Wednesday, December 4, 2013

LISSA Student Spotlight: Wenlan and Wenzhi Cai

Wenlan and Wenzhi

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hi there! My name is Wenlan Cai (pronounced like “Tsai”). I am originally from Shenzhen, a big city in southern China that is very close to Hong Kong. I finished my undergraduate degree in China. But my major was not LIS or any other information science, it was finance!
I grew up in a very happy and sweet family. I have a twin sister who looks very similar to me. But we have different styles. My sister is more girly and I am more sporty. So it is not hard to distinguish us. Oh! By the way, my sister is also in SLIS!

What made you become interested in library science?
To be honest, I got into this field accidentally. The University of South Carolina was not the first university I studied at in America. I studied Information Technology Management at the University of Texas at Dallas last year. That was my first time getting to know information science and I found it really interesting! So, you guys may ask why I wanted to come to this country. My purpose for studying here is to experience real American culture and education which could not be satisfied in Dallas since there were many Asian students. After talking to a friend at USC, I knew this was a very good university with excellent teaching levels. At the same time, I didn’t want to give up the knowledge in information science. So finally I decided to learn library information science which I think can be a part of information science. Now I am here and I am truly glad I made a very good decision. I love this school! I love the professors! I love my classmates!

Do you have a specialization in library science?
My interest is information technology.

What made you decide to join LISSA?
As a graduate student, it is necessary to join an academic association related to my major. LISSA, as the only academic association in our school, organizes a lot of activities and provides a lot of useful information. So I can get some information about library information science and meet people whose careers are in LIS.

Is there anyone you look up to as an inspiration? (Does not have to be a library person, just someone you admire!)
Roger Federer! I think he is a perfect man with a great personality and awesome tennis skills.

Can you tell me some interesting facts about yourself?
I am a traveler and adventurer! I love exploring new places. I am also good at cooking Asian stuff. Just let me know what kind of Asian food you like, and I can try to cook for you!

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hello. My name is Wenzhi Cai. You can call me Gigi. It’s my English name and it’s easier to pronounce. I’m now 23 years old. I finished my undergraduate degree in China, majoring in international business. I have been in United States for a year and a half. Before I came to Columbia, I was in Dallas, Texas. I have a sweet and warm family. I thank my parents very much. Because of their support and understanding, my twin sister Wenlan and I have had the chance to study in the United States.

What made you become interested in library science?
One year ago, I knew nothing about library science, because in China, this field is not very popular. I knew this major from my family friend. She’s a Ph.D. student in SLIS. She strongly recommended this major to us. So, I started to learn about library science. I was surprised to find out that library science is such a multi-disciplinary subject. During my first semester study of library science, I am glad that I didn’t make a wrong choice. Library science has many professionals. I’ve found that I am interested in it very much.

Do you have a specialization in library science?
So far, my interests are information technology and digital libraries.

Is there anyone you look up to as an inspiration? My father. He teaches me a lot and always guides me to a right direction.

Can you tell me some interesting facts about yourself?
I like cooking, baking, traveling, and watching Korean dramas. I also like photography. I can make Japanese food, Korean food and Chinese food. I’m also interested in fitness and health, and in my spare time, I like reading articles about those topics.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS 2014 Calendars Now Available

You probably haven’t even bothered to notice, but mildly attractive men are just about everywhere. It’s true. They’re shambling down the cereal aisle at the corner grocer. They’re fumbling around in their pockets for grubby quarters at the local Laundromat. Your sister knows a mildly attractive man and she likes him a lot, she really does, but it’s more like as a brother. Besides, she’s not at a point in her life where she’s looking for that sort of thing with, well, anyone really. Right now in America, a mildly attractive man is in his kitchen eating bread over the sink. One side is scarcely toasted – the other, which was charred to a crisp, is slathered in expired jam. Nobody should have to live like this. Someone needs to do something.

Someone has. Again.

The heroic males of the School of Library and Information Science have stood against the injustices foisted upon ineligible bachelors for seven consecutive years through the production of their Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS calendars. This year, our models have represented the one constant in the life of the painfully common man – retro video games. 

Pictured: the dawn of a glorious new golden age

For less than the price of eight cups of coffee a day, you can support the efforts of our mildly attractive men. Your contribution won’t just validate the work of our post-production team who probably just would have sat in front of a computer for a solid week anyway. Your purchase will support all our LISSA members, be they mildly attractive or classically beautiful, by generating funding for professional conference involvement and participation.

These calendars are handsomely bound.

Calendars are $15 each ($19 each for calendars that are mailed) and are available for purchase in the Office of the Director in Davis College (Monday through Friday, 9 - 4), through any LISSA officer, or by sending a check made payable to LISSA to:

LISSA c/o Angela Wright
Assistant to the Director
School of Library and Information Science
University of South Carolina
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

For mail-in orders, please fill out this form in case we need to contact you with questions regarding your order. Quantities are limited and hand packaged, so please allow a few extra days for delivery.

On behalf of all of our LISSA members and aspiring librarians, I would like to extend my gratitude for your support.


-Morgan Kinder
LISSA president, 2013-2014

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

University of South Carolina Tours Recap

Hi everyone,

LISSA is right in the middle of our September tours. Last Friday, our members were able to tour the Thomas Cooper and Ernest Hollings Libraries. The Thomas Cooper is undoubtedly familiar to all of our students, but we did get a quick look behind the scenes. Our newer members were also given a rundown of some of the special features and privileges that they may not have been aware of. The tour of Ernest Hollings took us behind the scenes of the South Carolina Political Collection, Digital Collection and Rare Books. Members were treated to memorabilia from South Carolina’s political movers and shakers and rare books and materials ranging from John J. Audubon paintings to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s personal ledger.

Monday’s tours were equally exciting – at the South Caroliniana our members were treated to information that covered the scope of the library’s collection, its policies and its history. Some of the storied history of USC’s campus, particularly the Horseshoe, was also touched on. Afterward, LISSA toured the Coleman Karesh Law Library. Members were shown the library’s collection, its circulation area and its technical services department. It was a great presentation of how law libraries function.

These tours were a perfect prelude to our big North Carolina trip coming up this Friday. We hope that all of our members can join us! If you plan to do so, please meet us on Greene Street in front of Davis College at 6 Am this Friday. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

It's Tour Time!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to keep you updated on some of the great tours we have planned for the month:

We will be touring the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina Columbia campus on Friday, September 13th at 3:30 where we will be meeting in the lobby. This tour will be followed by a social at Hunter Gatherer on Main St.

We will also be touring the Coleman Karesh Law Library of the USC Law School on Monday, September 16th at 4pm. We will be meeting at the reference desk. 

And our big tour of the month will be our trip to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State in Raleigh, NC. We will be taking a caravan of mini vans for the trip leaving bright and early from Davis to hit the road. We will be touring the Wilson Library as well as the School of Information and Library Science Library on the UNC campus. Our tours will be led by ILSSA members from the school and we will be getting lunch with them before we take a drive over to the NC State campus. Here we will tour the Hunt Library learning about all the new features of the library which opened in January 2013. We will then complete our journey and return back to the University of South Carolina that evening.

If you would like to join us on any of these tours please let us know, the more the merrier!

Our first member meeting will be held on Monday, September 9th at 5:30pm in Davis 112. We will be streaming the meeting for those that are unable to make it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Welcome New LISSA Members and SLIS Students!

It's that time of year again! Time to order textbooks, sharpen pencils, and get ready for the school year ahead. This past Saturday SLIS held its fall orientation for all the new students getting ready to embark on the adventure of getting their MLIS degree. LISSA had the opportunity to present and talk about all the great events we have coming up this semester. After orientation we had our post-orientation social at Carolina Ale House in the Vista and the turn out was great! We are so excited to welcome so many new and wonderful members. Here is a picture of our great group:

As for upcoming events, we have our first LISSA member meeting of the semester Monday September 9th at 5:30 in Davis 112. If you are unable to make it we will be streaming it live.

Here's to a great semester!