Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Scholarship Opportunity

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applicants for the first annual Rose Robischon Scholarship, underwritten by Swets Information Service. Through this scholarship, a serials professional lacking funds for professional travel will be able to afford attendance at the 2009 NASIG Annual Conference to be held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009.

The scholarship is named in honor of Rose Robischon. During her two decades of active service in NASIG, Rose served as member and chair of several NASIG committees and held the elected position of treasurer from 2005 to 2007. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Rose's many contributions to the library profession and to honor her energy, warmth, and humor.

The scholarship offers the recipient with funding to attend the NASIG conference for the year in which the scholarship is given. Expenses for travel within North America, registration, and three nights lodging will be paid for the recipient. Conference registration includes most meals, and a stipend of $75 is intended to offset the cost of meals not included and transportation between the airport and the conference hotel.

For details regarding eligibility and application requirements, please visit the award announcement at http://www.nasig.org/about_awards_robischon2.cfm.

The application deadline for the Rose Robischon Scholarship and other NASIG awards is February 16, 2009. For details about the awards offered by NASIG, please visit http://www.nasig.org/about_awards.cfm.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Call for Volunteers - South Carolina Book Festival

From Theresa J. Wallace at The Humanities Council:


It's that time of year again! We are looking for volunteers for the
2009 South Carolina Book Festival, scheduled for February 27-March 1,
2009 in Columbia. I am contacting you because you have either
generously volunteered your time with us in the past or have expressed
interest in volunteering with us.

I have attached the 2009 Volunteer Registration Form, which lists the
various volunteer opportunities that we have at the SC Book Festival.
If you would like to volunteer in 2009, please fill out and return
this form. (Though it can certainly wait until after the busy holiday
season!) There is additional information about being a volunteer on
the SC Book Festival Web site, including a FAQs page. You can access
this information by going to the Web site (www.scbookfestival.org) and
clicking on the "Volunteers" link on the top menu, or you can go there
directly from the link below:


Please let me know if you have any questions about the information. I
hope to work with many of you on this exciting event. I'm sure that
the 2009 SC Book Festival is going to be the best yet!

Happy holidays.

Best regards,
T.J. Wallace

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Volunteer opportunities at the State Library

From Grant:


Just recently I have had the great opportunity to sit down with members of the State Library and discuss some possible projects that LISSA can become involved with. There were lots of good ideas mentioned and I think there are some great opportunities to work with the State Library. These are:

  • Research for the State Library on Government Agencies and their use of the State Library

  • Talking Books recording, proofing, and possible narration

  • Story-times with Dr. Peehan

More information is to come so if anyone is interested in hearing more information about this email me off the listserv. This will also be mentioned at the next LISSA meeting.


Karen Miller currently volunteers with Talking Books and had this to say:

I saw the Talking Books volunteer opportunity on the LISSA website at the beginning of this semester and got in touch with Naomi Bradey about volunteering. Naomi trained me to review (edit) recordings and I have been reviewing a couple of hours a week all semester and plan to keep it up during the spring.


If interested in any of these opportunities, email Grant or attend the next meeting (TBA).

Monday, November 24, 2008

ALA Student Member Blog


The new ALA Student Member blog will feature a regular round-up of bloggers covering topics ranging from how to get involved in ALA, tips and ideas on job searches, news and information on professional development and opportunities as well as regular feature categories like:

* Get Involved, Get Connected - focusing on how you can get involved in the ALA and network with your peers and colleagues

* Students in the Virtual World - tracking what libraries and library students are doing in the virtual world

* First Year Impressions - telling stories and getting suggestions from students in the first year of library school

* Student Chapter News - keeping you up to date on what ALA Student Chapters are doing across the country

And much more!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2009 Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS (and a baby) Calendar

The 2009 calendar is almost here! If you want to go ahead and reserve a copy or two (and who doesn't?!), contact LISSA(slis_lissa@yahoo.com), see Grant, or pay via PayPal below!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Social - November 21

This week LISSA will be at Goatfeathers at 2017 Devine St at 6pm Friday November 21. See Google maps below for directions. Faculty, staff & non-members welcome. See you there!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Colloquium - Wednesday, November 19

Come join us this Wednesday as Dr. Greg Wilsbacher speaks to us about his work at the USC News Film library. It will be held in Davis College room 112 at 4 PM, free pizza and refreshments will be provided. For those who cannot make it there physically, join us on breeze at:


Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SLIS Ph.D. Colloquium

The SLIS Ph.D. students will be hosting their next colloquium on Friday, November 14th. New SLIS faculty member and associate professor Dr. Kendra Albright will be the guest of honor. Dr. Albright will be discussing her current research and her journeys as a Ph.D. student and an international Library and Information Science faculty member. The colloquium will be held in Davis College, Room 112, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Social 11/14

This Friday LISSA will be at the Flying Saucer located at 931 Senate St at 6pm. See Google maps below for directions. Faculty, staff, and non-members welcome. See you there!

Jaime Adoff at RCPL

This Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m., teen author Jaime Adoff will be speaking in the Bostic Auditorium of the Main Library, Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Adoff is the critically acclaimed author of the YA novels The Death of Jayson Porter, Jimi and Me and Names Will Never Hurt Me, as well as several books of poetry. A book signing will follow the program, with books available for purchase from the Friends of the Library.

Monday, November 10, 2008


The LISSA 10k Walk/Run was held this past Sunday at Riverfront Park. Anyone with collected money, please see Grant.

ALA Opportunity

ALA Presidential Candidate seeking student to assist in campaign:

A SLIS student(s) proficient in social networking on the Web with an interest in learning more about the American Library Association. The individual(s) would work with me on devising and implementing strategies for using Facebook (and other social networking means) to reach out effectively broadly and deeply within ALA with information about my campaign...my platform and what I would bring to the

I also need assistance in making contacts with ALA chapters in the states, including and especially the student chapters, to find out the most effective way to deliver information to them and the form and content of messages that resonate with this audience.

What would the individual working with me gain from the experience? ALA is very large and complex. They would learn about the organization, how to navigate it and who the key individuals are in it. Should I be elected, I would ensure they had a role in ALA that would give them visibility and the opportunity to enhance their careers.

Roberta A. Stevens
Outreach Projects and Partnerships Officer Library of Congress =20
Development Office
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-1400
(202) 707-1550 (Phone)
(202) 707-0312 (Fax)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The 4th Annual Read & Romp

The 4th annual Read & Romp took place at the State Museum on October 19, and was a massive success.

Hundreds of children with parents in tow appeared, migrating from activity tables to arts & crafts to book readings. Kids carried their passports containing the names of every activity throughout the museum, and didn't leave until every space was stamped complete. LISSA's volunteers participated in separate areas -- Thomas Maluck spent his time commandeering an arts & crafts table that helped children decorate their own masks. Another volunteer showed up inside a Clifford The Big Red Dog outfit for photo shoots and encouraging kids to read.

The event lasted from 1 to 4 pm, and cheerily chugged along through the sheer will of its volunteers. Photographers from Charleston asked event coordinators about setting up their own Read & Romp in the near future, as crowds of participants left more slowly than they entered, weary from their day of fun.

Conservation presentation

Kristi Wright from the Conservation Lab will be performing a presentation and demonstration for those interested in learning more about conservation work.

Monday, October 27th
5-6 pm
Davis College, #216

You can also view live-streaming video via Adobe Connect.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LISSA Student Colloquium

LISSA will be having its first student colloquium this Thursday October the 23rd at noon in Davis College room 112. Travis Ferrell, Allison Read, and Jane Demko will be presenting on their experiences at the 2008 International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA) held in Quebec, Canada this past August. Everyone is invited so come on by and hear some interesting topics in the library world!

LISSA Meeting

From Grant David Keyes:

Dear LISSA Members,

I would like to announce that LISSA will be having a meeting this thursday at 2 PM in Davis College. This will be a very interesting meeting we will be talking about upcoming service projects, the 10K walk/run, the t-shirt contest, the calendar and more! If you can make it please come (especially the t-shirt judging committee). If you have any questions please email me off the listserv. Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 13, 2008

LISSA Colloquium

A note from Grant David Keyes about this Wednesday's colloquium:

To help further all SLIS students in their professional knowledge LISSA will be having its first colloquium with Dr. Ron Brown this wednesday october the 15th at 4 PM in Davis College RM 112. Dr. Brown will be discussing some current research projects that he has been doing with the School of Library and Information Science. There will be free pizza and refreshments for everyone, and for those of you who cannot attend physically join can join us via breeze at:


So come on by!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Two Events This Week!

On Wednesday, October 15, at 4pm in Davis 111, Dr. Brown will be presenting "An Overview of Some SLIS Projects" including his new Mac digital video project.

On Friday, October 17, join us for on a field trip to Midlands Tech. We'll be leaving Davis at 1:30pm, or meet us onsite at 2pm.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Clifford Lynch - October 6, 4 p.m.

For those who may be interested, Clifford Lynch, executive director, Center for Networked Information, will be speaking on "Humanities Scholarship, Cyberinfrastructure, and the Future of Cultural Memory Organizations," at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 6, at the Lumpkin Auditorium in the Moore School of Business.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Here's a random sample of job titles and locations that are open at the moment:

  • Librarian I & II in Portsmouth, VA

  • Librarian for Digital Humanities Research at Yale

  • Web Services Librarian in Little Rock, AR

  • Cataloger at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL

  • Contracted Writer/Researcher in Regina, Saskatchewan

  • Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Librarian in Berkley, CA

Go check these and more out over at the forums!

LISSA Social - Friday, Sept 26

LISSA will be at CJ's on the corner of Saluda & Greene in 5 Points this Friday, Sept 26, at 6 p.m. The weather is great so join us for out-door socializing!

Need directions? CJ's is to the immediate right of Starbucks. See you there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

LISSA Social -- September 19

As per Glenn:

This week LISSA will be in 5 Points on Friday (Sept. 19) for a free outdoor concert. Greene St. & Harden will be blocked off, and Perry Farrell (formerly of Jane's Addiction) and Gavin DeGraw will be playing. You can find LISSA at the fountain in 5 points at 6pm. All are welcome, the more the merrier!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jobs, jobs, jobs!

Around 25 news jobs are posted on the forums. So, if you're in the market or just want to check the market out, head over.

LISSA Social - Friday, September 12

This week LISSA will be at the Publick House at 2307 Devine St at 6pm Friday. We've had a great turn-out the first 3 weeks, so thanks to everyone who has made it out for the socials. As ever, faculty, staff and non-members are welcome!

Need directions? Done! Have any questions? Ask Glenn - dickson3@gmail.com!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Internship Opportunity at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office

The South Carolina Attorney General's Office is looking for an intern for the Spring 09 semester. If interested, contact:

Amanda Fleming
S.C. Attorney General's Office
(803) 734-3769

Monday, August 25, 2008

First meeting of the semester

The next LISSA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Davis College Room 112. Everyone is welcome to attend. See you there!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More from ALA 2008

I posted some new photos from ALA on Flickr--check them out.



Graduate Assistantship Available at the USC School of Medicine Library

The USC School of Medicine Library has a Graduate Assistantship available in the Access Services Department (6311 Garner's Ferry Road in Columbia). The position is 10 hours per week and pays $8.50 per hour and includes $750/semester in tuition assistance. Start date is the week of August 11th.

For more information or to apply, please email Karen McMullen at kmcmullen@gw.med.sc.edu.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Student Assistant Positions at South Carolina Political Collections

South Carolina Political Collections (http://www.sc.edu/library/scpc/), part of the University Libraries system, is looking for student assistants to work up to 20 hours/week beginning this fall. Assistants arrange and describe manuscript collections, help with researchers, conduct research, complete photocopy orders, transcribe oral history interviews, assist in the preparation of exhibits, and help with other work as needed.

SCPC is located at 720 College St., behind the Colonial Center. Students set their own schedule between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm, Mon-Fri., and enjoy parking spots right outside our door. Assistants must be able to lift 40 lb. cartons and climb steps carrying those cartons. Pay is $7.95 an hour. Students with excellent writing skills and an interest in politics and government are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resume to Lori Schwartz, Special Projects Archivist (and 2004 MLIS grad), schwartl@mailbox.sc.edu. Questions, call 777-0580.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It's Graduation Time Again

Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 in the Colonial Center. The traditional LISSA graduation reception will take place in Davis College immediately following the ceremony. Please join us.

Congratulations to our August graduates!

Countdown to Canada

In just 14 days, LISSA members Allison, Grant, Jane, Travis, and Margaret will be on the road heading north to Québec City for the IFLA conference. We're getting excited. Our Lubuto Library Project poster is printed and ready to go for our poster presentation session.

We worked hard this year to raise the funds necessary to get to IFLA, but we couldn't have done it without a lot of help! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our cause and pitched in with our fund-raisers over the past year.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Assistantships Available On Campus

Thomas Cooper Library's Government Information, Microforms, Newspapers, & Map Departments is recruiting students for Graduate Assistantships in Fall/Spring 2008-2009.

For more information, contact:

Bill Sudduth, Head, Government Information, Microforms, Newspapers, and Map Departments

Phone: 803-777-1775

E-mail: sudduthw@mailbox.sc.edu

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

ALA 2008

LISSA officers are back in Columbia after a fabulous trip to ALA in California, where we were named the 2007-2008 Student Chapter of the Year.

Check out photos from our trip on our Flickr page!

You can watch the video of our Student Chapter of the Year Award reception here.

We're grateful to Dr. Feili Tu, our faculty advisor at the School of Library & Information Science, for supporting us throughout the year, and to our director, Dr. Sam Hastings, for sending us to Anaheim to accept the award.

Monday, June 9, 2008

All Night IFLA Benefit Party Announced

Saturday, June 21. 9:00 p.m. Ernest's house: 2129 Santee Ave. (in Five Points). Google map

All night party. Live Band. Hot food. $3 cover. Doors open at eight. BYOB.

Cornhole Tournament. $2 a person to enter. Awards to be given.

We are having this party to raise money to attend the IFLA conference in Quebec, so please feel free to come by, eat too much, rock out, flirt, and generally make an ass out of yourself to help us get there.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Internship Opportunity at the Fort Jackson Museum

The Fort Jackson Museum is looking for an intern for their library. For more information, contact Heather South at the Dept. of Archives and History at southh@scdah.state.sc.gov.

Internship Opportunity at the State Library

The South Carolina State Library is looking for an intern for Fall 2008 to work on a web site audit project for DISCUS.

  • 135 contact hours - schedule TBD
  • Location/work area TBD
  • Can use visitor parking
  • Use blogging software for journal of activities
  • Curtis Rogers will handle overall paperwork/administrative activities
  • Amy Duernberger will work directly with intern on learning objectives

DISCUS Internship Objectives - Web site audit project

1. Review and update the previously completed audit of public library Web pages to check for effective and complete linking to all DISCUS provided databases.

2. Create and conduct an audit of institutions of higher education to check for effective and complete linking to all DISCUS provided databases.

3. Work with DISCUS staff to create an effective means of notifying and collaborating with libraries to enhance or make corrections in their linking to DISCUS databases.

The overall goal of this project is to assist libraries in their implementations of DISCUS so that their patrons' ability to be aware of, easily locate and effectively use the DISCUS databases is greatly improved. The results would be increased database usage statewide (as shown by usage reports) and enhanced knowledge of the great resources provided to by DISCUS/the State Library.

Student intern will work very closely with DISCUS contacts and State Library DISCUS staff.


(803) 734-8666

Monday, May 12, 2008

Frank Baker Media Literacy Presentation - Saturday, May 17th

Media literacy expert Frank Baker will be giving a presentation this Saturday, May 17th, from 10:00-11:30 am at the Russell House. This presentation is part of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies showcase during Spring Reunion weekend. If you would like more information, please refer to the attached press release, or contact Elaine Taylor at etaylor@sc.edu.

Please join us for this presentation


Erin Long

Erin Long


April 24, 2008


Media Literacy Expert Frank Baker, Dean Charles Bierbauer to Present

During the University of South Carolina’s Spring Reunion Weekend

Frank Baker, award-winning media literacy educator and consultant, will be featured during the University of South Carolina’s Spring Union Weekend, May 16-17, as part of a showcase for the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies. This free event is open to the public.

Baker’s presentation, “Media Literacy: Advice for 21st Century Parents and Grandparents,” is scheduled for May 17th from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Russell House. Baker’s first book, Coming Distractions: Questioning Movies, was published in January of 2007 by Capstone Press. The National Cable Television Association recognized Baker for his work in June of 2007, honoring him with the Leaders in Learning Award.

“We are delighted to present Frank Baker as part of our college’s reunion showcase. His expertise and advice is extremely relevant to concerns we share as parents, caretakers and educators,” said Terry Dixon, Director of Development for the college. “Frank will open our eyes about the importance of encouraging our children to think critically about what they see on TV and in the media.”

Charles Bierbauer, Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, will give a talk on “Politics and the Media” on March 16th from 3:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. at Russell House. While serving as a correspondent for CNN, Bierbauer covered five presidential races.

A reception for alumni and friends is scheduled for May 16th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Frank McGuire Room of the Athletic Practice Facility. USC mascot Cocky will attend the reception to promote awareness of Cocky’s Reading Express, a state-wide literacy outreach initiative from the School of Library and Information Science that has already reached more than 10,000 children.

To register for any of these events, please contact Elaine Taylor at 803-777-7118 or etaylor@sc.edu.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lubuto volunteers needed & FREE PIZZA


I know that the semester has ended, but we need some help getting the Lubuto bibliographies done by Monday, May 12th.

Volunteers may come and go as needed during the following times:

-- Thursday: 3 pm until 9 pm FREE PIZZA around 6 pm

-- Saturday: 10 am until 9 pm FREE PIZZA around 1 pm

-- Sunday: 10 am until 9 pm FREE PIZZA around 1 pm

The work that is left is not hard to do, it is just that it is time-consuming. If we had ten people work for two hours, we could finish up what was left fairly easily.

Please help me and Virginia out. We can get it done by ourselves, but it will take us hours and hours to finish everything up on our own when ten people working would make life much, much easier. If you can stop by, please respond off-list to slis_lissa@yahoo.com so I know how much pizza to get each time. You can also just stop by.

Thanks for your help and have a good night,


Patrick McLaughlin has been chosen as one of the 2008-2009 NLM Postgraduate Fellows

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The SLIS keeps on having good news! I am very thrilled to make this announcement to you. Patrick McLaughlin has been chosen as one of the 2008-2009 NLM Postgraduate Fellows. The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program, one of the most prestigious LIS postgraduate programs, is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research (For more information see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/index.html).

It is a great honor for an LIS student to be chosen as an NLM Fellow. Many of the NLM postgraduate fellows have become leaders in the fields of health sciences librarianship/health informatics. The competition this year was fierce. Twenty candidates were invited for on-site interviews. Only four candidates were chosen, and Patrick is one of them. He will be the second NLM Fellow from our program. Ms. Julie Gaines (the Community and Technology Liaison Librarian of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio) was our first.

Patrick is graduating this semester with an outstanding academic record. Please help me cheer for his accomplishments as we are so proud of him. Our students rock!



Feili Tu, Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Update from Davis College -- Graduation, ALA, & Awards

Hurray! It’s spring AND it’s graduation! As you know from my previous updates, graduation is my favorite celebration. I love to meet our students’ families and friends and help rejoice in the

accomplishment of attaining a graduate degree. The Masters degree in library and information science is the passport for work in service of our cultural heritage. There is no better feeling than knowing what you do is important and can change lives - we make sure people have access

to the information they need in perpetuity. There is no expiration date for what we do. There is no greater reward than seeing the spark of understanding in someone you have helped.

I hope you will be able to join us for any or all of the following events on Friday, May 9.

1. 3:00 Commencement in the Colonial Center

2. 4:30 Reception and Celebration of the SLIS Graduates in Davis

College 112

3. 5:30 Beta Phi Mu Inductions and SLIS Awards Ceremony in Davis

College 209

Also, we will be celebrating our Maine Lobster 3 graduates on August 3 at the Maple Hill Farm outside of Augusta, Maine.

If you missed the 1st annual conference on “Connecting Cultures and Celebrating Cuentos” mark your calendars now for April 24 - 25, 2009. We co-sponsored the conference with the College of Education and our Dr. Jamie Naidoo and Dr. Julia Lopez-Robertson organized and planned the full day event. More than 300 people came to learn about literature and services for Latino youth. It was a wonderful celebration of acceptance, respect and understanding. Please let Jamie know how much we appreciate his good work! www.libsci.sc.edu/latinoconf

ALA is going to be in Anaheim, CA the end of June. We have some big
shot moments at the conference. Don’t miss:

1. Our LISSA Student Chapter officers receive the ALA Student
Chapter of the Year award on Sunday right after the Alumni Tea.

2. The Alumni Tea on Sunday afternoon!

3. Dr. Nancy Zimmerman receive the AASL lifetime achievement award
at the AASL Award Luncheon on Monday, the 30th of June at noon.

If you can’t make these events, never fear! We have many ways to keep you involved and feeling part of the SLIS community. You can watch colloquia and presentations on the web, join our Facebook community, visit our reference center in Second Life, meet with us live through
Adobe Connect, email, phone or stop in to say “Hey!” Let me know if
you want more information about any of these communication formats.

Welcome Andy Thomas as our first undergraduate advisor!
athomas@gwm.sc.edu He has been working hard to get our first bachelor students for the information science degree matriculated.

Tilda Reeder, our graduate advisor is working hard getting our new students cleared and our graduating students ready for work! You can reach her at reedert@gwm.sc.edu for questions about the MLIS.

Stay in touch this summer, let us know what we can do for you and enjoy the sun!



Saturday, May 3, 2008

Chapters and Loose Papers Volume 2, Issue 3

Hello All:
Below is information on the upcoming deadline for Chapters and Loose Papers, the SAA student chapter newsletter. In the past, editors have taken articles dealing with current research or completed internships. I encourage anyone with exciting stories to share them with other SAA groups!
Submission information is available at the Chapter and Loose Papers website: www.chaptersandloosepapers.wetpaint.com

Friday, May 2, 2008

August 2008 Graduation

The deadline for submission of an Application to Graduate in August,
2008 is Monday, June 2nd. Please be sure your application is at the
Student Services Office, 102 Davis College by that date. This will
allow our office to process it, as required by the Graduate School. If
you have made any drops or adds during your program, you must complete
an adjustment form to document the changes to your original Program of
Study. To help locate these forms, go to:

http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/DocLibrary/doclibrary.html Application
for Degree (Graduation)

http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/DocLibrary/doclibrary.html Adjustment

The application is available online at the Graduate School website at
the following URL:

http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/doclibrary/doclibrary.html . Look for
this form description,

"Application For Degree (used in applying for graduation) AS-126 PDF
Word HTML" .

You must complete, print and sign the form.


Instructions for Filling Out the Application for Degree:

1) For the center of the form use these titles and codes:

School: College of Mass Communication and Information Studies - 445

Degree Codes:

Master of Library and Information Science - 85

Specialist in Library and Information Science - 92

or, Certificate of Graduate Study - 10

First Major: Library and Information Science - 578

2) At the bottom of the form, list the courses you are currently
taking, but have not completed.

3) Mail completed application to:

Student Services Office
Davis College, Room 102
University of South Carolina
School of Library and Information Science
Columbia, SC 29208

4) Fax completed application to: 1-803-777-0457

If you have any questions, you may contact the Student Services Office
at 1-803-777-3887 or 1-800-304-3153.

Lindsey Newman
Administrative Assistant

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

First Version Congress Programme Available! IFLA Quebec 10-15 August 2008

The first Version of the Congress Programme is now available from the
IFLA website.

Please look at: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla74/Programme2008.htm

More details will be added in the next weeks.

Josche Ouwerkerk
Conference Officer

J753 Seminar in Information Services in Summer I 2007 (June 2 to July 3) – Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM

J753 Seminar in Information Services in Summer I 2007 (June 2 to July
3) – Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM

Enjoy the convenience of taking the J753 Seminar in Information
Services during the summer. J753 will bring you up to date on the latest
developments in reference, information, and research services in a variety
of libraries. You will learn how to better serve your users and how
you can continue to stay current in a quickly changing technology
environment. You will learn how to:

* select, evaluate, and access electronic reference information systems

* negotiate a site license for these systems

* create information service policies

* develop advanced problem-solving skills by using various general and
subject databases

* oversee the design and provision of library education programs

* assess the needs of your users

* use Web 2.0/Web 3.0 and Library2.0 to enhance your information
services, including library applications in the Second Life World

* evaluate your services and create service liaisons to your user

* continue to develop professionally

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 Mondays and/or

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

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

Course Venue: Adobe® Connect™ (aka Breeze Meeting), Second Life
World, course Blackboard, and e-mail

Onsite: TBA

* If there is an onsite, I will arrange a virtual onsite for those who
cannot come to onsite physically.

Textbook and Readings: You won’t have to buy a textbook. The
required readings in full-text format are posted on the course Blackboard.

Course Resources: J753 is offered on the web. Lectures and course
materials (electronic- and/or text-based) will be uploaded to the course
Blackboard (BB) web site on Mondays or Wednesdays during the Summer I
2008 semester.

Online sessions and office hours will be held on Adobe® Connect™ and
in the Second Life World:

* Adobe® Connect™ is an online meeting and collaboration system; it
provides a live chatting environment for information exchange and
sharing. Computer files and WWW resources can be used with this system.
Online lectures will be delivered via Adobe® Connect™.

o Even though this new technology will be used, you will not be
required to do any system upgrading, purchase any specific software, or
download any plug-in components.

* I will use a microphone and a webcam to deliver a live class to
students during the online class sessions.

* Adobe® Connect™ provides “live talk-back” functions. You
are encouraged to have your own microphones and participate in online
discussions during the online class sessions. However, you are not
required to do this.

* Online class sessions will be archived in web-based format. The
class archives will be posted to the course BB.

* Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world. Users are logged in to the
world by using their avatars. For this class, class avatars have been
created for student access. Various kinds of training materials are
available as references. An orientation session will be held to help
students learn how to use the Second Life World.

* Suggested minimum technology requirements:

o It is highly recommended that you have high-speed Internet access
(including DSL and Cable Modem). Note: even though you are able to use
dial-up access, the low bandwidth will impose various barriers and cause
technical glitches, sometimes interrupting your access to online class

o Your computer, a high-end machine, can be either PC or Mac platform
with peripheral device (e.g., mouse, speakers, etc.). Note: if your
computer is over five years old, you might encounter some problems
regarding a slow access rate.

o You need to have speakers and/or earphones with your computer because
you need to have a working sound-output device to hear my online

Note: If you have any questions, please contact me at tuf@gwm.sc.edu.
I look forward to seeing you online this summer.

Feili Tu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Deaf Friendly Public Libraries

Deaf411 Launches “Deaf-Friendly Cities in the U.S. Project
What does a city need to accommodate Deaf residents?

NEW YORK CITY (Deaf411) - April 28, 2008 - Moving to a new town can be a stressful experience for anyone. Challenges are greater for people with hearing loss who seek businesses, restaurants, and social networks that are accessible to them. It is estimated there are 28 million Americans who have a hearing loss.

This research project, "Deaf-Friendly Cities in the U.S.", announced today is a first step towards meeting the need for a comprehensive network of information to assist with relocation planning. By identifying services and businesses that are considered "deaf-friendly" or are "communication accessible", potential consumers, who may be deaf or have a hearing loss, will have the tools critical to making informed decisions.

Deaf411, a marketing and public relations company, has launched an internet video website with an online survey. This survey is part of their research to compile a report of "Deaf-Friendly Cities in the U.S." which will be made available to interested consumers free of charge.

This research will involve identifying criteria of what a deaf person
living in any city needs in terms of accessibility and general services;
compilation of services and resources needed in that city,
identifying and listing cities with proven track records of providing such services;
attitudinal considerations, and other factors involved in determining what
constitutes an ideal city that is fully accessible.

Areas covered in this project will include employment, government,
business, and community services and opportunities. In the video at
www.deaf411online.com/6.html, Michel Swafford describes some factors that a consumer who is deaf or has a hearing loss face when they move to a new city.
Findings of the online survey and correlating research will provide a powerful tool
for professionals and businesses with clientele who are pre-dominantly
deaf or have a hearing loss.

Two Free SLA Student Memberships

Free SLA Student Memberships

Are you (or do you know) a Library/Information Science student
interested in Sci-Tech Librarianship? The Student Relations Committee
of the Sci-Tech Division of SLA is offering two FREE one-year
memberships in SLA (includes affiliation with the Sci-Tech Division as
well as one chapter affiliation). To be eligible for one of the free
student memberships, all you have to do is come up with some creative
& relevant ways that the Sci-Tech Division should engage with
library/information science students who are looking forward to a
career in Sci-Tech librarianship. Check out what we already do at the
Sci-Tech Division website:

To apply, send your creative ideas, along with your name, email, phone
number, address, and the library/information science program in which
you are enrolled to hilary_davis@ncsu.edu. Deadline: May 25th, 2008

If you are not selected for one of the two free memberships, you can
still become connected to a wealth of professional development
opportunities, colleagues, and mentors by applying for the SLA
one-year student membership ($35/year). Visit

Monday, April 28, 2008

Augusta Baker Endowed Chair -- Dr. Jeanne Cobb's & Dr. Nancy Tolson's Presentations

Dr. Jeanne Cobb and Dr. Nancy Tolson's
presentations can be found at



Dr. Pat Feehan

International Calendar of Information Science Conferences

This is a periodic reminder to post your event and look for conferences

around the world in the:



Over 500 conferences listed in the past year!
Over 75 countries hosting events on all continents!
Over 80 countries represented by visitors to the Calendar!
Over 9,000 visits a month!

If you work in the information sciences and related disciplines
(libraries,archives, museums, information and communication technology,
telecommunications, etc.), be sure to stay up to date on the latest
opportunities to learn and share your work throughout the world by
regularly checking (RSS available) and posting your events in the
Calendar. Help colleagues by registering the conferences you are
aware of in case they are not listed.

If your favourite conference or the one you organise is not listed, be
to let us know of your event. There are three ways to submit events.
See the FAQ here: http://icisc.neasist.org/about.html.


The "Quick Calendar" is a static version of the calendar grouped by
date and by region: http://icisc.neasist.org/quickcalendar.html ...
which is great for a quick glance and for slower connection speeds
or printing.


Use the Calendar to coordinate events with other groups. Feel free to
"PROPOSED" events. *We encourage you to enter your events directly*:


The Calendar is a nonprofit collaboration between the International
Information Issues Special Interest Group and the European and New
England chapters of the American Society for Information Science and
Technology(http://www.asist.org), with the additional support of
Haworth Press (http://haworthpress.com/library/).

Thank you for bookmarking and/or subscribing to the International
Calendar of Information Science Conferences (http://icisc.neasist.org/)
and sharing this message with your colleagues!


Caryn Anderson
Michel Menou
Athanasia Pontika

Sunday, April 27, 2008

THANK YOU to all who helped with the Latino Children's Literature Conference

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to all of the students, staff, and
faculty who helped make the First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's
Literature Conference a HUGE success. I would especially like to thank
Carolyn for her help with all the conference logistics including
planning the menu, renting the facility, handling the finances, and covering
the registration table.

Thank you to Liz for the beautiful job on the conference website and
for being photographer extraordinaire on Saturday. Thank you to Jill for
your help with all the signage and thanks to both Liz and Jill for all
your technical support. Thank you to both Pat and Donna for your moral
support, encouragement, and extra hands throughout the day. Thank you
to Nonie and Laura for handling all the paperwork for the conference and
to Adam for making all the badges.

Thank you to Travis and all the LISSA Students for your help stuffing
bags, running the conference table, setting up, taking down, and
decorating Prestons. Thank you to my GA Marshall for helping me with all the
grunt work getting all the zillion heavy boxes from my office to the
Russell House.

My special thanks to Sam for co-sponsoring the conference with the
College of Education and for your moral support. Thank you to the rest of
the faculty for your warm thoughts and your words of encouragement.
Thanks to the PhD Students and Faculty who presented at the conference on

AND thank you to all the numerous other students, staff, and faculty
that helped make the conference an amazing event. I know I've surely
forgotten to mention someone in my weary state of recovery. Nonetheless, I
sincerely appreciate all the help that I've received. I truly am
thankful for you all!


Jamie Naidoo

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lubuto Library Project Update in Seattle at the Annual SLA Conference

Lubuto Library Project Update in Seattle

An outpouring of SLA members’ support after Jane Kinney Meyers was presented with the 2007 Dow Jones Leadership Award in Denver has propelled the Lubuto Library Project forward on many fronts, with almost $40,000 in SLA individual and chapter donations ($85,000 including all information and book professionals) fueling our innovative operations. One such donation came “in recognition of what members of SLA can accomplish to help library users around the world.” And in addition to many large and small financial donors, dozens of SLA members volunteer their time and expertise to organize events that dramatically broaden our capacity to engage top-notch professionalism in service to some of the world’s most marginalized children.

At the Annual Conference in Seattle, we would like to thank all of you, show you what your contributions have helped accomplish, and discuss our plans for the future – but still ensure that your investment in Lubuto continues to bolster our program directly. Thanks to the sustained generosity and underwriting of Dow Jones and Co., we will be able to do just that! Jane Meyers and Ann Sweeney will be at the Dow Jones booth (no. 401) in the INFO-EXPO during all of the conference’s scheduled exhibition non-conflict times to thank you in person and give you a DVD of the opening event for the first Lubuto Library. We also hope to engage new SLA supporters as well, and have lots of exciting news to impart, including about:

  • the 1st Lubuto Library in Lusaka;
  • Zambian government and private sector support to Lubuto;
  • partnerships with other organizations and countries for future libraries; and
  • how the libraries are catalysts for Zambians to serve their vulnerable children.


An Invitation from the Dean of the Graduate School

The Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Buggy has invited us to meet with
Andrew Comrie, PhD, Dean of the Graduate College at University of
Arizona, Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, and Associate Vice
President for Research.

Dr. Comrie is visiting at the invitation of the Provost's Graduate
School Study Group which has been commissioned by the Provost to examine
the role of the Graduate School at USC and has asked to meet with
graduate students. Information about Dr. Comrie can be found at:

Please join us on April 30 from 1:30 - 2:30 at Byrnes 305.

RVSPs are required since space is limited.

Alison Mc Letchie
Graduate Assistant, The Graduate School &
Treasurer, Graduate Student Association
E-mail: gradstso@gwm.sc.edu

Lubuto Library Project Volunteers Needed for Sunday, April 27th at 10 am in Davis College


This is Travis. I need some people to help out with the Lubuto Library Project this Sunday, April 27th starting at 10 am in Davis College.

It is very light bibliographic research, and I will have pizza. I really need 10 people to help out, each to do update one or two bibliographies. It isn't hard work, and it would really help me out if folks could give two or three hours this Sunday.

Please contact me off the list at slis_lissa@yahoo.com if you will come, so that I will know how much pizza to have.

Thanks and have a nice day,


Course Evaluations


This is a reminder that the course evaluations will close on 25 April
2008. We know that you are very busy completing projects for the spring
semester. It is important for our accreditation that we have
completed evaluations. We are requesting that you take a few minutes to
complete the course evaluations.

Thank you,


The Greatest Happy Hour of All Time! Friday, April 25th at 7 pm

Hello all,

This is the big one! The one you have been waiting for! The outdoor
cookout spectacular! Already we have some kind librarians bringing veggie
dishes and veggie burgers, different kinds of meat, and assorted food
items that will be burnt on a grill, but please feel free to help end
our starving grad student stomachs by providing soda/water, cups, and
chips, chips, snacks (thought I was going to say chips there, didn't you?)

The cookout will be at Ernest Greene's house which is behind Harper's
in 5 points.

I am guessing 7 pm will be an appropriate time, but keep checking the
listserv in case that changes. Also, expect a good deal of lawn golf
tournaments. If you haven't played that yet, you haven't fully utilizied
your back yard.

Hope to see you there,
As always swing me any questions,
As always have a wonderful day,


News Coverage of the Latino Children's Literature Conference this weekend

I wanted to share the following with you. WLTX-TV came to DavisCollege today and interviewed Julia Lopez-Robertson and I about the
Latino Child Lit conference.

Below is the link for the Latino conference story on WLTX.

"Thanks for the wonderful interviews yesterday. I think the story
turned out nicely. It will air tomorrow morning at 6am, and again at 5pm
and part of it may air tonight at 11pm.. You can also see the written
story and the full video streamed online. Just go to:
http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=61238 "



Monday, April 21, 2008

SLIS J757 - Fall semester Information

Hello - all of you early birds - who have been asking for the syllabus
and reading list for SLISJ757 - Young Adult Literature. I love your enthusiasm but it will be a little while before those are ready.

You will receive a reading list in enough time to spend your summer
reading YA titles at a leisurely pace, however, it is not ready at this

Stay tuned. I will let folks who have registered for the course know
when it is available on Blackboard.

Thank you and....good bye for now.


Dr. Pat Feehan
Associate Professor

Friday, April 18, 2008

Wonderful Job Opportunities for Librarians; Federal and Armed Services; Locations throughout the World; USAJOBS (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Greetings all!

There are a great deal of fabulous employment opportunities for
Librarians right now with the Federal Government. Jobs are located
throughout the world and offer EXCELLENT benefits and pay.

For more information, and to apply, go to:

Search Jobs with key word: Librarian

To see all opportunities, leave the Location field empty; the search
will then pull up every announcement for Librarian within the Federal

I've had a fantastic experience working as a Federal Librarian and want
to encourage others to check it out...



Susanna Joyner, MLIS, ED.S
Library Director, Recreation Division-DFMWR
DSN: 780-6993/2449
COMM: 706-791-6993/2449
FAX: 706-791-3282
DFMWR - www.fortgordon.com
Woodworth Consolidated Library - http://gordon.army.mil/dhr/library

Graduate Assistants Needed for the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy

Graduate Assistant Needed:

At SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy to work on a grant
funded project. Activities will include building a literacy database
and working on community information literacy outreach programs for
Orangeburg County. Work can begin either in Summer I or Summer II and
position would continue through the fall semester. Pay is $8.50 per
hour. Please contact Ellen Shuler at 803-734-8207 if you are
interested. Individual must live in Columbia area. This is a 10 hour
per week position.

Graduate Assistant Needed:

For general work at the SC Center for Children's Books and Literacy.
Individual will help process incoming books, shelve books, and assist
with overall activities of the Center. Be prepared to work quickly and
be a self-starter! You will get hands on experience with children*s
books! Outgoing personality and creative spirit desired!
Position will begin Summer I with possibility of continuing into fall
semester. Individual must live in Columbia are. 10 hours per week.
Please contact Ellen Shuler at 803-734-8207 if interested.

Farewell Celebration for Dr. and Mrs. Sorensen

Farewell Celebration for Dr. and Mrs. Sorensen

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Davis Field (Beside Russell House)

Free Food and Fun

As we conclude this academic year, I ask that you take a moment to
reflect on your individual achievements as well as the accomplishments
we have made collectively as a university community. In this time of
celebration, we extend great appreciation to a person whose guidance
and support has benefited our institution in countless ways.

For the past six years, Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen's contributions have
been at the core of our University's success-new University initiatives
including the establishment of the Office of Undergraduate Research,
the Capstone Scholars Program, and the Gamecock Guarantee have been
implemented under his term. While we are sad to see him conclude his
tenure as president, we can truly say that our university is a better
place because of his leadership.

I would like to extend an invitation to you, to help us bid farewell to
Dr. Sorensen and his wife, Mrs. Donna Sorensen, as they embark upon a
new journey. There will be a farewell celebration on Tuesday, April 22
from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Davis Field, beside the Russell House. I hope
that you will join us on this day to thank the Sorensens for their
contributions to the University South Carolina.

J730 Fall Semester


SLIS J730 Cataloging Information Materials has been added to the fall
schedule. Mary Cross will be the instructor, it will be a web-based
course, and there will be mandatory chat sessions Mondays, 6:00-7:50.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

LISSA Officer Photos for Winning ALA Student Chapter of the Year 04/16/08

Here are some pictures taken by the College of Mass Communications and Informaiton Studies because LISSA won ALA Student Chapter of the Year.

LISSA Symposium Speaker: Jane Meyers President of the Lubuto Library Project -- 04/02/08

Pictures of Ms. Jane Meyers' LISSA Symposium lecture are now available here.


I-COMM: PR in the Info Age Speaker: Dr. Paul Lieber 04/01/08

Pictures for Dr. Paul Lieber's I-COMM Event, "PR in the Info Age," are now available here.

SLIS Colloquium Speaker: Steve Leight of Collexis 03/27/08

Pictures for the Steve Leight / Collexis Colloquium are now available here.

Exam Open for Archivist Positions in Pennsylvania

Anyone getting ready to graduate and looking for a job - here is an opportunity to get on a state employment civil service list as eligible for pretty good jobs. Those of you interested in other regions or states might check out the "employment" or "jobs" section on individual state archives' web pages to see whether you might need to be doing something like this NOW for future job openings where you want to find employment.


Constance B. Schulz


Saturday, April 12, 2008

Spring LISSA Election Results Announced

LISSA has had a terrific year. All of the current LISSA officers will
be attending the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California this
summer to accept our Student Chapter of the Year Award. We owe our
success both to the hard work and dedication of everyone currently
involved in LISSA and to the initiative and work of all of our
previous officers. It is because of all of you that we have achieved
so much this year, and we are very grateful.

With the announcement of our newly elected officers, we want to say
that this organization will be left in extremely capable hands. We are
confident that with their leadership and creativity, along with the
continuous devotion and support of our faculty advisor, Dr. Feili Tu,
next year will be even better for LISSA than the last. It is with
great pleasure that we will hand the torch over to our new officers:

Grant David Keyes, President
Mike Lee, Vice President
Ernest Greene, Treasurer
Tara Smith, Secretary

Congratulations to all of the officers-elect!

Consider J733 Serials as a replacement for J729 Academic Libraries

I know that many of you have been disappointed that J729 was taken off the Fall schedule and was replaced with J733 Serials. As I teach both courses, I'd like to encourage those of you who would have taken Academic Libraries to take the Serials course instead.

The refereed journal article is the chief medium for distributing scientific and other scholarly information. The world is changing, both in how journals are made available and how scholars interact with each other in the online environment. It is for that reason that I have made a request to the Curriculum Committee to consider a change to the title of the course to Serials and Scholarly Communication. Anyone who will provide information services in the academic or research environment should understand how scholars communicate their findings and the role of the library in that process.

For more "advisement" information about this and other classes in technical services, go to http://www.heidihoerman.com/tselectives.html

Feel free to email me at heidihoerman@yahoo.com or call me at (803) 695-2814 if you want to discuss how these courses might fit into your program of study.

Resource to help find calls for papers

This website may be a helpful resource for you:

Alison Mc Letchie
Graduate Assistant, The Graduate School &
Treasurer, Graduate Student Association

Friday, April 11, 2008

Women's Leadership Institute


The USC Graduate School just sent the following information about the Women's Leadership Institute. Just click on the link below. Have a nice day,



Looking for part time student help

Carlisle Associates Inc. in Columbia

T.R. Zanders Jr. AIA

VP - Architecture

Subject: Looking for part time student help.

The student’s work for us would include:

1. Maintain the periodical and hard bound library materials, card catalog and database.

2. Maintain the materials library.

3. Maintain the Construction Specifications Institute database listing the catalogs of materials we have on have for reference.

4. Assist in maintenance of our project records database.

5. Assist in maintenance of our project archives.

I would be happy to meet with you to discuss our needs if that would be of help. I can be reached at the numbers below if you would like to call.


Ted Zanders

Carlisle Associates Inc.
803-252-3232, 803-799-9054 (f)

DISCUS Internship

Timeframe: Summer I and Summer II

135 contact hours - Schedule TBD
Location/Work area TBD
Can use visitor parking
Use blogging software for journal of activities
Curtis Rogers will handle overall paperwork/administrative activities
Amy Duernberger will work directly with intern on learning objectives

DISCUS Internship Objectives - Web site audit project

1. Review and update the previously completed audit of public library Web pages to check for effective and complete linking to all DISCUS provided databases

2. Create and conduct an audit of institutions of higher education to check for effective and complete linking to all DISCUS provided databases

3. Work with DISCUS staff to create an effective means of notifying and collaborating with libraries to enhance or make corrections in their linking to DISCUS databases.

The overall goal of this project is to assist libraries in their implementations of DISCUS so that their patrons' ability to be aware of, easily locate and effectively use the DISCUS databases is greatly improved. The results would be increased database usage statewide (as shown by usage reports) and enhanced knowledge of the great resources provided to by DISCUS/the State Library.

Student intern will work very closely with DISCUS contacts and State Library DISCUS staff.

Last LISSA Meeting of the Semester is Tuesday, April 15th at 5:00 pm in Davis College 112 -- Free Refreshments

Event: Next & Last LISSA Meeting of the semester

Date: Tuesday, April 15th

Time: 5:00 pm

Where: Davis College Room 112

Free Refreshments

Please join us for the last LISSA meeting of the semester. It will the last one where I am president, so please come out if you can.

And there will be free goodies.

See you soon,


Next LISSA Meeting Is Tuesday, April 15th at 5:00 pm in Davis College 112 -- Free Refreshments

Event: Next & Last LISSA Meeting of the semester

Date: Tuesday, April 15th at

Time: 5:00 pm

Where: Davis College Room 112

Free Refreshments

Please join us for the last LISSA meeting of the semester. It will the last one where I am president, so please come out if you can.

And there will be free goodies.

See you soon,


Thursday, April 10, 2008

EASI Webinar Snapshot Choosing Reliable Assistive Products

EASI Webinar Snapshot Choosing Reliable Assistive Products
Wed. April 16 2 PM Eastern

President Reagan once said, "Trust but verify!" and this is a good
rule in selecting products whose vendors say are accessible. Section 508 relates
to making purchases and it has tools to help you. The VPAT, Voluntary
Product Accessibility Template, is a device jointly created by the
Information Technology Industries Council and the U.S. General
Services Administration (GSA) to help vendors meet the 508 standards and help
purchasers understand what the vendor is doing to meet those 508

EASI's Webinar Snapshots are short, to-the-point presentations and we
will only begin to scratch the surface of introducing the VPAT. Many of us
have come to associate Section 508 with Web standards, but Section 508
actually has 8 sections dealing with other topics such as video, self contained
devices and more. This Snapshot will give a quick overview of the
Section 508 sub sections and a quick overview of the VPAT. In May the Webinar
Snapshot will introduce the government Services Administration
Accessible Buying Guide.

These Snapshots are a preview for a in-depth 4-part presentation this
fall giving a detailed understanding of the 508 sub sections and of how to
write and understand the Voluntary Product Accessible Template

Check out EASI New Synchronous Clinics:
EASI Home Page http://www.rit.edu/~easi
Online courses and Clinics http://easi.cc/workshop.htm
Check the EASI Library Web http://www.rit.edu/~easi/lib.htm

Designing Documents for Tomorrow's Access Needs

Designing Documents for Tomorrow's Access Needs

Designing Documents for Tomorrow's Access Needs
Scrolls went out with the printing press, and scrolling through
electronic documents is already being replaced by formats that let the reader
jump from chapter to chapter, paragraph to paragraph and select a page and
instantaneously start reading it. Some students with disabilities are
earning the envy of their seeing peers because they can find the item
requested by the teacher faster than they can locate it. Document
navigation is closely related to document structure and document
formats like DAISY that take advantage of it. The recently revised
Individuals With Disabilities Act now has publishers providing K-12 schools with
electronic books using the NIMAS format, a subset of DAISY. While it
is currently being accepted slowly, this will change, and you will need
to know how to create electronic documents in this new and exciting

The Library of Congress is transitioning to digital books in the next
year. Bookshare has received a large grant and will be rapidaly
expanding its DAISY offerings. Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is also
focusing on digital formats. Students arriving in college will expect that
they will receive their college materials in this format that makes studying easier and more efficient.

The link below will take you to a page with several recorded
presentations by Bookshare, the Library of Congress NLS and presentations demonstrating
the features of DAISY readers:

In May EASI is presenting a 4-part Webinar series that will walk
participants, step by step, on actually creating DAISY documents with
easy-to-use authoring software. This 4-part series is free to EASI
Annual Webinar members. Registration for the 4 hours is $195. (actually it begins at the very end of April!

DAISY Books: You can do it!
Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20
Presenter: Karen McCall

Online registration is from the Webinar Page:


Week 1

How can I create DAISY books and content for myself or my students?
What is DAISY? How do I choose an authoring tool? This web seminar explores
The advantages of DAISY content, what type of information can be converted
to DAISY and how to choose your authoring tool and player. Authoring tools
range from high level publishing software like Dolphin's Dolphin Publisher, totheir bare
bones version Dolphin Producer and now Dolphin Converter. IRTI [Innovative
Rehabilitation Technology Inc] has the eClipseWriter software to
create Daisy content. eClipseWriter is the tool used for the other three weeks in
this series. The player used to access the DAISY content also plays a part in what
DAISY format you choose. This week helps get you started!

Week 2

This week we begin by looking at eClipseWriter from IRTI [Innovative
Rehabilitations Technology Inc.]. Topics include:
Overview of the eClipseWriter application.
Preferences and screen reader settings.
Books from audio files.
Books from text files.

Week 3

DAISY books from a Word document.
Adding the structure in Word.
Finishing up in eClipseWriter
Building the book.

Week 4

Adding page numbers.
Adding headings.
Quick Markers.
Adding Graphics.
Building the book.
Create a book from a web page.

Check out EASI New Synchronous Clinics:
EASI Home Page http://www.rit.edu/~easi
Online courses and Clinics http://easi.cc/workshop.htm
Check the EASI Library Web http://www.rit.edu/~easi/lib.htm

Dialog Roger K. Summit Scholarship - $5,000 Award

Applications are now being accepted for Dialog's Roger K. Summit Scholarship for library and information science students in North America . Interested students should start the process immediately: the deadline is April 30 and the process cannot be completed overnight!

The $5,000 award will be presented at the SLA Annual Conference in Seattle , Washington , June 15-18, 2008. The award is named in honor of Dr. Roger K. Summit, founder and chairman emeritus of Dialog, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science.

The application is available at http://gep.dialog.com/scholarship/application.shtml. For more information, please contact Allison Evatt at allison.evatt@thomson.com.

Allison Evatt, MIS, MEd

Graduate Education Program