Not All Quiet on the iSchool Front

It’s high summer here at the iSchool. If you’re not taking a summer class you might think that means the halls of Hornbake’s South Wing are dark and empty; you’d be wrong. Lots of things are happening in the iSchool in preparation for the start of the Fall semester. Here’s a taste:

Save the Date! New Student Orientation is August 26-27, 2012
This year the iSchool will hold its first mandatory orientation for all incoming students. The days will be filled with fun, prizes, and answers to all your questions. All in-coming students have been emailed an RSVP, but you can also find it here.

Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education
Organizing and planning our first Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education is well underway! The event will be held on November 8-9, 2012 on the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. The event is FREE and anyone can register for two days of panels and talks on issues of serving diverse populations, recruiting diverse students to MLS programs, and much more.

E-Government and Scholarships, Oh My!
The iSchool in partnership with the American Library Association Office of Government Relations has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant which will provide scholarships for a cohort of 15 students who choose to pursue an MLS with an e-government specialization. Scholarships will be available for students who begin their MLS studies in Fall 2013. Application information and complete details about the program will be posted online in the next few weeks.

Student Organizations Gearing Up
Your fabulous student organizations are already hard at work planning events, socials, and more for the up-coming academic year. Keep your eyes open for information from the ALA Student Chapter (ALA@UMD), Student Archivists at Maryland (SAM), the SLA Student Group at Maryland, our American Society For Information Science & Technology (ASIST) Student Chapter, and newest student organization, iDiversity. We’ll be spotlighting events and organization leaders throughout the year, so stay tuned…

iSchool Information Session
If you’re not a current iSchool student or know someone who’s intrigued by the idea of getting an MLS, don’t worry; we’ve got an information session planned! On Wednesday, August 8 from 4-6pm, an information session will be held on the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. For more information please contact


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