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From: Janel White <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Subject: [sla-cdc] DC/SLA announces its Make-A-Connection program
To: Washington DC Chapter <[log in to unmask]>

DC/SLA is relaunching and rebranding its *Spend a Day with a Special
Librarian* program as the *Make-A-Connection* program.

The *Make-A-Connection* program enables students to understand what it means
to be in a specialized environment such a special library by connecting them
with practicing LIS professionals to learn more about their jobs, work
environments, and career history.

This program allows students to explore different types of work situations
and make connections within the local community of information
professionals. For the LIS professionals this program allows them an
opportunity to give back to the profession and interact with a new

We are looking for interested students who are currently enrolled in a
library program and/or have graduated in the past six months as well as LIS
professionals who are willing to host one or more students in various ways.

If you are interested please fill out the appropriate sign-up form below by
*Wednesday, May 18th*. A committee member will contact you by *Monday, May
23rd* with the student(s) or professional that you are matched up with.

The specific date and time for the actual connection will be up to the
matched student and professional. We encourage you to complete your
connection by the mid-July.

Feel free to reach out to any of the committee members if you have questions
about the program.

Aimee Babcock-Ellis ([log in to unmask])
Anna Forsher ([log in to unmask])
Janel White ([log in to unmask])

Make-A-Connection Host Sign

Make-A-Connection Student and Recent Graduate Sign

Host Guidelines

The Make-a-Connection program does not involve a particular day or format.
Students and hosts should work together to determine a mutually convenient
time. The format is also flexible and may include:

   - job “shadowing”
   - an informational interview
   - a library tour
   - to an in-person conversation over a cup of coffee.

Additional Guidelines:

   - Whatever time you are able to share with a student will be appreciated
   - If you agree to host more than one student, *please meet with each
   student separately* so each participant can have an individualized
   - The committee will provide you with the contact information of the
   - It is the student’s responsibility to contact you to find a mutually
   agreeable time
   - After the in-person connection has been made, fill out the short
   questionnaire to provide feedback so we can further improve the program

Student and Recent Graduate Guidelines

  Students and recent graduates who sign up for the Make-a-Connection
program will be provided with the contact information of a few potential
hosts. It is up to you to start the connection and find a mutally agreeable
date and time to meet. Your experience will vary depending upon your host's
availability. Some hosts are able to:

   - have a visitor for the whole day
   - have a vistor for part of a day
   - provide a tour of their office
   - have lunch or coffee

Additional Guidelines:

   - You will meet with your host individually
   - After you have completed your visit fill out the short feedback
   questionnaire to improve the program in the future.
   - If you have any questions or difficulties, let one of the committee
   members know.


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Christopher M. Vestal
DC/SLA 2011 Communications Secretary
Phone: (540) 227-0718
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