Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion Group on British Fiction

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

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

January 22 -- Muriel Spark

Febuary 5 -- Anthony Powell

February 19 -- Ann Granger and Jill McGown

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

March 18 -- Diane Setterfield

Nigeria Exhibit Featured at Richland County Public Library Main Branch

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

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

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

Richland County Public Library Lunch & Listen Spring 2008

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

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

Upcoming performances in the series include:

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

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

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

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

For more information, call 929-3450.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Web site: Friends of RCPL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 28, 2007

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

Hello All:

I hope everyone is enjoying their break.

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

Here is the link:


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

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays!

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Sam]

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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

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

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

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

appreciate everyone’s kind words of remembrance.

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

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

undergraduate in Information Science is ready to launch next fall AND

our MLIS and School Library Media Specialist programs continue to win

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

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

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

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

copy at

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

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

for finding the best possible new members of the academy!

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

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

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

Diversity Plan with help and guidance from the African American

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

their recruiting and retention efforts.

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

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

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

We have a nominating committee in place for Annual Literacy Leaders

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

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

Student Services is reorganizing under the expert guidance of Carol

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

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

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

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

forward to many more to come.

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

filled with all of your favorites things!

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

Be safe,


Summer 2008 and Fall 2008 Course Schedules

[Posted on behalf of Madonna Stoehr]


The draft schedules are now available at

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


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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

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

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

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

Highlights include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Naidoo].

Hello Everyone,

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

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

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

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

Saturday, December 15, 2007

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

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

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

To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship:

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

Apply today via the online form at

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

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

Register for Teen Tech Week!
March 2-8, 2008

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 6, 2007

SLIS 744: Music Libraries and Information Services

SLIS 744: Music Libraries and Information Services

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

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

The following areas are addressed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Ottervik
Head, Music Library
Music building, room 208E
office: 803-777-5425

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

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

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



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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


University Technology Services
(803) 777-1800

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

Spring 2008
Social and Organizational Informatics
778 Seminar in Information Science

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

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

Please contact Dr. Anne Perrault with any questions -

Anne Marie Perrault, Ph.D.

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

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

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

797D can meet the needs of students who want to develop advanced health
information online searching skills. I used concepts in the Medical
Library Association Policy Statement: Role of Expert Searching in Health
Sciences Libraries to design this course

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.

Digital Collections Assistant Needed at TCL

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

Monday, December 3, 2007

Prison newspapers and magazines

[Posted on behalf of Linda Walling]

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

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