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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Susan R. Rathbun-Grubb, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0485
Fax: 803-777-0457
Office: School of Information Science
Davis College, Room 208
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Office Hours: Virtual, by appointment


A.B., English, Duke University
M.A.T., English, Duke University
M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Susan Rathbun-Grubb has worked in academic, public, and school libraries, as well as the health information technology industry.


Rathbun-Grubb's research centers on the intersection of education, training, and careers in library and information science (LIS). She is particularly interested in career progression across the life course, job satisfaction, and the evaluation of pedagogical strategies in LIS education.


Lifelong learning, reflection, and interactivity form the foundation of Rathbun-Grubb's teaching philosophy. She believes that in addition to the stated learning objectives, a course provides students and their instructor with an opportunity to learn from each other's diversity of life and work experience. She teaches Information Organization and Access, Reference and Instruction, Cataloging, Subject Analysis and Classification, Serials, Metadata, and Social Science Information Services. Rathbun-Grubb received the 2022 iSchool Excellence in Teaching Award.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2021). Voices of strength: A survey of librarians working with chronic illnesses or conditions. Journal of Library Administration, 61(1), 42-57. doi:10.1080/01930826.2020.1845546

Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2019). The Lived Experience of Work and Career among Individuals with Bipolar Disorder: A Phenomenological Study of Discussion Forum Narratives. International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 3(4).

Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2020). Rethinking the Reference and Instruction    Curriculum Using the Integrated Threshold Concept Knowledge Framework. In H. Julien, D. Latham, & M. Gross (Eds.), Implementing the ACRL Framework in Libraries and Pre-Service LIS Education: Case Studies from the Field. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Rathbun-Grubb, S. & Snow, K. (2017, January). Leveraging Educator-Practitioner Partnerships to Define Competencies for Technical Services Professionals. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Atlanta, GA, January 17-20.

Green, M. & Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2016). Classifying African literary authors. Library Resources and Technical Services, 60(4), 270-277.

Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2016). End of program assessments and their association with early career success in LIS. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 57(1), 43-56


  • University Committee on Libraries
  • School Representative, Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • University Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions (chair, 2017-18)
  • Faculty Advisor, Beta Omega Chapter of Beta Phi Mu

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