• Categories

  • Archives

  • Advertisements

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.



International Literacy Day

September 8th was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. The purpose is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education. So share your love of reading by joining the many individuals and groups in promoting the importance of literacy today!

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]

Student Organizations Book Sale Fundraiser on April 28, 2010

The School of Library and Information Science Student Organizations are holding a book sale fundraiser on April 28, 2010, from 8:00-4:00. The sale will be held in the front of the USF Tampa Library.

Donations have been collected from the faculty and students and we have a large variety of books and DVDs for sale. Hardcover books will be $2 and paperbacks $1, with the exception of a few new popular materials which will vary in price.


Would you recognize a miracle?

Would you recognize a miracle if you saw one?

Come celebrate National Library Week and enjoy just over 60 minutes devoted to this question.

DATE: Monday, April 12, 2010

TIMES: Noon, Grace Allen Room, USF Tampa Library

and 7:00 PM, Manatee Room (3705), Marshall Center

ADMISSION is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit travel money for library students attending professional conferences and meetings.

A lintel makes the top of a doorframe


Underneath the Lintel is a one‐man show about a fictional librarian from Hoofdorp (the Netherlands) who finds a book returned in the overnight slot 136 years overdue. The book was borrowed November 12, 1873 and not returned. What begins as a zealous attempt to recover a huge fine evolves into a quest to prove the identity of the egregious violator of library policy. Our host employs tools of librarianship to support his “Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences.”

ABOUT THE PLAY:  This story is a funny, warm, sometimes moving, twisty journey into a mystery shared by audience and performer. Underneath the Lintel made its Off Broadway premiere in a 6 month run at SoHo Rep in New York City in 2002. Since then, it’s been successfully published and has received many professional productions. The first performance of any kind was by the author at the Yale Cabaret in New Haven, CT.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER:  Arlen Bensen is a graduate student and graduate assistant in the USF School of Library and Information Science. He previously spent more than 30 years pursuing a career as a performing arts professional. Primarily a director (and a current member of SSDC, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers), Arlen also acted with many accomplished professionals including Denzel Washington (in Othello in 1977) and T. Ryder Smith who played the Librarian in the 2002 Off Broadway premiere of Underneath the Lintel.  Arlen was fortunate to direct and teach many extremely talented people including stars like Melba Moore (Anything Goes, SummerFest, Montclair, NJ, 1994) and Michael Learned (Lettice and Lovage, also at SummerFest in 1993). Other notable directing efforts by Arlen include the Florida premiere of Three Tall Women by Edward Albee (Sarasota, 1996), the Southwest premiere of Oleanna by David Mamet (New Mexico Rep, 1994) and the world premiere of The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge by Mark Brown at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in 2004.

Note: The script contains one instance of language which may be objectionable to some people. [AB]

World Book Day 2010-March 4 or April 23

World Book Day 2010 in the UK and Ireland took place on Thursday 4th March.

Why World Book Day matters more than ever

Amid the frenetic changes of life in the 21st century, literature remains a vital component of a fulfilling life.

World Book and Copyright Day is 23 April


The book, an instrument of knowledge and a means of sharing, must further each person’s education, fulfilment and empowerment. It thus contributes to enjoyment of the universal right to education and to effective participation by each individual in social, political and cultural life.

Koïchiro Matsuura