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College of Information and Communications


Faculty and Staff

Samantha Kelly Hastings, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Department: School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
E-mail: hastings@sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-1730
Office:

School of Library and Information Science
Davis College, Room 113
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources:

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

B.A., English & Math Minor, University of Arizona
M.L.I.S., University of South Florida
Ph.D., Library & Information Science, Florida State University

Background

Dr. Samantha Hastings has worked as a consultant and built full-text and image databases for accountants, dentists, doctors, lawyers and county and state governments. Along the way, she has worked to help public libraries and museums connect to the Internet and share their cultural objects in a digital environment. Her current passion is directed to eliminating illiteracy in South Carolina and everyday she sees us getting closer to the goal. Beyond the economic impact of a literate work force, people who read succeed and their quality of life improves.

Research

Dr. Hasting's interests include digital image retrieval, cultural heritage, telecommunications, automated systems and networks and evaluation research. Her current research explores the use of 3-D digital objects in learning environments.

Funded Research

Institute for Museum and Library Services for Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership (CHIL): An Experiment in Responsive Doctoral Studies, Arns, J. and Hastings, S.K. Co-PIs. Submitted Fall 2009, $870,000. Four years of funding.

National Endowment for the Humanities for Increasing Understanding of the African American Experience with 3D Digitization Capability. In process of submission ($397,117)

Teaching

Dr. Hasting's research interests influence how she views the changing roles for information professionals. She says that without library and information scientists, there is little hope that people will be able to find the information and knowledge needed to flourish in the digital environment. She tries to integrate real world experiences as reflected by teamwork and product development in all of her classes that range from research methods to digital image management.

Recent Publications

Hastings, S. (2013). Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics.

Chung, E., Hastings, S., & Miksa, S. (2010). A framework of automatic subject. American Society for Information Science and Technology61(4), 688-699.

Hastings, S., Lunin, L., & Martin, K. (2009). Perspectives on design: Information technologies and creative practices. American Society for Information Science and Technology60(9), 1874-1942.

Hastings, S., Lunin, L., & Martin, K. (2009). Design: Information technologies and creative practices. American Society for Information Science and Technology60(9), 1874-1976.

Hastings, S., Kravchyna, V.(2008). Museum websites and their visitors: Information needs. VDM Verlag.

Service

President, Association for Library and Information Science Educators

Acquisitions editor, ASIST Monograph series

Former president, American Society for Information Science and Technology