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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Randy Dantrell Heath

Title: Graduate Advisor, iSchool
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Office: School of Information Science
Davis College
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
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Randy Heath


MLIS, University of South Carolina
B.S., Business Administration, University of South Carolina


Randy Heath serves as the primary academic advisor to general track and school library track MLIS students as well as students in the new master's program in data and communication.  Additionally he is the internship and independent study coordinator for all MLIS students and coordinates graduation and placement activities for iSchool student services. 


  • Orangeburg County Library, Orangeburg, SC, Deputy Director, September 2022 – August 2023
  • Richland Library, Columbia, SC, May 2014 – September 2022
    Edgewood Manager, February 2018 – September 2022
    Career Coach/Customer Service Supervisor Senior, May 2014 – February 2018;
  • Race to the Table SC, Columbia, SC,   2016 – 2022, Co-Director (Volunteer)
  • Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC, May 2013 – May 2014; Career Specialist/Presenter & Facilitator
  • Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMGOG), Lexington, SC, June 2010 – May 2013
    Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Co-Lead Workforce Consultant;
  • Department of Employment and Workforce, Lexington, SC, November 2008 – June 2010
    Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program Coordinator


  • American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar (2021-2022)
  • University of South Carolina Augusta Baker Scholar (2021-2022)
  • South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) Scholarship for Diversity in Librarianship Recipient (2021-2022)
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Smiley Student Award Recipient (2021)
  • Richland Library Let’s Talk Race (2017 Honorable Mention by Urban Libraries Council (ULC))
  • Junior League of Columbia awarded the Let’s Talk Race team the “Friend of the League” Award 2021/2022


Heath served as the project co-lead of Richland Library’s Let’s Talk Race team, which received national recognition for its efforts. He is also a trained facilitator, trainer, advisor, and local and national speaker. Randy credits his amazing family for their unwavering support and love. He credits his professional development to his amazing support system of mentors and advisors.

Heath is a husband, father of four amazing kids and a sweet dog. He loves spending time with family and friends, cooking on the grill, volunteers as a youth basketball coach, and enjoys an occasional milkshake.

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