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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.

From classmates to coworkers

When they’re not working together as library media specialists at Westwood High School, Marti Brown and Kathy Carroll are serving together as two of the newest members of the CIC’s Alumni Council.

Information science students present undergraduate research

Fourteen undergraduate students presented their research and internship experiences to judges who are currently working in the field. This year’s posters covered topics ranging from anxiety in college students to attitudes about autonomous aircrafts.

SLIS student to go behind the scenes at the ALA Annual Conference

When MLIS student Sarah Hodierne travels to Washington, D.C., next summer, it won’t just be to see the nation’s capital — she’ll also be working at the American Library Association’s annual conference as part of an exclusive student program.

Collaboration leads to global conversation

Since its publication in 2012, Dr. David Lankes’ book, “Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World,” has been translated into Portuguese and German. Now, thanks to a dedicated team of volunteer translators, French speakers can enjoy it, too.

SLIS adds new informatics minor

What is informatics? Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, it will be the newest minor offered by the School of Library and Information Science. Informatics replaces the pre-existing information science minor and will give students a more flexible way to learn how information works.

SLIS students speak at national conference

The HBCU Library Alliance Conference offered three students — Patrice Green, Jocelyn Pettigrew and Ashley Silvera — the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and speak in front of all the attendees.

SLIS student interns at the Library of Congress

This summer, Patrice Green was able to explore potential careers through one of the most prestigious internships in the country. Green was one of 40 students selected from across the country to spend their summer working within the walls of the Library of Congress as part of the library's junior fellowship program.

Faculty Focus: Amir Karami

With a mind for business and research but a heart for teaching, Dr. Amir Karami has found a job that allows him to tap into all of his interests — and his work is influencing how researchers are exploring big data to make even bigger discoveries.

Bryan's donations provide opportunities for current students

Jack Bryan credits his degree from the then-College of Librarianship for making his long career in public service possible and hopes that by giving back he can empower others to do the same.


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