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Recharging after forays into curriculum and mission

On the morning of Wednesday, December 9, 2009, faculty, staff and students of the USF SLIS were represented in meetings to address the continuing evolution of the school’s curriculum and mission. Dr. James Andrews led the overall effort, which included breakout sessions into smaller discussion groups. Idea results from the smaller groups were then collated when the session re-convened.

The need for discussion of future curriculum choices and refining of the school’s mission are, in part, a result of the feedback received during the recent ALA re-accreditation process. Concrete decisions regarding any changes to the curriculum and mission are envisioned for the spring semester when more of the faculty will be present.

A group of 12 faculty, GA’s and staff then shifted gears into a celebratory mode. They adjourned to nearby Antonio’s for a luncheon and, for those who wished to participate, a token gift exchange.

What better gifts for librarians to exchange, of course, than books!

The format was one in which participants choose to either take a wrapped, anonymous book from the collected stash or steal one from someone that’s already unwrapped their draw.

The surprise results appeared to tickle everyone.

Dr. Jungwon Yoon happy with her selection.

For example, Dr. Yoon seemed so excited by her book about chocolate that she attempted to magically produce dessert from the very pages of the tome.  🙂

Dr. Cora Dunkley's draw

Good food, good company, good discussion and good spirits were enjoyed by all.

To view more pictures from this event click here.

[Posted by AB]

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