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McCook presents 2010 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture

The School of Library and Information Science’s own Professor Kathleen de la Peña McCook presented the 2010 Dr. Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture as part of this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.  In her lecture “Librarians and Human Rights” McCook  explored the philosophical basis of librarians’ commitment to human rights and human development as grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

[2010 Jean E. Coleman Outreach Lecture. 6. 28. 2010. People recognized for special commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Librarians and Human Rights”. 6. 28. 2010.  Washington, D.C.

Back Row: L to R: Satia Orange, past director of ALA OLOS- ;Dr. Cora P. Dunkley, USF-SLIS Professor and Coretta Scott King TF ;Barbara J. Ford, Mortenson Center distinguished professor, first Coleman lecturer and past.ALA President;Kathleen de la Peña McCook, 2010 Coleman Lecturer; distinguished university professor, University of South Florida, Beta Phi Mu,honoree, Futas honoree, Equality honoree.
2010 Coleman Lecturer “Librarians and Human Rights.”
Bill McCook, 47 year member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
Ann Sparanese, past Futas Honoree, Head of Adult and Young Adult Services, Englewood Public Library, NJ, Coleman Committee;
Alicia Long, SPECTRUM Scholar at USF SLIS;
Diane Austin, asst. director, USF,SLIS.
Front Row: L-R
Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor at UT-Austin,past president of ALSC, Beta Phi Mu honoree;
Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, Professor Emerita, USF-SLIS, ALSC Honoree,
Coretta Scott King TF;
Dr. Alma Dawson, Russell Long professor at LSU,SLIS, Equality Award Honoree.


More specifically, McCook described: instruments that provide the foundation for the librarians’ role as primary promoters of the rights detailed in the UDHR and the MDG; international statements and declarations on peoples, regions, situations  and specific rights; and the eighteen public library service responses used by the Public Library Association informed by a human rights philosophy and the IFLA Multicultural Manifesto.

By presenting U.S. public library practice in comparison to the goals and guidelines of IFLA McCook provided U.S. public librarians with the context and documentation for the development of an expanded commitment to the service of human capabilities.

The Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture is sponsored by ALA’s Office of Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) and presented each year during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference.  Dr. Coleman was the first director of OLOS, and spent her career ensuring that all citizens have access to quality library services.

Kathleen de la Peña McCook is distinguished university professor at the School of Library and Information Science in Tampa; the author of  “A Place at the Table: Libraries and Community Building” and “Introduction to Public Librarianship”; editor of the blog Union Librarian; and serves as a member of the Coordinating Council of the Progressive Librarians Guild.  Previously, she served as chair of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee.  In 2002, McCook was honored by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking Community, as the recipient of the Trejo Librarian of the Year Award.  She was the inaugural honoree of the ALA Office of Diversity’s Achievement in Library Diversity Research in 2004.  She has received the ALA Equality Award, the ALA Catalyst for Change Award and the Beta Phi Mu Teaching Award.  Currently, Prof. McCook is working with Katharine J. Phoenix on developing a framework for public library services through the lens of human rights and human development.

Prof. McCook’s lecture, “Librarians and Human Rights”, took place on Monday, June 28, 2010 between 8:00-10:00am in the Washington Convention Center, Room 209 A/B.



USF SLIS Student Organizations Join Campaign for LSU SLIS

The Board of Governors at Louisiana State University (LSU) announced last month that they were considering closing its Library and Information Science (LIS) program, among others, due to budget cuts. This announcement prompted a quick mobilization of the School’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni, all of whom intend to show the governors the need for the program, which constitutes the only library school in the state of Louisiana.

The University of South Florida’s School of Library and Information Science (USF SLIS) Student Organizations are comprised of student chapters of professional organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST), and the Special Libraries Association (SLA). After learning about the events in Louisiana, the students in the organization realized that Florida’s schools of Library Science, as well as those in other states, need to join forces with their Louisiana’s peers in order to make a broader statement about the importance of schools that prepare information professionals.

The USF SLIS Student Organizations are developing a campaign to contact other student organizations in the nation and send a unified message on behalf of students.

For that reason…

The Student Organizations at USF SLIS are asking all of USF’s students, alumni, and faculty to add your voices to the fight for librarianship:

If you believe that schools of library and information science are not only important but vital for the cultural, educational, and social well-being of each state’s communities, then let LSU’s authorities know that in Florida we support LSU SLIS:


  • You can use a template that the USF SLIS Student Organizations created for your convenience. You can find the template as well as the latest news from our students’ campaign in the Student Organizations’ blog: Librarians-In-Training.
  • You can send your own message, voicing your thoughts and arguments in a letter, e-mail or call.
  • You can join the Save LSU’s SLIS Program page in Facebook and write a message there, as well as keep up-to-date with the latest developments.
  • You can join the USF SLIS Student Organizations’ Facebook page to follow the events and participate in the dialogue with your peers.
  • You can join the USF Student Organizations and fight the fight with us. We’d like to hear your ideas!



  • Now!!


We are asking that if you write or participate in this campaign, please include your USF’s affiliation and copy the student organizations in your message, in order to keep track of how many of our students are participating. Please copy or write a quick note to: slisstudentorgs@usf.edu and let us know that you added your voice.

Let’s save LSU SLIS Program together!

~BH and AKL

Comedy and Libraries?

USF SLIS'10 Grad Meredith Myers

What does stand-up comedy and librarianship have in common? Meredith Myers. As a recent graduate of USF School of Library and Information Science, Myers’ careers explorations and creativity ended up with her developing a new space for reflection for librarians with a sense of humor. Her new blog StandUpLibrarian.com is expected to combine both careers in a fresh way.

Ms. Myers started performing stand-up comedy in 2002 and since then she has been giving it a try to different careers, from writing books to PR. Every new adventure, she says, started at the library, where she went for information about how to do it well. When a librarian suggested her to go into librarianship, Myers discovered that she liked it and enrolled at USF.

It [the library] is a place that offers us anything that we can possibly want or dream of and it actually delivers,” wrote Myers in her blog.

After finishing her Masters in Library and Information Science at USF in May 2010, Myers moved to Los Angeles, where she expects to find a job bringing information to people and presenting an alternative to the stereotyped “old lady librarian wearing the bun and glasses.”


USF SLIS Alum’s Active Role in Miami-Dade School Library

USF Alum Trevor Colestock, a 2003 graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, is an active member of United Teachers of Dade (UTD.) In March 2010, he was elected as an  American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA), Florida Education Association (FEA), and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Florida/South Florida delegate as a member of UTD President Karen Aronowitz’s Eagle Caucus and elected as one of the UTD Building Stewards at Miami Norland Senior High School in May.

2003 USF SLIS Graduate Trevor Colestock

Mr. Colestock, who works at Miami Norland Senior High School, just obtained a Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grant for the school’s library media center and met Mrs. Bush to accept the award. Over 10,000 applications were submitted and only 188 were chosen, 13 of which were from Florida, 8 from Miami-Dade County. Miami Norland Senior High School was the only Miami-Dade high school to be awarded a grant of this type. Congratulations for your achievements, Mr. Colestock!


New Face at USF SLIS

The University of South Florida’s School of Library and Information Science is pleased to introduce the newest member of our team, Daniel Kahl. Mr. Kahl joins the staff as the new Academic Program Specialist. He comes from the USF College of Public Health.

Daniel Kahl in his new office.

Mr. Kahl is skilled in a number of key systems and has a strong knowledge of registration, scheduling, etc. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St.Leo University and is working on a master’s in education. Students in need of help with academic matters will find Mr. Kahl ready to solve their problems here:

Mr. Daniel Kahl – Academic Program Specialist



Office: CIS 2013

USF SLIS welcomes Mr. Kahl!

Food for thought from TBLC Strategic Reality Check

Tampa Bay Library Consortium

TBLC hosted a “Strategic Reality Check” workshop at Fruitville Library on Monday, May 17, 2010. The workshop was led by professional library consultants George Needham and Joan Frye Williams. This was an opportunity for area library professionals to examine ways they might reassess the success with which their libraries were serving patrons. The idea was to do so without scrapping missions and strategic plans and other long-range, expensive and time-consuming initiatives.

There were concerns about user friendliness and some novel ideas exchanged during the process. One of these was offered by a Pinellas County librarian who explained a novel acquisitions effort underway at her library. She explained that they’d observed an approximate waiting list number which, when reached, made waiting for bestsellers unattractive. At this point, patrons were more inclined to go by the book at a bookseller than to wait for a library copy. Their solution was to offer patrons the opportunity to purchase the book they sought on behalf of the library with the privilege of being the first to borrow it. They might then take a tax deduction for donating the book. A piece of the library’s acquisitions budget would then be freed for other purposes.

Another burgeoning concept with possible wider implications was outlined by Mr. Needham and Ms. Frye Williams. They asked participants to list major life passages such as retirement, starting a family, battling cancer, going to college, etc. They proposed the possibility of organizing the physical (and electronic) collections under these headings and explained that a public library in Europe was already working with it.

Finally, one small observation had to do with the hoops we require patrons to jump through in order to obtain a library card. This one might or might not have an easy fix to it. If we’re able to (and accustomed to) easily establish a user account at the web site of a commercial enterprise and retrieve lost passwords easily at these places, why then do we require potential library users to show up with photo ID in person along with proof of their physical address in order to use the public library?  Someone moving to a new town may possibly have a more difficult time obtaining a library card than they would changing over their drivers’ license.

Thanks to TBLC for access to this food for thought.

[AB, 5/25/2010]

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.