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College of Information and Communications


Research Team

Dr. Arns

Jennifer Weil Arns, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Arns is professor emerita of the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina. 

Arns' research interests include the valuation and administration of public libraries.  Her extensive publications include co-authorship of three highly regarded publications in the field of public library valuation:

South Carolina Public Library Economic Impact Study
Daniel D. Barron, Robert V. Williams, Stephen Bajjaly, Jennifer Weil Arns, and Steven Wilson (2005).
The School of Library and Information Science,
University of South Carolina.

Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation. Susan Imholz and Jennifer Weil Arns (2007).  Americans for Library Council.

Assessing the Value of Public Library Services: A Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis (META). Jennifer Weil Arns (2014).

Dr. Copeland

Clayton Copeland, Ph.D.,  Co-Principal Investigator

Copeland is the director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LLEAD) for the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina.

 Much of her research, which has been funded by the American Library Association, focuses upon equity of access to information for people with disabilities.  Copeland also pursues research interests in universal design for learning, literacy, facilities planning, technology, and materials and programming for children and young adults.


Joey Von Nesson, Ph.D.
Research Economist
University of South Carolina.

Karen Miller, MBA,  Ph.D., JD
School of Information Science
University of South Carolina

Jef Naidoo, Ph.D.
Derrell Thomas Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow
The Culverhouse College of Business
The University of Alabama

Major Contributors

Robert V. Williams, Ph.D. (deceased)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of South Carolina
School of Library and Information Science
Co-author of The Economic Impact of Public Libraries on South Carolina.

Abigail Cripe
School of Information Science
University of South Carolina

Graduate Assistants    

Allison Blanks Coomes
Douglas Tuers
Nick Vera

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