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SLIS Fall 2010 New Student Orientation

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010 the School of Library and Information Science welcomed new students with an orientation session.  Co-sponsored by the SLIS Student Organizations, approximately 50 visitors were encouraged to interact with not only each other, but also with staff, faculty, graduate assistants, and representatives of student organizations.  The three-hour event included presentations by: Diane Austin, SLIS Assistant Director; Daniel Kahl, SLIS Academic Program Specialist; Jessica Voss, SLIS Communication and Information Officer; Bill Harris and Lana Brand, Student Group Presidents; Dr. Vicki Gregory, SLIS Professor and former Director; and Dr. Kathleen McCook, SLIS Distinguished Professor and former Director.  The event concluded with a student organization meeting that included discussion, interaction, and a pizza party!

To view more photos go here.


Students and new faculty listen to presentations made by SLIS staff, faculty, and student organization representatives.

Dr. Vicki Gregory speaks about the importance of accreditation and professionalism.


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


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]

Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss presents at SIS Meeting

USF SLIS Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss presented “The New Way to Market Your Library (or Yourself): How to Utilize Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media” at the Suncoast Information Specialists Meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd at CAE USA.

Jessica Voss giving her presentation

The night started off with a tour of the CAE facility, which included the CAE library where Betsy King (SIS Webmaster) is the librarian. Following the tour was a brief networking period and then dinner. After dinner Jessica Voss gave a presentation on how librarians can use social networking sites to benefit them personally or the libraries they work at. You can view the presentation here.

I had a great time giving this presentation. I really think that all librarians in the Tampa Bay area should join SIS. Dues of five dollars a year for a professional organization of this quality is a steal,” said Jessica Voss.