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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Feili Tu-Keefner, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-1026
Fax: 803-777-7938
Office: School of Library and Information Science
Davis College, Room 203
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Curriculum Vitae
Textbook: Health Librarianship: An Introduction



B.A., English, Soochow University (Taipei, Taiwan)
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University


Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner is from Taipei, Taiwan; she came to the School of Library and Information Science in Fall 2003. She has six years’ experience working for the Library of Congress equivalent in Taiwan, including three and a half years as a reference librarian and periodicals manager in a computing and informatics library.

Research Areas

  • Evidence-Based Health Information Access
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Literacy
  • Health Sciences Librarianship and Its Education
  • Reference, Information, and Research Services

Funded Research

Roles of Public Libraries during A Natural Disaster: How Do Information, Technology and User Support Add Value to Communities. Submitted with Dr. Samantha K. Hastings and Dr. Jingjing Liu to the South Carolina Resilience to Extreme Storms: Research on Social, Environmental, and Health Dimensions of the October 2015 Catastrophic Flooding, an internal funding to pursue research on October 2015 catastrophic flooding, sponsored by the USC Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. A $18,895 research grant. Awarded. $17,000

The 2011 MLA Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc., stipend to participate in the 2011 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition. Submitted to the Medical Library Association Awarded $1410.

Development of the research protocol for the evaluation of the School of Library and Information Science virtual organization.  Submitted to the Faculty Development Stimulus Funds Sponsored by the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies in February 2010.  Awarded $6250 (the equivalent of one course plus fringe benefits) in Summer 2010.

The 2009 MLA Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc., stipend to participate in the 2011 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition. Submitted to the Medical Library Association Awarded $1000.

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Ask-A-Librarian (AAL) online chat reference extended service hours program from September 2007-May 2008: A research partnership.  Submitted to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) in July 2007.  Awarded $30,000.

Information intermediary workshops and development of a cohort of respondents for evaluation and creation of direct-to-consumer workshops on consumer health information, with special emphasis on services to Spanish-speaking populations.  Submitted to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Program in April 2005.  Awarded $50,000.


Tu-Keefner’s areas of expertise in teaching are in health sciences librarianship, reference and information services, especially virtual reference services, and online retrieval.  She is a firm believer in experiential learning and the importance of integrating new technology and electronic service models into the library and information science curriculum.  In addition, she is committed to providing students with a high-quality education, whether in a distance education or a face-to-face instructional setting.  She has been a SLIS nominee for the Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Awards of the University of South Carolina.

Recent Publications

Tu-Keefner, F. Liu, J., Harnett, E. (In press). Health information services and technology access during and after a disaster: Lessons learned by public librarians in South Carolina. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 21(1), pp. TBD.

Tu-Keefner, F. (2016, December). The value of public libraries during a major flooding: How digital resources can enhance health and disaster preparedness in local communities. In Maeda, A., & Morishima, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th International Conference in Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (pp. 10-15). Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan: University of Tsukuba.  

Tu-Keefner, F., Hastings, S. K., & Liu, J. (2016, October). The value of public libraries during a major flooding: What the 2015 catastrophic flooding in South Carolina has taught us. In Office of Research, University of South Carolina. (Ed.), SC Floods Project Summaries: Collected Abstracts Detailing Projects Funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the 2015 SC Floods Research Initiative—Prepared for the SC Floods Conference, October 7, 2016 (p. 56). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina. Abstract retrieved from this site.

Huber, J. T., & Tu-Keefner, F. (Eds.). (2014). Health librarianship: An introduction. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Tu-Keefner. (2014). Bibliographic sources for periodicals. In J. T. Huber & S. Swogger (Eds.), Introduction to reference sources in the health sciences (6th ed., pp 61-91). Chicago, IL: Medical Library Association.



  • Judge for the Best Paper Award. The 3rd Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology and Society (2014 HKICEPS), Hong Kong, 2014.
  • Judge for the Best Paper Award. The Annual Symposium on Management and Social Sciences (ASMSS) 2014, Seoul, South Korea, 2014.
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member. Health Information and Libraries Journal.


  • Peer Reviewer. American Journal of Health Promotion, 2016-
  • Peer Reviewer. Patient Education and Counseling, 2016.
  • Peer Reviewer. Health Promotion Practice, 2013 and 2015.

State and Regional

  • Committee Member. The Research Committee of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, 2015-2017.
  • Instructor. Evidence-based Health Sciences Resources and Information Services: A Series of Eight Professional Development Workshops for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University, October 8-December 3, 2013.

University of South Carolina

  • Member. University Advisory Committee on Professional Development for Graduate Students of the USC Graduate School, Fall 2016.
  • Committee Member. The Dean Bierbauer Review Committee, Fall 2011-Spring 2012.
  • Faculty Advisor. TheCure4Kids for Kids Global eHealth Challenge project, St. Jude Children's Research .Hospital's International Outreach Program, Fall 2008-Spring 2011. Note: In collaboration with Dr. Daniela Friedman with the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.
  • Faculty Advisor. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication Program, 2008-
  • Chair. The SLIS Curriculum Committee, Fall 2016-Spring 2017.
  • Committee Member. The SLIS Information Technology and Resources Committee, Fall 2016-Spring 2017.


Tu-Keefner enjoys listening to music, cooking and traveling with her husband, Paul, an Ohioan.  They love collecting world music and high-fidelity music recordings, as well as creating Tu-Keefner fusion cuisine.  She is also a dedicated yoga learner and has been practicing yoga for several years.  She also really likes hockey games.

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