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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Vanessa Lynn Kitzie, Ph.D.

Title: BSIS Lead
Associate Professor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Office: School of Information Science
1501 Greene Street

Columbia, SC 29208
Vanessa Kitzie


B.A., Sociology, Boston University
B.S., Advertising, Boston University
M.L.I.S., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Library & Information Science, Rutgers University


Dr. Vanessa Kitzie studies the information practices of marginalized groups, with a focus on LGBTQ+ people and communities. Her research findings inform how information centers, such as libraries, and systems can better serve these individuals. Kitzie's  work is interdisciplinary, spanning library and information science, communication, sociology, and critical studies.

Funded Research

Principal Investigator. Developing Training for and Establishing Partnerships between Community Health Workers and Medical Librarians for LGBTQIA+ Health Promotion. Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants - Libraries. $357,367. 2020-2022. More info»

2018-Present Examining Public Library Service to LGBTQ+ Communities for Health Information, IMLS. PI. A three-year investigation into how public libraries can promote the health of their LGBTQ+ communities. $298,000. More info»

Co-Principal Investigator. Library Staff and Drag Queen Perspectives and Decision-Making About Drag Queen Storytimes (ALA Diversity Grant). Interviewing public library staff and drag queens to explore factors influencing decisions to host or not host these storytimes, supports and challenges encountered when hosting, strategies used to address these challenges, and how drag queen storytimes may complement existing library programs and services. $2,500.


Kitzie's teaching is driven by students’ individual research and practice interests and supports these interests with class readings, lectures, and discussions. By the end of the class, she aims to have worked with students to develop their critical thinking skills, not only within the realm of theory and practice but also related to cultural competency. Currently, she is teaching Information Transfer and Introduction to Library and Information Studies.

Recent Publications

Kitzie, V. (in press). “Am I doing it right?” Examining authenticity as a key mediator of insider/outsider dynamics among US LGBTQ+ young adults. s [Special issue, “Chatman Revisited: Re-examining and Resituating Social Theories of Identity, Access, and Marginalization in LIS”]. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, Eds. A.N. Gibson & N.A. Cooke.

Kitzie, V., Wagner, T., & Vera, A. N. Discursive power and resistance in the information world maps of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual community leaders. Journal of Documentation. 77(3), 638-662  Link»

Kitzie, V., Pettigrew, J., Wagner, T.L., & Vera, A.N. (2020). Using the World Café methodology to support community-centric research and practice in Library and Information Science. Library and Information Science Research 42(4). Link»

Kitzie, V., Wagner, T.L., & Vera, N. (2020). “In the beginning, it was little whispers...Now, we’re almost a roar”: Conceptualizing a model for community and self in LGBTQ+ health information practices. Paper presented at 2020 iConference, Borås, Sweden, March 23-25. Link»

Kitzie, V. (2019). “That looks like me or something I can do”: Affordances and constraints in the online identity work of US LGBTQ+ millennials [Special issue, “Information Behaviour and Information Practices: A Special Issue for Research on People's Engagement with Technology”] Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T), Eds. D. Allen, S. Karnasios, G. Burnett, & L.M. Given. Link»


Chair, iSchool BSIS Committee, 2021 – Present

Co-chair, iSchool Research and Doctoral Committee, 2018 – Present

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