SIS: more than a sibling? (Suncoast Information Specialists)

On Tuesday, October 13, SIS held its monthly meeting. This month was billed as a “technology petting zoo” and was held at Stetson Law Library in Gulfport.

SIS (Suncoast Information Specialists) is an area professional development and networking organization supported by TBLC (Tampa Bay Library Consortium). It’s open to library students as well as to working professionals and includes practitioners from many milieus. At the October 13 gathering, there were workers present from academic, public, and special libraries as well as an SIS-member from the St. Pete Times research department. Many USF alumni and current USF library employees were a part of the crowd. Indeed, Christa Fowler of USF Sarasota-Manatee Library is president elect for the coming year.

Eating in the library isn't always wrong?

Eating in the library isn't always wrong?

Following some socializing over a boxed meal, members produced some of their favorite and/or latest gadgets and toys. Attendees were encouraged to circle the room and to try out items that they might not currently be using. Hosts from Stetson Law Library graciously offered tours of their facility with special attention paid to some of their more singular collection items.

Some recent meetings have taken place in art and music libraries and the group seems focused on continuing to broaden everyone’s knowledge base.

Everyone at the October 13 gathering was extremely welcoming and friendly. No reports surfaced of any attendee being bitten by any other attendee. All library and information professionals within a 50 mile radius (or further if you’re adventurous) are encouraged to consider joining this association of warm and generous colleagues.

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(posted by Arlen Bensen)

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