Susan Lyon

Columbia SC


Compassionate and service driven communicator

Innovator in establishing and maintaining creative learning opportunities

Skilled in creatively utilizing and sharing 21st century learning technologies


9/11-present  Richland Library

Columbia, SC

Learning Engagement Manager

    • Plan, develop, coordinate and implement learning and training sessions and initiatives.
    • Align learning goals and objectives with library strategic outcomes.
    • Evaluate and select effective sources of learning and training to be used for a variety of needs.

12/06-9/11     Richland County Public Library

Columbia, SC

1431 Department Librarian

  • Advised customers in selection of film, music & audiobooks
  • Developed downloadable media workshops
  • Produced technology instruction videos
  • Coordinated and implemented eReady learning and outreach initiative
  • Selected films, audiobooks and music for purchase for library collection
  • Planned and organized numerous music and film programs
  • Evaluated employees and served as head of department in manager’s absence

08/06-12/06      Columbia College Edens Library

Columbia, SC

Reference Librarian (temporary position)

  • Answered reference questions and assisted community with library resources
  • Taught information literacy classes
  • Assisted with collection development and acquisition of fine arts materials


06/06- 08/06     Library of Congress

Washington D.C.

 Junior Fellow Summer Intern   

  • Completed original cataloging for over 200 music scores and CDs
  • Calculated personnel and budget estimates for Music Division digitization project
  • Created and presented exhibit of copyrighted materials cataloged over the summer
  • Conducted inventory of music and sound recording cataloging backlog

1/05-12/06       University of South Carolina Music Library                                   

Columbia, SC

Music Library Assistant

  • Researched and responded to reference questions from faculty, staff and students
  • Wrote bibliographic descriptions of 19th century special collection
  • Cataloged over 100 School of Music recital recordings

08/04-12/04     Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Information Specialist

  • Responded to over 30 applicant inquiries each day by phone, email and in person
  • Acted as liaison with prospective applicants
  • Coordinated student tours

09/02-05/03     Boston Public Library

Boston, MA

Music Assistant

  • Retrieved patron requests
  • Organized and distributed rare materials
  • Updated online database of sheet music collection


Master of Library & Information Science           


University of South Carolina                                              

Columbia, SC

Graduate Performance Diploma, with distinction


Longy School of Music

Cambridge, MA

Master of Music                                                           


University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Bachelor of Arts 


Furman University  SC

Greenville, SC


Library Instruction for staff and public, Richland Library, 2006-present

Information Literacy, Columbia College, Columbia, SC, 2006

Georgia College & State University, Adjunct Music Faculty, 2001-2002

University of Georgia, Music Teaching Assistant, 1999-2001



Graduate Assistant, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2005-2006

Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1999-2001

Children’s Library Assistant, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC, 1998-1999

Circulation Clerk, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC 1997-1998

Library Committee Involvement:

Staff Engagement Day Committee

eReady Team (Founder and Champion)

Learning Team

Core Competencies Strategic Planning Committee (Champion)

Supervisor Training Strategic Planning Committee (Project Lead)

Programming Committee

Meet and Greet Strategic Plan Action Team

Kids-in-Print Selection Committee

Management Team

Teen Committee

Gee’s Bend Committee [produced cell phone audio tour in partnership with Columbia Museum of Art]


South Carolina Library Association, presenter 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2016

Public Library Association, presenter 2016 and 2018

American Library Association, Learning Round Table and presenter 2013

South Carolina Association of Nonprofits, presenter 2017

South Carolina Book Festival, panelist 2012



Public Library Assoc. Leadership Academy, 2017

Leadership RCPL, 2009

Beta Phi Mu, Library Science Honor Fraternity, inducted 2007

Lenora Price Bicentennial Fellowship Fund recipient, 2005

Pi Kappa Lambda, Music Honor Fraternity



Transitions Homeless Center Volunteer, 2012-present

United Way Midlands Reading Center Volunteer, 2014-2015

Brockman Elementary School, Volunteer, 2015-present

Trinity Cathedral Choir, 2005-present




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