November 2013

Faculty Advising/Research Showcase (for all graduate students)
Friday, November 1, 2013 | 1:30 —3:30 pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
Monday, November 18, 2013 | 10:00 am —Noon @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
Just in time for spring registration: these sessions are designed to be a one-stop advising marketplace for students in the iSchool from all programs! Learn about (a) the breadth of research at the iSchool, (b) if and how to become part of a given specialty area, and (c) which courses and/or specializations to take to align with these interests. The first hour will be a panel where all 8 faculty will answer advising and research questions.  The second hour will be “open office hours” where all 8 faculty will be available in their offices to answer questions.  Two different dates, two different groups of faculty!

iSchool Social Hour (for everyone)
Friday, November 1, 2013 | 3:30-6:00 pm @ 3rd floor iSchool Collaboration Center
This is an opportunity for all iSchool faculty, staff, and students to talk about ideas, play games, eat, drink, and get to know each other. Thanks to the generous support of the Commonwealth Scholars, PRISM, SISGO, and the iSchool Doctoral Guild for making this event possible.  

Professional/Academic Conferences: Should I Stay or Should I Go? (for all Master’s students)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 11 am —Noon @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
Many graduate students are motivated to go to a conference if they have something to present, but there are many other valid reasons to attend: professional development, volunteer experience,  networking, opening the door for future collaborations, etc.  Join us to establish how to approach your next conference.

Field Experience Information Session (for all MLIS students)
Friday, November 8, 2013 | 12:30 —1:30pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
Debbie Day from the LIS program will provide an overview of what field experiences are, give examples of past successful field experiences, and explain the process for applying for field experiences. 

Beyond the Master’s: How I Got My Job and What It’s Like (for all international students)
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 11:00 am —2:00pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
A panel of 6 international graduates of our Master’s programs working in the Pittsburgh area will share their job search strategies and discuss what their work experience in the US has been like so far. This session is sponsored by ISO and will be moderated by current officers Xidao Wen and Di Lu. Food and drinks will be served.

Creating the Perfect Elevator Speech: Impress Family, Friends & Potential Employers! (for all students)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 11 am—Noon @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
An elevator speech is designed to catch attention, be immediately understood, convey your passion, establish you as a credible source, and offer insight, all in 1 minute or less.  Every degree in the iSchool is worthy of an elevator speech, and we want to help you make one!  Join Jim McCarthy from Career Development and Placement Assistance (CDPA) and Wes Lipschultz, Manager of Student Services, to help you draft your speech.

Internship Meetup, or, How’d You Do That? (for all BSIS students)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 4:30—6:00 pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
If you are uncertain whether or not to do an internship, when and where to start looking, which one to pick, what to get out of one, and/or what to expect from an internship interview, this session is for you!  Stop by any time during this 90 minute session to talk informally with several current undergrads and BSIS alums who have had successful internship experiences.  There will be snacks.  Oh yes, there will be snacks.

Recreational Sports Club: First Meeting (for everyone)
Monday, November 18, 2013 | 6:00 —7:00 pm @ Room 1A04 
SISGO is sponsoring a new recreational sports club. The club will have regular pick-up games of sports like soccer, kickball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and capture the flag.  These events will be open to everyone.  This initial meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss your interests and how we can build them into future club activities.  If you are interested in the events but can't make this meeting, please email Steven Nunnally at for more information.
Second Looks for Your Resume! (for everyone)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 11:00 am—12:30 pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
Join several career-related staff from the University in this session designed to help enhance resumes on several levels: improving the visual flow, the structure/order of items, how content is worded, and, for international students, a basic intro to the look and feel of a U.S. resume.     

Get to Know an Employer: 7Delta (for everyone)
Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 5:30 —6:30 pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
7 Delta is a leading provider of information technology services to the Civilian and Defense sectors of the U.S. Government.  Join their Chief Operating Officer and several other representatives for this session to learn more about 7Delta ( and potential work experiences with them. 

Advanced Introduction to Content Management Software (for everyone)
Friday, November 22, 2013 | 11:30 am —1:00 pm @ 3rd Floor iSchool Collaboration Center
Content Management experience is sought after by many employers – consulting firms, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (just to name a few).   All programs within the School touch upon this area in one or more ways.  Join us for an advanced introduction to several common systems – SharePoint, Drupal,  Collective Access, Jive, Basecamp, and WordPress.  This session will be led by two faculty members – Dmitriy Babichenko and Chris Tomer – with some real world examples from industry.  It is our hope that this session will help you see how your skills may map to employer needs in this area.