OLISSA Book club

June 14, 2007

Stacy Zemke is working on getting a book club going.  Currently they are reading

Linked by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.  ISBN 0482284392

They will meet  on Thursday, July 12th at 7:00 pm at The Library Bar, and will discuss the first 107 pages (through Link 8).

If you are interested contact Stacy


Would you like to receive free registration for the OLA Annual Conference?

Volunteers are needed for the 2007 Oklahoma Library Association Annual Conference, April 3rd and 4th in Oklahoma City.  A student volunteer willing to work four hours at the conference will receive a complimentary one-day conference registration.

This is a great way to get to know the organization and meet future colleagues (and maybe a future employer!) in the state’s professional library and information studies community.

Volunteers are needed as greeters, to work in the OLA Store and Bookstore, and to work at Registration.  If you are available and interested in volunteering, or if you have questions about this volunteer opportunity, contact Dr. Danny P. Wallace (dwallace@ou.edu).

Further information about the OLA Annual Conference can be found at http://www.oklibs.org/OLA2007/

Scholarships for 2007-2008

February 13, 2007

Scholarship applications for spring 2007-2008 are due March 1st.  More information as well as the application form can be found at http://www.ou.edu/cas/slis/NewSite/Students/scholarships.html

New President

January 18, 2007

Hello everyone,

I have taken the helm of OLISSA now and we are starting to get geared up for the semester.  If anyone has any questions or would like to get in touch with me feel free to e-mail or call me at dclafleur@ou.edu or 405-325-1181 during the day.

I look forward to a great semester,

David LaFleur

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma, as an official ALA Student Chapter, is eligible to designate one student to the roster of the ALA Student-Staff Project during the 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. To qualify for this project, the student must be a personal member of ALA. Students who have already participated in the program are not eligible.

ALA will provide housing and a per diem in exchange for a total of 20 hours of work (typically four hours per day) during the conference. The student should be available to work on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, June 22-26, 2007. Students will receive a short questionnaire to help match them with appropriate ALA staff. Please keep in mind that students can be expected to perform a range of duties, from the merely clerical, to sales, to use of computers.

If you would like to be considered as the student-staff designee from the O.U. SLIS, please write a short (1-2 page) essay stating why you are interested in participating in this program, what you expect to gain, and why you should be the student from O.U. designated for this project. Please return your essay (as an e-mail attachment) to Maggie Ryan at the SLIS office in Norman by Friday, January 19, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Essays will be read by SLIS faculty, whose vote will determine the ALA student-staff designee. The essays will be judged on the overall quality of the essay, the logic of the reasons given for your interest in participating in the program, the provision of realistic and reasonable expectations about what you expect to gain from participating in the program, and the merit of the rationale given as to why you should be the student from O.U. SLIS designated for the project.

Please note that to qualify for this award, you must be enrolled in the program in the summer of 2007. Students completing in Fall 2006 or in May 2007 are not eligible. Students planning to complete the program in the summer of 2007 and who will be enrolled in the summer may apply.


The School will pay the awardee’s airfare, provided the awardee searches for a reasonable rate. Jenifer Fryar in the SLIS office can assist the awardee in finding a flight with an acceptable fare.

With focus on innovative research and on information science as an evolving field, the conference will provide information scientists with a forum for presentation on four areas that form the conference program theme.

1) Context, Environment and Profession Information needs, libraries and archives, information services, information communities, I-schools, government initiatives, economic and political factors, cost analysis.

2) Human-Information Interaction (HII) Information retrieval, interface design, information architecture, user studies, information behaviour, information literacy.

3) Technology and Tools
Systems design, system effectiveness and efficiency, information visualization, Web applications, Web2.0.

4) Management, Analysis and Organization of Information
Informetrics, metadata, knowledge organization, cataloguing and classification, competitive intelligence, strategic management of information, knowledge management, records management, information science theory.

Conference proposal submission. Proposals for CAIS/ACSI 2007 should include a title, be no more than 750 words long, and specify how they relate to one of the areas within the conference program theme. Proposals with clearly articulated theoretical grounding and methodology, and those that report on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse perspectives and methodologies are welcome. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. Doctoral candidates are especially invited to submit proposals for the conference. Highest ranked papers will, with permission of the authors, be published in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science with their abstracts appearing in the proceedings.

Deadline for proposals is January 12, 2007. Proposals, including the name(s)
of the author(s), complete mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, should be sent electronically (Word or RTF) or in print to:

Dr. Kimiz Dalkir or Prof. Clément Arsenault cais2007@cais-acsi.ca
CAIS/ACSI 2007 Conference Co-chair
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
McGill University
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal (Qc), Canada H3A 1Y1
(Phone: +1-514-398-3368 Fax: +1-514-398-7193)

Conference proposals will be refereed by the Programme Committee. Authors will be notified of the Committee’s decision no later than February 16, 2007. All presenters must register for the conference. Papers to appear as full-text in the electronic proceedings must be submitted no later than April 10, 2007. With permission of the authors, abstracts of all papers presented at the conference will also be published in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science.

The Journal of Web Librarianship is seeking high-quality manuscripts featuring original scholarship and practical communications in the area of web librarianship. JWL will publish material related to all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals in the Web environment. This is a new peer-reviewed journal to be published for the first time in early 2007. New authors are encouraged to submit mansucripts for consideration.

For more information, please visit the journal’s website, http://www.lib.jmu.edu/org/jwl/.

Jody Fagan
Editor, Journal of Web Librarianship