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Library and Information Science

Current Doctoral Students

Following is a list of current School of Information Science doctoral students, along with in many cases a brief summary of their educational background, work experiences, research interests, and teaching activities. 

In addition to an MLIS, Edward holds a Certificate in Museum Management, and has a wide range of experiences working with museums and special collections. He has been with the South Caroliniana Library since 2010, performing archival processing, stacks management, and collection maintenance, while also providing reference services.

Edward believes in the growth and nurturing of the next generation of information specialists, and towards that end he extends educational opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students seeking hands-on experience with library and archival collections.

His research interests include Object-Based Learning; aura, historicity, and authenticity in the digital age; Scholarly Personal Narrative; and the relationship between the rare book market and concepts of value.  

Heather Braum is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation research will focus on public education parent advocates’ information practices during the state legislative process. Her research and teaching interests include information policy (esp. broadband and digital equity issues) and public libraries (esp. rural libraries). She also is a health policy advisor for Kansas Action for Children (LINK:, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families. In a previous career, Heather worked for a Kansas regional library system, focusing on technology and systems support, as well as managing a regional library consortia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s of library science from Emporia State University. Future career plans include lobbying and advocating for libraries of all sizes, especially to policy makers at all levels of government.

Constance earned a B.A. in history from Tuskegee University, a MBA in marketing from Colorado Technical University, and a MLS in archives and records management from North Carolina Central University. She has held internships with the Museum of Durham History, Durham County Library Archives (North Carolina Collection), and North Carolina Central University’s Archives. She received continuing education in the archives at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her research interests include (1) advocating the value of libraries, archives, and museums to society (2) exploring the interconnection of libraries, archives, and museums and (3) researching the various methods of information behavior amongst the users of libraries, archives, and museums.

Laura is in her 17th year as a high school Media Specialist at Dreher High School in Columbia, SC. She previously worked as an English teacher at C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia, and at John Jay High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a B.A. in English and Communication from Tulane University in New Orleans, an M.Ed. in Secondary English from George Mason University in Virginia, and an M.L.I.S. from USC-Columbia in 1999. Laura earned National Board Certification as a school librarian in 2003, and a renewal in 2013.

Laura also worked 7 years as a school based USC instructor for EDUC 402P, guiding early student teacher internships.  She admits to some level of subversion as she encouraged many student teachers to consider school librarianship. She would like to shift focus to teacher-librarian development. Laura’s research interests include the impact of one-to-one initiatives on student recreational reading, the impact of digitizing school libraries on student reading, and how those topics relate to student achievement.  


Wendy Moore holds a bachelor’s in English from Francis Marion University, a master’s in counseling from Webster University, and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. She is currently the Cataloging Coordinator in the Technical Services Department at James A. Rogers Library at Francis Marion University. Her research interests focus on the curation, preservation, digitization and the archiving of information and how culture may play a role in information seeking and use. Her interests also lie in the study of genealogy.

Travis holds a B.A. In History from Augusta State University (GA) and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina (USC). He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at USC and is still a teaching assistant and lecturer within that department. He is a cataloger and processing intern at the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections and also works as a consultant to multiple Columbia-based community archives, specifically honing in on preserving and digitizing fragile audio-visual materials. His research interests relate to the role that language-based access plays concerning content creation and distribution within moving image archives, giving specific consideration for how this affects context and interpretation of visual information.


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