Do you want to help students and graduates be the best they can be? Would you like to give back to the Information or Museum Studies community? Be an iSchool Alumni Ambassador! FIAA is looking for alumni from diverse areas of expertise, interest, and practice, who are willing to promote the iSchool, recruit new students, and be a contact for potential students. Check out all the wonderful committees below, and if interested in joining the Association, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are monthly throughout the term.
Social Events Committee
FIAA hosts a variety of events for students and alumni throughout the year. These events include the Welcome Alumni Stars iTea, November Convocation Reception, Holiday Joint Social with the Special Library Association (SLA) and the Toronto Special Libraries and Information Services (T-SLIS), the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference Reception, and the Spring Reunion. The social committee may host other events, either for alumni or students, or both. Volunteers are needed to assist at events, and with advance promotion and invitations.
Social Media Committee & Website
FIAA uses a variety of social media to keep in touch and communicate with our fellow alums. We have a Facebook page, a LinkedIn group, and a Twitter account. Members of this team will make sure all our social media tools are up-to-date with our latest announcements, promote and post FIAA events, and look for other ways to connect online with our alumni. We also have space here on the iSchool website and are building our own website.
Job Shadowing Committee
Sponsored by FIAA, the annual Job Shadowing Program takes iSchool students into libraries, archives, and information systems-related workplaces for a half-day or a day, so that students may observe the working life of an information professional. Members of this team work together to recruit host employers, promote the program, manage the shadowing opportunities, manage the matching process, thank host employers, and arrange for evaluations as needed.
Ask-an-Alum Mentoring Committee
The Ask-An-Alum program of alumni who have volunteered to respond to inquiries is listed on the iSchool website, and is also included in Informed magazine. Members of this team work on ways to add structure to the program; build a roster of volunteer mentors from diverse areas of expertise, interest, and practice; and, match mentors with mentees.
Grants & Awards Committee
FIAA offers conference grants to iSchool Masters students. Members of this team will put out the call for grants, collect grant applications, review the applications, and recommend which applications should be accepted.
FIAA also offers two outstanding alumni awards: one to an outstanding graduating student, and one to an outstanding member of the alumni. Members of this team will put out the calls for nominees, collect nominations, evaluate the nominations, and recommend the award winners.
Bertha Bassam Lecture Event Planning Committee
Every two to three years, FIAA holds this special lecture, named after the Director of the Toronto Library School (1951-1964). A talk is given by an inspiring speaker, and a reception follows. The next Bertha Bassam Lecture will be held in 2013. Ideas are needed, as are people who can work on finding potential speakers, formats, do promotion, and collaborate with other faculties.
Other FIAA related roles and representations
- Museum Studies linkages: Liaises with MSGSA, and Museum Studies alumni, to open communications, search for awards, and promote FIAA
- Faculty Council representation: Raises alumni issues at the iSchool Faculty Council level
- iSchool Student Councils representation: Representation of iSchool student issues at FIAA
- College of Electors: A 2–3 year term to represent iSchool alumni at this cross-university body of University of Toronto alumni constituents. It meets 4–5 times/year
- Council of Presidents (COP): The FIAA president or vice-president represents iSchool alumni at COP. Part of the University of Toronto Alumni Association, COP meets to strategize around funding and activities.
- Ex Libris Association (ELA): Shared information and activities between ELA and FIAA