The OU SLIS Alumni Association is accepting papers for its annual Student Paper Contest. Students enrolled in SLIS classes in Norman or Tulsa are encouraged to submit a paper about any topic relating to libraries, librarianship, or information management in libraries. The paper may even be one the student has written for a class. The submission deadline is February 1, 2007. The winner of the competition will:

  • receive $100 as prize money
  • have the paper published in the Alumni newsletter
  • be recognized at the annual Beta Phi Mu banquet
  • have their paper submitted to “appropriate library publications”
  • have their paper published on the Alumni Association’s website

This is a great opportunity for SLIS students to establish network relationships in the professional field. More information about the competition, including entry forms, may be found here and here.


On Saturday, October 14th, OLISSA has scheduled a tour of the Oklahoma History Center for all SLIS students. The tour begins at 10:30 at the OHC in Oklahoma City and will last about 45 minutes. We will have a caravan leaving from Norman, but students are welcome to drive on their own.

If you are interested in going, please email OLISSA or respond to this post with a comment expressing your interest. Incidently, there is a tour for SLIS students of the Tulsa Historical Society planned for this fall. Stay tuned for more details.

Banned Books Week

September 23, 2006

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, “The One Un-American Act,” Nieman Reports, vol. 7, no. 1 (Jan. 1953): p. 20.

This week, September 23-30, has been designated by the ALA as Banned Books Week. According to the ALA’s website, Banned Books Week is a celebration of “the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.” Celebrating its 25th year, Banned Books Week draws attention to the challenges issued to libraries for materials in their collections that groups or individuals believe are “unacceptable” for one reason or another. Check out the Banned Books Week website this week and leave us a comment here on the blog letting us know what you this about this event or the larger principle of Intellectual Freedom.

ALA President Leslie Burger has an entry on Google’s blog about Banned Books Week (September 23-30). In this same blog entry, there is a link to to Google Book Search where you can explore snippets of some of the books that have been banned or challenged.

On Friday, October 13, OLISSA is co-sponsoring a seminar entitled “Information Security & Privacy” to be held at the Best Western in Tulsa. As part of the Renaissance Project, this free seminar will address some of the current issues in online security such as fraud, identity theft, spam, viruses and many more. The registration deadline is Friday, October 6. Information about the seminar may be found in PDF here. If you are interested in attending, please call Michelle Farabough at 918.660.3368 or email her.

Minutes from OLISSA’s June 10th meeting may be found here. We will post the minutes from the September 7th meeting as soon as they are compiled.


September 11, 2006

Welcome to the blog of the Oklahoma Library and Information Studies Student Association (OLISSA). This blog is intended to facilitate communication between students of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) and OLISSA. Throughout the course of this school year (and, hopefully, future ones, too), this blog will post announcements and information for SLIS students regarding OLISSA and SLIS events.

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