Thursday, August 29, 2019

Join us, won't you?!

New Officers for 2019-2020!

(And we need more officers on the board!)

President – Laura Cate Collins 

Vice President – Deanna Giardino 

Secretary – Open

Treasurer – Warren Cobb

At-Large/Distance Learning Representative – Lorena Jordan

Friday, April 8, 2016

LISSA's New Officers for 2016-2017!

Hi all,
It is my pleasure to announce our two new LISSA officers that will be serving in 2016-2017! Elections were not held for these positions this time as we only had one candidate for each officer position come forward during the nomination period. Heather O'Brien has been appointed as LISSA President, and Jess Land has been appointed as LISSA Secretary. Congratulations and thanks to both of these ladies for volunteering their time and efforts to continue LISSA's endeavor in promoting the importance of libraries and professional development as well as serving our local community. 

Heather (left) and Jess (right)
About Heather:
Heather is a second-year MLIS student with a focus on academic librarianship, and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in medieval studies after graduation in Spring 2017. She graduated magna cum laude from Newberry College in 2014, with majors in History and English, as a Bachman Honors Scholar in the top 8% of her class. She worked in the college's Wessels Library for two academic years as a circulation assistant and tutor. Currently, Heather spends her out-of-class time as a graduate assistant in Thomas Cooper Library, instructional assistant in McMaster College, and seasonally grading the written scores of California's CAASPP test for the Educational Testing Service. She is an avid reader and writer of fantasy fiction and fur-parent of four cats.

About Jess:
Jess is a second-year student in the MLIS program at USC. She is interested in academic libraries and hopes upon graduation to end up working in a middle or high school environment. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Winthrop University in English, Creative Writing in 2014. In her free time Jess enjoys reading, paddle boarding on Lake Murray, practicing yoga, and teaching Spin classes. She is excited to become more involved in LISSA and looks forward to working with everyone!

Please join us on Thursday, April 21 at 7pm in Davis 112 for LISSA's last member meeting of the semester, and to welcome our two new officers (please note the time change from our usual meeting time).

Monday, January 11, 2016

LISSA's VP Presents at ALISE

Mir Parvin, our VP, recently presented the ALISE conference in Boston, MA. Below, she recounts her experience and exhorts MLIS students to explore new opportunities made possible through such professional conferences.

What is it all about?
I started off 2016 with a visit to ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) conference in Boston, MA, from January 4 to January 9, 2016. My poster was selected as a work-in-progress contribution. This is my second poster in a professional conference but the first one as a primary author. My first poster was selected for SCLA conference in 2015, which won an award. My current poster has the title of “Techniques of Information Seeking Behavior and Personal Information Management (PIM) of University Students: A Pilot Study”.  The ALISE work-in-progress contributions are generally foundational in nature and will go through more developments. I attended this conference as a guest participant to my husband, Hassan Zamir, who is a SLIS PhD student and a member of ALISE.

What was my main purpose?
My poster was developed from the SLIS 707 Information Organization and Retrieval course project. It included a review on the current studies and practices in the area of information seeking and Personal Information Management (PIM). I investigated current customs of information seeking and PIM activities from the perspectives of tools and technologies. It focused on the techniques that are used for information searching and personal information management. The specific populations were the undergraduate students of University of South Carolina. The aim of this research was to compare and extend the current study findings in the area of information seeking and PIM. To explore the practices of information searching and PIM activities of undergraduate students in a knowledge-based society I took a survey through Google Forms. 

Image 1: With ALISE president and SLIS director Dr. Sam while presenting my poster
Image 1: With ALISE president and SLIS director Dr. Sam while presenting my poster
What were my experiences?
I was one of the very few MLIS students at this conference. Most of the attendees of ALISE conference are either faculty or doctoral students. It was a rewarding experience for me in terms of knowledge, networking, professional opportunities, and of course the wonder Boston city site seeing. ALISE conference is especially good for faculty, doctoral students. Most of the doctoral students’ works were related to their dissertations. There were many sessions including panel and workshops. SLIS held un-conference sessions throughout the whole conference. There was a doctoral students poster session, which was followed by an award giving ceremony. It is a great place for doctoral candidates to apply for jobs and interview the potential schools. I heard it is known as the formal ‘job-meet-market’ for various LIS professionals. SLIS doctoral students were actively visible in various sessions. Our director, Dr. Sam Hastings, was the outgoing president of ALISE. She skillfully managed, as always, the whole conference and turned it into a successful one.

Why is ALISE good for MLIS students?
MLIS students can specifically explore new opportunities. They can learn about the attending schools if they wish to start doctoral programs after the graduation. Moreover, there are advertisements for librarianship positions. The soon-to-be-graduates, therefore, can meet the employers for interviewing. Also, they can become involve with various professional organizations, which is an effective way to increase networking skills.

Mir Parvin standing by MIT Letter Display
Image 2: At Massachusetts Institute of Technology
What were some cool stuff?
I got some time to roam around Boston city. It is a very small and lovely city, only 89 square miles (the land is 48 square miles while 41 square miles are covered by water). Every corner of the city is well connected. Public transportation is always available, quick and affordable. The subway system is not that complex in comparison with New York and London ones that I visited very recently. We stayed in the conference hotel. Everything was within walking distances. I have got the opportunity to visit MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Harvard University and Boston Inner Harbor areas. Foods were delicious; lobster cuisines are signature in all around Boston city. All kinds of seafood are popular in Boston. I went to Chinatown near Tufts University to have hot-pot cuisine, which is a trademark Chinese dish all around the world. Overall, it was a pleasant conference filled with scholarships, networking, and travelling.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chris Fite at DHSI 2015

Chris Fite, previous LISSA Vice President, was awarded funding in Fall 2015 for attending the DHSI 2015 conference. In lieu of being awarded funding, Chris has sent LISSA a blog post from The Association for Computers and the Humanities that he wrote discussing fundamentals of programming and coding.
Congratulations on your award Chris, and thank you for giving all of us more insight into programming and coding!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mildly Attractive Men and Women of SLIS Present:

The 2016 Calendar is here....--CARDIGANS OF THE GALAXY--

Are you a Harry Potter, Doctor Who, or Twin Peaks fanatic? Are you in need for a Christmas gift for your best friend, the Trekkie? Look no further...all your favorite fandoms await in the 2016 SLIS Calendar!

$15 per calendar, $18 with shipping, and $30 special combo price for a calendar and t-shirt!

Contact Lindsay ( or Erin ( to purchase, or come to Student Services in Davis College to pick up your copy today!!

All proceeds support LISSA sponsored activities - Thanks for your support!!

Monday, September 21, 2015

I Came, I Saw, I Inventoried

This past summer I was a graduate collections intern in the library/archive of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas. It was not my first internship but it was probably my best. I got a lot of hands-on work experience, I was able to observe the everyday functions of a real workplace in my field, and I received great feedback from some awesome professionals who have helped me further my understanding of what I want to do when I grow up and/or graduate.

 I know that an internship can seem intimidating when all you have is a vague notion of what one involves, a few horror stories from folks who have done them, and a bunch of paperwork with deadlines. Figuring out where you want to put your blood, sweat, and tears for a good chunk of time (and probably without pay) can be stressful. But I promise that the hoop-jumping can be worth it, especially if you actually (at least kind of) know what you’re doing when you’re heading into it. Here’s a few things that I’ve learned about internships:

1. Know what you’re looking for before you apply. What do you want to learn through this internship? Is it experience with a particular skill set, or working in a certain kind of place? Are you only going to look in the area where you live, or are you willing to intern somewhere else? (Some internships come with lodging, others are conveniently located near good friends or family with a spare room/couch). Do you want to do a little bit of everything, or focus in on particular tasks? Whatever you want, there’s an internship for that.

2. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. The Witte (where I worked this past summer) doesn’t actually publish information regarding internships, so my application started with me taking the first step (and a really deep breath) and asking. If there’s an institution which you would love to work in, go ahead and see if you can get some experience volunteering or interning there.

3. Look before you leap. Do your research, because you can potentially end up in a bad work environment if you sign an internship contract without knowing much about your host organization. Visit the institution, look into their organizational goals, observe how staff members interact with each other, familiarize yourself. Know what you’re getting into before you sign on the dotted line.

4. Be passionate. Internships are not for the faint of heart; they can involve long hours, large amounts of menial labor, and living on a combination of sheer enthusiasm and pixie dust. Before you invest yourself make sure it’s for something you care about, not just trying to add another line on your resume.

5. Have fun. This may seem like the opposite of everything I’ve said thus far, but it’s not. Internships are about rolling up your sleeves and getting some life experience in your field of choice. Even when there are challenges, you can still end up learning a lot. And those bumps in the road are part of what make the adventure interesting. (Plus there’s always the regular fun stuff, like exploring new places, meeting new people, getting to be a shameless tourist, eating fresh TexMex…)

Get outside of the classroom and your comfort zone, try new things, do stuff. And then tell me all about it, because I love swapping stories. (Speaking of stories, if you want to read more about my recent internship adventures check out my blog:

Megan Coker
MLIS Candidate
LISSA; Social Co-Chair