We would like to let everyone know that we will be moving away from the Blog setting and all of our news will now be found on our main Web site front page (http://si.usf.edu/) and Showcase page (http://si.usf.edu/communication/showcase/). We will also be posting news updates on our new Facebook page. Please make sure to “like” our page if you are on Facebook. For our current students, news will also be found on Blackboard. If any alumni or students have news they would like reported you can E-mail Jessica Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIS Alumna Ana Barreto appointed by the ALA Office for Diversity as field recruiter for Discovering Librarianship
USF SI-LIS Alumna Ana Barreto has been appointed by the ALA Office for Diversity as a field recruiter for the Discovering Librarianship project – a recruitment initiative focused on introducing ethnically diverse high school and college students to careers in libraries. More than 100 applications were received, and field recruiters were selected based on demonstration of leadership potential; interest in recruitment; and committed support from current employer, including time to participate in training and recruitment events. Ana currently works as a librarian at the Miami Dade Public Library. You can read more about this project and the others that were selected here.
USF SI’s East Coast Coordinator Maria Treadwell and Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss attended the 2010 Miami Book Fair International this past weekend. USF SI’s booth was a hit this year at the fair. The interest in our programs by fair goers was very high. Many LIS adjuncts, alumni, and current students were excited to see our presence at the fair and stopped by to catch up with the staff. Over 75 prospective students were anxious to stop and get information on our master’s program.
The Street Fair included the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work and the more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibits. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren kicked off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities. The street fair was full of surprises with performers on stilts and mariachis singing. Here are a few pictures we captured. To view more photos from the fair click here.
Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth, former USF LIS Instructor, Publishes “From Dialect to World Language: The Trajectory of Castillian”
USF World Languages Instructor, Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth has published an article titled, “From Dialect to World Language: The Trajectory of Castillian” in the 2010 issue of Cultural Perspectives on Film, Literature, and Language: Selected Proceedings of the 19th Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film. You can download the article here.
Dr. Wohlmuth was member of the IS faculty from 1993-2010 and an active member of REFORMA..
This Friday, Nov 19 from 3-6 pm, the Clearwater Library System will host a book signing for Christine Wigfall Morris, the first Black Librarian in the Clearwater Library System, at the North Greenwood Library Branch in Clearwater. Christine started working as a librarian in Clearwater, Florida, in 1949. She had never stepped foot in one of the city’s libraries before accepting the position. She has published her life story about family, community, and history. To see the event registration click here.
USF School of Information’s Library and Information Science Graduate Assistant Sylvia Martinez is the Association of College and Research Librarie’s Member of the Week. Sylvia has been an ACRL member since 2010. You can read her interview here. Congratulations Sylvia!!
The Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) is the professional organization at the state level for librarians who work in educational settings. FAME’s President, Cecelia Solomon, is a graduate of the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science program. Last week, school media specialists from all regions of Florida congregated once more for their Annual Conference at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando.
The theme for this year’s conference was Team Work, and many of the sessions and notable speakers referred to this need of working together during the difficult times that libraries and schools are experiencing. Some of the speakers and authors who contributed to the discussion were Margaret Peterson Haddix, Gayle Forman, Caroline Cooney, Toni Buzzeo, M. H. Herlong, Brian Skerry, and many others.
The School of Information at the University of South Florida (USF SI) was, as always, present in different venues during the event. The School’s booth in the Exhibits area attracted not only alumni and well-known faces, but also many professionals interested in the programs provided at USF.
Some of the programs including USF faculty members and students were:
TEaM: Technology Education and Mentoring ,a session presented by Professor Diane Austin and LIS students Bill Harris, Nicole Rideout, and Kristine Smith.
A Professor, a School Media Supervisor, Media Specialists, and SLIS Students: A Winning Team! Presented by Dr. Cora P. Dunkley and Dr. Henrietta M. Smith.
Game Time: Teamwork and the Community. Presented by Bobbi O’Brien from WUSF.
On Thursday evening, the School hosted a reception where many alumni and friends of the school enjoyed a moment of socializing. Several former students told us that they look forward to seeing their former professors and USF SI staff at these receptions.
With many people in attendance, interesting sessions, speakers, and the USF SI presence, this year’s FAME Conference was a home run! More pictures of FAME 2010 can be found here.