Lizah Ismail

Director of the Library and Assistant Professor

Lizah Ismail

Email Address

Office Number

864-488-4610

I began my full time librarian career in public libraries. I was the Genealogy and Local History Librarian at McKinney Public Library in McKinney, TX for two years. My first academic library job was as Reference and Instruction Librarian at Misericordia College (now Misericordia University) in Dallas, PA. I then became the Head of Reference and Instruction. After four years, I took the Coordinator of Public Services position at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. I was there for three years when my husband moved us to Spartanburg, SC. This is my third year at Limestone. I began as the Outreach and Instruction Librarian and became Director in May 2013. 

I did not start wanting to be a librarian though libraries have always interested me. My eye opening moment came when I got a job as a part time Library Assistant at the public library in Rome, GA (yes, my husband brought us there as well). After that experience, I enrolled in library school at the Univ of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. My undergrad degree is in Journalism and History, and my Masters is in Communication. It took me several years to say yes to library school.

On the personal side, I live in Spartanburg, SC with my husband who teaches at U of SC Upstate and my 8 year old son. We have an all white cat who is about 17 now named Whitey, and a black (with little spots of white) 2 year old cat named Kitty. I love to walk, bike, hike, garden, read and cook. I was in a serious car accident in August 2013 where I suffered a broken neck (the first three cervical bones in my neck) and a broken arm in the accident and I¹m told by my doctors and therapists that I am very lucky to be here, and very lucky to be able to walk. So needless to say, I am so thankful. I try to live everyday to the fullest and enjoy and appreciate every experience, especially with family and friends.

Professional Accomplishments

Awards/Recognitions
  • 6/12 Chosen for inclusion in the Reference Research Review for 2011 for the article, ³Getting Personal: Reaching Out to Adult Learners through a Course Management System² published in References Services Review.
  • 6/11 Received an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011 ³What net generation students really want: determining library help-seeking preferences of undergraduates² published in Reference Services Review.
Recent Publications
  • 1/14 "Closing the Gap: Determining the Library Help-Seeking Preferences of Adult Learners in a Graduate Social Work Program" in RUSQ (Reference User Services Quarterly), Vol. 53, no. 2.
  • 4/12 "The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections (review)." portal: Libraries and the Academy 12.2 (2012): 225-226.
  • 7/11 "Getting Personal: Reaching out to Adult Learners through a Course Management System," The Reference Librarian, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2011.
  • Summer '10 "Revelations of an Off-Campus User Group: library use and needs of faculty and students at a satellite graduate social work program," Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 50, No.1/2, 2010.
  • 12/09 "What Net Generation students really want: determining library help-seeking preferences of undergraduates" in Reference Services Review,Vol. 38, No. 1, 2010.
  • 11/09 "What They Are Telling Us: Library Use and Needs of Traditional and Non-traditional Students in a Graduate Social Work Program" in Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 35, No. 6, November 2009.
Various reviews published in the Charleston Advisor, most recently:
  • 7/13 "Bloom¹s Literary Review" (review) in the Charleston Advisor, July 2013 issue
  • 7/12 "NoodleBib" (review) in the Charleston Advisor, July 2012 issue
  • 7/11 "Britannica Online Products: Britannica Online Academic (for Institutions) and Britannica Online Free and Premium (for Consumers)," in the Charleston Advisor, July 2011 issue.
Recent Presentations
  • 9/12 Co-presented "Dispelling the Independent Research Myth with Collaboration that Works: An Embedded Experience" at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • 4/12 Presented as part of a panel, "In the Trenches: Librarians in the Online Classroom" at the 15th Off Campus Library Services Conference in Memphis, TN.
  • 6/11 Presented as part of a panel, "Going the Distance: A closer look at uniting with remote users" at the 2011 ACRL conference in New Orleans, LA.
  • 6/10 Presented as part of a panel "Myth Busting: using data to challenge assumptions" at ALA Annual conference in Washington DC.
Professional Organizations​
  • 1/14-current Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning
  • Sum 2012 Reviewer of conference submissions, Georgia International Information Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Spr 2012 Reviewer of conference submissions, 15th Off Library Services Conference in Memphis, TN.
  • 2012-current Member, Institutional Review Board, Limestone College.
  • 2011 ­ current Virtual Member, ACRL/DLS Instruction Committee
  • 2009-current Virtual Member, ACRL/DLS Bibliography Committee
  • American Library Association
  • American Association of College and Research Libraries

Education

  • B.A. in Journalism and History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • M.A. in Communications, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • M.S.in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign