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College of Information and Communications


Faculty and Staff

Karen W. Gavigan, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
E-mail: kgavigan@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-1676
Fax: 803-777-0457
Office:

School of Library and Information Science
Davis College, Room 211
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources:

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

B.A., Secondary Education / English Concentration, University of North Carolina 
M.S.L.S., Library and Information Science, University of Tennessee 
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education and Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Background

Dr. Karen Gavigan worked as a school librarian for 15 years.  She also worked as a public librarian and an academic librarian.  

Research 

Dr. Gavigan's research interests include the use of graphic novels in libraries and classrooms. She has also conducted research regarding school library issues, such as the instructional role of the school librarian.

Funded Research and Awards

2014 Frances Bryant Bradburn Distinguished Service Award, North Carolina School Library Media Association

2012 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Research Award, Information Vaccine: Using Graphic Novels as an Information AIDS Vaccine for Young Adults to Gavigan, K. and Albright, K., January 2013.

2012 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research, presented by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA), to Pribesh, S.; Gavigan, K. & Dickinson, G. for  "The Access Gap: Poverty and Characteristics of School Library Media Centers," published in The Library Quarterly 81(2): 143-160, April 2011.

2009 Youth Services Paper Award, presented by the American Library and Information Science Educators  / Linworth Publishing, to Pribesh, S. & Gavigan, K. (2009) for “Equal Opportunity? Poverty and Characteristics of School Library Media Centers

Going Graphic in South Africa: Teens Creating a Graphic Novel on HIV/AIDS Prevention in Cape Town. Co-Principal Investigator with Kendra Albright. Walker Institute, University of South Carolina. $3,000

ASPIRE-ing to Prevent HIV/AIDS: A Graphic Novel Intervention for South Carolina Teens. Co-Principal Investigator with Kendra Albright. University of South Carolina (USC) ASPIRE- 1 Grant, 2013. Funded for $9,148, 2013 – 2014.

Information Vaccine: Using Graphic Novels as an HIV/AIDS Prevention Tool for Young Adults  (Phase 2).  Co-Principal Investigator with Kendra Albright. Association for Library and Information Service Education, Funded for $5,000, 2013 – 2014.

Information Vaccine: Using Graphic Novels as an HIV/AIDS Prevention Tool for Young Adults  (Phase 1)  Co-Principal Investigator with Kendra Albright.  Carnegie Corporation and the Initiative for South Carolina’s Future. Funded for $2,500, 2012 – 2013. 

Teaching

Dr. Gavigan's teaching style is to serve less as a “sage on the stage” and more as a “guide on the side”.  Whether she is teaching a distance education class for graduate students, or a face-to-face undergraduate class, she keep students engaged with lectures, videos, discussion forums, and collaborative activities. Dr. Gavigan teaches Young Adult Library Materials, School Library Program Development, and Information Literacy and Technology.

Recent Publications

Copeland, C. & Gavigan, K. Winter, 2015).  Examining Inclusive Programming in a Middle School Library: A Case Study of Adolescents Who Are Differently- and Typically-Able. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. 

Gavigan, K. & Curry Lance, K.  (2015, October).  Everybody’s Teacher:  Administrators’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of School Librarians:  Findings from the South Carolina Association of School Librarian’s Impact Study.  Teacher Librarian

Gavigan, K. & Albright, K. (2015, July/August).  Writing from Behind the Fence: Incarcerated Youth and a Graphic Novel on HIV/AIDS.  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.  International Literacy Association.

Moreillon, J., Kimmel, S., & Gavigan, K.  (2014, October).  Educating Pre-Service School Librarians for the Instructional Partner Role: An Exploration into University Curricula. School Library Research.

Albright, K. & Gavigan, K.  (2014, March).  Information Vaccine: Using a Graphic Novel as an HIV / AIDS Prevention Tool for Young Adults. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.

Gavigan, K. (2014, January).  Shedding New Light on Graphic Novel Collections: A Circulation and Collection Analysis Study in Six Middle School Libraries. School Libraries Worldwide.

Gavigan, K. (Winter, 2014).  Shedding new light on graphic novel collections: A circulation and collection analysis study in six middle school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide.

Albright, K. & Gavigan, K. (Eds) (2014).  AIDS in the end zone. Columbia, SC: Young Palmetto Press.

Service

Chair, Joint Committee of the International Association of School Libraries and the International Federation of Library Associations’ Standing Committee for School Libraries                     

Member, International Federation of Library Associations’ Standing Committee for School Libraries

Chair, Educators of School Librarians Section, American Library Association

Chair, Library Research Round Table Committee, American Library Association

Chair, Standards and Guidelines Task Force. American Association of School Librarians

Member, Board of Directors, South Carolina Association of School Librarians

Personal

Dr. Gavigan is married with two sons, and she enjoys traveling, reading, and attending Gamecock sporting events.