Friday, November 18, 2011

Student Essay Competition

Essay Contest at the University of South Carolina
to be recommended to the ALA Student-To-Staff Competition

Topic: What do you hope to learn from attending and volunteering at the ALA annual conference? In what ways will this contribute to your long-term professional development?

Essay requirements: The essay should be approximately between 750-1,000 words in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. The essay should be double spaced with a cover page. The cover page should list your name and email address – do not include your name on the actual essay.

To be eligible for the essay competition, you:
Must be a member of LISSA (if you are unsure, email Meredith at
Must be an ALA student member (to be recommended for the program)
Must be a current student at the time of the ALA conference (Summer 2012) or recent graduate (no earlier than May 2012)

Essay is due JANUARY 9th, 2011 (first day of Spring classes)

About the Student-To-Staff Program:

"Each year 40 library students are chosen to assist ALA staff during ALA Annual Conference. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 20 hours), these students receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, they may attend programs and participate in other conference activities." Basically, the program covers everything except travel.
More information can be found here-

About this year's annual conference:
The 2012 ALA Annual Conference will be June 21-June 26, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (FUN!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar 2012: Master Pieces, Now Available for Order

LISSA is proud to announce the new

Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar 2012: Masterpieces
MAMoS 12

It's that time of year again. LISSA’s international sensation, the Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar is in its fifth year. Last year we rocked you all year ‘round with our cleverly shot Hot Covers, an ode to famous album covers. The calendar featured your favorite 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) has aimed high with a new 12 months of artistic delight! With Master Pieces we aim to please with 12 photographs (plus 1 cover) inspired by works of art by masters through the ages!

"Wow, this calendar offers 12 months (plus 1 cover) of mildly attractive librarians?"

YES! But wait, there's more!

Do you find yourself wondering when the next library-related state conference or national conference begins? We’ve thought of that! This hot-off-the-presses calendar has conferences listed for your planning pleasure.

We’ve included a convenient button below to make the process as painless as searching your next generation catalog.

All proceeds from sales directly support SLIS student involvement in and attendance at professional conferences, assuring you a chance to meet them in person.

These calendars make excellent holiday stocking stuffers and desk-toppers! Share this link with your friends and family! Quantities are limited and hand packaged so allow a few days extra for delivery.

(Pricing: $12 per calendar plus $3 shipping or purchase in person from Davis College or from any of our LISSA officers or members)

Make checks payable to "LISSA" and put "Calendar" in the memo field. On a separate sheet please provide us with your name, email and address.

Mail your checks and the above information to:

School of Library and Information Science
Atten: Calendar
University of South Carolina
1501 Greene Street
Columbia SC, 29208

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Library of Human Imagination

I just wanted to pass along this TedTalks (which I happen to be addicted to!) from Jay Walker, speaking about the Library of Human Imagination.

He talks about some different items in the museum (some space stuff, a big bible, you know) and then shows photos of the inside of the museum.... and wow! This is definitely something worth watching... and it is not that long anyways!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Colloquium

If you missed the September colloquium, then you missed an awesome opportunity to hear techniques for getting your (future) archive or library catalog extra internet attention. In the past few years, Brian Cuthrell has been working to bring more attention to USC's awesome South Caroliniana library.
Perhaps his biggest suggestion is to piggy-back on a larger/related collection. He showed examples from the South Caroliniana catalog of links to fellow academic archives (Duke University) and local resources (Lowcountry Digital Library). Brian explained how these links create a greater web experience for patrons and… it just makes logical sense to create a link between two university catalogs if each has a document related to a specific South Carolina army base, for example.
I personally think this also means that archiving is just one big happy family! :)

Brian also made the following practical suggestions when cataloguing digital artifacts:
*Identify as much about the item as possible
*Avoid ambiguous language
*Use standard headings but also cross reference with common language search terms
*Sort items in a logical way
*Be accurate and specific

Brian ended by mentioning that "maybe we spoon feed our researchers but..."
I, quite frankly, didn't need to hear anymore because that is far from a negative remark in regards to library and information science.

I would say that it is one of the highest compliments because it means that people are finding what they need/want.... what else is there?!?

These are just a couple notes that I wanted to pass along for you unfortunate people who were unable to attend.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

LISSA Fall 2011!!!

Ah the start of the school year... classes are beginning to pick up... the cool breeze is visiting us every so often. This means that a new academic year is up and running... and LISSA is too! We have a lot of exciting things happening this year. I believe that I can speak for all the officers when I say- We want LISSA to provide fun opportunities to enrich your LIS program! We are adding lots of volunteering days as well as professional development events.

Anywho, here is what we discussed in the first meeting.... time to start getting involved:

There is a great volunteer opportunity to work with the Cure4Kids website. Dorothy Mays, from St. Jude's hospital, needs people to classify seminars. Dorothy is calling for volunteers to help with her classification project of the special topic seminars on the Cure4Kids website. Not only will you be gaining classification experience, you will also be helping out a very good organization! We will send out a follow-up email with more information and all of Dorothy's information soon.

LISSA is volunteering with Cocky's Reading Express on Friday, September 23rd. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved with the nationally-recognized Cocky's Reading Express. Basically, Cocky's Reading Express goes to elementary schools with Cocky to read and give away books! You can volunteer by reading, taking photographs, or just handing out books! Why not meet up with your LISSA friends and reach out to some local Columbia kids!?! Email Kayla ( if you are interested in going.

This wednesday will be LISSA's first colloquium. Brian Cuthrell, a digital archivist at Thomas Cooper Library, will be speaking from 6 pm-7 pm in room #112 of Davis College. Great networking and professional development opportunity, plus there will be food. These colloquiums will be especially helpful to those in the program without specific concentrations.

Banned Books Week is coming up! ALA is sponsoring a viral video campaign, asking people to record themselves reading a favorite section of a Banned Book and uploading it to youtube. To celebrate banned books week, RCPL will have speaker Chris Crutcher (whose book Angry Management hit vehement opposition in Kershaw County lately). He will be speaking on September 22nd at 6:30 pm. LISSA folk are going to get there around 6 pm (meeting outside the library) to get seats. This will probably be a packed event!

InfoCamp is right around the corner. And you currently have the chance to win free tickets by tweeting why you want to go to Infocamp! Type out your 140 characters on why you want to go and include the #Infocampsc to be entered to win! For more information on Infocamp, see the twitter page (!/InfocampSC) or website (

Call for all LIS males! LISSA is going to begin shooting for the 2012 Calendar in the coming weeks. The theme is famous works of art, with a twist of including a book in every month's photo! This is a fun way to support LISSA while gaining national fame! :) Please email Kelly Riddle ( or Andrew Harris ( if you are interested.

Editor's Kelly Riddle & Anna Webb are putting out a call for article submissions for SLISten Up. This is your chance to write about that awesome conference, exciting internship, or educational professional meeting. Submissions will be accepted until October 3rd. Email Kelly Riddle ( with questions and submissions!

Last, but certainly not least, LISSA is now fully connected to social networking sites so follow us on Twitter (!/LISSAatUSC), like us on Facebook (!/pages/Lissa-University-of-South-Carolina/128879957189900?sk=info), and check out recent events with our Flickr page (

-Meredith Keeter

Monday, June 6, 2011

LISSA Website Update

The LISSA webpage has been dead for the last few months. A busy fall semester gave way to a busy spring and the LISSA website fell into disuse.

The page is sporting a different take on a new logo previously designed by the talented John Quirk (who is also a recent graduate). The officer directory has also been updated for the 2011-2012 school year.

We will be changing things all summer and semester long, so keep checking back for updates here.

If you have any questions, comments, or input please contact us at


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SLISten Up! Winter 2011 Edition

Below is the link to view the Winter 2011 edition of SLISten Up! There are lots of great articles written by your fellow students so be sure to take some time to read them if you haven't already done so.

Also a big thanks to co-editors Virginia Blake and Caroline Herndon as this is their last issue

SLISten Up! Winter 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Events for March and April

Our Columbia social chair Kelly Riddle put together some really awesome upcoming socials and LISSA has some other upcoming events. More events will follow in May!

Friday 3/25 - The Whig 8pm

Friday 4/1 - LISSA Symposium Panel 11:30-1pm RSVP to Andrew Harris by March 29th

Arts and Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art 7pm

Thursday 4/7 - Shag Night at Jillian's in the Vista 6pm

Friday 4/8 to Saturday 4/9 - Relay for Life at Blatt PE Field 7pm

Friday 4/15 - Blue Tapas Happy Hour 6pm

Sunday 4/17 - Riverbanks Zoo (Meet at Davis) 2pm

Saturday 4/23 - Board Game Night (Location TBA) 8pm

Friday 4/29 - Tin Roof 8pm

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ace that Interview! Webinar

Tonight I attended a great presentation titled "Ace that Interview!" presented by the Public Library Section of SCLA and LISSA. We heard expert advice on preparing for an interview from Caroline Hipp (RCPL, Extension Services Manager), Roberta Bibbins (Orangeburg County Library, Director), and Jennifer Wishart (RCPL, Job Readiness Trainer).

We had a few technical difficulties at the beginning of the session in which our internet connection was lost and the session re-started. Therefore, the recording starts a few minutes into the presentation, but don't worry the majority is included. Have a listen and hopefully learn some new things as you prepare for your job search.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Weekend Activities

It's only Wednesday but I'm already thinking about the weekend.  Fortunately there are a lot of great things to look forward to whether you're here in Columbia or part of a cohort.

Friday February 18th
Here in Columbia we will be having a potluck in the student lounge in the basement of Davis College at 6pm. If you haven't yet given your RSVP (which you should have by now!) email Kelly to let her know that you're attending and what you're bringing. I'd also recommend bringing some of your Tupperware so that you can bring home a variety of the leftovers.  I mean c'mon, one person isn't going to want to take ALL of their brownies home, right?

Our Charleston Cohort is also having a food-related activity as they meet on Friday the 18th at Taco Boy at 7pm.  Lisa will be organizing the event so you can ask for her table if you make it there.

Saturday February 19th
Jason Broughton from the State Library will be hosting a resume workshop in Davis.  For those graduating in the spring, this should be especially important as you work towards completing your portfolios.  An RSVP is also required and should be sent to LISSA no later than Friday.  The workshop will be held from 10am-2pm and food will be provided!

I'll post again soon with pictures from this weekend's events.  I can't wait to see everyone there!