Welcome to PALA!

PALA is a student group for the Pratt School of Information community, and we act as the student branch of the ALA for Pratt– If you’re an enrolled student at the School of Information, you’re already a member of PALA!


Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve got coming up:

Stay tuned for information about upcoming tours, panels, and workshops this semester, and join us at our monthly general meeting. Be sure to check our twitter for updates!

  • Topics in Librarianship: ASIS&T and PALA present a Zine Workshop
    Friday, January 26 from 12-5pm in room 610 (PMC)
    Come learn about and make zines with us! RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/411XciEm0lxBScXs1
  • Career Exploration: Tour Book Ops
    Friday, February 2 at 4pm
    31-11 Thomson Avenue
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    BookOps provides combined technical services to Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) and is responsible for collection development, selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing, and delivery to 150 branches. It’s home to an automated book sorter that processes 8,000 items an hour! Don’t miss out on exploring this unique organization.
    RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/OAVwvD6EJAlAjNzd2 
  • Professional Development: Grant Proposal Development for Libraries with Grace Agnew
    Saturday, February 3 
    Learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​write​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​grant​ ​proposal from ​Grace​ ​Agnew,​ ​Associate​ ​University​ ​Librarian​ ​for​ ​Digital Library​ ​Systems​ ​at​ ​Rutgers​ ​University​ ​Libraries,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​written​ ​grants​ ​for​ ​public​ ​and​ ​academic libraries​ ​and​ ​served​ ​as​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​reviewer​ ​for​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Science​ ​Foundation​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Institute​ ​of Museum​ ​and​ ​Library​ ​Services.
    RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZVa8sFNQFLBG2fJh1

  • Career Exploration: Philadelphia Trip
    Saturday March 24th
    RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/rQenfKdKzxeWlu8G3
    Come visit the Barnes Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mutter Museum.
  • Topics in Librarianship: LIS​ ​and​ ​Critical​ ​Race​ ​Theory with April Hatchcock
    April 12th from 6-7pm
    PMC Room TBD
    April Hathcock, Scholarly​ ​Communications​ ​Librarian at​ ​New​ ​York​ ​University,​ ​will​ ​give​ ​a​ ​one-hour​ ​lecture​ ​examining​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​diversity​ ​and​ ​inclusion​ ​in​ ​libraries.
    RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/9dbOEJnWuPTts2Cg2
  • Career Exploration: Morgan Library Conservation Lab Tour
    Friday, April 20 at 
    225 Madison Avenue at East 36th Street
    The​ ​Morgan​ ​Library​ ​&​ ​Museum,​ ​home​ ​of​ ​Pierpont​ ​Morgan’s​ ​collection of​ ​rare​ ​books​ ​and​ ​manuscripts,​​ ​drawings​, ​and​ ​prints,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​leader​ ​in​ ​book and​ ​paper​ ​conservation.​ Join us for a tour of their conservation lab!
    RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/8h2YgTUiR2G5zDCi2
It’s also never too early to start thinking about including your work in #infoshow18, Pratt School of Information’s annual showcase and celebration of student work. This is a great opportunity to gain professional presentation experience and learn what your fellow students are up to.
Have an amazing job or internship this semester? Show off what you’re working on our Instragram! 
PALA is seeking photo submissions of SI students out and about working in the information professions. Whether you’re an aspiring UX researcher, audiovisual archivist or young adult librarian, this is a great way to share what you do. Send a photo with your Name, Job/Internship Title, @instagram handle, and a short blurb about your work to silssa.pratt@gmail.com.

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