President – Sarah Hodierne
Sarah is a second year master’s student who anticipates graduating in May 2019. She also attended USC for her bachelor’s degree in English. She works with new students as a Graduate Assistant in the SLIS Student Services office located in Davis College and also as a library specialist at the Midlands Technical College Airport campus. In addition to these positions, she volunteers at the Moving Image Research Collections working with local television news clips. Her goal is to work in an academic library after graduation.
In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, and likes to go hiking, white water rafting, and SCUBA diving.
Vice President – April Hobbs
April is currently in her second year as an MLIS student and will graduate in May 2019. Her hometown is in Thomson, Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia in May 2015. After two years of life-searching, she came to Columbia, SC to pursue her MLIS. In addition to serving as V.P. of LISSA, she serves as the Graduate Assistant to the Director’s Office at SLIS. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, and hike.
April’s concentration within the MLIS program is Strategic and Business Information, and she hopes to use what she learns within the program to become an effective data analyst/professional within the government or business sectors.
Treasurer – Mike Corbo
Mike is both a student and staff member at the School of Library and Information Science. He is currently working toward his MLIS with a concentration in leadership and management. He works in the SLIS Director’s Office as the Office and Communication Coordinator, joining the staff in Fall 2017.
Prior to his time in Columbia, Mike spent 10 years in Chicago working in the communications/public relations field. He grew up in New Jersey and received an undergraduate degree in Journalism and English from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in sport administration. In his free time, Mike likes going to the park or the Horseshoe with his dog, Emma.
Distance Student Chair – Jane Dobreski
Jane is completing her last year of the MLIS program and is following the school media track. Jane earned her B.A. in French from Francis Marion University, her M.A. in French Language, Culture, and Civilization from Middlebury College, and her M.Ed in Educational Technology from Lesley University. A classroom teacher for the last 17 years, she decided to pursue this degree as a way to marry her love of teaching and learning with the ever-increasing need for information specialists in this 21st-century society.
Jane is married and has four children, two cats, and a dog. She and her family enjoy summer beach trips, participating in just about every sport you can imagine (her kids, really), and shopping trips to Target. In addition to being a full-time instructor with VirtualSC and the Distance Student Chair for LISSA, you can find Jane behind the reference desk at Thomas Cooper Library, where she works part-time assisting patrons in their research. As one of her former students remarked upon seeing her there, “You always said you’d be a librarian if you weren’t a teacher. Now I guess you’re both!”
Social Media Coordinator – Kenny Warden
Kenny is a second year SLIS student, anticipating graduating in December, 2018. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science at Valdosta State University near his hometown in South Georgia. When their two children graduated from college, he and his wife began the mid-life crises phase of their lives and moved to Columbia to attend USC. In addition to working with LISSA, Kenny has served as graduate assistant to Dr. Elise Lewis, an internship with the South Carolina State Library, and is a volunteer at the Lexington County Public Library at its branch in Irmo.
Kenny’s master’s degree concentration is in Information Policy and he hopes to leverage his experience and education as a librarian who facilitates technology discussions between information users, producers, and legislators.
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Karen Gavigan
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Vanessa Kitzie