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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.



School of Information hosts ICPE 2010

On October 20th through October 22nd, 2010,  faculty and students of the School of Information (SI) and University of South Florida administrators welcomed domestic and international presenters at the 2nd International Conference on Information Capital,  Property, and Ethics (ICPE).

Presented by USF’s  School of Information and Shih Hsin University  – Taipei’s  Department of Information and Communication, the conference was held at USF’s Gibbons Alumni Center and brought together scholars and professionals interested in intellectual property issues, information studies, and international politics.  The theme of the conference was “Globalizing Intellectual Property: The Geopolitics and Ethics of Information Rights”, and served as part two of the same theme as the 1st Conference that was held in Shih Hsin University, Taipei in 2008.  The conference’s ultimate objective was to strengthen international academic and cultural exchange in the information studies discipline, and to promote information ethics in the knowledge service profession.

At the conclusion of the conference, it was announced that the 3rd International Conference on ICPE will take place next year in mainland China.


Photo taken at the Opening Reception on Wendesday, October 20th.

When asked her opinion on the significance of having this conference at a location in the United States, Dr. Chihfeng P. Lin, Associate Professor in the Department of Information & Communications at Shih Hsin University –Taipei and Co-Convener of ICPE 2010, explained it was an example of sister-school relationships where faculty members of the two schools are given an opportunity to exchange and share their expertise.  She further argued that interaction between the two schools provided an opportunity for faculty members and hopefully students “to learn from each other in culture, lifestyle, and language proficiency in additional to academic development.”

Additional comments about the conference:

“We cannot over-emphasize the significance of having the ICPE 2010 here at USF. Having a conference of this stature promotes not only the university, but the whole State of Florida as well.  The Mayor of Tampa acknowledged as much, when she thanked USF for bringing the conference to Tampa.”

John N. Gathegi, Ph.D., J.D. – Conference Co-Convener
Professor, School of Information, University of South Florida
Co-Convener, ICPE 2010

“I think that the multifaceted nature of the topic and the intimate inherent structure of the venue (i.e. limited to 50 participants) attracted me to ICPE 2010. From the time that I first began communicating with Dr. Gathegi to when I was befriended and assisted by Yvette Harden – USF Alumni Center Reservations Manager — I felt as if I were sitting in the comfort of a good friend’s living room talking about important intellectual property/rights/ethics issues.  In my nearly 20-year career as a librarian, I’ve never had such a rich conference experience.”

Tom Adamich – Presenter
MA LIS Alumnus, School of Information
Head of Metadata Services at Muskingum College
President at Visiting Librarian Service


Photo taken at conclusion of ICPE 2010 on Friday, October 22nd.

“I got a lot out of the conference. Meeting the visitors from Taiwan and talking with them about the state of libraries over there was fascinating. Conditions there are remarkably similar in some aspects, but quite different in others. Since it was my first time attending an academic conference, I was also surprised by the communal, friendly nature of the event. I was sad when it was over. During our coffee breaks and meals, I received lots of great informal advice and suggestions from fellow students, colleagues and presenters, and was also able to get a window into the world of current information policy discussions.”

Zachary English – Presenter
MA LIS Student, School of Information
Class of 2011

“This conference was exceptionally well organized. I had the opportunity to network with upcoming and established Library and Information Science Professionals in the United States and also from other countries such as Taiwan. Presentations were captivating and enlightening because they were thought provoking especially findings of many of the empirical research papers that were presented and projects that some of the professionals were working on.”

Dr. Musa Wakhungu Olaka – Presenter
University of Missouri,
School of Information Science and Learning Technology

MA LIS Graduate Students Reema Mohini and Alive Graves welcome registrants for ICPE 2010.


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


SLIS at SEFLIN 2010 Regional Conference

Over 270 library employees from the southeast Florida region attended the July 22nd annual regional SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network) Conference.  This year’s theme was “LibTech 2010:  Services on a Shoestring.”

The attendees gathered at the Kovens Conference Center on the Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus to hear keynote speaker Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library, speak on the effects of technology increases and budgets cuts on libraries and how these will shape the library of the future.  Several USF/SLIS alumni made presentations on topics ranging from using Facebook to reach users, sharpening search skills using popular search engines, free Internet resources in place of databases, and serving distance learners.  These included Meagan Albright (Nova Southeastern University), Daniel Tan (Broward College), Lauri Rebar (Florida Atlantic University), Bebe Chang (Broward County Library), and Sunem Beaton-Garcia (Broward College).

SLIS was one of 17 exhibitors at the conference.  Representing SLIS was Maria Almaguer Treadwell, coordinator of the East Coast Program.

SLIS Shines Bright at ALA Conference

The USF School of Library and Information Science was well represented in a variety of areas by a diverse group of faculty and students during the June 24-29 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Throughout the week, SLIS faculty and students had lots of great things to say about their experiences.

Early in the conference, Dr. Debra Slone attended workshops and the second annual Town Hall Meeting on Diversity. The Town Hall allows the ALA Diversity Committee to connect with the ALA membership, hearing their concerns and sharing ideas. Debra Slone was quoted in the Saturday, June 26 edition of the, ALA Cognotes page 21, regarding teaching, diversity issues, and intellectual freedom.

V. Gregory & K. O'Brien

V. Gregory & K. O'Brien

Dr. Vicki Gregory, SLIS Professor and current Chair of the ALA COA (Committee on Accreditation) spent much of her time at ALA in accreditation related meetings and activities. She and Karen O’Brien, ALA COA Director, moderated a panel of directors from other accrediting associations to better understand accreditation standards and competencies. Presenters were Crystal Calarusse , Academic Director of the National Association of Public Affairs and Administration and Laura Rasar King, Executive Director . Dr. Gregory said that it was “very interesting to hear how two other professional program accreditors view accreditation practices and procedures. Although in many ways they were very similar to COA’s, the panel members provided a number of new ideas to consider during the ongoing COA Standards Review.” To learn more about ALA Accreditation, go to http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/accreditation/

On Saturday, Dr. Henrietta Smith participated in a panel discussion entitled “Trailblazers: What We Can Learn from our ALSC Leaders. She and Carole Fiore, consultant and past ALSC President , Anita Silvey, Author & Children’s Literature expert, and others reflected on the past, present, and future of the field.

One of the highlights of the conference was when Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, USF-SLIS Distinguished University Professor, presented the 2010 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture on Monday, June 28th. The lecture honors the first director of the ALA Office of Literacy and Outreach Services (OLAS). Her topic, “Librarians and Human Rights” looked at the “historical and cultural analysis of the librarian’s role in human rights” (ALA Cognotes, 06/27/10). The lecture explored the philosophical basis of librarian’s commitment to human rights and human development as exemplified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Millennium Development Goals. She and co-author Katherine J. Phenix, read excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and dedicated select passages to colleagues in the audience representing the essence of those declarations with in the field. For more info go to http://www.ala.org/olos.

Dr. McCook is featured under OLOS news and in the ALA conference news, ALA Cognotes, Sunday June 27 , edition on page 11 .

Dr. Cora Dunkley and Dr. Henrietta Smith, editor of the Coretta Scott King Book, were part of the working committees and attended the Coretta Scott King Book awards breakfast on Tuesday, June 29. The 2010 award winners are announced at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emiert/cskbookawards/recipients.cfm .

CSK Awards Breakfast

CSK Awards Breakfast

Also in attendance from SLIS were SLIS Assistant Director Diane Austin, current SLIS student and ALA student chapter president Bill Harris, and SLIS alumni Josh Newhouse (’05), a media specialist in Tampa. Bill commented, “ALA is a marathon but is a great learning experience that I recommend to others who have the opportunity to attend”. After the breakfast, the faculty participated in photo ops with authors and other CSK affiliates (see http://www.facebook.com/usfslis#!/album.php?aid=183164&id=347754542878&ref=mf). Dr. Dunkley also interviewed noted children’s author Eloise Greenfield.

C. Dunkley & E. Greenfield

C. Dunkley & E. Greenfield

In addition to the honor of being Coleman lecturer, Dr. McCook moderated the program discussing the National Women’s History Museum Project.  Joan Wages, President and CEO of the National Women’s History Museum addressed the audience about the need for grassroots support and the legislative issues of the project. She presented some of the online exhibits currently at the NWHM site. More information about the project and online exhibits can be viewed at http://www.nwhm.org/

Alicia Long and Shalu Gilliam represented 2009-2010 Spectrum Scholars at the conference. Shalu, who will be graduating from the SLIS program summer 2010 semester said, “Attending the ALA conference was a motivational experience for me. It was amazing to be around thousands of librarians excited about their profession.” Alicia, who helped staff the REFORMA booth for the Diversity and Outreach Fair, and attended several of their programs (Pura Belpre Awards and President´s Program) added that “having the opportunity of meeting so many people who want to make a difference in the profession was inspiring and it compensates for the bad news we hear about budget cuts, closings, and lack of opportunities. I came back with a notebook full of notes, a pocket full of business cards, and a new perspective that made me appreciate the big picture of librarianship in a way that could have never happened in my little corner of the world.”

Along with representing the USF SLIS program at various functions and meetings, Diane Austin, SLIS Assistant Director and instructor of media, technology, and web design courses, attended several technology based presentations sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). ALA member organizations presented current practices and the exchange of ideas to meet future technology demands of libraries and information centers. She also hosted the ALA/ALISE Joint LIS School Reunion, table for SLIS alumni, interacting with current and previous students and colleagues from other library schools throughout the country, including USF SLIS alum Sam Hastings, Director of the University of South Carolina LIS program , faculty from Florida State University FSU School of Library & Information Studies, and Elaine Yontz, former SLIS faculty member, now  Chair of East Carolina University’s SLIS program , along with husband Jack R. Fisher, SLIS alum. Seeing the conference not only as a great networking opportunity to meet and collaborate with others in the profession and learn about the issues facing the field, Diane saw the conference as  a testament to librarians and their contributions to society, lifelong learning, and the quality of life. Next year’s annual conference is June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans. DA

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

SLIS Student’s Work Selected as Digital Library of the Week by ALA

University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries’s Digital Military Newspaper Library was recently selected as the American Library Association’s Digital Library of the Week.  The grant funded project is being worked on by USF SLIS graduate student Kaitlin Wilson, who recently commented how the readings and ideas learned in the library administration class have been useful while working on this project with the UF Library Development Office.

UF’s Digital Military Newspaper Library, a grant funded pilot project, intends to house, organize, and preserve 16 contemporary and historic military newspapers. These newspapers represent Naval and Air Force bases from many geographical regions around the state of Florida and will include Kennedy Space Center, a submarine base at King’s Bay Georgia, the Panama Canal Zone, and two newspapers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This undertaking will seek to build on the success of other projects including the Florida Digital Newspaper Library and the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library. Other related digital collections include the Korean War Oral History Collection, Vietnam War Veterans Oral History Collection, and World War II Oral History Collection from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

Digital Library of the Week is available at ILoveLibraries.org, ALA’s website for the public, and was designed to keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries. The website is produced by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, and it’s brought to you by ALA staff from all corners of the association, who come together to volunteer their time and brilliance.

A graduate of USF’s Bachelor’s in Religious Studies, Kaitlin Wilson began her formal library experience as an intern with the Digital Library Center (DLC), just as she was beginning her first semester in the LIS program.   She chose to intern with DLC because she knew that digitization and preservation are increasingly important elements of librarianship. The internship taught her so much about scanning, copyright blurring for digitized newspapers, Photoshop, and quality control.

In December 2009, she was hired by DLC to work on a new grant-funded project, the Digital Military Newspaper Library (DMNL), a sub-collection of the Florida Digital Newspaper Library at UF.  While working to promote DMNL, Wilson has worked with the Development Office in UF Libraries in the creation of brochures, contacting people, and military librarianship.  Currently, Kaitlin is working on putting together an online exhibit in honor of Veterans Day 2010 that highlights the collection.  She’s really happy to work on this project because it has so much to offer the military community and their families, and researchers and students.

She submitted DMNL for ALA’s Digital Library of the Week because she thought it would be a great way to raise awareness for the project, and is very happy that they recognized its importance.  She is currently working on a written announcement about the project for the Special Library Association’s Military Library Division’s newsletter in July.   She is scheduled to graduate December 2010, the same month she is getting married.