Library and Information Studies Student Association at UNCG

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Landing Your First Job Workshop

You’re invited to the Landing Your First Job Workshop: From Resume to An Interview. This workshop will be on April 8th at 3 PM in Bryan 106. You can also join us virtually using this link. Submit your resume and cover letter before the session and an LIS professional will review your application and answer any questions you may have about the process. Submit materials to by the end of March

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Women of Library History Tumblr

The Women of Library History Tumblr features stories about the exceptional women who have changed library history. These biographies, submitted by other librarians and writers who recognized the feminist gap in library history, celebrate the diverse women of libraries. This history is a project of the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association. It aims to highlight the everyday contributions that women of the past and present make to their libraries. The Feminist Task Force gives a voice to the women who history sometimes forgets. The history project shows that even small libraries have big leaders who can make a difference.

Check out more Feminist Task Force links:

Feminist Task Force homepage

Feminist Task Force facebook group

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Notes from the GSA meeting on 1/29/2015

Important notes on the GSA meeting:

Graduate Student Association meeting, Thursday, 1/29/2015


GSA election coming up!

Nominations for 2015-16 executive board currently being accepted. Election will be held in April. The four open positions are President, Vice President (VP) of Public Relations, VP of Finance, and VP of Programming. E-mail

Interested in being a senator for the LIS Dept.?

LISSA is looking for student senators. In order for LIS students to be eligible for travel & research funding available through the GSA, the LIS department must have two designated GSA senators. Any enrolled LIS student can serve as a senator. At least one senator attends every GSA meeting, held monthly on campus. E-mail


Finance Workshop. Wed., 2/18, 3:00pm, Bryan 205. Learn how to apply for funding to help with your research or conference travel needs. With Melle Elmes, VP of Finance.

Research Methodology Workshop. Mon., 3/2, 4:30pm, EUC Claxton Room. UNCG faculty will present a GSA-sponsored workshop titled “Beyond ANOVA and Focus Groups: Other Methodological Approaches to Research.”

Graduate School Networking Social. Thurs., 3/26, 5:00-6:30pm, EUC Kirkland Room. Come out and meet fellow grad students! Open to grad students from all departments.


U. of North Carolina President’s Ouster Comes Amid Political Shift. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/16/2015.

Important news about UNC System President Tom Ross’s forced resignation. Mr. Ross has served as UNC president for 5 years. The system’s president is chosen by the 32-member UNC Board of Governors (BoG), which itself is appointed by the NC General Assembly. The BoG has not stated a reason for their decision. Critics declaim BoG’s lack of transparency and apparently arbitrary exercise of power. The big debate is whether, in a newly Republican-dominated state legislature, this decision was politically motivated. Ross is associated with the Democratic party. This is one story amid larger critical concerns about the downward trend of state political support for higher education in NC.

More on the story from the Daily Tar Heel, UNC-CH’s student newspaper:

·         Ross accepts resignation but “doesn’t want to leave.”

·         Letter: A statement on Ross removal by the BOG. From “UNC School of Law on behalf of the Concerned Faculty and Friends of UNC.”

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LISSA Capstone Session


You’re invited to our Capstone Session!

We will be discussing the Capstone course requirement that every LIS student must complete before they graduate at UNCG. This session will feature former UNCG LIS students who have completed the capstone. This session will allow you to learn more about the course and ask questions to students who have insight and advice!

You can also participate in this session online

Have a question you want to ask our alumni panel? Fill out your question in this google form

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LISSA Social

Hi Everyone!

You’re invited to join us for our first LISSA social of the new semester

Come hang out with us at Hops Burger Bar in Greensboro on Friday, February 6th from 4pm to 6pm

Email us at if you have any questions!

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Updates from the Graduate Student Association

News from the Graduate Student Association meeting, Thurs., 11/20/2014

Major news items on Tuition & Fees, which are made on a 2-year plan by UNCG administration. Plans for 2015-17 have just been approved. They will be sent on to the UNC system’s Board of Directors for final review and approval.

See current Tuition & Fees schedule (Spring 2015) here:


Student Fees Committee notice:

–         For 2015-16, a 3.5% increase over 2014-15 rates has been approved.

–         For 2016-17, a further 8% increase over 2015-16 rates has been approved. Two committee members, representing the GSA and the Chancellor respectively, dissented on this item, voting for a 5% increase.

–         The GSA reports that the largest of the 7 fees areas (described here, to increase will be the Facilities/Debt Service (FDS) Fees. Facts about FDS Fees:

o   What are FDS Fees?: ‘Pays for debt incurred on “capital projects” which cannot be built using state funds – for example: soccer stadium, student recreation center, baseball stadium, EUC renovation, student health center expansion/renovation.’ (

o   Examples of recent ‘capital projects’ are listed on page 10 (ten) of the UNCG Business Affairs Annual Report, 2012-13, viewable here:

o   Current 2014-15 rate for FDS Fees are $707 per academic year (for an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours). This is higher than any other UNC school’s FDS Fees (see comparison chart,


Tuition notice:

–         For 2015-16, a 5% increase over 2014-15 rates has been approved.

–         For 2016-17, a further 5% increase over 2015-16 rates has been approved.

–         GSA is concerned about faculty salaries and the possibly unethical process by which faculty raises are sought and earned. Graduate students deserve the best teachers and the best teachers deserve a fair raise request process. GSA reports that faculty, in order to obtain a pay raise, must first apply for another teaching position at another university, obtain a salary quote for that position, then present that quote to UNCG administration, which then considers matching a higher salary quote. This encourages UNCG faculty members to apply for jobs which they have no intention of taking, if offered. Furthermore, the job application process is time-consuming, diverting from normal faculty duties, like teaching. GSA is concerned about the dishonesty and diversion of faculty’s attention this procedure promotes. No resolution has been reached by GSA on whether or how to address the issue.


Graduate Research & Creativity Expo, 2015:

–         April 19, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm, in EUC Cone Ballroom

–         For more info, see


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