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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.



USF SLIS to Host Reception at 2010 FAME Conference

USF SLIS will be hosting a reception for faculty, staff, alumni, and students at the 2010 Florida Association for Media in Education Annual Conference being held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. This is a great time to mingle with other students, alumni, staff, and current and past faculty members. So if you are planning to attend the FAME Conference this year please stop by for some light refreshments and snacks. USF SLIS will also have an exhibitor booth at the conference, so please stop by and say hi!

Reception Details:

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Sarasota Room at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek


SLIS Student Victoria Schwartz Gets Published

SLIS Student Victoria Schwartz’s article, “Understanding Parallel Cultures Promotes a Successful Media Program,” was published in the 2010 summer Issue of Florida Media Quarterly, the official publication of the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), Inc.  Victoria is a student in the SLIS program where her concentration is school media.


Dr. Dunkley elected to FAME Board of Directors

A member of the USF SLIS faculty, Dr. Cora Dunkley, has been elected to the Board of Directors of  the state´s professional organization for school librarians, Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Her term will begin November 5, 2010 and will last until 2013. She has been appointed to the Professional Development Committee for the 2010-2011 year.

FAME is an organization dedicated to promote excellence in media services for Florida´s students, by serving as a network for all Florida library media professionals. FAME´s annual conferences are valuable opportunities for novice and experienced media professionals, and the association also publishes Florida Media Quarterly.


Dr. Cora Dunkley

Dr. Dunkley’s primary research interests are: multicultural literature for children and young adults, special collection preservation and development in children’s literature, and the role of media specialists in literature-based reading programs. At USF SLIS Dr. Dunkley teaches several courses, among them: Materials for Children, Storytelling, Organization and Administration of the School Media Center, and Multicultural Materials for Children and Young Adults. Dr. Dunkley also served on several committees for the American Library Association, such as the Coretta Scott King Award Selection committee.

Dr. Dunkley´s leadership is an asset to USF SLIS, and we are sure that all media library professionals in Florida will benefit from having talented people like Dr. Dunkley in their professional organization. Congratulations, Dr. Dunkley!

~AKL and JV

USF SLIS Alumna Cecelia Solomon: From FAME to AASL

Cecelia Solomon graduated with a MA in Library and Information Science from USF in 1987. She has been a Media Specialist in middle schools for many years and enjoyed it (yes, middle school!). Her enthusiasm for the possibilities that media specialists (or school librarians, as she prefers to be called) can provide to students, teachers, and staff made her play an active role in professional organizations.

Solomon is the 2009-2010 president of Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME,) the school media specialists’ association for the state of Florida. And she has just been elected as the Director for Region V in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)’s recent elections.

Cecelia Solomon

This is an exciting time for our profession. Digital resources, the learning commons, the cloud, and the world beyond our library walls,… Being a representative in AASL, giving a hand to new practitioners, and encouraging and supporting all school librarians to reach their best is how I want to give back”  said Solomon during ALA Midwinter in Boston, this past January 2010.

The USF SLIS congratulates this distinguished alumna and is proud of her active participation in the development of professional school librarians.


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


SLIS Alumnae Become FAME Officers

At the close of the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) Conference, Cecelia Solomon was installed as the new President.  Solomon, a graduate of USF’s School of Library and Information Science, will hold the position for the 2009-10 year, ending at the end of next year’s annual conference.

New FAME Officers

New FAME Officers

Another USF alumna also took up her new role as a FAME officer this year as well. Deborah Rothfeld became the new Secretary, a position that she will hold for the next two years.