Saturday, April 5, 2008

LISSA is the 2008 ALA Student Chapter of the Year!

A message from our LISSA faculty advisor, Dr. Feili Tu:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am very thrilled to make this announcement to you. The SLIS Library
and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) has been selected
as the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award
recipient for 2008. Last year LISSA was honored as the Student Chapter
of the Year Runner-Up. Using suggestions made by the ALA’s New
Members Round Table, the LISSA officers and students have made many
improvements in the organization. They have been working very hard and
definitely deserve this great honor. As Bob Wolverton, chair of the 2007-2008
Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee, said:

“ … The committee applauds LISSA’s hard work in each of the seven
categories related to the Student Chapter of the Year Award. Your
chapter has made excellent use of Web 2.0 technology, developed original
and effective fundraising activities, and offered an excellent variety of
programs for your students. Your commitment to community service is
also laudable. …”

LISSA’s accomplishments are well-known not only in the SLIS/USC, but
also in the library community state-wide. Because of their work ethic
and dedication to SLIS and LISSA, the officers, with the help of many
students, have successfully transformed LISSA into a junior professional
society:

* Travis, the LISSA president, is a great leader with an A-Team to
work with. He is fortunate to have two first-rate vice-presidents,
Patrick and Margaret. Mary Anne and Virginia are wonderful secretaries, and
Caroline and Alison definitely have the excellent budgeting skills
that the USC requires of treasurers of student organizations.

* Patrick re-designed the LISSA web site and has made it web 2.0
compliant. He is still carrying the responsibility for maintaining the web
site. He also made it possible for LISSA to set up a PayPal account
on the LISSA web site so that DE students are able to conveniently pay
their LISSA membership fee online. In addition, Stewart Baker created
the Forums, and Matt programmed the Wiki. Grant is serving as the media
producer. No wonderful the pictures on the LISSA web site are so great.

* Rae and Gene made the “SLISten Up!” newsletter a professional
publication. This newsletter has been widely distributed to current
students, alums, and librarians in the states of South Carolina, North
Carolina
, Georgia, Maine, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grant has been
handed their torch. What else can we say? “SLISten Up!” is in good
hands.

* Matt and Patrick have been instrumental in creating the Faculty
Colloquia (now called SLIS Colloquia) and Student Colloquia. These are
LISSA’s premier professional events.

* Travis and other LISSA officers worked hard to set up field trips
so students were able to visit various kinds of information settings.
Patrick arranged a trip to the National Archives in Morrow (near
Atlanta), GA for students in the Atlanta/Athens area. This is my plea to the
DE students. Please join LISSA and help with establishing local
chapters and setting up programs for DE students.

* To all the guys featured in "The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS at the University of South Carolina 2008 Calendar," thank you very, very much for your help with this unique fund-raising effort. You rock!

* A special thank you to Dr. Sam for all your support. You have generously provided LISSA with various resources, and you allow the LISSA officers to be creative and have fun. You are an inspiration.

Serving as the LISSA faculty advisor since 2003 has been one of my most
rewarding professional positions. It has been both a pleasure and a
privilege to work with such outstanding leaders as the LISSA officers
and to witness the organization’s many accomplishments. I look forward
to working with the new officers, who will be elected very soon.

LISSA exemplifies the mission of the ALA in promoting the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. I hope you’ll join us at the award ceremony at the ALA Annual Convention this year in Anaheim and help cheer for LISSA!

Best,

Feili

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Message from Bob Wolverton, Chair of the ALA New Members Round Table Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee:

April 4, 2008

On behalf of the ALA New Members Round Table (NMRT), I am pleased to
inform you that the University of South Carolina Library and Information
Science Student Association (LISSA) has been selected as the ALA
Student Chapter of the Year Award recipient for 2008. We received many strong
applications this year, and your chapter’s selection is a tribute to
your past year of accomplishments and hard work. Congratulations!

The committee applauds LISSA’s hard work in each of the seven categories related to the Student Chapter of the Year Award. Your chapter has made excellent use of Web 2.0 technology, developed original and effective fundraising activities, and offered an excellent variety of programs for your students. Your commitment to community service is also laudable.

As the winner of this national award sponsored by the ALA Membership Committee and New Members Round Table, your chapter will receive a travel grant of $1,000.00 to cover part of the cost for representatives of your chapter to attend the 2008 ALA Annual Conference to be held in Anaheim, California. The travel grant can be used for conference registration, accommodations or transportation costs. In addition, a certificate of recognition will be presented to your chapter representatives at the NMRT Student Reception.

I will soon be sending you via U.S. mail a Conditions of Award Acceptance form that will require your signature and that of your student chapter advisor. After the form has been signed, please mail it to: American Library Association, Attn.: Kim Sanders, Program Officer, ALA/HRDR, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611. Please send me a fax or PDF copy of the signed form before mailing it to ALA. I look forward to your response and to meeting you at ALA Annual in Anaheim. Once again, congratulations!

Sincerely,

Bob Wolverton
Associate Professor/Database Maintenance/Authority Control Librarian
Mississippi State University Libraries
Chair, 2007-2008 SCOTYA Committee

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