A Message from the LSO President

Posted: October 19, 2011 by LSO in Miscellaneous

I just posted the meeting minutes to our webpage at http://sirls.arizona.edu/lso. If you are interested in finding out about what we discussed at our virtual meeting please see our notes. Better yet why not join us next time? We have posted our schedule on the SIRLS calendar as well.

Let me just say that I have been the LSO president for a very, short time. One of the things that I have tried to do during this period is to find more ways to get students involved. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to provide an environment that will support communication, communication, and communication! This is even more vital when most of your colleagues are distant.

I am pleased to say that the number of students who are participating this semester has increased since the past spring semester. Also, we have had so many ideas generated, that there is no possible way to accomplish everything. Further, the LSO would cease to exist without student involvement. One easy way to participate, for example, is to write an interesting article for this blog. We are always looking for good stories, lessons learned, or advice for students. I hope you consider doing this. Not only that, but there are so many things the LSO can do with the right amount of support from our student body. Did you know that we are considering creating a scholarship either for books or conference travel! HELLO! DID SOMEONE SAY MONEY! Not only that, but you can also gain valuable experiences that only can be obtained by stepping outside your box! Sometimes we need to do what is not entirely comfortable (within reason of course) in order to create worthwhile experiences for ourselves.

I am stressing all these points, because as I said earlier my time here has been short which also means… wait for it … that we will have our nomination period coming up (officially November 9th). The next round of officers will have the chance to be nominated, elected, and then they will take their new positions. Will that be you?


LSO Toothbrush Drive for Martha Cooper Refugee Health Fair
Start: 10/10/2011

The LSO will set up small, labeled boxes with one located at the Health Sciences Library and another at SIRLS. Our drive will last from October 10th until the 24th. Please consider donating a new, wrapped or encased toothbrush. Any donation will help to support the Refugee Health Fair! Thank you ahead of time for your help!


New Officers!

Posted: May 10, 2011 by LSO in Miscellaneous

Here is the new list of LSO Officers. Congratulations to all of you!

Elected Officers (Summer/Fall 2011)

PRESIDENT: Dolores D Pedroza ddp2001@email.arizona.edu

VICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER: Heidi Greathouse greathou@email.arizona.edu

SECRETARY: Michelle Renee Vorves vorvesm@email.arizona.edu

WEBMASTER: Emily Hardy ehardy@email.arizona.edu

VIRTUAL STUDENT LIAISON: Greg McCambridge gmccambr@email.arizona.edu

BIBLIOTECH EDITOR: Stephan Przybylowicz seprzy@email.arizona.edu

ALUMNI LIAISON: Karen S Cowee kcowee@email.arizona.edu

Michael Jenkins jenkinsmw@email.arizona.edu

Berlin Loa berlin@email.arizona.edu


Click to view the SIRLS Symposium 2011 raw footage:

SIRLS Symposium 2011 Link 1

SIRLS Symposium 2011 Link 2

We have also provided this information on the LSO Symposium website. Follow the link on this page in the sidebar if you would like to read more, there, about this past event. I have also provided the links to the videos above, out of convenience for you, if you are interested in viewing them. Even if you attended the event feel free to watch it again if you like. Thanks!

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Symposium pictures

Posted: March 29, 2011 by LSO in Miscellaneous


Thank you to all the wonderful presenters at this past Saturday’s symposium. We have a few pics if you would like to see them. You can view them at this link: https://orgsync.com/2978/photos/albums/11015

If you have pictures and would like to send them please send them to the LSO at our email address:



Professional Practices

Posted: March 24, 2011 by LSO in Professional Practices

LIS Interviewing: Do clothes make the librarian?
By: Ann Clark

Job interviews are opportunities to present your best self to potential employers and colleagues. Understanding professional dress, personal style and organizational cultures can help with presentation of self and the oh-so-important first impression. Below are some tips and resources on appropriate interview appearance.

This month’s Information Outlook is dedicated to Librarians and Their Image. Olguin and Stankus’s Dressing Like We Mean It article in particular stresses understanding the importance of dress and appearance in a variety of professional settings, from interviews to conferences.

Consciously or subconsciously appearance affects perceptions of professionalism, intelligence and credibilityDressing for that First Professional Interview and Beyond presentation.

Plan how you will look as carefully as you plan what to say. – Deborah P. Bloch, Ph.D., author of How to Have a Winning Job Interview

How to plan a look
Suzanne Morem’s 4-point clothing selection process (great for interviews and every day):

  • Who do I expect to see and meet today?
  • What do I want to accomplish – what are my objectives?
  • What kind of impression do I need to make to accomplish my objectives?
  • How will I convey that impression?
  • Read the rest of this entry »

    Where are your ideas?

    Posted: March 5, 2011 by LSO in Ramblings

    As many of you know the symposium deadline has been extended. Also, how wonderful to include faculty into the process. I for one would love to see the standard in how to present a paper or research. I am not sure we do that enough within the Information Resources and Library Sciences. Then again I am still a baby in this environment. Just think of the symposium as our own mini-conference. Is there any reason not to go? Also, if you haven’t submitted anything to present whether that be an abstract or a poster, why not consider it? This is something that gives you practice, and exposure. Maybe the hard part is deciding what topic to present or write about, or maybe it is about the time needed to prepare. I am totally with you when it comes to not wanting to look like a fool in front of anyone, especially due to being unprepared. One problem I see is that I have ideas, but not always the means or simply the energy to construct a viable offering of those ideas. Maybe I am a little shy to speak in front of a group as well OR maybe I am too overwhelmed with homework, family, job training, and a multitude of other excuses I simply cannot go into. Whatever the reason (excuse!) I thought it might be best to offer up some ideas here, and in this way you can then take off with them or go down a different path. It is your choice. So here are a few ideas to ponder, even if you do not present, but really if you have something interesting why not share it?

    Possible abstract or poster ideas to consider with respect to Information Resources and Library Sciences:

    • What is the next big technological advancement, and what are the stepping stones to getting there?
    • Libraries as essential components to the educational system
    • Why is it so hard to sell the value of Librarianship?
    • Digital spaces, and Librarianship: Steering towards the future
    • What is the new “face” of a library customer in todays technology driven world?

    Even if these are not so interesting to you why not suggest a few, and who knows maybe it will lead to something more. I do know that dialogue is important, because it draws out ideas that may not have been at the forefront of your mind. This way we can stir the pot of competing ideas and see what rises to the top. If necessity is the mother of invention, maybe it is about time we listened to her!