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Elizabeth Aversa was honored by the Library School association at 21st Annual SLIS Alumni Day in recognition of her 8 years of service to the School as Professor and Director. Speakers included Dean Loy Singleton, LSA President Tatum Preston, LSA Past President Renee Blalock, and SLIS faculty members Dr. Dr. Gordy Coleman, Professor Steve Miller and Dr. Danny Wallace. President Elect Patty Pilkerton presented Dr. Aversa with a gift box containing cards and letters from students across the country.
A number of morning workshops were presented. Kimmetha Herndon, Director of Samford University Library together with Sue DeBrecht, Library Director of the Emmet O'neal Public Library, chaired a session entitled "It is a Matter of Degrees: Beyond the MLIS to the MBA, MPA, MSFS, etc." Denise Oliver with the Alabama Supercomputer Authority presented "Alabama State funding: Rainy Days and Muddy Water." Suzanne La Rosa from NewSouth Books presented "What you can Learn from Book Publishers that is Not int the Catalog." In an afternoon session, Miranda Ball and Deidra Brewer hosted a Mentoring Panel for SLIS students.
The Library Media Center at Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa received a national award from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) on September 14, 2010. The award was presented by AASL president, Dr. Nancy Everhart, who is visiting school libraries across the country. The visit to Paul W. Bryant High School's Library Media Center is part of Everhart's Vision Tour, which is designed to showcase exemplary school libraries across the nation. Paul W. Bryant High School's library program was chosen as "Outstanding School Library in Alabama" by the Alabama School Library Association. Paul W. Bryant Library is the first library in the state of Alabama to receive this prestigious award. The Paul W. Bryant High School Library is under the direction of Shannon Bogert and Shelley Dorrill. Bogert and Dorrill were innovative in creating their Stampede to Read Program, a system of monthly programming, book talks, gaming events, unique displays, and literacy instruction for students of all reading levels. The Stampede to Read Program, combined with community collaboration, resulted in a tremendous increase in patron usage and circulation.
The Library Media Center at Swint Elementary in Jonesboro, Georgia received a statewide award from the Georgia Department of Education. Swint Elementary has been chosen as the Exceptional Elementary School Library Media Program for 2010. Congratulations to SLIS student and Media Specialist Trish Vlastnik on this honor.
The Book Arts Program at SLIS has learned that the Board of Trustees of the American Printing History Association has voted to give the APHA 2011 Institutional Award for Distinguished Achievement to the book arts program at Alabama. The formal presentation will take place at the New York meeting of the association at 2 p.m. on January 29, 2011 at the New York Public Library.
Susan DeBruin, a current SLIS student who is also a library assistant at the UA Health Sciences Library, presented her winning essay and received the Robert Avant Student Award from the Alabama Health Libraries Association during its annual meeting last week in Birmingham. The award pays the winner’s expenses for a CE course and conference expenses for the annual meeting of the Association. Congratulations to Susan.
ANNUAL BOOK BONANZA
In December SLIS presented the Athens-Limestone Public Library with a free Ellison die-cut machine as part of its annual Book Bonanza in the Black Belt giveaway program.
The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies awarded more than $8,000 in books to elementary and high school library media centers in the Black Belt region of the state through the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt Program.
School librarians in the Black Belt region were asked to apply for the book giveaway program in mid-November. More than 30 school libraries applied for the program, and seven schools were selected to each receive more than $1,000 in new books for children or teens. The winning schools for the 2010 SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt Program are:
Established in 2009, the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt is an annual program that provides free books to school library media centers in the Black Belt region each December. The program is just one of the many ways in which the School of Library and Information Studies gives back to our local community, region and state.
Schools in the Black Belt region of the state are encouraged to apply again in November 2011 to receive free books for their school library media centers during the 2011 SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt Program. If you need additional information about the program, contact Dr. Jamie C. Naidoo at firstname.lastname@example.org or SLIS at 205/348-4610.
SLIS also presented Athens-Limestone Public Library with a free Ellison die-cut machine as part of another giveaway program. For the Die-Cut Give-Away program, 32 school and public libraries from across the state wrote mini-grants to receive a free die-cut machine (worth more than $1,000) for library displays and programming.