The 2015 School of Information Sciences Hooding Ceremony took place Friday, May 8 in the University Center Ballroom. Director and Professor Ed Cortez led the faculty and students as they celebrated the recognition of their hard work. Eighty-four students graduated from the program and 26 participated in the ceremony.
SIS News Archive
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 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.
Local author Vince Vawter, 2014 Newbery Honor winner for his book Paperboy, spoke to faculty and students in the CCI Patrick Auditorium January 27. His recent book for young people is set in Memphis, TN in 1959 and features an 11-year-old boy who stutters. A School Library Journal reviewer says, “Vawter portrays a protagonist so true to a disability that one cannot help but empathize with the difficult world of a stutterer.
Associate Professor and Associate Director Suzie Allard (SIS) has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Library Journal Teaching Award (see press release below and the Library Journal’s feature story on Allard at http://www.libraryjournal.com/TeachingAward2013). "The LJ Teaching Award is presented annually by Library Journal and ProQuest and is one of the most prestigious national awards in the field of library and information sciences," said Dean Mike Wirth. " This is a wonderful honor!"