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Library and Information Science

Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants

Debbi Belue

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.

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.

Ana Dubnjakovic



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.

Doug King

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. 

Jeff Salter

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.