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SLIS Student’s Work Selected as Digital Library of the Week by ALA

University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries’s Digital Military Newspaper Library was recently selected as the American Library Association’s Digital Library of the Week.  The grant funded project is being worked on by USF SLIS graduate student Kaitlin Wilson, who recently commented how the readings and ideas learned in the library administration class have been useful while working on this project with the UF Library Development Office.

UF’s Digital Military Newspaper Library, a grant funded pilot project, intends to house, organize, and preserve 16 contemporary and historic military newspapers. These newspapers represent Naval and Air Force bases from many geographical regions around the state of Florida and will include Kennedy Space Center, a submarine base at King’s Bay Georgia, the Panama Canal Zone, and two newspapers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This undertaking will seek to build on the success of other projects including the Florida Digital Newspaper Library and the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library. Other related digital collections include the Korean War Oral History Collection, Vietnam War Veterans Oral History Collection, and World War II Oral History Collection from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

Digital Library of the Week is available at ILoveLibraries.org, ALA’s website for the public, and was designed to keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries. The website is produced by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, and it’s brought to you by ALA staff from all corners of the association, who come together to volunteer their time and brilliance.

A graduate of USF’s Bachelor’s in Religious Studies, Kaitlin Wilson began her formal library experience as an intern with the Digital Library Center (DLC), just as she was beginning her first semester in the LIS program.   She chose to intern with DLC because she knew that digitization and preservation are increasingly important elements of librarianship. The internship taught her so much about scanning, copyright blurring for digitized newspapers, Photoshop, and quality control.

In December 2009, she was hired by DLC to work on a new grant-funded project, the Digital Military Newspaper Library (DMNL), a sub-collection of the Florida Digital Newspaper Library at UF.  While working to promote DMNL, Wilson has worked with the Development Office in UF Libraries in the creation of brochures, contacting people, and military librarianship.  Currently, Kaitlin is working on putting together an online exhibit in honor of Veterans Day 2010 that highlights the collection.  She’s really happy to work on this project because it has so much to offer the military community and their families, and researchers and students.

She submitted DMNL for ALA’s Digital Library of the Week because she thought it would be a great way to raise awareness for the project, and is very happy that they recognized its importance.  She is currently working on a written announcement about the project for the Special Library Association’s Military Library Division’s newsletter in July.   She is scheduled to graduate December 2010, the same month she is getting married.



McCook presents 2010 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

The School of Library and Information Science’s own Professor Kathleen de la Peña McCook presented the 2010 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture as part of this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.  In her lecture “Librarians and Human Rights” McCook  explored the philosophical basis of librarians’ commitment to human rights and human development as grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

[2010 Jean E. Coleman Outreach Lecture. 6. 28. 2010. People recognized for special commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Librarians and Human Rights”. 6. 28. 2010.  Washington, D.C.

Back Row: L to R: Satia Orange, past director of ALA OLOS- ;Dr. Cora P. Dunkley, USF-SLIS Professor and Coretta Scott King TF ;Barbara J. Ford, Mortenson Center distinguished professor, first Coleman lecturer and past.ALA President;Kathleen de la Peña McCook, 2010 Coleman Lecturer; distinguished university professor, University of South Florida, Beta Phi Mu,honoree, Futas honoree, Equality honoree.
2010 Coleman Lecturer “Librarians and Human Rights.”
Bill McCook, 47 year member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
Ann Sparanese, past Futas Honoree, Head of Adult and Young Adult Services, Englewood Public Library, NJ, Coleman Committee;
Alicia Long, SPECTRUM Scholar at USF SLIS;
Diane Austin, asst. director, USF,SLIS.
Front Row: L-R
Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor at UT-Austin,past president of ALSC, Beta Phi Mu honoree;
Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, Professor Emerita, USF-SLIS, ALSC Honoree,
Coretta Scott King TF;
Dr. Alma Dawson, Russell Long professor at LSU,SLIS, Equality Award Honoree.


More specifically, McCook described: instruments that provide the foundation for the librarians’ role as primary promoters of the rights detailed in the UDHR and the MDG; international statements and declarations on peoples, regions, situations  and specific rights; and the eighteen public library service responses used by the Public Library Association informed by a human rights philosophy and the IFLA Multicultural Manifesto.

By presenting U.S. public library practice in comparison to the goals and guidelines of IFLA McCook provided U.S. public librarians with the context and documentation for the development of an expanded commitment to the service of human capabilities.

The Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture is sponsored by ALA’s Office of Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) and presented each year during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference.  Dr. Coleman was the first director of OLOS, and spent her career ensuring that all citizens have access to quality library services.

Kathleen de la Peña McCook is distinguished university professor at the School of Library and Information Science in Tampa; the author of  “A Place at the Table: Libraries and Community Building” and “Introduction to Public Librarianship”; editor of the blog Union Librarian; and serves as a member of the Coordinating Council of the Progressive Librarians Guild.  Previously, she served as chair of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee.  In 2002, McCook was honored by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking Community, as the recipient of the Trejo Librarian of the Year Award.  She was the inaugural honoree of the ALA Office of Diversity’s Achievement in Library Diversity Research in 2004.  She has received the ALA Equality Award, the ALA Catalyst for Change Award and the Beta Phi Mu Teaching Award.  Currently, Prof. McCook is working with Katharine J. Phoenix on developing a framework for public library services through the lens of human rights and human development.

Prof. McCook’s lecture, “Librarians and Human Rights”, took place on Monday, June 28, 2010 between 8:00-10:00am in the Washington Convention Center, Room 209 A/B.


Meet our newest ALA Spectrum Scholar

Ms. Sylvia Martinez will begin full-time pursuit of her MLIS this fall at USF SLIS with the support of a Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association. Perhaps the best way to articulate the focus of this scholarship program is with ALA’s description of it: “Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.” [1]

Sylvia Martinez is USF SLIS's newest ALA Spectrum Scholar

Serendipity is our good fortune

By the time Ms. Martinez experienced the blinding-flash-of-light moment resulting in her determination to become a librarian, most scholarship application deadlines had already passed. In exploring the resources listed through the SLIS Web presence, the ALA Spectrum Scholarship was one of the few still accepting applications for the coming academic year. Sylvia’s challenge is our good fortune. We get to enjoy both her collegiality and our collaborative service to ALA in pursuit of the mission of this program.

Sylvia moved to the Tampa Bay area a few years ago after 11 years of teaching public school in the Minneapolis area.  She reports that during this time she was “always jealous of the librarians!” (She punctuates this statement with laughter.) Her favorite assignment with her students was taking them to the library to learn how to do research, which she also enjoys. During her summer breaks she regularly convinced an academic librarian friend to bring her along to work.

Ms. Martinez is playing her cards close to the vest for now and keeping her options open concerning her focus in librarianship. She’s made a head start acclimating to our program by beginning with her first ever, totally on-line course. She reports very much enjoying Foundations with Professor Stephanie Race. And she reports valuable input from her advisor, Professor Scott Simon. But she also looks forward to meeting as many of her colleagues and SLIS faculty as possible. [AB, 6/22/2010]

She may be contacted through USF email at: sylviam@mail.usf.edu

1 American Library Association. 2010. Spectrum scholarship program. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/diversity/spectrum/index.cfm

Globetrotting with Dr. Andrews

We hear about our faculty involvement with state and national organizations on a regular basis, but how about international efforts?

Before we start our fall 2010 academic term, Dr. James Andrews (Director of the USF School of Library and Information Science) will have traveled to Gothenburg (aka Göteborg), Sweden, to continue his participation in IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations).

A cultural gathering at Gothenburg, Sweden

Dr. Andrews is Secretary of the Science and Technology Libraries Section of the Special Libraries Division. Their efforts this year will be focused toward continuing the initiatives begun during last summer’s conference concerning Open Access. In fact the web page about the upcoming 76th IFLA Congress and General Assembly features the title: “Open access to knowledge – promoting sustainable progress.”

While Dr. Andrews’ agenda will include mediating panels and participating in the U.S. Caucus, he reports enjoying meeting colleagues from around the globe.

“Thus far, I have participated in WLISs in Durban, South Afr., Quebec City, Que., Milan, Italy…,” said Dr. Andrews.

According to Dr. Andrews, the conference usually features special STL (Science and Technology Libraries) related tours in the host city.  Our director also takes some pride in the fact that papers from some of his sessions have ended up as publications in the IFLA Journal.

For more information about IFLA, the Science and Technology Libraries Section, and the upcoming Conference see:

About IFLA

Science and Technology Libraries Section

STL newsletter

[AB, 6/15/2010]

USF SLIS Student Organizations Join Campaign for LSU SLIS

The Board of Governors at Louisiana State University (LSU) announced last month that they were considering closing its Library and Information Science (LIS) program, among others, due to budget cuts. This announcement prompted a quick mobilization of the School’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni, all of whom intend to show the governors the need for the program, which constitutes the only library school in the state of Louisiana.

The University of South Florida’s School of Library and Information Science (USF SLIS) Student Organizations are comprised of student chapters of professional organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST), and the Special Libraries Association (SLA). After learning about the events in Louisiana, the students in the organization realized that Florida’s schools of Library Science, as well as those in other states, need to join forces with their Louisiana’s peers in order to make a broader statement about the importance of schools that prepare information professionals.

The USF SLIS Student Organizations are developing a campaign to contact other student organizations in the nation and send a unified message on behalf of students.

For that reason…

The Student Organizations at USF SLIS are asking all of USF’s students, alumni, and faculty to add your voices to the fight for librarianship:

If you believe that schools of library and information science are not only important but vital for the cultural, educational, and social well-being of each state’s communities, then let LSU’s authorities know that in Florida we support LSU SLIS:


  • You can use a template that the USF SLIS Student Organizations created for your convenience. You can find the template as well as the latest news from our students’ campaign in the Student Organizations’ blog: Librarians-In-Training.
  • You can send your own message, voicing your thoughts and arguments in a letter, e-mail or call.
  • You can join the Save LSU’s SLIS Program page in Facebook and write a message there, as well as keep up-to-date with the latest developments.
  • You can join the USF SLIS Student Organizations’ Facebook page to follow the events and participate in the dialogue with your peers.
  • You can join the USF Student Organizations and fight the fight with us. We’d like to hear your ideas!



  • Now!!


We are asking that if you write or participate in this campaign, please include your USF’s affiliation and copy the student organizations in your message, in order to keep track of how many of our students are participating. Please copy or write a quick note to: slisstudentorgs@usf.edu and let us know that you added your voice.

Let’s save LSU SLIS Program together!

~BH and AKL

Food for thought from TBLC Strategic Reality Check

Tampa Bay Library Consortium

TBLC hosted a “Strategic Reality Check” workshop at Fruitville Library on Monday, May 17, 2010. The workshop was led by professional library consultants George Needham and Joan Frye Williams. This was an opportunity for area library professionals to examine ways they might reassess the success with which their libraries were serving patrons. The idea was to do so without scrapping missions and strategic plans and other long-range, expensive and time-consuming initiatives.

There were concerns about user friendliness and some novel ideas exchanged during the process. One of these was offered by a Pinellas County librarian who explained a novel acquisitions effort underway at her library. She explained that they’d observed an approximate waiting list number which, when reached, made waiting for bestsellers unattractive. At this point, patrons were more inclined to go by the book at a bookseller than to wait for a library copy. Their solution was to offer patrons the opportunity to purchase the book they sought on behalf of the library with the privilege of being the first to borrow it. They might then take a tax deduction for donating the book. A piece of the library’s acquisitions budget would then be freed for other purposes.

Another burgeoning concept with possible wider implications was outlined by Mr. Needham and Ms. Frye Williams. They asked participants to list major life passages such as retirement, starting a family, battling cancer, going to college, etc. They proposed the possibility of organizing the physical (and electronic) collections under these headings and explained that a public library in Europe was already working with it.

Finally, one small observation had to do with the hoops we require patrons to jump through in order to obtain a library card. This one might or might not have an easy fix to it. If we’re able to (and accustomed to) easily establish a user account at the web site of a commercial enterprise and retrieve lost passwords easily at these places, why then do we require potential library users to show up with photo ID in person along with proof of their physical address in order to use the public library?  Someone moving to a new town may possibly have a more difficult time obtaining a library card than they would changing over their drivers’ license.

Thanks to TBLC for access to this food for thought.

[AB, 5/25/2010]

Midnight restoration of funding to FL libraries

from Florida Library Association (4/27/2010)

State Aid – Budget Chairs Restore State Funding to Public Libraries to $21.2 Million
At midnight on Monday, April 26 the House accepted a Senate offer to restore State Aid to Public Libraries to the current year level of $21.2 million.

FL Senate Budget Director J.D. Alexander


When Senate Budget Chair J. D. Alexander made the offer, he asked if “the library guy” with the signs was in the room. The library guy we all know is Paul Clark who has pretty much lived in the Capitol keeping the issue in front of legislators and the press for 6 weeks. Senator Alexander was disappointed that Paul wasn’t there and said that other advocates could learn a lot from him. There, working the issue until midnight were FLA lobbyist Chris Lyon, Small County Coalition coordinator Chris Doolin, and a whole contingent from the Department of State including Secretary Kurt Browning, Legislative Liaison Rivers Buford III, and John Boynton. This group barely left the Capitol all weekend long. Chris Doolin had a very positive impact for libraries, especially on Sunday morning. The folks from the Florida Association of Counties, and many county lobbyists have been working the issue aggressively as well.
For the past two months library advocates have worked tirelessly to tell the library story. The Salter>Mitchell public relations folks distributed press releases for FLA at several critical junctures. FLA’s CapWiz wizard, Lisa Manners did an incredible job of keeping the message fresh with the result that library advocates generated over 60,000 messages in the last six weeks.
Thanks to everyone for their incredible efforts and congratulations on the wonderful success!
Charlie Parker, Chair
FLA Legislative Committee

Florida Library Association