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Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Opportunity for Students (Deadline 22 July 2014)

The following is an interview with Nancy Faget, Federal Librarian at the Army Research Laboratory, about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship. More information can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs/ Deadline for this year is July 22nd.

For more information, please read below.

1) What is the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship? How did VSFS eInternships come about?

A few years ago, the State Department noticed that there were thousands of students volunteering to do projects. The students were quite talented and interested in contributing to State Department to convey their message around the world. Bridget Roddy now runs the VSFS program hundreds of projects available at multiple agencies. (See their video.)

From my perspective as a military librarian, I was interested in a large pool of candidates who might have language skills and interest in science research. VSFS seemed a good way to get the word out about our projects for academic credit.

There are more virtual jobs being offered in Federal government. For example: Take a look at the virtual teachers that DoD Education Activity are hiring

2) What kinds of projects have participants been responsible for? Are links to these past projects available online?

I’ve sponsored virtual internships for a number of years now by advertising them through the library schools. It was great to see that the VSFS program allowed me to advertise internships there, too.

Some projects were similar to the ones I was doing at my military library (Army Research Laboratory) like this one for the Buenos Aires embassy (“Increase awareness of U.S. initiatives in science, technology, and innovation by finding open source materials to highlight on the embassy’s Virtual Science Corner website”). It seemed like a good idea to post my project there so we’ll see who applies there and who emails me directly to apply.

A full list of projects from past students and available for future students can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs . Apply for one of the 2014-15 projects by July 22nd!

 3) Who is eligible for the VSFS eInternship? How do students apply?

U.S. citizens who are enrolled undergrad, grad, or post grad student can apply. Students pick the projects they want to apply to by submitting application via USAJobs.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373688600
4) Who do eInterns work with? How do they telecommute?

Each person with a project who seeks a student must define how the student will work with them. In our case, I provide access to commercial databases, web based training, collaboration via phone/email, and mentoring along the way as the work product develops. Additionally, I think it important to teach the student about Federal librarianship, help them network within the community, and promote their work.   Sometimes I have one student in a semester, sometimes more working on a project as a team. The students finished that project with a webinar and a presentation at an annual conference on their work.

5) Have former eInterns found positions in government? What kinds of opportunities can a VSFS eIntership provide?

I can speak about my former virtual interns. One University of Maryland virtual intern entered Federal government as a contractor, and now she works as a Federal employee at the NIST library. One University of Washington virtual intern works at the U.S. GPO.   One former VSFS student is coming to work for me in a few weeks in our new Library Fellows program. It looks great on a resume when you have completed a project for a Federal agency.

The student projects have provided great benefit to our library. One student project resulted in our getting an additional $187,000 in funding. One student project resulted in a better engagement strategy when our scientists met with the Italian delegation. If anyone wants to speak with me or a former intern, just email me at nancy.g.faget.civ@mail.mil.

6) Is there any advice that you would give to someone applying for the VSFS eInternship, in terms of applying to be an eIntern and in terms of having a successful internship?

You’ll have to be a self-starter to be successful in a virtual internship. It’s an opportunity to help solve real world problems, so take it seriously. Have faith that the work you do enhances your resumes, increases your experiences, and helps the Federal government. All that while earning credit? What an opportunity!

If you were approaching someone to offer you a virtual internship (and yes, you can suggest one to a military librarian), please do so early enough that the paperwork can be properly filed with your school so that you do earn academic credit. All of the VSFS State Department opportunities can allow you to earn academic credit, so ASK. You are a professional working on behalf of the Federal government, so put your best foot forward.

You’re proactive, or you wouldn’t apply for such a program. Network, learn, and leverage the opportunity as much as you can.

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Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

The Philadelphia Chapter has an upcoming program that is available as an onsite and virtual program.

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Onsite:

Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

When: Wednesday, July 30,2014 from 5: 30 -7:30pm Where: General Electric (GE) Betz facility: 4636 Somerton Road, Trevose, PA 19053 The SLA Philadelphia and Princeton-Trenton chapters will be hosting a Career Workshop on starting an information consulting business. This will be an onsite program with webcasting option. We will have 3 panelists discussing “Career Workshop: Information Consulting as a Career.” There will be time for networking and light refreshments before the presentation. For more information and to register click here

 Virtual only:

Webcast: Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

Here is an opportunity to participate in a live webcast, “Information Consulting as a Career.”  It will take place on Wednesday, July 30,2014 from 6:00-7:30pm Eastern.

For more information and to register click here and then as a Webcast participant select “Webcast” from the Membership status drop down menu.

Access information to the webinar will be given to the registrant via email.

Marrette Pearsall

SLA Philadelphia, President-elect and programming chair

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SLA2014 Vancouver, BC – Schedule of events for Military Libraries Division.

You can find the schedule of events of interest to Military Libraries Division at the link below:

Programs and Events @SLA2014 for Military Libraries Division

 

ALL SLA 2014 attendees are invited to attend the Programs and Events planned for you in Vancouver by the Military Libraries Division (DMIL). We especially invite Library School Students and recent grads seeking jobs. We remember the days of tight budgets; the Networking Breakfasts on Monday and Tuesday and the Tuesday evening Open House will help with eats and treats during SLA 2014.*** We hope you will attend and enjoy meeting Division Members at the FREE Networking Breakfasts on Monday and Tuesday as well as a very enjoyable International Open House on Tuesday, Jun 10 from 6-9 p.m. as the Conference winds down.

 

Sunday, Jun 8

**** How NOT to Run a Meeting; Facilitation Skills 101 for Librarians

Why Facilitation Matters: A Comedy of (Meeting) Errors. Remember the best (and worst) meetings you’ve ever attended? This humorous set of interactive skits will show you why some meetings and events are truly awful, and why the best ones are often the ones that are most skilfully (and sometimes very subtly) facilitated. Introduces and uses Group Works: A Pattern Language (and 91-card deck) for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings. Includes a brief introduction to the topic of facilitation and how you can learn to improve your facilitation skills, both as a leader and as a participant in group events. Program Take-Aways; - Participants will learn about the basics of meeting facilitation.  - Participants will improve their facilitation skills as a leader or as a participant.  Moderator Sharon Lenius  – Retired, National Guard, DMIL Program Planning   Speaking: Dave Pollard Author and Entrepreneur, “After Us the Dragons”   Sunday June 8, 2014 3:30pm – 5:00pm Convention Centre West, Room 109 Presented By Military Libraries DivisionPetroleum & Energy Resources Division Sponsored By IEEE, Springer

Monday, Jun 9

***Military Libraries Division Networking Breakfast

The Military Libraries Division invites ALL interested attendees to join us for a breakfast buffet paired with good conversation and excellent company. Meet Division members and learn about the various services provided to the military by our librarians.  Monday June 9, 2014 7:30am – 9:00am  Convention Centre West, Room 204 Presented By Military Libraries Division Sponsored By IEEE

Tuesday, Jun 10

***Military Libraries Division Networking Breakfast

The Military Libraries Division invites ALL interested attendees to join us for a breakfast buffet paired withgood conversation and excellent company. MeetDivision members and learn about the various services provided to the military by our librarians. Tuesday June 10, 2014 7:30am – 9:00am Convention Centre West, Room 207 Presented By Military Libraries Division Sponsored by ProQuest

 ***Military Libraries Division International OPEN HOUSE

Join the Military Libraries Division (DMIL) for an evening of food and fun! Take the opportunity to unwind, meet Division members and work on our customary puzzle. Tuesday June 10, 2014 6:00pm – 9:00pm  Renaissance, Salon E Presented By Military Libraries Division With support to the Division  from WT Cox Information Services

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Commemorate the Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery through Government Documents

Trudy Hawkins posted: “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the designation of Arlington National Cemetery. On May 13, 1864, the body of Private William Henry Christman of Pennsylvania was laid to rest on the grounds of Arlington House, the former home of Gen. Robert E. Lee”

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Commemorate the Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery through Government Documents

by Trudy Hawkins

150th ANCThis year marks the 150th anniversary of the designation of Arlington National Cemetery. On May 13, 1864, the body of Private William Henry Christman of Pennsylvania was laid to rest on the grounds of Arlington House, the former home of Gen. Robert E. Lee until the Civil War. Private Christman was the first soldier laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, one month prior to its official establishment as a military cemetery. The first of many events to be held this summer commemorating this important anniversary, began on May 13, 2014 with the laying of a wreath at Private Christman’s grave. Special Guided Tours are also planned, through the months of May and June. The events conclude with a laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on June 16th.

A wreath is placed at the grave of Army Private William Christman, the first person laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Image source: www.dcmilitary.com

A wreath is placed at the grave of Army Private William Christman, the first person laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Image source: http://www.dcmilitary.com

There are many Government documents available to learn more about the Civil War, Arlington House, and the designation and history of Arlington National Cemetery. For a brief history, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs publication, Arlington National Cemetery. You can also check out this fact sheet about the history and development of all VA National Cemeteries.

Arlington House and the development of Arlington National Cemetery

The National Park Service (NPS) has published several publications regarding the remarkable history of Arlington House, including the following publications, which are currently available from the U.S. Government Bookstore:

arlington houseArlington House: A Guide to Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia. Although small in size like most NPS handbooks, this publication provides a wealth of information on the history of Arlington House. The publication opens with an introduction of General Lee and Arlington House. It also presents a brief historical account of the house and its occupants, the Custises and the Lees, as well as providing concise information on the house and its grounds.

cultural landscape reportThe National Park Service also published a Cultural Landscape Report about Arlington House in 2001. As stated in the report, “It’s hard to imagine today what the grounds of Arlington House originally looked like because of the graves of Arlington National Cemetery that surround the house. Arlington National Cemetery almost overwhelms Arlington House.” This Cultural Landscape Report and Site History about Arlington House, tells the story of the creation and use of Arlington House and its link to the formation and design of our national cemetery. It compiles in one place the site’s heritage, documents the changes over time, and establishes what is important to preserve. To learn more about Cultural Landscape Reports read A Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports: Contents, Process, and Techniques available from the GPO Bookstore. You can also read Custis-Lee Mansion: The Robert E. Lee Memorial online from the National Park Service, or check out a print copy at a local Federal depository library.custis-lee mansion

National Cemetery Burial Eligibility

Arlington National Cemetery holds about 27 funerals each week. There are several House Committee Reports regarding veterans’ eligibility for burial in Arlington. H.R. 3211 of the 105th Congress, as well as H.R. 3423 from the 107th Congress amended Title 38 of the U.S. Code to modify eligibility of burial in Arlington National Cemetery. You can access hearings, as well as the legislative history for H.R. 3423 and other bills online. You can also visit a Federal depository library for older reports concerning burials, such as a 1921 report before a subcommittee on the Expenses of burial in Arlington Cemetery of an unknown member of the Expeditionary Forces. You can also browse the volumes of “The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies” for any records of the history of Arlington House and the appropriation of the land by the Federal government after the war. The volumes are available at many Federal depository libraries.

Arlington National Cemetery Memorials

There are many memorials at Arlington National Cemetery commemorating wars, notable military figures, presidents, and service men and women. If you visit a Federal depository library you could check out a copy of “In Remembrance of a Sailor: a shrine to America’s heroes”, a 1990 publication from the U.S. Navy Department. Information about other memorials in the cemetery can be found on the Arlington Cemetery website.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Dwight D. Eisenhower places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War I during interment ceremonies for the Unknown Servicemen of World War II and the Korean Conflict, at Arlington National Cemetery. Image source: Old Guard

President Dwight D. Eisenhower places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of World War I during interment ceremonies for the Unknown Servicemen of World War II and the Korean Conflict, at Arlington National Cemetery. Image source: Old Guard

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was approved by Congress on March 4, 1921. Details of the act can be found in the Congressional Record from that period. You can visit a Federal depository library to access historic copies of the Congressional Record and view the enabling legislation for the Tomb of the Unknowns. The remains of soldiers from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War lay in state and are honored by The Old Guard. In 1984, the remains of an unknown Vietnam War soldier were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown. A document about this soldier, “The Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam War Era” was created by the U.S. Army Center of Military History. You can read more about it at a Federal depository library, or online from the HathiTrust. Pictures of the Tomb of the Unknowns can be found on the Old Guard Pinterest Board.

If you’re not in the Washington, DC area to participate in any of the events mentioned in this blog, curl up with these documents and immerse yourself in the history and stories of the men and women who fought for our country and were laid to rest on the grounds of the National Cemetery.

How can I get these publications about the history of Arlington House and Arlington National Cemetery?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy this eBook or any other eBook, as well as print publications (with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide) from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore website at http://bookstore.gpo.gov:

Click here to purchase Arlington House: A Guide to Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia

Click here to purchase A Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports: Contents, Process, and Techniques

Click here to browse our entire Building, Landmarks, and Historic Sites collection.

Order by Phone: You may also Order print editions by calling our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Visit a Federal Depository Library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications or CGP.

About the author: Cathy Wagner is an outreach librarian with the Education & Outreach team in the Library Services & Content Management (LSCM) division at the Government Printing Office.

Additional content, images and editing provided by Trudy Hawkins, a writer and marketing specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Division supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (http://bookstore.gpo.gov).

 

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Introducing the 2015 Candidates for the SLA Board of Directors

Leading up to the election in September, there will be a variety of opportunities for you to get to know the 2014 SLA Board of Directors candidates. If you haven’t already, learn about the eight outstanding professionals by reviewing their bios posted on SLA’s Website and by exploring the Candidate Resource Center.

Stay tuned to the SLA Blog where each candidate will be describing their expertise and answering several candidate questions. The first question and answer is already posted. This question asks when and why the candidates first joined SLA.

You also can easily follow and interact with the candidates via Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media or reach out to them via email.

For President-Elect:

For Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • David Cappoli, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Kim Silk, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For Division Cabinet Chair-Elect

  • Ruth Kneale, National Solar Observatory, Tucson, Arizona
  • Valerie Perry, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington, Kentucky

For Director (2 positions)

One of the best opportunities to meet the candidates and find out about their priorities is simply talking with them face-to-face. You can do that in June at the SLA 2014 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Vancouver.

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