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Nancy Poole Wins RBS Scholarship

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Last week, Nancy Poole, a second year MLIS student, was named as one of the recipients for a scholarship to the Rare Book School (RBS) at the University of Virginia.

Nancy discovered Medieval illuminated Haggadot, orders of service for the Pesach (Passover) holiday, in her LIS History of the Book (HOB) course, taken in Spring 2008.  “One of my first classes here,” she said.  Nancy had been learning to read Hebrew, so she opted do a comparison of two Haggadot originating from different geographical areas in the 14th century, as a project for HOB.  That led to a practicum at Duke University’s Perkins Library over the summer where Nancy collected metadata on Medieval Latin and Hebrew manuscripts, as well as 17th century English court documents. “ It was helpful to have had four years of Latin and I loved the work,” she laughed, “but I’m afraid I became obsessed with illuminated manuscripts. As a result, Professors Joe Rosenblum and Bill Finley suggested that I look into RBS.” There, world-renowned scholars teach courses in codicology, Latin paleography, illumination, bookmaking and binding methods, and many other areas. There are a limited number of scholarships available annually: each is good for one course offered in either of the next two years following the award.

Nancy hopes to study either codiology or Latin paleography.


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October 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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LIS Career Night – Thursday, October 15th

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This semester’s Career Night will be Thursday 10/15 in Stone 186 (Greensboro) and in Fretwell 126 (Charlotte). It will be moderated by Dr. Richard Monitz and there will be an introduction by Dr. Chu.


5-5:30 Reception at both locations

5:30-6:30 Panel Discussion

6:30-7:00 Networking at each location.


  • Fredericka Bryant, of Wachovia
  • David Bryden, Director of Library Services at High Point University
  • Cathy DuPre, School Library Media Specialist
  • Jennifer Evans, of ITT Tech and Metrolina Library Association
  • Martin House, of The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
  • Lynda Kellam, Data Services & Government Information Librarian at Jackson Library
  • Pete Turner, School Library Media

Questions to be Covered:

  • What do you currently do in your position?
  • What has been your career path since leaving library school?
  • Advice for emerging librarian and information professionals, especially in terms of skills they should be learning in library school.
  • Predictions about the future developments in the library field
  • What do you do to stay current in the field?
  • What kinds of networking do you do as a professional?
  • What kinds of things could I do that I might not be thinking about as I finish my degree (e.g. write a paper for publication, volunteer at a library to get experience, etc.)?

There will be time for your own personal questions and networking. Look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Barbara Feldman at, Dr. Anthony Chow at, or Margaret Smith at

Written by Sup

October 13, 2009 at 4:20 am

iDEAL Summit Coming November 9th

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On November 9, 2009, the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) is holding a town hall meeting, the Information, Diversity, Engagement, Access and Libraries Summit (iDEALS), to bring together LIS students, faculty, staff and alumni, the regional professional community and other stakeholders to discuss and work on how we address information, diversity, engagement, access and libraries (iDEAL) in our education, research, practice and community.

Click here for more information.

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October 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

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