Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

As every gets ready to feast and feel thankful, we at the SLIS Library just want to say, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We know, we are a few days early but we wish safe travels, good conversation, and a healthy holiday to everyone out there!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Fun!

Came across this video, courtesy of Stephen's Lighthouse. As he puts it, you know that you are alright if you can laugh at both sides of this.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Some Tuesday ponderings...

Anyone who has taken LIS 450 here at SLIS has sat in a classroom, pondering the question, "What is a library?" Seemingly straight forward, the definition of this home-of-our-future-employment is surprisingly complicated as new technologies and media change the very structures that have been traditionally named. Libraries have become something more than a place with books. An interesting article came across our eyes from Information Tyrannosaur dealing with this very question as part of the site's "Library Thinker Series." The article, titled Library Thinker Series: What is a Library? points to other recent blog posts about the definitional issues of libraries as well as weighs in.

What do you think a library is? Some food for thought on this hazy Tuesday...

Monday, November 8, 2010

If you want to work in libraries...

Interested in tribal libraries?

If you're interested in tribal libraries, archives and museums, this upcoming semester is a great time for you! LIS 640: Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums (TLAM) will be offered in Spring 2011 to interested students. This dynamic course will allow SLIS students to learn about indigenous information issues and work with Wisconsin's American Indian communities. If you are interested in the course and associated projects, feel free to attend a public information session, Friday, November 12, 2010 in the SLIS Commons. Eat (free!) pizza, meet your fellow students, and learn about upcoming opportunities regarding TLAM!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Announcing...library workshops online!

The SLIS Library puts a lot of time into presenting workshops for students, but it can be nearly impossible to schedule them for a time when everyone who's interested can attend. We've taken a step towards solving that problem with the introduction of video workshops to the LIS Support forum of Learn@UW. Take a look at SLIS Library Workshops under the Content module, make some popcorn, and hit play.

So far the only workshop available is on social cataloging and LibraryThing for Libraries, but we plan to add more as the year progresses. Keep an eye out!

Race and Storytelling: A Go Big Read book discussion

Can't get enough of this year's Go Big Read selection, Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? Whether you missed the SLIS discussion group in September or just want a different perspective on the book, next Wednesday is your big chance. Drop in on "Race and Storytelling," a discussion co-facilitated by our own Professor Ethelene Whitmire, from 5:30 to 7 in the Commons. Also leading the group will be Professor of Afro-American Studies Sandra Adell.