The School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina is undergoing a change in leadership. Former director David Lankes has left the iSchool for an endowed professorship at the University of Texas School of Information.
Lankes led the iSchool for the past 5 years, doubling the size of the iSchool’s undergraduate program, revising its bachelor’s, MLIS and Ph.D. programs, expanding external research funding and launching a graduate certificate in equity, diversity and inclusion.
To assist the school during this transition, Professor Karen Gavigan has returned from retirement to serve as the school's interim director.
Gavigan served a decade on the iSchool’s faculty before retiring in 2020. Her research interests include the use of graphic novels in schools, and the ways in which school library programs and resources impact student learning. She is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Standing Committee for School Libraries. She has also served as a chair and / or member of numerous committees of the American Library Association (ALS), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). She is co-author of the book, Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12 (Libraries Unlimited), and co-editor of the books, AIDS in the End Zone (Palmetto Press), and Literacy Behind Bars: Successful Reading and Writing Strategies for Use with Incarcerated Youth and Adults (Rowman & Littlefield Pub., Inc.)