The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) gathered in Columbia last week for its 39th annual conference with a theme of Leadership @ Your Library. The SCASL conference provided many opportunities for professional growth, networking, and reflection on the role of school librarians in South Carolina. Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library and the State Library were represented in the exhibit hall and in the sessions.
A group of University of South Carolina students in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) created a Discus LibGuide as part of an assignment in the Spring 2013 “Introduction to Information Sources and Services” course. As easy methods of curating and sharing information on individual topics, LibGuides are used extensively by libraries around the world.
A major redesign has taken place with LearningExpress Library, the resource that provides South Carolinians the ability to access practice exams, courses, and ebooks on many vocational and academic topics. Enhancements to the product include easy-to-use navigation, timed and untimed test modes, and individualized study plans. For tablet users, LearningExpress Library is now touch-enabled and tablet-ready. In preparation for the new 2014 GED Test, the product will update soon to meet the new specifications.
Discus – South Carolina's Virtual Library has two new promotional items available to media specialists as they encourage their school community to use the electronic resources provided statewide by the South Carolina State Library.
EBSCO Information Services, one of the valued Discus vendor partners, is very generously promoting Discus and other library services in South Carolina through radio advertising that is airing right now across the state.