Current Opportunities for MLIS Students

Now is a great time for MLIS students who live, work, or go to school in the Delaware Valley to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the ACRL.

A mentoring program is in place with mentors waiting to provide support and advice.  Our mentors work in a variety of roles in higher education.  Sign up to be matched with a mentor and receive the invaluable support of an experienced colleague.

Additionally, DVC is currently accepting applications for a $1000 stipend to help offset the cost of educational expenses for an ALA-accredited program.  Applicants must write an essay on news literacy, which is also the topic of the upcoming Fall program – Fact, False, or Just Flawed:  Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness.   Interested in attending the Fall program? Students receive a discounted price on program registration and a one-year free membership, so getting involved as a student is a great idea!

The Delaware Valley Chapter is committed to helping future librarians. If you have any questions, please contact dvcmentoring@gmail.com.

Now Accepting Student Applications for $1000 Stipend – Deadline October 16

Every year, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the ACRL awards a stipend to support future academic librarians. A $1000 stipend will be awarded to a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited program to help offset the cost of educational expenses. Eligible applicants also must work or reside in the Chapter’s service area. To apply, please submit an essay on the following topic:

Using the ACRL’s Framework to Teach News Literacy

The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016 was Post-Truth, defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Libraries have long developed educational programming and collections that support critical thinking and informed decision-making. However, with the spread of misleading or fabricated stories through social media networks and the highly polarized politics of today, the way that people interact with the news has changed.

Our information landscape is evolving and librarians must develop new approaches to fostering healthy information practices and metaliteracy skills. Recognizing this need, the ACRL adopted the Framework of Information Literacy Instruction for Higher Education. In an essay, describe how the framework may be used to address the problems of a post-truth society.  

Word Count: 500 – 1000

Deadline: Monday, October 16 2017

Please send submission to dvcmentoring@gmail.com

Mentors Needed: This is an Opportunity for You

Hello Delaware Valley Chapter!  This is Jess Denke, Public Services Librarian at DeSales University and Chapter Vice President.  Thank you for electing me to serve you!  I have already connected with the rest of the Chapter Board.  They are a very enjoyable and industrious bunch.  We are going to have a great year and I am looking forward to connecting with you personally.

One of my new responsibilities is to communicate to you the value of our programming and to encourage you to participate.  ACRL/DVC connects librarians throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.  But, more than that, we seek to embolden our members and future members through connections that inspire and inform.  We do this, in part, through a mentorship program.

We hope to expand the ACRL/DVC mentorship program, but we can’t do it without individuals who are willing to dedicate a few hours of their time to talk to aspiring librarians, early-career librarians, or librarians who are changing course.  To make it even easier for you to sign up, we added a checkbox to the DVC membership form – please check if you would like to be a mentor! If you click “Edit Profile,” you’ll also see an option to become part of ACRL/DVC’s mentorship program. Please take this opportunity to get involved!

I know you can think of at least one person who has provided you with invaluable feedback and informed your professional practice.  I think you can be that person for someone else.  If you have any questions, concerns, or want to give me some advice for my time on the board please contact me at Jessica.Denke@desales.edu.  I would love to hear from you. You can also read about and respond to my work on my blog: https://missjessmlis.wordpress.com/.

ACRL Conference Scholarship Update

ACRL-DVC President Martha Stevenson is pleased to report that MLS student Julianna Pakstis was awarded a scholarship to attend this year’s ACRL conference in Baltimore. Julianna will provide a report on her conference experience for the ACRL-DVC blog.

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL-DVC) annual scholarship essay is designed to foster and support future academic librarians. This year, a $1000 scholarship award was offered to cover expenses to attend the ACRL 2017 Baltimore Conference, At the Helm: Leading Transformation. The ACRL conference is held once-every-two-years and offers librarians the opportunity to discover new ideas and to stay at the forefront of the profession.

Delaware Valley ACRL Chapter – Student Stipend Award 2017

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL/DVC) annual scholarship essay is designed to foster and support future academic librarians. A $1000 scholarship award is offered this spring to cover expenses towards attending the ACRL 2017 Baltimore Conference, At the Helm: Leading Transformation. The conference is held once every two years and offers librarians the opportunity to discover new ideas and stay at the forefront of the profession.

Library school students living or working in the chapter’s service area (eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) and who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program, including distance education programs, are invited to apply.

Each applicant will need to answer the following question in 500 words or less.  The student who receives the award will be asked to write an entry for the ACRL/DVC blog about their ACRL Conference experience. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.  Submit your entry to Martha Stevenson, stevenson@kutztown.edu.

Applicant Question: Identify 2-3 programs in the Conference Schedule of interest to you. Why might they benefit your studies?

ACRL/DVC Awards Scholarship to Alexandra Wilder

In November, Martha Stevenson, President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of the College & Research Libraries (ACRL/DVC) presented Alexandra Wilder with a $1,000 stipend in support of her MLIS studies at Drexel University. Alexandra is currently Manager of Public Programs for the Rosenbach Museum & Library. In her application, Alexandra stated, “I want to continue and expand upon my work in libraries and give back some of what they have given me. Libraries are not only sources of information, but they are sources of connection and community in so many lives.”  The ACRL/DVC Board congratulates Alexandra and wishes her much success.

Each year, ACRL/DVC invites any library school student living or working in the chapter’s service area (eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) and currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program to apply for the scholarship.