I ended my July note with “the really good news is that
summer is far from over.” Check that. Where’d
I’ve made headway on my summer reading list. Admittedly,
I made more progress on flights to and from Omaha than I did
at the beach. Then more books joined the pile. Attacking it
is a Sisyphean task, though welcome. The audio book currently
playing in my car is Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life. As
Conroy explains it, his reading is the underpinning for his
writing. The part I heard this morning explains how the novelist
Thomas Wolfe enthralled Conroy as a high school student and
impelled him to read everything Wolfe wrote. I am a piker in
Breaking news that broke since our last eNews:
We completed the search for the inaugural Augusta Baker Chair
in Childhood Literacy. Dr. Michelle Martin will forsake Clemson
(Now, now. No gloating.) for USC, joining our School of Library
and Information Science faculty for the fall semester. We think
Dean Tom McNally and his search committee have found us a stellar
chair. The bonus is that Dr. Martin, having grown up in Columbia,
can recount her own experiences with the much admired Augusta
Baker. So, the protracted search is over. Here’s our
Sometimes meetings count as progress. We’ve had beneficial
ones this summer regarding the work ahead for both schools.
While the prep work for the new HVAC in Davis College has yet
to start, we’ve now laid out a timetable that will work
around the SLIS class schedule and still get things ready for
the installation, as planned, in summer of 2012.
We’re locking in the overall design this month for the
SJMC renovation and expansion of the current Health Sciences
building. That will get us into the succession of Phase II
construction approvals that must take place through the rest
It might have occurred to me when I arrived on campus in 2002
that I’d hang around for a decade. But others might have
said “deans come and go.” I feel most fortunate
to have spent this much time in a position that challenges
and inspires, and only occasionally bewilders. When Les Sternberg
stepped down this summer as dean of our College of Education
and I began my tenth year, I became the currently longest serving
dean at USC. Longevity, in and of itself, is nothing to get
excited about. But I enjoy having strong leadership among our
directors and associate deans, an engaged faculty and staff,
and students — whether they are at the top or bottom
of the class — who make it interesting to be around.
Together, we have made some significant strides in expanding
our academic reach, some great hires, some good friends among
our alumni and supporters and some exciting plans for the future.
It isn’t over … not yet.
J-school Represented in Leadership Columbia Class 2012
Three alumni of the J-school are taking part in the Columbia
Chamber of Commerce Leadership class of 2012.
Jamie Muldrow, ’00,
Whitney Fleshman, ’97, and Anna Saunders, MMC ’08,
are joining other young professionals in the 10-month program.
Additionally, Muldrow received the Glenn Jacobus Award that
recognizes the outstanding member of the Leadership Class.
Leadership Columbia promotes service learning while also
encouraging participants to use their talents in professional
and civic organizations.
Award for Journalism Alumnus
Kent Babb, ’04 journalism, received a first place award
for sports feature writing in the 2010 Associated Press Sports
Editors (APSE) national sports journalism writing competition.
Babb, a sports writer for The Kansas City Star, also received
second place honors for explanatory reporting.
Position for J-school Graduate
Amy Love, MMC ’00, now heads the South Carolina Department
of Commerce marketing and communications division.
capacity, Love will also serve as the department spokeswoman.
Alumna Back at USC
Broadcast alumna Lindsay Carter-Tidwell, ’00, has been
appointed Director of Gift Planning for the USC Development
In addition to her J-school degree, Carter-Tidwell
earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida State College of Law
She has worked on the Walt Disney World marketing
team, taught law courses and, most recently, practiced as an
estate planning and probate attorney in Lake City, FL.
SLIS Alumna Published
Linda Waskow, MLIS ’10, had an article published in
the June issue of Teacher Librarian, a school media specialist
Waskow’s piece is the lead article in
a series she will be writing about her implementation of the
concept of Learning Commons in her school. This concept promotes
an interactive, collaborative environment in a school setting
where school media, administration and teachers work together
to engage student learning.
Relations Professor Receives International Honor
Dr. Sei-Hill Kim was recently named president of the Korean
American Communication Association. Dr. Kim’s two-year
term begins in August. As president, he will direct the organization
that is dedicated to the academic and social needs of more
than 400 Korean communication scholars and graduate students
in North America and South Korea.
My Summer in Washington!
By Kayla Burns, MLIS student
Spending a summer immersed in gardening and horticulture is
not typical for most library and information studies students.
However, I was able to do just that as an intern for the Archives
of the American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian Institution
in Washington, DC. This was among several
internships available to choose from at the Smithsonian. I
chose to apply for AAG because, though I didn’t have
any prior experience with horticulture, I knew I wanted to
learn more about archival work.
During my internship I had the opportunity to work on many
projects. My personal favorite was a tagging initiative for
the Smithsonian online catalog. This entailed testing the functionality
of the tagging feature, while noting problems and user friendliness.
In addition, I researched how other museums and similar institutions
are using tagging on their sites. This research and development
work helped design the look and feel of the tagging feature
the Smithsonian will be testing. Other projects during my internship
included cataloging photographs and processing a recently donated
archival collection from a landscape architect.
Not only was the work experience extremely helpful, but the
Smithsonian provides a great deal of professional development
for its interns, including grant writing lessons, career fairs,
resume workshops and field trips. One of my standout experiences
was being able to tour the Smithsonian’s museum support
center (MSC), which is not open to the public. The MSC is the
size of five football fields and stores oversized items, plant
and animal specimens, along with items from a variety of departments.
It was amazing to realize how many items the Smithsonian truly
has and how it is connected to research and conservation.
Though an internship in the scorching, humid Washington summertime
is not ideal, I would not trade this experience. From this
internship, I have developed a keener sense of purpose for
my future career; I would like to focus on user behavior research.
I’ve learned whether you’re working in a library
or museum setting, the challenges are similar.
"A Practice Tailgate"
Aug. 31, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
1435 West Morehead St., Suite 190
Ready for Carolina football? Going to the first game?
Plan to kick off the season with Dean Charles Bierbauer as
we paint the town garnet at this special pre-season gathering
for Charlotte area alumni.
We'll fire up the grill and enjoy sporty
libations in Gamecock style. Don't miss this opportunity to
connect with your fellow alumni and hear the latest college
A special thanks to J-school alumni Mike and Kim Boykin of
GMR Marketing for generously hosting our event. Go Gamecocks!
Mentor Match Night
Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.
Russell House Ballroom
Our college’s Alumni Society invites you to join its
Mentor Program. If you are interested in mentoring a student
for the coming school year, plan to attend our mentor match
night. The format will model speed dating where alumni and
students will rotate every few minutes until everyone has had
a chance to meet and talk. It’s a fun way to network
and meet all of the participants. At the end of the event,
participants will rate their top choices. Then, we’ll
pair all students and mentors.
Don’t worry if you cannot attend; you can still participate
in the program.
To sign up, RSVP to Chrysti Shain - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Elise Lewis and the Arius 3D Scanner
Four years is a long time
to wait. But for Dr. Elise Lewis, the School of Library
and Information Studies, and the McKissick Museum, it
was worth it now that the Arius 3D scanner has finally
arrived. The Arius 3D scanner was delivered to the school
in June. The wait began in 2007 when the school was approached
by Arius 3D, a Canadian company, to establish an imaging
center. Arius was looking for several universities that
would have access to historical or valuable collections.
Ours would be the first of its kind in the U.S. With
the ability to work with McKissick, South Caroliniana
Library and other archives and museums throughout the
state, SLIS’s response was an enthusiastic “yes.”
Surprisingly small at two feet square plus the actual
camera, the scanner uses laser technology along with
proprietary software to create 3-dimensional images of
objects. All components, including a week of on site
training for Dr. Lewis and her team, are a part of the
$1 million donation to our program.
One of the challenges for
Dr. Lewis was finding space for the scanner, plus technician,
and keeping the space adequately cooled. While scanning,
the laser puts off a tremendous amount of heat which
can interfere with the scanning procedure.
The unique value of the scanner
is its ability to create digital records of artifacts
that can be used for archiving and research by the collection
owners. “Any images become the property of the
collection owner. We’re more of a digitization
shop,” is how Dr. Lewis describes the imaging center
located in the North gallery of McKissick.
Dr. Lewis, in conjunction with staff from
McKissick and the College of Arts and Sciences, will
lead the ongoing project of scanning items from museum
collections. Chess Schmidt, MLIS ’10, is the lab
technician for the Arius scanner. Scanning an object
is a painstaking process involving multiple steps. “It’s
like putting pieces of a puzzle together,” Schmidt
Using proprietary software from Arius,
separate images from a single object are pieced together
using markers that guide where each part should fit.
After that, software is used to edit the image, which
can include color correcting and filling in spaces to
better represent the object.
The imaging center’s first project is scanning
the museum’s Catawba pottery collection, which
involves 300 pieces that will likely take months to finish.
Dr. Lewis is in the preliminary stages of identifying
the next collection to be scanned.
In addition to the ongoing scanning, the Arius will
also be part of a new exhibit at McKissick, starting
Aug. 12, titled “Imaging the Invisible.” As
Jill Koverman, Chief Curator of Collections and Research,
describes, “It will take us from microscopes to
nanotechnology.” Exhibit visitors will be able
to watch Schmidt scan items that will become three-dimensional
items for the exhibit.