Sunday, July 8, 2012

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


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