Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SLISten Up! Spring Edition

Attached you will find the Spring 2010 edition of the student newsletter, SLISten Up! Click here to view:

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

Library/Information Studies Student Stipend for Registration Fees for MLA2010

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

QUESTIONS: Please contact Elizabeth Norton at if you have any questions.

2010 LISSA Elections

Saturday, April 3rd at midnight is the deadline to nominate yourself for a LISSA officer position for the 2010-2011 academic year! Please e-mail Natalie Couch off the listserv ( with your name, a brief bio of yourself, your area of interest at SLIS, and why you want to be President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer if you wish to run. This bio will help your fellow classmates vote in the upcoming election. If you are unsure about officer responsibilities, please see this document for more details:
If you are considering running but are not yet a LISSA member, it isn't too late! You can visit the LISSA blog and pay your membership dues (only $15 for a lifetime membership): LISSA does so many wonderful things to foster the professional environment at SLIS and create a sense of community. Consider joining and/or running today!

Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

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

LISSA Symposium Next Week: You're Invited!

What: Challenging New Library Leaders: A Panel on Maintaining Professional Goals in a Time of Flux
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 (

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:
Can't attend in person? Come to the Breeze/Adobe Connect session:
Start Time: 04/07/2010 2:45 PM
Duration: 02:30

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

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Haiti Relief Fundraiser 10k Walk/Run March 20th 2pm

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 ) 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 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:

Pledge forms:



Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Robert V. Williams Graduate Student Research Award

The Robert V. Williams Graduate Student Research Award encourages graduate students in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) to do research in the field of Library and Information Science. All currently enrolled students and previous semester graduates are eligible for the award. Papers submitted may use any type of research methodology but must be research oriented. Submissions may come directly from faculty or students. Certificates will be awarded to the winter(s) of the award at Graduate Student Day with monetary award(s) of $100. Deadline for receipt of the submitted papers is March 20, 2010.

Please submit to

Graduate Assistantship Available at University Archives for 2010-2011

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

Elizabeth West

South Caroliniana Library


Columbia, SC 29208

or email to