Meet Your New Co-directors

Hello from your new ALA/TLA co-directors! We wanted to introduce ourselves so you could get to know us a little bit better.

Megan Martinsen

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Megan is a proud graduate of Georgetown University in Washington DC. She received her B.A. in History, with minors in Art History and Classics, in May 2013. She is interested in research libraries and dreams of one day becoming a rare books librarian. She has previously worked as a GRA in the UT Library system and she is currently a TA for Children’s Literature. In her free time she enjoys crafting, binge watching TV, shopping, and, of course, reading.  She wants ALA/TLA to be a place for professional growth and friendship, as well as excellent snacks!

Jeremy Selvidge

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Jeremy is a proud former student of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English in May 2013. He plans to pursue a career in academic librarianship upon completing his MSIS, with goals of one day teaching at a college or university. Jeremy can most often be found at the iSchool, purple-shirting in the lab or reading a book in the Tocker Lounge. His goals for ALA/TLA this year are to promote networking and development through involvement in these two professional organizations and camaraderie among iSchool students through social gatherings.

Laura Fry

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Laura got her Bachelors from Transylvania University with a double major in Biology and Spanish.  She moved to Austin to serve in AmeriCorps teaching after school Science programs.  This led her to get certified to teach.  She taught middle school Math and Science in AISD for four years before returning to graduate school.  She is interested in Health Information Technology and is working as a GRA on Health Informatics Research while at UT and volunteering in the medical library at Dell Children’s Hospital.  She hopes to bring attention to the special libraries as an ALA/TLA co-director.

Gretchen LeCheminant

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Gretchen received her undergraduate degree from BYU-Idaho, where she studied neuropsychology. She grew up all over the US, living in Utah, Virginia, and New Mexico. (She spent some time in Canada as well, but will only talk about that when pressed.) She moved to Austin to enable her breakfast taco addiction. Because she is obsessed with words, she has recently taken up calligraphy as a hobby.  Gretchen plans to use her time at the iSchool to become well-versed in the art of youth services librarianship. She runs the social media accounts for the ALA/TLA student group and would gladly welcome any and all interesting articles about librarianship so she can talk about them on twitter.

Also, don’t forget that the first ALA/TLA meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30 PM! The location is 1.506A and there will be treats, as well as a discussion of the awesome events that we have planned for this semester.


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Re-cap: our year as co-directors

The semester is coming to a close, and we are looking for new co-directors to fill our shoes for the next year! If you’d like to apply for one of the open spots simply send an email to us at with “Co-Director Nomination” in the subject line. Include your name, email address, and expected graduation date and then describe in 100 to 200 words why you want to be an ALA/TLA co-director. Email us your application by next Thursday, November 14th! Once all the nominations are in, we’ll put together a survey that will allow iSchoolers to read your blurbs and vote for the four people they believe should take over this student organization.
Meanwhile, here’s a re-cap of what we did this year!

January 8, 2013: We gave a tour of UTA for new students and went bowling at the Union.

January 14. 2013: We provided free cocoa and cookies in the student lounge. It was great to meet new students!

January 17, 2013: We held a volunteer panel where students could learn how to get involved in volunteer positions. We hosted a happy hour afterwards at the Dog and Duck.

January 23-27, 2013: We attended ALA Mid-Winter and helped Dr. Immroth with her campaign. We live tweeted panels at the conference.

February 2, 2013: Book Club! We discussed All the Pretty Horses while chowing down at Hyde Park Bar and Grill.

February 24, 2013: We hosted a book drive and then volunteered with Inside Books to provide reading materials to incarcerated peoples in Texas.

March 2, 2013: We skyped (!!!) with Printz winning author John Corey Whaley to discuss his book Where Things Come Back.

March 4, 2013: We hosted our bi-annual bake sale!

March 27, 2013: We toured UpHaus library, a beautiful early reader center.

April 1, 2013: We enjoyed prohibition-era cocktails at ALA/TLA Happy Hour at Peche.

April 6, 2013: Book club! We enjoyed brunch at Russel’s while discussing The Night Circus.

April 18, 2013: Martin Middle School Literacy Night. We collaborated with the librarian at Martin Middle School to provide story telling stations for the family and friends of the middle schoolers.

April 24, 2013: We attended the TLA annual conference. We live tweeted panels at the conference.

Welcome Week!! We teamed with SASI to provide a number of fun welcome week activities including the bats at Congress bridge, two-stepping, and happy hours.

September 9, 2013: We provided ice cream in the student lounge to welcome the new students.

September 21, 2013: Book Club! We drove out to Lake Travis to enjoy the view and discuss Reboot.

September 29, 2013: Hosted a banned books photoshoot! It was a great success. See post below for the photos.

October 8, 2013: Bi-annual bake sale!

October 19, 2013: Book Club! We enjoyed high tea and discussed The Paris Wife.

October 26, 2013: Lit Crawl! We attended the Texas Book Fest lit crawl and events such as Drunk Literary History, where our very our Grace got to meet Derek Waters and perform onstage!

November 8, 2013: Our co-director Harry Ostlund got an award for being the TA of month!

November 12, 2013: Yesterday, we hosted a career panel with several librarians to give advice on how to get hired in the field.

In between all of that, we’ve hosted bi-weekly and then monthly general meetings. We also improved traffic on the Facebook page, got 30 new page likes and reached an all time high of 940 views on our Banned Books photoshoot.

Phew, it’s been a busy year! Thanks for having us!


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Caught Reading Banned Books!

This week we commemorated Banned Books Week by snapping “mug shots” of students and faculty that were caught reading a banned (or challenged) book.

As (future) librarians, we strive to uphold the Library Bill of Rights. The first three  are especially important in our fight for intellectual freedom.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

These photos signify our belief in intellectual freedom and the right to read a book you are interested in, despite content that may conflict with another’s personal belief systems.

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Recap: First General Meeting (9/5/13)

Hey guys,

Last night we met up at Zocalo Cafe for our first meeting. We discussed:

-Volunteer opportunities. There are many places around Austin that need volunteers. Contact us for a list of organizations and librarians looking for volunteers.

-Ice Cream Social. We are looking for a volunteer to help with the ice cream social on Monday from 12-1. If you can help during that hour with serving and clean up, please let us know. Otherwise, just come for the ice cream. Please RSVP on Facebook here.

-Book Club. We are having book club at the Oasis on Sept 21. Time is TBD. We are reading Amy Tintera’s Reboot.

-Teen Book Fest. The TBT is September 28. Many of us will be there all day, so let us know if you would like to carpool. For more information on this event, see their webpage.

-Meeting times. What time would be best for you? We have a general meeting once a month. Email us with input or to be added to a Doodle poll to find the best time possible for all of us.

-Little Free Library. Katherine expressed interested in maintaining a little free library as an organization. Does anyone know a good location?



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September 2013 Events

September 5: First General meeting
Come join us September 5th, 6pm at Zocalo Cafe for our first general meeting. We will discuss preferences for monthly meeting times, activity for Banned Books week, book club, ice cream social at iSchool, and volunteering at the Teen Book Festival. As always, please let us know if you need a ride.

September 9: Ice Cream Social
The ALA/TLA student chapter is hosting an ice cream social on Monday, Sept 9 from 11am-1pm in the Tocker Student Lounge. Join the Facebook group here.

September 21: Book Club
Join us at the Oasis on the lake to eat some TexMex and talk about Amy Tintera’s “Reboot.”

September 28: Austin Teen Book Festival
We’ll be at the Teen Book Fest all day, listening to author panels and getting books signed. Interesting in joining us? Meet us there or contact us for a car pool option! Also, if you joined us for book club, come meet author Amy Tintera.

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Welcome Week Activities!

Hello new students! Here is our finalized plan for Welcome Week! Can’t wait to see you at the events!



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Welcome new students!

Hello incoming students!

My name is Lyndsey Myers and I am one of the current co-directors of the American Library Association/Texas Library Association student chapter.

This student organization strives to:

  • bring together iSchool students interested in academic, public, and school libraries.
  • provide programming on topics of interest and use in various library settings.
  • promote participation in ALA and TLA.

This upcoming semester is full of big plans. We are finalizing our Welcome Week activities and will update this post when we have more information. In September we will host our first meeting, have an ice cream social at school, participate in Banned Books week, and attend the Teen Book Festival. In October, we’ll have another monthly meeting, a bake sale, and participate in the Lit Crawl. In November, we’ll host a career panel with various types of professional librarians who will answer questions on how to attain your career goals. Also, we’ll begin looking for co-directors to take over for us in January! There will be four open co-director spots.

You don’t have to be a member of ALA or TLA to join in our activities. However, if you would like to join those organizations, students get a great discount! Follow this link for more information:

We are here to answer your questions about the organization and the iSchool. Feel free to contact us through one of the following methods:




We look forward to meeting you in August!

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