Brief info

Dr. Jennifer Weil Arns is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She holds a BA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University with a minor in economics, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Doctoral Degree in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research and teaching focus on public libraries, the contributions these organizations make to the well-being and prosperity of the communities in which they are located, and the leadership challenges faced by those who are committed to preserving and enhancing public library service.

Since coming to the University of South Carolina, she has served as principal investigator on the IMLS research projects META 1: Assessing the Economic Value of Public Library Collections and Services: A Review of the Literature and Meta-Analysis and META 2: Furthering Our Understanding of the Economic Value of Public Library Services. She is also co-author of the publication Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation.