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School of Information Science

Welcome, you’re just in time. The world needs you. The School of Information Science is a community of students, scholars, staff and alumni dedicated to improving society through the transformation of data into information and information into knowledge. We make librarians, information specialists, number crunchers, business leaders, and community educators. We send them to libraries, schools, Fortune 500 Companies, think tanks, and startups. We put information into action.


Lost and found

When she was a college freshman, Elise Lewis learned firsthand what happens when a student gets lost in the shuffle of a big university. Now, as faculty principal of the Capstone Scholars Program, Lewis is keen on getting students connected with one another and university resources.

Interns write chapter in Digital Collections story

If every picture tells a story, what do one million pictures have to say? That is the question Tami Blumenfield Kedar and Cindy Garcia-Rivas, MLIS students and interns at University Libraries Digital Collections department, are trying to answer.

Gamecock football players find success in the classroom

Information science major Jovaughn Gwyn is one of the players featured in this article whose on-the-field discipline pays off in academic pursuits.

Researcher helps provide better health information to marginalized communities

In just four years at the college, Vanessa Kitzie has made quite a name for herself as a researcher. She focuses on how information institutions like libraries can better serve LGBTQIA+ people and communities, particularly in South Carolina.

Library Journal names iSchool alumna to class of 2021 Movers & Shakers

Christina Fuller-Gregory was one of 46 individuals honored for moving the profession forward. She was chosen for her advocacy for justice and commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the field of librarianship.

iSchool leadership changes announced

School of Information Science Director David Lankes will leave the University of South Carolina this summer for an endowed professorship at the University of Texas School of Information. He has led the iSchool since 2016. Professor Karen Gavigan will return from retirement to serve as interim director beginning July 16.

iSchool alumna's new book gives children with limb differences a character like themselves

School media specialist Alexis Cannon Hale (2010 MLIS) was disappointed when she found out about the underrepresentation of limb loss in children's literature. Her discovery inspired her to write "It's Me, Zoey!" starring her daughter as the main character.

Annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture held virtually

The School of Information Science honored students, faculty and alumni leaders at the Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards ceremony on April 23. The annual event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held virtually this year with former deans Fred Roper and Dan Barron among those in attendance.

iSchool Innovators: Jonah Rotholz

Jonah Rotholz, who made headlines last year after he and Nick Jeffcoat won the undergraduate division of The Proving Ground, shares how his information science major prepared him to become an entrepreneur and offers advice to students hoping to follow in his footsteps.

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