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Information Science Day 2019: From research to the real world

Is blockchain technology confusing? Will the removal of Instagram likes affect the way people use the social media platform? Students explored these questions and others at the fifth annual Information Science Day, a showcase of undergraduate research and internship experiences.

Meet new faculty: Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke is the School of Library and Information Science’s new Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy, a position named for the pioneering African American librarian who served as the university’s storyteller-in-residence.

Literacy program helps children ‘dig into reading’

A $15,000 grant from International Paper has allowed Cocky's Reading Express to teach nutritional literacy to children in two Laurens County schools.

Alumna takes reins as president of national school librarians association

School librarian Kathy Carroll likes to be in the middle of the action and that’s where she finds herself every day, whether it’s helping students at Westwood High School in Blythewood or advocating for her profession as president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians.

A path for public service

Jason Broughton made headlines when he was named Vermont’s first African American state librarian and commissioner of libraries. How did SLIS prepare him for the post and what advice does he have for students hoping to follow in his footsteps?

Including every voice

Everyone faces challenges, but Clayton Copeland knows that each person also has ability within themselves. That’s why she’s working to improve the lives of underserved populations through her teaching and research.

Researcher examines the impact of school librarians

Librarians working side-by-side with classroom teachers isn't a new trend. But do these partnerships translate into higher academic achievement? And how critical is the librarian half of the equation? Associate professor Lucy Santos Green hopes to find out.

Athletics video director focuses on graduate degree

MLIS student Justin Stoll crafted some of the most iconic words in Gamecock football history. Read how his love of metadata is translating into a career in athletics.

Learning from the pros

Four high-profile figures in library and information science have been named to the inaugural class of School of Library and Information Science Fellows. These experts will partner with students and faculty to transform how UofSC is preparing the next generation of professionals.

From aspirations to reality

Executive Director Melanie Huggins (MLIS, 1995) has been a driving force behind Richland Library’s transformation since taking the helm more than a decade ago. We caught up with Huggins to ask about her vision and the role the CIC played in shaping it.

Real-world benefits

Margarita "Dee" Demetriadis (MLIS, '18) was promoted from part-time assistant to teen/digital media lab librarian at the Libbie Mill Library in Henrico, Virginia. From networking opportunities to real-world projects, Demetriadis says the keys to landing her dream job were the opportunities she found at SLIS.

A destination for diversity: Nicole Cooke joins SLIS as Augusta Baker Chair

New Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke seeks to transform SLIS into the destination program for students hoping to work in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Shining the spotlight on libraries

As a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year, SLIS alumna Tamara Cox has a chance to become the first school librarian ever to take home the state’s top honor for educators. A win could bring more awareness to her profession’s powerful impact on student success.

Students and literacy leader honored at annual event

The 2019 Deans' and Directors' Lecture honored SLIS faculty, staff and students, as well as this year’s Annual Literacy Leader. Keynote speaker Pamela Nash Davenport of the National Library Service shared about her journey to librarianship.

Making the magic happen: SLIS alumna Tamara King honored by Library Journal

King's mantra, that libraries make magic happen every single day, is what guides her actions as community relations director for Richland Library — actions that earned her this national recognition

Building relationships to succeed: SLIS alumna Jennifer Thrift honored by Library Journal

A teacher librarian for third through fifth graders, Thrift cites collaboration and community involvement as key to receiving this national recognition.

Alumni Spotlight: Pamela Nash Davenport

Many librarians can only dream about working for the Library of Congress. But for Pamela Nash Davenport (MLIS, ’95), it’s a reality.

Where people fit into the equation

Dr. Vanessa Kitzie is combining her two interests — sociology and information science — to take an interdisciplinary approach in answering one of her field’s key research questions: What do people do with information in their everyday lives?

Destined for greatness: New software to help SCCCL train future librarians

Future librarians who train at the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy will now gain even more real-world experience. That’s because the center has struck a deal with Follett Corporation to acquire Destiny Library Manager, the most popular K-12 library management system worldwide.

The value of school librarians: USC’s Library Scholar Program works to fill needs

David Lankes and Mike Corbo describe their experience and plans for the program which partners with local school districts to educate and develop existing school employees into school librarians.

A new name, a bigger mission

Since the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy was founded, its efforts have grown to include everything from professional development for educators to community engagement for children. Now, a new name — and a new mission — will demonstrate just how much that scope has widened.

The right information

Things have been falling neatly into place for Charles Rodriquez in the past 18 months — he started working on a bachelor’s degree in information studies at the University of South Carolina and completed an internship earlier this fall that has paved the way for a new job he’ll begin after graduation in December.

A legacy to crow about

From Captain Book to Mrs. Claus, Helen Fellers had a festive costume — and a stack of recommended reading — for nearly every occasion. Like the children's books she shared through her "Reading Rooster Recommends" videos, Fellers' legacy was "something to crow about." The longtime literacy advocate passed away on Dec. 15.

Sarah Keeling: Showing up for racial justice

On the wall behind Dr. Sarah Keeling's desk, among an assortment of calendars and pictures, hang the words "Jobs Peace & Equality." The display shouldn't come as a surprise for those who know her.

An innovator in information science

At USC, Ehsan Mohammadi is producing groundbreaking research and bringing new ideas to the School of Library and Information Science. But it was the journey that brought him here and made him the robust researcher and diversity-minded teacher that he is today.

 

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