News and Events

Pop Phenomena: A Comic Book Exhibition at Bienes Museum of the Modern Book

Posted on June 30, 2009

The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book opens its newest exhibition, Pop Phenomena: A Comic Book Exhibition. "The exhibition showcases approximately 60 vintage comic books (and their precursors: Big Little Books and early Blue Ribbon pop-up books) from the 1930s to the 1990s, and includes titles such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Archie, Daredevil, the Defenders, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Jughead, Marvel Tales, and Marvel Team-Up, and Star Wars."

The exhibition runs from June 30, 2009 to September 20, 2009
Bienes Museum of the Modern Book
Broward County Main Library, 6th Floor
100 S. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

"Sharing History" by James Anthony Schnur in Latitudes

Posted on June 29, 2009

James Anthony Schnur, who teaches "Archival Management" for SLIS has a full-page review of Sharing History-125 years of the St. Petersburg Times in Latitudes June 28, 2009.

James Schnur is Special Collections librarian at USF-St. Petersburg and past president of the Pinellas County Historical Society.

Big Read in Florida 2009-2010.

Posted on June 28, 2009

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Hendry County Library Cooperative. Clewiston.
The Joy Luck Club-$7,500

Communities In Schools of Putnam County, Inc. East Palatka, FL
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-$7,490

Nassau County Public Library System, Fernandina Beach, FL- The Maltese

Florida Center for the Book / Broward Public Library Foundation
Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Suwannee River Regional Library Live Oak, FL, The Call of the Wild$4,600

Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, Love

Charlotte County Library System, Port Charlotte, FL
Edgar Allan Poe $9,640

Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Stuart, FL
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer$16,160

Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL, The Joy Luck Club$20,000.

Big Read.

Storytelling...Beyond "Once upon a time..."

Posted on June 25, 2009

Storytelling...Beyond "Once upon a time..."

Have you ever thought about sharing stories with children, young adults, adults, or the hearing impaired? How many hats does YOUR favorite character wear in the folk literature of world cultures?

Examine the folk literature of the world and its place in the oral tradition. Learn the techniques of traditional storytelling to digital storytelling, and more.

Join master storyteller and renowned author, Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, on Monday nights at Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton Campus as she takes you through the fascinating world of storytelling.

Fall 2009 Semester

88616 LIS 6225 751
Class Lecture
East Coast section weekly mtgs: Mondays 6pm-9pm FAU Boca Raton Campus-Wimberly LIB (Rm.LY136)

Center for Book & Paper Arts -Chicago During ALA

Posted on June 25, 2009

The Center for Book & Paper Arts (CBPA) at Columbia College Chicago is dedicated to furthering knowledge and appreciation of book art, including letterpress & offset printing, bookbinding, papermaking, and artists' books.

We work to preserve historical techniques while promoting research and innovations in the media of book and paper arts.

The Center for Book and Paper Arts has been featured in the April 2009 issue of Print Magazine -

The article, Art School Confidential - A guide to 34 of the most interesting design programs around the world, by Monica Racic, highlights the top art and design schools in the world in various categories. The Center for Book and Paper Arts is featured prominently at the top in the first category, Craft.

Service Learning as Fieldwork Philosophy.

Posted on June 23, 2009

More schools are incorporating service learning into the student experience as concern grows over the relevance of a master's degree to the professional work of librarianship. Loriene Roy, ALA past president, has brought together authors from top-tier schools to outline their programs and surrounding efforts. Service Learning [2009] published by the American Library Association is the rare educational resource that ties professional and formalized education together. Kathleen de la Pe?a McCook-USF Awards Program Dec. 2008 SLIS professor, Kathleen de la Pe?a McCook, wrote the chapter: "Human Rights as a Framework for Reflection in Service Learning: ?Para que Otro Mundo es possible.' "

Criticas Appoints USF 2008 Alum to Review Spanish Language Children's Books

Posted on June 21, 2009

Freda Mosquera, USF/SLIS 2008 graduate and a Broward County Library Youth Services Outreach Librarian, has been appointed to lead a group of youth services librarians and subject specialists as reviewers for Spanish language children's titles in Criticas . According to the Web site, "Cr?ticas presents an authoritative one-stop source for English-language reviews of new adult and children's titles from the national and international Spanish-language publishing world. It also covers Spanish-language publishing news as it pertains to U.S. readers, librarians, and booksellers."

Ms. Mosquera is a former newsletter editor for REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society

Posted on June 21, 2009

UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society. Monitoring the Development of the Information Society towards Knowledge Societies

The current UNESCO mandate commits the Observatory to pay due attention to the impact of globalization on knowledge societies through the collection of pertinent information and monitoring of main trends. As a part of UNESCO's strategy to build knowledge societies and in compliance with UNESCO's function as "clearing house", the Observatory aims at monitoring the development of knowledge societies by:

* identifying, collecting and organizing pertinent, high-quality and multilingual information on the evolution of ethical, legal, socio-cultural and policy issues of the Information Society at the national, regional and international levels, with particular attention to education, science, culture and communication;
* timely presenting new trends and contexts;
* covering broad international developments and events;
* sharing information about the challenges of the Information Society and advances in ICT;
* providing a joint platform for UNESCO's clearing houses related to the Information Society issues (including ICT in Education Portal, Free Software Portal, Multilingualism in Cyberspace website, UNESCO WSIS Action Directory, IFAP Projects data base, IFAP Best Practices data base);
* creating a network of users and content providers and interacting with them through community tools;
* serving as a best practice for other organizations working in the area of the Information Society.

D. Russell Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College

Posted on June 18, 2009

Dr. D. Russell Bailey, Director, Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College [RI] is a USF Graduate.

From Dr. Bailey's webpage:
Primary author (with Barbara Tierney) for ALA Editions: Transforming Library Service through Information Commons: Case Studies for the Digital Age, 2008.

University of South Florida - M.A. in Library and Information Science - Academic Libraries, Technology / Electronic Resources
Louisiana State University - Ph.D. in German Studies, Doctoral Minor in Library Science

East Coast Fieldwork Opportunities-August 1 Deadline

Posted on June 12, 2009

Several fieldwork opportunities are available for East Coast students interested in getting practical library work experience. Fall deadline is August 1.

Opportunities include the following:
Wolfsonian Museum in Miami
Trax Software in Miami
Broward County Public Library's Outreach Department
Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Library
Florida Atlantic University Libraries
South Florida Water Management District
City of West Palm Beach Library
Boca Raton Public Library

If you are interested in doing a fieldwork on the East Coast, contact Maria Treadwell at . To review the fieldwork guidelines click here for the guidelines in pdf.

Readings with the Rays, 2008 ALCS Champions.

Posted on June 11, 2009

Fernando Perez, member of the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Team (ALCS Champions in 2008) kicked off Tampa Bay's second-annual "Reading with the Rays" program Friday morning at Town N' Country Regional Library in Tampa, Fla. About 40 children from local elementary schools gathered to hear Perez read Curious George at the Ballpark. In a purple children's reading room in the Town N' Country Library, with baseball-themed children's books lining the shelves, Perez and Rays mascot, Raymond, engaged the young audience by answering questions and signing autographs afterward.

An Unsung Hero of the Recession. David Stoner. USF '94

Posted on June 8, 2009

In a feature, "Librarians now add social work to their resumes," St.Petersburg Times Staff , Will Van Sant, highlights the work of USF SLIS grad, David Stoner, director of adult services for the Clearwater Public Library System.


Van Sant writes:

"Trained to help adults discover the trial of Socrates and sixth graders track the Oregon Trail, he now spends half his time in the trenches of a battered economy. There his job is far more urgent: helping people who need jobs, food stamps or Medicaid."

Other Bay area librarians in the story include Andrew Breidenbaugh, chief librarian at Tampa's John F. Germany Public Library (USF '98);

Luc?a Gonz?lez New REFORMA Vice-President/President-Elect

Posted on June 7, 2009

USF/SLIS Outstanding Alum, Luc?a Gonz?lez, has been elected by the members of REFORMA as their new vice-president/president-elect. Ms. Gonz?lez, an SLIS 1991 graduate, adds this latest honor to an already impressive resume.

In addition to her work with the library system at Miami-Dade and developing outreach programs such as bi-lingual children's story times for the Broward County Public Library System, Ms. Gonz?lez is a Library Journal 2008 Mover and Shaker, noted storyteller, and an award winning children's book author.

Her most recent book, The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos, is the recipient of two 2009 ALSC Awards, the Belpre Author Honor Book and Belpre Illustrator Honor Book

Dr. Vicki L. Gregory and ALA President James Rettig at QQML 2009.

Posted on June 5, 2009

Professor Vicki L. Gregory and James Rettig, ALA President, take a break at the QQML Conference to discuss ALA issues.

The QQML 2009-International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries. was was held in Held in Chania, Crete, Greece.

Drs. Kwon and Gregory's presentation, " The Use of Transaction Logs to Study the Effectiveness of Librarian Behaviors on User Satisfaction in a Virtual Setting " can be found in the QQML 2009 Book of Abstracts.

SLIS Graduate Mia D'Avanza awarded Yale University Kress Fellowship

Posted on June 1, 2009

SLIS Graduate Mia D'Avanza has been awarded the Yale University Kress Fellowship which will begin June 15th, 2009. The fellowship is designed for a recent library school graduate with an interest in art librarianship. The USF School of Library and Information Science offers Mia sincere congratulations!

According to the Yale University library website, "This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

This year the focus of the Kress Fellowship will be on all aspects of arts special collections including collection management, exhibition development and installation, as well as reference work. During their tenure at Yale Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a publishable paper or a new library service. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities beyond special collections and will have the opportunity to perform collection development activities, interact with a variety of special collections and their curators, and participate in the work of library committees and external professional organizations." (Retrieved from