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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Lyda Fontes McCartin, Ph.D.

Title: Director, School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-2177
Office: School of Information Science
Davis College, Room 113C
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Lyda Fontes McCartin


B.A., History, Meredith College
M.A., History, University of Alabama
M.L.I.S., University of Alabama
Ph.D., Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado


Lyda McCartin has worked in higher education for over 20 years as an academic librarian and, most recently, as director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning at the University of Northern Colorado.


McCartin's research explores academic librarian behavior and academic librarian-faculty relationships. Additionally, her research interests include better understanding the disconnect between library and information science education practice as well as exploring how to build and sustain pedagogical metacognition in higher education instructors.


McCartin, L. & Wright-Mair, R. (2022). Manifestations of deference behavior in teaching-focused academic librarians. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 48(6).

McCartin, L. & Wright-Mair, R. (2022). It’s not personal, it’s professional: Causes of academic librarian deference behavior. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 48(1). 

McCartin, L. (2020). University of Northern Colorado: Collaborate. standardize. grow. In R. Halpern, E. Galoozis, and C. Gardner (Eds.), Hidden architectures of information literacy programs (pp. 391-401). Association of College & Research Libraries.

Tocco, A.J., Jameson, M. M., McCartin, L. F., & Darling, R. (2021). Developing and practicing pedagogical metacognition within higher education learning communities. Learning Communities Journal, 13(1), 105-128.

McCartin, L., & Dineen, R. (2018). Toward a Critical-Inclusive Assessment Practice for Library Instruction. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

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