Public Librarianship Panel…and a new Pratt SILS group

Hi! My name is Anna Murphy, I’m in my second semester here at Pratt SILS. You may have seen my emails earlier in the semester about starting a new student group** encompassing schools, literacy, and youth services. I plan to roll this group out in the fall, and I will need your help and ideas! Until then, I have been working with the leadership in SILSSA to get a great event underway…

Tuesday, April 14th drop by Room 611 anytime from 5:30-6:30pm to get some Perspectives in Public Librarianship

Along with SILS student, Corina Bardoff, and SILSSA, we have asked a diverse group of Public Librarians to come and talk a bit about the paths they’ve taken, decisions they made during and post Library School, and what they’ve encountered in terms of challenges and inspirational experiences that have led them to become the librarians they are today.

Whether your passion lies in archives, local history preservation, community, reference, business, youth services, management or metadata this panel of lightning presentations will reveal how public librarianship can encompass every interest.

Now, let me tell you a bit about each of the panelists:

Natalie Milbrodt is the Associate Coordinator of Metadata Services for Queens Library. She is also the developer of the Queens Memory Project, which collects images and memories of Queens residents to make a beautiful archive of the most diverse neighborhood in America.

Lauren Comito is the Jobs and Business Academy Librarian at the Queens Library central branch. She will be talking about the group Urban Librarians Unite, an activist group promoting modern, community-centered libraries.

Betty Lacy is currently the Assistant Head: Collection Services and Coordinator, Small Business Services at the Science, Industry and Business Library. She has also worked in two research libraries as well as the Schwartzman Building for the NYPL.

Nicola McDonald is the Library Manager of the Jerome Park branch in the Bronx. She has previously worked as a Youth Services Librarian in the Brooklyn Public Library and now serves as a Board of Directors Fellow for YALSA.

Along with great conversation, we’ll have coffee and cookies to keep you stimulated for an hour post, pre or in-between classes!

**If you are interested in youth services and or public librarianship, please do reach out to me, say hello, and share your ideas for a great new group next fall via Twitter: @librannary

Round-Up: March 20 – 27


And especially so, because tonight, Friday March 27th is our Gender, Race and Sexuality in LIS panel! Starting promptly at 5pm, in Room 609, we will have some fantastic speakers to discuss intersectional issues in the LIS field. And also snacks!


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*Please note that this panel will be recorded (audio only). If you have any concerns, please feel free to email us, or speak to a SILSSA officer in person.

Everyone is welcome. If you’re not a current Pratt student, it’s especially important that you RSVP, so that there’s no problems letting you into the building (144 W14th St).

And, following the panel, we will be hosting a Student Happy Hour! (Location TBD, keep an eye on Twitter for more info) You do not need to have attended the panel to join us for a drink!

That’s just what’s happening tonight, but we’ve got a lot of other cool stuff coming up, too!

  • Zine-Making Workshop: Saturday, April 11, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Led by Emma Eriksson, this crafty afternoon will be divided into a “History of Zines” portion, and a “Let’s Make Some Zines” portion. You are welcome to come to either or all parts!
  • Perspectives in Public Librarianship: Tuesday, April 14, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Librarians from several public library systems will speak on a panel about their unique and rewarding positions within the public library. This panel does span between classes; we understand and it’s cool if you need to leave early or drop in late.
  • Librarians @ Pratt, Part 2: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Saturday, April 18, from 1:00pm – 6:00pm (drop in), Room 609. Come learn how to edit Wikipedia, and put your skills to use expanding and creating pages about the rich history of Pratt Libraries and Librarianship. All are welcome! You do not need to have attended Part 1, or edited Wikipedia before!

Phew, with all that out of the way, there’s a few more things we should mention:

  • SILSSA Officer Elections! We will have positions open for 3 new officers for the 2015-16 school year. Nominations will be opened on April 6th, and we will send out an email with the requirements and details then. Voting will be the first week of May. If you’re considering running, take a look at the Officer Roles, and feel free to talk to any of the current officers about their position.
  • Our March General Meeting was on Wednesday, and the minutes are available to view now, in case you couldn’t make it! Thank you to everyone who attended, and our next meeting will be Monday, April 20th, at 6pm.
  • InfoShow is coming! This is the event formerly known as Showcase, and a great opportunity for you to share your best work with the Pratt SILS community, as well as the larger NYC LIS crowd. More information about nominations and other ways to contribute will be coming soon, but it’s never too early to start thinking about it!

That’s all we’ve got for you this week! If you’ve got any questions or comments, feel free to email or tweet at us, and we hope to see you at one of these events soon!