Sunday, November 27, 2016

New GLISA Policy

Hello GLISA family!

We wanted to inform you of a new change that has been made in regards to GLISA membership requirements. 

Effective today, we no longer charge GLISA membership dues! After much deliberation we've decided to no longer charge dues in order to provide more opportunities to all SLIS graduate students. The only standing requirement is that you have to be an ALA member. 

For members who have paid their membership dues, THANK YOU! Your membership support will be put towards a GLISA scholarship opportunity in the near future. 

The GLISA Team!

Student-to-Staff Program Opportunity!

Student-to-Staff Program

Are you interested in a scholarship to attend the 2017 ALA Conference?
If so, apply now!

What Does the Student-to-Staff Program Recipient Receive?
  • Free annual conference registration
  • $50 per diem [4 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monda) x $50=$200]
  • Free housing for 5 nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
    • Recipient agrees to share a hotel room with another Student-to-Staff Program student. If student does not want to share a room they must provide alternative housing for the entirety of the trip.
  • NOTE: Students are responsible for all transportation costs (airfares, taxis, etc.) and hotel amenities (Wi-Fi and entertainment)

Student-to-Staff Program Qualifications
  • Current ALA member
  • Current GLISA member
  • Cannot have previously participated in the Student-to-Staff program
  • Must be an ALA member and current students during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference (June 22-June 27)
  • Must arrive in Chicago on Thursday, June 22 and depart no earlier than Tuesday, June 27th, 2017.
  • Must work 16 hours at the ALA Conference over the span of 4 days (Fri-Mon)

How to apply

Submit an essay, video, or virtual presentation (with audio) to answering the questions below by
5:00 PM (CST) December 5th, 2016

  • Why do you wish to attend the ALA Conference?
  • How do you expect to benefit from the experience?
  • How you will share your experience with GLISA?

Deadline: 5:00 PM (CST) December 5th, 2016

For more information on the Student-to-Staff Program please visit:

GLISA Proudly Presents...

Your GLISA 2016 - 2017 Officers!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Katrina Corral, your 2016-2017 GLISA president. For the past few months, I've been fortunate enough to work with five dedicated individuals aimed at creating a rewarding and fulfilling organization for all GLISA members. There are many things in store for the future, but in the meantime read on to meet the team!

Katrina Naoko Corral

Katrina Corral is a 1st-year student with the hopes and dreams to become the Dean of a university library. Katrina spent the early part of her career working in higher education with a specialty in fundraising and while she is originally from Los Angeles, California she now resides in the lively city of Austin, Texas with her husband and furry feline, Katara. When Katrina doesn't have her nose buried in books she continues to work on her other dream of becoming a children's book illustrator. 

Vice President
Krystal Smith

Krystal Smith is a 1st-year student at TWU. She has been working in libraries for 7 years and is currently a Senior Children's Services Specialist for Harris County Public Library. Krystal lives in a 7 acre forest with her husband, 2 cats, and a dog. She enjoys music and crafts and is a member of the Bayou City Women's Chorus. Krystal loves building a library community and hopes to continue to make an impact through outreach and programming.

Aleya Wheeler

Aleya Wheeler started her MLS in January of 2016 and is set to graduate in December of 2017. She has a deep love of YA fiction and would love to be a young adult librarian. Aleya currently resides in Tyler, Texas where she got her Bachelor's in English from the University of Texas at Tyler. She works at the Tyler Public Library ordering all the materials and ensuring they come in and are paid for. Aleya is also a blogger at Such a Novel Idea with two of her best friends from college. They all blog about YA books and help to spread the word about the greatness of YA literature. 

Debbie Caponio

Debbie Caponio is in her first year at TWU and wants to be an academic librarian. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona but currently lives in Southeast Virginia. She has a Bachelor's degree in History from  the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Debbie loves the desert, poetry, and dogs. She is excited to take on the role of Treasurer for GLISA for the 2016/2017 school year.

Web Administrator
Ivan Martinez

Ivan Martinez is a resident of Grey Forest, Texas. He is an aspiring librarian formalizing his studies in Library Science with a school librarian certification at TWU. He works in San Antonio, Texas as a library assistant at a private school. He is interested in learning and contributing in the fields of digital libraries, digital cataloging and instructional technologies

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ivan Martinez

Hello everyone!!

My name is Ivan Martinez. I was chosen as the new web administrator for GLISA.
I am very excited to fulfill this role. As I come to this opportunity analogous to the MLS program, I realize that our motivation as librarians is to involve the community in social engagements, facilitate culture and opportunities for growth. I ask for your help to maintain GLISA active and vibrant.

A little about myself:
I am a resident of the great city of the Alamo.
I am currently enrolled in the MLS with SLC focus program...
This was a little about myself I hope that we get to know each other a little more...
Let us know something about you....
Have a great day!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

At the TLA Booth~~Guest Blog

For the first time ever, GLISA representatives were at the TWU SLIS booth during TLA Annual. If you’ve never been to TLA, the exhibit hall is a city long block of vendors and authors, all hawking their wares. It is an amazing, busy place. At the SLIS booth, future students are stopping by for information on the school and program. Former students are stopping by to visit with professors. Current students are also visiting, but it is with these folks that I wanted to chat.

Web Administrator Allison Renner designed a terrific banner for us to hang in the booth. I had it printed at Staples and we placed it right next to the SLIS banner. It was a great piece of marketing that will be used again next year, I hope.

Our first day, officers Tracy Jolivette, Paloma Lenz, and I all took over the booth during lunch hour. And what a busy lunch hour it was! Between the three of us, we could barely keep up engaging all the visitors. That hour, we met several current SLIS students and invited them to become GLISA members. With the enticement of a free tumbler, a few did. Former GLISA President Elizabeth Hollenbeck also stopped by and supported us by purchasing a heavy canvas bag. There were a few transfer and not-yet-students whom I tried to convince, that when they were ready, GLISA would be waiting for them.

The following day, there were some scheduling conflicts, read: I screwed up. For some strange reason, I never bothered to check Paloma and my schedules against the exhibit hall schedule. Anyway, it worked out that I stayed at the booth during lunch again. This time. I had Drs. Vardell, Jeng, Hoffman, and Richey, the GLISA advisor, to visit with. Despite having had almost daily interaction with Dr. Richey, this was the first time I had met her in person. I don’t know what she thought about me, but she was much like I expected, friendly and cordial and utterly professional.

I spent almost no time in the exhibit hall this year; freebies just weren’t doing it for me. The two hours I did spend there were about forging relationships and making new friends. I hope to see y’all there next year!

Christine De Angelis is conference junkie who is also a one-woman fan club of Clayton Genealogy Library’s director, Sue Kaufman.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Experience As Vice Prez - Guest Post

As a TWU SLIS student, I juggled two courses, two jobs, and volunteering for seven semesters. When I received the email notifying me of my nomination to serve as a GLISA officer in April 2015, I was shocked. What had I done that demonstrated any sort of leadership potential in my distance education courses? Turns out, joining the Texas Library Association and attending my first annual conference was my first step.

Raquel Williams, the fall 2015 Web Administrator, was in one of my courses in spring 2015 and remembered that I had posted in the class discussion board about attending TLA. For whatever reason, we didn't connect at conference, but she threw my name in the GLISA officer pool and the rest is history.

The email I received offered me the positions of Treasurer or Vice President. After skimming the descriptions of both roles I realized as VP I would be the editor of the online newsletter, charged with not only writing articles (which I have done before on various platforms) but also designing the entire layout of the publication (which I had never done before), so I hopped on-board figuring the summer break would give me time to brainstorm article topics and play around with Microsoft Publisher (not at all, but that's a different blog post).

With no previous experience in layout design, but an eagerness to produce a vibrant digital publication with a balance between stimulating visuals and text, I produced the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 GLISA newsletters. I interviewed SLIS professors, delegated and edited the work of my peers, and gained new skills in layout design -- all of which have been transformative for me. And, once I completed the semester newsletter, I assisted fellow officers in completing their duties by contributing ideas for social media posts, strategies for member recruitment, and assisting with the spring and fall service projects.

Meeting Christine, Raquel, Nekeeta, Tracy, Allison, and Brea has had a huge impact on my confidence as both an individual and a library professional. Being able to connect with this group both virtually and in person has been a huge learning opportunity. I admire the work ethic of each officer, current and past, and have adopted some of their practices in order to boost my own potential. As a result of my involvement with GLISA, I am motivated to participate in TLA and am now the Secretary of the Latino Caucus (the hardest part is showing up to your first business meeting). It took one fateful email to push me beyond my comfort zone and connect with some strong, forward-thinking women.

Coming into the SLIS program, I didn't expect to meet anyone from any of my classes for more than a group assignment. But, joining GLISA and answering the call for officers as GLISA VP enabled me to walk away with not only my intended MLS degree, but also great friends. Additionally, the newsletters and service projects completed during my time as VP have made for great work products to present during interviews.

Do you have a writing/online publishing background, or are you interested in building experience in editing/writing? If so, this position is perfect for you. If you want to introduce new and emerging topics in the field of library and information science, interview literally WHOEVER you want (because you're the editor), and procrastinate on course assignments by spending time searching for the perfect (copyright-free) image to enhance your Q&A, then sign-up for GLISA (if you're not already a member) and shoot an email to with your resume and an elevator speech about why you would make a great VP. And, remember, if you still have two years ahead of you, being VP this year means you can be President next year!

Paloma Lenz served as the GLISA Vice President for the 2015-2016 academic year. She graduated last week on May 11, 2016. You can follow her on Twitter at @pl0la.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Take on the Final Exam Portfolio~~Guest Post

If you are relatively new to the TWU SLIS program, you may not even realize you are required to complete a final exam to receive your MLS.  Surprise, surprise!  Lucky you, welcome to the land of ambiguity and fingernail biting…but it doesn’t have to be that way.

In Blackboard, under My Organizations>>SLIS Student Resources, there is a folder called Final Exam Portfolio.  In its many sub-folders there are instructions, Q&A, and other information.

Some semesters, the Final Exam Committee offers a BB Collaborate informational session.  If the session is not offered, I suggest emailing one of the committee members for their slideshow or hints and tips.  Last year, I could not log into the correct session and missed it.  The session was not archived, either.  I emailed Dr. Perryman and she gladly gave me the slides.

Her two biggest take-away from the slides were to be succinct and to use the rubric elements as sub-headings.  Using the sub-headings allows the grader to easily see if you have addressed the rubric line item.  It also allows you to organize your thoughts logically.  Being succinct is more challenging.  I was as to the point and brief as possible, yet I had 20 pages total not including resources by the time I was finished. 

Planning for the FEP is essential.  The final exam is offered ONLY in the long semesters, NOT in summer.  Therefore, if you are graduating in August, you will need to plan to have your FEP turned in the spring prior.  In a way, this is advantageous for you.  I highly recommend that you use the breaks, whether summer or Christmas, to fully complete your FEP so that once the window opens, you only need to submit it.  This will allow you to focus on the classes you are taking without the stress of the final exam.  The submission window is only open about 20-30 days.  If you wait until the window opens to start the FEP, you will be in a world of hurt.

The FEP is in two parts:  your professional development plan and your work products essay.  Each of these sections is submitted separately, as is each of the three work products.  When working ahead, do not make the mistake, like I did, of collating all materials, including embedding my work products, into one report.  While I thought this was a more presentable approach, it will not work with the Blackboard submission system. 

Start planning now for which work products you want to submit.  Each of the three must be from different classes and each must express different competencies.  If your instructor tells you you have done an excellent job on a specific project or ‘highly recommends’ for you to include it, follow that lead.  If you’re unsure, ask that professor what they think about including it in the portfolio.  

While you can use one group project, I avoided this. For one, the other student had graduated and the link to the Web 2.0 tool we used was broken.  He created the user name and password for the account we used, so I was stuck.  Permission was not an issue for us, as we had previously agreed that its inclusion in FEPs was okay.  Also, upon reflection, I could not effectively link the parts of the project that I worked on to the competencies I wanted to cover.  With all these challenges, it simply was not worth my time to fret over it.  

Your professional development portion of the FEP is basically your five year plan.  What you want to be doing upon graduation and beyond, and how you are going to get there.  This is actually a really great exploration tool into what’s available for continuing education, job opportunities, and to visualize how you want to ‘do’ librarianship.  For a final reflection in another class, I started squirrelling away various pieces of information which I could also incorporate into the FEP professional development piece.  

Another interesting factor is that CMS is the required citation style for the FEP.  All previous classes I had taken at TWU required APA or MLS.  Having never used Chicago before, I immediately bookmarked Purdue’s OWL for CMS.  Don’t be confused, because the three work products you include in that portion of the FEP do NOT need to be changed.  They should remain in whichever citation style you used originally.

There is no need to be intimidated or fear the final exam portfolio.  The skills that you have been using during the entire degree program, planning, research, and writing, are all that are needed here.  Time management should be your only eyebrow lifter.  That can easily be vanquished by using the off-season well.  

Christine De Angelis was awarded the 2016 TWU College of Professional Education Student Award for Outstanding Student Service in SLIS for her time as President of GLISA.