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School of Information Science

Welcome, you’re just in time. The world needs you. The School of Information Science is a community of students, scholars, staff and alumni dedicated to improving society through the transformation of data into information and information into knowledge. We make librarians, information specialists, number crunchers, business leaders, and community educators. We send them to libraries, schools, Fortune 500 Companies, think tanks, and startups. We put information into action.

News

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.

Library Journal names iSchool alumna to class of 2021 Movers & Shakers

Christina Fuller-Gregory was one of 46 individuals honored for moving the profession forward. She was chosen for her advocacy for justice and commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the field of librarianship.

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