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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 at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International


USF SI’s East Coast Coordinator Maria Treadwell and Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss attended the 2010 Miami Book Fair International this past weekend. USF SI’s  booth was a hit this year at the fair. The  interest in our programs by fair goers was very high. Many LIS adjuncts, alumni, and current students were excited to see our presence at the fair and stopped by to catch up with the staff. Over 75 prospective students were anxious to stop and get information on our master’s program.

Alumni Anthony Verdesca (1999) and Maria Treadwell

2008 grad, Katia Nunez (center) with her sister (left) and Maria Treadwell (right)

The Street Fair included the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work and the more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibits. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren kicked off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities. The street fair was full of surprises with performers on stilts and mariachis singing. Here are a few pictures we captured. To view more photos from the fair click here.


USF SI at FAME 2010 Annual Conference

The Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) is the professional organization at the state level for librarians who work in educational settings. FAME’s President, Cecelia Solomon, is a graduate of the University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science program. Last week, school media specialists from all regions of Florida congregated once more for their Annual Conference at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando.

Conference LogoThe theme for this year’s conference was Team Work, and many of the sessions and notable speakers referred to this need of working together during the difficult times that libraries and schools are experiencing. Some of the speakers and authors who contributed to the discussion were Margaret Peterson Haddix,  Gayle Forman, Caroline Cooney, Toni Buzzeo,  M. H. Herlong, Brian Skerry, and many others.

The School of Information at the University of South Florida (USF SI) was, as always, present in different venues during the event. The School’s booth in the Exhibits area attracted not only alumni and well-known faces, but also many professionals interested in the programs provided at USF.


Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss and Graduate Assistant Alicia K. Long working the exhibitor booth.

Some of the programs including USF faculty members and students were:


TEaM: Technology Education and Mentoring ,a session presented by Professor Diane Austin and LIS students Bill Harris, Nicole Rideout, and Kristine Smith.

USF SI Student Kristine Smith shared some of the technological skills learned in her classes.

A Professor, a School Media Supervisor, Media Specialists, and SLIS Students: A Winning Team! Presented by Dr. Cora P. Dunkley and Dr. Henrietta M. Smith.

Dr. Smith, Prof. Austin, Dr. Dunkley, and Prof. Treadwell get ready for their respective presentations.

Game Time: Teamwork and the Community. Presented by Bobbi O’Brien from WUSF.

On Thursday evening, the School hosted a reception where many alumni and friends of the school enjoyed a moment of socializing.  Several former students told us that they look forward to seeing their former professors and USF SI staff at these receptions.

Dr. Cora P. Dunkley with some of her former and current students

With many people in attendance, interesting sessions, speakers, and the USF SI presence, this year’s FAME Conference was a home run!  More pictures of FAME 2010 can be found here.


SLIS Alum Paul Wartenberg Republishes Short Stories

USF SLIS Alum Paul Wartenberg wrote a collection of short stories, Last of the Grapefruit Wars, originally published in 2003. This collection has now been republished in eBook format for Kindle, NOOK, Sony eReader and others. You can find it here. Paul graduated from USF SLIS in 1993. Congratulations Paul!


SLIS Alumna Sonja Garcia Receives Celebratory Graduate Alumni Award

On Thursday, September 9th, 2010 SLIS Alumna Sonja Garcia was presented with the Celebratory Graduate Alumni Award by the Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Karen Liller.

Dean of the Graduate School Dr. Karen Liller presented SLIS Alumna Sonja Garcia with the award.

The days events started off with Sonja Garcia speaking with the student organizations from 1:30-2:30 pm about her career as a librarian. Next, was a reception in the Marshall Center Ballroom from 3:00-5:00 pm. At the reception Karen Liller, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation, welcomed everyone and introduced Sonja Garcia. Then, Sonja gave a talk about the impact of her graduate education on her life.

Dr. Cora Dunkley, Sonja Garcia, and Director Jim Andrews.

People from all aspects of Sonja’s life came out to watch her receive this award. The audience included: SLIS faculty, staff and students, the graduate school staff, St. Peter Claver Catholic School board of directors and principal,  former colleagues of Mrs. Garcia’s from the USF Tampa Campus Library, Mr. Garcia and more. To read more about Sonja Garcia click here.

To see more photos from the Celebratory Alumni Award Presentation click here.


Save the Date – December 5, 2010

You are invited to the

2010 East Coast Graduation Reception

And Alice G. Smith Lecture

Presented by

Raymond  Santiago

Director of Miami-Dade Public Library System

When: Sunday, 5 December 2010

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: SEFLIN Office Suite, 4th Floor

S.E. Wimberly Library

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

R.S.V.P. by: Monday, 29 November 2010 to Maria Treadwell

at  mtreadwe@usf.edu with number of guests

USF SLIS Alumna Sonja Garcia to receive Graduate School 30th Anniversary Celebratory Alumni Award

The USF Tampa Graduate School is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sonja Garcia has been selected to receive the Graduate School 30th Anniversary Celebratory Alumni Award on September 9, 2010.

Sonja W. Garcia is a former USF Library Administrator and a former member of the USF Board of Trustees.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from USF.  She has completed numerous leadership, management and development training programs.  Mrs. Garcia is the recipient of the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the USF School of Library and Information Science.  She is also a recipient of the Kente Award presented by the President’s African American Advisory Committee.  She’s also received keys to four cities for her community building in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

You are cordially invited to the Award Presentation from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on September 9, 2010 at the Marshall Center, Ballroom A.  We hope you can join us in honoring this outstanding graduate alum at this by invitation only event.  Please RSVP by September 9, 2010 online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/programs/event_registration.php

To learn more about Mrs. Garcia’s accomplishments and information about other 30th Anniversary events please visit the website:   www.grad.usf.edu/30years.asp