Announcing a School of Library and Information Science Listening Tour

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Greetings. My name is David Lankes and I am the new director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. The staff, students, and faculty of the school have been busy over the past few months building and refining a growth plan for the school. We’re calling it the “Knowledge School,” and we need your input and help.

The plan covers ideas to improve the professional image of librarians, expand the undergraduate program in information science, and grow the national and international reputation of the school. It seeks to build on a strong foundation, but it requires your input. What are your thoughts on our current programs? What opportunities do you see for greater partnerships? How can we both support the library community, and expand our reach into industry and government all while retaining our core values of helping communities make better decisions? What tools do you need to better connect to the school?

I hope you can make one of the following sessions. Each one will layout our current plans as a starting point for discussion and input to move us forward.

Tuesday, November 8, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library
Hollings Library Program Room

Thursday, November 10, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
South Carolina Library Association Conference
Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St, Columbia
Palmetto Balllroom

Tuesday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St, Columbia
2nd Floor Theater

If you can’t make the meeting I hope you’ll still share your ideas with me at rdlankes@mailbox.sc.edu. We are open to all your ideas and suggestions both now and in the future.

If you would like to host a session in your community please let me know.

2 responses on “Announcing a School of Library and Information Science Listening Tour

  1. Simon Verlag für Bibliothekswissen

    Dear Prof. Lankes I am sorry but I am little bit far away to join your group and your projet but I want to communicate to you that I think it is most important. Germany has in all years neclected the school libraries and the ideal of it. I suppose it is one of the reasons why this country has a lot of problems with digitalization,. What would be a good idea to cooperate with a small enterprise and look a their share of implementing digitalization. My interns are always very enthusiatic to get to know this and work with it. Lots of success with your project, Elisabeth Siimon, HonDCILIP Berlin

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