Librarian Spotlight

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Carrie Johnston, Dacus Library’s Systems Librarian


As of this year, Carrie has worked at Dacus Library for 10 years in a variety of public services roles. Her current position as Systems Librarian has many technological responsibilities. One of those is maintaining and running Dacus library’s integrated library system (ILS), the complex system that allows you to search our public catalog and check out materials, and access databases in addition to other behind-the-scenes work possible here at Dacus. Carrie also maintains and runs all of the library’s web services, including but not limited to Dacus Library’s webpage, the online chat service and the research database accessibility. Last but not least, she monitors and maintains our library’s in-house servers and other hardware.

Carrie is a Winthrop Alum, having received a BA degree in history. She then received a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of South Carolina in 2006. In and outside of work Carrie is an organizer at heart. Below is a picture of her latest home organization project that puts most closets to shame. She also describes herself as a  “Pinterest addict”, especially when it comes to party-planning. Check out the picture of the owl cake she made for her son’s first birthday party last year!

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Click on each image to see in more detail.

As part of her library duties Carrie has developed research guides for computer science and mass communications, in addition to maintaining the A to Z list of databases, the place to go if you’re looking for journal, newspaper and/or magazine articles. If you would like to meet with her for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to

Dacus Library has many wonderful librarians on staff who all teach library instruction classes, work various hours on the reference desk, and do collection development work. Each librarian also has other specialized responsibilities within the library. To learn more, check back at the beginning of each month for a new librarian spotlight post.

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