944288Congratulations to SCARLA vice president Kristen Mapes! The American Libraries Association chose her as one of 40 across the nation for the Student-to-Staff program. Kristen will receive free registration, housing and a per-diem for the annual ALA conference this coming June in Las Vegas for in exchange for working for four hours a day for the four days of the conference.

Kristen is in her second year of the MLIS program and plans to graduate in May 2014. By that time, she will also have completed an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University. She works as a Reference Assistant at the Library of Science and Medicine at Rutgers and finishing up an internship in Special Collections and Reference at Fordham’s Walsh Library. While working toward her MLIS, Kristen has enjoyed learning about and becoming involved in professional organizations, especially ACRL/NY and ALA’s New Member Roundtable. Kristen looks forward to entering a career in academic libraries with particular interests in digital humanities, special collections, and humanities reference.