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About the School

Special Projects

The School of Library and Information Science actively engages in research and service learning to meet the needs of our communities. Some of our special projects are highlighted below.

The South Carolina Library History Project

The South Carolina Library History Project is an ongoing, collaborative effort of the School of Library and Information Science faculty, its students, and South Carolina librarians to compile and make available the history of every library in the state.

Diversity Leadership Group

The Diversity Leadership Group is a volunteer group composed of practicing library professionals and students at the School of Library and Information Science.  Activities of the group include: sponsoring a program on recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented populations in libraries for a conference of the South Carolina Library Association, and writing and presenting faculty/staff and student diversity plans for the school which were adopted by the faculty and posted to the school’s web site. View pdf here.


The purpose of this site is to provide information about all aspects of storytelling: its history, resources, techniques, organizations, festivals and many of the stories themselves, both old and new. Many examples of stories are available here performed by the students, alumni and faculty at SLIS.

South Carolina Literary Map

The digital version of the printed SC Literary Map is sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book which is co-sponsored by the South Carolina State Library and the USC School of Library and Information Science. The Palmetto Book Alliance is South Carolina's affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

School Library Media Specialist Recruitment 

This website is part of the project "School Library Media Specialists for the Next Generation: Development of an Outcomes-Based Model for Recruitment and Education."


META is a two year research project, begun in the fall of 2008, that is designed to provide insight into and a robust model of the economic value of public libraries. The results will be useful on many levels.

South Carolina Public Library Economic Impact Study 

A project developed by the School of Library and Information Science in collaboration with the South Carolina Association of Public Library Administrators and cooperatively with the the South Carolina State Library