Monday, November 19, 2012

The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS 2013 Calendar is here!

LISSA at the University of South Carolina 
Proudly Presents:

The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS 2013:  Action Movies

It's that time of year again, folks!  LISSA’s wildly popular international calendar sensation, The Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS, is now in its SIXTH year!  Last year we catered to your artistic side with Master Pieces, our interpretations of some of the greatest artistic works in the world featuring  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) returns to its homage to pop culture with Action Movies, our take on some of the best classic flicks featuring a bunch of mildly attractive guy-brarians channeling their inner action heroes!  What better way to while away those long hours stuck in your cubicle? 

But wait!  We've added even more super-deluxe features!  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 many conferences listed to help you plan your next big professional development event.

All proceeds from calendar sales directly support SLIS student involvement in and attendance at many of these same professional conferences, assuring you a chance to meet a mildly attractive guy-brarian from SLIS in person. 

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

Calendars are $15 each ($19 each for calendars that are mailed), and are available in Davis College, through any LISSA officer, or by sending a check made payable to LISSA to:

LISSA c/o Carolyn Delton

Assistant to the Director
School of Library and Information Science
1501 Greene Street
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Please indicate the total number of calendars you are ordering, and include a complete mailing address and an email address on a separate sheet of paper in case we need to contact you with any questions regarding your order. 

Thank you for your continued support of LISSA at the University of South Carolina, and future librarians everywhere!  

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  (now, go read a book!)

~ Ann Merryman
   LISSA President, 2012-2013

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cross-Posting: Part-time job for a SLIS student!

Hey everyone,

I just received a notice of a part-time job opening at the Orangeburg County Library for a Library Technical Assistant II/Circulation P/T, and since LISSA is cultivating an ongoing relationship with the OCL I wanted to cross-post the job here.  Information about the position can be viewed here; it sounds like a great opportunity for a Columbia or Charleston area SLIS student to get some work experience in a public library before graduation.  Think how much this can boost your resume/CV! 

Hopefully we can get a SLIS student in this position...take a look! 

Ann Merryman
LISSA president, 2012-2013

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gardening, LISSA style...

It might be summer, but LISSA hasn't wasted any time getting a jump on the year.  We've gained 11 new members following this summer's orientation, and after a fun social event in early June, we decided we needed to put this great group of librarians to work!  After some discussion with one of LISSA's recent grads and new librarians, we came up with a great plan:  weeding the fiction and non-fiction collections at the Orangeburg County Library in Orangeburg, SC. 

On Saturday, July 28th a group of 13 LISSA members descended on the OCL from all over the state; three members from Charleston SC (including one alumni), a member from Savannah GA, one from Florence SC, and eight more from Columbia (including two more alumni!).  We got a tour of the library from LISSA alum and OCL Adult Services Librarian Anna Z., and an overview of what we would be working on that day.

The workload was a big one:  weeding fiction and shifting part of the collection off the back wall; shifting the audio book collection; weeding non-fiction and separating out the biography collection that had previously been interfiled; shifting non-fiction to make room for the newly-separated biographies.  Oy.  But wait....we're LISSA!  We're almost-librarians, able to leap overcrowded stacks in a single bound!  We weed faster than a speeding bullet!  We can maneuver overloaded book carts like Dale Jr.!  We....need to get to work, because there is a LOT to do.

Fiction, BEFORE
 Here's a view of one of the fiction stacks...that is a WALL of books.  One of our goals was to move all the  books off the top shelves to improve accessibility for the library users, and to hopefully increase circulation within the collection.  Additionally, the library wanted the option to display newer titles faced-out within the stacks, after they had been given a turn up front in the new releases section.  Weeding the collection was going to help accomplish both these tasks.

Kelsey, LISSA VP, weeding the fiction collection
New LISSA member Sarah Z. and alum Beth W. shifting fiction


LISSA was tasked with weeding the non-fiction collection as well, pulling out the interfiled biographies so they could be shelved together in a separate, more easily browsed section.  This task required using our evaluation  skills, identifying technical material that was outdated and in need of replacement as well as materials that were simply worn out or damaged.

Lynn McK. and Robert B., LISSA Web Master, attacking the non-fiction collection

 115 volunteer hours later.....this is what happens.

Adult Services Librarian (and LISSA alum) Anna Z. with the piles of weeded can see them on the floor, on the counter, on the table by the back door, but what you can't see is the pile around the corner.  Oy.  The Friends of the Library sale next month is going to be HUGE!

The finished product in non-fiction.  So organized! 
All in all, this was a great experience for the LISSA members who participated.  Seeing the entire scope of the project, from start to finish, and all the details that need to be coordinated to make it happen is valuable, real-life experience, something LISSA works very hard to provide to our members.  In addition, the Orangeburg County Library users have a refreshed, more accessible collection than before, something we truly hope they find helpful. 

If you're not already a member of this great group of librarians, what are you waiting for?  Together, we can move mountains...this proves it. 

With warmest regards,

Ann E. Merryman
LISSA President, 2012-2013

Sunday, July 8, 2012

LISSA Rooftop Social, June 2012


Watching the College World Series at the Carolina Ale House rooftop deck...Go Gamecocks!

New Beginnings!

Hey everyone!

It's summer, and that means a transition to a brand-new school year.  For some of us, it means summer classes (that would be me), for others a break to complete an internship or get some practical experience in a library or information setting.  For all of us, I hope it means a bit of a break to recharge, and enjoy some downtime!  

For LISSA, it means a new group of officers have taken the reins and are hard at work preparing for the upcoming year, and this summer is no exception.  The officers elected for the 2012-2013 school year are:

Ann Merryman, President
Kelsey Jackson, Vice-President
Hunter M. Deas, Secretary
Robert Smith, Treasurer
Robert Blank, Web Editor
Thomas Jonte, Social Coordinator
Cat Faircloth, Social Networking Chair

(L-R:  Robert Smith, Kelsey Jackson, Robert Blank, Thomas Jonte)

We're so excited to see where LISSA is going this year, and have many exciting plans in the works!  Some upcoming events are a volunteer book weeding project at the Orangeburg County Library on July 28th, Fall 2012 Orientation in August, and another summer LISSA social.  In addition, our newest fundraising event, Alumni Night, is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th in Davis College; there will be a silent auction of some really great items, team trivia for prizes, Wii games, and hopefully karaoke!  We're so excited to re-connect with our amazing alums and catch up on what they've been doing, and hope to see many of you there! 

If you haven't already, please visit our Facebook page (LISSA-University of South Carolina) and "like" us to keep updated on our latest antics.  Hey, we're 21st century librarians....we perform antics.  :)  And if you are a current SLIS student interested in joining LISSA, please visit our webpage at Library & Information Science Student Association at the University of South Carolina and look under the About tab for additional membership information.  Our distance students are encouraged to join as well; monthly meetings are streamed live, we're always looking for newsletter contributions from our cohorts around the country, and LISSA members can benefit from funding support for attendance at professional conferences, so you have plenty of opportunities to participate and make a difference! 

I look forward to a great year working with all the SLIS students and faculty, whether on our beautiful campus or at a distance.  It's an honor, and a privilege, to be chosen to lead this great group of emerging librarians.  

With warmest regards,

Ann E. Merryman
President, LISSA 2012-2013