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USF SLIS Graduate Student Catherine Cottle Appointed to ALA RUSA RSS Committee


USF SLIS graduate student Catherine Cottle has been asked to join the ALA RUSA RSS Library Services to An Aging Population Committee.

Catherine formed the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging/Public Library Partnership for Seniors as part of a class assignment for Dr. Kathleen de la Pena McCook. The partnership includes librarians from five central Florida counties:  Patti Lang (Hardee), Mary Myers (Highlands), Victoria Ricketts (Hillsborough), Marion Hayes (Manatee) and Tina Peak (Polk).

Catherine was able to continue the partnership with WCFAAA, TBLC, USF SLIS and Pasco County Library System, who joined with E-government support.  Dr. Stephanie Maatta-Smith has acted as advisor to the project. They presented at the FLA Annual Conference this year.  The SLIS department made it possible for Catherine to travel to committee meetings at ALA this year. Professor Austin has provided technical support for public service announcements about the partnership.  USF SLIS students Julius Fleschner and Virginia Gates-Fowler added their support to the project.  The Tampa Bay Library Consortium continues to provide support to the partnership.

I am really excited about being on the committee, and hope to find ways to share information with library students about library services to an aging population.  I hope to travel to Boston for the mid-winter meeting in January.



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