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Raising fans of reading: South Carolina mascot tackles illiteracy

The scene plays and replays across South Carolina. Garnet and black loving fans bouncing on their feet, cheering with unbridled delight. Other fans, notably subdued, sport orange and purple to claim even the smallest ground inside the rolling wave of University of South Carolina spirit.

Nicole A. Cooke wins the Joseph W. Lippincott Award

Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, is the 2024 recipient of the award, sponsored by Joseph W. Lippincott III and presented by the American Library Association for distinguished service in the profession of librarianship.

College mourns death of former dean

The College of Information and Communications mourns the death of Fred W. Roper, professor and dean emeritus. Roper died on April 30, 2024.

Beyond books

Libraries adapt to enrich their communities by providing equitable access to information, resources and connection. iSchool alumni discuss the role of libraries in their community.

iSchool hosts annual Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards Ceremony

The School of Information Science honored students, faculty and alumni leaders at the 39th Deans' and Directors' Lecture and Awards Ceremony on March 27.

Cocky’s Reading Express and USC student organization team up to provide a Little Free Library

Hyatt Park Elementary received a Little Free Library thanks to the donation and support of the Association of African American Students at USC. The program is part of a new literacy inititave of Cocky's Reading Express.

Tamara Cox: A leader for all

From testifying before the state legislature’s education committee to creating a library refuge that helps kids love books, this 2010 alumna of the iSchool personifies leadership.

Applications open for information science instructor

The School of Information Science invites applications for an instructor to begin August 16, 2024 to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The classes are related to programming, data analytics, artificial intelligence, applied data and text mining, and user experience.

Augusta Baker Presents: A Community Conversation on Culturally Responsive Leadership with Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Jenkins discussed her new book "The Hip-Hop Mindset" with August Baker Chair Nicole Cooke at All Good Books on Jan. 31. "The Hip-Hop Mindset," received the 2023 Phillip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association of Multicultural Educators.

CIC professor studies library’s role in spreading health information to the LGBTQ+ community

Vanessa Kitzie, Ph.D., is working to improve access to accurate and compassionate health information for marginalized communities, specifically LGBTQ+ people.

iSchool hosts hooding ceremonies

The iSchool honored Fall 2023 graduates at the Hooding Ceremony for MLIS students on Dec. 15. Watch a video recap.

Cocky’s Reading Express debuts “Little Free Library” at local elementary school

Through its new Adopt-a-School program, Cocky’s Reading Express unveiled a new “Little Free Library” at Edward E. Taylor Elementary School — providing kids with chances to choose books throughout the year and keep them as their own.

iSchool accepting applications for an open rank faculty position in Information Science

The School of Information Science invites applications for a school library faculty position at the level of open rank, associate, or assistant professor to begin January 1, 2024, or August 16, 2024. Candidates with interest and experience in research and pedagogy in school librarianship will be considered.

Digital certificate program offers in-demand career skills

This fall, the college launched its digital studies certificate program, which allows undergraduate students to gain in-demand digital skills and receive official recognition on their transcripts.

MLIS student selected for prestigious ARL Kaleidoscope Program

MLIS student Adele Chase learns leadership, research and networking skills as an ARL Kaleidoscope Program Scholar.

Area students get to jump on the Cocky Reading Express

Cocky, the big bird on the USC campus, and a bunch of his friends made a stop at Edward E. Taylor Elementary School to teach the kids about conservation and the joy of reading.

Media personality Curtis Wilson reflects on culturally responsive leadership

A regular contributor to the A&E Network’s top-rated show LivePD, Wilson headlined the first in-person community conversation sponsored by Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke, which addressed issues of importance to communities in Columbia and throughout South Carolina.

iSchool faculty and staff create Words and Warriors book club

With over 400,000 veterans and eight different military facilities in South Carolina, iSchool faculty and staff had an epiphany. They created a veterans book club as a platform to continue to emphasize and highlight the university’s commitment to serving the veteran and military population,

Get to know Lyda Fontes McCartin

After 17 years at the University of Northern Colorado, Lyda Fontes McCartin left the Rocky Mountains for the Palmetto State's CIC. Sunshine, school spirit and SEC football await her arrival as the next director of the iSchool.

iSchool Spotlight: Adia Caldwell

As a social media community manager for PepsiCo, information science graduate Adia Caldwell ('21) serves up content for Quaker’s ready-to-eat brands, including Cap’n Crunch and Quaker Chewy.

iSchool invites applications for an open rank faculty position

The School of Information Science invites applications for a school library faculty position at the level of open rank, associate, or assistant professor to begin Jan. 1, 2024, or Aug. 16, 2024.

MLIS alumna Patrice Green embraces new role at Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Not everyone would be excited to examine a rusty filing cabinet in the basement of a 100-year-old boarding house. But, for Patrice Green, '19, it is a potential treasure trove of information that could fill in gaps in the historical record.

How book-banning campaigns have changed the lives and education of librarians

Augusta Baker Chair Nicole Cooke writes in The Conversation about the new ways librarians are being trained to defend the rights of readers and writers in the battle raging across the U.S. over censorship, book challenges and book bans.

Jackie McFadden named interim dean of Dacus Library and Archives

MLIS alumna Jackie McFadden will serve as interim dean of Winthrop University's Ida Jane Dacus Library and the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections while a national search is conducted.

Cearra Harris is making an impact as a Spectrum Fellow

Doctoral student Cearra Harris hopes that in her career she can help librarians be better equipped to deal with the day-to-day issues that they are confronted with in their communities.


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