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SIS News Archive

UT School of Information Sciences Professors Receive $48,708 IMLS Grant

IMLS logoThe UT School of Information Sciences (SIS) Associate Professors Bharat Mehra (PI) and Vandana Singh (Co-PI) have been awarded a $48,708 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct research focused on community engagement efforts using quantitative and qualitative assessment datasets collected from rural library staff in the ten states of the Southern and Central Appalachian (SCA) region.

SIS Graduates 2017 Class at Hooding Ceremony

2017 GraduatesThe 2017 School of Information Sciences Hooding Ceremony took place on Friday, May 12 at the UT Haslam Music Building auditorium. Sixty students from fall 2016, spring and summer 2017 were recognized at the ceremony. Twenty-eight of those students were able to participate in the event on campus to receive their Master’s degree in Information Science.

SIS Alumni Reception @ TLA

Knoxville viewThe UT School of Information Sciences will once again host an alumni reception at this year's Tennessee Library Association conference. The conference rotates host cities each year and this year will be held in Knoxville. Invitations have been emailed to all SIS alumni with a Tennessee mailing address and a valid email address. If you did not receive an invitation, please update your information at The information about the alumni reception is below.


Reading Expert: Books for Kids of All Ages to Celebrate Black History Month

Cindy WelchSIS Clinical Associate Professor Cindy Welch produced a list of recommended books for children and young adults in conjunction with the UTK Office of Communications and Marketing. The following is an exerpt from the article:

Kids of all ages can celebrate Black History Month through books that explore rich contributions that have been made by African Americans.


Tenopir Gives Keynote at BOBCATSSS

Carol TenopirChancellor's Professor Carol Tenopir gave a keynote address at the BOBCATSSS 2017 conference in Tempere, Finland on January 25, 2017. Her talk was titled, "Researchers need information too! How information improves the quality of worklife." Tenopir is currently in Tempere working with colleagues at the Hanken School of Economics while on a Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies assignment for the academic year.

Kelly Interviewed by WBIR About Wildfire Kids Effort

Mini RockSIS Director Diane Kelly was interviewed by local TV station WBIR-TV about the School's efforts to collect new books for the Sevier County Public Library system's Wildfire Kids iniative. As reported in a previous story, Kelly is leading the campus effort to ensure the children impacted by the November wildfires in the Smokies have plenty of books to replace the ones the children lost. To view the video, see

UT School of Information Sciences to Help Replace Books for Kids Impacted by Wildfires

Wildfire KidsThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Information Sciences will be collecting books for children in Sevier County who lost their possessions in the recent wildfires. 

In conjunction with an initiative of the Sevier County Public Library, SIS will collect new books for children and teens in a collection container at its office in Suite 451 of the Communications Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive. Books should be delivered to the campus office no later than Friday, Feb. 3.