Along with scholarships to attend the ALA Annual Conference and the FLA Annual Conference, SOLIS also gives out a conference scholarship to attend ASIS&T. ASIS&T, or the American Society For Information and Technology,is a leading organization for information science professionals in the US, helping bring the community together to share and grow. Brittany Deputy,the current student chapter President of ASIS&T at USF, received a SOLIS scholarship to attend their recent conference in New Orleans. She had the following to say about her experience:
In October of 2011, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the ASIST Conference Scholarship from the USF: School of Information. With those funds, I was able to travel to New Orleans, LA for the 2011 ASIST Annual Conference to learn and network with my peers not only as a student studying Library and Information Science but also as the ASIST USF Chapter President. At the conference I was introduced to information professionals of all kinds and was able to hear firsthand about cutting edge research in medical informatics, curricula bibliometrics and so many other inspiring feats. It was truly an experience in LIS professional development and study that I will not soon forget. Due to my participation in this conference, I have gained new skills and abilities not found in traditional higher education and I believe this new found knowledge will only increase my capability and marketability in my impending job search after graduation. It is experiences like mine at the 2011 ASIST Annual Conference that make students like myself more driven and focused toward careers in LIS and such experiences would be nearly impossible to have without the help of the ASIST Conference Scholarship Fund provided by donations from LIS professionals and USF alumni.