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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-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!!


LIS Adjunct Penny Beile Named EBSS Distinguished Librarian

School of Information LIS Adjunct Penny Beile was named the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. Penny is currently the interim department head for reference services and department head of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries. To read more about this honor click here. You can also check out her personal website – http://pennybeile.net/Home.html.


Dr. Vicki Gregory covers student learning outcomes and accreditation in Fall 2010 Issue of ALA Prism

USF LIS Professor and Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation Dr. Vicki Gregory talks about student learning outcomes in the From the COA Chair: Perspective section of the ALA Prism: the Office for Accreditation newsletter, Fall 2010, volume 18, number 2.

Dr. Gregory says that,

“From the COA perspective, student learning outcomes contribute to the success of students and the program by:

  • Assisting LIS colleges, schools and departments in understanding how to better facilitate student learning;
  • Providing LIS colleges, schools and departments with feedback as to how their programs are meeting the needs of students and employers;
  • Enabling students and graduates to articulate what they are learning or have learned from the program.”

Read more here.


SLIS Student Published in the Military Library Division of the Special Libraries Association

SLIS Student Kaitlin Wilson works at the University of Florida Digital Library Center. Kaitlin turned her work on the University of Florida Digital Collections: Digital Military Newspaper Library into an article which has been published by the Military Library Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) in their summer 2010 issue. Back in July her work with the same project was selected as Digital Library of the Week by ALA. Congratulations Kaitlin!


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

USF SLIS Celebrates its Second Spectrum Scholar this Year!

USF SLIS is proud to once again have two of its students awarded the American Library Association’s (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship for 2010-2011. Yrenes Fornes, along with Sylvia Martinez, is SLIS’s newest Spectrum Scholar. Ms. Fornes earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Central Florida before deciding to pursue her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science here at USF.

USF SLIS's second Spectrum Scholar this year, Yrenes Fornes

Regarding her decision to enter this field, Ms. Yrenes  explains, “I did so because I love libraries and the LIS field, especially because I can put my Bachelor’s degree to good use while making a difference.” She is excited about the classes she has taken so far and is encouraged to continue on thanks to the Spectrum Scholarship.

The Spectrum Scholarship is awarded through the ALA’s Office of Diversity and was created to encourage the recruitment of under-represented ethnic groups into the library profession, and also to bring attention to diversity issues effecting the community at large.

SLIS wishes Ms. Fornes the best of luck this year!