In keeping with the Department of Library and Information Science’s commitment to service, this spring two student organizations of the LIS Department – ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) CUA Student Chapter and AGLISS (Association of Graduate Library and Information Science Students) –hosted volunteer events. On Saturday, April 9, the volunteers spent the day at Chavez Prep School and on Saturday, April 22 at John Tyler Elementary School.
LIS student groups have organized several volunteer opportunities in the past, and this year were delighted to have these volunteer activities included in The Catholic University’s inaugural “Cardinal Days of Service.”
About ten volunteers (CUA students, alumni, faculty and family) participated in each volunteer activity to organize shelves, weed outdated books, inventory collection, genrefy the fiction section, catalog books into the system, and create spring-themed library displays. Jennie Tomlinson (President of ASIS&T CUA Student Chapter and Librarian at Chavez Prep School) and Steve Reichlen (Vice-President of ASIS&T CUA Student Chapter and Librarian at John Tyler Elementary School) coordinated these events.
After the volunteer event at her school library, Jennie said in an email to all participating volunteers:
“… I want to thank you all for volunteering at the Chavez Prep library this past weekend. I’m amazed at how much we were able to accomplish in one day! I’ve definitely seen an immediate positive impact from our work.
“The English/Language Arts teachers at my school love the spring-themed poetry display, and students have been checking out books of poems to prepare for our Speech Meet competition. The kids have also been far more careful about putting the graphic novels back in alphabetical order thanks to the new call numbers. The response to the genrefication project has been overwhelmingly positive. Multiple students have said that the new system allows them to quickly find a book they want to read.
Thank you once again for your hard work. I’m so grateful that you all spent some of your valuable weekend time making the Chavez Prep library a better place for the students…”
You can see more photos of these events at https://www.facebook.com/cuaasist/