The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (UT-SIS) has been awarded a one-year planning grant of $49,557 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Associate Professor Bharat Mehra and Assistant Professor Wade Bishop will administer the grant project, “The role of rural public libraries in small business economic development in the Appalachian region: A case study of Tennessee” (PLSB-TN).” The two phase research project will begin Oct.
SIS Professor Dania Bilal has been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for her proposal, “Child-friendly SERPs: Towards better understanding of Google search results readability by Children." Bilal will be studying how middle school children read and evaluate the reading levels of search results pages (SERPs) retrieved by Google to modify the Reading Level metric Google employs for assigning reading levels to search results.
Chancellor’s Professor and BOV Professor Carol Tenopir will step down from her CCI research administrative role and return to the SIS faculty on July 1, 2014 (see full story at http://www.cci.utk.edu/tenopir-steps-returns-faculty).
The 2014 School of Information Sciences Hooding Ceremony took place Friday May 9 in the University Center Ballroom. Director and Professor Ed Cortez led the faculty and students as they celebrated the recognition of their hard work. Seventy-two students graduated from the program and twenty-six participated in the ceremony.
A crowd of around 150 friends and family were in attendance to witness the ceremony. Cindy Hicks, harpist for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra provided the music and processional.