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USF SI at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International


USF SI’s East Coast Coordinator Maria Treadwell and Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss attended the 2010 Miami Book Fair International this past weekend. USF SI’s  booth was a hit this year at the fair. The  interest in our programs by fair goers was very high. Many LIS adjuncts, alumni, and current students were excited to see our presence at the fair and stopped by to catch up with the staff. Over 75 prospective students were anxious to stop and get information on our master’s program.

Alumni Anthony Verdesca (1999) and Maria Treadwell

2008 grad, Katia Nunez (center) with her sister (left) and Maria Treadwell (right)

The Street Fair included the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work and the more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibits. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren kicked off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities. The street fair was full of surprises with performers on stilts and mariachis singing. Here are a few pictures we captured. To view more photos from the fair click here.



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.


Save the Date – December 5, 2010

You are invited to the

2010 East Coast Graduation Reception

And Alice G. Smith Lecture

Presented by

Raymond  Santiago

Director of Miami-Dade Public Library System

When: Sunday, 5 December 2010

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: SEFLIN Office Suite, 4th Floor

S.E. Wimberly Library

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

R.S.V.P. by: Monday, 29 November 2010 to Maria Treadwell

at  mtreadwe@usf.edu with number of guests

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!

To view more photos go here.


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.

Congratulations to the Summer 2010 Graduates!!

Happy Graduation to all the SLIS students who graduated on August 7, 2010! Dr. Andrews, Dr. Yoon, and Mr. Daniel Kahl sent off the new graduates at the Summer 2010 SLIS Graduation Reception in the CIS Atrium.View more photos here.

From left to right: Dr. Yoon, Fazana Baksh, Karen Kaufmann, Nilusha Dedigamuwa, Shalu Gillum, and Dr. Andrews

SLIS Student Organizations' representatives that helped with the Graduation Reception setup and cleanup. A big thanks to them!!

SLIS Faculty, Staff, and Students mingling in the atrium at the reception.

SLIS East Coast Orientation for Fall Semester

On Friday, 30 July 2010, an orientation was held for incoming East Coast students.  The setting for the gathering was the new computer lab in Ft. Lauderdale’s Broward County Main Library.  Students had the opportunity to meet each other, learn about the SLIS program and USF, and how to navigate within Blackboard.  The group was small and because of its size, there was more opportunity for individual attention to questions and assistance.

New East Coast SLIS Students

An outside consultant, Larry Treadwell, conducted a writing workshop as part of the orientation.

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!