Pratt-SILS is a small community but strong in commitment to professionalism, leadership and service. It is an environment where leadership thrives, and I was part of that leadership through my service to the School of Information and Library Science Student Association (SILSSA).
President, 2009 - 2010
As SILSSA President, I was part of a dynamic group of student leaders committed to our diverse member base. As de facto student body representatives, my colleagues and I promoted advocacy, collaboration and community, keeping in mind the various circumstances (employment, educational and otherwise) of our peers.
Projects and initiatives we introduced during my presidential year include the following:
- Registration Roundtable: This two part workshop featured a tutorial of the online registration system and testimonials from senior SILS students on courses and instructors. I participated in the testimonial portion of the program.
- Partnership with ALA: We were also honored to host ALA President Camila Alire for a lecture and open forum on February 9, 2010, and I had the pleasure of introducing Dr. Alire to the SILS community.
- Office Hours: Officers had open time each week, either in person or online, when students can come to chat about classes, life at Pratt-SILS, or librarianship in general. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only graduate student organization with regular office hours.
Treasurer, 2008 - 2009
As Treasurer, I had a lesser role (but no less important) in the organization. I helped plan events and run meetings with my fellow officers, prepare budgets and financial reports, and work with Student Activities to ensure all bills were paid on time. I was also a judge for the first essay contest to send students to the ALA Annual Meeting.