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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.



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 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!


USF SLIS Graduate Student Melissa Moore ALA Video Contest Winner

April is School Library Month and SLIS graduate student Melissa Moore, media specialist at Banyan Elementary in Ft. Lauderdale, is being nationally recognized by the American Library Association (ALA). Ms. Moore created and submitted a video which depicts the many important roles she fulfills at her school on a “typical day” as a media specialist and won 2nd place in the ALA video contest. As a teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, technology integration specialist and library media program administrator, Ms. Moore exemplifies the essential role that a 21st Century Library Media Specialist plays in supporting student achievement in Broward schools.  (Broward Schools Newsletter)

View the video on YouTube here.

School librarians rev up learning in National Conference

revup-seal2dThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2009 National Conference took place in Charlotte, NC, November 5th – 8th. This event, which had a record attendance of almost 4,000 participants, featured well-known speakers, writers, and performers, along with many opportunities for learning and exchanging ideas. From USF SLIS, Dr. Ann Riedling and Graduate Assistant Alicia Long attended the conference.


Keynote speaker Danah Boyd during the Opening Session

Danah Boyd, who delivered the keynote speech for the opening ceremony captivated the audience with an interesting analysis of the use of social media by the new generations of digital born students. Born Digital, by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, was the book selected for “One Book, One Conference,” a program that enticed attendees to read and discuss it during the Conference.


Author James Patterson signing books at AASL 2009

Promoting reading in the 21st century was a topic addressed by best-selling author James Patterson, creator of a website with that important goal. Marco Torres, the Closing Session’s keynote speaker, brought with him an interesting view of digital media as the tools of liberation for people who have lived in disadvantages situations.

Libraries should start to make some noise,” said Patterson. “I do not believe people outside these walls realize how important library media professionals are.”

Besides a variety of concurrent sessions with topics for everyone’s interests, other highlights of the conference were visits with authors Charles R. Smith Jr., Laurie Halse Anderson, Linda Sue Park, and Richard Peck, a Storytelling Extravaganza, and a lively Closing Celebration enjoyed in the facilities of ImaginOn, an innovative partnership between the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library and the Children’s Theater of Charlotte.

The 14th Annual Conference of AASL continues in b-there, a website with all the information, videos, photos, blogs, hand-outs, and comments pertaining to the conference. Access to this online resource was included in the registration, but it is also open for non-attendees for a registration fee. It is also important to highlight that in this conference, AASL went “green.” For example, vendors and poster presenters were encouraged to send information online to attendees instead of giving printed hand-outs and catalogs, recycling and sustainable practices were involved in the materials and organization, and extra food and bags were donated to charities.


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.


USF SLIS Hosting a Reception at the FAME Conference


USF SLIS will be hosting a reception for faculty, staff, alumni, and students at the Florida Association for Media in Education Annual Conference being held at the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort. There will be a short presentation and then light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 1st

Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom at the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort



Words from the Director

Introduction of School Media Faculty

Introduction of New Online School Media Cohort Program

Recognition of Alumni and Students

Viewing of School Media Projects