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University Libraries - Research, Instruction, and Reference Librarians & Staff

About the Department

The Research, Instruction and Reference department is the main information center for Thomas Cooper Library.  Our department’s primary function is to teach and promote the most effective methods of using the resources available to USC students, faculty, and staff.  If you have questions about how to find information or materials, please visit the Reference desk or select any of the options listed on the Research Resources page.  



Meet Our Staff

Verba, Sharon
Department Head

Thomas Cooper Library, Main Floor
Research, Instruction, and Reference

Head of Research, Instruction, and Reference. Co-liaison to the Department of English and the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. M.L.S. - Indiana University, Bloomington; M.A. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in English - Indiana University, Bloomington; B.A. in English - Wheeling Jesuit College

Appling, Brent
Reference Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Liaison to the School of Journalism, the Sociology Department, the Film & Media Studies Program, and students at a distance.  Responible for training and supervising School of Library and Information Science graduate interns and the Cooper-Davis Fellow for the Research, Instruction, and Reference Department.  M.L.I.S. - University of South Carolina, Columbia.  B.A. in English - University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

Birchfield, Marilee
Reference Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Liaison to the College of Education, Psychology Department, African American Studies Program, Women's and Gender Studies Program, English Programs for Internationals, and students at a distance. M.L.S. - University of Washington; B.A. in Geography - Western Washington University.

Brown, Karen
Information Literacy and Instruction Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Coordinates the department's instruction program.  Liaison to the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department School of Visual Art and Design. M.L.I.S. - University of South Carolina; B.A. in English - Old Dominion University.

Edwards, Amy
Health Science Reference Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Liaison to the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health.  M.L.S. – Indiana University at Indianapolis; M.Ed. – College of Charleston; B.S. in Dietetics from Michigan State University.  Phone: 777-8702

Marcil, Tom
Reference Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Maintains the collection of public school K-12 textbooks housed in the library for the USC College of Education. Assists with reference desk duties, library tours, and projects. M.L.S. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A. in History - University of Chicago; B.A. in History - Grinnell College. Phone: 777-7149

Moore, Morgan
Instructional Designer

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Morgan Moore obtained a BA in Media Arts with a dual minor in Theatre and English from the University of South Carolina in May of 2013.  Morgan joined the Department of Research, Instruction, and Reference in May of 2014.  She is the instructional designer for the LIBR 101 online courses.  She is responsible for managing and maintaining the video lectures for the course, as well as, recording new lectures when needed.

Simmons, Timothy
First-Year Experience Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Primarily responsible for biblioigraphic instruction for first-years programs including ENGL 101, 102, & UNIV 101. Liaison to the English Department. 

B.A. in English-University of South Carolina, Columbia. M.L.I.S.-University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Snediker, Kathy
Reference Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Kathy has worked for University Libraries at the University of South Carolina in a variety of roles since she arrived in Columbia in 2005. Starting as a library assistant for the Coleman Karesh Law Library, she moved on to a part-time position in Reference at Thomas Cooper Library. Prior to joining USC as a full-time faculty member in 2011, she served as the Associate Director of Library and Instructional Technology Services at Newberry College. Before beginning her career as an academic librarian, Kathy worked in corporate environments as an operations manager and sales team leader. As the Interim Head of the Springs Library, she uses her combined experience in business, library research, and instruction to support the students and faculty of the Darla Moore School of Business.

Taylor, Roberta
Reference Office Manager

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Turner, Jack
LIBR101 Online Coordinator

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Jack Turner has been the Coordinator of the LIBR 101 Online program since September of 2012, having previously served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the Unvieristy of South Carolina. Dr. Turner responsibilities include management of LIBR 101 instructors and providing student service support for the LIBR 101 course. In addition, he teaches several sections of the course online each semester.  Dr. Turner received his BA and MA in Religious Studies from USC and his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Wales in 2011.

Winchester, Stacy
Sciences and Engineering Librarian

Research, Instruction, and Reference

Stacy serves as liaison to the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and to the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  She received an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.

 Name                               Phone                            Title/Position                 Liaison Area(s)

Brent Appling                    803-777-0994                   Reference Librarian         School of Journalism, Sociology, Film & Media Studies                       Marilee Birchfield              803-777-4267                   Reference Librarian         Education, Psychology                                                                     Karen Brown                     803-777-2956                   Reference Librarian (title) Theatre & Dance                                                                               Amy Edwards                    803-777-8702                   Reference Librarian          Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy                                                 Tom Marcil                        803-777-7149                   Reference Librarian                                                                                                                  Timothy Simmons              803-777-6244                   Reference Librarian         First Year Experience, English                                                             Roberta Taylor                   803-777-4867                   Office Manager                                                                                                                       Sharon Verba                    803-777-8173                   Department Head             English, Languages and Literatures                                                     Jack Turner                       803-777-8280                  LIBR101 Online Program