Apply Now For The 2014 ALA Student To Staff Program!

Want to be part of a long-standing ALA tradition while representing the Dominican GSLIS community? Here’s your chance, and here’s how:

“Each Annual Conference ALA provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 40 students engaged in ALA Student Chapters to participate in the Student-to-Staff Program (S2S). Established in 1973, S2S offers qualifying students the opportunity to attend an ALA Annual Conference and work behind-the-scenes with ALA staff. S2Sers in the program may attend meetings, programs, and other conference events in their spare time.

In exchange for working four hours per day at the conference from Friday through Monday (16 hours total), each participating student receives:

  • Free conference registration;
  • Free housing (sharing a hotel room with another S2Ser); and
  • A per diem for meal expenses.

To qualify for the Student-to-Staff Program, the student must be:

  • A current ALA member;
  • A member of an ALA Student Chapter; and be a member through the applicable Annual Conference; and
  • He or she cannot have previously participated in the program.
  • Students are eligible if they graduate in May immediately before the conference.


  • All students selected must be ALA members and current students during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.
  • Each school has its own selection process, and the chosen student’s name must be submitted to ALA by the group’s faculty advisor. One student from 40 ALA Student Chapters will be accepted. Only one student per each of these ALA Student Chapters is accepted.

Transportation costs (such as airfare and cabs) are the students’ responsibility!”

library-300x226To apply, please submit an essay at least half a page in length detailing why you would be the best choice to represent Dominican at the ALA Annual Conference, 2014 in Las Vegas to by Wednesday, November 20. Click here to find the most up-to-date information about ALA S2S.

Volunteer At The Chicago History Museum!

Research Center Reference Assistant volunteer opportunity at the Chicago History Museum:

Chicago FlagThe Chicago History Museum has a great opportunity for a volunteer Research Center reference assistant. You can gain reference experience in a special library setting, increase your knowledge of Chicago and its history, get experience with building history and family history research, and learn to work with archival material. Attached is the position description, including a link to apply. Check it out here: CHM Volunteer Description.

Library Volunteer Opportunity

I have been working as a volunteer librarian at Oak Park Temple’s library since January. This is the Reform (very liberal) Jewish Congregation in Oak Park on Harlem. My main project is to transfer the catalog in Pro Cite, to so that the members of the congregation can view the catalog online. Procite is not very user friendly.

I would like to have some volunteers to help me complete this task. It can be done from anywhere that you have internet access and at anytime. I need help tagging the books with subject headings and adding in the call numbers for the non-fiction books.

Don’t feel weird about not being Jewish to volunteer. You will be able to learn about books for Jewish library collections, the Jewish subject headings, and how can be used to make any church library accessible to the public that does not have a formal catalog or classification system. There are a lot of excellent books in the collection, so just looking through the catalog could give you ideas of what to add to your own library that may be lacking in Jewish books in the future.

Please contact me at 708-712-3612 or


Rachel Fischer

School Library Volunteers Needed

I am a 2010 grad and the current librarian of Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School (Central & Washington in Chicago–about 15 min. from Dominican) This summer I have gotten over 1000 new volumes to add to our collection from another school that closed.  That means I have a lot of processing to do.  I thought I would check to see if any Dominican Library students would be interested in logging some volunteer hours.  You will get a good understanding of Destiny’s school software and build up some muscles lifting books! Ha!

It will take me quite a while to process this all on my own, so I am planning to slowly work the new volumes into the collection over the first semester.  Students who might want to volunteer can come during the school day or after school.  Just contact me and we can make arrangements that will work for both of us.

Kathy Donohue GSLIS ’10 Librarian
Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School 5608 W Washington Blvd Chicago, IL 60644

Help out at a Food Pantry

Oak Park/River Forest Food Pantry
Service Opportunity

Volunteer at the Oak Park/River Forest food pantry on Thursday, June 21st from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Help sort and stock fresh produce for the upcoming pick-up.

Contact Katie @ A.S.A.P. if you are interested in participating.

The OPRF Food Pantry is located in the basement of the First United Church of Oak Park. It is on the corner of Lake Street and Kenilworth. Park behind the church and walk down the stairs to the pantry. Sign in under the name “Dominican LISSA”. For more information, go to

Sorting Books and Poor Phil’s – this Tuesday!

We enjoyed sorting books for the Oak Park Public Library last week… so we are doing it again!

Join LISSA for a second evening of volunteering and fellowship with GSLIS classmates. We will sort books for OPPL at their book sorting site (260 Madison Street, Oak Park) from 7-9pm this Tuesday, July 27th. We will then meet at Poor Phil’s at 9:15 for drinks and conversation. Feel free to come to one event or both.  Hope to see you there!

Books and Beer!

This Monday July 19th

Come join LISSA for an evening of volunteering and fellowship with your GSLIS classmates!


We will be sorting books for the Oak Park Library’s book sale, at their site on 260 Madison St., from 7-9 p.m.

We will then meet at Poor Phil’s at 9:15 for drinks and conversation.  Feel free to come to one event or both.

Tutor/Mentor Connections – Volunteer Opportunity

As future Librarians and Information Professionals, GSLIS students understand the importance and power that information contains for both individuals and groups. Dan Basill, of Tutor/Mentor Connections, is inviting you to participate with his organization that promotes the development of tutoring and mentoring programs for at-risk students. You can volunteer to assist T/MC with information management, event organization, public relations, fund raising, and technology or you can be a one-on-one tutor/mentor. Please contact Dan Basill if you are interested at For more information: