes in RDA (Resource Description and Access), which is the new form of AACR2. http://www.rdaonline.org/

Sunday, March 22, 2009

TLA President's Party needs volunteers‏

I have a volunteer opportunity for TLA – The hosts of the President’s Party needs volunteers to help people with the games. Even if students are not registered for the conference they can volunteer and go to the President's Party.

The President's Party is on Wednesday, April 1st from 8 p.m. to 10:30 pm. at the Hilton Americas Grand Ballroom.

The last e-mail was sent with incorrect contact information. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle Morris, UNT LISSA (DFW) President, at mym040@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Next LISSA meeting

Our next online meeting will take place Thursday, February 19th at 8pm in the SLIS Village. Looking forward to chatting!

LISSA Guest Lecture this Wednesday!

Hope to "see" everyone there!


Lisa Huang is the Health Sciences Librarian for Collin College's Central Park Campus (McKinney, TX). She is also an adjunct instructor for an elderhostel, Seniors Active in Learning (SAIL) in Plano. Huang has worked for various libraries over the years--a children's library, academic, and community college/public library.
At her current position, Huang provides information solutions to Collin College students, faculty, staff and Collin County community users. Huang is also the consumer health coordinator for the Consumer Health Information Center, a consumer health library. Huang is active in professional organizations from the local to national level.


Chat with her in the SLIS Village about topics such as medical librarianship, providing consumer health information to students and the public, grant writing experience, being a young librarian under 30, professional development, differences between working in a community college vs. academic library or academic library vs. public, etc.


SLIS Village Chat Room


Wednesday, February 11th at 8 pm