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Alumni Spotlight: Arlington Johnson

Arlington Johnson used his bachelor's in information science from South Carolina in 2020 to get his career off the ground — first as a flight instructor for Auburn University and soon as a pilot for Envoy Air in.

Alumna selected as 2022-24 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellow

Patrice Green, MLIS alumna and curator for African American collections at Penn State University Libraries, has been selected as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Heritage by the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Green joins the cohort of 15 fellows chosen from a highly competitive field of applications.

Recapping the iSchool 50th Anniversary Celebration

The School of Information Science celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 30 with a keynote address by former NASA Chief Charles Bolden, Jr. We've recapped it here in video and photos.

Former NASA chief Charles F. Bolden Jr. to headline School of Information Science anniversary celebration

The former astronaut and NASA administrator Bolden, whose mother was a barrier-breaking school librarian and library educator, will give the keynote address on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom.

2022 Augusta Baker Lecture to be delivered by Jeanie Austin

The iSchool will host the 2022 Augusta Baker Lecture on April 22 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with Richland Library's Baker's Dozen Storytelling Festival. This year's lecture will be delivered by Jeanie Austin, focusing on their new ALA Neal-Schuman book, Library Services and Incarceration: Recognizing Barriers, Strengthening Access.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the School of Information Science

You’re invited! Save the date for our 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 30, featuring keynote speaker Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr.

Student Spotlight: Serena Harn

Meet Serena Harn, an award-winning information science student, who said she chose this area of study because there was an "entire school designed just for my major!"

iSchool hosts annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture

The School of Information Science honored students, faculty and alumni leaders at the 37th Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards ceremony on March 18.

Decorated beyond measure

The first thing that jumps off the page when you scan Ida Williams Thompson's resumè is the copious list of awards she has won. Read how this iSchool alumna went from an aspiring medical student to an award-winning librarian.

iSchool professor wins international award

Amir Karami received the Healthcare Young Investigator Award in recognition of excellence in the field of health care systems, industry, technology, policy and regulation.

Student Spotlight: Evelyn Padilla

Meet Evelyn Padilla, a freshman who was so intrigued by the subject matter of an introductory course that she changed her major and now hopes to eventually teach it herself.

Student Spotlight: Kari Eddie

Junior NaKari Eddie's hobbies and interests helped him select his major and minor at UofSC. Learn more about this information science student in this iSchool spotlight.

Student Spotlight: Riley Lankes

How do international relations and information science relate? Informatics minor Riley Lankes says they intersect in finding ways to combat misinformation and disinformation, which are becoming important issues in international relations. Read more about Lankes in this informatics student spotlight.

Going the extra mile for literacy

Cocky's Reading Express celebrates 15 years of cultivating literacy in South Carolina.

Contemplating the library of the future

Alumnus Jason Broughton discusses his new post at the Library of Congress and emerging trends in library and information science.

Leaning into Augusta Baker's Legacy: Nicole Cooke creating diversity infrastructure at the iSchool

Scanning Nicole Cooke's list of accomplishments at the School of Information Science, it's hard to believe she has only been at South Carolina for two years. Cooke recently discussed the new projects she's shepherding at the iSchool.

Building a culturally competent librarian workforce

Diversity, equity and inclusion have been woven into the School of Library and Information Science since it was founded 50 years ago. But we took stock of some notable examples of the iSchool’s progress in hiring, outreach and strategic programs.

Librarians help students navigate an age of misinformation – but schools are cutting their numbers

The number of school librarians in the United States has dropped about 20 percent over the past decade, and research shows access to school librarians has become a major educational equity issue. Karen Gavigan, information science professor, writes for The Conversation about the impact school librarians have on student achievement.

Teachers of the year

Teacher of the Year recipients Erin Long and Shelley Ward are prime examples of librarians who exercise their education in many more ways than logging book checkouts.

Research rabbit holes

With boundless information at our fingertips, it's easy to get lost in curiosity. A simple search can lead to a page, which leads to another, which leads to several more until you're 10 tabs deep and 45 minutes short. MLIS alumna Jenna Strawbridge channels this same unique, relentless curiosity daily — and she's lucky enough to call it her career.

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.

Partnership possibilities

A new partnership between the University of South Carolina and the Charleston County Public Library system will create learning opportunities for librarians in South Carolina and beyond.

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.

 

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