Professional Organizations Information Session & Happy Hour

When: Friday, April 11th, 6pm-9pm

Where: SLIS Information Commons (Suite 315), Columbus School of Law, Catholic University

AGLISS invites you to come learn more about the benefits of joining a professional organization. Come hear current professionals share about their experiences with professional organizations and how it impacted their career development, followed by an opportunity to greet and mingle. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Amanda Wilson – District of Columbia Library Association
  • Matthew Braun – American Association of Law Libraries/Librarians
  • Ann Brown – Reference and User Services Association, Reference Services Section
  • Jerry Simmons – Society of American Archivists
  • Chris Vestal – District of Columbia Special Libraries Association

This event is open to all Library Science, Information Science, and Health Information Technology students in the DC, MD, and VA area, regardless of academic institution. Please feel free to invite friends and colleagues.

Please RSVP to join the event.

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Law Librarianship Panel Discussion-Saturday, April 5, 10am-12 noon

Join Us For A Discussion on  Law Librarianship!

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 10am-12pm

Place: Columbus School of Law, room 305

Interested in working in the legal information field? Think you need to have a law degree to work as a law librarian? Think again!

The Advanced Legal Research Class at Catholic University welcomes you to talk to a panel of  five law librarians about their experiences and current opportunities in today’s legal information environment.


  • Scott Craft (Reference Librarian, Howard University School of Law)
  • Robin Foltz (Librarian, Department of Justice)
  • Kate Martin (Law Librarian, Circuit Court for Montgomery County)
  • Todd Weaver (Energy Practice Research Librarian, Jones Day)
  • Kate Wilko (Research Librarian, Supreme Court)

A Continental Breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to Dr. Renate Chancellor by Thursday, April 3.  Hope to see you there!

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ALA President Barbara Stirpling to deliver Stone Lecture, Friday, April 4 @ 6:30 PM

April 4, 2014 – 24th Annual Stone Lecture

“Demanding our Right to Libraries:  Opportunities and Challenges,” by  ALA President Barbara Stripling.

April 4, 2014, at   6:30pm, in the Caldwell Auditorium on the CUA campus.

RSVP using the following link:

During the program, the Raymond Von Dran Award for outstanding career achievement will be presented to distinguished CUA SLIS alumnus Barrie L. Howard, Information Technology Specialist at The Library of Congress.


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Online Information Session, Thursday, March 20 at 1 PM

Interested in learning more about the master’s programs offered
at CUA’s Department of Library & Information Science!

Join our online Information session Today

Thursday, March 20, at 1 PM EDT

All you need is an Internet connection –

RSVP now

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Computers in Libraries (CiL) Exhibition tour

Computers in Libraries (CiL) Exhibition tour!

AGLISS and CUA Student Chapters of ASIS&T and SLA are co-hosting the exhibition tour to the Computers in Libraries (CiL) Conference (April 7-9) at the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel.

The schedule for the group tour is:

*   April 7, Monday, 4:00 – 5:45 pm (CiL’s networking reception 5:00 – 5:45 pm)

*   April 8, Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

After the tour, we will have coffee/tea time with the support of AGLISS.

If you are interested in joining us, get your free pass here: (CiL is offering FREE Exhibit Hall Passes until March 7!).

And, RSVP using the form here with your participation date (April 7 or April 8).

For more information on CiL 2014:

We look forward to seeing many of you at CiL.

AGLISS (Lea Harrison, President; Jennifer Fagan-Fry, Vice President; Alyse Minter, Public Relations Officer; Dr. Sue Yeon Syn, Faculty Advisor)

ASIS&T CUA Student Chapter (Darhlene Banks, President; Amy Chenaille, Vice-President; Martha Chapin, Communication Officer; Dr. Sung Un Kim, Faculty Advisor)

SLA CUA Student Chapter (Katie Kane, President; Kelly Knight, Vice President –External; Sam Russell, Vice President – Internal; Elizabeth Lieutenant, Secretary; Angela Kent, DC/SLA Program Committee Representative; Professor David Shumaker)



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February 2014 Alumni News

Angela Aranas Kent (MSLIS 2013) was designated a 2014 Rising Star by the Special Libraries Association (SLA).  The SLA Rising Star Award is presented annually to recognize new members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession.  It is presented to outstanding SLA members who have one to five years of professional experience as an information professional.

David Mao (MSLS 1999), Law Librarian of Congress, was the featured presenter at the CUA LIS Colloquium on February 27, 2014.  Mao, the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress, spoke on “The Law Library of Congress: Acquisitions, Access, and Authority.”

Kathy Kelly (MSLS 1994), after completing her 2013 year as the Recording Secretary for the DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (DC/SLA), is now serving as the Chapter’s Volunteer Coordinator for 2014.  She has also joined the Chapter’s Web Team.

Bruce Rosenstein (MSLS 1987), Managing Editor of “Leader to Leader” and author of “Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way” (McGraw-Hill, 2013) and “Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life” (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) co-presented with Marie Kaddell of LexisNexis at DC SLA’s “Publishing Series: Writing Revolutions” event on February 27, 2014 at LexisNexis.  The speakers addressed the different paths available in publishing alternatives today.

Kee Malesky (MSLS 1986) retired at the end of 2013 after almost thirty years as a librarian at the DC headquarters of National Public Radio.  Kee is the author of All Facts Considered (Wiley 2010) and Learn Something New Every Day (Wiley 2012), and wrote an occasional column for called Kee Facts.  See:

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School Library Media Panel Discussion

LIS students and anyone interested in the school library media profession are invited to the SLM Panel Discussion Session!

When:  Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12:30-3:00PM

Where: 307 Columbus School of Law, CUA

Invited panelists will share their work experience as a school librarian or a director of SLM program at the district level. They will also have advice for your job application process. This session is planned as part of the Administration of School Library Media Programs course at CUA’s LIS Department, but is open to all interested in learning more about SLM. The session will consist of panelists’ presentations, followed by discussion and Q&A. A light lunch will be provided.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP to Dr. Sung Un Kim ( by Friday, March 21.

Our panelists are:

  • Jennifer Boudrye (District of Columbia Public Schools)
  • Anthony Clark (Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD)
  • Priscille Dando (Fairfax County Public Schools, VA)
  • Sarah Elwell (District of Columbia Public Schools)
  • Diane Tan (Arlington Public Schools, VA)
  • Matthew Winner (Howard County Public Schools, MD)
  • Jessica Zeiler (Fairfax County Public Schools, VA)
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ASIS&T CUA student chapter Volunteer Event

ASIS&T CUA student chapter, LIS/HIT students, alumni, faculty, and their friends (Amy Chenaille, Martha Chapin, Amanda Johnson, Nfagie Kadda, Dr. Sung Un Kim, Kate Price, Katie Rodda, Sam Russell, Alisha Strother, Dr. Sue Yeon Syn, and Jessica Zeiler) volunteered at the new campus of the Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG) on Saturday, February 8, 2014. WMSG is an independent 4-8 grades Catholic Day School located in Southeast D.C.
The group helped set up a library in the new campus and worked on cataloging, processing, shelf-reading, and shelf-signage in collaboration with Ms. Jill Gelman (Reading Specialist) and Ms. Jennifer Froetschel (Librarian Consultant, MSLIS 2013). Thank you again to all participants!
Visit and “Like” the CUA ASIS&T Facebook page (! You can find more about our organization, activities and photos. Also, we are recruiting members of ASIS&T CUA Student Chapter. If you are interested, complete and submit the online membership form at
As our next activity, we are planning to co-host a group tour to the Computers in Libraries Conference Exhibition ( in collaboration with AGLISS and SLA CUA Student Chapter. Please stay tuned for more information.
ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) CUA Student Chapter
The CUA Student Chapter of ASIS&T provides an opportunity for its members to share their special concerns and present programs which cater to specific interest as it relates to career goals as information science professionals. Members will be invited to participate in ASIS&T CUA student chapter events such as: general meetings, volunteer opportunities, guest lectures and networking with local professionals which will enhance students’ personal growth and career development.
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Online Information Session will be held February 13 @ Noon, rain or shine!

Just before 12 noon, Thursday – (if you have power) – you may open this link to enter as a guest for the virtual info session on the Master’s programs offered at CUA’s Department of Library & Information Science.


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February 27 Colloquium with David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress

 “The Law Library of Congress: Acquisitions, Access, and Authenticity”

 A Colloquium with David Mao

Law Librarian of Congress

Thursday, February 27, 6:00 p.m.
Columbus School of Law, Room 205
Directions - complimentary parking in garage
The Catholic University of America

Originally founded to serve the United States Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States, the Law Library of Congress is today the world’s largest law library, and its mandate has expanded to include serving the legal information needs of the nation and the world.  David S. Mao, Law Librarian of Congress, talks about the creation of world’s largest collection of legal heritage, the access challenges to materials in various formats, and the importance of authentic versions of primary legal information.

About the speaker:
David S. Mao is the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress. He manages the Law Library of Congress, which contains the world’s largest collection of legal materials and serves as the leading research center for foreign, comparative, and international law. Previously he served as Deputy Law Librarian and as a section head in the Congressional Research Service. Mr. Mao is a magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University. He earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and was in private practice for several years before pursuing a master’s degree in library science at The Catholic University of America. Before entering government service, he held positions at the Georgetown University Law Library and within the research library of the international law firm of Covington and Burling LLP. Mr. Mao has served as treasurer and board member of the American Association of Law Libraries, and currently is treasurer and a board member of the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, of which he is a founding member. A member of the American Bar Association, he is admitted to the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.

Note regarding accommodations: Please contact David Shumaker,, at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

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