Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Do note that it's a little jumpy at parts... we were trying out a new webcam tonight and are working out the kinks.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar 2011 : Hot Covers
Now Available To Order!
Just in time for the holidays, this year's helping of Grade-A, ALA-certified Guy-brarians is back!! Last year we took librarianship to a new level with twelve months of movie themed bliss. The calendar featured your favorite grad students from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. This year, the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) is bringing you all the hits with a calendar that celebrates your favorite album covers through the years. This combination of hilarity and stereotype-challenging fun is in its fourth year of publication and has been sold across the globe!
"Wow, this calendar offers 12 months of mildly attractive librarians?"
YES! But wait, there's more!
(It's ok if you're not even reading at this point; just click "Add to Cart" and we'll be even) Does the calendar include important national and state conference dates so you can plan the year's conferences around a bevy of studly cart jockeys? Look no further! There's even a convenient button below to make the process as painless as searching your favorite database.
All proceeds from sales will be used to fund SLIS students' attendance at major conferences, assuring you can meet them in person!
These calendars make amazing stocking stuffers or desk toppers! Share this to your friends and family! Quantities are limited and hand packaged so allow a few days extra for delivery.
(Pricing: $12 per calendar, $3 shipping or purchase in person from Davis College or from any of our LISSA officers or members)
Monday, April 12, 2010
I mean, watch the cute video.
For more ideas regarding libraries and technology, you would do well to consult Michael Stephens's website at http://tametheweb.com
Friday, April 9, 2010
If you care about the future of books, you need to understand the Google Book Settlement. It's a complicated legal document, but we've talked to some of its architects, detractors, and defenders - and break it all down for you.
Source Link: 5 Ways the Google Books Settlement Will Change The Future of Reading
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Contents include, but are not limited to:
- Letters from LISSA President Chess Schmidt and SLIS Director Samantha Hastings
- Information about a new LISSA cohort
- Notes from the LISSA social chair
- Spartanburg Jamboread
- Important dates
- "Bright Star" movie review
The District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries is offering a stipend for one graduate library/information studies school student to attend the MLA 2010 conference in Washington, DC May 21-26, 2010. The stipend will cover the full conference registration fee at the MLA student rate ($195) plus the MLA student membership fee ($40) for 2010 and a one-year membership in DCAHSL. Transportation, meals and other expenses are the responsibility of the student.
About Us: District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries (DCAHSL) - formerly called the District of Columbia Health Sciences Information Network (DOCHSIN) - is the only local organization in the metropolitan D.C. area offering membership to both institutions and individuals involved in the field of health sciences information. Formed in 1973 as a cooperative effort between the three D.C. medical schools and their affiliated hospitals, its initial goal was to foster resource sharing and joint projects. That goal continues today in response to the rapidly evolving technologies and ever-changing economy of the health care industry. During the past 29 years membership has expanded to include librarians, libraries, organizations and individuals interested in health sciences information. DCAHSL's purpose is:
**To exchange ideas and discuss problems and issues of concern to health science libraries and librarians.
**To promote a more thorough knowledge of health sciences librarianship by instructive programming and sponsorship of continuing education courses.
**To encourage and establish cooperative resource sharing projects among members.
Eligibility: Applicants must be a currently enrolled graduate library/information studies school student who lives, works or attends school in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Students who live or work in the DC metro area and attend school through an online or commuter program outside the area are eligible to apply.
Requirements: The student who is awarded the stipend must:
1. Provide a brief report on her/his conference experiences at the June 28, 2010 DCAHSL meeting. The report can include a summary of interesting sessions attended, networking connections made, career opportunities identified, or other experiences. [If attendance is not possible at the June 28 DCAHSL meeting, a written report may be submitted.]
2. Volunteer at the MLA2010 Hospitality Booth for at least a two-hour session during the conference.
Application Process: Applicants must submit on or before April 15th an email application including a short statement (no more than 200 words) describing her/his interest in medical or health sciences librarianship and what she/he hopes to gain by attending the conference. The email application should include the following: Name, Address, School, and E-mail address.
Interest Statement: no more than 200 words about your interest in medical or health sciences librarianship and what you hope to gain by attending the conference
Also include this section:
"I certify that I am currently enrolled as a student in a graduate program in library/information studies. I understand that if I am awarded the stipend, I will be responsible for all expenses other than the student registration fee, I will volunteer for at least two hours at the MLA2010 Hospitality Booth, and I will provide a brief report of my experiences at the Conference at the June 28 DCAHSL meeting.
Signature: (type your name to certify your understanding of the above statement)"
DUE DATE: Submit your application by April 15 by email to Elizabeth Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS: Please contact Elizabeth Norton at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Applications due by April 23, 2010
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI's founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to a student pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:
- Commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;
- Interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;
- Positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and
- Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.
The fellowship is in the amount of $5000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years to a student in a graduate program.
“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul--positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination--are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher, " wrote Philip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student: "Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined."
Cal Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops, in a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.
More information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process are available at http://www.cni.org/pepfellowship/.
Where: SC State Library Administrative building (the one without the lions)
When: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 from 3:00 -5:00 PM
From Fearless Leader Chess:
I am EXTREMELY excited to announce the LISSA Symposium this year! Each year the Library and Information Science Student Association works extra hard to bring you the best speakers and this year we have FIVE. The topic for this panel originated from a concern that once we leave library school with grandiose professional goals and ideals, what happens when we hit the real world where libraries are in constant change? This is a really exciting chance to get a view of the entire scope of our profession and ask questions about where everything is heading.
Also note: this Symposium ends with enough time to attend the Deans and Director's Lecture with the wonderful Dr. Michael Stephens that evening at 6:00PM in the Callcott Social Sciences Center (http://www.libsci.sc.edu/deans_directors/index.htm).
The panel consists of representatives from:
Academic Libraries - Morgan Montgomery from Claflin University
Public Libraries - Drucilla Carter from Chesterfield County Library (SC)
Archives - Georgette Mayo from Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture - College of Charleston
Special Libraries - Reece Dano from Ziba Design
School Libraries - Kristen Lawson from Chapin Elementary School
Note the front page announcement on our webpage for all this info, bios and pictures: http://www.libsci.sc.edu/lissa2010/panelmarch.html
Can't attend in person? Come to the Breeze/Adobe Connect session:
Start Time: 04/07/2010 2:45 PM
Take time out of your day to attend this. Trust me. This will be special! Any questions or comments should be directed to Chess at castlemyking[at]gmail[dot]com
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The LISSA 10k Run/Walk is coming up on Saturday, March 20th at 2PM and we need everyone's help! Not only do all submissions go towards the ALA Haiti relief fund (check out this link to learn more on this great effort to rebuild libraries in Haiti http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/iro/iroactivities/haitirelieffund.cfm ) but also, the tradition of the president having to do humiliating things still stands! If we earn $250, SLIS President Chess Schmidt will do the 10k with shaved legs. If we earn $500, he will shave his head (he has NEVER shaved his head before). If we earn $750, he will shave his beard (4 months in the making that he grew specifically for the Columbia Beard and Mustache Club). The pledge form is attached and ready for you to collect money!
The 10k spans the riverwalk in Columbia, SC (or can be held at a comparable location anywhere!) from River Front Park in downtown Columbia to Broad River Road. Check the location here http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&safe=active&client=safari&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=118048765085049805956.00045ae1ff8a06d52090f&ll=34. 003577,-81.02932&spn=0.047602, 0.095186&z=14
All proceeds go to the ALA Haiti Relief Fund! While supporting local libraries is very important, we can't ignore the importance of libraries to this vital recovery effort in Haiti. Come join us or donate to sponsor a LISSA member! Information about the Haiti Relief Fund and ALA's involvement can be found here: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/iro/iroactivities/haitirelieffund.cfm
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The William Davis Melton Graduate Assistantship at the University of South Carolina Archives is available beginning May 2010 for a Library, Public History, or History graduate student. (Student must be enrolled in summer session to be hired during summer. Otherwise position will start with fall semester).
The position offers the opportunity to learn a wide variety of archival skills, including reference, processing of collections, digitization of collection materials, and assisting in the research and production of exhibits relating to University and South Carolina history.
Must be able to lift boxes weighing 40 lbs and work 10 to 20 hours per week (20 is preferred). Salary is $9.50 per hour.
Send vita to
South Caroliniana Library
Columbia, SC 29208
or email to email@example.com
Monday, February 22, 2010
The ERMD Student Award recognizes a student who is especially interested in pursuing a career as an information professional dealing with environment and resource management issues. The award is $500.00, plus a $750 reimbursement award if the student comes to the SLA annual meeting in New Orleans. The student must be enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program. This award is meant to promote both current and future involvement in and commitment to the library and information science profession prior to, during, and after the master's program.To be considered for the award, a student must be an SLA member and write a 300-500 word essay describing his or her interest in the issues facing information professionals in the environment and natural resources fields. Essays should be labeled with the student's name, contact information, and educational institution. Deadline for receiving submissions is March 15, 2010. Please send submissions via email to Rosemary Hardy at ermdessay[at]gmail.com
The award will be presented at the SLA Annual Conference in June. The winner is encouraged, but not required, to attend the annual conference.
The Jean Outland Chrysler Library Cataloging Fellowship is open to graduate students in good standing in a library science, information studies, preservation, archives or related program. You must have experience in technical services and cataloging or have significant coursework in relevant areas, have knowledge of MARC, LCSH, AACR2 and DDC. Also, you must have familiarity with art history research materials, demonstrate good computer skills and familiarity with searching bibliographic database, and be detail oriented, organized and flexible with the ability to work independently to be eligible for this award. Cataloging Fellows will have the opportunity to work on a variety of cataloging and technical services projects within the library. Applicants must be able to commit to 10 consecutive weeks of employment.
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
- Historic Preservation and Conservation
- Library Assistant
- Library Science
- Museology/Museum Studies
- Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Please visit the sponsor's Web site for additional information.
MLIS students are invited to meet and have lunch with a prospective faculty member during this part of the faculty search process. The meeting is with Karen Gavigan. Lunch is provided but for all of those who can't make it, this breeze session will give you a chance to ask questions and join in the conversation.
The lunch and chat with the candidate will be in Davis 112 from 12:30 - 1:30 today, Monday. This is a great way to have an informal chat with someone who might be your next professor! If you are not able to attend, see the link to the adobe breeze meeting below.
Monday, February 15, 2010
The above link leads to a conference from February 8th and 9th of this year about technology in libraries. Check out the individual sessions -- you're bound to find something that applies to your interests! A few of the topics, for instance...
- Library Grants 101
- Funding For Broadband
- Implementing Reliable Instant Messaging at Your Library
- M&M: Maximum Marketing / Minimum Investment
Thursday, February 11, 2010
From Jeffery Makala
Entries are invited from students currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina for the University Libraries Student Book Collecting Award, carrying a first prize of $250. The award is sponsored by the Thomas Cooper Society, which initiated it in 1993 to encourage beginning book collectors. A list of previous winners and the topics of their collections is available at: http://www.sc.edu/library/spcoll/bookcoll/winners.html.
The collection may be in any field or may emphasize some particular area of interest within a subject. Collections may illustrate a certain bibliographical feature such as edition, illustration, typography, binding, &tc. Books and printed documents in all formats are acceptable for submission. Materials submitted by entrants must be owned and have been collected primarily by them. Entries should be submitted by March 31, 2010 and should include the following:
a) A brief essay (2-3 pages, double-spaced) describing how and why the collection was assembled and its plans for future growth and development.
b) An annotated bibliography of selected titles (about 25-40) from the collection.
c) A cover sheet listing the entrant’s name, address, phone and email contacts.
N.B.: The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere on the entry except on the cover sheet. If submitting electronically, please try to send as PDF files to retain all original formatting. Entrants may wish to look over a previous successful entry to get ideas on arranging their material: a folder of such entries is on hold in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.
A panel of three judges will evaluate the anonymous entries. Each entrant’s essay and bibliography will be evaluated on how well they illustrate the concept of the collection. The discussion of the collection’s strengths and goals should reflect some planning and knowledge of the field. The winner will be asked to exhibit selected items in Thomas Cooper Library in April-May 2010. The winning entry will also be submitted to the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, co-sponsored by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division and Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. The university’s 2007 winner was a runner-up in the national contest.
Entries should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, to: Jeffrey Makala, Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, Columbia SC 29208. or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Library Patron Assistant
Are you thinking of a career in a public library? Would you like some general experience and exposure to a recognized public library system?
Volunteers at our information desk greet and offer assistance to our Main library patrons and visitors. Some of their responsibilities include providing customer service support to patrons using the express computers located behind the information desk, answering general information questions about the library, directing patrons to meeting rooms and other areas of the library, and searching for books by title and author at the request of patrons.
This is an excellent volunteer position for an outgoing individual who enjoys working with the public and has excellent customer service skills. Positions are available on alternate Wednesday mornings from 9-12 and alternate Sunday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. This position does require orientation training and a minimum volunteer commitment of six months.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Job Type: Fulltime
Job Status: Director
Job Description: Director,
Salary: $45,000-$55,000, with good benefits.
How to apply: Send resume and letter of application: Attn: Chester County Library Search Committee; Cindy Goettshh,; Chester County Council; PO Box 580; Chester, SC 29706.Chester_Job_Application.doc
The Library Fellow will provide service in the award winning James E. Walker Library within an area related to his or her academic preparation and the needs of the Library. The Fellow will be expected to devote significant time to the completion of the dissertation. The Library Fellow will also work with a library faculty mentor and will be involved with co-curricular activities including the University’s cultural diversity initiatives.
For more information >>>
The BRASS Gale/Cengage Student Travel award is a $1000 cash award given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. Applicants should have demonstrated interest in a career as a business reference librarian, and a potential to be a leader in the profession as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications.
More information as well as the nomination form can be found here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/awards/studenttravel/index.cfm
Please send the complete nomination or application packet in electronic format to the BRASS' Gale/Cengage Student Travel Award Committee Chair Diana Wu at diana.wu[at]sjsu.edu with this subject line: BRASS Gale/Cengage Student Travel Award.
Was one volunteer opportunity for South Carolina's premiere Book Festival on Feb 26-28th not enough for you?? Do you just not want to fill out the form (sooo boring)? Have I got a deal for you! I need volunteers that can help set up, manage and watch our own SLIS booth at the festival! We will one or two people to help set up the booth on Friday and many more to help with the booth on Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested email Hellen Fellers (helenfellers[at]sc.edu) or call 803-734-8207 with your name, email, phone number, and what day you are interested in volunteering. Show up and represent LISSA's pride of our school to all of South Carolina's book lovers!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I'm writing to share information with you about the British Studies Program offered by The University of Southern Mississippi and consortium partners, and to ask for your help in providing information about this program to students who may be interested. If appropriate, would you please pass along the following information to members of the organization you advise?
In July 2010 students will once again have the opportunity to study library science in London through a four-week course offered by the British Studies Program. For details on the program visit http://www.britishstudiesprogram.org
The program is offered July 1 – August 1, 2010. Each of the 20 courses offered carries six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Southern Miss offers the program through a consortium of 14 U.S. colleges and universities, and each year 150-200 students from across the U.S. take part in British Studies. Credit is transferable; we recommend you check with your home institution regarding its policies for credit transfer.
Students participating in the library science course will learn about famous authors and collections. Distinguished British scholars and lecturers will provide instruction as well as guided tours of a variety of British libraries, museums, and archives. Students will accompany instructors to sites such as Oxford and Stratford, and explore sites of interest on their own. A historic recreation of the Globe Theater is within walking distance on the south bank of the Thames and you may purchase tickets to a Shakespeare production.
The British Studies Program stays in central London at King's College in one of their dormitories. The rooms are small, but everyone gets a private room with fridge and private bath. Everyone has access to a shared kitchen and the dorm has a large courtyard which serves as a social center of the program. Participants quickly make friends with the students in their class as well as students from across the country.
The dorm is on Stamford Street, approximately a hundred yards from Waterloo Station. The central location puts you just a few minutes' walk from Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and the theater district. Most people walk when they're headed to central London because it's so close.
The cost for the program is $5,799 for undergraduates and $5,999 for graduates. This price includes tuition, air travel, housing, and academic travel, including a four-day trip outside London to places such as Edinburgh, Paris, Normandy, and Brussels. Qualified students can usually get financial aid just as if this were a course you were taking in the U.S. You apply through your local financial aid office. The International Programs office at Southern Miss is more than happy to provide you with information and assistance regarding financial aid and credit transfer.
Feel free to contact us with any further questions regarding this course of the program in general. For more information about the program visit our website:
Hope to see you in London!
librarian/media specialist to commence work in August 2010.
The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the full
life of the school by coaching athletic teams or supervising
Location: Small town in Virginia
Work Begins: August 2010
Compensation: salary, benefits, and housing
Requirements: MLS or comparable degree. Excellent communication and
leadership skills. Strong academic record. Teacher certification not
To apply, visit our website and complete the online application:
Attached is information regarding the Hewins Scholarship, which is geared more towards those seeking to do library work with children (preference to those interested in public libraries). The application deadline is May 1, 2010. Check it out!