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Spring (No) Break!

We are past spring break and careening toward the end of the spring semester. It seems that we say that every spring about this time. But the past days have been splendid ones to walk across campus with one floral explosion after another unfurling on the Horseshoe and other leafy stretches. It's a perfect enticement for all those prospective students and their parents visiting from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Cocky's Reading ExpressI spent one day of spring break with Cocky's Reading Express™ in Hampton County visiting the Fennell and Estill elementary schools. This effort is part of the SLIS grant from the Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy. We're visiting schools in these two counties four times in the course of the spring and fall semesters, adding a family literacy component to our early reading emphasis.

Kim Jeffcoat has taken over CRE activities and had four great students — Jessica, Sarah, Silas and James — devoting two days of their spring break to reading and handing out books to hundreds of pre-K, K and 1st grade students. Cocky insists the children all pledge to read every day with their parents, grandparents, siblings, pets and anyone else who will read with them. In unison, the children shout, "I promise, Cocky." Cocky's hard to resist. A day with CRE is a great tonic and spring break refresher.

Back from break, our journalism school paired hosting the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium with inaugurating our first Media & Civil Rights History Symposium. The combined events enabled us to bring Isabel Wilkerson, journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns, to Columbia as the keynote speaker. Wilkerson's work traces the African-American migration out of the South during much of the 20th century. Wilkerson pegs the north and westward shift of some six million African-Americans between World War I and the 1970s. But it also spans the time following the ill-judged Supreme Court decision — often referred to as "separate but equal" — in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and the rectifying decision and subsequent implementation of Brown v. Board of Education (1954).

In recent years, there has been what Wilkerson calls a "return migration" to a South that is economically and socially changed, if not perfect. As I listened to Wilkerson and her passion for telling this story, I was struck by how important it is to the future of South Carolina that the children in Estill, and Fennell and elsewhere acquire the skills so they can also grasp what Wilkerson relates in The Warmth of Other Suns.

As I write, there's a warm, spring sun over Columbia. Hope it's shining where you are.

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Alumni News

HambyAlumnus Named "Mover and Shaker"

Rogan Hamby, '99, MLIS, will be inducted into Library Journal's Movers & Shakers, a distinguished annual award that, over the course of the years, has honored 500 individuals.

Hamby currently manages all the IT needs for Florence County Library System (FCLS) and also is central administrator for SC LENDs (South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System), a consortium formed in 2009 that uses Evergreen open source software for a shared Integrated Library System (ILS). It now includes one-third of South Carolina's county public library systems and the State Library as members.

Hamby began working at the South Carolina State Library as Director of Information Technology on March 28.

FrazierAlumna Named Teacher of the Year

SLIS alumna Dawn Frazier, '10, MLIS, is the school librarian at Goose Creek Primary School and, earlier this year, was named Teacher of the Year.

Her article, "School Library Media Collaborations: Benefits and Barriers," was published in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Library Media Connection.

Alumna Helps Library Win Bookapalooza Award

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Paula Childers, ‘01, MLIS, is the children's services manager for Florence County Library, which was awarded the Bookapalooza Award by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the 2011 ALSC Grant Administration Committee. Florence County Library is one of only three nationwide winners of the 2011 Bookapoalooza program. Designed to help transform each library's collection, the Bookapalooza award provides an opportunity for communities to use these new materials in creative and innovative ways, aligning with ALSC's core purpose of creating a better future for all children through libraries.

PaddockAlumna Named Bayside Area Library and Special Services Library Manager

Susan Paddock, ‘09, MLIS, is the library manager at the Bayside Area and Special Services Library (BASS) of the Virginia Beach Public Library.

In addition to circulation of over 100,000 items per year, BASS provides outreach to the 14 public schools in its service area. The Special Services division, in cooperation with the Library of Congress and the Library and Resource Center of Virginia, provides library service to the Tidewater regional area residents with disabilities.

Alumna Wins Member Contest

Kate Walker, '09, MLIS, is a librarian at the Anderson County (S.C.) Library System and won the 2011 Why I'm a YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Member contest. Walker wins a free year of YALSA membership and an e-reader for her essay. For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

College News

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hosted SE Colloquium and Media & Civil Rights History Symposium

On March 17-19, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications hosted the 36th annual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium and the inaugural Media & Civil Rights History Symposium. The Southeast Colloquium is an annual academic conference of journalism and communication professors and students in the fields of history, law, print media and broadcast media. The Media & Civil Rights History Symposium gathered scholars from history, journalism and other disciplines in the U.S., the United Kingdom and South Africa to share research on the relationships between civil rights movements and various types of communication.
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Student News

SLIS Students Showcase Work

Konni Shier, MLIS student, participated in the 2010 No-Frills Conference at Central Carolina Technical College. For the September presentation, she produced a Google Earth Lit Trip. This online application allows you to coordinate locations mentioned in the text of a book with images and video from Google Earth to produce a multimedia presentation. At the South Carolina Association of School Librarians in March, Shier and Lisa Ramage demonstrated to school librarians three online technologies-- Glogster, Historypin.com and Google Earth--that can be utilized in teacher-librarian collaborations.

Aileen M.J. Marshall, MLIS graduate student and law librarian for Central Rappahannock Regional Library, had her article,"Library Services in Correctional Settings," published in the Jan./Feb. issue of Information Outlook.

Upcoming Events

The School of Library and Information Science's Deans' and Directors' Lecture

"What Kind of Science Can Library and Information Science Be?"
Speaker: Dr. Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus at Berkeley University

April 7, 7 p.m.
Ernest Hollings Library Program Room, Thomas Cooper Library

May Carolina Alumni Weekend

Make plans to join us and let the natural beauty of the University of South Carolina campus inspire you this spring! Hope to see you at the following events hosted by our college:

May CarolinaMay 13, 3:30 p.m., Hollings Library
Social Media: Not Just For Your "Friends"

May 14, 2:30 p.m., Carolina Coliseum
Annual Alumni Society Baseball Gathering
Bring your own food and drink and enjoy mingling with other alumni, faculty and staff of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies. We'll take the Gameday Shuttle to the baseball stadium after tailgating. Cost is $2 per passenger.

May 14, 4:30 p.m., Carolina Stadium
Baseball Game vs. Arkansas
Group tickets available for $5 each. RSVP to Bianca Crawford at Bianca@redcarpetcommunications.com if you would like a ticket.

Student Spotlight

Huyen Diep

By Caroline O'Neal, SJMC Undergraduate

Huyen DiepHuyen Diep, a West Columbia, S.C., native, chose to pursue a master's degree in library and information science because she says nothing is more gratifying than helping adults find information that can improve their quality of life.

"Being able to help adult patrons learn and find the information they need has been satisfying for me … working in a public library allows you to do so much more for your community and really be a part of it," Diep said.

Diep works as a full-time library assistant at the Cayce/West Columbia Branch Library of the Lexington County Public Library system while she attends graduate school. She was drawn to the School of Library and Information Science MLIS program because it is flexible for those with full-time jobs. She said the degree will help her continue her career path in library science.

Although Diep helps patrons find information they need via print and electronic sources, she also conducts monthly book discussions and sits on the committee that selects which graphic novels are purchased for the county library system.

When asked about the particularly rewarding aspects of her job, Diep replied, "It's the small stuff, I guess — helping people fill out job applications, or set up email addresses or learn how to use a database."

Diep has also participated in diaper drives for Harvest Hope and blood drives through the American Red Cross, all hosted by the Lexington County library system.

After graduation, Diep plans to continue working in the adult services portion of the public library system so she can continue educating and interacting with members of her community.

Diep has served as vice president of LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Association) and believes her involvement provided her with a priceless opportunity to network with other students with similar interests. She earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology from USC.


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SLIS Deans' and Directors' Lecture
April 7, 7 p.m.
Ernest Hollings Library Program Room
Dr. Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus at Berkeley University
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