24:1 (2009:03) Library School Outreach Event at UT-Austin

March 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Library School Outreach, Other Serials and E-Resources News | Leave a comment

LIBRARY SCHOOL OUTREACH EVENT AT UT-AUSTIN
Eugenia Beh, Clint Chamberlain, Jill Emery

On February 3, 2009, Eugenia Beh, Clint Chamberlain, and Jill Emery gave an overview of the NASIG awards applicable to graduate students to members of the School of Information at the University of Texas.  We focused primarily on the conference grant award and on the Fritz Schwartz award.  Jill provided a general overview of NASIG, while Clint focused on the application submission process and vetting that the Awards & Recognition Committee goes through when looking at awards.  He gave very helpful suggestions to students regarding their submissions, such as providing a completed form, different coursework to note on the application, and making sure their references turned in their documentation on time.  Eugenia then followed-up with her experience with submitting the documentation last year (it was really easy!) and her experiences at the conference as a grant winner.  She stated that she met some really good people whom she has stayed in contact with through this year and how her mentor continued to work with her through her first year of membership as well.  All three of us related stories of how being NASIG members has benefitted our careers and helped to lay the groundwork for many of our current professional activities and positions we’ve held.

We responded to a number of questions regarding relevant coursework to include with the applications as well as the overall conference experience.  We emphasized the great programming slated for 2009 along with the casual and friendly atmosphere of the conference.  Eugenia emphasized the fact that NASIG is very casual and cordial and that you often have the opportunity to follow up with people after sessions and during meal events.  All-in-all, we all felt like the session went really well and should result in more University of Texas School of Information candidates applying for awards this year and next.   This was definitely a worthwhile endeavor and we’d encourage other NASIG members near schools that offer School of Information or Library Science programs to take the time to give on-site presentations regarding NASIG and the applicable NASIG awards.  This was a rewarding experience on all accounts!

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