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Welcome to the newly “refreshed” USC Upstate Library. Whether you’re new to campus or have been at USC Upstate for many years, we’re excited that you’re here!

We reopened just in time for the fall 2021 semester with new furniture, carpet, paint, and other physical improvements. We’re still feeling our way in the renovated space, determining what works differently than before and what we want to improve going forward. Thanks in advance for your patience while we figure out ways to make your use of the library (whether in person or virtual) more rewarding and enjoyable.

As the new dean of the library, I’d like to frame the library’s purpose with three simple words: inform, research, and chill.

  • We’re here for your information needs, to answer questions about library services and space but whenever possible, we want to help you learn your way around Upstate and contribute to a successful educational experience for you.
  • We want to help you succeed in your learning and research by providing a wealth and depth of electronic and print resources and guiding you in using them.
  • And we want you to relax—feel free to study here, meet up, enjoy a beverage or snack in the café, read, chill between classes, or explore your educational and recreational interests through library resources, services, and programs. If we can do more to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable, please let us know.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made your library use more challenging, as it has our ability to provide you with excellent, personal library service. We see you wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, cleaning your workspaces before and after use, and getting vaccinated. We appreciate your efforts. It helps keep all of us safe, helps us do our jobs, and allows us to support your academic success.

Library faculty and staff are following COVID protocols, too, by wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, cleaning, and getting vaccinated. If you approach us to ask a question or get help, please wear a mask. We promise to do the same, and if we don’t, please remind us!

Need something more? Call, email, chat, or visit—We’ll be happy to help you with your library information and research needs.

John Barnett Joins Upstate as New Library Dean

Up Magazine / John Barnett Joins Upstate as New Library Dean
https://up.uscupstate.edu/john-barnett-joins-upstate-new-library-dean/ 


As the new dean of the USC Upstate Library, John Barnett has large shoes to fill. He succeeds Frieda Davison, who retires after 21 years as Library dean. Barnett will oversee the completion of a major renovation of the Library building and the implementation of a statewide library shared service platform, among other responsibilities.

“I’m really excited to join USC Upstate as the new Library dean,” Barnett said. “I look forward to working with the University community and Library faculty and staff to have a direct, positive impact on services that support teaching, learning and research.”

Barnett, originally of Swansboro, N.C., has more than 25 years of experience in library management, leadership, collections, outreach to diverse audiences, grant writing, scholarly communication, and reference and instructional services. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), an academic library consortium headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Prior to joining OCUL in 2015, Barnett served as the scholarly communications librarian for the University of Pittsburgh Library System, where he worked with students and faculty on issues that included open access to research literature, author rights, copyright and altmetrics. He was co-editor of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, an open access journal.

“The dean of the Library plays a vital role in USC Upstate’s commitment to academic excellence, collaborative teaching and learning, and community engagement,” said USC Upstate Provost David Schecter. “I am very excited that John has agreed to come and work with us and believe he will do a terrific job.”

Barnett has also served as assistant director of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium; director of collection development at Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library; head of collection development at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) Library; head of the UTSA’s Downtown Campus Library; and reference librarian at the San Antonio Public Library. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, writing and editing from East Carolina University. In 1995, he graduated from the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Constructed in 1976, USC Upstate’s 60,000-square-foot Library houses more than 220,000 volumes and an ever-expanding archive that includes special collections and artifacts related to the history of the 10-county region of Upstate, South Carolina.