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

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