Round-Up: February 20-28

It’s finally March, and it’s come in like a Lion, as they say. So let’s take a moment to hunker down, away from the seemingly endless snow and talk about what happened at Pratt SILS the last week of February.


SILSSA is delighted to offer five scholarships of $500 per student to attend the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Dates for the 2015 conference are June 25-30 and SILS students interested in a career in Public, Academic or School libraries are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn about current issues in the profession, attend presentations and poster sessions, get actively involved with an ALA Chapter, meet your peers and your future co-workers, and meet a favorite author (or two)!  Only current students may apply for the scholarship.

To apply, fill out an application at:

The deadline to submit is March 15!!

Recipients will be notified by March 20th.


The last week of February saw some awesome SILSSA events!

  • The Pratt SILS Afternoon of Service with NYPL Correctional Services on February 26th was a huge success! Over the course of the afternoon, Pratt SILS students helped achieve everything on the to-do list for the day! Many thanks to everyone who participated, and to NYPL Correctional Services for hosting an excellent event.
  • Friday, February 27th saw the SILSSA-sponsored trip to Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Thirteen SILS students attended, and were given a tour of the building, as well as the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Beinecke’s fantastic and extensive collection. Many, many thanks to Alison Clemens for an excellent and educational afternoon!
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Pratt SILS students outside the Beinecke building
oldest known Macbeth
The oldest known manuscript of Macbeth
Alison Clemens
Archivist Alison Clemens discusses the history of Yale’s rare book collections
  • SILSSA held its monthly general meeting on Monday, February 23rd. The proposed amendments to the SILSSA constitution were voted on, and passed unanimously. The meeting minutes are available to view and comment on.


  • The next SILSSA general meeting will be Wednesday, March 25th, at 6:00pm, in room 609. We will be discussing our upcoming events, SILSSA officer elections, and the end-of-year Student Showcase. Hope to see you there!
  • In conjunction with the Pratt Diversity Committee, SILSSA is proud to be hosting a panel on Gender and LIS, at 5pm on March 27th. There will be discussion and Q&A, as well as a Student Happy Hour to follow. Keep an eye out for more information about this event!
  • Just a reminder: Spring Break, woo! Spring Break is March 16-20, and we’ll see you in Cancun! (SILSSA is not going to Cancun).
  • There’s even more cool stuff planned for April, including a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, a Zine-making Workshop, and a Public Librarianship Panel.  We’ll let you know more about these events as they get closer.

It’s been a busy month, and we hope that March will be just as much fun! As always, feel free to email us at with any comments, questions or suggestions, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

A Secretarial Note

Hey SILS, I’m Sarah Hackney, and I’m the Secretary of SILSSA! This post is just to tell you a little about me, what I’m all about, and what I’m doing as your Secretary.

Let’s see… I’m Sarah. I have purple hair, so if you see someone on the 6th floor with purple hair and probably also an oversize purple sweater, say hi! And if it turns out to not be me, well, you made a friend. And also tell me about it too, I’m curious to know about any doppelgangers I may have out there.

Guys, I am trying to make #cardcatalogselfie happen.

As for what brought me to the LIS field, it was honestly kind of a whim. I’ve worked as a barista, park ranger, recipe writer, summer camp program director, gelato shop manager, bread-wrangler, housekeeper and unemployed person. I knew I wanted to go back to school, and I wanted to do something that would let me embrace my wide range of interests. My undergrad degree is in Linguistics, and although I am still totally captivated by that field, I wanted to do something that dealt with actual people and their communications and behaviors in a real, practical way, rather than just a theoretical, systemic way. I thought library school might be the answer. And since I’ve been here, I could not be happier. This is it, for me. And I hope you feel that way too!

I’m mega-pumped to be your Secretary this semester, and I hope you’re getting excited about the things that SILSSA is doing. If you couldn’t make it to our first meeting, the minutes are available for you to view online. And if you didn’t come because you thought it would be too long, lemme tell you: 15 minutes flat. And we’re aiming for 10. Ain’t nobody got time for long tedious meetings. Especially not between classes.

As Secretary, my main job is communications. You’ll be getting emails from me about upcoming events, and other things going on around SILS. We’re actually proposing some changes to the official job descriptions for SILSSA officers, and you can review them before we vote on them at our next meeting, if you want to see what my job officially is (if the amendment passes).

Also, I built you this website! It’s a work in progress, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Even if what you have to say is “It’s ugly and way too yellow.”  I know; it’s pretty yellow. I like it, but I want to know what you think.

That’s about all from me. You should follow @SILSSA on Twitter, and @PrattSILSSA on Instagram, and hey! you can follow me, too: @fiiidget on Twitter, and @shack_sauce on Instagram. You can email me at, and SILSSA at

Thanks for making me your Secretary, and I hope you’re as excited about what’s going on at Pratt SILS as I am!

Round-Up: Jan 29 – Feb 6

Well, the semester is underway! It’s been snowy, exciting, educational, and especially snowy. Many thanks to everyone who’s checked out our new site, attended our events, and faved our tweets. Here’s an update on what’s been going on with us:

    • SILSSA held its first general meeting of the semester on Thursday, January 29. Eleven students attended, and we discussed a bunch of awesome events we’re planning for this spring. You can read the minutes from the meeting here.
    • We are also proposing some changes to the official descriptions of the duties of SILSSA officers. This is to help clarify officer roles, and to make the description better reflect what we actually do. There will be a vote on the proposed changes at our next general meeting (February 24), so be sure to review the changes before then.
    • We’re applying for the ALA Student Chapter of the Year! We’re proud of what’s happening at Pratt SILS, and we’d like to think that SILSSA is a part of that! We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as this process continues.
    • In that vein, we want to highlight all of the amazing work Pratt SILS students do! We also want to be sure that student accomplishments go recognized within our own community. We’ve created a survey that we would like students to fill out if they were a recipient of an award from a professional library, archive, or museum organization, or if they presented at a professional conference. Thanks in advance!
    • We’ve created a Group Events Calendar, so all the student groups at SILS can better coordinate their events, and so students and faculty can see what upcoming events they might be interested in. Check it out!
  • …And Finally:  Happy Hour!  Tonight, February 7, starting at 6pm is the first Student Happy Hour of the semester, co-hosted by SILSSA at SAA@Pratt! We’ll be hanging out at Library Bar on Ave A, and we would love to see you there!

We’ve got a lot more great stuff coming up, so check back here, on our twitter feed, and on the google group emails to learn more!