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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Vanessa Lynn Kitzie, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-1136
Office: School of Information Science

Davis College, Room 206
1501 Greene Street

Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Sociology, Boston University
B.S., Advertising, Boston University
M.L.I.S., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Library & Information Science, Rutgers University


Dr. Vanessa Kitzie studies the information practices of marginalized groups, with a focus on individuals identifying as LGBTQ+. Her research findings inform how information centers, such as libraries, and systems can better serve these individuals. Kitzie's  work is interdisciplinary, spanning library and information science, communication, sociology, and critical studies.

Funded Research

2018-Present Examining Public Library Service to LGBTQ+ Communities for Health Information, IMLS. PI. A three-year investigation into how public libraries can promote the health of their LGBTQ+ communities. $298,000. More info»

Co-Principal Investigator. Library Staff and Drag Queen Perspectives and Decision-Making About Drag Queen Storytimes (ALA Diversity Grant). Interviewing public library staff and drag queens to explore factors influencing decisions to host or not host these storytimes, supports and challenges encountered when hosting, strategies used to address these challenges, and how drag queen storytimes may complement existing library programs and services. $2,500.


Kitzie's teaching is driven by students’ individual research and practice interests and supports these interests with class readings, lectures, and discussions. By the end of the class, she aims to have worked with students to develop their critical thinking skills, not only within the realm of theory and practice but also related to cultural competency. Currently, she is teaching Information Transfer and Introduction to Library and Information Studies.

Recent Publications

Kitzie, V., Wagner, T.L., & Vera, N. (2020). “In the Beginning, It Was Little Whispers...Now, We’re Almost a Roar”: Conceptualizing a Model for Community and Self in LGBTQ+ Health Information Practices. Paper to be presented at 2020 iConference, Borås, Sweden, March 23-25. Link»

Kitzie, V. (2019). “That looks like me or something I can do”: Affordances and constraints in the online identity work of US LGBTQ+ millennials [Special issue, “Information Behaviour and Information Practices: A Special Issue for Research on People's Engagement with Technology”] Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T), Eds. D. Allen, S. Karnasios, G. Burnett, & L.M. Given. Link»

Radford, M.L., Kitzie, V., Mikitish, S., Floegel, D., & Connaway, L.S. (2019). 'People need a strategy:' Exploring attitudes of and support roles for scholarly identity work among academic librarians. In the 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries Proceedings 594-605, Ed. D. M. Mueller. Link»

Kitzie, V. (2018). Affordances and constraints in the online identity work of LGBTQ+ individuals [Special issue, “Queer Internet Studies”] First Monday, 23(7), Eds. D. Cockayne, J. Gieseking, & J. Lingel. 

Kitzie, V., Mohammadi, E., & Karami, A. (2018). “Life never matters in the democrats mind”: Examining strategies of retweeted social bots during a mass shooting event. In the 81st Annual Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology 55(1), 254-263.


Chair, Advocacy Committee, American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (2017-2018).

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