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Cultural PanelMs. Kate Boyd
Boyd is the Digital Collections Librarian and Head of the Digital Collections Department for the University of South Carolina Libraries. She is responsible for coordinating digitization projects among library units, managing the department, and maintaining the CONTENTdm database for the digital collections. Besides the many collections that her staff creates for the libraries, she oversees an NEH grant to digitize 100,000 pages of South Carolina newspapers and the scanning of books and manuscripts for the William Gilmore Simms Collection, funded by the Watson Brown Foundation.  She is also a coordinator for the South Carolina Digital Library, a collaboration with cultural heritage institutions across the state, including Clemson and College of Charleston and funded through LSTA grants from the State Library. Prior to her employment at USC, Ms. Boyd spent two years as a digital conversion specialist at the Library of Congress’s American Memory project. She helped create the first international digital library, Meeting of Frontiers. Ms. Boyd earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jennifer Guiliano
Dr. Guiliano is the associate director of the Center for Digital Humanities, a research assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina, and a center affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Dr. Guiliano earned a Bachelors of Arts in English and history from Miami University, a Masters of Arts in history from Miami University, and a Masters of Arts in American history from the University of Illinois before completing her Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois. She most recently served as a post-doctoral research assistant and program manager at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where she contributed to a collaborative research agenda that resulted in more than $5,000,000 in external funding. Dr. Guiliano is currently working with Dr. David Lee Miller to facilitate the growth of digital humanities for the University of South Carolina system. More information on Dr. Guiliano and the Center for Digital Humanities can be found by visiting

Dr. Scott Gwara
Dr. Gwara is a professor of English and comparative literature. A Marshall Scholar and Mellon Fellow, Dr. Scott Gwara holds degrees from Hamilton College, Yale, and Cambridge. He earned his PhD in Medieval Studies in 1993 from the University of Toronto.  Author of four books and 40 articles, he publishes widely on Old English literature, medieval education, and medieval manuscripts.  He is currently researching books on heroism in the Anglo-Saxon period and on the history of medieval manuscripts in North America.


Dr. Sam Hastings
Sam HastingsDr. Hastings received her Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Arizona, her Masters of Library Science at the University of South Florida and her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Florida State University in 1994.

Before coming to USC, Sam was Associate Professor at the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences. She also served as interim dean at North Texas, was a consultant to the Bureau of Library Development for the state of Florida, and has been both a teacher and medical librarian in Tucson, Arizona . She was president of the American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

Dr. Hastings' research interests are in the area of retrieval of digital images, telecommunications and evaluation of networked information services.

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