Jess is a third-year student in the MLIS program at USC. She hopes upon graduation to end up working in a middle or high school environment. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Winthrop University in English, Creative Writing in 2014. In her free time Jess enjoys reading, paddle boarding on Lake Murray, practicing yoga, and teaching Spin classes. She is currently a Graduate Assistant at The South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy (SCCCBL), home of Cocky’s Reading Express!
Vice President—Adam Crosby
Treasurer – Rachel Alkire
Rachel is mid-stride in the MLIS program. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economic/Business Administration from Charleston Southern University in 2014. She won the Outstanding Graduate in Economic Award there in 2014. She worked in the Reference Department and Federal Depository during her undergraduate career. She has an interest in Special Libraries, and plans to work in a government or academic library after graduation.
Social Chair–Maria Rios
Maria is a first year MLIS candidate with an anticipated graduation year of 2018. Maria graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Professional Communications (Creative Writing focus) with a minor in psychology. She underwent the adventure of relocating from the moss covered trees and pralines of Savannah to the Gamecock pride of Columbia to pursue her MLIS with a Children and Youth services concentration. She’s overjoyed to work with the USC teaching and learning community and grow as a professional in the information science field. Maria is currently a GA in the SLIS Student Services office and hopes to explore any and all opportunities as an information wizard.
She enjoys reading YA lit, YA fantasy, fantasy, high fantasy, literary fiction and magical realism. When not writing, watching movies/anime, or reading she does restorative yoga and tends to her overly spoiled furchild, a black cat named Jasper.
Faculty Advisor—Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang
Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. She received her masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her research is focused in emerging technologies and how they are used in education and libraries. Her current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.com or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.