is the Senior Information Resources Consultant for the College
of Mass Communications and Information Studies. In this capacity
she provides technical support and supervises computer hardware,
software, and network support for the two schools within the
college: the School of Library and Information Science
and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Jill has been with the university since 1991 and
began working at SLIS in 1995. She received her Master's in Library & Information
Science from SLIS in 1999.
A South Carolina native, her professional experience includes
work with three South Carolina weekly newspapers: the Hampton
County Guardian, the Bamberg Advertiser-Herald and
County Citizen-Leader. She later worked as copywriter for
a Columbia public relations firm, as a graphic artist for a Columbia
alternative news weekly and as editor of the Greater Columbia
Business Monthly Magazine.
Jill teaches SLIS 429, a class that focuses on Internet searching
techniques, online library resources, and basic Web page construction
designed for Journalism undergraduates. She has also taught University
101 which provides transitional support for freshman during their
first semester. She has conducted workshops for the SLIS Continuing
Education program on digital photography, desktop publishing
and creation of web graphics. She has presented sessions on blogging
and podcasting for the annual SC EdTech Conference. Jill also
provides technical support for the SIPA & SCSPA conferences
held at the School of Journalism.
She is married to guitarist Raymond Fail, and they are raising
his grandson, Phillip. When she has spare time, Jill enjoys traveling,
photography, reading and music.