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 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 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 for more information.

Registration begins:
Registration is now officially open for North Texas 23! To register, visit the blog at Complete "Thing 1" by starting your blog, and then send an email with the following information to
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

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 I look forward to hearing from you!


Jeff Bond
Science Reference Librarian
Texas Christian University