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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies


Faculty and Staff

Feili Tu-Keefner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Library and Information Science
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

E-mail: feilitu@sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-1026
Fax: 803-777-7938
Office:

School of Library and Information Science
Davis College, Room 2013
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources:

Curriculum Vitae

Textbook: Health Librarianship: An Introduction

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Education

B.A., English, Soochow University (Taipei, Taiwan)
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University

Background

Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner is from Taipei, Taiwan; she came to the School of Library and Information Science in Fall 2003. She has six years’ experience working for the Library of Congress equivalent in Taiwan, including three and a half years as a reference librarian and periodicals manager in a computing and informatics library.

Research

Dr. Tu-Keefner’s research agenda, which is grounded in her professional experience and expertise, centers on health information services, consumer health literacy, medical informatics, health sciences librarianship, and virtual information/reference services. Her central interest is in the use of social media, information technology, and the Internet to facilitate evidence-based practice and to deliver high-quality health information and services to health professionals and the general public.

Funded Research

The 2011 MLA Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc., stipend to participate in the 2011 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition. Submitted to the Medical Library Association Awarded $1410.

Development of the research protocol for the evaluation of the School of Library and Information Science virtual organization.  Submitted to the Faculty Development Stimulus Funds Sponsored by the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies in February 2010.  Awarded $6250 (the equivalent of one course plus fringe benefits) in Summer 2010.

The 2009 MLA Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc., stipend to participate in the 2011 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition. Submitted to the Medical Library Association Awarded $1000.

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Ask-A-Librarian (AAL) online chat reference extended service hours program from September 2007-May 2008: A research partnership.  Submitted to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) in July 2007.  Awarded $30,000.

Information intermediary workshops and development of a cohort of respondents for evaluation and creation of direct-to-consumer workshops on consumer health information, with special emphasis on services to Spanish-speaking populations.  Submitted to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Program in April 2005.  Awarded $50,000.

Consumer health information services in public libraries in California and South Carolina: An assessment of current status and education needs. Submitted to the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program in September 2003.  Awarded $15,000. 

Teaching

Dr. Tu-Keefner’s areas of expertise in teaching are in health sciences librarianship, reference and information services, especially virtual reference services, and online retrieval.  She is a firm believer in experiential learning and the importance of integrating new technology and electronic service models into the library and information science curriculum.  In addition, she is committed to providing students with a high-quality education, whether in a distance education or a face-to-face instructional setting.  She has been a SLIS nominee for the Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Awards of the University of South Carolina.

Recent Publications

Tu-Keefner, F., & Smith, Lillian U. The health educator’s guide to virtual reality: Your first trip to Second Life®. In Tools of the Trade 3: An electronic publication (in press). Washington, DC: Society for Public Health Education.

Huber, J., & Tu-Keefner, F. (Eds.). (2014). Health librarianship: An introduction. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC. (in press).

Tu-Keefner. (2014). Bibliographic sources for periodicals. In J. Huber & S. Swogger (Eds.), Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences (6th ed.). (in press). Chicago, IL: Medical Library Association.

Tu-Keefner, F. (2014). Experiential learning, service learning, and web technology-enhanced library and information science education. In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Social Sciences. (pp 130-140)

Tu-Keefner, F. (2013). Twitter and evidence-based health information access on women’s health: How major medical journals have been using social media for information dissemination. In the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Business and Social Sciences. (pp 159-166 )

Service

Co-chair, School of Library and Information Science Curriculum Committee

Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee

Academic advisor, Task Force for Development of an Interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication

Editorial advisory board member, Health Information and Libraries Journal

Best Paper Award judge, Annual Symposium on Management and Social Sciences 2014 in Seoul, South Korea

Personal

Dr. Tu-Keefner enjoys listening to music, cooking and traveling with her husband, Paul, an Ohioan.  They love collecting world music and high-fidelity music recordings, as well as creating Tu-Keefner fusion cuisine.  She is also a dedicated yoga learner and has been practicing yoga for several years.  She also really likes hockey games.