Director and Professor Ed Cortez will be leaving his post as director on June 30, 2015 coinciding with the end of his second 5-year term. He will be on professional development leave during AY 2015-16 and return to the SIS faculty full-time on August 1, 2016.
Dania Bilal, professor of information sciences, came to UT in 1997. Her research focuses on children’s information seeking behavior in web search engines and digital libraries, among others, as well as the usability and design of these tools from children’s perspectives in multicultural settings. Read more.
The College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will receive $2.73 million over the next five years as part of a $15 million accomplishment based renewal of the National Science Foundation’s DataONE project.
DataONE stands for Data Observation Network for Earth, a National Science Foundation program that seeks to develop the cyber-infrastructure linking research data collected by environmental scientists to libraries and laboratories around the world and see that it's effectively used.
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.