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Spring 2014 Semester Events

Welcome back to NCCU SLIS for the Spring 2014 semester! We’d like to extend a special welcome to the new MLS and MIS students who have started this semester!

Come join us for our great line-up of activities this semester!


2/5/14: ALA Student Chapter Meeting, all students welcome! 5pm in Room 337

2/20/14: Program on How to Give Better Presentations by Dr. Ismail Abdullahi, 5pm in Room 337



3/5/14: Resume Workshop with Terry Hill, Tiffany Allen, and Rich Murry, 5pm in Room 337

3/21/14: ALA Student Chapter Dinner, 6pm at a local restaurant TBD



4/12/14: Tour of Hunt Library, NC State University, Raleigh, 10:30am


Interview with Elizabeth Gatling, MLS ’11

Elizabeth at Miller-Motte

Elizabeth at Miller-Motte

1) Tell us your current position and job duties.

I am currently the acting Head Librarian at the Raleigh, NC campus of Miller-Motte College. As the librarian, I assist students with their research, editing, and citation issues, and conduct library orientation and “pathfinder’ classes for the faculty when their classes have projects. I also manage several work-study students, proctor entrance exams for college applicants, order, receive and catalogue materials for the library (and other programs). I also pinch hit for our IT department when our printer goes down or a student has computer issues.

Miller-Motte is a small, specialized library. Our collection is limited to books in the programs taught here but we have thousands of electronic books available. The students are generally focused hard on their goal: graduating and getting a better job. The more serious students don’t want a lot of fluff, but they need a lot of hands on care sometimes. Once they know you take them seriously and truly want to help them, they trust  you and seek you out. It’s great!

2) How did studying at NCCU SLIS help you prepare for your current work?

Everything I learned about the steps of internet research and citation was very helpful because the population of students I work with are often very unfamiliar with either. I’ve created research pathfinders and been able to explain the WHY of citation based directly notes from my classes.

3) What was your favorite thing about your time at NCCU SLIS?

Discovering that there was a profession almost tailor-made for me and the way I think about life—classifying and organizing—was a HUGE bright spot for me. All my classes simply emphasized the fact that librarianship encompassed all of that and more. It’s not just some old lady in sensible shoes and glasses shushing people, but a whole world of making information available for the use of people in the creation of a better world.

 4) What are your career goals?

As I learn more about the library as a part of the for-profit education arena, I see that there are not very many people who see the potential here. I am fascinated by the possibilities this sort of school can offer. I want to contribute more to the very limited conversation about for-profit schools and libraries.

 5) What advice would you give to students going through library school right now?

Associate. Associate. Associate. Be part of the ALA and NCLA. Find your niche and make your mark.

 6) What advice would you give library students about job hunting?

Never give up and don’t be afraid to move if you can. There are opportunities out there, lots of them. Some of them don’t look like “traditional” librarian jobs but you will find one that fits you perfectly.

Elizabeth and Chelsea

Elizabeth and Chelsea

 7) What advice would you give to people considering applying to library school?

Realize that librarianship is a huge area and getting bigger as different areas of information creation are released. Technological advances are not negating the need for libraries or librarians, but they are changing the field in which we play. Add some data administration and networking and programming to your resume, get to know the various sorts of e-readers out there. Participate in the social arena because this is where the magic is made and if you can handle it plugged in, you can handle it unplugged.

 8) What are you reading right now?

I’m in the middle of Lent right now (Orthodox Lent began a few weeks after Western Lent) so I am reading the Spiritual Biography of Saint Seraphim of Sarov by Archimandrite Lazarus Moore, along with The Companions by Sheri S. Tepper. On my Kindle I have begun a re-read of The Way of Kings  by Brandon Sanderson, and I am listening to Hammered: the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne and my son and I are listening to Watership Down by Richard Adams.


Save the Date! NCCU SLIS Dinner at Mellow Mushroom on February 23

Come join us for dinner at the Mellow Mushroom at the American Tobacco Campus, across Imagethe street from the Durham Bulls Stadium. This will be a fun opportunity to catch up with fellow library students–or meet new ones! Check out the yummy menu, which includes vegetarian and gluten-free options:

Parking is plentiful around the ATC, including free parking in the deck.

Please RSVP on the Evite so that we can let Mellow Mushroom know how many of us to expect. . Know any classmates who aren’t on the guest list yet? Let us know! Significant others are welcome, but be sure to add them to your RSVP.

Everyone will be responsible for their own check.

Questions? Contact any of your ALA Student Chapter Officers!

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We want YOU to get involved

Classes are in full swing and your ALA Student Chapter Officers can’t wait to organize some fun, informative events for the 2012-2013 school year. But, first, we need your help! We want everyone (online and on-campus) to feel connected, so please fill out the below form and let us know what activities and events interest you.

We look forward to your responses and hope to see you at our next meeting (Wednesday, September 26th @ 5:15pm in Room 337 and on Blackboard Collaborate)!


New NCCU ALA Student Chapter Officers

Thanks to all who attended last night’s ALA Student Chapter meeting, both on campus and through Blackboard Collaborate! This year’s ALA Student Chapter officers are:


President: Tamara Rhodes

Vice-President: Lesley Looper

Secretary: Desiree Peterson

Public Relations: Jessica McQuade


The officers are looking forward to working with the whole chapter and Dr. Abdullahi, our faculty advisor, to have an outstanding year!


First ALA Student Chapter Meeting of the 2012-2013 Year!

Please join us for the first ALA Student Chapter meeting of the year THIS Wednesday, September 12, at 5:15PM in Room 337! It’s a great way to meet other MLS and MIS students!

Come with your ideas about what you’d like our chapter to do in the year ahead. Questions about what ALA, as a national organization, has to offer grad students and jobhunters? This meeting will be a great place to ask!

Everyone is welcome!


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