Valerie Byrd Fort
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.
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.
Ramona La Roche
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.