40 Student Chapter Members Chosen to Participate in 2013 Student to Staff Program
Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses.
During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are (in alphabetical order by last name of student):
- Kirsten Anderson—University of Rhode Island (RI)
- Mallory Arents—Syracuse University (NY)
- Jay Ballenberger—Emporia State University (KS)
- Amanda C. Barringer—University of Oklahoma (Norman) (OK)
- Cate Booth—University of Wisconsin—Madison (WI)
- Kristen Cassidy—Louisiana State University (LA)
- Laura Chance—Drexel University (PA)
- Samantha Crisp—University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
- Ariel Deardorff—University of British Columbia (BC)
- Nicky Fairless—Dominican University (IL)
- Jared Frailey—Northeastern State University (OK)
- Erin Friel—The Catholic University of America (DC)
- Jodi Geever—University of South Florida (FL)
- Elaine Hall—San Jose State University (CA)
- Heather Hans—University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
- Nicole Helregel—University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
- Debbi Lloyd—University of Kentucky (KY)
- Justin Nobles—Valdosta State University (GA)
- Ngozi Okoro—Pratt Institute (NY)
- Jayla Parks—University of South Carolina (SC)
- Jeremiah Paschke-Wood—University of Arizona (AZ)
- Desiree Peterson—North Carolina Central University (NC)
- Abby Phillips—Florida State University (FL)
- JJ Pionke—University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (MI)
- Jayna Ramsey—University of Denver (CO)
- Katie Rapp—University of Maryland (MD)
- Ginger Rogers—University of Southern Mississippi (MS)
- Stephanie Rosso—St. Catherine University (MN)
- Michelle Scobie—Wayne State University (MI)
- Kadie Kroening Seitz—University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (WI)
- Ashley Smolinski—State University of New York, Albany (NY)
- Callie Ann Starkey—University of Alabama (AL)
- Emily Stueven—Indiana University (IN)
- Donna Swift—Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (NJ)
- Michelle Thomas—Texas Woman’s University (TX)
- Mary Tobin—East Carolina University (NC)
- Stacey Wedlake—University of Washington (WA)
- Laura White—University of Texas—Austin (TX)
- Leigh-Anne Yacovelli—Clarion University (PA)
- Brita Zitin—Simmons College (MA)
The ALA student-to-staff program is available only at the Annual Conference. To qualify for this program, each student must be a current ALA member and a student chapter member, and cannot have previously participated in the program. Moreover, the student must remain an ALA member through the ALA Annual Conference that he or she is nominated to participate in. Qualifying students are chosen by their schools (e.g., by a random drawing, essay contest, etc.).
The chosen student’s name must be submitted to the Chapter Relations Office by the group’s faculty advisor. Only one student will be accepted per chapter.
Information about the program is sent to the schools each year between October and December, and the deadline for submitting a name is between December and February. Because there is only room for 40 students and there are almost 60 active student chapters, participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nominated students from larger and long-established student chapters do not receive greater consideration. As long as nominated students from student chapters meet all the program criteria, they are accepted.
Currently there are 9,600 ALA student members. Are you an ALA student member without a student chapter? It’s easy to start one. ALA student members at the master’s level and beyond are eligible to form official ALA student chapter groups at schools offering ALA-accredited programs of library and information services, or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an NCATE/AASL-accredited program.
Take a look at these student chapter constitutions and bylaws to give you an idea on how to organize a student chapter. Contact established student chapters for their feedback on creating a chapter, and what to do once you start one. Contact the ALA Chapter Relations Office for assistance, as well.
Belonging to an ALA student chapter enhances your ALA student membership by providing opportunities to learn and hone leadership skills and to design and accomplish programs, participate in community volunteer work, network with other ALA members and ALA leaders, and more.
If you establish your student chapter by next October, encourage your faculty advisor to nominate a student in your student chapter to participate in the ALA Student to Staff program.
That student could be you!