Samantha Crisp's creative blog wins ALA Student-to-Staff award

December 5, 2012

Samantha CrispSamantha Crisp’s creative blog entry into the University of North Carolina Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) “Anything Goes” contest has won her the opportunity to participate in this year’s ALA Student-to-Staff program. The Student-to-Staff program allows 40 graduate students from Information and Library Science schools around the country to work 16 hours at the Annual Conference while being paid $200 and receiving free housing. 

On her winning blog, Crisp explained why she would be an excellent UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) representative to ALA’s program. She did so not only in words, but also with a video and handmade images chronicling some of her experiences in library science so far. 

“I'm really excited to be going to ALA. I honestly never expected my entry to be chosen, so I was really shocked when I got the e-mail,” said Crisp. 

Crisp believes participating in the program will be a good opportunity to network and become more involved in the library community. 

“Even before I heard about this contest, I had wanted to go to ALA, but I knew I'd never be able to afford it,” said Crisp. “Now that I have this opportunity, I'm extremely grateful,” said Crisp. “It's really important to me to do as much as I can to give something back to the library community, so I'm thrilled to be able to not only attend the conference, but work there as well. I want to be as involved with my field as I can while I'm in school. I'm very thankful that SCALA has made this amazing experience possible for me.”

The blog entry can be seen at