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 (burns.kaylanicole@gmail.com) 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 (http://twitter.com/#!/InfocampSC) or website (www.infocampsc.info).

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 (kelly.e.riddle@gmail.com) or Andrew Harris (andrewqharris@gmail.com) 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 (kelly.e.riddle@gmail.com) with questions and submissions!

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

-Meredith Keeter