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

Posted on October 31, 2010

Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens-Edited 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

    Posted on October 27, 2010

    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!

    USF LIS Spring 2011 Scholarship Winners Announced

    Posted on October 21, 2010

    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.

    Director Dr. Jim Andrews and Adj. Professor Denise Shereff Present Paper at Dublin Core and Metadata Applications Conference

    Posted on October 21, 2010

    USF School of Information Director Dr. Jim Andrews and LIS Adjunct Denise Shereff are presenting their paper, "The Question about Questions: Is DC a Good Choice to Address the Challenges of Representation of Clinical Research Questions and Value Sets?" with their colleagues Timothy Patrick and Rachel Richesson at the DC-2010 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications Conference.

    Abstract: Question and answer sets are the core of clinical research. The [RD] PRISM (Patient Registry Item Specifications and Metadata for Rare Disease) project will provide a library of standardized questions across a broad spectrum of rare diseases that can be used for developing new registries and revising existing ones. Questions will be encoded using well-established clinical terminologies to enable cross-indication and cross-disease analyses, facilitate collaboration, and generate meaningful results for rare disease patients, physicians, and researchers. Encoded question and answer sets will also be indexed to facilitate information retrieval by subject matter, data type, and time interval. This project will outline issues and challenges related to indexing questions for future use and for data sharing; to explore possible metadata and terminological standards for indexing them; and, determine if Dublin Core (DC) is a viable alternative to be explored in a library of standardized rare disease research questions.

    Dr. Vicki Gregory Re-elected as Treasurer of ASIS&T

    Posted on October 20, 2010

    USF LIS Professor Dr. Vicki Gregory has just been re-elected as the Treasurer of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) national Board of Directors. She will serve out another 3-year term as Treasurer. Congratulations Dr. Gregory!

    Dr. Vicki Gregory covers student learning outcomes and accreditation in Fall 2010 Issue of ALA Prism

    Posted on October 18, 2010

    USF LIS Professor and Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation Dr. Vicki Gregory talks about student learning outcomes in the From the COA Chair: Perspective section of the ALA Prism: the Office for Accreditation newsletter, Fall 2010, volume 18, number 2.

    Dr. Gregory says that,

    "From the COA perspective, student learning outcomes contribute to the success of students and the program by: Assisting LIS colleges, schools and departments in understanding how to better facilitate student learning; Providing LIS colleges, schools and departments with feedback as to how their programs are meeting the needs of students and employers; Enabling students and graduates to articulate what they are learning or have learned from the program." Read more here.

    USF SLIS Student Publishes Article in Digital Florida Libraries

    Posted on October 15, 2010

    The Florida Library Association (FLA)'s semi-annual publication, Florida Libraries, has stepped up to the digital age by moving from print to an online format. The prestigious publication's fall 2010 issue has just been released in a full-color digital edition.

    In addition to the new format, this publication features, again, an article by a University of South Florida, School of Library and Information Science's graduate student. Judiann M. Rakes' article, titled: "The Power of Partnerships: Opening Children's Minds Through Collaborative Early Learning Programs," reports on the collaborative partnership developed between the Volusia County's Daytona Beach Regional Library and the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia (ELCFV.) In times when collaboration is seen as a potential way of maximizing resources, Rakes' article highlights a successful model that could be followed in other parts of the State.

    USF SLIS Graduate Student Judiann M. Rakes.

    "It was a pleasure interviewing all the people mentioned in the article. Plus, I hope the article inspires the formation of additional efficient community partnerships," Rakes said.

    The fall 2010 edition of Florida Libraries can be accessed by FLA members at their website.

    The 2nd International Conference on Information Capital, Property, and Ethics

    Posted on October 11, 2010

    The 2nd International Conference on Information Capital, Property, and Ethics (ICPE 2010 TAMPA) will be held at USF, in the Traditions Hall of the Alumni Center from October 20 to 22, 2010. Registration for this conference is free and can be done here.

    During this conference, we will be having some international visitors from the School from Taiwan. This is a group of 5 faculty from the Department of Information and Communications of Shih Hsin University, led by their departmental chair. That department and our school are co-sponsors of this conference.

    Provost Wilcox will give the welcoming remarks on Wednesday evening, and the Keynote speaker for that evening will be Dr. Johannes Britz, the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Britz was also the Dean of the School of Information Studies at UWM.

    The Taiwan delegation will also be meeting with the Mayor of Tampa earlier on Wednesday.
    Conveners: Dr. Chihfeng P. Lin and Dr. John N. Gathegi.

    USF SLIS to Host Reception at 2010 FAME Conference

    Posted on October 5, 2010

    USF SLIS will be hosting a reception for faculty, staff, alumni, and students at the 2010 Florida Association for Media in Education Annual Conference being held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. This is a great time to mingle with other students, alumni, staff, and current and past faculty members. So if you are planning to attend the FAME Conference this year please stop by for some light refreshments and snacks. USF SLIS will also have an exhibitor booth at the conference, so please stop by and say hi!

    Reception Details:

    Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
    Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Location: Sarasota Room at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek