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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.

AKL

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LIS Adjunct Penny Beile Named EBSS Distinguished Librarian

School of Information LIS Adjunct Penny Beile was named the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. Penny is currently the interim department head for reference services and department head of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries. To read more about this honor click here. You can also check out her personal website – http://pennybeile.net/Home.html.

~JV

Project ALFA Site is Launched

 

 

Accessible Libraries For All (ALFA)

Project ALFA is a partnership between the University of Alabama, the University of South Florida, the Alabama Public Library Service, and the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services. Project ALFA is an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program centered on a philosophy of service to a diverse community. It was designed to do so by providing 30 masters degree fellowships. Project ALFA includes design, development, and deployment of:

  • Two exemplar courses that address universal access for libraries and information agencies
  • An experiential empathy lab that will allow students first-hand experience with broadly defined disability issues relating to information access.

It is designed to develop a new generation of highly skilled information professionals to work with clientele of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and age. Internships, fieldwork, and service learning projects allow ALFA Fellows to make a transition from classroom knowledge to applied experience putting learning into action.

Project ALFA is a partnership program between the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies and the University of South Florida’s School of Information. The program will support 15 students to enroll in the accredited Master’s degree programs at each partner institution.

What: Project ALFA provides a specialized concentration within an ALA-accredited Master’s degree program that centers on a philosophy of service to a diverse community. It is designed to develop a new generation of highly skilled librarians and information professionals who will expand the educational role of libraries and other agencies for learners of all ages. The program focuses on raising the consciousness of library and information science students to address universal access issues for libraries and instructional support. Read more 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.

– DVTZ

SI Students Contribute to New Book– Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens by Dr. Linda Alexander and Dr. Nahyun Kwon

Multicultural Programs for Tweens and TeensEdited by Linda B. Alexander and Nahyun Kwon for YALSA. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2010.

“In the spirit of scholarship and multicultural community, Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens is a compilation of library and information science graduate student inclusion and awareness project assignments. The contributors have developed the programs based upon the objectives and requirements of a graduate course in “Multicultural Materials for Young Adults and Children” for prospective librarians and school media specialists, developed by one of the authors. Borrowed from the cultures introduced within the course, the inclusion and awareness programs in this book are the finished product of students’ own particular interest in a particular culture studied.”–Introduction.


Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens is a one-stop resource that encourages children and young adults to explore different cultures. Dozens of flexible programming ideas allow you to

  • Choose a program specific to your scheduling, budget, or age group requirements
  • Create an event that reflects a specific culture
  • Recommend further resources

Following the practical programs laid out here, young adult librarians in public libraries, school librarians, and adult and young adult services staff can easily explore many diverse cultures.

USF SI Faculty, Maria Treadwell and Barbara Stites, on FLA Executive Board Slate for 2011

The FLA Executive Board announced the slate for the next election at its regular meeting on Friday, October 22. USF  IS Adjunct professor  Barbara Stites, Florida Gulf Coast University Library, is running for Vice-President/President-Elect . Dr. Stites was named USF SI  Jean Key Gates Distinguished Graduate in 2005.

USF SI East Coast Director, Maria Treadwell, is running for ALA Councilor.Mrs. Treadwell serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Library Association.

Elections will be held in late November/December 2010 so please vote for them if you are a member!

~JV

USF LIS Spring 2011 Scholarship Winners Announced

We would like to congratulate all the USF LIS Spring 2011 Scholarship Winners!

Johnie Key Thomson Scholarship

Anastasia L. Underwood

Casey Knudsen

Patricia Andrew Cone Endowed Scholarship

Scarlett Sheryl Ferstl

Tammatha Hutton

Blackwell/Perrault Scholarship

Brian Auriti

Paul Lightcap

H.W. Wilson Scholarship

Ursula Ziegler

Amber Fulks

Nava Cohen

Amanda Pettograsso

Stephanie Katz

The scholarships will open back up for new applications in January 2011. We encourage everyone that meets the criteria to apply.

~JV