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June 30, 2011

Dr. Pantelidis appointed Emerita status

Dr. Veronica Pantelidis, Distinguished Professor in the College of Education, Department of Library Science, at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina is retiring effective July 1, 2011 after 35 years of service to East Carolina University and the Department of Library Science. She has served as the co-director of the Virtual Reality and Education Laboratory, was co-editor of the refereed journal VR in the Schools, and was the Program Coordinator for the graduate Certificate in Virtual Reality in Education and Training program. Dr. Pantelidis received East Carolina University's 1999 Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service Through Continuing Education, and the 2000-2001 East Carolina University, College of Education, Distinguished Professor award. Dr. Pantelidis' publications include numerous journal articles and several books, the latest book as a co-author of Virtual Reality in Education, a double issue of Themes in Science and Technology Education (2010). A number of Dr. Pantelidis' publications on the use of virtual reality in education can be found at the Virtual Reality and Education Laboratory website at http://vr.coe.ecu.edu/vrel.htm. Additional information on Dr. Pantelidis' career and accomplishments can be found at http://www.coe2.ecu.edu/facstaff/viewfac.cfm?ID=179 .

Given the depth and scope of the contributions of Dr. Pantelidis to the Department of Library Science, it is with great pleasure we announce that the Department of Library Science Personnel committee has appointed Dr. Veronica Pantelidis as Professor Emerita effective with her retirement on July 1, 2011.


June 29, 2011

Kelley Loftis Represents Department at 2011 ALA Annual ConferenceCurrent student
Kelley Loftis attended ALA in New Orleans as part of ALA's Student-to-Staff program.  Each year 40 library students are chosen to assist ALA staff during the annual conference.  ECU library science students have participated in this program since 2005. ECU's nominee to the ALA Student-to-Staff program is discussed and selected during the department's October meeting. Students are selected on the basis of involvement with the Student Chapter, leadership potential, and involvement in state library events.  In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 20 hours), these students receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses.  Kelley worked with LITA at this year's conference.

Scott Hayes and Dewey Hip Hop
Former student Scott (Scooter) Hayes recently released his debut children's album - Melvil Dewey Library Hip Hop.  Melvil Dewey teaches children the importance of libraries in our communities, advocates reading and introduces basic library skills.  Scooter’s first single, The Dewey Decimal Rap, has nearly 450,000 hits on YouTube and is being distributed worldwide by McGraw-Hill in 2012.  Meanwhile, two of his music videos have been deemed by The Huffington Post as two of the funniest library videos ever.  This whole adventure started with a class project for LIBS 6026.  Now Scott is doing a summer tour in North Carolina.  See
http://storyyeller.com/



April 26, 2010

Master of Library Science Students Receive Awards at the College of Education Scholarship Ceremony

Sophia Pinyan, Mildred Daniels Southwick Scholarship

Above: Sophia Colleen Pinyan, Mildred Daniels Southwick Scholarship


Angela Finn, Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Above: Angela Finn, Outstanding Graduate Student Award


Kevin Vickers, Diane Kester Innovator Award

Above: Dr. Diane Kester with Kevin Vickers, Diane Kester Innovator Award

 

Library Science Students and Faculty

Above: Group from Left to Right: Colleen Pinyan; Kristy Sartain (awarded the Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship); Dr. Jami Jones; Angela Finn; Dr. Al Jones; Dr. Diane Kester; Karen Mathis; Kevin Vickers; Dr. Elaine Yontz; Dr. Patrick Valentine; Dr. Kaye Dotson; Dr. John Harer.

Not Pictured: Kimberly Fawks-Gugino, Emily S. Boyce Fellowship Award.

 


January 8, 2010

listenDr. Elaine Yontz Begins Appoinment as Chair of the Department of Library Science

Dr. Elaine Yontz

Dr. Elaine Yontz joined the Department as Professor and Chair in January 2010.  She came to ECU from Valdosta State University in Georgia, where she was  Professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program . She has been Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, and prior to that served as Associate Chair for Contributed Cataloging at George Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. 

Her experience as an educator includes preparing students for professional positions in all types of libraries and information centers.  She holds a PhD in College Teaching from the University of Florida, an ALA-accredited Masters degree from Florida State University, and an MFA in Music History, Literature, and Criticism from the University of Florida.

She has been active in research and scholarly activity since 1990, authoring numerous refereed articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.  Her professional presentations include invited panel appearances at the Library of Congress and on College of DuPage’s Soaring to Excellence series.  Current projects include an ongoing study that tracks the indexing and abstracting of open-access journals and a monograph in preparation on nineteenth-century children’s magazines.

Yontz has held several elected offices and committee appointments in professional organizations at national and state levels; highlights include an appointment to Loriene Roy’s ALA Presidential Task Force on Supporting LIS Education Through Practice, and service as chair of the ALISE Research Committee.  She also has been active in Florida and Georgia library associations and is a past Chair of the ALCTS-Council of Regional Groups, and past President of the ALA-NMRT.


July 13, 2009
listenLibrary Science Position Available

Louisburg College has an opening for a part-time evening librarian beginning in August. The position will require a schedule of Sunday through Wednesday nights or Monday through Thursday nights, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (14 hours per week). The position pays $15 per hour but does not carry any benefits.

The complete job description can be found at http://www.louisburg.edu/faculty/positions.html


May 1, 2009
listenECU's Master of Library Science named as one of the top 10 largest distance education programs in U.S. News annual listing

Two graduate programs at ECU have been named by U.S. News &World Report in the largest programs for distance education in the magazine’s annual best graduate schools edition.

The ECU College of Nursing is listed in the nursing programs section, and the ECU College of Education is listed in the library science programs.

According to U.S. News, it surveyed 473 programs with 409 responses to compile a list of the largest graduate-level programs measured by enrollment in business, education, engineering, library science, nursing and public health. The top programs appear in the May 2009 publication and www.usnews.com/elearning.

"This ranking emphasizes the strength of our online graduate-level nursing concentrations. The pass rates for our annual national certification exam scores are consistently above 95 percent," said Dr. Sylvia Brown, acting dean of the College of Nursing. "The combination of national recognition and such high pass rates certainly draws prospective nursing graduate students to ECU."

The College of Nursing was first named to the U.S. News list in 2004. The school offers seven online options in the master's of science in nursing program: adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery.

The College of Education's Department of Library Science offers a totally online, Internet-based Master of Library Science degree. The department has offered online courses since the late 1990s. For more information about the program, visit http://www.ecu.edu/educ/libs/.

Original Source
http://www.ecu.edu/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1573


April 24, 2009
listenStory"Yeller" Does more than wear wigs and perform in Rap videos

StarNewsOnline.com has written an article about ECU's MLS student Scott Hayes, a literary consultant, who is using doing more than wearing wigs and performing in rap videos; he is using technology, pop culture, and humor to get children more interested in reading. Read the full article from StarNewOnline.com at this address:
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090414/columnists/904149919.

See our previous news item on Scott Hayes to view his "Dewey Decimal Rap video.


listenApril 16, 2009
ECU Department of Library Science Student Creates Dewey Decimal Rap

While enrolled in Dr. Barbara Marson’s Cataloging course, LIBS 6026, student Scott “Scooter” Hayes decided to add his own take on teaching others the Dewey Decimal System by creating the Dewey Decimal rap. The department knew he was one of a kind all along, since he included carrot cake as his favorite vegetable on his bio.  Take a look at his amazing Dewey Decimal Rap on YouTube at:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHiUQb5xg7A 


March 20, 2009
listenAppointments/Elections

In addition to recently being appointed to the Board of Program Reviewers for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Dr. Diane Kester has also received an award from East Carolina University for 40 years of service to the State of North Carolina. Dr. Kester spent 20 years in Wayne County Public Schools as a school media coordinator and has now served 20 years at ECU in the library science program.

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Above: Dr. Kester with ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard.

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Above: Dr. Kester with Provost and former College of
Education Dean,
Marylin Sheerer and fellow College of
Education Service Award
winner Lou Anna Hardee.


March 2, 2009
listen2009 Awards for Exellence

Dr. Larry Nash White and Dr. John B. Harer were both recently selected to receive Awards for Excellence from the Emerald Literati Network. Each year Emerald Publishing invites each journal’s Editorial Team to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous 12 months.

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Dr. Harer’s article, “Employees as customers judging quality: Enhancing employee assessment” published in New Library World has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009.

Dr. White’s article, “Aligning library assessment processes to the library's service environment: A conceptual model” published in Library Review has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009. The award winning papers are chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or managers. These two articles written by ECU Library Science faculty were selected because they were two of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2008.

Further information regarding the Awards for Excellence can be found at the following site: http://info.emeraldinsight.com/authors/literati/index.htm


November 19, 2008
listenLibrary Science Class of 2008 Reception

You and your guests are invited to the Library Science Graduation Reception held to honor the Class of 2008.

Friday, December 12th, from 3:00pm - 4:30pm

View Invitation

Contact Dr. Patrick Valentine to confirm attendance at valentinep@ecu.edu

The 2nd Annual Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarship (COLRS) workshop is to be held July 18-19, 2008 in Greenville, North Carolina. The Friday afternoon and all day Saturday workshop is a required event for COLRS recipients and is open to any current student, potential COLRS applicant, and the public to attend.

The COLRS workshop begins on Friday at 3pm in the Teaching Resource Center (TRC) on the 2nd floor of Joyner Library on the East Carolina University campus. After a workshop orientation session, MLS program news and events session, and an overview of the COLRS program, there will be a workshop networking opportunity beginning about 5pm. Dinner is on your own.

Saturday the workshop begins at 8:30am in the Reddrick building on the campus of Pitt Community College (PCC) in Greenville and runs until 5pm. The workshop events include a variety of interactive sessions and presentations:

· Donna Washington, a noted North Carolina storyteller

· Allan Bailey of TRC, Joyner Library presenting on multiculturalism and collections

· Dr. Ruth Clark, ECU MLS Program, presenting on booktalking for children and teens

· Dr. Jami Jones, ECU MLS Program, presenting on young adult resilience and other issues

· Information on the NC DPI IMPACT Program and its use in the school media center

· Student – faculty exchange session on current research and professional issues

· Feedback session

Friday dinner and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the workshop attendee. Each attendee will need to bring $15 (exact change or check payable to ECU; no credit or debit cards) to cover the costs of Saturday’s breakfast and lunch with them and present it when registering onsite. Workshop attendees need to confirm their attendance with Dr. Harer (harerj@ecu.edu) or Dr. White (whitel@ecu.edu) before July 11, 2008 to ensure space and meal availability. Space is limited so confirm your attendance early.

COLRS Program Information

The COLRS Scholarship Program was co-developed and is co-directed by Dr. John Harer and Dr. Larry White. The goal of the COLRS Scholarship program is to fulfill the growing need for certified school library media specialists within rural and eastern North Carolina school districts. The COLRS scholarships provide a full tuition scholarship for East Carolina University’s Masters in Library Science, which is an all-online degree program that allows students to study, work, and earn their degree while at home. The COLRS project was one of thirty-five grant applications awarded nationally from over 100 eligible applicants and is the largest award in the state of North Carolina this year.

The COLRS scholarship program is possible due to a grant to the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at East Carolina University of $668,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 15,000 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov

For more information contact Dr. John B. Harer at 328-4389 or Dr. Larry Nash White at 328-2315 in the College of Education’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology. You may also contact Eileen Maxwell with the Institute of Museum and Library Services at 202-653-4632 or emaxwell@imls.gov.

Download the COLRS workshop Flyer.

Joyner Library (Friday):

Campus Map: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-ecu/maps.cfm

Driving Directions: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-ecu/drivingdirections.cfm

Pitt Community College (Saturday):

Campus Map: http://www.pittcc.edu/pitt/map.html.

Driving Directions: http://www.pittcc.edu/pitt/directions.html.


 
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April 8, 2008
listenECU’s Oldest Online Internationally Peer-Reviewed Journal Celebrates Eleven Years

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VR (Virtual Reality) in the Schools, the journal published by the Virtual Reality and Education Laboratory (VREL) in the College of Education at East Carolina University is pleased to announce the release of its newest issue, celebrating eleven years online. VR in the Schools began in 1995 in print format; two years later the journal began being distributed via email. Today VR in Schools is released only online. With its eleventh year of publication online, VR in the Schools is the longest lived internationally peer-reviewed online journal at East Carolina University.

VR in the Schools was developed by Dr. Lawrence Auld and Dr. Veronica S. Pantelidis. The journal’s purpose is to fit the perceived need to provide articles for researchers and practitioners interested in incorporating virtual reality technology in the field of education. Articles for each issue are reviewed by professionals from institutes of higher learning such as Kent State University, the University of Ioannina in Greece, and Temple University, as well as from community colleges and high schools. The audience for this journal includes higher education faculty and educational software designers, although K–12 teachers have always been the primary target audience. The current editors of the journal, Dr. Veronica S. Pantelidis and Mr. David C. Vinciguerra, continue the journal’s focus on virtual reality applications and use in education.

The current issue can be viewed at http://vr.coe.ecu.edu/vrits/6-2.pdf. All past issues of VR in the School can be found by visiting http://vr.coe.ecu.edu. For more information contact Co-Editors Dr. Veronica S. Pantelidis (pantelidisv@ecu.edu), and/or Mr. David C. Vinciguerra (vinciguerrad@ecu.edu), of the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology, College of Education, East Carolina University at 252.328.6621.


April 7th, 2008
listenDepartment of Library Science and Instructional Technology Receives Award for Distance Learning Teaching

Eleven faculty members in the in ECU’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT), known as the LSIT Podcast Research Group, received the 2008 NCDLA Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching award. This North Carolina Distance Learning Association (NCDLA) Award Committee . recognized their outstanding accomplishments in the field of distance learning. Awards were presented on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the annual reception awards ceremony during the NCDLA annual conference held at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern, North Carolina on April 2-4, 2008.

The LSIT Podcast Research Group consists of; Heidi Blair, Abbie Brown, Carol Brown, Bethann Fine, Jami Jones, Ken Luterbach, Barbara Marson, William Sugar, Patrick Valentine, David Vinciguerra, and Larry White.

In addition, the LSIT Podcast Research group made a presentation on their efforts at the recent UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 14, 2008.

For more information please contact Dr. Bill Sugar, Chair, Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at 252-328-1546 or email sugarw@ecu.edu.


April 7th, 2008
listenVirtual Reality and Education Laboratory Celebrates 16 Years of Service

The Virtual Reality and Education Laboratory (VREL) in the College of Education at East Carolina University is pleased to announce its celebration of sixteen years of research. Dr. Lawrence Auld and Dr. Veronica Pantelidis established the VREL in 1992 based on a perceived need for a laboratory to study the implications of virtual reality for K-12 education. Over the past 16 years the VREL has studied VR tools and resources in the field of education, providing expertise to researchers and practitioners in the field. vrelThe research and projects of the VREL include:
• Maintaining the Virtual Reality and Education Laboratory for use by students in undergraduate and graduate virtual reality courses.

• Publication of VR in the Schools, ECU’s oldest online internationally peer-reviewed journal.

• Providing research and expertise on the identification of applications for virtual reality in the field of education and training

• Identification and evaluation of low-cost virtual reality hardware and software for educational environments.

• Maintaining the VREL website and web-based information resource center on VR in education and training. Providing information on publications and projects from around the world.

• Maintenance of a clearinghouse for queries about the use of virtual reality in education and training.

• Examination of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, identifying objectives that can use virtual reality as a method or means of attainment.


To obtain more information on the VREL, view their current website at http://vr.coe.ecu.edu or contact VREL Co-Directors and Dr. Veronica S. Pantelidis (pantelidisv@ecu.edu) and/or Mr. David C. Vinciguerra (vinciguerrad@ecu.edu) of the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology, College of Education, East Carolina University at 252.328.6621.


April 7, 2008

listenALA Student Chapter Releases Third issue of Newsletter

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Members of East Carolina Universities' American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter are pleased to announce the third issue of the Library Science Society newsletter.

The newsletter is a bi-annual report designed to inform students about the activities of professionals in the field, scholarship opportunities, available resources for students, and other library science related articles.

The third issue of Library Science Society can be viewed here:

Library Science Society: Volume 2; Issue 1

Additional information on ECU's ALA Student Chapter can be found on the ALA Student chapter web site: http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/alasc/ or by contacting Dr. Jami Jones (ALA Student Chapter Faculty Advisor) at jonesj@ecu.edu .


March 17, 2008
listenEast Carolina University’s Library Science Program Announces New COLRS Scholarship Recipients for 2008

The Library Science Program at East Carolina University announces the recent recipients of the Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships (COLRS) for the spring and fall 2008 semesters. The COLRS Program scholarships provide a full tuition scholarship, valued at approximately $15,000 per student per degree on a competitive basis, for East Carolina University’s Masters in Library Science, an all-online degree program that allows students to study, work, and earn their degree while at living in their own communities. The Library Science program began awarding full tuition scholarships to students preparing to become school library media specialists in late 2006 through a competitive review process. Approximately thirty-one of the forty-five COLRS Program scholarships have now been awarded to date. This year’s scholarships total approximately $300,000 to support students entering the Library Science Program.

The most recent COLRS recipients are:

Spring 2008 Fall 2008

Wendy Cable, Robbinsville Michelle Campbell, Winterville

Kimberly Collette, Kinston Jennifer Dry, Raleigh

Debbie Davenport, Columbia Nicole Emmert, Roxboro

Stacey Mertz, Asheville Jeremy Glasson, Angier

Donald Mills, Greenville Amy Irving, New Bern

Lydia O’Rear, Greenville Melanie Kloack, Fayetteville

Kelly Puglisi, Swansboro Randi Monroe, Canton

Dee Purcell, New Bern Shanin Moore, Jacksonville

Jennifer Whaley, Richlands Viretta Vann, Ahoskie

The COLRS scholarship program is funded by a $668,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services awarded in 2006. The COLRS Program co-developed and co-directed by Dr. John Harer and Dr. Larry White seeks to fulfill the growing need for certified school library media specialists within rural and eastern North Carolina school districts. The COLRS project was one of thirty-five grant applications awarded nationally from over 100 eligible applicants in 2006-2007and was the largest award in the state of North Carolina in 2006.

The Institute for Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 15,000 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convening’s, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov

For more information contact Dr. John B. Harer at 328-4389 or Dr. Larry Nash White at 328-2315 in the College of Education’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology. You may also contact Eileen Maxwell with the Institute of Museum and Library Services at 202-653-4632 or emaxwell@imls.gov.


March 16, 2008

listen2008 COLRS Summer Workshop Dates Announced

The East Carolina University Master of Library Science Program announces the dates for the 2008 Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships (COLRS) summer workshop. The 1.5 day COLRS workshop will be held on July 18-19, 2008 on the campuses of East Carolina University and Pitt Community College in Greenville. The workshop will feature noted story teller Donna Washington as well as other presenters in the area of library science and school media centers. A detailed schedule of events and other presenters will be forthcoming.

The COLRS summer workshop is an integral component of the COLRS scholarship program. The workshop allows the COLRS scholarship recipients to come to Greenville to interact and build professional skills and networks while keeping current in the trends and developments of the field. The workshop is a required event for COLRS recipients, but is open to all MLS students and stakeholders who would like to attend. Registration information will be communicated in the near future.

The COLRS Program scholarships are a competitive scholarship program that provides a full tuition scholarship valued at approximately $15,000 for East Carolina University’s all-online degree in Masters in Library Science. The COLRS Program co-developed and co-directed by Dr. John Harer and Dr. Larry White seeks to fulfill the growing need for certified school library media specialists within rural and eastern North Carolina school districts. Approximately 45 COLRS scholarships will be awarded over a three year period.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 15,000 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convening’s, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov/


March 16, 2008
ECU MLS Program Coming to a City Near You!

Members of the faculty and staff of the ECU Master in Library Science Program will be visiting cities in North Carolina in late March and early April. Current, former, and potential new students; library professionals / paraprofessionals; and library educators are encouraged to attend. Each visit will start with a short presentation on the current and future activities / developments of the program; then a question and answer session; and then an opportunity to provide us with feedback on your educational / professional experiences, needs, and expectations.

This is an important opportunity for students and stakeholders to provide their valued input into our program's planning, curriculum, and assessment processes and shape the future of the program. Your contributions will help the MLS program in its strategic planning processes to be the best program it can be for you and future library professionals.

Even if you cannot attend the whole session, we would encourage your to drop by anytime during the visit time and meet everyone, and share your thoughts and concerns with us.

Saturday, March 29, 10am - 1pm, at the Onslow County Public Library, 58 Doris Avenue East, Jacksonville

Saturday, April 5, 1pm - 4pm, at the Mooresville Public Library, 304 South Main Street, Mooresville

Saturday, April 12, 10am - 1pm, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Sheppard's Vineyard Drive, Apex

All visit sessions will be video recorded so we can accurately capture the feedback you provide us.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Larry Nash White at whitel@ecu.edu or 252-328-2315.


February 28, 2008
listenMaster of Library Science Program Announces 2008 Student Awards

The Master of Library Science Program of East Carolina University announces the 2008 Student Awards for outstanding student achievement. The students selected through a competitive review process for these awards have demonstrated superior academic performance, professional knowledge, and participation in the library profession.

The Outstanding Graduate Student for the Master of Library Science Program is Stacy Menzies of Apex; she was chosen based on her superior academic record and departmental involvement. The Emily Boyce Fellowship is awarded to Susan Whelan Simpson of Beaufort; her selection was based on her demonstrated potential for community leadership and evidence of commitment to a professional career in library administration/management. The Mildred Daniels Southwick Scholarship Award is presented to Linda Anne Barefoot of Candler; this is the second year in a row that she has won the award. Linda was selected based on her demonstrated commitment to a career in reference librarianship. The Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Sa’Cola Lehr of Fayetteville; she was selected as being the outstanding academic achievement student from Cumberland County.

Congratulations to all our award winners!

For more information on the Master of Library Science Program or the student awards, please contact Dr. Larry Nash White, MLS Program Director at 252-328-2315 or whitel@ecu.edu.


February 12, 2008
listenScholarship for Instructional Technology awarded to MAEd Student

The North Carolina Association for Educational Communications and Technology ( www.NCaect.org ) has offered two $2000 scholarships, one for a graduate student in School Library Media and one for a graduate student seeking the Master of Education in Instructional Technology. Applicants for the scholarship must be enrolled in an accredited degree program and provide three letters recommending them for the scholarship. They must also submit a written statement expressing their professional philosophy and goals. The scholarship for Instructional Technology has been awarded to Elizabeth Lynn Keith a candidate for the MAEd in Instructional Technology. Lynn currently holds the position of Program/Technology Specialist with Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. According to Lynn, “I quickly found ‘high tech’ and ‘high teach’ were complementary components of quality instruction.” Lynn’s advisor is MAEd program coordinator Dr. Carol Brown.


February 11, 2008
listenMLS Alumni publishes in School Library Media Research

Robin Boltz, a Library Media Specialist at South Granville High School, Creedmoor, North Carolina, has recently published the article "What We Want: Boys and Girls Talk About Reading" in School Library Media Research. This article can be viewed here.


February 08, 2008
listenMLS program Open Forum Rescheduled

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the MLS program Open Forum scheduled for February 9, 2008 is being rescheduled for the summer semester. In the meantime, the MLS program will be scheduling dates in March and early April in three different parts of the state where we will meet in person with students and stakeholders to discuss news of the program, future developments, and how students and stakeholders can participate in the planning and decisions of the MLS program. We want to strongly encourage you to attend these sessions, for while we will be videoing portions of the sessions, we are seeking your in-person comments and participation whenever possible. The tentative dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Your feedback on the MLS program and your participation in the planning and decision making processes of the MLS program are highly encouraged and necessary to ensure that the MLS program meets your professional educational needs effectively. Your feedback and participation provides us with the necessary information to progress in the accreditation process towards a successful application to become an ALA initially accredited program. If you are interested in participating in the MLS program, I would strongly encourage you to please download the accompanying form and return it to us before March 1, 2008. We need your participation to make this the best program for you possible.

Thank you for your interest.

Dr. Larry White, MLS Program Director
LS Student Committee Form          


February 07, 2008

listenLSIT Department Receives Award for Distance Learning Teaching

The North Carolina Distance Learning Association (NCDLA) Award Committee selected eleven faculty members, known as the LSIT Podcast Research Group, in ECU’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT) to receive the 2008 NCDLA Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching award.

The LSIT Podcast Research Group consists of; Heidi Blair, Abbie Brown, Carol Brown, Bethann Fine, Jami Jones, Ken Luterbach, Barbara Marson, William Sugar, Patrick Valentine, David Vinciguerra, and Larry White.

The award recognizes their outstanding accomplishments in the field of distance learning. This group of faculty is also being considered for a similar national distance learning award.

Award winners will be recognized at the NCDLA annual conference held at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern, North Carolina on April 2-4, 2008.

Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the annual reception at the convention center awards ceremony.

For more information please contact Dr. Bill Sugar, Chair, Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at 252-328-1546 or email sugarw@ecu.edu.


February 04, 2008
listenMLS Program Open Forum

The ECU Master of Library Science (MLS) Program is conducting an Open Forum on February 9, 2008 from 12 - 4pm in Room 15 of the Mendenhall Building on the ECU campus in Greenville. This is an interactive session between faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders where news on recent program developments will be provided, questions will be addressed, feedback on the current and future needs of the program will be solicited, and the opportunities for student and stakeholder participation in our MLS program explored. Please contact Dr. White (whitel@ecu.edu, 252-328-2315) to reserve your seat as it is limited to the first 60 reservations.


January 30, 2008
listenLSIT Library Science Program Ranked Among the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 10 distance education programs.

According to U.S. News, it surveyed 649 programs with 549 responses to compile a list of the largest graduate-level programs measured by enrollment in business, education, engineering, library science, nursing and public health. The top programs appear in the Jan. 21 publication and www.usnews.com/elearning.

“ This ranking certainly validates the College of Nursing’s commitment to excellence in delivering nursing education in technologically advanced environments,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “One statistic that is not communicated in this ranking is the quality of education that our online learners receive. Last year our advanced practice nursing options had 100% passage rates on national certification examinations. This is proof that distance education is an effective way to deliver course content—even highly technical material needed by advanced practice nurses.”

Interim dean of the College of Education, Dr. John Swope, said, “The College of Education is pleased that the library science program is ranked among the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 10 distance education programs. The college and its faculty are committed to extending and improving access to the highest quality educational and professional development opportunities. Our library science faculty exemplifies this commitment.”

The College of Nursing was first named to the U.S. News list in 2004. The school offers seven online options in the master’s of science in nursing program: adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery. Of 432 total students enrolled in the MSN program, 371 or 86 percent are distance education students.

The College of Education’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology offers three totally online, Internet-based master’s degree programs, including the master of library science, the master of arts in education in instructional technology, and the master of science in instructional technology, and four master’s level certificate programs.


January 18, 2008
listenLSIT Library Science Student Betsy Merricks Presents Research

Merricks, head of the Interlibrary Loan Borrowing and Lending Department at High Point University's Smith Library, presented "Resource Sharing: The Exploration of Policies and Non-Circulating Reference Materials" – a topic she has researched in her many library science graduate study courses. Her presentation explored several theories on how to meet the research needs of undergraduate students with the assistance of meta-search engines and technology.

Read the full article here:
http://www.highpoint.edu/news_events/article.cfm?ArticleID=911&viewall=false
Also available in the Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News and Record, and the High Point Enterprise Newspapers.


December 15, 2007
listenMr. Kevin Cherry Accepts New Position as Senior Program Officer

The MLS Program announces that Mr. Kevin Cherry accepted a new position as a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington D.C.. Mr. Cherry taught Library Foundations, public library seminars, and the history of the book courses for the past several years for the MLS program and was highly involved in the library profession and community services of North Carolina. His contributions to and enthusiasm for libraries will be greatly missed, but we wish him well in his new endeavors at IMLS.

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Dr. Larry Nash White (left), MLS Program Director, presents Mr. Kevin Cherry (right)
with a gift to celebrate Mr. Cherry's new position.


December 12, 2007
listen4th Annual: Goodwill and Good Books

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology celebrated it's 4th Annual: Goodwill and Good Books drive to share books with those in our community who have special needs during the 2007 holiday season. Rather than exchange gifts with each other, each member of the department purchased at least one new book to donate. These beautiful books were selected with the hope that those in need during the holidays might have something to read that is both encouraging and comforting…as only a good book can do. Most of the books were for the children or youth.

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October 04, 2007
listenECU’s ALA Student Chapter Gathers For First Tailgate Party

ECU’s American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter is hosting their first Football Game Tailgating Party this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at 202 W. Berkshire Road, Greenville, NC 27858. ALA is the only non-ALA program to have a student chapter since receiving their AASL accreditation. The ALA Student Chapter belongs to the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT) in the College of Education. LSIT is currently seeking ALA accreditation.

In the past year, ECU’s American Library Association Student Chapter has been busy. The chapter created and maintains a web site (http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/alasc/) where their newsletter, online forum and chat transcripts are posted. In addition, the ALA Student Chapter conducts book sales (via a Wiki), book drives for needy families, and has established their own scholarship with the help of ALA.

The Chapter’s newsletter an electronic newsletter reaches approximately 500 readers. It is a collaborative attempt to help explain ECU's ALA accreditation process. To date, ALA Student Chapter newsletter published interviews with Leslie Burger (the outgoing ALA President of ALA), Erin Byrne of The Office of Intellectual Freedom, the co-chair of the NCLA Kevin Cherry, the ALA New Members Round Table with William Gee, and Karen O'Brien (Director of the ALA Office of Accreditation).

“With the help of a great Faculty Advisor, Dr. Jami Jones, and Master of Library Science (MLS) members, we are doing great things!” Kevin Vickers, ALA Student Chapter President.
For more information contact Kevin Vickers at 704-291-0003 or email at kbv0629@ecu.edu.


September 10, 2007

listenECU MLS Program Announces 10 New COLRS Scholarship Recipients

The Master of Library Science (MLS) Program of the Library Science and Instructional Technology Department proudly announces the award of ten (10) new Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships (COLRS) to students beginning the MLS program in spring 2008.

This round of COLRS scholarship awards includes:

Carolyn Briley (Greenville)
Wendy Cable (Robbinsville)
Kimberly Collette (Kinston)
Debbie Davenport (Columbia)
Stacy Mertz (Asheville)
Donald Mills (Greenville)
Lydia O’Rear (Greenville)
Kelly Puglisi (Swansboro)
Dee Purcell (New Bern)
and Jennifer Whaley (Richlands)

With the ten COLRS recipients for spring 2008, the COLRS scholarship program will have provided a total of twenty-five (25) full tuition scholarships worth approximately $375,000 to date.


September 10, 2007
listenECU LSIT Hosts First Annual COLRS Workshop

The First Annual Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships (COLRS) Summer workshop was held in Greenville on July 20-21, 2007. The COLRS Summer workshop was hosted by the ECU Master of Library Science (MLS) program and is a component of the COLRS Scholarship program offered by the MLS program. The first COLRS summer workshop was attended by the 15 awarded COLRS recipients from the previous year and twenty-one (21) of their fellow Master of Library Science (MLS) students and faculty.

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The COLRS summer workshop was designed to provide the COLRS scholarship recipients with a social networking opportunity, familiarity with the ECU MLS program, and hands-on experiences directly related to curricular goals.

The COLRS workshops featured a wide variety of opportunities for students to experience both practical and theoretical experiences and resources to aid them in their educational pursuits and work environments. Presentations by library practitioners and many ECU LSIT faculty members were designed to allow the students and faculty to interact and discuss pertinent issues and information for the students and included presentations on the MLS program, technology, programming and storytelling for young adults and children, current issues and trends of the library profession, and legal issues facing school library media specialists and their libraries. Participant evaluations of the COLRS summer workshop resulted in 99% of all workshop participants rating the workshop as either “Excellent” or “Good.”

The COLRS Scholarship Program was co-developed and is co-directed by Dr. John Harer and Dr. Larry White. The goal of the COLRS Scholarship program is to fulfill the growing need for certified school library media specialists within rural and eastern North Carolina school districts. The COLRS scholarships provide a full tuition scholarship for East Carolina University’s Masters in Library Science, which is an all-online degree program that allows students to study, work, and earn their degree while at home. The COLRS project was one of 35 grant applications awarded nationally from over 100 eligible applicants and is the largest award in the state of North Carolina this year.

The COLRS scholarship program is possible due to a grant to the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at East Carolina University in the amount of $668,000 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 15,000 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov

For more information contact Dr. John B. Harer at 328-4389 or Dr. Larry Nash White at 328-2315 in the College of Education’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology. You may also contact Eileen Maxwell with the Institute of Museum and Library Services at 202-653-4632 or emaxwell@imls.gov.


August 28, 2007
listenECU Provides Distance Education Courses To Military through Partnership

In the past year, ECU’s College of Education has worked with the US Army Training & Doctrine Command on a proposal to support the training of United States Army educational interns. Starting with the fall semester the US Army Training & Doctrine Command entered into a partnership with the College of Education to offer graduate level classes through distance education (DE) for educational interns in the US Army. Two departments in the College of Education, The Department of Counselor and Adult Education and The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology, will be offering courses online each semester. All course content will be from the respective Adult Education and Instructional Technology curricula and will be taught by ECU College of Education faculty.

Each cohort (group of students who make up a class) will consist of up to 25 students. Some students will pursue graduate degrees, while others will be taking classes solely for job skills. Interns are responsible for developing educational and training materials for the military and civilians who work for the United States Army. Dr. Vivian W. Mott and Dr. Steve Schmidt in the Department of Counselor and Adult Education will teach the first two classes this fall. Dr. Ken Luterbach in the Department of Library Science and instructional Technology and Dr. Steve Schmidt will teach the next two classes during the following spring semester.

In addition, the College expects to teach two graduate classes per semester for up to two years. This venture could be renewed for additional cohorts of educational interns. The cohort is made up of professional government civilian employees who work at military bases spread across the country.

For more information contact Dr. Steve Duncan, the Director of Military Programs, at 252-328-9094 or DUNCANS@ECU.EDU.


August 14, 2007
listenCohort for the Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Technology

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology in the College of Education announces a new online cohort for the Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Technology graduate program that will begin this Fall 2007 semester. Over 20 students from across North Carolina will complete their master’s degree while participating in this two-year online cohort program. MS in Instructional Technology faculty will periodically meet with cohort students in the following locations: Raleigh/Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Greenville. This graduate program is designed for students who are interested in becoming instructional designers and technologists within higher education, corporate training and military training settings. If you wish to learn more about the MS in Instructional Technology graduate program and two-year online cohort program, contact Dr. William Sugar, Interim Chair and MS-IT Program Director at sugarw@ecu.edu, 1103 Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 or visit: http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/it/ and http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/it/ms/cohort/.


July 3, 2007
listen1st Annual COLRS Summer Workshop To Be Held

The First Annual Community Oriented Librarianship Recruitment Scholarship (COLRS) Summer Workshop will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2007. All currently enrolled Library Science program students are encouraged to attend. Workshop attendees do not have to have been awarded a scholarship to attend. All current COLRS scholarship recipients are required to attend. Registration will be held on Friday, July 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Teaching Resource Center of the Joyner Library at ECU, and again Saturday morning at the workshop events. There is a $10 registration fee to attend the workshop. Friday events include a welcome ceremony and a chance to meet and greet the LSIT faculty and staff from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. followed by a Dutch treat social hour at Ham's Restaurant, within walking distance of campus. Saturday's workshop will begin at 9:00 a..m and go through 4:30 p.m. with eight sessions of workshop presentations, two concurrent sessions per hour. Lunch is included with the registration fee. Workshop presentations include booktalking for teens, storytelling with Ron Jones and Rebecca Tighe, and orientations to the Library Science program, among others. For more information and registration information, contact: Dr. John Harer at 252-328-4389 email: harerj@ecu.edu or Dr. Larry White at 252-328-2315 email: whitel@ecu.edu


July 2, 2007
listenMS-IT student, Anne Marie Walter presents at NECC

AnneMarie Walter, a student in the MS-IT program, made a presentation at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta Georgia. On June 25, 2007, AnneMarie Walter, along with John Brim, Abbie Brown and Elizabeth Lang presented, Copyright in the Multimedia Age: An Online Resource. The presentation was a description of the development of an interactive Web site using digital video to answer copyright questions for teachers and school librarian/media coordinators.


June 15, 2007
listen2007 Cooperative Library and Information Science School/Program Alumni Reunion


The MLS faculty of East Carolina University would like to invite all of our current students and alumni who will be attending the ALA Annual Conference next week in Washington DC to join us in the 2007 Cooperative Library and Information Science School/Program Alumni Reunion as part of the ECU contingency. The reunion will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2007, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in the Colonial Room.

Please join us to renew friendships, meet faculty and learn about the new and exciting things happening in the MLS program at ECU. We look forward to seeing you there.


May 24, 2007
listenMLS 2.0 (MLS Program Releases New Curriculum Video)

The ECU MLS Program “MLS 2.0” Curriculum Video is intended to be an overview of the proposed revisions to the MLS program curriculum. The “MLS 2.0” proposed curriculum is a blending of the more traditional library education concepts and philosophies and the new distance education delivery systems employed in today’s higher education environment. This is especially critical to our program as 100% of all courses are delivered via online. The “MLS 2.0” video is not intended to provide in-depth coverage of the analysis or evidence used to create the proposed curriculum, but serve as an open comment tool / opportunity for the program’s students and stakeholders, wherever they may be located.

The “MLS 2.0” curriculum proposal will be open to feedback and revision throughout the summer until the official approval process begins in early September 2007. The “MLS 2.0” curriculum, once approved by the University, is intended for implementation in January 2008.

Please feel free to send any comments or inquiries to either Ms. Beth Briggs briggse@ecu.edu (LS Curriculum Chair) or Dr. Larry Nash White whitel@ecu.edu (MLS Program Director) during this open comment window.

View the MLS 2.0 New Curriculum Video: http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/mls2/


May 05, 2007
listenLSIT Spring Graduation

The LSIT Department hosted a graduation reception for all graduates and their families at the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library on May 4 from 3:30 - 4:30pm.

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Additional photos of this event can be viewed on the LSIT Photo Gallery site.


April 16, 2007
listenDr. John B. Harer to Receive 2007 Emerald Literati Network Award

Dr. John B. Harer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology, is scheduled to receive the 2007 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence this month.
His paper, "LibQual+tm in Lilliput: Assessment benefits for small academic libraries," was published in Performance Measurement and Metrics and has been selected as a Highly Commended Winner.

" This award was special to me because it validated my sense of writing for professional journals," Harer said.

Emerald, based in Great Britain, is a leading publisher of management and library science journals. Every year Emerald invites each journal's editorial team to nominate their title's outstanding paper and up to three highly commended papers from the previous 12 months. Harer's article examines how a customer satisfaction survey can be used by small academic research libraries to improve service.


April 4, 2007
listenMAEd in Instructional Technology Cohort to Begin Summer 2007

Greenville, NC – The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology in the College of Education announces two new cohorts for the Master of Education (MAEd) in Instructional Technology that will begin summer, 2007. Over 40 teachers from across the state will complete their master’s degree while participating in the first cohorts. This graduate program is designed for classroom teachers and specialists who are interested in earning the 077 licensure with the MAEd in instructional technology. Graduates of this program may remain as master teachers in the classroom, work as technology facilitators, coordinators, or regional directors with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Our main goal is to provide an online learning community of teachers and specialists who wish to earn advanced licensure as well as become effective master teachers for 21st century classrooms. If you wish to learn more about the MAEd in Instructional Technology graduate program, contact Dr. Carol A. Brown, Program Coordinator at browncar@ecu.edu, Joyner 1102, East Carolina University


April 1, 2007
listenALA Student Chapter Create Newsletter

Members of East Carolina Universities' American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter have been busy interviewing faculty members, learning about the ALA accreditation process, and researching library science scholarship opportunities in order to create the first issue of the Library Science Society newsletter.

The newsletter will be a bi-annual report designed to inform students about the activities of professionals in the field, scholarship opportunities, available resources for students, and other library science related articles.

The first issue of Library Science Society can be viewed here:

04/01/07 Library Science Society: Volume 1; Issue 1

Additional information on ECU's ALA Student Chapter can be found on the ALA Student chapter web site: http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/alasc/ or by contacting Dr. Jami Jones (ALA Student Chapter Faculty Advisor) at jonesj@ecu.edu .


March 27, 2007
listenCOLRS Scholarships in Library Science among College of Education Scholarships to be Awarded

Greenville, NC – The College of Education will award scholarships to students seeking a profession in education at the annual College of Education’s Scholarship Ceremony on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at the Willis Building located on Reade Street from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The ceremony and reception will honor both scholarship recipients and donors.

More than eighty undergraduate, graduate, doctoral students, on campus and distance education students will be awarded scholarships. Scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic performance, extra-curricular activities, financial-need, and recommendations. More than $122,000 will be awarded this year with each scholarship ranging from $150 to $6000.

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New scholarships being presented include the Educators Hall of Fame Centennial Scholarship, COLRS Scholarships in Library Science, Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarships, and Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarships.

In addition, the announcement of the establishment of the James and Evelyn Kirkland Scholarship in Middle Grades Education will be made. This scholarship will be offered next year.

This special ceremony serves to recognize and honor donors while giving them the opportunity to meet the students they are supporting. In addition, the scholarship ceremony recognizes the recipients’ achievements while allowing them to personally meet and thank the donor(s) for their generosity.


March 26, 2007
listenLibrary Science and Instructional Technology Faculty Member Named One of 2007’s Movers and Shakers by Library Journal

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Dr. Larry Nash White, Assistant Professor, Library Science Program Coordinator, and COLRS Scholarship Co-Director in the Department of Library Science & Information Technology will be recognized as one of the Movers and Shakers of 2007 by Library Journal. Dr. White was one of several hundred nominations for this year's award. He was also one of fifty selected for 2007. The 2007 Movers and Shakers will be recognized at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC in June 2007.

For the past six years, the editors of Library Journal (read by over 100,000 librarians) have selected approximately fifty Movers and Shakers from across the library profession in the United States and Canada. Nominations for the award are sent in by peers and then reviewed and selected by Library Journal editors. Movers and Shakers are described as being the innovators, creators, and difference makers of the current and future library profession.

Library Journal Staff talks about Dr. White in the article Businesslike saying “Larry White could have kept on being a successful public library director, gaining plaudits for steadily adding services, raising circulation and attendance, increasing the number of partnerships with community organizations, and building the library foundation he'd established. But he wasn't satisfied with the managerial and interpersonal communications skills of the new library school graduates he was seeing. White decided to do something about it.”

Dr. White, who has a managing background in retail, knows how to explain the value of libraries to the business community. This is why he teaches his students to be prepared to reel off important library facts as needed. These fact include services and achievements, growth, accountability, effectiveness, library needs, as well as how anyone can get involved in their libraries.

After becoming an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Library Science Program in the College of Education at East Carolina University, White decided he wanted to increase the number of media specialists in the rural schools and diversity of professional librarians in North Carolina. Together, Dr. White and colleague Dr. John Harer won an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to establish the COLRS Scholarship program. This scholarship allows local librarians in rural school districts to complete their MLS at home through ECU's online program.

Dr. White wants his students to take their libraries “out from behind the walls where people are.” Reference Librarian Emily Blankenship called White "the Tom Peters of the library world." Like the management guru, White's changing the way librarians do business. "


March 23, 2007
listenEastern North Carolina Digital Library Grant Team Receives The Centennial Awards for Excellence

Centennial032307 Library Science and Instructional Technology Department faculty members; Carol Brown and Kevin Cherry were among the recipients of the inaugural Centennial Awards for Excellence. The recipients were recognized at the Luncheon on the Mall during the Centennial Founders Day.

The recipients in the category of Ambition are:

Faculty -- Dr. Janette Fishell Andrews, Associate Professor of Music, School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Communication

(noted for unwavering vision and unrelenting drive for the promotion of organ and sacred music, and specifically for the push for the joint use Fisk organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and ECU’s sacred music program)

Staff -- Dr. Kay Murphy, Director of Advancement Services, University Advancement

(building, structuring, overseeing and maintaining of comprehensive database of alumni, donors, donor prospects and gift records; completed BSBA, MAEd, and EdD degrees while working full time in university advancement)

Other – Eastern North Carolina Digital Library Grant Team: Linda Teel, Hazel Walker, Michael Reece, Joe Barricella, Justin Vaughan, Maury York, Patricia Dragon, Lou Rook, John Lawrence, Ruth Moskop, Brandie Cline, Carol Brown, Kevin Cherry

(noted for developing a world-wide accessible on-line resource for the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library)

The selection committee received approximately 150 nominations for these awards.


November 22, 2006
listenLSIT Graduate Receives NC IMPACT Award

Shauna Leggat fall 2005 LSIT graduate, who is presently the media coordinator at Cape Hatteras Elementary reports her school won the NC IMPACT award in November 2006 for the school implementing the IMPACT model without state financial support. Shauna's school library also won the International Reading Association's Award for Excellency in Reading/Literacy Programs in 2006.


November 15, 2006
listenECU Assistant Professor Publishes Book to Help Teens Cope with Challenges in Life

Dr. Jami Jones recently published, Bouncing Back: Dealing with the Stuff Life Throws at You. This book was written to help teens cope with life’s challenges by becoming resilient. Dr. Jones, an Assistant Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology, researches “resiliency”. “I synthesize the research on resiliency and write articles to help target populations (such as librarians) apply these findings and strategies to their organizations. This book is unique because it is the only one on the market for youth about the topic of resiliency.” said Dr. Jones. Bouncing Back: Dealing with the Stuff Life Throws at You will be available in paperback in March 2007, and will be sold at Scholastic book fairs that are held in schools. In the book Dr. Jones presents the history of resiliency and identifies strategies for becoming stronger and more resilient that are based on the research. Dr. Jones says it is very readable with many quizzes, pictures, check lists, graphics.

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For more information about resiliency and the book Bouncing Back: Dealing with the Stuff Life Throws at You contact Dr. Jami Jones at http://www.askdrjami.org/ or jonesj@ecu.edu .


November 14, 2006
listen3rd Annual: Goodwill and Good Books

Greenville, NC - The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT) shares goodwill and good books with the needy in our community as their annual holiday tradition. This year’s drive will be held November 13th-December 10th. The American Library Association (ALA) student chapter is collecting book donations for their service project. The book drive is a way for the ALA student chapter to support literacy throughout the state.

In the past, LSIT faculty and staff purchased at least one new book for the small library in the Greenville Community Shelter. Last year the department invited all College of Education faculty, staff and students to participate. Five hundred dollars worth of books were collected and donated to the Greenville Community Shelter. Books were selected with the hope that the needy might have something to read that was both encouraging and comforting during the holidays. Most of the books were for the children or youth who might be in need of services from the shelter.

This year, LSIT hopes to enlarge the collection with the help of the ALA student chapter. For more information contact Jami Jones, Ph.D., ALA Student Chapter faculty advisor, Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at jonesj@ecu.edu.

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LSIT Faculty Display Books Collected, at December 13th Meeting

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Kevin Vickers delivers books collected to The Salvation Army Shelter Supervisor in Charlotte, NC.
ALA Student Chapter members Debbie Michelle Novetti (not shown) and Kevin Vickers coordinated the book drive in Charlotte, NC.

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ALA Student Chapter Members Stacey Thompson and Jill Whitson
picking up contributed books in Greenville, NC.


November 6, 2006
listenECU Professor Finds Chilean Libraries are Hot Spots

Chile, South America - Dr. Larry Nash White of the College of Education’s Department of Library Science & Instructional Technology was invited by the United States Embassy and the Chilean Library Association to present the key note address at the 11th Annual International Library Science Conference on October 26, 2006. Dr. White’s key note presentation on libraries developing new strategic roles in and competitive responses to the information / knowledge society led to opportunities of learning exchange and invitations to visit and consult with a variety of Chilean libraries and a library science education department in Chile

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Dr. Larry Nash White

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October 31, 2006
listenFull Tuition Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships To Be Awarded By ECU College of Education

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Greenville, NC - The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT) in the College of Education at ECU will award the first eight Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships (COLRS) on November 3, 2006 at 3pm in Joyner Library. The COLRS scholarship will seek to fulfill the growing need for certified school library media specialists within rural and eastern North Carolina school districts. COLRS provides a full tuition scholarship for East Carolina University’s Masters in Library Science, which is an all-online degree program allowing students to study, work, and earn their degree while at home. A total of forty-five COLRS Program scholarships will be awarded over the next three years.

The following eight North Carolina students will receive the scholarship: Jill Rene’ Bateman-Whitson from Snow Hill, Daneika Shontell Bynum from Wilson, Milton R. Dail, Jr. from Washington, Brandi Caviness Dowd from Carthage, Laura A. Hile from Southern Pines, Gail Holloman Holmes from Greensboro, Teresa A. Mullen from Raleigh, and Kimberly Allen Townsend from Greenville.

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Gail Holmes
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Kimberly Townsend
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Laura A. Hile
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Teresa Mullen
November 3, 2006

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Jill Rene Bateman-Whitson
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For more information contact Dr. John B. Harer at 328-4389 or Dr. Larry Nash White at 328-2315 in the College of Education’s Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology. You may also contact Eileen Maxwell with the Institute of Museum and Library Services at 202-653-4632 or emaxwell@imls.gov.

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July 7, 2006
listenEast Carolina University College of Education Program Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at East Carolina University has been awarded a $737,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund the Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarship (COLRS) Program. The COLRS (Community Oriented Librarian Recruitment Scholarships) Program co-developed and co-directed by Dr. John Harer and Dr. Larry White, will seek to fulfill the growing need for certified school library media specialists within rural and eastern North Carolina school districts. The COLRS project was one of thirty-five grant applications awarded nationally from over 100 eligible applicants and is the largest award in the state of North Carolina this year.

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Dr. Larry White and Dr. John Harer


July 1, 2006
listenDr. Jones profile included in Contemporary Authors

Dr. Jami L. Jones' profile has been included in volume 244 (published in June 2006) of Contemporary Authors. This is a biographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, television, and other fields. It is published by Thomson-Gale.


June 26, 2006
listenKevin Cherry elected as state chapter representative

Mr. Kevin Cherry, a member of the Council of the American Library Association, was recently elected one of two state chapter representatives to serve on that governing body’s Planning and Budget Assembly. ALA is the largest and oldest library association in the world with approximately 66,000 members.


June 2, 2006
listenThe Eta Chi Chapter receives a Reading Is Fun (RIF) Grant

The Eta Chi Chapter received a Reading Is Fun (RIF) Grant this year from Kappa Delta Pi and partnered with two 3rd and 4th grade classrooms from Bethel School. Students, using the science curriculum studied during the school year, wrote science content books. Students typed their individual pages in a word processing template on a laptop computer and later inserted a scanned illustration created by each student. Hardback books were published with the science content and each student was given their very own copy to keep. Additional books were made and donated to the school library for other students and teachers to enjoy. This exciting project was a huge success for all.

Ryan Eash, Instructional Technology Consultant at the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education-Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Dr. Linda James, Assistant Professor in Science Education-Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Dr. Carol Brown Assistant Professor in Library Science and Instructional Technology-Department of Library Science Instructional Technology


April 23, 2006
listenLibrary Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT) and ALA Accreditation

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology offers three totally online, Internet-based master’s degree programs, including the Master of Library Science (MLS), the Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology (MAEd in IT), and the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MS in IT), and four master’s level certificate programs. LSIT also offers a post-master’s degree Certificate of Advanced Study. These programs prepare students for careers in school libraries as media specialists and supervisors and technology facilitators, as librarians in a variety of positions in public and academic libraries, and as instructional technologists in community colleges, government agencies, military bases, and industry.

In April 2006, the MLS program was granted pre-candidacy status toward American Library Association (ALA) accreditation based on a thorough program self-study presented to the ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) in March 2006. LSIT will not be seeking ALA accreditation for the MS in IT or the MAEd in IT.

The next step is to send an annual progress report on how well the MLS program is meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the pre-candidacy self-study, along with a request for the MLS program to be considered for candidacy status. This report and request for candidacy status are due December 2006. Once granted candidacy status it will take one to two years (1) to put together a formal program presentation on the MLS program for approval by the ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA); and (2) to host an onsite visit here at East Carolina University with an ALA COA review team. If all deadlines and timelines are met, it is possible that the MLS program will be granted ALA accreditation beginning 2008/09. According to ALA COA guidelines, 2007/08 graduates from our MLS program, one year prior to gaining full ALA accreditation, will be grandfathered in. All graduates from the MLS program after ALA accreditation has been granted in 2008/09, will be awarded ALA-accredited degrees and will be prepared to be employed in positions requiring them.


March 30, 2006
listenCollege of Education Awards Scholarships

The College of Education awarded scholarships to students who are seeking a profession in education at the annual College of Education’s Scholarship Ceremony on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at the Willis Building located on Reade Street from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The ceremony and reception honored both scholarship recipients and donors.

Sixty undergraduate, graduate, doctoral students, and students enrolled in on campus and distance education programs were awarded scholarships. Scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic performance, extra-curricular activities, financial-need, and recommendations. Scholarships being awarded will range from $50 to $5000 with a total of $70,000 for this year.

This special ceremony serves to recognize and honor donors while giving them the opportunity to meet the students they are supporting. In addition, the scholarship ceremony recognizes the recipients’ achievements while allowing them to personally meet and thank the donor(s) for their generosity. Mary Ann Swain, Development Director for ECU’s College of Education notes that teacher preparation continues to be an essential component of ECU’s mission. “These scholarship recipients are prime examples of our efforts to identify tomorrow’s leaders in education. The College of Education is fortunate to have many alumni and friends who graciously support these efforts through their financial gifts.”

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology proudly presented eight awards during the ceremony to LSIT students and Kappa Delta Pi members. Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (MAEd), Samantha Blake, was unable to attend the event.

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Award Recipients
Back row left-to-right: Sarah Steele, Joetta Stoner, Michelle Rosen, Gina Firnhaber
Front Row left-to-right: Robin Calcutt, Stephanie Rous
Not Shown: Samatha Blake, Connie Castillo-Winkler

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Robin Calcutt - Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship

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Gina Firnhaber - Emily S. Boyce Fellowship Award

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Michelle Rosen - Mildred Daniels Southwick Award

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Stephanie Rous - Outstanding Graduate Student Award (MLS)

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Sarah Steele - Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship

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Joetta Stoner - Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship

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Connie Castillo-Winkler - Outstanding Graduate Student Award (MS)

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The McRae Family with Dr. Plummer Alston (Al) Jones Jr.
More information on the The Linda Haddock McRae
Memorial Scholarship can be found here http://lsit.coe.ecu.edu/scholarships/


For more information, contact Jessica W. Davenport,
Director of Communications for the College of Education, at 252-328-2179.


February 13, 2006
listenThe Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology is very happy to announce The Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to deserving graduate students pursuing a Master of Library Science degree in the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Recipients and award amounts are determined by the LSIT Scholarships Committee. First preference will be given to eligible candidates from Greene or Cumberland Counties. If there are no qualified candidates from these counties, the scholarship may be awarded to students who are otherwise qualified.


January 11, 2006
listenMLS Students ranked as one of The Daily Reflector's Top Teachers

Sharon O’Neill has been ranked as one of The Daily Reflector’s Top Teachers in Pitt County from the College of Education. Sharon received her BA in Theater Art with a double minor in art and psychology from Salem State College. She received her Master of Library Science from East Carolina University in 2003 and is currently pursuing add-on licensure for Instructional Technology Specialist – Computers through the department.


November 12, 2005
listen2nd Annual: Goodwill and Good Books

Last December 2004, during the holiday season, the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology decided to share goodwill and good books with those in our community who had special needs. Rather than exchanging gifts with each other, each member of the department purchased at least one new book for the small library that is in the Greenville Community Shelter for the homeless. These beautiful books were selected with the hope that those in need during the holidays might have something to read that was both encouraging and comforting…as only a good book could be. Most of the books were for the children or youth who might be in need of services from the shelter.

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Departmental Personnel Display Books Collected, at
December 15th Meeting

This year, LSIT has decided to make this an annual tradition. LSIT faculty invite all College of Education faculty and staff to donate children’s or young adult books to the Greenville Community Shelter. In addition, LSIT will be having its annual holiday gathering to celebrate our completion of the precandidacy report for the American Library Association. You may drop off your new book donations at Joyner Library through December 15th. Dr. Carol Brown will carry the donated books to Lynne James, Director of the Greenville Community Shelter, on December 16th.

***Note***

The Greenville Community Shelter will be selling Christmas cards, with an original design by William Mangum, a North Carolina artist. He will be at the Museum of Art on November 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for an unveiling of this year’s card. If you would like to attend, RSVP the Greenville Community Shelter at 752-0829 by November 18.


October 15, 2005
listenLiterary Homecoming Dinner

On Saturday evening, October 15, 2005, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology hosted a dinner for guests from the ECU Literary Homecoming conference, award-winning LSIT alumni, current LSIT students and faculty, and interested faculty from the College of Education, School of Music, and Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The dinner served as a platform for Dr. Al Jones, LSIT Chair, to present LSIT’s plans to pursue American Library Association accreditation for its three degree programs (MLS, MAEd in IT, and MS in IT) to this audience from the extended ECU community.

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Dr. Jones put LSIT’s plans into context historically. This is LSIT’s fourth attempt at ALA accreditation. As recognition by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) have been beneficial to LSIT students seeking licensure as school library media specialist and school technology facilitators, ALA accreditation will be a boon to LSIT students interested in public and academic librarianship and instructional technology.


September 28, 2005
listenLSIT Faculty and Staff Return from
North Carolina Library Association’s 56th Biennial Conference

Winston Salem, NC - Faculty and staff from the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology (LSIT) attended the North Carolina Library Association’s 56th Biennial Conference, held September 20-23, 2005, in Winston-Salem. Those in attendance included Beth Briggs, Dr. Carol Brown, Kevin Cherry, Kaye Dotson, Dr. John Harer, Dr. Al Jones, Dr. Jami Jones, Dr. Diane Kester, Dr. Barbara Marson, Karen Mathis, Dr. Patrick Valentine, and Dr. Larry White.

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LSIT faculty also gave a few presentations at the conference. Kevin Cherry presented “Special Collections in Public Libraries.” Dr. Jami Jones talked about “Working Together: How Public and School Librarians Build Resiliency in Children and Teens.” Dr. Carol Brown presented a poster session on “Framing Questions for Student Research;” Dr. John Harer presented a poster session on “Using Stories to Manage Libraries: A Project to Collect and Disseminate Stories for Library Management Success;” and Kaye Dotson presented a poster session on “The Library: The Source of Interprofessional Collaboration.”

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Dr. Diane Kester was presented the NCLA Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Al Jones was presented the NCLA Special Presidential Recognition of Achievement from NCLA President Pauletta Bracy for his service on the editorial board and as editor of North Carolina Libraries, the NCLA journal. Kevin Cherry was elected American Library Association (ALA) representative for NCLA on the ALA Council for 2005-09.

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A full-page advertisement was placed by LSIT in the NCLA conference booklet proclaiming “Earn your Master of Library Science degree 100% online.” In July, LSIT received encouragement from the American Library Association (ALA) to move forward for accreditation. ALA accreditation is important to ECU’s LSIT programs since it will allow the department to offer library science tracks in academic and public librarianship in addition to the NCATE-approved track in school librarianship. LSIT is conducting a precandidacy self study to be submitted to the ALA in December 2005. If accepted as a precandidate, LSIT will begin a three-to-five-year candidacy process. If granted initial ALA accreditation, LSIT will begin a seven-year continual accreditation process.
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For more information, contact Jessica W. Davenport, Director of Communications for the College of Education, at 252-328-2179.


March 02, 2005
listenAmerican Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at East Carolina University has just been informed that it is the first American Association of School Librarians (AASL)-approved and NCATE-approved program in the U.S. to be granted permission to establish an American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter.

This is a positive recognition of what our program has done for the improvement of school librarianship since 1939 and a milestone toward our goal of ALA accreditation for our school, academic, and public librarianship programs. Dr. Jami Jones, Assistant Professor, was responsible for submitting the application and will serve as chapter advisor.


February 18, 2005
listenInstructional Technology Gathering

The faculty and staff of the Instructional Technology Department would like to invite you to Greenville for a social event. All students enrolled in IT classes as well as graduates of the IT program and family and friends are invited to come together for dinner and a basketball game in Greenville on Saturday February 26th at 5:00pm. We'll meet at Hamm's Restaurant and Brew House -- 701 Evans Street -- for food and socializing. Then we'll head over to Minges Coliseum where ECU Men's Basketball will host Houston at 7 p.m. If you take courses on-campus and pay the student activity fee then tickets are free. If you take courses completely online then the cost is $15.

Both events will be dutch-treat but we would like to know if you plan on attending. Please RSVP by Tuesday Feb. 22 to Kristen Bolton (boltonk@ecu.edu).

Hope to see you at one or both of the events on Feb. 26th!

- IT Faculty


January 29, 2005
listenDr. Diane Kester's Retirement Ceremony

Friends, family, and co-workers gathered together to honor Dr. Diane Kester Saturday evening in celebration of her many years of working at ECU. The Department presented her with a gold and amethyst necklace in thanks for her tireless efforts on their behalf.

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January 04, 2005
listenGoodwill and Good Books

The Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology decided to share goodwill and good books with those in our community who have special needs during the 2004 holiday season. Rather than exchange gifts with each other, each member of the department purchased at least one new book for the small library that is in the Greenville Community Shelter for the homeless. These beautiful books were selected with the hope that those in need during the holidays might have something to read that is both encouraging and comforting…as only a good book can do. Most of the books were for the children or youth who might be in need of services from the shelter.

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January 04, 2005
listenLSIT graduate publishes article in the British Journal of Educational Technology

Holly Glenzer, an Instructional Technology graduate, just published an article in the British Journal of Educational Technology. The article was based upon one of her projects in the Learning Theories course at ECU. View Glenzer's article online at: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/rd.asp?code=bjet&goto=journal%20


June 16, 2004
listenDr. Jones Receives David Cohen/EMIERT Award

Dr. Plummer Alston "Al" Jones Jr. received notification from the American Library Association’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) that he has been awarded the 2004 David Cohen/EMIERT Award for significant contributions to the understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in North America through research and publication of articles. The award was to be given at the ALA Conference in Orlando this summer, but due to the fact that the chair of the award’s committee cannot attend, it will be given in January 2005 at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston.

Jones is an Associate Professor of Library Science and will be serving as the Interim Chair for the Department of Librarianship, Educational Technology, and Distance Education beginning this Fall. He has also recently received notification from his publisher, Libraries Unlimited ( A member of the Greenwood Publishing Group), that his manuscript, Still Struggling for Equality, American Public Library Services with Minorities, has been assigned to a production manager, who will be supervising the production of the book during the coming months.
Learn more about Dr. Plummer Alston "Al" Jones Jr.