November 16, 2007

November 14, 2007

Robert Ackerman to Speak at SC Center for the Book

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Bring your lunch and enjoy an interesting hour with author and history professor, Robert K. Ackerman as he discusses his book, Wade Hampton III. Providing the most balanced and comprehensive portrayal of Wade Hampton III to date, Robert K. Ackerman's biography explores the remarkable abilities and tragic failings of the planter-statesman who would come to personify the Civil War and Reconstruction in South Carolina.

Robert K. Ackerman is a retired professor of history who has served as dean of Erskine College and Drew University and as president of Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina, he is the author of several works on South Carolina history, including South Carolina Colonial Land Policies. Ackerman lives in Lexington, South Carolina.

Thursday, December 6, 2007
Noon—1 p.m.
SC State Library Administration Building
Room 309, 1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

This free lunchtime program is presented by the South Carolina Center for the Book, the South Carolina affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The SC Center for the Book is a cooperative project of the SC State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities Council SC.

November 07, 2007

November 05, 2007

Carvers Bay (SC) Branch Library: Gaming the Way to Literacy

Innovation happens in the most surprising places. If asked which US library is pushing the envelope on introducing interactive computer gaming in public libraries, how many would look to the most rural, poor, and isolated corner of a county in South Carolina? And if informed that this corner of the library world has a 30% illiteracy rate, a 15% unemployment rate, a poverty level exceeding 30% with up to 90% of school kids eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches, and a meager 2% rate for library card registration, what odds would you give that it can even keep its doors open?
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Ben Franklin Exhibit at Georgetown County Library

This is a wonderful promotional video for the exhibit! Congrats to Georgetown County Library!

Williamsburg County Library

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Yesterday I attended two branch library dedications for new Children's wings in Hemingway and Kingstree South Carolina. I made two presentations and here were my remarks to the groups:

Introduce Jane Connor, youth services consultant.

David Goble, state librarian, sends his regrets

Libraries are community treasure chests,
They are loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card.

Libraries are important.

Author Ray Bradbury once said that his library was a great place to write a novel about book burning,
He wrote his classic novel, Farenheit 451 in his library’s basement.

Libraries are important.

Teenagers can discover the pleasures of reading and gain the power of knowledge by going to libraries. With that power, they will be invincible.


Children know that if they have a question about the world, the library is the place to find the answer. And someone will always be there to help them find the answer--our librarians. (A librarian's) job is an important one. Our nation runs on the fuel of information and imagination that libraries provide. And they are in charge of collecting and sharing this information in a helpful way. Librarians inform the public, and by doing so, they strengthen our great democracy. First Lady Laura Bush

And in the words of Andrew Carnegie:
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.

Libraries ARE important.

Thank you.

November 03, 2007

librarian business card

librarian business card
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This is one of the best ways librarians and libraries can promote services. At the recent SC Library Association Annual Conference, Salley Davidson, Director of the Marion County Library gave me her new business card. It is AMAZING! Every service they offer is listed on the back along with branch information and web site address. Kudos to Salley! Everyone who works in a library should have a business card. If your library won't buy you some, spend $7.00 on shipping and get your own from!

Kwame Alexander on Libraries and the 2.0 World

Kwame Alexander, author and poetry guru, was the 2nd General Session speaker at the South Carolina Library Association's annual conference 2007. He was extremely inspirational and certainly has a high coolness quotient!

Keith Fiels on Libraries

Check out Keith Fiels, ALA Executive Director at the South Carolina Library Association annua conference in Columbia, SC.