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Clanitra Stewart is Cooper-Davis Fellow

Feb 27, 2012 8:15 AM

Clanitra Stewart is the recipient of this year's Cooper-Davis Fellowship for Under-Represented Groups in Librarianship, co-sponsored by Thomas Cooper Library and the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).

During her time with the Libraries, Stewart will receive training and mentoring to serve as an active participant in departments throughout the seven University Libraries at USC Columbia. She is rotating on a semester basis through public services, technical service, and collection development, gaining practical experience in many facets of librarianship.

“The Cooper-Davis Fellowship has really enhanced my academic experience by providing a practical component to what I've learned in my classes,” said Stewart, who is from Cayce, S.C. “Without the hands-on experience I've gained through the Fellowship, I would be missing a vital component to my educational experience.”

As this year’s Fellow, Stewart already has developed and implemented an African American History Month display in Thomas Cooper Library, and she is also responsible for updating the African-American History Month Libguide at

To qualify for the Cooper-Davis Fellowship, candidates must be fully admitted to the master’s program in the School of Library and Information Science, be a member of an under-represented group in librarianship, and be able to work 15 hours per week for 40 weeks in the University Libraries. Benefits include a stipend, a scholarship, and professional experience in a major research library.

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