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USF SLIS Present at 7th National Conference of African American Librarians

Dr. Dunkley and Dr. Slone recently attended the 7th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) in Birmingham, Alabama.  Known for its historical civil rights events, the city was a perfect setting for the conference.  Inspiring sessions, dynamic speakers, authors,  meaningful poster sessions, tours of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Public Library and historic Birmingham, film screenings, and eye catching and informational exhibits – including the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science – made the conference a memorable occasion.

Dr. Slone and Dr. Dunkley spent most of their  time at the SLIS booth where many inquires were made about the SLSIS program by prospective students – especially the proposed PhD program.

As a member of the  registration committee, Dr. Dunkley spent several hours at the registration desk where she had the opportunity to meet numerous attendees.  She was elated to be greeted two library directors who indicated how pleased they were with the hires of two of our former students:  Shaunta Adams Alvarez, Collection Development Librarian, Belk Library, Elon University, and recent graduate, Ava Iuliano, Academic Librarian, St. Charles Community College, St. Louis, MO.

One of the highlights of the conference for Dr. Slone was the Closing Breakfast, at which Roland Martin, the familiar African American analyst from CNN, spoke. His speech covered a number of topics, including the Obama presidency and politics in general. Another hit, probably even more popular, was Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine. He was the keynote speaker at the opening general session. On an exciting, but less important note, he signed books in the booth directly across from ours! The line snaked around the corner. Our booth was more popular by association.

~DS, CD, and JV

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