Dr. Samantha Hastings is the Director of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of South Carolina. She sees a changing role of library and information scientists: to help people find the knowledge they need to flourish in the digital environment. In her classes, she tries to integrate real world experience in teamwork and product development.
Dr. Hastings has previously worked as a consultant and built full-text and image databases for accountants, dentists, doctors, lawyers and county and state governments. Along the way, she has worked to help public libraries and museums connect to the Internet and share their cultural objects in a digital environment.