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Library and Information Science

Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants

Sara Chizari


Sara Chizari joined the School of Library and Information Science as a Ph.D. student and a cultural heritage informatics leadership fellow in January 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology engineering and a master’s in information management from the University of Sheffield. Her research interests are in the field of human-computer interaction and particularly user-experience and interaction design. As an international student, Chizari has a strong passion in cross-cultural and international studies.

In summer 2013 she co-taught SLIS J701, Introduction to Library and Information Science, and in fall 2013 she is the second instructor for SLIS 201, Introduction to Information Technology.

Traveling, watching movies, watching rugby games, rollerblading, and playing Santoor (a traditional Iranian instrument) are some of Chizari's hobbies outside of school.

Lisa Conrath


Lisa Conrath has been a media specialist since 2000. She is currently the lower school media specialist at Hammond School in Columbia.

Conrath's undergraduate degree is from Converse College. She also has a master's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina.

Russell Conrath


Christopher Cunningham


Chuck Curran

Dr. Chuck Curran received a B.E.D. and M.E.D. from Duquesne University and M.L.S. and Ph.D. in library service from the School of Communication, information and library studies at Rutgers University. After serving on the College faculty for 27 years, Dr. Curran retired in December 2001, and continues to teach in the School of Library and Information Science doctoral program. In May 2012, he earned an M.A. in theatre from the University of South Carolina.

April Dawkins

April Dawkins joined the School of Library and Information Science as a Ph.D. student in August 2013 where she is also Dr. Karen Gavigan's research assistant. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Meredith College and a master's degree in Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Prior to becoming a high school librarian, April taught a plethora of high school social studies courses over a six-year period.

Her research interests are in the field of school librarianship focusing on the reading habits, information seeking behaviors, and information literacy of young adults and the education and training of school librarians.

Elizabeth Hartnett

B.S., Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.L.I.S, University of South Carolina

Liz joined the School of Library and Information Science Ph.D. program in 2013. After earning her Bachelor's in Education at the University of Missouri she relocated with her family to Georgia. There she worked as a teacher, and psychometric tester, and after completing the MLIS program at USC, was a librarian in both college and elementary school libraries.

Education and the value of self-directed learning are part of her research interests, and in particular the part that libraries play in facilitating the ability of users to effectively pursue their interests and connect with people and information that deepen their learning and skills development. She is watching with great interest the evolution of library Makerspaces as well as other innovative services that libraries are developing to enhance the personal and intellectual development of the user.

Liz has taught SLIS 756 - Children's Materials, and maintains an interest in children's books and services as well as developments in technology. She loves to read, travel, and ride her bike.

Kim Jeffcoat


B.A., English, Wofford College
M.L.I.S., University of South Carolina

Kim Jeffcoat is the director of Cocky’s Reading Express™ (CRE), a unique and creative outreach program that strives to change attitudes toward reading through getting children excited about reading, hosting family literacy events, and providing children with their own carefully selected books. Since its creation by USC student leaders nine years ago, CRE has developed into a family literacy initiative that includes life literacy skills including financial, nutritional, healthcare and environmental literacies. 

Jeffcoat also serves as the series editor of  Young Palmetto Books, a series of books published in collaboration with USC’s University Press.

Cocky’s Reading Express™ is currently funded by BP America, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Junior League of Columbia, South Carolina Bank and Trust and private gifts.  CRE partners also include the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors and the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar.

Jeffcoat teaches Children's Literature and uses the current examination collection at the South Carolina Center for Children's Books & Literacy to teach undergraduate students how to evaluate and select great works of literature for children and young adults for use in classrooms, libraries and literacy outreach. She also teaches a service-learning section of University 101 (The Student in the University) and was nominated for a Teaching Award in 2012 and 2013.

Tamara King


Michael Levey


Michael Levey is an accomplished, innovative and results-driven leader with more than ten years experience developing and implementing robust information governance and regulatory compliance programs, policies, and procedures.

Levey is currently the corporate record supervisor for SCANA Corporation where he is responsible for the establishment, implementation, administration, and communication of record and information governance programs, policies and procedures.

He is currently the Mid-Atlantic Region Board Advisor of Education and Programming for ARMA International.

Levey attended Skidmore College and received his B.A. in psychology from Westfield State University.

Karen Miller


B.A., Furman University
M.B.A, Furman University/Clemson University
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law

Graduate assistant, Jennifer Arns, University of South Carolina — Admissions Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Science Doctoral Committee; researcher and web developer for the META public library valuation study. 

Research associate, David G. Owen, USC School of Law — Legal research, manuscript editing, and publication project management for several books, including Products Liability Law (2d ed. 2008), Products Liability & Safety(5th ed.)and the accompanying Teacher’s Manual;and various articles published by The Missouri Law Review, Southwestern University Law Review, The Review of Litigation, Hofstra Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, and Brooklyn Law Review.  Adapted Products Liability Law (2d ed. 2008)to Products Liability in a Nutshell (8th ed. 2008). Currently working on a project to update a 3-volume products liability law treatise. Supervise and train law student research assistants. 

Porchia Moore


Porchia Moore is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Library and Information Science where she is the recipient of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership fellowship. She is also earning a certificate of museum management from the University's McKissick Museum.

The former director of the Arizona Western College Creative Writing School, Moore is an avid reader, writer and enjoys painting as a hobby. Currently at work on a collection of creative non-fiction essays and editing two collections of poetic verse, she is also the very proud mother of twins. Her work has appeared in Taboo, Red Lights, The George Street Observer, Miscellany, The Politics of Water, DrumVoices, and many other publications. Her most recent poems appear in the much-anticipated anthology Tempu Tupu which includes the works of Maya Angelou, Ai, Rita Dove and Lucille Clifton. She served as poet-in-residence at the Avery Research Center. Moore was also a judge at the 2006 Poetry Aloud finalist competition at the S.C. Book Festival.

A graduate of the dual-enrollment master's in English literature program with the Citadel and The College of Charleston, she is currently editing her latest collection of poems called, Feral.

George Shaw


B.S., Business Administration, Charleston Southern University
M.S., Management of Information Systems, North Carolina A&T State University

George Shaw's research interests include information systems, computer literacy, and human-computer interaction.

Shaw teaches Introduction to Information Literacy and Technology and Research Methods in Information Science.

Margaret Sullivan


Travis Wagner


Deborah Yoho

Deborah Yoho was born into a career Air Force family in Tampa, Fla. From there she began her travels, living in several states and in the UK before finishing high school at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, in the middle of the Vietnam War. Her book "Philippine Rain" chronicles her life-changing experiences there. Deborah moved to South Carolina in 1969 when her dad was assigned to the airbase in Charleston, and began a long adventure with the University of South Carolina.

Deborah is a former special education teacher and high school principal. In 2010, she retired as director of the non-profit Turning Pages/Greater Columbia Literacy Council. There she taught American adults to read and international adults English as a foreign language. She also managed the facility, a volunteer board and the fundraising.

Deborah continues to advocate for education and for adults with special needs as chair of the SC State Library Foundation Board and as a board member of the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN). She is also a member of the Formation Committee for a new charter middle/high school, Te Bene Academy, which will open in Columbia in fall 2014.

Her research interests center on the concept of information poverty and the so-called information poor, as she continues a life-long quest for equity and justice.

Md Hassan Zamir


Everything in this world revolves around information. Ideas, inventions, implementations, all depend on information. As an information scientist, it is Md Hassan Zamir's motto to create and disseminate the right information to the right people, at the right time.

Zamir is from Bangladesh, a young nation which fought a ferocious battle during 1971 and it’s profound and excellent men and women were captured and killed. The notorious devils confined all of their strength. But, they did not lose hope. They were united and believed in themselves. Their patience, sacrifices and loves brought their victory against all of the odds and the mighty evil. The independence of his country is the inspiration for my life. He believes in himself and works that way to achieve his targets.

Because of the advent of modern technologies, the world of library and information science is facing new challenges. Zamir wants to play a significant role in the areas of information retrieval and digital library. He is always fascinated by the core principles of library science—information organization, access, use, and preservation — to meet the needs of the information society. 

Zamir accomplished his bachelor's and master’s degree in library and information science in University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Besides working in the cataloging and classification projects in his home country, he has completed a prestigious internship at the British Council Resource Center in Dhaka. Afterwards, he expanded his experience level into the information technology field. The impact of IT, he believes, is huge and it is reshaping the world of information. With the help of technology, he believes we can craft data into information and information into knowledge — and in so doing; we play a key role to change the world. Being the first ever person from Bangladesh to do his Ph.D. in the U.S., Zamir has a vision to become a faculty in a library school and act as an intermediary between the U.S. and Bangladesh.