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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Darin Freeburg, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Website: Selected Works of Darin Freeburg
Phone: 803-777-0446
Office: School of Information Science
Davis College, Room 214
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Curriculum Vitae



B.A., English, MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.A., Theological Studies, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Communication and Information, Kent State University


Darin Freeburg studies workplace information and knowledge practices, including issues of complexity, identity, leadership, and organizational change. He is the PI on the federally funded Public Library Routines project, which investigates the routine dynamics of public library work. 


Freeburg teaches courses at the undergrad and graduate levels on knowledge management, information science theory, policy, leadership, and information literacy. He also works regularly with students on research outside of the classroom.

Select Publications

Freeburg, D. & Klein, K. (2024). Are library staff autonomous? The influence of routines and the development of workarounds. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 56(1), 223-240.

Freeburg, D. & Klein, K. (2024). Customer service, hard work, and normativity: Identity standards encoded into public library routines. Wisdom, well-being, win-win: Lecture notes in computer science series, 14597

Freeburg, D. & Vera, N. (2021). "’The ticket you get punched’: The divide between academic and public librarianship and the MLIS." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(1).

Freeburg, D. (2020). An information-based approach to organizational change management. VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems.

Freeburg, D. (2018). Leadership and innovation within a complex adaptive system: Public libraries. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 52(2), 451-463. 

Freeburg, D. (2017). A knowledge lens for information literacy: Conceptual framework and case study. Journal of Documentation, 73(5), 974-991.



Freeburg and his wife, who met while playing in a band in college, are both transplants from the Midwest. They have a daughter, two small dogs, and a cat. He is an aspiring furniture maker and carpenter, but only moderately good at it.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.