CUA LIS Student Savannah Nolan at AALL Conference

This July, I was fortunate enough to attend the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The conference overall was incredible, and it featured panels on topics like how to perform a Return on Investment survey for your law library, how to form strike teams to accomplish tasks, and an in-depth look at how BIBFRAME implementation is developing.  However, my number one piece of advice for library students thinking about attending the AALL Conference would be this: sign up for CONELL (which stands for the Conference of Newer Law Librarians).

Many CONELL participants arrive the Friday before the main conference and participate in “Dutch Treat” dinners where the checks are split by the restaurant. My group was small—just me, a librarian from Minnesota, and our two CONELL hosts, who are librarians from Columbia and Rutgers respectively that had been CONELL participants a few years ago.  It was a really great chance to get tips about the conference and to start recognizing faces.

The next day was the full CONELL workshop, starting with a breakfast and some socializing. This was followed by presentations from AALL leadership about the different ways we could start getting involved in the organization, like publishing in Spectrum and Law Library Journal or participating in the mentorship program.  The group was then split in half, and my half went to “Speed Network” with each other, which involved sitting across from each other and talking for a few minutes like you would in a speed-dating situation.  This was a little exhausting, but it was a great way to start to get to know people, which was a huge benefit when we would run into each other later on in the weekend.  Next my group visited the Marketplace where chapters and special interest groups had booths set up—similar to an Activity Fair at college.  Everyone at the Market Place was really encouraging about getting newer librarians involved in groups, and they encouraged me to attend their meetings and lectures going on during the conference.  Finally, many of us attended a walking tour of historical Philadelphia.  It was a little warm for a walking tour, but it was a good bonding experience and we got to see landmarks like the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross’s house.

Throughout the rest of the conference, there was usually at least one other person from CONELL at every event that I went to. Unlike larger conferences like the American Library Association conference, both AALL and law librarianship in general are much more close-knit, and breaking in to the group can be intimidating.  It was incredibly reassuring to have a group of people to talk to that were in the same position as me, just starting their careers.  If you’re starting out in law librarianship, I heartily recommend attending CONELL when you go to your first AALL annual meeting.  It will help you find your footing and it will be an excellent experience overall.

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Alumna wins award at ALA Annual, and selects CUA LIS for scholarship donation

Every year the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) presents their coveted Margaret Mann Citation award to an individual with outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification. The winner receives a citation, and OCLC donates a scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winner’s choice.

This year’s Margaret Mann Citation award recipient is CUA LIS alumna, Magda El-Sherbini, and she has graciously chosen The Catholic University of America’s Library and Information Science program to receive the $1000 scholarship.

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19th Special Libraries Symposium, 7/30 at 5:30pm

The 19th Special Libraries Symposium will be held on campus this coming Thursday, July 30, 5:30-8:00 PM.

Although the event is primarily held for the LSC 888 The Special Library/Information Center course, we have a limited amount of space for additional guests.

Current students in the CUA LIS program and recent alumni will be given priority.

If you are interested in attending please email as soon as possible.

Here are the details of the event, including the roster of panelists. It will be a great combination of information and networking:

What: 19th Special Libraries Symposium

When: Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 5:30-8:00 PM

Where: Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E. Washington, DC 20064, Room 305

Why: Held each year for LSC 888, The Special Library/Information Center, the course taught by Bruce Rosenstein, adjunct, CUA Department of Library and Information Science

Who: Guest panelists from the local library/information science field, and CUA LIS students; moderated by Bruce Rosenstein

We will adopt a modified ‘knowledge café’ format: the panelists and students will be divided into groups, and there will be rotating meetings of students and panelists to discuss the state of the art in the profession, plus best practices in careers and job hunting. The bios of the panelists will be distributed by email ahead of time.

There will also be built-in time for networking between panelists and students.

In previous years, students have gotten jobs and internships as a direct result of the symposium. If you are interested in a career in special libraries, this event is not to be missed!

19th Special Libraries Symposium July 30, 2015

The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science

Roster of panelists

Deena Adelman– MacroSys, LLC/ Federal Highway Administration Research Library

Joanne Berger– FDA

Barbara Ferry– National Geographic Society

Alexandra Gomes– The George Washington University Himmelfarb Health Library

Cameron Gowan– Jones Day

Michael Gruenberg– Gruenberg Consulting, LLC

Larry Guthrie– Covington & Burling LLP

Richard Huffine– The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science

Lois Ireland– Freddie Mac

Richard Kowalski– Consumer Electronics Association

Michele Masias– U.S. Department of Justice

Stephen Mayeaux– American Library Association

Johnna Percell– 2015 Google Policy Fellow, American Library Association

Hannah Sommers– The George Washington University

Marian Taliaferro– Association of American Medical Colleges

Mary Talley– Talley Partners

Joan Weeks– Library of Congress

Moderator: Bruce Rosenstein; Instructor, LSC 888, The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science

Bruce Rosenstein

Instructor, LSC 888 The Special Library/Information Center

The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science

Managing Editor, Leader to Leader

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Call for Proposals for 8th Annual Bridging the Spectrum Symposium

The 8th Annual Symposium will be held February 12, 2016.    The Call for Proposals was released July 13, 2015– Proposals are due Sept. 13. To submit your proposal, go to

Questions? Contact the Symposium Committee at cua-slis-symposium[at]

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NLM Practicum Post by CUA LIS Student Recognized Online at American Libraries

CUA LIS student, Kelsey Conway, completed a practicum at National Library of Medicine in the History of Medicine Division this summer. As an output of the practicum, she wrote a blog post for NLM. This post was redistributed online July 16 at ALA’s America Libraries Magazine under “Latest Links” ( titled “Medical advertisements after 1906.”

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CUA LIS Students and Alumna Featured Online in American Libraries Magazine

Recent CUA LIS alum, Christian Minter and current student, Anita Kinney were featured online in the American Libraries Magazine for their outstanding presentation on Public Health and Public Libraries at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference last month.

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LIS’ New Fall 2015 Reduced Tuition


Jump on board in Fall 2015! LIS has some amazing news for current and incoming students!  We are happy to announce its new-reduced tuition for the MSLIS program!

That’s right, starting Fall 2015, the new tuition rate will be $1,000 per credit. That’s $3,000 per course vs. the University’s regular tuition of $4,950.00 and a SAVINGS of $1,950.00!

50% special tuition for current student

Already receiving a 50% special tuition discount? No problem!  Current students already receiving the 50% discount are grandfathered into this change and will receive 50% off the regular graduate tuition during the duration of their program.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you and we will see you in the Fall!


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More Scholarships for Incoming Students This Fall


We are awarding Kortendick scholarships to admitted students based on their application, and potential success in the program and profession.

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CUA LIS Offers 50% Discount to Catholic School Teachers


Catholic School Teachers, we have a special tuition rate just for you!

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Research Services Coordinator (3 positions) – George Washington University – Washington, DC

The George Washington University Libraries (GW Libraries) is seeking
nominations and applications for three managers to serve as Research Services
Coordinators. GW Libraries has embarked on an exciting path, serving as a
catalyst to spark innovation and new ideas throughout the George Washington
University community. Fundamental to our vision is the proactive role that GW
Libraries play in sustaining and expanding our intellectual partnerships with
faculty and students across the university. This requires an empowered, agile
and highly collaborative staff that is willing to lead change and evolve in
responding to an ever­-changing information landscape.

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