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World IA Day

The average information user today expects a highly efficient and attractive

experience. As user anticipation rises with the volume of data, Information

Architects are ever more in demand. On February 21, 2015, several students and

faculty from USF participated in World Information Architecture Day (WIAD), held

for the first time in downtown Tampa. Joined together with locations in 24 countries

and 38 cities, participants collaborated and discussed how best to shape the future

of Information Architecture. USF School of information’s Dr. Heiko Haubitz joined

other professionals and fielded questions about how Information Architects could

create structures to promote a happier customer experience. Attendees also

participated in workshops focused on solving real-world information architecture

problems, specifically in a non-profit environment.

Bachelor of Science in Information Studies student Nanchy Velez expressed appreciation at the event’s

focus on user experience assessment. The occasion gave her greater insight into

how these important evaluations go much deeper than basic questionnaires.

Because the event was so successful at bringing together information professionals,

students, and design enthusiasts, planning is already started for the next WIAD.

For more information about WIAD: http://2015.worldiaday.org/what-is-world-ia-

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School of Information Changes

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 jlvoss@usf.edu.

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 at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International


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.

Alumni Anthony Verdesca (1999) and Maria Treadwell

2008 grad, Katia Nunez (center) with her sister (left) and Maria Treadwell (right)

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..


Christine Wigfall Morris Signing at North Greenwood Library Branch

Christine Wigfall Morris

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 SI-LIS Graduate Assistant is ACRL Member of the Week

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!!