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

Conference and Workshop Grant announcement

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 . 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 .

University Technology Services
(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, they'll donate an average of 3% (and up to 37%) of all of your purchases to the Lubuto Library Project! 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 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:

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


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

featuring Travis Ferrell and myself, can be found here:


Patrick McLaughlin

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


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 or
telephone the library at 545-3304 or email


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 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!


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 ; 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 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 For detailed information and responses to the following often asked questions, go to: 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.


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.


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


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




Processing 141


Preservation 72


Reference 73


Cataloging 50


Community outreach 29 &! nbsp;


Exhibit preparation 16


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

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 To learn more about
Southern Growth, visit

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:]

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 (

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.

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

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

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

I am still working on the course package. If you have any questions, please contact me at 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


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


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

December 5th.

Thank you


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 (or go to 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: (or go to 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.

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 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,


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


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


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:

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,

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:

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:

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:

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

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The November/December 2007 issue of D-Lib Magazine


The November/December 2007 issue of D-Lib Magazine
( 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

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

The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

State Library of Lower Saxony and the University Library of Goettingen,

Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

BN - National Library of Portugal, Portugal

(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


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!

Buena suerte!


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

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.

Ellen Shuler

Executive Director

South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy


at the SC State Library

1500 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201


Wednesday, November 14, 2007


The Palm Beach Post newspaper is offering a paid internship for 2008. We're looking for one brilliant Library/Information Studies student who is interested in pursuing a career in News Research. Our interns are treated as professionals. You will join a staff that includes five researchers and work in a fast-paced deadline-oriented environment. This is a great opportunity to get some real world reference and archiving experience and probably receive published credit for your work. This is a full time, 40 hour a week 12-week internship. We pay $475/week during our internship, but that does not include room, board or transportation. We are always happy to work with interns trying to find a place to live in the area. The start date is flexible.


Open to full-time library students. We also accept applications from people who have graduated within six months of the start of the internship. Previous library experience preferred. Experience with public record research and commercial databases such as Factiva and LexisNexis preferred. Experience with both Macintosh and PCs preferred. Knowledge of HTML and the Web a big plus. Working knowledge of Spanish is also preferred.

To apply, send:

A 500-word essay explaining why you want to be a news researcher and how an internship at The Palm Beach Post will help you pursue your goal. Resume and references required.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2008. Send essay, resume, and references to:

Sammy R. Alzofon

Library Director

Editorial Library

The Palm Beach Post

P.O. Box 24700

West Palm Beach FL 33416-4700


Fax: 561-837-8362

The Palm Beach Post is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We recognize and appreciate the many benefits of diversity in the workplace. People who share this belief or reflect a diverse background are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

2-part Webinar series about digital e-texts for persons with disabilities

From: Prof Norm Coombs

Sent: Nov 12, 2007 12:04 PM


Subject: Digital Books and Players: 2-part Webinar Series Nov. 15, 29

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) presents a 2-part Webinar series providing information on the cutting edge of digital e-texts for persons with disabilities which will soon be the standard for students from K-12 through university.


Presenter: Robert Lee Beach, Assistive Technology Specialist

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Two part free series. Thursday November 15 and 29 - 2PM EASTERN

The advent of digital books has made accessing reading materials for

individuals with disabilities a more pleasant experience. Sound quality is better and navigation is far superior to the old analog tape books. However, with so many options for players and sources of books, what does one need to be aware of when shopping for reading materials and equipment.

In December of 2005, Robert presented a 2-part workshop titled "Why Pick a DAISY" which looked at some of the resources and players for DAISY books. Some changes have happened with both the players and sources. In this presentation, Robert will again discuss some of the sources of books and update you on what is happening with these. Then he will review software and hardware players for digital books and update you on the offerings available today. Included will be a demonstration of the new Victor Stream and a discussion of the new NLS books that are expected to come out in 2008.

PART ONE will give a brief description of digital books, where they can be found, and what some of the differences are between books from these sources. Then there will be demonstrations of 3 out of the 4 software

players: Book Wizard Reader, Easy-Reader, and Victor ReaderSoft.

Part 2 will finish the software player demonstrations with the gh

Player. Then there will be demonstrations of 4 hardware players: Victor Classic, Victor Wave, Book Port, and the new Victor Stream. As time permits, other players can be discussed.

You need to register for the FREE Digital Talking Books and Players Two Part Series in order to reserve a seat in the virtual presentation room and to receive the login details as well as to receive an archived recording of the presentations shortly after the 2 events. To register, go to:

(This Webinar is listed about half way down the page.)


Check out EASI New Synchronous Clinics:

EASI Home Page

Online courses and Clinics

Check the EASI Library Web

Our choices are always made in the context of the stories we tell. Alan Jones

Position Available at SCDAH

[Posted on behalf of Bryan Collars -- South Carolina Department of Archives and History]

One of my part-time employees unexpectedly resigned recently. As such I have available a part-time position that needs to be filled. Start Date is January 15th ish. The position pays $12 and hour for 20 hours per week. The work is in the Digitization Program working on scanning and indexing into the On Line Records Index. It is open to not only Public History students but to all Graduate students as well. If you would please put the word out I'd appreciate it. Inquiries can be address to me here.




Bryan C.

A useful tool for finding Fellowship information

Cornell University Graduate School -- Fellowship database

Monday, November 12, 2007

Special topic Latino Youth course at SLIS

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a great week! As you wind things down for the

fall semester and begin thinking of future SLIS courses to take, I hope

that you will consider taking SLIS J797L: Materials & Services for Latino

Youth. This online course is open to ANYONE and promises to provide

all students the basics of where to find materials and how to plan

programs for Latino children and young adults.

Here is the course description:

SLIS J797L: Materials and Services for Latino Youth is an

information-filled course that will provide students with the necessary print and

electronic resources to begin planning and evaluating library materials

and services/programs for Latino children, teens, and their families.

Latinos are the fastest growing, youngest, and largest ethnic minority

in the United States and in South Carolina. An increasing percentage

of library patrons today are of Latino heritage. It is imperative that

any public or school library effectively serving their community be able

to develop programs and collections that meet the needs of this

diverse population.

My course introduces a wide variety of print and non-print resources

suitable for Latino youth (children and teens) ages 3 to 14 and provides

the appropriate techniques for their effective evaluation. In

addition, literature-based activities and programs are explored with emphasis

on the development of proper techniques and personal characteristics

necessary for successfully working with diverse Latino populations in both

public and school library settings. Among the topics the course

addresses are: defining the Latino culture; Latinos in South Carolina;

origins and development of youth literature about Latinos; notable Latino/a

youth authors and illustrators; distinctive genres and their

characteristics; cultural authenticity; nature and function of illustrations;

social issues addressed in multicultural literature today; problematic

aspects of contemporary youth literature about Latinos; critical

approaches to choosing developmentally and culturally appropriate, quality

children’s literature for and about Latinos; and effective implementation

of Latino-friendly library programs.

This course will be offered Spring 2008 via distance education on the

web with an optional onsite on April 26th, 2008 (the date for USC's

First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's Literature conference) and

optional chats on Thursdays from 6-7pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me off the list.

I'm attaching a tentative syllabus for those interested in the course.


Jamie Naidoo


Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of South Carolina

School of Library and Information Science

113 Davis College

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-0090

Fax: 803-777-7938

Friday, November 9, 2007

Big Thanks to Dr. Perrault

LISSA would like to send a big thank you to Dr. Perrault for her very interesting presentation on human information seeking behaviors, which was part of this Fall's Faculty Colloquium. I know everyone who attended learned a lot.

I-COMM Will Be March 31st to April 4th

I-COMM (Information Communication) Week will be from March 31st to April 4th. This is major showcase for the year for the College of Mass Communication and Information Studies (of which SLIS is a part.)

LISSA will have our annual LISSA Symposium this week as a part of the celebration.

More information will be posted when it becomes available. We hope you can join us.

USC’s 1st Annual Celebration of Latino Children’s Literature April 26, 2008

The University of South Carolina's School of Library & Information Science and College of Education are pleased to announce our First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's Literature on April 26, 2008. For more information, please click here.

You Can Now Join LISSA Electronically

You now have the option to apply to become a member of LISSA electronically. This requires two steps:

  1. Fill out an online application form
  2. Send your membership payment via Paypal.

We hope you can join us.

BRASS Thompson Financial Student Travel Award

The BRASS Thompson Financial Student Travel Award would like to encourage library school student’s to apply for this year’s award to travel to the American Libraries Association’s annual conference, which will be held in Anaheim, CA June 26-July 2, 2008. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

· The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession. This may be demonstrated by: course work, internship, practicum, jobs, special projects, publications and related activities.

· The recipient should be a student in an ALA accredited library school.

· The recipient has not been awarded a previous or concurrent ALA sponsored travel award.

· Student must be willing to participate in BRASS activities at the ALA Conference for which the award has been made and write a short statement following the conference on his or her experience to be published in RUSA Update.
Nomination of Candidates

Applications for nominations are to be made in writing via email to the Chair of the committee, ( The applicants will be evaluated by the BRASS committee on the basis of their written applications, references, academic merit, and potential for leadership in the profession. stating in detail the contributions of the individual. Applications are due to the Chair by December 1 or the due date as specified of other ALA awards that year.

Applicants must submit a written application for the award stating their academic and professional achievements and reasons for choosing business librarianship as a profession along with an academic transcript and three letters of reference
Presentation of the Award

Formal announcement and presentation of the award shall be made at the BRASS membership meeting at each ALA Annual Conference.
Form and/or Type of Award

· Cash award of $1,000 for travel expenses incurred at the ALA Annual Conference which would include a one-year membership to ALA/RUSA/BRASS if the recipient is not already a member.

· The recipient of the award will be formally invited by the Chair of BRASS to attend BRASS Executive Committee meetings and other BRASS activities.

Tina M. Adams
Chair, BRASS Thomson Financial Student Travel Award Committee
Cline Library
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 6022
Flagstaff , AZ 86011
(928) 523-6849

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Spring Onsites - J705 and J766


Here are the onsite dates that have been scheduled for spring

J705 - SC: January 19 and April 5

J766 - ME: January 26 and April 12

J766 - SC: February 9


Archival Students Guild meeting next Wednesday, November 14th at 7:45 p.m. in Davis 216

Hello All: There will be an Archival Students Guild meeting next Wednesday, November 14th at 7:45 p.m. in Davis 216. The meeting will occur after the completion of SLIS 719 on Wednesday evening; those in 719 are invited to stay for the meeting. At the meeting, we will recap the October service project, discuss the upcoming SLIS Town Hall meeting, and also begin to brainstorm for a possible Atlanta archives trip in December. If you are interested in the trip, or have any general questions, feel free to email me, off-list, at Thanks! -Santi

Satisfy Your Curiosity!!! McKissick Museum

Satisfy Your Curiosity for nature at McKissick Museum. Join the Museum

staff this Thursday, Nov. 8th, from 5:30 PM * 7:30 PM. There is an

exhibit reception honoring “Natural Curiosity,” a long-term exhibition

on USC’s Natural Science Collection, as well as “A Sense of

Wonder,” a nature and science-based exhibition of paintings by Pam Bowers.

Refreshments and special exhibit tours will be available.

The University of Scout Carolina has a long and storied history of

assembling mineral, plant, fossil and animal specimen collections. From the

University’s beginning, faculty has used these collections for

teaching and research. While many of these collections are no longer used in

the classroom, they are an unmatched resource for understanding the

history of science and the fascination with nature.

Pam Bowers, our faculty member in the USC Art Department, understands

the fascination with nature. Utilizing her skills as a painter and

photographer,Bowers explores the relationship between imagination and fact

to express her sense of wonder with the natural world. She uses a

mixture of techniques including painting, digital painting, and cyanotypes

to fully explore the natural world through science. Bowers offers a

unique glimpse into a visionary world of scientific study and curiosity.

For more information, contact Jill Koyerman or Ja-Nae Epps at 777-7251

New! Film Preservation Lab Internship Offering

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Motion Picture
Preservation Laboratory is proud to announce the establishment of an
internship program to provide instruction and educational opportunities
within the field of moving image preservation. The internship program
is designed to provide students who are pursuing a career in film
preservation with guidance and hands on training in technical aspects of
laboratory work during a three-month period at NARA's College Park, MD

The intent of this internship is to provide up to three students during
a yearly period an opportunity to obtain applied experience in
laboratory preservation processes. The intern will be assisting in
routine inspection work of collections, timing, cleaning, printing,
developing, and quality control of newly created elements in the Motion
Picture Preservation Lab. By the end of the internship the individual
will be able to work independently and complete projects within the lab.

Primarily, interns will be trained by the lab supervisor, but will also
work with staff for additional guidance and instruction. The start
date, end date, and number of hours to be completed for the internship
is to be determined by the individual, their academic institutional
requirements, and the lab supervisor. Internships will only be
available to one person at a time over a three month period during the
Fall, Spring, and Summer. The first internship will be for this coming
Spring. The application deadlines are January 15th for Spring, April
15th for Summer, and July 15th for Fall.

To be eligible the student must be enrolled in a full or part time
bachelor seeking, graduate level, or equivalent program geared toward
dynamic media preservation, archival administration, or museum studies.
The student must carry a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) and provide
demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in film preservation. At
this time, due to security restrictions, only U.S. citizens may apply.

A complete application package must include a cover letter stating the
area of interest, a resume, official transcripts and a letter of
recommendation from an educational faculty member.

Applications may be sent directly to Criss Kovac at:
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, MD 20740
Fax (301) 837-3703

For more information please visit NARA's internship site at: or contact Criss Kovac directly
via phone ((301) 837-0496) or email ( )

Criss Kovac
Supervisory Motion Picture Preservation Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
(301) 837-0496

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Opportunity for SLIS Students to be published in Current Studies in Librarianship (CSiL)

Library and information science students . . .

. . . would you like to be published?

. . . would you like to join the knowledge creation cycle?

. . . would you like to enrich your resume?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes,” you should consider submitting a manuscript to Current Studies in Librarianship (CSiL). The mission of CSiL is to publish readable, timely, and scholarly articles by library and information science (LIS) students. The editors welcome both original papers as well as papers prepared as part of the requirements for seminars and other LIS classes.

The primary mission of CSiL is the publication of student scholarship, which includes manuscripts authored entirely by students as well as those authored jointly by students and librarians and other information professionals (e.g., LIS faculty, librarians, computer scientists, etc.). Articles may report on original research, the utilization of known information in new ways, or other forms of recognized scholarship. All submissions should be double-spaced throughout and should conform to the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, via e-mail or on disk as Microsoft Word or rich text format documents, and in hard copy. The deadline for submissions for volume 29 is 30 November 2007. Manuscripts received after that date will be considered for subsequent publication.

CSiL is a peer reviewed journal that has been published since 1977. It is indexed in both Library Literature & Information Science and Library & Information Science Abstracts.

Submissions should be directed to:

Current Studies in Librarianship Department of Library Science
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood Street
Clarion, Pa. 16214-1232
voice: (814) 393-2271
fax: (814) 393-2150

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

ATTN: December 2007 graduates

To all students applying for December graduation:

We have just begun processing for clearance for graduation.

If there is a problem with your clearance, we will contact you.

Unless you have a serious issue concerning your clearance,

we request that you please allow time for our review of your file

before you call our office and ask that your file be examined upon your


This will help our office process all of the applications more



Student Services

10 Museums and Libraries Receive National Medal

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Hastings]

Our Georgetown County Library is one of the ten to receive this

prestigious award! Way to go, Georgetown!


The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute

Of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An HTML version of this release

With photos can be read on the agency's Web site at


November 6, 2007

IMLS Press Contacts


Jeannine Mjoseth,

Mamie Bittner,

Five Museums and Five Libraries Receive Nation's Highest Honor for

Extraordinary Community Service

Institutions will be Honored in Washington, D.C. Ceremony and Receive

$10,000 award

WASHINGTON, DC--Five museums and five libraries have been selected for

the 2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's

highest honor for the extraordinary public service provided by these

institutions, announced Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the federal

Institute of Museum and Library Services. In keeping with the 2007

Name change to the National Medal for Museum and Library Service

(previously known as the National Award), recipient institutions will be awarded a

newly-minted medal in recognition of their extraordinary civic,

educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions. Each

organization will also be honored in a special ceremony in Washington,

D.C., and receive a $10,000 award.

The winners of the 2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service


1. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama:

2. Brookfield Zoo of the Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield,


3. Georgetown County Library, Georgetown, South Carolina:

4. Kim Yerton Branch of the Humboldt County Library, Hoopa,


5. Memphis Public Library & Information Center, Memphis,


6. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC:

7. The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois:

8. Ocean County Library, Toms River, New Jersey:

9. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon:

10. Vermont Historical Society, Barre, Vermont:

"The Institute of Museum and Library Services is awarding the National

Medal to these 10 museums and libraries because they provide

ground-breaking programs that respond to community challenges, serve

as models for the nation's museums and libraries, and most of all make a

difference in people's lives. I applaud their good work and encourage

others to follow their example," Radice said.

As the primary source of federal funding for museums and libraries,

The Institute has a unique vantage point of the vital role these

institutions play in American society. The National Medal for Museum

and Library Service was created to underscore that role. The winners are

As diverse as the nation's cultural landscape: small and large, urban and

rural. They have one thing in common: they have developed innovative

ways to serve their communities.


to view past recipients of the National Medal.

Nominate a museum or library for the 2008 National Medal for Museum

And Library Service at (Application

Deadline is February 15, 2008.)

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of

Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support

for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's

mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people

to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and

in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage,

culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support

professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please