Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion Group on British Fiction

Join Richland County Public Library Literary (RCPL) Resident Dr. Rosemary Reisman for the Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion Group on British Fiction. Discussion held at the Bostick Auditorium RCPL's Main Branch from 10am to Noon. Call 929-3457 to register.

January 8th -- a book discussion on "The Waughs: Alexander Waugh, Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family." Fiction by Evelyn Waugh, Alec Waugh, Arthur Waugh, Harriet Waugh, Teresa Waugh and Lorraine Waugh. Read anything you like by these authors and join in the discussion.

January 22 -- Muriel Spark

Febuary 5 -- Anthony Powell

February 19 -- Ann Granger and Jill McGown

March 4 -- Nina Bawden (adult works since 1980)

March 18 -- Diane Setterfield

Nigeria Exhibit Featured at Richland County Public Library Main Branch

Artwork focusing on images from Nigeria by RCPL employee Pete Kramer will be on display in the Wachovia Gallery of the Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St., through January 6. The series is based on Kramer's interpretation of photographs taken during his niece's travels throughout Nigeria in 2004.

Kramer's love of art stems from his favorite childhood toy--a black board with colored chalk. He studied fine arts at the University of Texas at Arlington during the 1970s but stopped painting in the late 1980s. Nearly a decade later, he resumed painting after significant encouragement from friends and family and has exhibited in a number of local venues.

The Main Library, located in downtown Columbia, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Richland County Public Library Lunch & Listen Spring 2008

Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy the music of folk singer and songwriter Fran Sanderson at Lunch & Listen, a music series brought to you by the Richland County Public Library, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 in 1431, the enhanced home of Film and Sound at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.

Sanderson studied classical voice and piano in high school and sang in the University of South Carolina Concert Choir in college. She decided she'd rather be a folk singer after discovering Peter, Paul and Mary and currently performs throughout South Carolina at a variety of venues in Columbia, Florence and Myrtle Beach.

Upcoming performances in the series include:

Monica Mattier, soprano, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, February 21;

Mario McClean, singer/songwriter, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20;

Jamie Tatro, jazz guitarist, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17;

Marina Alexandra, classical guitarist, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15;

For more information, call 929-3450.

Richland County Public Library Friends' Group Offers Bargain Books, DVDs and More

Stock up on a variety of literary materials at the Friends of the Richland County Public Library's Winter Book Sale, and support the library!

The Friends' Winter Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 at the RCPL Operations Center, 130 Lancewood Rd. A preview sale for Friends' members only will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25 (Memberships, which start at only $25, are available at the door.)

Peruse thousands of print and non print materials in all genres, from fiction and nonfiction to children's books and other rare finds for the best bargains in town. Prices start as low as 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hard backs.

Last year, the four Friends' Book Sales raised more than $65,000 to support special programs and services not available through the library's budget appropriation from Richland County.

The Friends of RCPL is a nonprofit organization charged with raising awareness of and support for the library. For additional information on membership or the annual book sales, call (803) 929-3475. Have you joined?

Related Web site: Friends of RCPL

Friends of RCPL Seeks Sponsors, Donations for its A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket Event

The Friends of RCPL needs individuals and businesses to sponsor a basket or donate items for its fifteenth annual silent and live auction, A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket.

This year's event, which will feature a variety of literary themed baskets, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 16 in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St., as a part of the library's fifteenth anniversary celebration.

A major Friends' fundraiser, this special event is a lively gathering of nearly 200 people and an excellent opportunity to share the love of books, libraries, travel, sports and cultural events.

Contributions to Tisket allow the Friends of RCPL to support programs and services that the library could not provide otherwise. You can help by sponsoring a basket at the individual level or corporate level and by attending this special event on February 16.

All donations are tax-deductible, and sponsors at the $200 level and higher will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. Sponsors will also be recognized in a variety of library publications.

Event tickets are $45 and $35 for Friends' members. Not a Friends' member? Memberships start at only $25.

Don't miss this exciting event. To sponsor a basket or for more information, call 929-3475.
Related Web site: Friends of RCPL

Friday, December 28, 2007

Chapters and Loose Papers, the SAA student chapter newsletter, is now available online

Hello All:

I hope everyone is enjoying their break.

The latest issue of Chapters and Loose Papers, the SAA student chapter newsletter, is now available online. The newsletter provides information from the other archival programs around the country is a great way to find out what other student groups are doing (and get ideas for our group for the upcoming semester ;)).

Here is the link: http://chaptersandloosepapers.wetpaint.com/

Enjoy!

See you all in January for our next meeting (more details later).

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays!


[Posted on behalf of Dr. Sam]

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


It has been such a bitter sweet year here at SLIS. So many exciting

initiatives are going so well but our hearts are heavy with the loss of

Dr. John Olsgaard. I know he is safe now and free but I sure miss him!

Liz has done a lovely tribute on the school website and we so

appreciate everyone’s kind words of remembrance.


Our literacy initiative continues to gain momentum. Our first class of

doctoral students is ready for their second semester of courses, our

undergraduate in Information Science is ready to launch next fall AND

our MLIS and School Library Media Specialist programs continue to win

awards! Add to that that we are the talk of the blogosphere with the

launch of the hot-selling “Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS” calendar!

LISSA is running a second printing and everyone is talking about the

great photos and fun expose of students working hard. . .You can get your

copy at http://students.libsci.sc.edu/lissa/


We’re interviewing 16 candidates for our faculty positions at ALISE

in Philadelphia, January 9 and 10. Think of us and send good thoughts

for finding the best possible new members of the academy!

Dr. Feehan has the Augusta Baker Chair search committee up and running

and we all have a feeling that we just might find our chair this time!


Nonie Price led the work to produce the SLIS Faculty, Staff and Student

Diversity Plan with help and guidance from the African American

Leadership Group. It is a grand plan and a model for many others to use in

their recruiting and retention efforts.


We now have a Friends Group for the SC Center for Children’s Books

and Literacy. This will help us with development and fund-raising as

well as promotion of the center. Thank you Ellen and Helen!


We have a nominating committee in place for Annual Literacy Leaders

Award so watch for the next gala celebration in the fall. It is so

rewarding to honor the ones that help eradicate illiteracy in South Carolina!


Student Services is reorganizing under the expert guidance of Carol

Williams and we have a new position to fill for undergraduate advising.

We are still looking for the admissions person so if you know someone

that wants a fulfilling and rewarding job, send them our way!

These are just a few of our accomplishments this last year and we look

forward to many more to come.


All of us send each of you our very best wishes for a lovely holiday,

filled with all of your favorites things!


I'll find your 5 things to do for the next update.


Be safe,

sam

Summer 2008 and Fall 2008 Course Schedules

[Posted on behalf of Madonna Stoehr]

Students,

The draft schedules are now available at
http://www.libsci.sc.edu/Schedules/schedules.htm.

Please be aware that Fall 2008 is a barebones preliminary draft; chat
sessions and other details will be added as they are determined by the
instructors.

Madonna

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Visual Resources Association Information (including student rates and their upcoming conference)

To learn more about the Visual Resources Association, or to join the VRA (the annual membership fee for students is $25), visit http://www.vraweb.org/ . Student members of the VRA are entitled to a special conference registration fee of $100.

Dear Colleagues,

Registration for the 26th Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, to be held on March 12-16, 2008, in San Diego, California, is now open. Please visit the Conference website (http://vraweb.org/conferences/sandiego2008/) where you will find links to conference and hotel registration, as well as more detailed information on the program and events.

The warm, sunny location will add to the excitement of our program, special events and receptions. VRA 26 will cover topics of significance to our profession: digital imaging issues, information management, VR positions in transition, and designing new VR facilities; and will attract professionals from major academic institutions, cultural organizations, and the commercial sector. In addition to professional sessions, workshops, and special interest groups, conference goers will experience San Diego’s museums, famous restaurants, and other cultural attractions.

Conference headquarters will be the Westin San Diego at Emerald Plaza, conveniently located near Seaport Village, Little Italy, and the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Recently renovated, the hotel’s 25 floors of guest rooms feature panoramic views of the San Diego Bay, Coronado Island, and the downtown cityscape. Only minutes away are major attractions, such as the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and Museums, Sea World, Old Town, the USS Midway, and the breathtaking scenery of San Diego’s stunning sandy beaches. International and commercial air service for the region is provided by the San Diego International Airport.

Our conference organizers, Vice-Presidents Rebecca Moss and Vickie O’Riordan, assisted by the VRA Southern California Chapter’s local arrangements committee, are planning an event not to be missed.

Highlights include:

-- An opening plenary session on intellectual property rights from the perspective of image rights and copyright owners.

-- Informative sessions on metadata, cataloguing and access issues; collaboration and aggregation projects; preservation; and the future of the visual resources profession.

-- Workshops presented by subject specialists on the Getty Vocabularies, Seeking the Right Path for Visual Resources Users, Subject Access to Visual Materials, and XML.

-- Keynote address by Maurizio Seracini. Seracini, an internationally recognized expert in high-technology art analysis, is the Director of UCSD’s new Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology, a unique program that researches the history behind the construction of paintings, sculptures and buildings by using sophisticated diagnostic-imaging technology

-- Vendor exhibits, Special Interest Groups, and Ask the Expert sessions provide other opportunities to learn about new technologies, emerging products, and shared professional interests.

-- Tours to California’s first church -- the Mission San Diego de Alcala and the Junipero Serra Museum; a California Coast and tide pool walk in La Jolla, where trained naturalists will guide guests through the marine life, birds, plants and geologic formations that abound; a trek to Coronado; and a city tour of San Diego old and new which includes a harbor cruise as well as a drive through the newly restored Historic Gaslamp District.

-- We’ll be reprising last year’s popular Birds of a Feather lunches -- issue-oriented lunch groups hosted and facilitated by VRA professionals, specifically but not exclusively geared toward new members of the organization and first time attendees

-- Special events will include an Awards Reception and Membership Dinner, an exciting and different Tansey Fundraiser featuring Charles Phoenix (a comedian known for his retro slide shows), and the always spectacular VRAffle emceed by Patti McRae with the able assistance of Allan Kohl and the VRAffle-Rousers.

VRA 26 will be an excellent opportunity to learn new things, share experiences with enthusiastic and knowledgeable colleagues, and enjoy local culture, architecture, and art. Please join us in sunny San Diego for what promises to be a memorable conference experience.

Literacy Materials and Services for Latino Youth Course at U of South Carolina

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Naidoo].


Hello Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that it is not too late to sign up for the
special topics course that we are offering completely online beginning
January 08 here at the University of South Carolina's School of Library
and Information Science.

As the Latino population continues to grow, the need for library
services to and understanding of Latino cultures is crucial for any
library serving their community. This course - Literacy Materials and
Services for Latino Youth (which will soon be a permanent course here
at SLIS) - introduces selection criteria for evaluating materials about

Latinos as well as strategies for serving this diverse population. The
course is delivered using Blackboard with several webstreams and
Powerpoint lectures for visual/auditory learners. Students of the
course have the opportunity to participate in an OPTIONAL chat on
Tuesday nights and to participate in an OPTIONAL onsite which coincides
with our First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's Literature conference.

I am in the process of beginning at statewide Latino Children's
Literacy Initiative and am currently researching and presenting on
Library Services to Latinos. I am also serving on the Americas and Pura
Belpre book award committees and moonlighting as the children's book
review editor of REFORMA. Needless to say, students of the course will
certainly have the opportunity to learn current information related to
the information and literacy needs of the fastest growing minority.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) / ALA Spectrum Scholarship for 2008

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) will be funding one ALA Spectrum Scholar for the 2008 year who is interested in pursuing a career in young adult librarianship or secondary school librarianship. Spectrum Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship towards the completion of a masters in library science. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2008.

Spectrum's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students. YALSA will provide a one-year $5,000 scholarship and over $1,500 in professional development opportunities to one eligible student planning to attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program for the purpose of securing a job in a public or school library that serves teens.

To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship:

  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada.
  • Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
  • Applicant must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program.
  • Applicant shall have completed no more than a third of the credit requirements toward her/his MLIS or school library media degree at the time of award, June 1st.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited program and begin school no later than September 1st or the Fall Semester immediately following the award.
  • Applicants may have full or part time status.

Apply today via the online form at http://tinyurl.com/ywfula

Please direct questions to Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Program Officer, ALA Office for Diversity & Spectrum, by emailing spectrum@ala.org or calling 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5048


Beth Yoke, Executive Director
Young Adult Library Services Association
fastest growing division of ALA
50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611
1.800.545.2433 x4391
fax: 312.280.5276

Register for Teen Tech Week!

www.ala.org/teentechweek
March 2-8, 2008
byoke@ala.org

LISSA Field Trip Friday, Jan 25th at 3:00 pm -- Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital Josey Health Sciences Library

LISSA will have its first field trip of next semester Friday, Jan 25th at 3:00 pm at the Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital Josey Health Sciences Library.

The address is as follows: 5 Richland Medical Park, Columbia, SC 29203-6897

Please join us for a tour of a very interesting library.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

SLIS 744: Music Libraries and Information Services

SLIS 744: Music Libraries and Information Services

http://registrar.sc.edu/html/Course_Listings/Columbia/200811/SLIS/700/
SLIS744001.htm

Offered on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:45, SLIS 744 covers all aspects of music librarianship, including collection development, basic cataloging, technical services, management, and digitization and preservation of music materials. While the subject matter is specific to music librarianship, students learn practical information and skills applicable in any general academic or special library environment. The course is offered in the Music Library, so students have the opportunity to work directly with materials. Anyone interested in music or general librarianship will enjoy and benefit from this course.

Librarians working with music materials are employed in a variety of settings, including academic, public, performing arts, orchestra, conservatory, media, or radio libraries, and music publishers.

The following areas are addressed:

* Acquisitions and Collection Development: Identification and selection of newly published books, scores, DVDs, and recordings ; Approval plans ; Location of out-of-print music materials ; Conducting a collection assessment and appraisals ; Establishment of a gifts program ; Preparation of acknowledgments, statistics, and gifts-in-kind reports.

* Cataloging: Cataloging rules as they apply to music materials ; Addressing special problems ; Application of Library of Congress subject headings ; Review of MARC tags and fields specific to music ; Conducting authority work for music materials.

* Digital Technologies: Implementing digital initiatives and standards ; Electronic reserves ; Managing digital content ; Streaming audio ; Developing online print and sound archives.

* Management: Management styles used in music library settings ; Staffing ; Budgeting ; Devising policies ; Fundraising.

* Preservation: Minor repairs to all types of music materials, including disc-washing, paper and spine repairs, tipping in, pam-binding, and mylar encapsulation ; Creating a disaster plan ; Digital efforts.

* Reference: Conducting the reference interview ; Identification of appropriate resources and efficient reference strategies ; Conducting bibliographic instruction.

The USC Music Library is one of the premiere music collections in the Southeast and is known internationally for its special collections and extensive digital initiatives. Occupying 9,000 square feet in the School of Music, the Music Library is a branch of the University Libraries. You can visit the Music Library at www.sc.edu/library/music/.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this course or music librarianship, in general. My contact information is as follows:

Jennifer Ottervik
Head, Music Library
Music building, room 208E
office: 803-777-5425
ottervikj@gwm.sc.edu

SLIS Ph.D. Student Poster Presentations And Reception Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 2 pm

Event: SLIS Ph.D. Student Poster Presentations And Reception
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11th
Time: 2 pm
Location: The PhD Room Downstairs in Davis (formally "The Blender")

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, the Ph. D. students will host a poster presentation reception. Free food will be served. Please join us. It should be a lot of fun.

ART LIBRARIES SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA (ARLIS/NA) Student Conference Awards

ART LIBRARIES SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA (ARLIS/NA)

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is offering three student awards for conference attendance to the Society's 36th annual conference to be held in Denver, Colorado from May 1-5, 2008.

STUDENT CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE AWARD (1 award/$750.00)

Eligibility: Student members who are active participants in ARLIS/NA and are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).

Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

JUDITH A HOFFBERG STUDENT AWARD FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE (1 award/$750)

Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is given annually in honor of the founding of ARLIS/NA and its first president. The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation)
Purpose: To encourage students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

STUDENT DIVERSITY AWARD FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE (1 award/ $750)

Eligibility: Students from a traditionally under-represented group who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation)

Purpose: To encourage multicultural students considering a career in art librarianship/visual

BEST (Blackboard and Educational Software Technologies) Institute: January 8 - 10, 2008

University Technology Services is proud to host the BEST Institute (Blackboard and Educational Software Technologies) during January 2008 on the USC Columbia campus. Classes will be held at UTS (1244 Blossom Street) and the Thomas Cooper Library Multimedia Room One from Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008.

Classes offered include Blackboard Basics, Blackboard Gradebook, Blackboard Communication Tools, Blackboard Wikis and Blogs, Blackboard Content and ePortfolio and more!

To register for this FREE training, please visit http://www.sc.edu/best . For questions regarding the BEST Institute, please contact Teaching and Technology Services at (803) 777-6015.

Sincerely,

University Technology Services
UTS@sc.edu
(803) 777-1800

Spring 2008: SLIS 778 Seminar in Information Science - Social and Organizational Informatics

Spring 2008
Social and Organizational Informatics
778 Seminar in Information Science

This course examines the various needs, uses, and consequences of
information in organizational contexts. It offers an introduction to the
inter-relationship between information, technology, and social behavior
from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will examine, through active
inquiry-based activities, in-depth discussion, and readings, the
question of “How do people relate to, seek, and use information?”

Topics include organizational theory and behavior and knowledge and
information management with a focus on understanding how to foster
innovation in an organizational setting. Course is applicable to those
pursuing careers in public, academic, and special library and information
settings. We will meet in-person on Tuesday’s from 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Please contact Dr. Anne Perrault with any questions -
perrault@gwm.sc.edu

Anne Marie Perrault, Ph.D.

797D Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments in Spring 2008 Semester

The 797D Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments,
called J797D, will be offered in the Spring 2008 semester. Here is an
overview of the course:

This elective course is designed for students who wish to develop
comprehensive electronic health-related information-searching and -seeking
skills. This course is a survey of electronic information resources in
the health sciences, including discussion of relevant controlled
vocabularies and their use in formulating and executing search strategies.
The ultimate goals are to: 1) prepare the students in the School of
Library and Information Science’s Master’s program to be expert online
searchers in the provision of health information services in both
physical information settings and in a virtual environment, including the
Internet, and 2) assist doctoral and master’s students in health-related
programs in the development of critical thinking and analytical skills
in health-information seeking and use.

797D can meet the needs of students who want to develop advanced health
information online searching skills. I used concepts in the Medical
Library Association Policy Statement: Role of Expert Searching in Health
Sciences Libraries to design this course
(http://www.mlanet.org/resources/expert_search/policy_expert_search.html).

Approach to Course:

A combination of lectures, class activities, discussion, and projects.

Lectures and course materials (electronic- and/or text-based)
will be uploaded to the course Blackboard (BB) web site on Wednesdays.

Several online class sessions will be held throughout the
semester on Wednesdays.

Schedule:
Wednesday (6:00 pm -7:50 pm)

Course Venues:
Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting), course Blackboard, and e-mail

Onsite:

January 26, 2008 (Location: Davis College Computer Lab Rm. #111 on the
Columbia Campus)

Note from instructor: Students in J797D are mandatory for the one
all-day Saturday (on campus OR virtual; 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) onsite. I'll
work with the students to choose a date for the virtual onsite via
Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting). Students can choose to attend the
on-campus onsite or the virtual one.

Textbook and Course Resources:
Required readings in full-text format will be available on the course
Blackboard (BB) web site.

Course Description:

This course is a survey of electronic information resources in the
health sciences, including online command-driven systems, menu-driven
systems, and Internet sources. The course covers the discussion of relevant
controlled vocabularies and their use in formulating and executing
search strategies. It also includes an evidence-based health-care
component whereby students learn to analyze critically the biomedical
literature and determine reference and research relevancy.

The major topics are:

1. Health sciences electronic information resources

2. Controlled vocabularies

3. Search strategy formulation and execution

4. Evidence- based health care

Course Goals and Objectives:

This course is designed to provide an overview of various health
sciences electronic information resources as well as controlled vocabularies
used to index the biomedical literature. Students will gain hands-on
experience developing and executing search strategies. Students will
gain exposure to evidence-based health-care techniques employed to
evaluate the literature and determine reference and research relevancy.

At the conclusion of this course students should:

1. Understand the basic principles involved in developing search
strategies to retrieve citations to the biomedical literature

2. Be acquainted with controlled vocabularies used to index the
biomedical literature

3. Be acquainted with reference tools utilized in health sciences
information retrieval

4. Have an understanding of evidence-based health care techniques
employed to analyze critically the biomedical literature and determine
reference and research relevancy

Note:

I am still working on the course package. If you have any questions,
please contact me at tuf@gwm.sc.edu. I look forward to seeing you and
work with you in Spring 2008.


Feili Tu, Ph.D.

Digital Collections Assistant Needed at TCL

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT NEEDED at Thomas Cooper Library
Seeking a creative person for 20 hours a week, starting in
January, to assist in creating web pages for
digital library
collections
. For examples see http://www.sc.edu/library/digital/.
Hours are flexible between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. Minimum
skills needed are HTML, Photoshop, and web design. Additional
experience with javascript or other web programming languages
and Dreamweaver is preferred. Job may require other
miscellaneous digital library duties. All serious inquiries
please contact Kate Boyd at
boydkf@gwm.sc.edu or 777-2249.
Interviewing will occur at the beginning of January.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Prison newspapers and magazines

[Posted on behalf of Linda Walling]

Recently, several people have asked questions about prison
librarianship. As I told them, there's very little written on that subject in
recent years. I experienced some nostalgia the other day, though, when
I ran across an article in Utne Reader about inmate-produced newspapers
and magazines. I learned a lot about prison life from the inmate's
point of view by reading these. I thought you might want to read the
article. Below is the link to it.

By the way -- in case you don't know the Utne Reader -- that
magazine is an excellent way to keep in touch with what is happening in the
alternative (and small press) world. The magazine reprints "the best"
articles from the alternative press, so you are introduced to important
and/or interesting magazines in that genre. Happy reading! Linda Walling

Toughest-Bhttp:
http://www.utne.com/2007-11-01/Arts/Shelf-Life-The-Toughest-Beat.aspx



Friday, November 30, 2007

Support for Graduate Student Conferences and Workshops

Support for Graduate Student Conferences and Workshops

Grant applications accepted on an ad hoc basis through the academic
year (availability of funds permitting).

The Graduate School, in order to encourage the involvement of graduate
students in the conduct and hosting of academic conferences, will offer
grants ranging from $250-750 to assist in the organization of Graduate
Student Conferences. These grants are for scholarly conferences that
either (i) feature the presentation of graduate student research or (ii)
are wholly organized and hosted by the graduate students of an academic
unit.

Conference and Workshop Grant announcement

http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/doclibrary/documents/
Graduate.Student.Conference.Workshop.Grants.pdf



Stanley Dubinsky
Professor of Linguistics
Associate Dean
The Graduate School
U of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Technology Showcase: Exploring Survey's

Survey instruments are critical tools in the university environment. We use them for research, educational metrics, classroom polling, administrative practices, and a host of other things. But which survey tool is the right one to use for your particular need?

At the University of South Carolina, many survey tools are available for faculty, students, and staff. Get to know them on Thursday, January 10, 2008, 9 - 12 noon at the "Technology Showcase", hosted by University Technology Services. Our team of experts will explore the survey tools used by the University community, and feature a comparison workshop, so you can see what tool works best for your needs. We will also provide information about how you can get started with your own survey.

Mark your calendar for 9am - 12 noon on January 10, 2008 reserve your space today for this free event. Reservations can be made by responding to this e-mail or sending an e-mail to UTS@sc.edu . The UTS Technology Showcase will be held in the 3rd floor classrooms of University Technology Services, at 1244 Blossom Street on the Columbia campus.

More information can be found at http://uts.sc.edu/showcase .

Sincerely,
University Technology Services
UTS@sc.edu
(803) 777-1800

Help Lubuto as you shop for the holidays

Dear friend of Lubuto Libraries,

For many of you, it’s time for holiday shopping again. Now there’s a way to shop online and – at no cost to you – help bring excellent libraries to more African children in need. If you shop through GoodShop.com, they'll donate an average of 3% (and up to 37%) of all of your purchases to the Lubuto Library Project!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which features hundreds of great stores including Best Buy, Macy's, Apple, Nike, eBay, the Gap, Target, and more. It's easy: just go to GoodShop, click on the store's logo and then shop as you normally would! You get the exact same prices and service as if you went directly to the store's website.

And, while you're searching the web, don't forget to use GoodSearch.com which makes a donation to us for each search.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Jane Kinney Meyers

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Webcasts of the SLIS Town Hall Meeting and the SLIS Student Colloquium, and the New "SLISten Up"


Hello everyone,

In case you couldn't make it to the SLIS Town Hall Meeting, you can view a recording

of the session here:

http://students.libsci.sc.edu/lissa/students.html

In other news, the new issue of SLISten Up! is out, and it can be found

here:

http://students.libsci.sc.edu/lissa/newsletter.html


Finally, a recording of the November 19th Student Colloquium,

featuring Travis Ferrell and myself, can be found here:

http://students.libsci.sc.edu/lissa/presentations.html

--

Patrick McLaughlin

patricklmclaughlin@gmail.com

"Benjamin Franklin: In Search Of A Better World" Traveling Exhibition at Georgetown County Library (Till Janurary 31st)

Hey,

A few of us were talking about a special exhibition at Georgetown County Library called ""Benjamin Franklin: In Search Of A Better World." It is a traveling exhibition, and it is making its national debut in SC.

If you are interested in going with some fellow students, please visit this posting on the LISSA forum as a way to talk about who and when SLIS folks might meet up to go. There are a few special lectures that might be worth checking out. For example, the 301st Birthday Party For Benjamin Franklin Jan. 17th at 6:30pm and another Jan 19th at 7pm about Franklin's ideas about God.

For more information,

Georgetown County Library Serves as First Host of Special Ben Franklin Exhibit

“Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” a national traveling exhibition which
celebrates the remarkable life and achievements of one of America’s most beloved personalities,
premieres nationally at the Georgetown County Library on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 7PM.

The library is the only South Carolina site for this display.

Besides serving his country as a skillful diplomat and negotiator, Benjamin Franklin was
a vibrant man of all seasons as a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, humorist, philanthropist, and
activist whose wit and wisdom continue to amaze, inspire, and entertain us more than 300 years
after his birth. Franklin was dedicated to making the world a better place and himself a better
person. His was the quintessential American success story.

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary of Philadelphia and the American Library
Association organized the exhibit with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The ALA Public Programs Office coordinated a competitive application process which resulted countrywide in 40 academic-and-public-library locations for this exposition.

The 1,000-square-foot exhibit will be at the Georgetown County Library until the end of
January 2008. From November 2007 until then, the library will host five free Humanities
programs and other events including a special opening reception, an art contest and exhibit for
youngsters from ages 5 to 17, dance, music, and a special 301st Benjamin Franklin birthday
party. For additional details, please visit the library’s web site at http://www.gclibrary.org or
telephone the library at 545-3304 or email benfranklin@gclibrary.org.

Schedule

December 1, 2007

Humanities Lecture
At Waccamaw Neck Branch Library, 24 Commerce Drive, Pawleys Island, SC
• 2:30 to 3:30 PM: “Beyond Religious Fanaticism: A Place of the Meeting of the Rivers” by Dr. Hal French

January 8, 2008

Humanities Lecture
At Waccamaw Neck Branch Library, 24 Commerce Drive, Pawleys Island, SC
• 2:30 to 3:30 PM: “Protecting Community Heritage Through Archaeology” by Dr. Lesley Drucker

January 17, 2008

Birthday Party for Benjamin Franklin (Still Young at Heart at 301 Years Old)
At Georgetown Library, 405 Cleland Street, Georgetown, SC
• 6 to 7 PM: Birthday Party for Benjamin Franklin: Only 301 Years Old!
• 7:30 to 8:30 PM: “Men of the Revolutionary Generation and Their Relationship to Slavery” featuring historian Dr. Daniel Littlefield

January 19, 2008

Humanities Lecture
At Georgetown Library, 405 Cleland Street, Georgetown, SC
• 7 to 8 PM: “Struck by Lightning: Benjamin Franklin’s Rod to the Omnipotence of God” by Dr. Sterling “Skip” Eisiminger

January 31, 2008:

Final Day of the “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” Exhibition

Virtual Museum of Cataloging & Acquisitions Artifacts‏

A great surprise came in the mail today! The "Virtual Museum of Catalogin & Acquistions Artfacts http://www.heidihoerman.com/museumca/booksaboutcataloging.html was announced in American Libraries Direct! We didn't know! This came out of the blue.

A hearty thank you goes to my GA Lauren Kirkland who has taken the ball and run with it. I said, can you try to make this and BAM! The museum is up and running!

We hadn't know there was going to be an announcement outside cataloging circles today so we will be working toward correcting known typos, making better links to it, etc., but we would certainly appreciate any suggestions, corrections, additions, any advice you might give us!

And, of course, we cherish those "finds" from the closets of libraries and librarians that form our "collection."

Next time you see Lauren, give her a hearty pat on the back!!! She deserves it more than I and ALD didn't get her name!

Heidi

Distance Students: Health Center Fee and Health Insurance Concerns‏

Hello Distance Students,

It's that time during the semester that the Health Center and Health Insurance fees (two different things)become a worry to distance education students in SC, the surrounding states and the cohort students in Maine and Virginia-West Virginia. Please let me put your mind at rest:

The Health Center Fee:

Students must complete the health insurance enrollment/waiver process each semester they are enrolled at USC, excluding Maymester and Summer sessions. In order for a comparable health insurance plan to meet the University sponsored mandatory insurance waiver criteria, the comparable health insurance plan must feature all of the following: _Coverage must be in effect on or before January 6, 2008. _Coverage that allows the insured student to receive outpatient, emergency, specialist and inpatient care, diagnostic testing and procedures, and mental health inpatient and outpatient care, including alcohol and substance abuse treatment, in South Carolina. _Coverage dates must include the semester academic dates, including breaks and holidays. First, and most important, the URL for home page of the Thomson Student Health Center is http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/tshc/medicine.shtml ; please read the information on their site carefully. Note that graduate students taking 9-11 hours are assessed a $151.00 fee per semester for use of the Thomson Health Center. However, according to the Health Center Administrators, distance students and students in out-of-state cohorts can have this fee waived at the request of their dept. This is done for our distance students each fall; we are in process of making the request for the Maine, and the new Virginia/West Virginia cohorts. I think the word "mandatory" causes the concern. If you did not register for more than 9 hours, you were not assessed the fee at all. Most distance students do not take 9-11 hours, so it would not have applied to most of you. If you are taking 9-11 hours we will submit a waiver request on your behalf. This does not happen overnight, so please be patient. Students are still registering for spring classes which begin Jan. 14th.

The Health Insurance Fee:

All graduate students and international USC students are required to have health insurance. Under this requirement, graduate students enrolled in 9 or more hours, all graduate assistants, and international students must purchase the USC sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (offered by Pearce and Pearce) or provide documentation of enrollment in a comparable health insurance plan. If you have comparable health insurance coverage and do not wish to obtain the University’s sponsored health insurance plan, you must complete the waiver process on-line by the waiver deadline in order to have the health insurance fee removed from your account. USC graduate and international students can submit their insurance waiver information either by linking through VIP or via the USC Student Health Services (SHS) web site at http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs. Students who are subject to the mandatory health insurance who have not waived out of the University sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan by the deadline will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan sponsored by USC and billed by the Bursar Office (also called SFS, USC Student Financial Services) for the health insurance premium. Students must complete the health insurance enrollment/waiver process each semester they are enrolled at USC, excluding Maymester and Summer sessions. You must complete the enrollment/waiver process each Fall Semester and each Spring Semester per academic year. If your health insurance plan is denied through the waiver process, or you miss the deadline and get charged for the insurance plan, you may appeal; however, each appeal is carefully considered and very few exceptions are granted. All health insurance appeal requests must go through the Health Insurance Assistance Office. If you have questions or concerns about the mandatory student health insurance requirement or your individual situation relative to the requirement, please contact the Health Insurance Assistance Office immediately at 803-777-1916 or hiao@gwm.sc.edu. For detailed information and responses to the following often asked questions, go to:https://www.pearceandpearce.com//PearceSite/Schools/SC/usc/ Where do I go if I have questions about USC's mandatory insurance policy or the online enrollment/waiver process?Questions about how to get help if you have a question or problem:Where do I go if I have questions about enrollment, insurance benefits or claims processing? What if I am more comfortable looking up answers to my questions and getting information on line? What if I have questions about or problems with my Pearce and Pearce insurance ID card? How do I find a list of preferred providers under my student health insurance plan? Please follow the directions of the University Offices who deal with these fees and try not listen to your friends who may have had a different situation or problem with the fee assessment and payment. I have tried to put the important bullets in this email, but there is much more information online at the sites given. I hope this information will assist you with the Health Insurance and the Health Center Fees and any issues you may have.

Carol Williams

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Archives Job Analysis



[Posted on behalf of Constance B. Schulz]

Dear Archives students,

I'm cleaning out a VERY old backlog on my e-mail in box, and one of

the items was an interesting post from Dr. Elizabeth Dow at LSU, who

runs the "Southeast Archies Educational Collaborative" of which we used

to be a part. Her student did an analysis of job ads on the Archives

listserv, which much be useful to some of you who are beginning to look

for jobs.

Connie

Original post in early 2006:

In order to help me in planning my education program toward an MLIS, I

read all the job announcements posted on the archives and archivists

listserv for 2005. This included all weeks.

Notes:

1. "processing" includes appraisal, arrangement, and description.

2. "preservation" includes lists of "performs preservation duties" and

the like.

3. "Cataloging" includes EAD, MARC, and non-specific cataloging

duties.

4. This list does NOT included museum curators, metadata librarians

and metadata catalogers, or records managers.

5. "broken link" means there was a link on the job announcement that

was no longer working.

6. This list does NOT include positions that did not require at least

a master's degree (any master's degree) in the job requirements.

Here are the results:

Total number of job announcements posted (2005) - 208

Number of announce! ments with broken link - 42

Subtotal of announcements analyzed - 166

Managerial positions posted - 31

Project archivist (entry level) positions posted - 36

Number and percentage of job announcements listing the following

duties:

DUTY NUMBER &!

nbsp; % OF SUBTOTAL

Processing 141

84.9%

Preservation 72

43.4%

Reference 73

44.0%

Cataloging 50

30.1%

Community outreach 29 &! nbsp;

17.5%

Exhibit preparation 16

9.6%

I'm not sure how this will help anyone, if at all. I just thought I'd

share the results here.

Russell D. James, M.A.

MLIS student

Louisiana State University

Constance B. Schulz

Professor of History

Co-Director, Public History Program

University of SC, Columbia, SC 29208

schulz@sc.edu


Southern Growth Seeks Student Applicants for Southern Research Fellows Program

Southern Growth Seeks Student Applicants for
Southern Research Fellows Program

Southern Growth Policies Board seeks student applicants for its
Southern Research Fellows Program. The Southern Research Fellows Program
promotes student research relating to economic development and quality
of life in 13 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Eligible applicants include current undergraduate and graduate students
aged 18 - 25 at colleges and universities in the 13 Southern Growth
member states. Suggested majors/fields of study include, but are not
limited to: public policy, journalism, political science, education,
sociology, business, city & regional planning, public administration and
social work.

The focus of the 2008 Southern Research Fellows Program is the
engagement, development and leadership of youth aged 14 to 24. Fellows
will prepare an original report on an approved topic that will be
incorporated into Southern Growth's 2008 Report on the Future of the
South and distributed at Southern Growth's annual conference. Fellows
will also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Relevant report topics for 2008 include youth development, civic
engagement and strategies for building policies and partnerships that
foster youth leadership skills, workforce preparedness, volunteerism,
entrepreneurship and the traits to become active, responsible citizens.
The application deadline is January 11, 2008, with selections announced
by February 1, 2008. The fellows' final report to Southern Growth
Policies Board will be due March 31, 2008.

To learn more about the Southern Research Fellows Program, and to
download application forms, please visit
www.southern.org/research/fellowship.shtml. To learn more about
Southern Growth, visit http://www.southern.org.

Volunteering at the South Carolina Book Festival

Volunteer applications for the South Carolina Book Festival are now available. The Book Festival is a wonderful event, and we encourage everyone who is able to attend.

[This information taken from the following website: http://www.schumanities.org/bookfestival/index.php?c=faq&s=volunteer]


Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the SC Book Festival. Volunteers are crucial to the success of the festival. Without a group of dedicated volunteers to help with everything from pre-festival office work to post-festival clean-up, the SCBook Festival would not be possible. So if you love books or love to volunteer your time, please sign up to help at the 2008 SCBook Festival! We need you!

There are many different ways to serve at many different levels of commitment. Please see the descriptions of volunteer positions below to see where help is needed.
Volunteer Positions

To confirm your interest in volunteering at the SCBook Festival, please print out and return the Volunteer Registration Form below or contact the Book Festival Volunteer Coordinator.

DOWNLOAD THE VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM (74.5k) (Available as Word® Document)

If you have any questions about being a volunteer, please see our FAQs page below or contact the Book Festival Volunteer Coordinator.
FAQs for Volunteers


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

797D Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments in Spring 2008 Semester

The 797D Health Information Retrieval in Electronic Environments, called J797D, will be offered in the Spring 2008 semester. Here is an overview of the course:

This elective course is designed for students who wish to develop comprehensive electronic health-related information-searching and -seeking skills. This course is a survey of electronic information resources in the health sciences, including discussion of relevant controlled vocabularies and their use in formulating and executing search strategies. The ultimate goals are to: 1) prepare the students in the School of Library and Information Science’s Master’s program to be expert online searchers in the provision of health information services in both physical information settings and in a virtual environment, including the Internet, and 2) assist doctoral and master’s students in health-related programs in the development of critical thinking and analytical skills in health-information seeking and use.

797D can meet the needs of students who want to develop advanced health information online searching skills. I used concepts in the Medical Library Association Policy Statement: Role of Expert Searching in Health Sciences Libraries to design this course (http://www.mlanet.org/resources/expert_search/policy_expert_search.html).

Approach to Course:
A combination of lectures, class activities, discussion, and projects.
* Lectures and course materials (electronic- and/or text-based) will be uploaded to the course Blackboard (BB) web site on Wednesdays.
* Several online class sessions will be held throughout the semester on Wednesdays.

Schedule:
Wednesday (6:00 pm -7:50 pm)

Course Venues:
Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting), course Blackboard, and e-mail

Onsite:
January 26, 2008 (Location: Davis College Computer Lab Rm. #111 on the Columbia Campus)
Note from instructor: Students in J797D are mandatory for the one all-day Saturday (on campus OR virtual; 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) onsite. I'll work with the students to choose a date for the virtual onsite via Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting). Students can choose to attend the on-campus onsite or the virtual one.

Textbook and Course Resources:
Required readings in full-text format will be available on the course Blackboard (BB) web site.

Course Description:
This course is a survey of electronic information resources in the health sciences, including online command-driven systems, menu-driven systems, and Internet sources. The course covers the discussion of relevant controlled vocabularies and their use in formulating and executing search strategies. It also includes an evidence-based health-care component whereby students learn to analyze critically the biomedical literature and determine reference and research relevancy.

The major topics are:
1. Health sciences electronic information resources
2. Controlled vocabularies
3. Search strategy formulation and execution
4. Evidence- based health care

Course Goals and Objectives:
This course is designed to provide an overview of various health sciences electronic information resources as well as controlled vocabularies used to index the biomedical literature. Students will gain hands-on experience developing and executing search strategies. Students will gain exposure to evidence-based health-care techniques employed to evaluate the literature and determine reference and research relevancy.

At the conclusion of this course students should:
1. Understand the basic principles involved in developing search strategies to retrieve citations to the biomedical literature
2. Be acquainted with controlled vocabularies used to index the biomedical literature
3. Be acquainted with reference tools utilized in health sciences information retrieval
4. Have an understanding of evidence-based health care techniques employed to analyze critically the biomedical literature and determine reference and research relevancy

Note:
I am still working on the course package. If you have any questions, please contact me at tuf@gwm.sc.edu. I look forward to seeing you and work with you in Spring 2008.


Feili Tu, Ph.D.

SLIS 748 (Business Information Sources and Services) to be offered Spring Semester

Students,

SLIS 748 (Business Information Sources and Services) will be offered

spring semester, on campus, Wednesday, 5:30-7:45, instructor is

Christine Sellers.

Here is the course description: Coverage of the bibliographic and

information systems relevant to contemporary managerial information

needs, with emphasis on the literature of business and finance, and

including statistical materials, literature guides, and investment

services. Specialized problems related to the organization and operation

of business information systems. Practice in question consultation and

database searching will be included.

The course should be added to the Master Schedule by Friday, November

30th.

If you intend to enroll in the course please let me know by Wednesday,

December 5th.

Thank you

Madonna


Richland County Public Lubrary to Host "A Christmas Carol" -- Howard Burnham to perform Charles Dickens' Timeless Classic

Join the Richland County Public Library for a new holiday tradition as RCPL Literary Resident Howard Burnham performs his classic one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St. This program is free and open ages 12 and up.

"A Christmas Carol," the best loved of Charles Dickens' Christmas books, was the most popular of the author's American reading tour of 1867. Howard Burnham recreates the Dickens' phenomenon as he gives a solo characterization of the 30-odd characters in this immortal story.

A British actor and scholar, Burnham's carefully researched and well-written, one-man shows have played throughout England and the United States as well as on the British Broadcasting Corporation. A regular Sir Evelyn Wrench lecturer for the English-Speaking Union of the United States, he lives in Columbia.

Spring 2008 Required Textbooks for J702, J730, and J731

[Posted on behalf of Heidi Hoerman]

Go to http://www.heidihoerman.com/txtbksspr08.html (or go to www.heidihoerman.com and click on "For Students") to find a list of the textbooks required for the classes I will be teaching next semester:
  1. SLIS J702 Introduction to Technical Services
  2. SLIS J730 Cataloging Information Materials
  3. SLIS J731 Subject Analysis and Classification
In addition there is a new page summarizing advisement information about J702, J730, J731, J732, J733 and J738: http://www.heidihoerman.com/tselectives.html (or go to www.heidihoerman.com and click on "For Students"). If the page doesn't answer all your concerns, I encourage you to contact me for further information about technical services and/or the courses I teach.
Heidi

Archival Job at Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum (Charleston, SC) seeks an experienced individual with a can-do, positive attitude for the full-time position of Archivist. The qualified candidate will possess a B.A. in history or related field (preferred M.A. in history or library science) and one to three years experience in an archives, manuscript repository or library. Required: Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of archives administration and current archival preservation/conservation techniques, and familiarity with Charleston and South Carolina history. Primary responsibilities include management of museum archival/library collections, cataloguing of such collections, responding to public inquiries concerning archival materials, assisting the exhibition of archival materials, and other associated duties. Please send resume and salary requirements to Director, The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403; or e-mail jobs@charlestonmuseum.org. No phone calls, please. Application deadline: December 31, 2007.

Big Thank You and the Pictures for the Stocking Stuffer Service Project

The Stocking Stuffer Service Project was a great success. It was a great success. We only had three stockings, but we ended up having so much stuff we had to get three more stockings.

We had so much stuff in fact, that oversize items were tied with Christmas ribbons to all the stockings. Not only that, we had some items left over to help pad other USC groups' stockings.

Even better, we had some clothes donated that, although they didn't fit in with the Stocking Stuffer project, were usable by Student Government (who sponsered the event) in a drive they are concurrently holding for a battered women's shelter.

Thank you all very much, particularly SCCCBL (the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy) for donating books and to James Carpenter, who is not in the program but is a friend of mine and gave us a stocking's worth of stuff when I mentioned the Drive to him. And of course, thanks to everyone who participated in smaller ways.

Click here if you would like to see photos of the collection box for the Stocking Suffer Service Project this morning.

Happy Holidays,

Travis

Monday, November 26, 2007

Speaker at the Center Author Series Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 Noon to 1 pm

Thursday,December 6, 2007
Noon—1 p.m.
Bring a bag lunch
SC State Library Administration Building
Room 309, 1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Bring your lunch and enjoy an interesting hour with author and history professor, Robert K. Ackerman as he discusses his book, Wade Hampton III.

Providing the most balanced and comprehensive portrayal of Wade Hampton III to date, Robert K. Ackerman's biography explores the remarkable abilities and tragic failings of the planter-statesman who would come to personify the Civil War and Reconstruction in South Carolina.

Robert K. Ackerman is a retired professor of history who has served as dean of Erskine College and Drew University and as president of Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina, he is the author of several works on South Carolina history, including South Carolina Colonial Land Policies. Ackerman lives in Lexington, South Carolina.

This free lunchtime program is presented by the South Carolina Center for the Book, the South Carolina affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The SC Center for the Book is a cooperative project of the SC State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities Council SC.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

SLIS 748 (Business Information Sources and Services) Will Be Offered Next Spring

Students,

SLIS 748 (Business Information Sources and Services)
will be offered spring semester on campus, day and
time TBA.

Madonna

Grad Student Day 2007

Graduate Student Day, sponsored by The Graduate School, provides graduate students an opportunity to present their scholarly and creative work. The University’s annual celebration will be held in the Russell House on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Over 100 students will compete for cash prizes. These students, recommended by their departments, will make oral research presentations or display posters. Panels of faculty and graduate students will judge the presentations and posters. Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony. Awards will also be presented, by academic units & organizations, to outstanding graduate students. Details of the 2007 competition, including student guidelines, will be sent to colleges and departments by February 6, 2007. For more information, you can visit the following websites:

http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/graduatestudentday/index.html

Robert V. Williams Graduate Student Research Award / Call For Nominations & Submissions

The purpose of the Robert V. Williams Graduate Student Research Award is to encourage graduate students in the School of Library and Information Science to do research in the field of Library and Information Science.

The announcement is a call for submissions for this award. Nominations may be made by faculty or by self-submission. Deadline for receipt of the submitted papers is Feb. 24, 2007. Papers submitted may use any type of research methodology, but must be research oriented. The judging committee will determine whether a submitted paper meets this qualification. The complete product must be submitted to the Student Services Office by Feb. 24, 2007.

The Director of SLIS has appointed three faculty members to judge the submitted papers and to announce the winner(s), if any. Up to three awards (first place, second place, and third place) may be given annually to graduate students in SLIS. All currently enrolled students and previous semester graduates will be eligible to compete for the award. The awards (if any) will be given at the annual Dean’s Lecture. All submissions for the Robert V. Williams Graduate Student Research Award will also be considered for recommendation (upon consent of the author) to the annual Graduate Student Day Competitive awards of the USC Graduate School, provided they meet the requirements for that competition.

Certificates will be awarded to the winner(s) of the award and, as funds are available, a suitable monetary award.

For additional information or questions, please contact Carol Williams, Student Services Manager. Phone: 803-777-3887, or email, carolbwilliams@sc.edu.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Program of Study form for master's students

[Posted on behalf of student government]


To New and Continuing Students:

To locate the Program of Study form for master's students, go to this URL:

http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/doclibrary/documents/mastersprogramofstudy.pdf

All of the Graduate student forms can be found on the Graduate School
site; click on Forms. This should help you find any of the forms
required while you are in the program.

Carol Williams
Student Services Manager
School of Library and Information Sciences
University of SC
Phone: (803) 777-0270 Fax: (803) 777-0457

Career Services Presentation Link (Has Information For Distance Ed and Columbia Students)

On Nov. 15th, Career Services gave a presentation about the services they provide both in-person and online. Many of these resources are free.

Click here to view the presentation.

Anne Orange, the presenter, did a very good job and would love to answer any questions about resumes, interviews, and job hunting.

Click here to go to the Career Center website.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

$1000 Scholarship to Attend ALA Annual 2008 Conference in Anaheim, CA -- Apply by Dec. 15th

Do you want to attend ALA Annual 2008 in Anaheim, CA, but you're light
on the travel funds? Apply by December 15, 2007 for the Shirley
Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1000 check to help
defray the cost of attendance!

Applicant must:
1. Be a member of ALA and NMRT
2. Be active in the library profession
3. Show promise or activity in the area of professional development
4. Have valid financial need
5. Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences

To apply, please visit:
http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson.htm

Saturday, November 17, 2007

SLIS Graduate Reception Will Be Wed., Dec. 17th from 4:30 to 6:30pm

The Graduate Reception will be Wed., Dec. 17th from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
Please join us give a warm send off to our SLIS graduates.

LISSA End-Of-The-Semester Dinner Sat, Dec 8, 6pm - 8pm

Date: Sat., Dec. 8th
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: M Cafe; 1417 Sumter Street; Columbia, SC

Website for restaurant with the menu and prices:
http://www.miyos.com/mcafemenu.html

LISSA is having an End-Of-The-Semester Dinner. Please RSVP us at
slis_lissa@yahoo.com if you'd like to attend.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The November/December 2007 issue of D-Lib Magazine

Greetings:

The November/December 2007 issue of D-Lib Magazine
(http://www.dlib.org/) is now available.

This issue contains seven articles, the 'In Brief' column, excerpts from
recent press releases, and news of upcoming conferences and other items
of interest in 'Clips and Pointers'. This month, D-Lib features "Access
Excellence at the National Health Museum" contributed by Katherine Liu
and VivianLee Ward.

The articles include:

Manakin: A New Face for DSpace
Scott Phillips, Cody Green, Alexey Maslov, Adam Mikeal, and John Leggett
Texas A&M University

Good Terms - Improving Commercial-Noncommercial Partnerships for Mass
Digitization: A Report Prepared by Intelligent Television for RLG
Programs, OCLC Programs and Research
Peter B. Kaufman and Jeff Ubois, Intelligent Television

SERU (Shared Electronic Resource Understanding): Opening Up New
Possibilities for Electronic Resource Transactions
Karla L. Hahn, Association of Research Libraries

Census of Institutional Repositories in the U.S.: A Comparison Across
Institutions at Different Stages of IR Development
Soo Young Rieh, Karen Markey, Beth St. Jean, Elizabeth Yakel, and Jihyun
Kim, University of Michigan

The Design and Implementation of an Ingest Function to a Digital Archive
Andrew Waugh, Public Record Office Victoria

Utah Digital Repository Initiative: Building a Support System for
Institutional Repositories
Karen Estlund, University of Oregon; and Anna Neatrour, University of Utah
doi:10.1045/november2007-neatrour

Creating Online Historical Scrapbooks with a User-Friendly Interface: A
Case Study
Allison B. Zhang, Washington Research Library Consortium

D-Lib Magazine has mirror sites at the following locations:

UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, England
http://mirrored.ukoln.ac.uk/lis-journals/dlib/

The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
http://dlib.anu.edu.au/

State Library of Lower Saxony and the University Library of Goettingen,
Goettingen,
Germany
http://webdoc.sub.gwdg.de/edoc/aw/d-lib/

Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.dlib.org.ar

Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
http://dlib.ejournal.ascc.net/

BN - National Library of Portugal, Portugal
http://purl.pt/302/1

(If the mirror site closest to you is not displaying the
November/December 2007 issue of D-Lib Magazine at this time, please
check back later. There is a delay between the time the magazine is
released in the United States and the time when the mirroring process
has been completed.)

Bonnie Wilson

Editor

D-Lib Magazine

Great foreign language site

[Posted on Behalf Of Dr. Sam]


Need to learn a language or brush up on your foreign language skills?

The BBC has a great website for free!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/index.shtml

Buena suerte!

sam

Jacqueline Woodson Will Be At USC Friday, November 30, 2007

Award winning author Jacqueline Woodson will be visiting Columbia on Friday, November 30, 2007. Her visit is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s
Department of English, the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy of SLIS,
the University Libraries, and the Thomas Cooper Society.

Ms. Woodson is the author of over 40 books for children and teens including the award winners: Locomotion, Coming on Home Soon, Hush, The Other Side, and Miracle’s Boys. To learn more about her, see her website

http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/

Ms. Woodson will address Columbia metro area middle and high school students at 10 a.m. in the Creighton Middle School Auditorium.

At 2:30 p.m., she will meet with a group of twenty five writers and students of creative writing in the Graniteville Room of the Thomas Cooper Library. Advance
registration is required. To register call: 777-8154 or email tclrarebooks@sc.edu

A reception and book signing sponsored by the Thomas Cooper Society will follow Ms. Woodson’s informal writers’ workshop at 4:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and guests will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed.

Ellen Shuler

Executive Director

South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy

USC - CMCIS - SLIS

at the SC State Library

1500 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201

803-734-8207

http://www.libsci.sc.edu/ccbl/index.htm