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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 librarian.

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 Up

Make-A-Connection Student and Recent Graduate Sign Up

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 experience
  • The committee will provide you with the contact information of the student
  • 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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