My position as Service Chair has been to bring service opportunities into a program and career field that is also considered service-oriented. This position is open to creating other service events or ideas, but mainly I have started a book drive that happens once every semester.
This book drive opens a window of opportunities to give back to the Oak Park community in a small yet vital way. The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic is incredibly grateful and excited to start an opportunity and partnership with the GSLIS program and with Dominican University. Roughly each year, the Infant Welfare Society needs approximately 10,000 books to keep up with the number of children attending the clinic. These books are used in waiting rooms, and children are provided books to take home with them at the end of an appointment. As a result of having books in the clinic, children who attend the Infant Welfare Society Clinic are able to learn, become excited about what they are learning, and ultimately have a therapeutic outlet. I am happy to report we raised over 400 books. LISSA has been happy as an organization to make this a continual event.
For me personally, this position has also been beneficial for my career. During the summer 2015 book drive, I met Rich Clegg, the Web Services Librarian for Rebecca Crown Library. Impressed with my work on the book drive, Rich recruited me to work at Rebecca Crown Library as a Reference Assistant, a position I have held since then.
I hope you consider applying for the Service Chair, as it is a position that offers potential community benefits and resume-building opportunities.
Rachel Wedeward, LISSA Service Committee Chair
Here are some photos from the last book drive: