Join MISC President Amber Shortell and Vice-President Emma Findlay-White to discuss proposed changes to the Claude T. Bissell Building. Ask questions and learn about next steps.
The Varsity, the undergraduate student newspaper, is holding a referendum to include graduate students in its membership!
If passed, grad students at U of T will pay $0.80 per session to a total of $2.40 per year. They will also be able to contribute written or artistic works to the paper and gain meaningful employment in editing, design and business.
At MISC, we believe passing this referendum will have incredibly positive effects on the iSchool community and will open o...pportunities to gain employment at a non-profit newspaper.
Regardless of how you vote, we strongly urge you to vote, as this will affect graduate students all over campus.
Voting is open NOW at voting.utoronto.ca until Friday March 2nd at 11:59pm
What issues matter to you as a graduate student? The 2018 UTGSU Elections is your opportunity to vote for candidates that will represent you through the 2018-2019 academic year. Voting will take place from February 26, 2018 starting at 9:00 am and end on February 28 at 5:00 pm. You can vote in person at one of the polling stations or online. For a list of candidate statements, polling stations, and a link to the online voting website, visit: www.utgsu.ca/elections. If you have questions about this, email Lisa Aikman, the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), at email@example.com.
Join Semaphore Studio Tuesday, February 13th from 4 to 7 pm in Studio307 and make a paper circuit valentine for someone who lights up your life! LEDs, batteries, and arts and crafts supplies provided. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
After a fruitful and productive discussion re: inforum hours, here is a summary of the town-hall meeting. What do you think about the meeting and the solutions drawn? Have anything to add? Comment below or sign the petition (petition will be emailed to Dean Duff and Lari Langford TONIGHT at midnight
op: Robyn Forman
originally posted to the group iShade facebook group
Join us today from 3-6pm in the Inforum for the iSchool's 13th annual Career Networking Event!
University of Toronto's Master of Information Students' Council is excited to be hosting our annual professional development event on January 17th, 2018 from 3-6 pm. It is designed to connect the Faculty's next generation of information professionals to employers from across information fields, offering a platform for both emerging professionals and employers to demonstrate their sk...ills and strengths.
The event is intended to introduce attendees to new people and ideas, foster conversations and learning opportunities and provide a chance for students and employers alike to showcase their work and talent. While some employers may have jobs posted, the format is designed to promote exchanges and relationships between emerging and established information professionals and their organizations.
Career Networking Format
The first portion of the event will feature a more formal tabling setting where organizations can showcase their work and materials. For the second part of the event, we will encourage organizations to move away from their tables to make use of the Inforum space to enjoy some food, and mingle with organizations and students to have more informal conversations.
We are very happy to be welcoming back professional photographer David Chang, who will be offering free professional headshots for LinkedIn to all attendees. Be sure to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to professionalize your profile and take advantage of a service that typically costs hundreds of dollars!
Join the iSchool's Mental Health Working Group tomorrow for a panel discussion in the Inforum on U of T's Proposed Mandatory Leave of Absence Policy. For details on the current status of the proposed policy, please see the event description. Hope to see you there!
Hey iSchoolers! We hope you had a restful holiday season 😊
As a follow up to the Inforum hours situation, folks at the December MISC meeting developed a petition to Dean Wendy Duff, Associate Dean Kelly Lyons, Interim Inforum Director Lari Langford and all iSchool faculty, staff and administration.
The petition calls for more open and transparent communications from the iSchool administration to students, as well as more details regarding the decision-making process for red...ucing Inforum hours.
Here is a link to that petition. If you agree with the petition, please support it by signing and joining the voices of other iSchool students.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to send us a DM!
MISC's final council meeting is this Friday December 15th in the 7th floor Student Lounge at 5pm!! All students are welcome! This is a chance to discuss the InForum's removal of 24/7 fob access, MISC merchandise decisions, the University's mandatory leave of absence policy and much more! Pizza will be provided afterwards 🍕🍕Hope to see you all there!
MISC Statement on Inforum Service Changes:
Recently, a notice was sent out stating that the Inform will no longer be allowing after-hours access in 2018. We understand that this can be incredibly disheartening and even frustrating news, especially without further explanation....
At the December Faculty Council meeting, we learned that there were a number of safety breaches at the Inforum during after-hours, including but not limited to doors being propped open, non-iSchool students entering the building and, most recently, a fire. It was decided that in the interest of student safety, iSchool students could no longer access the Inforum after hours without some supervision.
While the Inforum staff, the Faculty and your student representatives examine just what that supervision will look like, an interim decision was made to limit access to the Inforum for next term. This is by no means a permanent solution but rather a preliminary first step while we all gather information in order to move forward with a solution that best suits the needs of all Inforum users.
You may also have received a survey recently about Inforum hours. We have been notified that this survey was unrelated to the current situation. Aurora Cacioppo, President of MUSSA and Amber Shortell, President of MISC, are currently working with Inforum and faculty staff members to develop a new survey to collect the voices and opinions of iSchool students and develop a working plan moving forward.
It is unfortunate that news of the reduction of hours was sent out before this new survey could be circulated. We understand that losing the opportunity to access the Inforum after hours is a major impediment to many students' ability to study on campus. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that the Inforum is available to students next term outside of the typical 9-5 schedule. We would love to hear your opinions on the matter and appreciate the opinions that have already been sent out to us.
As we are aware that the new schedule was not visible when the notice went out, here are the InForum's new hours starting January 8:
Monday – Thursday: 8:45 am – 10 pm
Friday: 8:45 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm
We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any particular concerns that were not considered in the survey (soon to be circulated). You may also forward concerns to Wendy Duff our Dean (email@example.com) or Lari Langford the InForum's Interim Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will continue to ensure your voices are heard regarding the matter as we work towards maintaining accessible student space for all students.
Yours in service,
Master of Information Student Council
On December 14, at 6pm
SLA Toronto Chapter, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) cordially invite you to this year’s Joint Holiday Social at The Arts and Letters Club. Sign up for the Buddy Program when you register and we'll pair you with a seasoned professional who will be happy to get you oriented and introduce you to the community!
The University of Toronto is currently drafting a policy that would allow the administration to place students with mental health issues on a mandatory leave of absence from the campus. Slated to be voted on this year, student groups have been vocal about amending the policy and have post-poned the Governing Council vote until January 2018.
The Graduate Student Union is opposed to the policy. MISC and MUSSA would like to hear your thoughts!
If you would like our Faculty t...o support or not support the Policy, please let us know by filling out the Google Form,
located here: https://goo.gl/forms/5f0pHimp2570jGIq2
If you have any questions about the policy or the situation surrounding it, please don't hestitate to reach out to us on Facebook or email us at email@example.com
The Graduate Student Union is hosting their Annual General Meeting tomorrow night at 569 Spadina Avenue (Koffler House), Room 108. This is an opportunity for all grad students to vote and make their voices heard on issues that effect the student experience. We urge everyone to join us tomorrow! If you have any questions about what exactly happens at the AGM or want someone to go with, please leave a comment or message us on FB and we will everything we can to accomodate. Hope to see you there!
Brighten up the end of your semester and make a piece of light-up artwork (or greeting card, or origami, or whatever else your creative spirit desires)! In addition to regular open hours, on November 29th Semaphore Studio307 will have all the supplies you need to make a paper circuit that you can take home and enjoy.
Think this sounds cool but you have no idea where to start? We'll have project ideas and friendly facilitators who can talk you through simple circuits and soldering. Drop in any time between 12 and 5 pm, we'd love to see you there!