Apply to the 2016 ALA Student-to-Staff Program!

It’s that time of year when LISSA nominates a┬áDominican GSLIS student to have a chance to participate in ALA’s Student-to-Staff Program! Apply now for an opportunity to attend the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, with registration, housing, and meals subsidized by ALA.

You can read about Liz Hamilton, who was Dominican’s choice for the 2015 Student-to-Staff program, and her experience here:

You can find even more information on ALA’s Student-to-Staff (S2S) page here:


From ALA:

S2S offers qualifying students in the program the opportunity to attend meetings, programs, and other ALA Conference events in their spare time.

In other words, in exchange for working with an ALA unit for 16 hours, each S2S student receives free registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses, and attends programs and other conference events.


How Does a Student Qualify for the Program?

  • Each student must be a current ALA member and a student chapter member, and cannot have previously participated in the program;
  • In addition, all students selected must be ALA members and current students during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference (Note: You may nominate a student who will graduate from your school in May 2016);
  • Students are expected to work 16 hours for four days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). Therefore, students are expected to arrive on Thursday and depart on Tuesday.
  • ALA supports student members through a wide array of programs and services. ALA Spectrum Scholars receiving funds to attend a Spectrum Leadership Institute through their scholarship are not eligible to participate in the Student-to-Staff program for the Conference in conjunction with the Leadership Institute. Required attendance at the Institute and conference events precludes the work requirements of the Student-to-Staff program. Incoming Spectrum Scholars and alumni are encouraged to apply.


What Do Participating Students Receive?

  • Free Annual Conference registration;
  • $50 per diem [4 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) x $50 = $200];
  • Free housing (each student shares a hotel room with another student participating in the Student-to-Staff Program whenever possible) for 5 nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).
  • NOTE: Students are responsible for all their transportation costs (airfares, taxis, etc.). Schools often cover the students’ transportation costs. Hotel amenities (e.g., Wi-Fi and entertainment) and other amenities are also the student’s responsibility.


All Dominican GSLIS students are automatically members of LISSA, our program’s ALA Student Chapter.

To apply, please submit an essay at least half a page in length to by December 5. This essay should detail why you would be the best choice to represent Dominican at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

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