Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays!


[Posted on behalf of Dr. Sam]

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


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

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

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

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

appreciate everyone’s kind words of remembrance.


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

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

undergraduate in Information Science is ready to launch next fall AND

our MLIS and School Library Media Specialist programs continue to win

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

for finding the best possible new members of the academy!

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

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


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

Diversity Plan with help and guidance from the African American

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

their recruiting and retention efforts.


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

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

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


We have a nominating committee in place for Annual Literacy Leaders

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

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


Student Services is reorganizing under the expert guidance of Carol

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

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

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

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

forward to many more to come.


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

filled with all of your favorites things!


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


Be safe,

sam

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