Friday, February 29, 2008

The Next Graduate Student Association Meeting Will Be Tuesday, March 4th at 5:30 in Davis College Room 112

The Next Graduate Student Association Meeting Will Be Tuesday, March 4th at 5:30 in Davis College Room 112.

Please join us if you can. Light refreshments will be served.

Info To Help Distance Education Students Get Together

Hello,

This is Travis. I am very excited by the field trip in Atlanta today and all the buzz that has been generated.

Just in case it helps, I wanted to give a reminder that the LISSA Forum has a section called "Regional Boards." These message boards are designed to make it easier for folks who aren't in Columbia to get in touch with each other more easily.

Also, let us know what else we can do to help you get in touch.

Just e-mail us at slis_lissa@yahoo.com

Have a great time today,

Travis Ferrell
LISSA President

Field Trip In Atlanta Friday, Feb. 29th

Distance students need hours of happiness, too. I'd like to see and interact more with students, and visit more library environments. So I'm going to look forward to monthly (?) Lunch & a Library meet and greet and seek sessions.

Feel free to e-mail suggestions to lagrees@bellsouth.net

If you're in Atlanta, come out to The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum this Friday, February 29 to share ideas and catch the last day of the exhibit Wood, Paper, Ink: Japanese and Chinese Woodblocks.

http://ipst.gatech.edu/amp/index.html

Please e-mail me if you're interested.

[Posted on behalf of Sara in Atlanta]

Early Student Registration for the ALA Conference in Anaheim this summer ends Friday, March 7th.

Early Student Registration for the ALA Conference in Anaheim this summer ends Friday, March 7th.

The 2008 Annual Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, from June 26–July 2, 2008.

Committee and business meetings take place June 28-July 1, 2008, and Council Meetings run to July 2. Education programs take place primariliy June 28-30, 2008. The exhibits will be held June 28-July 1, 2008, at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Avenue in Anaheim. Programs and Meetings will take place in the Convention Center and hotels nearby.

Performer Diahann Carroll has recently been confirmed as the Closing Session Speaker. The Closing Session will take place on Tuesday, July 1, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (note the new time!) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Auditorium Speaker Series continues to expand. The most recent speaker added to the series is author Dean Koontz, who will be speaking Monday, June 30, at 1:30 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center. He joins an eclectic mix of speakers, currently including Sally Ride, Vernon Jordan and Stephen J. Cannell. Visit the Special Events website for information on all the speakers appearing at the Conference.

Early Bird Registration Ends March 7 - Register Now for the Lowest Rate!

Preliminary Program Details are Now Available.

Get a preview of Anaheim from AL Focus

Annual Conference Wiki

Housing for the Annual Conference is now open.

Interested in presenting a paper at the Annual Conference?

More information on the Annual Conference can be found by following the links above and to the left.

What Is Included With Your Registration?

  • Over 300 educational programs covering a variety of hot topics
  • Over 2000 committee meetings and events
  • Entrance to the Exhibits, including the Closing Reception
  • The ALA President's Program
  • The Opening General Session and Closing Session
  • The Auditorium Speaker Series

LISSA Conference Funding Still Available

LISSA Conference Funding is still available, and the big national conferences are upcoming this summer. Attending a LIS conference is a wonderful experience, and this funding is our way to help you have this experience.

Conference funding is available to any current SLIS students with priority given to LISSA members. Funding is available to all students. Everyone, particularly distance education students, are welcome to apply.

For more information about conference funding, please read the LISSA Conference Funding Guidelines

[Please note:Don't worry about deadlines on the above form. We still have funding available so we are extending deadlines, but we do need to know ASAP. Also, we cannot give money if you contact us after you have attended a conference.]

In order to be considered for conference funding, you must submit a Request for Conference Funds to a LISSA officer or to Dr. Tu, the LISSA faculty advisor. You will be notified about your application after it has been processed.

The mailing address is as follows:

Dr. Feili Tu
School of Library and Information Science
Davis College
1501 Greene Street
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Following the conference, you are required to submit your receipts along with a travel reimbursement voucher to Student Government. A reimbursement check will then be mailed to you.

Students are encouraged to share their conference experiences with others through SLISten UP! articles, presentations, or informal discussions.

MOVIE NIGHT!!! Friday, February 29th, 7:00 PM

Hey everybody!

I know you have been anxiously waiting for the weekly Happy Hour/SLIS
activity e-mail, so here it is with no delay!

MOVIE NIGHT!!!
Friday, February 29th, 7:00 PM

Grant Keyes has ever so graciously allowed us to use his place as a
gathering since my place is in a current state of disaster. (You can
e-mail him at grantdavidkeyes@hotmail.com if you need directions)

Bring a movie and/or snacks! We'll decide what movie to watch at 7:05
sharp! So come early and celebrate the Leap Year with us!

Adam

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SLIS STUDENTS - Faculty Candidate Visits

Hello fellow students,

As you know, we have many faculty candidates visiting SLIS over the next month or so. During these visits, each candidate has lunch with SLIS students. This is a chance not only for the candidate to learn more about SLIS, but also for students to learn more about the candidate. Student input about candidates is very important in the hiring process, so please attend these lunches and give your feedback.

Here are the next two student lunches with candidates:

Thursday, February 28th @ Noon
Davis College Room 112
Robin Moeller

Monday, March 3rd @ Noon
Davis College Room 112
Hemalata Iyer

Candidate resumes are available for viewing in Davis College, Room 113.

I hope to see many of you at the next student lunch!

-- Patrick McLaughlin

Friday, February 22, 2008

Student Services Blog Re-Vamped

The SLIS Student Services blog has been re-vamped. New postings will be added almost daily about everything and anything students need to know about graduation, assistantships, and other Student Services information.

To view the blog, just click here.

SLIS Colloquium: Davis College - Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm in Davis College Room 216

Hello everyone!

There will be a SLIS Colloquium on Thursday, February 28th, at 6:00pm in Davis College, Room 216. Kate Boyd, the Digital Collections Librarian for the University Libraries at USC, will be talking about digital librarianship. There will be pizza and soda served.

The colloquium will also be broadcast via Adobe Connect. The URL is: http://breeze.sc.edu/boydcolloquium/

Hope to see you all there in person or online next Thursday!

Medical Librarian Position

Medical Librarian

This full time position is a shared position between Foothills Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc.

Foothills AHEC partners with local communities and educators to increase the supply, education, and distribution of health care professionals throughout the 31 northeast Georgia county service area. Please visit our web site for additional information: www.foothillsahec.org

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the people of northeast Georgia. The hospital system is composed of a 418-bed inpatient, 285-bed skilled nursing system serving over 20 counties. For more information on services please visit our web site at http://www.nghs.com.

The Medical Librarian will be responsible for development and coordination of medical information services for the AHEC health care practitioners and students training in our region. Other duties include conducting needs assessment, planning and evaluation of the information service component of the AHEC. As a member of the NGHS Educational Services department, the Medical Librarian will be responsible for the delivery of medical library services to meet the needs of the hospital and medical staff. Responsibilities in both organizations include providing reference, information and instructional services.

Experience:

· ALA – accredited MLS

· Delivery of information services in the health sciences environment

· Effective communication/ presentation skills.

· Proficiency in writing instructional materials

· Proficient in Internet web page management/ database searching and Microsoft Office suite

· Some travel mostly within 31 county region.

Please mail (or fax 678-343-4874) resume and letter of interest with three references to Judy Canaday, Workforce Planning and Employment, Northeast Georgia Health System, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Responses made only to candidates selected for an interview. EOE

Experience Grandeur at McKissick

McKissick Museum

Friday, February 22, 2008, from 5:30 until 7:30 PM

Join us at McKissick Museum on Friday, February 22th, from 5:30 - 7:30
p.m., for a public gallery talk for our newest exhibit Grandeur Saved:

Photographs of the Aiken-Rhett House by Michael Eastman. Jill
Koverman,
Curator for Collections at McKissick and John Sherrer, Director of
Collections and Interpretation for Historic Columbia Foundation will
discuss the role of photography and preservation in South Carolina.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Aiken-Rhett House stands as one of the most significant, intact
antebellum, urban residences in the South. Its elaborate stables,
kitchen house and slave quarters have not been significantly altered
for
residential use. The house is listed on the National Register for
Historic Places and is being conserved as part of a *Save America*s
Treasures* grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and
the National Park Services. Eastman, an internationally recognized
photographer, was drawn to the house for many reasons * the richness of
the interior surfaces, its *unrestored* state, the building*s
architecture and the natural light. Eastman used long exposures to
capture the nuances of the natural light. He photographed the house in
the spring of 2005 and 2006.Grandeur Saved includes photographs of the
home*s interior and exterior, including the slave quarters, privy and
elegant living space. The largest photograph, *Sitting Room,
Charleston,* is 6 feet by 7 feet, and the others are 4 feet by 5 feet.

The exhibit also features decorative art objects from the Aiken-Rhett
House including china, silver and books.

The exhibit is on loan from the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South
Carolina. The Historic Columbia Foundation is collaborating with
McKissick Museum to sponsor this gallery talk and reception. For more
information on this event or other activities at McKissick Museum,
please contact Jill Koverman or Ja-Nae Epps at 777-7251.
submitted by: Ja-Nae M. Epps, M.A.

Internal Operations Manager
McKissick Museum
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New professional or student interested in special librarianship? SLA wants your opinion.

Posted on behalf of Anne Orange, SC/SLA President:

The Special Libraries Association (http://www.sla.org) plans to enhance its services for information professionals who have graduated in the last five years.

We're conducting a survey to gather input from new graduates and current students. Please help us by telling us what subject areas interest you, how you prefer to receive professional information, and how you see SLA as a partner in your career development.

There are 11 questions. You can respond in under 10 minutes. Click here to get started:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=KSXG_2bpPojuVogVu1G6POrQ_3d_3d

SLA First Five Years Task Force Chairs
Gayle Gossen and Christina de Castell

The Next LISSA Meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 26th at 4:00 pm in Davis College Room 112

Event: Next LISSA Meeting

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 26th

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Davis College Room 112

Refreshments will be served

Please join us for the next LISSA meeting. We will discuss the upcoming ALA and IFLA conferences this summer, as well as other up-coming events this semester.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

USC Lubuto Library Project Meeting Wednesday, March 5th at 8:30 in Davis 112

Event: USC Lubuto Library Project Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 5th

Time: 8:30 pm

Location: Davis 112

Refreshments will be served

The USC Lubuto Library Project will have its next meeting Wednesday, 5th at 8:30 pm in Davis College. They will discuss fundraising efforts to will raise money for Lubuto, which builds libraries in Africa for street children, the majority of whom are orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

Please join us.

Upcoming Archival Students Guild! (Feb, 27th at 5:00 pm in Davis 112)

Hello All:

The Archival Students Guild will hold its first meeting of the Spring Semester on Wednesday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m. in Davis 112.

Georgette Mayo, archivist at the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center and current Director of the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA), will be speaking to the guild regarding the upcoming SCAA conference. Georgette is a graduate of the dual degree program at USC and was an original co-founder and member of the Archival Students Guild.

The event is free and open to everyone. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email me, off list, at thomps34@mailbox.sc.edu.
Thanks!
-Santi

ASG is the student group dedicated to discussing and exploring issues pertaining to the archival profession. The group is open to USC students and there are no fees or requirements to join. For more information, see the outdated group website:
http://students.libsci.sc.edu/asg/welcome.html

[Posted on behalf of the Archival Student Guild]

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Talking Books Services Announces Student Art Gallery

Talking Book Services Library Announces Student Art Gallery

Columbia, SC - Visually impaired/blind K-12 students from across the
state will soon have their artwork on display at the South Carolina
State Library's Talking Book Services Library. According to Pamela
Davenport, "The idea to display student artwork was a result of
conversations with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
and will promote and educate the public about artwork of blind and
visually impaired students in South Carolina."

The artwork on display will include wall hangings and sculpture. The
gallery's aim is to promote and provide access to art for visually
impaired/blind people. Touching the artwork will be encouraged to
sighted as well as visually impaired visitors.

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and reception to open the
gallery on Wednesday, March 12, from 10:30am to noon at 1430 Senate
Street, Columbia, SC.

Contact:
Pamela Davenport
Director, Talking Book Services
803-734-8650
pdavenport@statelibrary.sc.gov

Award for Excellence in Graduate Study / Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Study

2008 Deadline: 21 March 2008

This award is for graduate students who have demonstrated achievement
in their graduate studies while a student at this University. Four
awards will be made. Nominations are made by individual graduate
programs.

2008 Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Study announcement:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/doclibrary/documents/GSD.2008.DeansAwardforExcellence.pdf

*********************

USC Education Foundation
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

2008 Deadline: 21 March 2008

Graduate programs are invited to submit nominations for the USC
EDUCATION FOUNDATION Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, to
be given to a graduate teaching or instructional assistant. The award
will be made on the basis of outstanding performance in teaching.

Two awards will be made, one for a teaching/instructional assistant in
humanities, social sciences, education, and related professional
programs, and one for a teaching/instructional assistant in science,
math, and related professional programs. Nominations are made by
individual graduate programs.

2008 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching Award announcement:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/doclibrary/documents/GSD.2008.OutstandingTeachingAward.pdf

Graduate Student Day: Research Presentation/Poster Competition and Creative Performances/Displays

Graduate Student Day (Wednesday, April 2, 2008)

Graduate Student Day is held annually in the Russell House on the first
Wednesday in April and traditionally consists of a presentation and
poster competition, and an awards ceremony. This year's Graduate Student
Day will also include selected creative exhibitions and performances,
with some of these being presented in the Russell House Theater on
Tuesday evening, 1 April 2008.

***

Research Presentation and Poster Competition (nomination deadline:
March 14, 2008)

The Presentation and Poster Competition is designed to provide graduate
students an opportunity to share their research and contributions with
the university and larger community. Entries in this category should be
research presentations or posters written and designed in a way so as to
be understandable to a generalist. For example, if your research is in
the sciences, then it should be understandable to any scientist (and not
only to an expert in your field). Oral presenters will have as much as
15 minutes for their presentation followed by 2-3 minutes for questions.
Presentations will be scheduled 20 minutes apart to allow for
transitions. Poster presenters will have a standard conference size
poster display upon which to affix their research poster.

Winners of the Presentation and Poster Competition are announced during
the Awards Ceremony.

Graduate students who wish to be nominated for this competition should
speak with their advisor and graduate director to obtain
department/program details about how to participate be nominated from
their unit. Some departments hold internal competitions to select their
representatives for the Presentation and Poster Competition. Others
departments may select participants in other ways.

Students who wish to and are selected to compete in the Presentation
and Poster Competition should submit to their graduate director an
abstract using the following webform:

Research Presentation and Poster Competition abstract submission form:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/webform/g-gsd1.php

Graduate directors should then complete the program nomination webform
located here:

Research Presentation and Poster Competition program nomination form:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/webform/g-gsd2.php

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Day faculty advisory
committee will make the final selection of participants from the
nominees submitted by the academic units.

***

Creative Performances and Displays (nomination deadline: March 14,
2008)

Creative Performances and Displays are designed to provide graduate
students an opportunity to showcase the products of their creative
endeavors with the university and larger community. Entries in this
category can include art installations, musical performance, dance or
theatre performance, readings of creative writing, etc. In the creative
performance category, participants will be alloted 15 minutes in which
to introduce their performance to the audience (provide relevant
background) and perform their piece. Performances will be spaced 20
minutes apart to allow time for transition and set up.

Participants in this category will not participate in a competition,
but instead will receive an honorarium for their contribution.

Graduate students who wish to be nominated for this category should
speak with their advisor and graduate director to obtain
department/program details about how to participate be nominated from
their unit. Some departments hold internal competitions to select their
representatives for the Creative Performances and Displays. Others
departments may select participants in other ways.

Students who wish to and are selected to perform or present in this
category should submit to their graduate director an abstract using the
following webform:

Creative Performances and Displays abstract submission form:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/webform/g-gsd1.php

Graduate directors should then complete the program nomination webform
located here:

Creative Performances and Displays program nomination form:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/webform/g-gsd2.php

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Day faculty advisory
committee will make the final selection of participants from the
nominees submitted by the academic units.

Stanley Dubinsky
Professor of Linguistics
Associate Dean
The Graduate School
U of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

803-777-1297
dubinsky@sc.edu
http://www.cas.sc.edu/LING/faculty/dubinsky/dubinsky.htm

Monday, February 18, 2008

SLA Meeting at Ft. Jackson. Students free but must register by 2/27

Winter 2008 SLA Meeting
February 29, 2008
The next meeting of the SC/SLA Chapter will be held at Ft. Jackson on
Feb. 29.
Below is the agenda for the day:

10:00-10:30 Registration with coffee and goodies

10:30-12:00 Program presentation by Dr. Samantha Hastings, Director,
School of Library and Information Science, University of
South Carolina.

Dr. Hastings will discuss her research work and recent developments at
the School of Library and Information Science.

12:00-1:00: Lunch at the Golf Club at Ft. Jackson. Wide variety of
soups, sandwiches, salads, etc. available. Pay at the restaurant
(prices range $4-7).

1:00-1:30 Brief chapter business meeting

1:30-3:00: Tours of special libraries at Ft. Jackson: Chaplains
Training Program Library; SSI (Training) Library; Lee Post Library.

Registration Fee: $5.00 for members; $8.00 for non-members;
students free. Pay at meeting.

Please pre-register by Feb. 27 by e-mailing directly to:

bobwill@sc.edu

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Trustee Fellowships (March 1, 2008 nomination deadline)

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a greatly expanded list of
Trustee Fellowships for 2008. The following awards will be made to
graduate students who exhibit excellence in graduate study, research,
and scholarship. Each program may nominate up to two students for these
awards, and these nominees must be ranked. All nominees will be
considered for all appropriate fellowships. Nomination must be made
through the Graduate Director.

George M. Reeves Fellowship ($750)
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing either a master's or doctoral
degree.

Dera D. Parkinson Fellowship ($1000)
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing either a master's or doctoral
degree.

C. C. Royal Fellowship ($2,500)
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing either a master's or doctoral
degree.

Charles Coker Fellowship ($3,500/2 awards)
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing either a master's or doctoral
degree.

Rhude M. Patterson Fellowship ($2,500/4 awards)
Awarded to female graduate students in the humanities and social
sciences.

Cecil Scott Fellowship ($2,000/4 awards)
Awarded to graduate students in counseling, psychology, and guidance.

This information is posted on the following webpage:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/support/index.html

A nomination form (for Graduate Program use only) is found here:
http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/doclibrary/documents/G-TFN.Trustee.Fellowship.Nomination.pdf


Stanley Dubinsky
Professor of Linguistics
Associate Dean
The Graduate School
U of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

803-777-1297
dubinsky@sc.edu
http://www.cas.sc.edu/LING/faculty/dubinsky/dubinsky.htm


Friday, February 15, 2008

LRRT Graduate Student Research Forum - Call for Papers

ALA's Library Research Round Table will host the
Graduate Student

Research Forum at the 2008 American Library Association Annual

Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Masters and doctoral students are encouraged to submit presentation

proposals. Presentations should be based on original research, eithe

completed or in process, and should not have been published prior to

the

conference. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of referees,

who will select three papers for presentation at the ALA Annual

Conference in Anaheim.

LRRT will reimburse each speaker for up to $500 in travel expenses.

Each presentation will be limited to 15 minutes, with additional time

for questions and discussion. Final papers of approximately 20 pages

are appropriate.

The submission should include:

1. A cover page with the author's name, title of the paper, and

author's contact information, including e-mail address.

2. A separate page that includes only the title of the paper and a

500-word abstract, summarizing the proposed presentation.

Submissions should be e-mailed in the form of Microsoft Word, RTF, or

PDF attachments, to:

Denice Adkins, Chair

LRRT Graduate Student Research Forum

adkinsde@missouri.edu

Deadline: April 15, 2008

--

Denice Adkins, Fulbright Scholar (Feb-Sep. 2008)

Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

***

Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia

E-mail: adkinsde@missouri.edu

Now Sold Out: All Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS calendars are now gone.

Now Sold Out: All Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS calendars are now gone. Thank you to all who bought copies. It has helped us raise approximately $1,200.00, which will be used to send students to the IFLA Conference in Quebec this August.

Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar is now part of the collection at the South Caroliniana

The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar is now part of the collection at the South Caroliniana Library

Click here to see our record in the USC Catalog.

To see the MARC record, click here.

All the students involved would like to thank the South Caroliniana for thinking our calendar is worth adding to their collection.

We would also like to thank all the participants and especially Grant David Keyes, Matt Landau, and Patrick McLaughlin for their hard work in conceptualizing and realizing the calendar.

We have raised approximately $1,200.00 toward our goal of sending students to the IFLA conference in Quebec this August via the calendar.

Applications for graduation

To Our May 2008 Applicants for Graduation:

We have received 110 applications for May graduation. Your applications have been copied, and the originals have been forwarded (on Feb 4 th) to the Graduate School for review. After the Graduate School receives and reviews them, they will forward the applications to the Registrar’s Office for processing. After their review, the Registrar’s Office will post receipt on VIP. This usually takes several weeks to complete; please keep checking.

The Student Services Office simply does not have the time to confirm receipt of graduation applications and adjustment forms for each of you; we will contact you when, or if, we need further forms or materials from you. We review each application for any errors, or required adjustment forms before we send them to the Graduate School or, if we find errors during our review in March-April, we will contact you. It is not too late during our reviews to adjust any errors.

Final clearance is completed when all grades are posted and all student records have been reviewed for graduation by our office. Final approval for graduation is then forwarded for each student to the Graduate School; note that this process takes place after commencement. Please note that we do not confirm individual clearance for graduation; as above, we will contact you if we are concerned about your graduation status and will work with you to resolve any issues.

From the Registrar’s Office: Your academic dean has up to thirty days after the commencement exercises to verify that all graduation requirements have been met and approve your graduation. If you ask us to hold your transcript until after your degree is posted, it will be mailed as soon as the approval is received from your academic dean, your current semester grades are recorded and your degree is posted. According to University policy, transcripts will be held if all financial obligations to the University of South Carolina are not properly satisfied.

Upon confirmation of graduation from the degree candidate's dean, the degree will be posted to the academic records. Degree candidates may wish to periodically check his/her Record of Academic Work for Advisement Only on the Academics tab of VIP to see if the degree is posted.

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate's permanent address. Diplomas are mailed to the graduates within the United States via first class mail, and to international addresses via registered airmail. May Graduates may expect to receive their diplomas in August.

Transcript requests must be in writing and signed by the student to whom the record belongs. To order a transcript of your University of South Carolina academic record, you may make the request in person on the third floor of Petigru College or send a written request to the Office of the University Registrar, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208-0001. You may also download the Transcript Request form on the Registrar’s site.

We appreciate your patience; the process is in good order. CHILL : )

Carol Williams
Manager, Student Services Manager


Carol Williams
Student Services Manager
School of Library and Information Sciences
University of SC
Phone: (803) 777-0270 Fax: (803) 777-0457

Hockey Night Friday and Other Ideas

Hockey Night Friday and Other Ideas

Hey everybody!

There have been some more discussions of other ideas for our SLIS
get-togethers. Expect some baseball and soccer games in the future (though
somebody better tell me where to find their schedules because I do not
follow them). Also, I really want to try and do that board game night
again (last time did not work out).

What I think is the coolest idea that was spoken last Friday night was
the idea of making a bunch of short films, say (3-4 minutes each give
or take). The uniting theme for the films is that each film would be set
to music like a favorite song or noise experiment (think a mixed tape
but with moving pictures). Then when we get them all done, maybe we
could get together somewhere and watch them. If you are interested in this
film idea, please send me an email at adverb@sc.rr.com as soon as
possible. I am thinking about holding a meeting next week to start planning
this out better because it is going to take some time.

Well I think that is everything. It probably isn't, but that is all I
got for right now.

Adam

[posted on behalf of Adam Vorobok: adverb@SC.RR.COM]

The School of Information & Library Science at the University of NC at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce its international summer seminars

The School of Information & Library Science at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce its international
summer
seminars for 2008.

Registration is now open to anyone interested in being part of the
summer
seminars in Prague, Czech Republic or Oxford, England. These
international
summer seminars can either be taken for academic credit or on a
non-credit
basis.

http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/oxford.htmlOxford,
England
Libraries and Librarianship: Past, Present and Future

SILS has partnered with Oxford University and its Department of
Continuing
Education to offer the opportunity to study libraries and librarianship
in
Great Britain at the world-renowned Bodleian Library from May 11 - May
24,
2008. Tours of many of the Oxford College libraries, the Oxford
University
Press, the Bodleian Library, and the British Library are included.

Visit
http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/oxford.html for more
information.

http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/prague.html Prague,

Czech
Republic
Libraries and Librarianship in the Czech Republic

Study in the Czech Republic is offered from May 25 - June 7, 2008.

Participants will see the libraries and facilities at central Europe's
oldest university, Charles University, which was founded in 1348. The
lectures provide a broad overview of libraries across the Czech
Republic and
will be supplemented with tours of libraries and other cultural
institutions
in Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic. Visit
http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/prague.html for more
information.

**All registrations must be received by March 1, 2008. The
registration
process is first-come, first-served, so act quickly to reserve your
spot!

Stephanie

**********

Stephanie B. Peterson
Student Services Assistant Manager
School of Information & Library Science
CB #3360, 100 Manning Hall
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
P: 919-962-0208
F: 919-962-8071
peterssb@email.unc.edu

University Archives Assistantship

The William Davis Melton Graduate Assistantship at the University of
South Carolina Archives is available in the fall of 2008 for a Library,
Public History, or History graduate student.

The Melton Assistantship involves a wide variety of duties, including
reference, filling copy orders, processing of collections, digitization
of collection materials, and assisting in the research and production of
exhibits relating to University and South Carolina history. You must be
able to lift boxes weighing 30-40 lbs. The majority of the collections
are 20th century and include visual materials, correspondence, and
publications.

Send vita and cover letter to:

Elizabeth West
South Caroliniana Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

or email to uscarchives@sc.edu

Run in the LISSA election - Decide by Wednesday, March 6th

LISSA is looking for SLIS students to run for office in the Spring 2008 LISSA election that will be held next month.

Not only is being an officer in LISSA a great way to get more involved in leadership roles at SLIS, but it looks great on a resume.

Please consider running for one of the following open positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer (see attachment for the roles and responsibilities of each position).

If you are interested in running for any of the positions, please e-mail me at patricklmclaughlin@gmail.com with a brief bio (including your name, a little bit about yourself, your area of interest at SLIS, and why you want to be President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer). We will accept names until March 6th. Online voting will be held from March 7th to March 14th.

Thanks,

--

Patrick McLaughlin

patricklmclaughlin@gmail.com

LISSA Officer Duties

(Quotations are from the Constitution)

President

“The President shall preside at all LISSA functions, head the Executive Committee, and have the authority to appoint all committee chairpersons and to create new committees. The President shall also provide leadership and act as chief spokesperson for the organization.”

  • Communicate with SLIS faculty, faculty advisor, and student body on behalf of LISSA
  • Act as point person for ALA Student Chapter communications and correspondence
  • Arrange for LISSA volunteers as needed for functions
  • Represent LISSA at request of faculty when possible
  • Announce meetings and agendas
  • Manage official Student Organization mailbox (2nd floor, Russell House)
  • Manage official Student Organization email, lissa@gwm.sc.edu
  • Manage unofficial LISSA email, slis_lissa@yahoo.com
  • Forward/distribute all LISSA correspondence to appropriate Executive committee members
  • Attend mandatory workshops required for Student Government compliance (e.g. alcohol workshop)

Vice President

“The Vice President of LISSA shall serve in place of the President when he or she is absent, and shall assume the Presidency, until the elections are held, should the office become vacant during a semester. The Vice President shall assist and advise the President on all executive decisions.”

  • Solicit member applications for Professional Development financial assistance to attend state and national conferences, and
  • Work with Treasurer to manage Professional Development paperwork and budget
  • Assist President with mandatory workshops (e.g. alcohol policy compliance)
  • Act as liaison between LISSA and USC community

Secretary

“The Secretary shall handle and keep a record of all LISSA business and correspondence, including, but not restricted to: recording minutes at all LISSA meetings; keeping an up-to-date file on all members; informing members of all LISSA meetings and activities.”

  • Mail new membership welcome letters – include LISSA sticker and membership card
  • Maintain database of locker owners
  • Update membership database with graduates
  • Forward list of graduates each term for LISSA appreciation certificates (to Liz Qunell)
  • Manage invitations for graduation receptions and other events as needed
  • Maintain LISSA Secretary’s Locker at Davis

Note – LISSA may use SLIS letterhead, envelopes, and postage for official business. Contact Carolyn Delton. LISSA may also use the Student Services copy machine. Contact Student Services for the key.

Treasurer

“The Treasurer shall handle all financial transactions of LISSA, including, but not restricted to: the collection of dues; managing all bank accounts; and recording all transactions in the appropriate books.”

  • Attend mandatory Treasurer’s workshop
  • Work with President to draft Budget for next fiscal year
  • Submit Budget (February)
  • Submit Student Organization Renewal form (September)
  • Oversee USC accounts and NBSC account
  • Supervise contracts for goods and services
  • Reimburse members for authorized expenses

Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting Seminar -- Tuesday, February 26, 2008 2:00 to 3:15 pm Close/Hipp Building (Moore School of Business), Room 204, & Online

Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting

Dr. Lara Lomicka Anderson and Dr. Lara Ducate, University of South Carolina

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Close/Hipp Building (Moore School of Business), Room 204

Description

This seminar will introduce the basics of blogs, wikis, and podcasting, and their potential uses in and out of the classroom. Examples of projects and assessment rubrics will be discussed.

View and Evaluate This Colloquium


Viewing requires Windows Media Player 9 or 10. Download it free here

[Note: Click on “Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting ½ hour before this event starts and click on “View Live” under the “View and Evaluate This Colloquium” section of the webpage that comes up. The link on this site will not be activated until ½ hour before the program starts, so I cannot post it to the LISSA blog)

About the Presenters

Lara Lomicka Anderson is an Associate Professor of French at the University of South Carolina. She participants in an award-winning intercultural project, Raison d'Etre, which involves telecollaboration (webcams and microphones), regular chat, email exchanges, podcasting, and a collaborative blog. She has published several articles on technology in Language Learning and Technology, CALICO Journal, System, and Foreign Language Annals, as well as an edited volume entitled Teaching Technologies and is the Software Review Editor for the CALICO Journal.

Lara Ducate is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Carolina where she also coordinates the lower division German program. Her research focuses on teacher training, weblogs and podcasts, and computer-mediated communication. She recently co-edited a volume on technology in foreign language teaching entitled Calling on CALL: From Theory and Research to New Directions in Foreign Language.

Graduate Student Day -- Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Graduate Student Day

(Wednesday, April 2, 2008)

Graduate Student Day is held annually in the Russell House on the first Wednesday in April and traditionally consists of a presentation and poster competition, and an awards ceremony. This year's Graduate Student Day will also include selected creative exhibitions and performances, with some of these being presented in the Russell House Theater on Tuesday evening, 1 April 2008.

Research Presentation and Poster Competition

The Presentation and Poster Competition is designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to share their research and contributions with the university and larger community. Winners of the Presentation and Poster Competition are announced during the Awards Ceremony.

Graduate students who wish to be nominated for this competition should speak with their advisor and graduate director to obtain department/program details about how to participate be nominated from their unit. Some departments hold internal competitions to select their representatives for the Presentation and Poster Competition. Others departments may select participants in other ways.

Students who wish to and are selected to compete in the Presentation and Poster Competition should submit to their graduate director an abstract using the following webform:

Research Presentation and Poster Competition abstract submission form (To be published)

Graduate directors should then complete the student abstract submission form into the program nomination webform located here:

Research Presentation and Poster Competition program nomination form (To be published)

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Day faculty advisory committee will make the final selection of participants from the nominees submitted by the academic units.

Creative Performances and Displays

Creative Performances and Displays are designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to showcase the products of their creative endeavors with the university and larger community. Participants in this category will not participate in a competition, but instead will receive a nominal honorarium for their contribution.

Graduate students who wish to be nominated for this category should speak with their advisor and graduate director to obtain department/program details about how to participate be nominated from their unit. Some departments hold internal competitions to select their representatives for the Creative Performances and Displays. Others departments may select participants in other ways.

Students who wish to and are selected to perform or present in this category should submit to their graduate director an abstract using the following webform:

Creative Performances and Displays abstract submission form (To be published)

Graduate directors should then complete the program nomination webform located here:

Creative Performances and Displays program nomination form (To be published)

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Day faculty advisory committee will make the final selection of participants from the nominees submitted by the academic units.

The Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony is an opportunity for academic units to recognize the research, teaching, and service achievements of their graduate students. This year's awards ceremony will be held in the Russell House Ballroom, 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Award Ceremony Participation Form

Awards Ceremony Program (To be published)

Schedule of Events

A competition schedule with exact presentation times and category assignments will be posted once the faculty advisory committee has made their final selection, usually 2 weeks before the event. Students participating in the competition are encouraged to attend the Awards Ceremony to receive their rewards; additionally, academic units and organizations will present awards to their outstanding graduate students. A reception for all participants will be held at 12pm, and the ceremony will promptly start at 1:45 p.m. Family, friends, and the community are welcome to attend.

Presentation and Poster Competition

Graduate Student Day Agenda (To be published)

Competition Schedule (To be announced)

Picture from the LISSA Service Day at the Harriett Hancock Community Center

The picture from the LISSA Service Day at the Harriett Hancock Community Center last Sunday, Feb. 10th. We helped organize the Center's library. Thanks to all who helped out.

To view the picture, just click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Faculty Candidate Presentation and Lunch: Renate Chancellor Feb. 21st 12:30 to 1:30 and Kendra Albright Feb. 22nd 10 to 11 in Davis 112

Faculty Candidate Presentations and Lunches:

Hello,

Next week, SLIS will have host two faculty candidates. They will lecture and be available afterward for lunchtime discussions. The dates and times are below:
  • Renate Chancellor Feb. 21st 12:30 to 1:30 in Davis 112
  • Kendra Albright Feb. 22nd 10 to 11 in Davis 112.
Please join us. This is your most direct opportunity to influence and shape your learning experience at SLIS. Also, it is always interesting and a lot of fun.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

ALA International Relations Committee Pen Pal Opportunity

The International Relations Committee of the American Library Associationis seeking your help in establishing relationships between students inyour program and students in library programs across the globe. IRC hassubcommittees representing regions of the world (Africa, East Asia and thePacific, Eurasia and Central Asia, Europe, Americas, and Near East andSouth Asia). Names of the chairs and membership of these committees can be
found at www.ala.org.

[You can just click here]

If you would be willing to help use find students who would be willing to establish communication with students in other countries, we would appreciate your help. IFLA is publishing a directory of international library and information science education programs later this year, so we should have contact information for you.

Students who do participate in this project may be able to meet their
counterparts because IFLA this year will be in Quebec City. This venue
will be somewhat less expensive for students who would like to attend IFLA
and join the wider world of librarianship.


ALA New Members Round Table Resume Review Program

This is a great opportunity for recent graduates, soon-to-be graduates, and in-school-job-hunters to have their resume reviewed and critiqued by an established library professional. Individuals can participate via e-mail or in person at Midwinter or Annual. I have personally participated in this program and found it to be very beneficial. Check out this link for details: http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/comm/ResumeReview.htm.

Information about serving on ALA New Members Round Table Committees

New Members Round Table (NMRT) Committees

Committees are a great way to network, particularly if you are financially unable to attend conferences. Information about the various NMRT committees can be found here: http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/comm/committees.htm or at our in-progress wiki: http://wikis.ala.org/nmrt/index.php/Section_4:_Committees. (I noticed that the Handbook Committee isn’t listed on the NMRT website for some reason, but the description is on the wiki.) The volunteer form is located here: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/ALA/nmrt/roster.html. NMRT’s official website is located at: http://www.ala.org/ala/nmrt/nmrt.htm.

General Information About the ALA New Members Round Table

Dear LIS Student:

We understand school is your main focus right now, but as a future librarian or information science professional, it's never too early to start planning your career. Get a head start on that career by becoming an active member of a professional association like the American Library Association (ALA)!

If you feel a little intimidated about working with long-time librarians, or are not sure where to start, consider joining the New Members Round Table (NMRT), one of several ALA Round Tables. NMRT membership is open to any member of the American Library Association who has been an ALA member for ten or fewer years. NMRT is a gateway to the profession and offers opportunities for you to develop leadership skills, build working relationships with colleagues, and learn about the profession as a whole. As an NMRT member, I cannot emphasize enough how beneficial NMRT membership has been to me.

As an NMRT member, we encourage you to take advantage of a number of services and programs to assist you in your professional development:

  • Have your resume evaluated by a professional librarian through the resume review service,
  • Apply for a NMRT sponsored scholarship or grant,
  • Attend NMRT ALA conference programs,
  • Take an active role in NMRT by volunteering for one or more NMRT committees.

Members of the Student and Student Chapter Outreach (SASCO) Committee of the New Members Round Table are here to help you to jump-start your career and take an active role in your career development. We invite you to join NMRT this semester, then get the most out of your membership by being an active member. Most prospective employers view association involvement favorably, as it demonstrates a commitment to service for the growth of your institution and profession.

Our committee is here to help you become informed about and involved in ALA and NMRT this semester. Please explore the NMRT website ( www.ala.org/nmrt) and check back frequently. We will be posting new information of interest to you throughout the semester!

Sincerely,
Marisa Glaviano
Student and Student Chapter Outreach (SASCO) Committee Member
mglaviano@westervillelibrary.org
614-882-7277 ext. 181


Pictures for the LISSA Field Trip to the National Archives in Atlanta

Pictures for the LISSA Field Trip to the National Archives in Atlanta are now available. Just click here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Photos for David Goble, Librarian of South Carolina, and his SLIS Colloquium January 29, 2008

Photos are now available for David Goble, Librarian of South Carolina, and his SLIS Colloquium January 29, 2008. Just click here.

Thank you very much Mr. Goble.

Please contribute to LISSA's Vision Statement via wiki

Hello everyone,

This is Matt and Travis. We need your input on LISSA's Vision
Statement. The vision statement will define what LISSA strives to achieve, no
matter how far off a goal that might be. For example, Travis would
like LISSA to send at least five students to a different national
LIS-conference every year. Please offer any ideas of your own that could
enrich the student experience.

Matt has been developing a wiki for his internship and hopes that we
can all meet at this URL:

http://129.252.169.180/mediawiki-1.11.1/index.php/LISSA_Vision_Statement

, to collaboratively construct this vision statement. This page is a
safe place to make mistakes because we have infinite undo capability.
And it is a place to effectively express your voice while listening to
the voices of others. Of course, ideas can be sent directly to Travis
at slis_lissa@yahoo.com, though the community will benefit more if these
ideas are published on the wiki. Matt is offering help in using this
wiki via email (mattlandau@yahoo.com), in-person (see him in Davis lab
most afternoons), and via a Breeze training session(s) (TBA).

This vision statement will not only guide the future of LISSA, but it
will also be used in our application for the ALA Student Chapter of the
Year. Last year, we were 2nd place. This year, considering so many people's involvement in LISSA's growing success, we've got a shot at
first. Please join us on the wiki and help improve LISSA's prospects.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Travis Ferrell and Matt Landau

PS When you click on the wiki's URL, your computer may give you a
warning message; however, the page is completely safe. Also, at this
point, no registration is required on the wiki -- please register if you
wish to be identified with your contributions. Also, you may notice the
look, feel, and function of the wiki changing as it is developed.

LISSA Service Event: Helping Mend Latino/a Children's Books at the Parent Information & Resource Center

LISSA Service Project: Helping Mend Latino/a Children's Books

Date: March 1st

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location:Parent Information & Resource Center
416 Black Avenue
Lexington, SC 29072

LISSA has a service project March 1st helping mend Latino/a Children's Books for the Parent Information & Resource Center.Please come if you can. It isn't hard work, but the more people we have the more good we can get done. You don't have to stay the whole time, but please RSVP if you can so that we know when to expect you.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Bakers Needed To Help the USC Lubuto Bake Sale

USC branch of the Lubuto Library Project (USC Lubuto) is having a bake sale on February 14th. All proceeds raised will go to the Lubuto Library Project, which builds libraries in Africa for street children, mainly HIV/AIDS orphans.

Just so there is no confusion, the USC Lubuto is a separate group from SLIS and LISSA. Mostly, its members are undergrads, but it is also open to all students on campus. Its mission is to raise money to contribute to Lubuto's efforts.

LISSA has an ongoing bibliographic research project for Lubuto and Jane Meyers, the president of the Lubuto Library Project, is going to be the LISSA Symposium Speaker Wednesday, April 2nd at 4:00 pm.

LISSA will also offer support to USC Lubuto (such as donating baked goodies for bake sales). If you would like to donate baked goods, please bring them by Davis College Wednesday, Feb. 13th and leave them in the refrigerator downstairs. LISSA will make sure it gets to USC Lubuto.

Thanks for your help!

Southern Writers Series at Richland County Public Library (RCPL) Main Branch (1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201)

Don't Miss The Southern Writers Series

The Friends of RCPL and the USC Institute for Southern Studies are sponsoring a Southern Writers Series at the Main Library. The series of book discussions and signings, which are free and open to the public, will all being at 6 pm

John Holman, Wednesday, February 20
John Kessel, Monday, March 5
Dorothy Allison, Monday, March 31
Jill McCorkle, Tuesday, April 8
John Hakes, Wednesday, April 23

Questions? Call 929-3475
RCPL Main Branch, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Position at Spartanburg Day School


Position available:

Spartanburg Day School
Full time Librarian\Media Specialist for established, independent
school

500 Students grade 4K-12th grade
Located in Spartanburg, SC (upstate, near Greenville)
Warm, family-oriented enviroment
Authorized IB World School

For more information about the school: www.spartanburgdayschool.org

For more information about the position or to send resume and schedule
an interview:

May Kay Deese mary.deese@sdsgriffin.org
(864) 579-8633

Thursday, February 7, 2008

LISSA Social: Happy Hour This Friday, 7 pm at the Whig

[Posted on behalf of Adam Vorobok]

Hey all,

Thanks to the Georgia students for coming out to the
National Archives and to Patrick for the kicking hockey
tickets.

To the South Carolina students, come out Friday night
7pm to the Whig. Let's see if we can control the jukebox
all night.

Adam

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Distance Learning, Powerpoint and Access for Users with disabilities

Webinar Tuesday February 12 at 2 PM Eastern EASI will
present an interactive, live Webinar on how to take a
PowerPoint presentation and put it on the Web for
maximum accessibility for everyone including students,
staff, faculty and others with various disabilities.
The Web page output provided in the PowerPoint menu
causes a number of problems for this audience when the
content is uploaded to the Web.

The February 12 Webinar will look at 2 inexpensive
tools that greatly facilitate this process. Most of
the time will be devoted to a presentation on LecShare
and demonstrating how its wizard will walk a
non-technical person through the few steps that are
required to provide a high quality product.

You can read more about this Webinar and register for
it at
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm
Registering will both save a seat in the Webinar room
and will later get you a link to the recording of this
presentation.

Norman Coombs
CEO EASI
http://easi.cc

Check out EASI New Synchronous Clinics:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm
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

New Children's Book Festival Program - Call for Master and PhD Student participation

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Naidoo.]
Colleagues- Attached is an announcement regarding a new program
associated with the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at
the University of Southern Mississippi, home of the deGrummond
Children's Literature Collection. Please circulate it to
students who may be interested. The DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
IS MARCH 1st, 2008.

I am also sending it to ChildLit, so please forgive duplicate
postings.

Catharine


Catharine Bomhold, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director,
Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

School of Library and Information Science
The University of Southern Mississippi

childrensbookfestival.org

Mailing address and phone:
118 College Drive, Box 5146
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Voice: (601) 266-6807
Fax: (601) 266-5774

Join us for the First Annual Celebration of Latino Children's Literature

[Posted on behalf of Dr. Naidoo.]

Join us for the First Annual Celebration of
Latino Children's Literature:
http://www.libsci.sc.edu/latinoconf/index.htm


SLIS Calendar on Lipstick Librarian's blog!

[Posted on behalf of Adam Vorobok]

And the mass exposure continues!

Check it out: http://www.lipsticklibrarian.com/blog/

Adam

Monday, February 4, 2008

Congratulations to Santi Thompson!

[Posted on behalf of Connie Schulz)

Santi Thompson has just sent me word that the National Council on Public History has notified him that he has been awarded the NCPH Prize, and accompanying travel award of $500 to attend the meeting and receive the award, for the "Best Student Project" in Public History in 2007. Santi won the award for his internship project, “The LGBTQ Archive at the South Caroliniana Library,” a multi-faceted approach to documenting the Gay and Lesbian community in Columbia and starting a Gay and Lesbian archive of collections at the SCL. Santi worked with Nick Merriwether on this project. As far as I know or remember, this is the first time ever that an archival project has been given this award. it is also the third time since 2000 that the major national organization in the field has recognized a USC student with the award. Santi is completing his third year in the Joint MA/MLIS degree program, and expects to graduate in May of 2008.

Congratulations Santi!!!

Connie Schulz


Haiti Library Project Day Sunday, March 30th starting at 10 am in the Davis College Computer Lab

LISSA will have a Haiti Library Project Day Sunday, March 30th starting at 10 am in the Davis College Computer Lab. We will work on a card catalog for a school library in Haiti that cannot afford an electronic infrastructure.

We will also accept the following items for the children at the school:

* Boys Underwear (new) -- all sizes
* Socks (new) -- all sizes
* Blue Ink Pins
* Scarfs or Bandannas
* Hair Ribbons (or any hair pins, ornaments)
* Matchbox cars

You can drop off this items the day of the service project or anytime between now and then, whether or not you can attend March 30th. There is a box in Davis Room 110 that will be under the table to the left as you walk in the room. It has a been clearly labeled.

You can drop off items continuing through the end of this school year. For more information about donations (including donating money), please click here.

Haiti Library Project

This is Travis. LISSA is working with Drusilla Carter to help a school in Haiti. We have worked to help produce a card catalog for the school's library, but it has been requested that we help the children at the school with a few necessities.

For the next school year, LISSA will have a collection box in Davis Room 110. I will periodically drop off requested items to Drusilla or she will pick them up when she is in town..

Here is what has been requested:

  • Boys Underwear (new) -- all sizes
  • Socks (new) -- all sizes
  • Blue Ink Pins
  • Scarfs or Bandannas
  • Hair Ribbons (or any hair pins, ornaments)
  • Matchbox cars
The box in 110 will be under the table to the left as you walk in the room. It has a been clearly labeled.

These kids haven't had too many breaks in life. If sometime from now to the next school year you can drop some of these items off, it would be very much appreciated.

When I first put this message out on the listservs this summer, a number of distance ed students asked me if they could send money. Check donations can be made to either:

  • "St. Mary's Episcopal Church" (for education sponsorship donations, to give money to pay for the kids to go to the school)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Donors should write "Haiti Children's Education Fund" in the memo section of the check.
OR
  • "Mission Aviation Fellowship" (to by supplies for the school, whatever is most needed)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Donors should write "Haiti Ministries" in the memo section of the check.
You can mail items or enclosed checks to the following:

Drucilla Carter
Chesterfield County Library
119 W Main St
Chesterfield, SC 29709


Thanks to everyone who has given so far. The box is full right now, and we will keep this up at least for this school year. We also plan to do a few more days of card catalog making this semester, so we will keep you posted.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Please Complete the Graduate Student Stipend Survey 2008

From the Graduate Student Association:


Dear USC Graduate Student:

We need your help! The Graduate Student Association would like to get
your feedback on a number of issues affecting you and your family.
Please fill out the survey regarding your assistantship, sources of
income, monthly bills, and satisfaction with your program. This
information will be used as part of a presentation on recommendations to
the administration about how to improve the graduate student's quality
of life and how to attract top students to the University of South
Carolina. This survey is extremely important for any of these efforts,
so please take a few minutes to complete it.

Your individual responses will be kept confidential, and if you have
any questions or concerns please contact the GSA at 777-2477 or email
curtisrt@gmail.com. Please complete this survey no later than Friday,
February 15th, 2008 at 5pm.

The link to complete the survey is:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=tgEwCATt_2bzbpsbbVl9c_2bzA_3d_3d

Thank you in advance,
Graduate Student Association Stipend Committee

Friday, February 1, 2008

LISSA Service Project: Sunday, Feb. 10th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Harriet Hancock Community Center (1108 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC 29205)

LISSA will have a Service Project at the Harriet Hancock Community Center (1108 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC 29205) Sunday, Feb. 10th from 10 am to 4 pm.

We will help organize the the Community Center's library, and there will be FREE PIZZA!

Volunteers do not have to stay the whole time, and may start at any time during the day. Please e-mail by Saturday, Feb. 10th to let us know that you are coming about the time you expect to arrive.