Jessica Kohout-Tailor

Interim Learning Commons Director Undergraduate Experience Librarian

Pronouns: she/her/hers


864-656-4177 Cooper Library 502


EdD, University of South Carolina (2018)
SLIS, University of South Carolina (2014)
MLIS, University of South Carolina (2011)
BA, Religion, Wofford College

Research Interests

pedagogy and teaching practices, information literacy instruction, wellness programs and libraries, learner-centered spaces

Subject Librarian Areas

Learning Commons @ Cooper Library, campus partners, student success and wellbeing

Selected Professional Works


Kohout-Tailor, J. & Rook Schilf, S. (2023). Residential transfer students and the university library: A needs assessment. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(3),

Kohout-Tailor, J. (2021). Feminist pedagogy and information literacy instruction: The hero(ine)’s journey. In J. Haigh & E. Brookbank (Eds.), Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice. Innovative Libraries Press.

Kohout-Tailor, J., & Klar, C. L. (2021). COVID-19, collections, and collaboration: Promoting inclusivity from the ground up. College & Research Libraries News.

Kohout-Tailor, J., & Klar, C. L. (2020). Growing collaborative outreach efforts to support the well-being of communities. Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement, 1(1). doi:10.21900/j.jloe.v1i1.463.

Kohout-Tailor, J. & Sheaffer, K.E. (2020). Using open educational resources to empower student creators. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 32(1), 11-18. doi:10.1080/1941126X.2020.1709728.

Kohout, J. & Gavigan, K. (2015). The years of our learning commons: A school district’s perspective. Teacher Librarian, 43(2), 18-23. Retrieved from

Kohout, J. & Gavigan, K. (2015). The learning commons: from planning to practice in a school system in South Carolina, USA. In Oberg, D. & Schultz-Jones, B. (Eds.) Global Action on School Library Guidelines. DeGruter Saur and International Federation of School Librarianship.


Kohout-Tailor, J. (2023, July 5-7). Tickets to success: Creating an arcade for your learners. Playful Learning Conference, Leicester, U.K.

Townson, C., Klar, C. L., & Kohout-Tailor, J. (2020, October 13-15). From c to shining c: Cooperation to collaboration. South Carolina Library Association, Virtual Conference.

Kohout-Tailor, J. (2020, February 20-22). Using best practices of teaching and learning to make your meetings more inclusive and productive. Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, U.S.A.

Kohout-Tailor, J. (2019, December 17). Using norms to help make collaborative learning more inclusive. 2019 Clemson University Teaching Symposium: Communication, Technology, and Research.

Scheaffer, K., & Kohout-Tailor, J. (2019, May 9-11). Guiding students through choppy creative waters: Collaborative pedagogy to empower ethical creators. LOEX Information Literacy Conference, MN. (Invited to Present at LOEX Encore)

Kohout-Tailor, J. (2019, April 24-26). Using feminist pedagogy to transform information literacy instruction. LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference, Nottingham, U.K.

Kohout-Tailor, J. (2019, March 7-9). The Simple Four: How to make researching simpler for all with information literacy models. South Carolina Library Association Conference, SC.


Kohout-Tailor, J., & Rook Schilf, S. (2021, October 13-15). Assessing the library needs of unique transfer students [poster]. South Carolina Library Association Conference 2021, Virtual Conference.

 Kohout-Tailor, J. (2021, October 11-15). Creating a mindfulness virtual book study to support student wellbeing. Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Conference 2021, Virtual Conference.

Kohout-Tailor, J. (2020, June 24-26). Using play to engage first-year students with the academic library [poster]. American Library Association Conference, Virtual Conference.

Scheaffer, K., & Kohout-Tailor, J. (2019, April 10-13). Cultivating collaboration and creative copyright: Joint instructional design to shape ethical users and empowered creators [poster]. Association of College and Research Libraries Conference (ACRL), OH.