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Chair: Heather Devine

Heather is in her final year of the MLIS program and plans to graduate in May 2009. She is excited by the opportunity to encourage community outreach and interest in library and community diversity. She hopes that all students, no matter their location, can be involved in the activities of ALASC. She currently lives in the Bay Area and works as a software engineer in San Jose. Her interests in library science lie in digitization of documents for cultural preservation and in improving the usability of library systems. Outside of school, she’s interested in genealogy, beading, reading, and monkeys of all kinds (especially stuffed ones). Heather currently blogs about her library school experiences at http://deviner.net.

Co-chair/Web Coordinator: David Gross

David lives in San Jose and plans to work in an academic library upon graduation in May 2009. His interests are in teaching information literacy (IL) and providing reference services and he will be working on a thesis on IL assessment this fall. He has completed two internships at local colleges, where he taught IL classes and did reference work and enjoyed these opportunities very much. Besides serving as co-chairman and web coordinator for ALASC, David is also a co-president of the SLIS student organization LISSTEN and works as a student assistant for Dr. Haycock. He looks forward to meeting other SLIS students at various events.

Program and New Student Outreach Coordinator: Gayle Pellizzer

Gayle is currently enjoying her second semester in the SJSU SLIS program. While working at Dr. Martin Luther King Library, she has had the opportunity to catalog all types of sound recordings, from Barbra Streisand LPs to Andrew Lloyd Webber and George Gershwin CDs. Broadway enthusiasts and Gershwin fans should definitely check out the 5th floor! Gayle enjoys the challenges afforded by technical services and hopes to further develop her cataloging skills, although a personal interest in prison librarianship may cause her to take a path much less traveled. Aside from books, libraries, and music, Gayle enjoys running, watching ESPN, and just about anything sports related. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of libraries and related technologies, as well as successfully promoting events for ALASC.

Editor: Abby Dansiger

Abby is a New York native who is currently enjoying California living and the fact that she just wrapped up her first year in the SLIS program. She has a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, and is quite fond of cataloging, archives and visual resources. In addition to her SLIS studies and serving for the first time as an ALASC officer, she is a cataloger in an art and design school library and a member of ARLIS/NC. In the very far away land of Free Time, she can be found making crafty things, sweet treats and animal friends.

Treasurer: Amanda Grundmann (Spring 2009)

Amanda is in her second year in the SLIS program and plans to graduate in December, 2009. Originally from Massachusetts, she earned her BA in Anthropology and Archaeology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and her MA in Anthropology from UCSB. At SJSU, she is pursuing interests in academic librarianship and archives. This spring, Amanda is learning about information literacy instruction for undergraduates in her internship at the SJSU’s King Library. This is Amanda’s first experience as an officer of ALASC, and she looks forward to serving as the group’s treasurer.

Treasurer: Jeffra Bussmann (Fall 2008)

Jeffra is in her last semester of SLIS graduate program, working arduously to produce an excellent e-portfolio. She comes from an unusual background, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. With this unique background, it is her goal to be a Science/Math/Engineering Librarian at a college or university. She very much enjoys working with people who have a passion for the sciences. Another area of interest for Jeffra is research in and experience related to information literacy. Currently, she is fortunate to have the opportunity to teach freshmen SJSU students about the King Library and its many useful resources. This semester she is also being challenged to learn more about online social networking and how it is useful to libraries.