Joan Ganz Cooney Center: Youth Services Librarian Survey

Joan Ganz Cooney Center: Youth Services Librarian Survey

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop has just launched a survey for youth librarians. This is part of their Families Learning Across Boundaries project.  They are conducting a series of surveys with parents, teachers, and librarians to paint a more comprehensive picture of how children are linking their learning experiences across home, school, and beyond, and the roles that adults play in helping children cultivate and bridge their interests. Because librarians play an essential role in fostering children’s interest-driven learning, they are hoping to gain even stronger insights into the ways librarians encourage children’s interest-driven learning and foster family engagement within their communities. Continue reading

Annual Meeting: Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Music Library Association, May 3

Annual Meeting: Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Music Library Association

 May 3-4, 2019
Seattle, WA

On the first weekend of May, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Music Library Association is having their 50th Annual Meeting on the UW campus. Current MLIS students Rebecca Shaw and Sara Reubelt will be presenting their in-progress Capstone project with the Seattle Opera Archives, titled Seattle Opera Through the Decades on the afternoon of the first day.


Full registration and payment will be on site, Friday May 3, 12:30 – 1:00 PM. Please print out and complete this form prior to bringing it to registration.

If you intend to attend dinner, please complete the following separate form by April 25.

For more information, including a schedule of the days’ events and registering for dinner, please visit the meeting website.

Workshop: UW Libraries Storytelling Fellows, Apr 26

Workshop: UW Libraries Storytelling Fellows

Deadline: Application due by April 26, 2019

Are you a graduate student engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics? Curious about what you can do with a podcast?

If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply for Storytelling Fellows! This is an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students, using digital-storytelling skills and technologies. This totally free, three-week online program will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a podcast suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project. Alyssa Deutschler, the subject specialist librarian for the Information School, will be one of the instructors. 

Folks who have participated in past Storytelling Fellows programs have created digital stories for the following reasons:

  • To make digital streaming content for websites
  • To communicate their work either to professional or public audiences
  • To learn a creative, emergent form they’ll use in their teaching
  • To learn a skill they can highlight on the job market and employ in their careers
  • To tell stories that have never been told and never will be unless they do it
  • To have pure fun

Storytelling Fellows Course Details:

  • The course will run from May 1, 2019 – May 26, 2019.
  • There will be three live Sunday sessions hosted via web conference from 7:00pm-8:30pm on May 5th, May 12th, and May 19th. These sessions are mandatory.
  • Finishing a 2-5 minute podcast is mandatory.

Take a look at the syllabus for more information.

No previous experience with media-making is necessary.

Really, the only requirement is a desire to be creative, to finish a project of your own design,  and to interact with other graduate students across disciplines.

To apply, please fill out this application by April 26th, 2019.

Workshop: Odegaard Writing and Research Center Dissertation Retreat, Apr 24

Odegaard Writing and Research Center Dissertation Retreat

Deadline: Applications are due Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by 5:00 PM, PDT

Writer’s block on your dissertation? Struggling with planning or structuring your project? Trouble making time to write? The OWRC’s Dissertation Writing Retreat might be just what you need!

The retreat will bring together a group of graduate students during the interim between Spring and Summer Quarters to work on their dissertations with a supportive group of tutors. Continue reading

Career Newsletter, 4/15/19


Before we dive into tips for international students searching for jobs and internships, we wanted to (re)share an encouraging video that members of the iSchool community recently put together. A special thanks to Kidus Yohanes, Harshitha Akkaraju, Katie Goulding, August Carow, Joseph Tsai, and Torey Tokita who took the initiative to ideate, film, and edit!

We also want to remind you of the iSchool recruitment policy for students, specifically with regards to accepting offers and reneging. Once you’ve accepted a job or internship offer, it’s important to terminate all other job search activity. Reneging on an offer can be seen as an ethical violation of your commitment to the employer — potentially affecting your reputation and the greater iSchool community’s. Ultimately, if you’re not ready to make a commitment, do not accept a job offer.


Job searching is difficult no matter your connections or credentials. International students, though, face a unique set of obstacles that can further complicate things: confusion over work authorization, employers hesitant to do extra paperwork, concerns about non-native English-speaking abilities, and so on. These aren’t always fair, but it’s important that international job seekers anticipate the challenges and prepare accordingly.

Challenge: The (assumed) complexity and resulting confusion of hiring international students

Many employers lack experience with hiring international applicants and, as a result, make incorrect assumptions — that the process is too time consuming, costly, etc. To counteract this, we recommend becoming informal experts on work visas. Attend F-1, Optional Practice Training (OPT), and Curricular Practice Training (CPT) workshops put on by UW International Student Services. You may also want to research the H-1B visa program. Practice explaining these topics in just a few sentences. Continue reading

Conference: The International Society for the Study of Information 2019 Summit, June 2

The International Society for the Study of Information 2019 Summit

June 2 – June 6, 2019

The International Society for the Study of Information (IS4SI) will be holding its 2019 Summit / Conference at U C Berkeley this coming summer — June 2-6 2019. You are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation or merely register to hear from the many notable speakers and participate in the various mini-conferences and workshops. Apply here. Continue reading