Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Class available for SLIS students interested in Heath Science Librarianship

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Feili Tu]

This is a good course for those who are interested in pursuing health
science librarianship as a career.

Feili Tu, Ph.D.

HPEB 711


Spring 2008

Tuesdays 2:30-5:15 pm

Health Sciences Building Room 105

Course topics will include:

  • Risk and Crisis communication
  • Role of media and Internet in health


  • Social marketing of health
  • Media advocacy for policy change
  • Influence of health literacy in public

health practice

  • Culturally responsive health communication

Please contact Dr. Friedman in HPEB for more information:


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

South Carolina Special Library Association Meeting Friday, Nov. 9th (Free For Students)

Chapter Meeting

Friday, November 9, 2007

The December meeting of the SC Special Libraries Association will take place on Friday, November 9 at the Columbia Museum of Art in downtown Columbia , SC.

Our host will be Libby Coyner, Librarian, Columbia Museum of Art.

Our speaker will be Amy Duernberger, Discus Project Director, the South Carolina State Library.

Lunch will be catered by the Congaree Grill. Those who prefer a vegetarian meal may contact Anne Orange at 803-777-7994 or


Amy Duernberger, the Director of the DISCUS program - South Carolina's Virtual Library, will provide an overview of the various structures, characteristics, services and intended audiences of statewide virtual libraries. She will also lead a panel discussion of the various issues that face libraries in today's virtual world.

Topics may include:
Defining/authenticating your virtual patrons/customers and how this impacts:
-- license agreements and copyright
-- collection development
-- policies for online "reference" and other services
-- web site design
-- external usage statistics for goods and services

Our speaker has requested that we submit questions concerning virtual libraries ahead of time. Send questions to Anne Orange at or (803) 777-7994

In support of our Silent Auction to raise funds for the Martha Zachert
Scholarship, please bring items to be auctioned off and money to bid and purchase gifts for yourself. The cause will support an SLIS student interested in special libraries.

Meeting Agenda

10:00 - 10:30

Registration and Refreshments

10:30 - 10:40

Welcome, Announcements, Introduction of speaker

10.40 – 12:10

12:15 – 1:15
1:15 - 2:00
Tour of Library
2:00 - 2:30
Business Meeting for the SC/SLA board and any other members who would like to attend

2:30 - until

Free time to tour Columbia Art Museum and visit the Gift Shop!
We will receive free passes.

The Columbia Museum of Art

“South Carolina 's premier international art museum houses an extraordinary collection of European and American fine and decorative art that spans centuries. In recent years, the Museum's collection of Asian art and Antiquities has grown through generous gifts to the collection. Founded in 1950, the museum opened its new building on Main Street in 1998 by transforming an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries.”

The Museum is on the corner of Main and Hampton Streets. Directions and information about parking can be found on the website.

To Register, click here and go to the bottom of the page the link takes you to.

Pictures of Dr. Tu's Presentation for the Second LISSA / ASIS&T Colloquium Are Now Available

Pictures of Dr. Tu's presentation for the second LISSA / ASIS&T Colloquium are now available and can be found by clicking here.

Pictures from the LISSA Field Trip to the South Carolina State Library Now Available

Pictures from the LISSA Field Trip to the South Carolina State Library are now available and can be found by clicking here.

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Web site provides one stop for cultural arts at USC

Newly designed Web site provides one stop for cultural arts

What’s going on in the arts at the University of South Carolina? The Arts Institute’s newly expanded Web site – -- offers arts enthusiasts a comprehensive resource for events, news and opportunities at the university.

Executive director Kwame Dawes said the Web site provides a central location for university students, faculty and staff and the public to find arts information.

“There is more happening in the arts every day at Carolina than ever before,” Dawes said. “We wanted to create a Web site that centralizes arts information in a way that would make it easier for members of the university community and everyone else who enjoys the arts at Carolina to discover the arts events they want to attend, as well as opportunities for auditions, contests and grants across all the arts disciplines on campus.”

Web site features include the following:

# “Arts Calendar” -- a month-by-month list of all arts events with detailed information on each listing;

# “Arts Date of the Week” -- a spotlight of an arts event of particular interest to students;

# “Arts Opportunities” -- detailed information on auditions, contests, scholarships, grants and other arts-related opportunities on campus;

# “Featured Artist” -- a biweekly profile of arts faculty and students; and

# “Arts Blog” -- a forum for arts-related discussion moderated by adjunct art professor Blake Morgan.

The blog is intended to bring arts discussions that take place in the classroom to a larger audience.

“Blake is interested in big issues that play out in all the arts,” said Charlene Spearen, program coordinator for the Arts Institute. “His intent is to start an interdisciplinary dialog that invites artists and arts patrons of all types to think together about issues and concerns that are common to all arts disciplines.”

On the “Arts Opportunities” section, students and faculty will find information and application materials needed to apply for Arts Institute grants, which provide matching funds for interdisciplinary arts-based programming. To date, the institute has awarded 30 grants that have created events and showcased student and faculty talent.

“We would love to see a lot of students take advantage of the availability of Arts Institute grants to dream in big and innovative ways about their own creativity and how it fits in to the larger picture of all the creative work that is being done on campus,” Spearen said.

The Arts Institute was founded in 2005 to encourage collaboration among the university’s arts disciplines and to make the university’s cultural arts more visible to students and the community. Dawes said the Web site plays an important role in fulfilling the institute’s mission.

Call 803-777-5492 for more information about the Arts Institute and to provide feedback on the newly designed Web site:

Gain Public Library Experience

Would you like to volunteer for an organization that links your career interest and love of reading and information. Would you like to represent Columbia’s nationally recognized public library? If so, please contact me about a volunteer position at the Richland County Public Library. It only requires a commitment of approximately 3 hours per week. We have a volunteer opportunity in Acquisitions/Collection Management, a department that directs the activities required for a collection of over 1.1 million books and nearly 85,000 nonprint resources.

Acquisitions/Collection Management Volunteer, Main Library,

2-3 hours per week , once or twice weekly during 9-5:30 hours M-Friday

* Routine filing and other clerical duties

* Data entry

* Assist with record maintenance of library materials

* Perform other duties or special projects as needed

As a RCPL volunteer you are able to:

· acquire new skills and gain recognized work experience

* expand your social horizons

* serve in your own community

* keep up with the latest books and library materials

* help, and be appreciated for it

* contribute to the success of the largest, busiest public library system in South Carolina

For additional information on these volunteer opportunities call or email Cathy Dolan.

You may also download a volunteer application from and return the completed application to any RCPL location or to:

Cathy Dolan

Volunteer Coordinator

Richland County Public Library


Animation Workshop -- Still spaces for kids ages 9-12

There are spaces for kids ages 9-12 in the Animation Workshop - if you

know of any who would like to participate please get in touch. Thanks.

The College of Mass Communications and Information Studies is holding

and animation workshop with animation guru Joe Summerhays during

Children's Book Week.

The workshop will bring together elementary and home-schooled

students, students in both schools of the CMCIS to develop unique

story-telling techniques with stop-motion animation.

Summerhays visited the college last spring during I-Comm Week and

presented ways that animation is being used throughout the world to

give new angles to storytelling and new media.

WHERE: In The Frank Mcguire Room next to the Coliseum.

TIME: 9 am - 4 pm Nov. 13-14

COST: Free - Lunch provided

Here are a few examples of what's been done in other workshops:

You must be registered to participate in this event. Please email Pat

Feehan for registration information.


Dr. Pat Feehan

Associate Professor

School of Library and Information Science

College of Mass Communication and

Information Studies

University of South Carolina

803-777-2381 803-777-7938 (Fax)

National Gallery of Art Summer Internship Program

National Gallery of Art Summer Internship Program

Since 1964 the National Gallery of Art has offered professional museum training to candidates from all backgrounds through a variety of internship programs. Nine-week summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.

There is one internship opening in the Gallery Archives Department. The intern will work directly with materials relating to the history of the National Gallery of Art, including files, photographs, and architectural drawings for the museum's buildings. He or she will organize, preserve, and describe a group of documents and undertake related digital imaging and database development for them. The intern will be introduced to archival principles and the work of museum archives as well as practical issues associated with the transition to the digital environment. Preference will be given to current graduate students (e.g., MA, MLS) with an interest in the digital imaging of archival materials and 2008 graduates with such a degree.

Dates for the internship will be June 16 to August 15, 2008. Interns receive a stipend of $4,500 and are subject to all applicable taxes.

Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

For application and additional information, please visit:

Saturday, October 27, 2007

LISSA & ASIS&T Student Collouqum Monday, Nov. 19th From Noon to 1pm

LISSA & ASIS&T will hold a Student Colloquium Monday, Nov. 19th from Noon to 1 pm in Davis College, Rm 110. The purpose of the Student Colloquium is to encourage and showcase research in SLIS and to give students the opportunity to become more comfortable with presenting professionally.

Travis Ferrell, LISSA President, and Patrick McLaughlin, LISSA Vice-President, will both present. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. Cookies and coffee will provided.

Hope to see you there.

The Fall 2007 LISSA Election Is Now Open For Voting

The Fall 2007 LISSA Election is now open for voting. SLIS students can vote right now by clicking on the following link:

Voting for the Election will be open from Friday, October 26 until its closes Wednesday, October 31. Please contact me at with any comments or questions.

Best of luck to all of the candidates,

Dan Meola
LISSA Election Commissioner

Next LISSA Meeting Is Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 4:00 pm in Davis College

The next LISSA meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 4:00 pm in Davis College. Light refreshments will be served.

All our welcome. Hope to see you there.

New Information About SC/MLA Conference Is In Charleston, Nov. 12 th - Nov.16 th

The SC/MLA (Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association) is having a conference in Charleston from Nov. 12th - Nov. 16th, and they have been kind enough to extend a special invitation to SLIS students.

The whole conference can be attended for $50 for a limited number of students, plus one CE (Continuing Education) course, which is a fantastic deal because the CE sessions are quite expensive.

If you are interested, here is what you need to do:

1. Visit their website at and choose what you want to do. This includes C.E and even social stuff. (Please note, however, that space on the Tour of Homes is limited and for this event not everyone can be accommodated.)

2. Send you name, e-mail, and events you are interested in to our Co-Social Chair, Mary Anne Hamilton, at this address:

3. We will forward your information to SC/MLA.

4. When it is conference time, simply go to the Meeting Registration desk on the Hotel Mezzanine with Evelyn Blake

We very much want to thank Dr. Tom Basler from SC/MLA, who is allowing us this wonderful opportunity. Also, a warm thanks to Mary Anne Hamilton, who has done a wonderful job coordinating with Dr. Basler.

You need to do this by Tuesday, Oct. 26th. Time is pressing. SC/MLA needs to know who from SLIS is going, and soon.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Volunteers Needed for the Saint John Preschool Library Project

Below is an e-mail sent to LISSA about the Saint John Preschool Library Project. Although LISSA will officially help starting next semester, we are currently committed to other service projects so that we cannot promise to do anything until then. We did want to get the word out to anyone who, looking for a volunteer opportunity, would like to help this semester. Thanks and have a nice day, Travis


I am Tondaleya Jackson and I was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Saint John Preschool Library Project. I am reaching out to the USC Library and Information Science Student Association for assistance. Ms. Carolyn Delton indicated that a need such as ours is within the realm of volunteer services you provide. Additional details are below.

The Preschool has been in existence for decades. Currently there are 109 children ages 3-5 enrolled. The school has a room which is considered a library. There are a multitude of books and other educational materials, but it lacks the order and organization of a formal library. In addition, there is currently not a system in place to allow students/parents to check out books. We are in need of assistance from your organization to address these areas.

Can you assist the committee in our efforts to bring order to the Preschool's multitude of library resources? The Parent's and the school's staff recognizes the importance of this task and want to ensure that it is done correctly. For this reason, we are actively seeking out your assistance.

The address and phone number of the Preschool is below, but please contact me directly (see below) after you have given consideration to this request. Thank you so very much for your time and any assistance you can provide.

Saint John Baptist Church Preschool
3404 W. Beltline Boulevard (Corner of Beltline & Farrow Roads)
Columbia, SC 29203

Tondaleya G. Jackson
Library Project Chairman - St. John Preschool
803-705-4479 direct office (daytime)
803-609-1800 cell (evening)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

International Education Week at USC Nov. 12-16

International Education Week is being observed around the United States Nov. 12-16. International Student Services will be providing students, faculty, and staff members the opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange through a variety of events.

On November 12th, Ten Thousand Villages will be on the second floor of the Russell House from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages works with more than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, which represent many of the same countries of origin as international students at Carolina. They will be selling items from around the world for fair trade. Ten percent of the profits from sales will go to the International Student Scholarship Fund. International student organizations on campus will provide arts, crafts, and cultural experiences for entertainment.

On Tuesday the first Around the World Trivia Night will take place in the Russell House ballroom. This event is open to all students. Team members must arrive at 7:00pm to register their teams and the games will begin at 7:20. Teams must be not less than 4, but no more than 7. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, 1st runner-up, and 2nd runner-up.

On Thursday at 7:00pm, The International Student Association will be showing the movie “Water” in the South Quad lounge. Refreshments will be provided and a discussion will follow the movie. This event will give students the opportunity to watch a cultural movie and socialize with both International students and American students. This is event is open to all students.

Carolina Global Community, a living learning community in South Quad, will be hosting an International potluck dinner and picture show on Wednesday evening. They will also be serving McMeals at the Ronald McDonald House on the 11th and 16th.

Cuisine Days will be all week long at The Grand Market Place, where students can try a different international dish each day.

Volunteer Opportunities at Talking Books at the South Carolina State Library

Talking Books, at the South Carolina State Library, provides library services for the visually impared patrons, and they are looking for some volunteers. As they were kind enough to give us a tour of the Talking Books, we are posting volunteer information on LISSA 2.0 Here's a link to the volunteer section of the Talking Books website. The volunteer application is also on the website.

Their recording program is where they have the greatest need for volunteers. These volunteers will help record and produce recorded books and magazines for our handicapped patrons. All volunteers working with the recording program receive training on how to use specialized digital recording software.

Volunteer Narrators record books and magazines about South Carolina or written by South Carolinians. Narrators must have an acceptable reading style, have a pleasant voice and pass an audition.

Volunteer Monitors operate the recording equipment while the narrator is reading/recording and provides quality control for the recording session.

Volunteer Reviewers check for mistakes in the recorded material and make edits and corrections to the recordings.

Here are some other volunteer positions that we have available right now.

Production Assistants use professional high speed tape duplication equipment to make copies of audio books and magazines that will be added to our collections and circulated to our visually and physically handicapped patrons.

Receptionists greet visitors, answer the phone and route calls to Talking Book Services and other State Library staff.

Book Inspection volunteers check cassette books to ensure that tapes are in good condition, books are complete and all cassettes are rewound before they are mailed to patrons.

Talking Book Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. Almost all volunteer work is done during normal business hours. You can set up a flexibile schedule to work as little or as often as you like. An interview is conducted with each potential volunteer to discuss your interests, experience and time availability. Please contact Naomi Bradey by email or phone if you're interested in volunteering. Her information is as follows:

Naomi Bradey

Volunteer Coordinator

Talking Book Services

South Carolina State Library

P.O. Box 821

Author Jacqueline Woodson will be in Columbia Friday, Nov. 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, 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

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

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.

[posted on behalf of Ellen Shuler Executive Director of the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy]

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Library and Information Science Fall Colloquium Continues; Professor Will Discuss Virtual Reference Services and School’s Recent Honor



Matt Landau, co-chair

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science

Davis College

Columbia, SC 29208


Library and Information Science Fall Colloquium Continues; Professor Will Discuss Virtual Reference Services and School’s Recent Honor

COLUMBIA, S.C., October 19, 2007The second of three lectures as part of the Fall Faculty Colloquium at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science (USC-SLIS) will take place Thursday, October 25, at 6 p.m. in room 216 of Davis College. The subject of the presentation by Dr. Feili Tu, assistant professor at the school, will be Virtual Worlds and Reference Services.

Dr. Tu, whose academic background is in reference and information services, will address the delivery of virtual reference services via the World Wide Web and through Second Life, which is an Internet-based virtual world that has steadily grown in popularity since it was launched in 2003. She will discuss how social network services like Second Life are changing the ways in which reference services are delivered to technology-savvy students.

This subject is of particular interest to Dr. Tu, who is overseeing the participation of USC-SLIS in the “Ask-A-Librarian” Online Chat Reference Service for the 2007-2008 school year. USC-SLIS was selected by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) to participate in this program, which provides more than 100 hours of online chat reference service per week to the students, faculty and staff at eight ASERL institutions, including the University of Alabama, the University of Central Florida, the University of Memphis, the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of William & Mary.

“It is a great opportunity for our students to gain experience with the provision of real-world virtual reference services (VRS),” Dr. Tu said. “In addition, research will be conducted to examine how effectively students provide VRS, as evidenced by application of knowledge and skills learned from the USC-SLIS curriculum.”

For those unable to attend the lecture in person, it can be viewed via a live Breeze Presentation at the following address:

The Fall Faculty Colloquium is a joint effort of the USC-SLIS student chapter of ASIS&T and LISSA, the Library and Information Science Student Association. The first speaker in the series was SLIS Director Dr. Sam Hastings.

For more information about the Fall Faculty Colloquium, please contact Matt Landau, co-chair of ASIS&T, at, or contact LISSA at

USC's Thomas Cooper Library opens exhibit on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood

Library opens exhibit on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood

A new exhibit that details writer F. Scott Fitzgerald’s endeavors in the movies and the motion picture industry is on display at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library through Dec. 31.

The exhibit, “Fitzgerald and Hollywood,” draws from two university collections: the Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment F. Scott Fitzgerald Screenplay Collection.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors also can view an exhibit about Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, on display in the mezzanine’s Graniteville Room.

Throughout his career, Fitzgerald was involved in movies. In the early 1920s, Fitzgerald earned a significant portion of his income from silent movies made from his short stories. In the latter part of the decade, and again in the early 1930s, he traveled to Hollywood to explore additional opportunities. In 1937, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter for MGM. His last novel, the unfinished “The Last Tycoon,” is centered on a Hollywood producer. Fitzgerald died in 1940.

“Fitzgerald and Hollywood” focuses on Fitzgerald as a writer and screenwriter, rather than on Hollywood itself or the celebrity culture that burgeoned between the two world wars.

Arranged chronologically, cases in the exhibit allow visitors to follow Fitzgerald’s Hollywood interests. Visitors to the exhibit will explore topics that include the following:

• Fitzgerald’s early responses to the movie phenomenon; • his experience with the movie industry and his treatment of movies in his fiction and in the 1920s and 1930s; • his major screenwriting work in 1937 - 39; • the posthumous publication of his final novel; and • the role of movies in the Fitzgerald revival after World War II.

The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald, acquired by Thomas Cooper Library in 1994, is the most comprehensive research collection on Fitzgerald in the world. In 2004, the university enriched its Fitzgerald holdings with The Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment F. Scott Fitzgerald Screenplay Collection, which was purchased by the university’s Educational Foundation. Much of the material on Fitzgerald’s work as a screenwriter comes from this collection.

Additional information about the collections is available through the library’s department of rare books and special collections Web site: For further inquiries, call 803-777-8154.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Seeking Assistant to Develop Elearning

[The following is posted on behalf of Dr. Sam]

Please let me [Dr. Sam] know if you are interested in working with this office to
develop online training modules.

[Her e-mail is as follows:]

Dr. Sam

>>> Mina Antley 10/16/2007 2:07:12 PM >>>

Hi Dr. Hastings:

I enjoyed meeting you by phone yesterday. As we discussed, the
Professional Development Office offers training to USC employees in the
University's internal operating procedures, such as purchasing, travel,
or budget development. Descriptions of these classes are posted on our
website at under Administrative

We would like to offer some of these classes online to allow faculty
and staff to take classes at a time that is most convenient to their
schedule. If you have a student who would enjoy this type work and has
the aptitude to help us convert classroom instruction to e-learning,
please let him/her know of our need.

Thank you for your assistance.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Free Music Downloads for USC Students (Distance Ed Or Otherwise)


This is Travis. I checked this out, and this is a free service the university offers to all students, whether you are in Columbia or a distance ed student. Below is the e-mail USC sent out:

Dear student,

Welcome back from Fall Break! As a reminder ... Did you know that you have access to more than 3 million songs that you can download for FREE to your PC? Ruckus offers this service to all University of South Carolina students. More than 7,000 students at Carolina have already signed up for this great service!

For more information and registration information, please visit . Students with Macintosh operating systems have the ability to listen to streaming video on the Ruckus website but the player required for downloading music is only available on the Windows operating system.

Know the facts about legal downloading! Don't share copyrighted material. If you never install a peer-to-peer program, you will dramatically reduce the chances of your computer being infected by a virus, installing spyware, or being prosecuted. For more information about copyright @ USC, please visit .

If you have questions about Ruckus or need help with your computer, as always, please contact the University Technology Services Help Desk at (803) 777-1800, Monday - Friday, 6am - 9pm.

University Technology Services
University Housing
Residence Hall Association

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Grant Workshop Tuesday, Oct. 23rd from 7 pm to 8 pm

The Public History Program is hosting an open Grant Writing Workshop Tuesday, Oct. 23rd from 7:00 pm to 8:00pm. The location will be in Gambrell Hall Room 129. Hope to see you there.

Big Thanks To Dr. Sam For "SLIS Night At The Fair!"

We want to thank Dr. Sam for inviting students to SLIS "Night At The Fair." Everyone had a lot fun, and it was very just very thoughtful of her.

Friday, October 12, 2007

First book by an African American comes to USC’s Thomas Cooper Library and the Web

The University of South Carolina has acquired a first edition of Phillis Wheatley’s “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” (London, 1773), the first book published by an African-American author, and has made the book available on the Web. Acquired by the department of rare books and special collections in Thomas Cooper Library, the book is the first copy of Wheatley’s “Poems” on record for any library in South Carolina. The university’s library is the first to make a fully searchable digital copy of the first edition available online for use by students in grades 6 – 12 and college. It is available at the Web site:

New Exhibit At USC: “Scottie Fitzgerald and the Stewardship of Literary Memory,” is on display now through Dec. 31 in Thomas Cooper Library

USC's Thomas Cooper Library has launched an exhibit on Scottie Fitzgerald and her role in preserving and protecting her parents’ legacy.

The exhibit, “Scottie Fitzgerald and the Stewardship of Literary Memory,” is on display now through Dec. 31 in the Graniteville Room of Thomas Cooper Library. It is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It should be of great interest to anyone who would like to learn more about archives or literary stewardship.

2007 SCLA Conferece Program

Here is the program for the 2007 SCLA Conference . I hope it helps you plan a successful conference.

Fall Festival of Authors 2007

USC Fall Festival of Writers 2007

October 18 - November 6, 2007

All events free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct 18th: 6:00 pm Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing with
Bobbie Ann Mason -- Law School Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct 23rd: 6:00 pm Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing with
Galway Kinnell -- Law School Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct 30th: 6:00 pm Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing with
James Barilla -- Law School Auditorium

Tuesday, Nov 6th: 6:00 pm
MFA Bistro Reading
Hush, 1001 Gervais Street, in the

Author Biographies


Thomas Cooper Library
Department of English

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thanks to Stewart Baker for the New LISSA Job Database

A big thank you to Stewart Baker for the new job database on the LISSA website. I know that it will be very helpful.

New Edition of SLISten UP! Now Available

The new edition of SLISten UP! is now available. Thanks Gene for doing a great job.

Free Tickets For USC Athletic Events

Here is the website to find out more about student tickets for USC Athletic Events. (This is where you should go for more detailed information.)

A lot of folks have asked, so we thought we would add the info to the blog.

Below is a brief summary of tickets and such:

Student tickets for football are distributed at the Russell House at 1400 Greene Street, across the street and one block to the right of Davis College.

Mon. Oct 29 (7am-4pm)
Tues. Oct 30
Wed. Oct 31
Mon. Nov. 12 (7am-4pm)
Tues. Nov 13
Wed. Nov 14

Students are admitted to all games upon the presentation of their Carolina Card at the gates of the respective venues.

There is specific information for Men's Basketball and Baseball on this website, but it is dated at this time. (Sorry that I don't know the sporting seasons. I'm not a good Southern on that count.)

For more information on the different athletics, go to the website above and click on the "Sports" and "Schedules" buttons.

Also, when the Russel House gives out tickets, the lines are long. People get there early, early, early. If you really want to go and are a distance ed students, I can't promise that it is a safe bet. I hear people start lining up at 6 am, and they open later in the morning.

There are plans to have an online ticket system in starting in January. Information about this system is as follows:

"The new Loyalty Distribution Ticket System will go into effect this January for the Tennessee Basketball game. With this new system we are moving Football and Men's and Women's Basketball Ticket Distribution online. Through TicketReturn, an online Ticket Distribution system used by the University of Maryland, UNC, University of Virginia and many other Univeristies, students will log on and request a ticket during the "Request Period". If the amount requested exceeds the amount of tickets (8800 for football and 2500 for basketball) the loyalty distribution system will go into effect. Students will be allotted points for seniority (8 points for seniors, 6 junior and grad/professional school students, 4 sophomores, 3 freshman) and attendance to football and men's and women's basketball games (1 points SEC conference games and 2 points non-SEC conference games). The system will then allocate tickets. After this process there will be a "Claim period" in which those students who received tickets can then claim. After the "Claim Period" is complete those tickets that have not be claimed will be first come first serve to all students through the online system. You are also allowed to drop your ticket in which another student can take that ticket in a similar process to that of the drop/add system on VIP.

Student who receive tickets and do not drop there ticket and decide not to enter the game will lose points 1 point for SEC conference games and 2 points for none SEC conference games."

Hope this helps,


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Congratulations Natalie Pulley on being selected as a NLM/MLA Spectrum Scholar!

Congratulations Natalie Pulley on being selected as a NLM/MLA Spectrum Scholar! One two people in North America recieved the award this year and we are lucky enough to have one here at USC.
I just found out today and wanted to share the good news with everyone. The link below is to MLA's formal annoucement of the winners.
Congrats Natalie, keep up the good work!

[Posted on behalf of Manju Tanwar]

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

October Archival Students Guild Service Project

Hello All:

On Friday, October 19th, ASG will be assisting the South Caroliniana Library in a service project. The Caroliniana has recently acquired the remains of a defunct photographic development company in Columbia and needs some extra people to help do some on-site re-housing and transporting.

The project will require you to dedicate several hours. I am emailing to find out:

1. Who is interested in participating

2. What times on Friday work best for people. I know many of us work on Fridays, but if we plan ahead we may all be able to make up a few hours on other days during the week and feel good about ourselves for helping an institution in need :)

Email me back, off-list at if you are interested or have any questions. Once I get a good idea of a time and the number of people, I will email the listserv with complete information.


-Santi Thompson

Job: Historic Columbia Foundation

Join the weekend staff of the Historic Columbia Foundation, located just a few blocks from campus! You will get to lead tours of three 19th century house museums, including the Robert Mills House, designed by our first federal architect; the Hampton-Preston Mansion, owned by Wade Hampton; and the Mann-Simons Cottage, home to a freed slave and her family. You will also be responsible for opening and closing the houses and working in the museum shop. Visitors to the properties come from all over the United States as well as from many foreign countries.

You will work an average of one to two days per month, on the dates that best suit your schedule. Saturday hours are 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday hours are 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Our current staff includes several of your fellow USC students in addition to some recent graduates.

This position is a fun, unique job and a great resume builder. Please call Sarah VanderWood at 252-1770 ext. 32 or e-mail her at for more information or for an interview. Look us up at!

LISSA Field Trip To The South Carolina State Library Firday, October 19th at 3 pm

LISSA will have a field trip to the South Carolina State Library Friday, October 19 at 3:00.

The State Library has two buildings. We will meet at the 1500 Senate St. building (the one with the lions in front.).

We will have a tour of the of both buildings, including a tour of the Talking Books Services department (which coordinates services for blind users in the South Carolina).

It should be a lot of fun. Please join us if you can. For more information, please contact LISSA at

"Building Sustainable Digital Collections" Archival Conference In Georgia Is Open To SLIS Students

[The Following Is Posted On Behalf Of Jennifer Marshall]

Please note the following workshop on "Building Sustainable
Digital Collections" which is being sponsored by the Society
of Georgia Archivists. I hope that some of you might be able
to attend it.


Dr. Jennifer A. Marshall

>>> "Christine de Catanzaro"
10/2/2007 10:27 AM >>>
Dear Jennifer,

Hello! I'm writing on behalf of the Society of Georgia
Archivists, in my capacity as SGA Education Committee Chair,
to let you and your students know about our upcoming workshop,
"Building Sustainable Digital Collections," which will be held
in Columbus GA on Wednesday, November 7, 2007. I'm attaching the
information sheet and registration form. Information and
registration is also available online at

Any students are welcome to attend this workshop. Could you
please circulate the attached announcement to them? And of
course South Carolina folks are also very welcome to attend
the SGA Annual Meeting that will follow the workshop, on
November 8-9, 2007.
Information and registration forms for the conference are
available online at

I hope to see SC folks there!

Thanks and sincerely,

Christine de Catanzaro
Chair - SGA Education Committee

Thanks To All The Volunteers Who Served at the Read and Romp Sunday Oct. 7th

LISSA would like to thank the following volunteers who served at the Read and Romp Sunday Oct. 7th:

Allison Christine Read
Martha Brown
Kim Odeon
Manju Tanwar
Marshall Green
Margaret Hawes

[If we have left anyone off by accident because we didn't see you there (there were a lot of folks that day and several hundred children keep you mighty busy), please let us know and we will add you to the list.]

You can see pictures by clicking here

Haiti Service Project Day Nov. 24th in Davis College in the Graduate Computer Lab

LISSA will have a Haiti Service Project Day on Nov. 24th in Davis College in the Graduate Computer Lab.

We will working on a card catalog for a school in Haiti that has library materials but has no catolog system. They can't afford an electronic, so a card catalog is the best answer for them.

It is fun and easy. LISSA will have coffee and cookies, so please do come. (But in the hall, we can't have food in the lab.) It is an easy way to do a little good and work with something most of us never thought we would have a chance to work with ever.

Drusilla Carter brings very easy instructions and both she and I can answer any questions.

If possible, please e-mail in advance at You can just show up though if you care not certain if you can come.

Also, if anyone would like to bring donations for our materials drive for the school, the box is in the Davis College Computer Lab under the table to the left. Here is what has been requested:

  • Boys Underwear (new) -- all sizes
  • Socks (new) -- all sizes
  • Blue Ink Pins
  • Scarfs or Bandannas
  • Hair Ribbons (or any hair pins, ornaments)
  • Matchbox cars
This is an ongoing project for this school year. For more information, please click here.

Monday, October 8, 2007

SLIS Night at the Fair this Friday

Hi Everyone,

LISSA and Dr. Sam would like to invite everyone out this Friday evening

(Oct. 12) to the South Carolina State Fair. We will meet at the front

gate at 6pm and Dr. Sam has offered to pay the entry fees for the first

10 SLIS students to show up by 6:15 (yay Dr. Sam!).

The Fair web site can be found here:

If you have any questions feel free to contact me off list at

Also, if there are any late comers you can call me on my cell if you are

having trouble finding us. My number is 512.554.2222.

We hope to see everyone there!

Zack Moore

ALA Conference Grant: "First Step Award-Wiley Professional Development Grant"

Applications are now being accepted for the "First Step Award--Wiley
Professional Development Grant," a cash award that is applicable toward

travel costs for the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,
June 27-July 1st, 2008.


The purpose of the $1500 grant, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is
provide librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to
their perspectives and to encourage professional development in the
American Library Association Conferences and participation in ALA/ALCTS

Continuing Resources Section activities.


All ALA members with five or fewer years? professional experience in
serials field and who have not previously attended an ALA Annual
are eligible. Cash awards are applicable toward round trip
lodging, registration fees, etc.

Eligible applicants who have previously applied, but were not selected,


Completed applications shall be sent to the Chair of the First Step
Award Committee by December 1st, 2007 deadline. See below for contact


Each application shall include:

1. A cover letter with candidate's justification for the grant in
terms of commitment to/interest in serials related work;
personal/professional development activities; how the grant would
increase the candidate's professional career contributions; how the
grant would benefit the candidate in his/her current position; and
financial need.

2. Candidate's current resume.

3. Two supporting letters of reference (may be included with
application or sent under separate cover).

5:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 1st, 2007.

All applications and supporting letters must be received by the
deadline in order to be considered.


1. Commitment to professional development in the serials field as
evidenced by participation in continuing education activities,
workshops, previous participation in professional activities, etc.
2. Candidate's written justification for the grant in terms of
commitment to/interest in serials related work, personal/professional

You may also refer to:

For submitting applications or for more information

Lori Osmus Kappmeyer

Head, Cataloging & Metadata Department
204 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Office: (515) 294-4281
Fax: (515) 294-2088

Professor Dinah Johnson has a new children's book out called, Hair Dance.

Professor Dinah Johnson has a new children's book out called, Hair Dance.

Here are some Columbia events going on around the area to celebrate her new book!

HAIR DANCE! A Series of Events

Celebrating African-American Hair Culture Through Literature,

Film, Music, and Scholarship

Friday, Nov. 2, 2007

7pm, Columbia Museum of Art

Talk by Dr. Noliwe Rooks, Associate Director of African American Studies, Princeton University and author of Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women and numerous other books

Sunday, Nov. 4

3pm, Richland County Public Library

A viewing of “Two Dollars and a Dream,” the story of legendary self-made millionaire and hair care pioneer Madam C.J. Walker produced by the MacArthur Foundation Fellow Stanley Nelson. Discussion to follow.

Friday, Nov. 9

7pm, Gambrell Auditorium

Meet award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson at a viewing of “Two Dollars and a Dream,” his documentary on Madame C.J. Walker. Discussion with the filmmaker himself will follow.

Sunday, Nov. 11

3 pm, Richland County Public Library

Book party for HAIR DANCE!, a new children’s book by local writer Dianne “Dinah” Johnson and nationally known photographer Kelly Johnson. Johnson’s photographs will be on exhibit in the gallery outside the children’s room and families will have the opportunity to meet the writer. In addition, there will be a short performance featuring the music of Roland Haynes and the choreography of Niani Feelings and Friends. Don’t miss this opportunity to buy the book and have it autographed and to have fun!

These events are sponsored by the USC Arts Institute, the Department of English, the Women’s Studies Program, the African American Studies Program, and the Richland County Public Library.

Contact for further information or questions: Dr. Dianne Johnson, or 777-2345

Posted on behalf of:

Ellen Shuler
Executive Director
South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy
at the SC State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Photos of Volunteering at the 2007 Read & Romp at the State Museum (with both Reach Out and Read and SCCCBL)

Here are the photos of Volunteering at the 2007 Read & Romp at the State Museum (with both Reach Out and Read and SCCCBL). Thanks to everyone who volunteered, and to SCCCBL and Reach Out & Read for letting us come.

SLIS Student Awarded The 2007 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship From The Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Andrea Wright, a SLIS student who will graduate it December, is the winner of the 2007 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship from the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Scholarship is "[d]esigned to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science" and consists of a $1500 honorarium. Andrea also received a $1,000 travel stipend to receive her award at the ACS National Meeting in Boston this past August.

We would like to congratulate Andrea and wish her the best of continued success in the future.

[More information on the award can be located at by clicking on "Awards" then "Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship." ]

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Volunteer Opportunities at Richland County Public Library

The following are Volunteer Opportunities at Richland County Public Library. Please click on the links for more information. Where no link is available, please contact Cathy Dolan, whose contact information is at the bottom of this posting.

Oral History Interviewer : Main Branch

Our Main Library Local History Room will be conducting oral interviews with residents of Columbia for a historical perspective on Columbia, Richland County and/or the Richland County Public Library.
The volunteers will assist the Information Services Librarians in conducting the interviews and may assist with the preparation of interview materials.
Volunteers should have an outgoing and pleasant personality with excellent communication skills. They should be able to follow directions and be responsive and provide appropriate direction during interview session. Knowledge of the history of Columbia or the Midlands area is high preferred.
Training specific to the position will be provided.

Let’s Speak English : Various Branches

We are again excited to offer our Let’s Speak English program to the Midlands community. This special program is designed to help international adults in our community practice speaking English. International adults will be able to practice their needed English skills in a comfortable environment by conversing with local adult volunteers.

Volunteers needed at Northeast Regional on Monday evenings from 7-8 p.m. and at the Main Library on Wednesday mornings from 10-11 a.m.

Patron Desk : Main Branch

Patron Assistants are needed on Thursday afternoon and evenings. Time is available from 1:30-closing on Thursdays.

Alternate Sunday afternoons are also available.

St. Andrews Branch

Volunteers to help teach knitting at a branch program.

Four Thursday evenings starting on October 18 at 7 pm.

[Posted on behalf of:

Cathy Dolan

Volunteer Coordinator

Richland County Public Library


Thursday, October 4, 2007

South Carolina Special Library Association Meeting

Friday, November 9, venue to be decided but somewhere in the Columbia area. The topic will be Virtual Libraries. For more information, please contact Matt Landau at

SLIS Town Hall Meeting Thu, Nov 29, 5pm - 8pm in Davis College Room 209

A Town Hall meeting featuring Dean Bierbauer and Dr. Hastings on Thu, Nov 29, 5pm - 8pm in Davis College Room 209. All SLIS students are welcome.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

LISSA Wiki Updated

Please check out the LISSA Wiki. Here are some of the things you can find information on now:

Calls For Papers



USC Fellowships and Awards Available Via The Graduate School




Hope this is helpful.

P.S. If you are asked for a password, it is "lissa"

Graduate Travel Grants Available To Present At Conferences

Application for Graduate School Travel Grants

[Please note, this is not money made available by LISSA. This these funds are made available via the Graduate School. Funding is given out to students who wish to present at conferences.All students, distance ed or Columbia-based, may apply.]

The Graduate School encourages student presentation of research at professional meetings by offering grants to degree-seeking graduate students. These are meant to supplement what has been committed by the unit to support the student’s travel.

Amounts And Restrictions:

1. Grant funds are available only to support student participation in professional meetings (i.e., presenting a research paper or poster). These funds cannot be used to support field or library research or simple attendance at a professional meeting.

2. Travel Grants are available only to supplement (and ordinarily match) funds committed by the unit.

3. Travel Grant applications cannot be made to support travel already started or completed.

4. All degree-seeking graduate students are eligible for support, with preference given to terminal degreeseeking students (e.g. doctoral students in programs that award it).

Application Procedure:

1. Student completes Travel Grant Student Request form (G-TG3)

2. Student’s advisor completes Travel Grant Advisor Recommendation form (G-TG2)

3. Student submits completed G-TG2 and G-TG3 forms to Graduate Director/Managing Director.

4. Unit Graduate Director completes Travel Grant Program Nomination form (G-TG1) and submits all forms to Graduate School. The unit may nominate as many as three students in one round, but must rank all nominees.

Travel grant awardees and their Graduate Directors will receive notification of the amount of support to be provided by the Graduate School. This amount (not to exceed the unit’s commitment) may be included in the Travel Authorization (TA). The program (i.e. the Graduate Director/Business Manager) should provide to the Graduate School a copy of the TA done for the student. Standard university policies regarding travel expenses and reimbursement apply. Within 30 days after completion of travel, the program must submit a completed Travel Reimbursement Voucher (TRV) showing the amount charged to the Graduate School (not to exceed the amount charged to the unit). Along with the TRV, documentation that the paper or poster was presented (e.g. a copy of an official program) must also be provided.

Application Deadlines:

Travel Period


1 October 2007 – 28 February 2008

1 September 2007

1 March 2008 – 31 May 2008

1 February 2008

1 June 2008 – 30 September 2008

1 May 2008

Please submit all applications through the Managing Director of the PhD program.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

We Are Asking What The Concerns Of Graduate Students Are

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has asked LISSA, ASIS&T, and all the other graduate level student associations at USC to compile a list of issues that are of concern to graduate students. GSA would like to know what is on people's minds so that they know who best to serve the grad students and what our priorities are.

Everyone enrolled at a graduate program at USC is automatically a member of GSA, so they consider it their job to represent all of us, whether we are Columbia students or Distance Education students. Everyone in SLIS is entitled and invited to share their concerns and feelings. If there is something that you feel is a graduate student issue that isn't necessary a LIS-issue but a USC-wide issue, this is your opportunity to share.

A thread has been started on the LISSA Forum on which you can post, and this can be reached by clicking here.