Posted in election, officers, professional experience

Getting Involved

First off, a warm welcome to the new SCALA board, a solid team of OR-11 and 12 students ready to serve the SLIM-OR students. There was an amazing turn out of new faces to the elections, most likely curious to learn the raison d’etre of the organization, but definitely showing an interest in getting involved with the student chapter.

As my time as a SCALA board member comes to a close and my career as an information specialist begins, I cannot help but reflect on the importance of getting involved with professional associations as a graduate student. I was drawn to SCALA as a means to meet other students. I quickly learned that it was much more; an opportunity to network with librarians in the community, to explore the different types of libraries, and to provide learning opportunities for my peers. I enjoyed being part of SCALA, both as the event coordinator and president, as I gained new skills in communication, collaboration and leadership.

As a graduate student, I explored other local organizations. I went to the events hosted by the Portland Area Archivists and the Oregon Chapter of Special Library Association. Because of my involvement in these groups, I was able to make connections with the professionals in the field. Ultimately, I was hired for internships and jobs by the people I meet at these meetings. Getting involved was important for me, as it demonstrated my passion for the profession and allowed me to network with my future colleagues.

SCALA represents just one of many opportunities for SLIM-OR students to get involved. There are a myriad of professional library and archives associations in the Pacific Northwest that welcome student members (often at a discounted rate). In addition, there are conferences and other events that invite student volunteers. I recommend that students take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the profession, meet people working in their field, and possibly build new skills. Below is a list of some of the organizations and events that are located in the Pacific Northwest.

Library Associations

Oregon Library Association

Oregon Chapter of the Special Library Association
Washington Library Association
Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Special Library Association
Downtown Librarians (a Portland group, emails sent via Libs-OR listserv)

Archives and Records Management Groups

Portland Area Archivists (operating through Google Groups)
Seattle Area Archivists
Northwest Archivists
Oregon Chapter of ARMA

Northwest Conferences and Events

InfoCamp Seattle

Northwest Archivists/Oregon Heritage Conference
Archives Crawl
Code4Lib Northwest
Interlibrary Lush (Facebook page)

Plus, there are many more local events and national conferences that happen in the Pacific Northwest area. Join listservs and local association chapters like Libs-OR to receive general announcements about these events.

Feel free to contact me with questions about getting involved with local associations: mjkeyser@gmail.
Signing off as SCALA President and wishing an amazing year to the new board!

Jennifer Keyser

Posted in election, meeting, officers

Annual Elections to Be Held August 27, 2011

UPDATE: Meeting will take place from 12:15-12:45.

Join us this Saturday, August 27th, for the annual SLIM-OR Student Chapter of American Library Association (SCALA) elections. They will be held  during the lunch break in the ground floor of Smith Memorial Student Union. Get some lunch from the market and dine and vote for the new officers in the downstairs dining area. All SLIM students are encouraged to attend. Even if you are not thinking about applying, we encourage you to show up and let us know what types of events you would like in the coming year. If you can’t make it to the meeting, but want to be involved you can submit a brief letter of interest on why you want to hold the specific position.

We are a student organization that puts together networking and social events for library students in the Pacific Northwest. We organize library tours, speaking events, bar meet-ups and the famous Librarian Prom.

SCALA is a great opportunity to network in the local library community, provide learning opportunities for your peers, and is a great resume builder. By no means do you need to live in Portland to participate on the board. Our communication is primarily conducted through email and our meetings happen during class weekends.

You can run for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Events Coordinator. In addition, there are two other positions: Web Presence & Social Networking Coordinator and Community Outreach Liaison. The descriptions of the position can be found below.

In addition, please join SCALA for the annual fall semester BBQ. The BBQ will be pot luck, so bring something to grill, drink or share. More details to follow.

Please let us know if you have any questions about SCALA, the election or the BBQ.



SLIM-OR SCALA Web Presence & Social Networking Coordinator


Official representative of SCALA in Oregon, call meetings of officers, create agenda for
meetings, final authority on all group activities, create and publish content to the blog, liaise
with: professional organizations, ESU Faculty, Cohorts and Kansas group. Provide cohesion
and direction for all other SCALA officers in Oregon. The president approves all financial
transactions of SLIM-OR SCALA funds.

The Vice President shall act as President-elect of the Board and shall perform the duties of the
President in the absence or inability of the President to perform these duties. The Vice-President
shall have any other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The VP
is in charge of moderating the SLIM-OR SCALA listserv.

The Secretary shall have overall responsibility for all recordkeeping. The Secretary shall
perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) official recording of the minutes of
all proceedings of the Board of Directors and members’ meetings and actions; (b) provision of
notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors and members; (c) authentication of the records
of the corporation; (d) maintaining current and accurate membership lists; (e) and any other
duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The secretary will work with the
Web Presence and Social Networking Coordinator to post meeting minutes to the blog in a
timely manner.

The Treasurer shall have overall responsibility for all corporate funds. The Treasurer shall
perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) keeping of full and accurate accounts
of all financial records of the corporation; (b) deposit of all monies and other valuable effects
in the name and to the credit of the corporation in such depositories as may be designated by
the Board of Directors; (c) disbursement of all funds when proper to do so; (d) making financial
reports as to the financial condition of the corporation to the Board of Directors; (e) and any
other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Event Coordinator
The events coordinator is responsible for appointing and organizing committees to plan and
create OR SCALA social events. The Event Coordinator will work in tandem with the other board
members and with any established committees to ensure the execution of SCALA hosted events,
delegating various responsibilities and ensuring tasks are met.

Web Presence & Social Networking Coordinator
The Web Presence & Social Networking Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining SLIM-
OR SCALA blog; including that meeting minutes, event announcements and photographs are
posted in a timely manner. The Web Presence & Social Networking will create opportunities for
current SLIM-OR students to publish original content on the blog to further their professional
development. Additional responsibility of the Web Presence & Social Networking included maintaining
SLIM-OR SCALA’s social networking presence (Facebook,twitter, etc.).

Community Outreach Liaison:
The Community Outreach Liaison ensures that Pacific Northwest professional library
associations and students in other MLS distant programs are notified and invited to SCALA-hosted
events. This position is essential to upholding the mission of SCALA: “Enhance the professional
development of students in the Emporia School of Library and Information Management – Oregon
Cohort by supporting collaborative relationships with the professional community.” By inviting other
members of the Pacific Northwest librarian community, the Community Outreach Liaison will create additional
networking opportunities for students as well as increase SLIM-OR SCALA’s presence within
the wider community.

Posted in election, meeting

Annual Elections Held for 2010-2011

Congratulations to our new and returning SCALA Officers!

Co-Presidents: Turner Masland & Jenn Keyser
Co-Vice Presidents: Kirsten Himes & Thea Evenstade
Secretary: Rachel Arkoosh
Treasurer: Amy Relyea
Event Coordinator: Amanda Meeks
Web Presence & Social Networking Coordinator: Rebecca Chernay
Community Outreach Liaison: Nyssa Walsh

Posted in election

Election Results

Today the annual general club meeting was held. Here are the results of the election that occured:

  • President: Zoe Fisher
  • Vice President: Turner Masland
  • Secretary: Ryan Blackmore
  • Treasure: Alison Wilbur
  • Events Coordinator: Jennifer Keyser
  • Distance Learning Liaison: Eura Ryan

Congratulations to all who ran and won. Special thanks to Turner and Jennifer for stepping forward and volunteering to represent OR 10 in SCALA. Welcome aboard!

Posted in election, meeting

SCALA Elections and 1st Meeting

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (next door to Cramer Hall), in the basement.

Time: This Saturday, 8/29 during lunch.

It would be great to see some OR-10 students come out and run for offices. Everyone is welcome and all are encouraged to run!

Even if you aren’t running for an office, come, vote and be part of your student chapter of ALA!

Officer descriptions to come.