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Countless high-quality, free full-text reports are available on the web, from a range of think tanks, NGOs, academic institutes and government agencies. The DocuTicker Newsletter is a weekly selection of content and links from DocuBase.

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–editor Shirl Kennedy is a USF Distinguished Alumni


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.


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


REFORMA’s new president is a distinguished SLIS alumna

The 2010-2011 president of REFORMA is Lucia Martínez Gonzalez, an award winning alumna of the USF School of Library and Information Science.

Lucia Martínez Gonzalez

Ms. Gonzalez made her way to libraries after making her way to the United States from the small town in Cuba where she was born. In addition to a successful library career and service as a storyteller and puppeteer, Ms. Gonzalez is a Pura Belpré Award winning author. She was honored at USF in 1998 with the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award. [http://slis.usf.edu/data/USF-SLIS-1998-Alumni-Award.pdf]

Ms. Gonzalez shared a moving message with her REFORMA colleagues to begin her Presidency:

“ Dear Compañeros and Colleagues:

I dedicate my presidency to my father, JoséMartínez, whose vision to immigrate to the United States in 1970 is directly linked to my profession as a librarian. Mi padre, who could not read or write, had the foresight and intelligence to sacrifice the comforts of home for the opportunities that were possible for my sister and me. To him I owe a debt of gratitude and respect as an immigrant and as a person who loved this country like his own.

“As I look at my personal past, I am also at that juncture professionally as I embark upon a year of leadership and vision for REFORMA. As I thank my father, I thank those members of our organization who have taken the initiative to found, develop, plan, organize, volunteer, and sacrifice for the good and growth of our mission. This is a very exciting time for our organization, a time to honor and celebrate our past, examine our present, and work on a vision for the future.

“This year marks significant milestones for the association as we celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Quinces of the Pura BelpréAward, and the Quinces of Dia de los niños/Dia de los libros. We will celebrate these events in New Orleans during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference. And we will continue celebrating in Denver, Colorado, with our National Conference (RNC IV), “Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level: Juntos in the Mile High City,” September 15-18.

“It has been one of the great joys of my career to have the opportunity to play an active role in the fulfillment of our organization´s mission. I have been a REFORMA member since 1991 and have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors since 2006 in many capacities: as Chair of the Fundraising Committee (2006-07), Chair of the Children and Young Adult Services Committee (2007-09), Chair of the Pura Belpré Celebraciòn Organizing Committee (2007-10), and Chair of the 2010 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee.

“It is my hope to bring to my presidency my years of experience by focusing on mentoring new leaders, developing new partnerships and expanding on existing ones. Please join us as we continue to grow, to reach, and to connect. Communication between our national organizations, ethnic caucuses, community groups, our committees, chapters, and individual members is as important as the connection to our past, present, and our future. The initiatives of REFORMA this year and beyond depend on the efforts, talent, and dedication of all of the organization’s stakeholders. Let us strengthen our work by reaching out to new members, engaging the current membership in innovative ways, and continuing the important work that was begun by our predecessors.

“I am truly honored and humbled to serve as your new President.
Lucia Martinez Gonzalez

As a reminder, REFORMA, an affiliate of the American Library Association, is “the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking”

REFORMA: http://www.reforma.org/

In 2009, examiner.com published an interview with Ms. Gonzalez:


You may also learn more about Lucia Martínez Gonzalez by visiting her web site in other words:


[AB, 8/2/2010]

Lauren Christos presented with the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award

On Tuesday, April 20th, USF SLIS held the 17th annual Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Reception. The event started at 2:30 with a Welcome from Director Jim Andrews. Next was the ceremony induction of the new Beta Phi Mu members carried out by Dr. Stephanie Maatta and Dr. Anna Perrault. Twenty SLIS alums were welcomed into the chapter, which included: Carrie J. Hurst, Michael Jason Martin, James P. Ascher, Claudia J. Dold, Elizabeth Carter, Melanie C. Hensey, Karen V. Murk, Brittany Bennett Parris, Marilene L. Riemer, Barbara A. Cardinale, Michael C. English, LaKeisha Hall, Vera J. Lux, Ann Marie Maloney, Susan C. Ostroff, William J. Peterson, John F. Russell, Suzanne M. Schweitzer, Victoria L. Stuart, and Hillary S. Wade.

The 2010 Beta Phi Mu Inductees.


After the Beta Phi Mu Induction, Dr. Jim Andrews handed out the scholarship certificates to the Fall 2010 recipients. The Patricia Andrew Cone Endowed Scholarships went to Allyson Fletcher and Kari Kopko. The Johnie Key Thomson Scholarships went to Melissa Moore and Katherine Gage. The H.W. Wilson Scholarships went to Joy Scholing, David Sieffert, and Rebecca Guillen. The Blackwell/Perrault Scholarship went to Marcela Estevez.

Dr. Andrews handing Marcela Estevez her scholarship certificate.


The Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award of the USF School of Library and Information Science is named in honor of our USF Professor Emerita of the same name. Gates wrote respective librarianship texts such as Guide to the Use of Libraries and Information Science and Introduction to Librarianship. The Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to a SLIS alumnus whose outstanding professional career achievements serve as a role model for all library science graduates. The award was started in 1993 and has been given out almost every single year since. To help us remember Jean, Bernadette Storck gave a tribute speech. The talk was recorded and will be available on the Web site soon.

Bernadette Storck giving a tribute to Jean Key Gates.


This year the award was given to alumna Lauren Christos, an Associate University Librarian at FIU. She gave a brief thank you and speech about her work with intellectual freedom. For more information on Lauren click here.

Dr. Andrews and Lauren Christos receiving her award.


The afternoon closed with everyone eating snacks and drinking refreshments, while mingling and networking with colleagues. Overall the event was a success and we hope to see everyone at next year’s Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Reception. To view more pictures from the event click here.


Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award.

2010 Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award Reception

Nearly every year since 1993 the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida has chosen to identify an exemplary alumna/us in an award known as the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni. The award was established in honor of Jean Key Gates, Professor Emerita of the school. This year’s USF SLIS Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Alumna Lauren Christos.

SLIS Alumna Lauren Christos


Christos was chosen based on her outstanding service to the profession over the years, including her work and passion related to intellectual freedom at the national level.  She graduated from USF SLIS in 2000 and since then has been working at Florida International University. She is currently an Associate University Librarian at FIU.

For more information about Lauren Christos go here. To see past recipients of the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Award go here.

The new Beta Phi Mu Inductees and the Fall 2010 Scholarship recipients will also be acknowledged at this event. Please come join us!

Date: Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: The Grace Allen Room at the USF Tampa Campus Library

Snacks and Refreshments will be provided! If you know you will be attending please RSVP to jlvoss@cas.usf.edu