In the summer of 2021, a small group of students from USC’s Honor’s College worked with Dr. Laura Smith to produce the fifth season of Columbia Chronicles. The podcast focuses on issues important to the Columbia community and is produced in conjunction with Dr. Smith’s podcasting course.
In this season, students focused their work on literacy and the 50thanniversary of the School of Information Science. Reporters interviewed iSchool graduates across the country to see how they bring a love of literacy to their respective communities. Student journalist Chloe Barlow produced and hosted the season.
Check out these podcasts exploring the iSchool’s impact on literacy in South Carolina and beyond.
- Ida Thompson, MLIS '77
Interview by Eden Berg, mass communications major
- Beatriz Pascual Wallace, MLIS '01
Children's librarian at Seattle Public Library
Interview by Hannah Tutela, marketing major
- Heather McCue, MLIS '07
Children's room librarian at Richland Library
Interview by Leah Elsner, mathematics major
- Christine James, MLIS '16
Coordinates library and media services for charleston county schools
Interview by Robert Sokevitz, international business major
- Taylor Atkinson, MLIS '15
Director of the Union County Library system
Interview by Cole Dorn, finance major