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Leaders with helping hands

Only 50 librarians are selected each year in the ALA’s competitive Emerging Leaders Program, but several of our alumnae were chosen in recent years. We sat down with three of them to talk about their academic journeys and experiences.

Why libraries are committing to systemic change

David Lankes writes in Publishers Weekly that today's crises in public health, the economy and in racism demand we rethink everything — including what we’ve always considered virtuous institutions, like libraries, schools and publishers.

Reading Is only a step on the path to anti-racism

In this Publisher's Weekly article, Dr. Nicole Cooke suggests viewing one's anti-racist journey in three stages.

School of Information Science statement on diversity, equity and inclusion

The University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science community strongly condemns the systemic and systematic oppression of black people, indigenous people and all people of color.

Passion for profession lands SC librarians on Movers & Shakers list

Having an impact on their students and communities, being more inclusive for underserved populations and encouraging a lifelong love of reading and learning are passions shared by three alumnae who have been recognized as 2020 Movers & Shakers by Library Journal.

SLIS becomes School of Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science is now the School of Information Science, following a vote of approval by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees at an April 24 meeting.

SC Center for Community Literacy creates resource website for parents

Are you looking for local and national resources to engage kids while learning at home? Explore the San Diego Zoo, doodle with Mo Willems, participate in a virtual storytime and hang out with Dr. Seuss.

Graphic novels help teens learn about racism, climate change and social justice – here’s a reading list

Dr. Karen Gavigan says teen activists are making headlines for their social justice advocacy, and it's being reflected in the graphic novels they are reading. Read her article in The Conversation.

Dominion Energy partners with UofSC to 'Sow the Seeds of Reading'

A new partnership between Dominion Energy and the University of South Carolina's literacy outreach program will help teach gardening and nutrition skills to elementary school students in Lexington County.

Librarians could be jailed and fined under a proposed censorship law

Dr. Nicole Cooke believes the law, if enacted, would be a potential threat to information access, intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. Read her article in The Conversation.

Civil Rights series: Augusta Baker leaves legacy in School of Library and Information Science

Storyteller-in-residence sounds like a dream job for some library science students, but for Augusta Baker, it was more than a fairy tale. Baker led a life that saw her overcome all obstacles to become one of the top 100 most important leaders of the 20th century.

Distance Education: We will come to you

With the click of a button, class registration is complete. It's that simple to register for School of Library and Information Science distance education courses.

Launching a legacy: Checking in with new Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke

Last fall, SLIS welcomed Nicole Cooke as its new Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy to advance the school’s literacy efforts. Here are some highlights of what Cooke has accomplished so far and a glimpse into her next steps.

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.

 

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