SILSSA Updates 9/17/15

Hi there!  My name is Alana and I’m your SILSSA VP.  I’m interested in museum libraries and organizing engaging events for you guys this year!   You can get to know your new SILSSA officers better on our “About” page.

If you want to get to know us even better, come out to our SILSSA Happy Hour on Friday, September 25th, location TBA!

Don’t forget to take our survey regarding scholarships for the ALA Midwinter and Annual conferences this year.  Last meeting, we discussed a plan to offer a few registration-fee scholarships to ALA Midwinter.  The Midwinter conference is being held in Boston, so we thought it might be helpful in making a relatively close conference better accessible to Pratt students, but we want to hear from you!

The plan proposed is:

  • Offer 8-10 merit-based scholarships to ALA Midwinter 2016 to cover the cost of event registration (approximately $125).
  • Help to coordinate travel and housing for SILS students attending ALA Midwinter to help further offset costs.
  • Reduce the number of scholarships to ALA Annual 2016 from 5 to 2 or 3.

We will discuss the results and hold a final vote at our next general meeting, to be held on Tuesday, October 6th.

We’re always interested in your input!  Feel free to contact us at with suggestions for events, speakers, and other activities you’d like to see us organize.

Hope everyone is settling in to the Fall semester well.  Can’t wait to see you guys at our upcoming meetings and events!

P.S.  Check out the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20.  Some events of interest include the Reception for Librarians, The Internet: The Great Equalizer?, and Translating Books for Youth.  The Brooklyn Book Festival’s website has a complete list of events here.

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