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

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

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 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:

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!

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! 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 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:

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: Application
for Degree (Graduation) Adjustment

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