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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!!



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!

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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.

A New Year for Graduate Assistants

On Monday, August 9th, the Fall 2010 group of Graduate Assistants met for the first time at orientation.  The group was a mix of current and new faces. Diane Austin, Assistant Director, Instructor and Graduate Student Coordinator at SLIS Tampa, spoke of the new Undergraduate Program in Information Technology and the plan to archive the history of the School of Library and Information Science, signifying an exciting, if busy, semester for the eight Graduate Assistants. Other discussed responsibilities included training, schedules, collaborative projects as well as faculty and department support.  Diane Austin also addressed the beneficial nature of the job, noting that, “The SLIS assistantships give Graduate Assistants professional, technical, research, instructional, and library skills to use in the department and in their future careers”.

From left to right: Alexandra Houle, Alicia Long, Denise "Vickie" Toranzo Zacker, Lana Brand, Jessica Powers, Sylvia Martinez and Diane Austin. The two Graduate Assistants not present are Eva Earles and Donna Reynolds.