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UT Receives IMLS Planning Grant to Research Role of Rural Public Libraries in Economic Development

MehraBishopThe 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.

Bilal to Receive Google Faculty Research Award

Dr. Dania BilalSIS 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.

2014 SIS Hooding and Awards Ceremony

2014 SIS Hooding and Award CeremonyThe 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. 

Newbery Honor Winner Speaks to Students

Vince Vawter and Dean Mike WirthLocal 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.

Allard Recipient of National 2013 LJ Teaching Award

Dr. Suzie AllardAssociate 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!"

2013 New Students Arrive for Orientation

2013 Orientation

August 9 saw the new crop of SIS students in Knoxville for Orientation.  Two-thirds will be distance education students.  All students beginning classes in the fall come to campus for the intense series of sessions covering everything from Blackboard training to cohort meet and greet.  Students get to meet with their advisors, develop friendships with fellow students and see the facilities where their learning originates. 

Cortez Sets New Practicum Site in Vieques Puerto Rico

Dr. Cortez and Bob Sabin in front of the Bolivia display at Fortin Conde de Mirasol

The last Spanish fort built in the Americas was on Isla de Vieques in Puerto Rico, http://vieques.com/fortin-spanish-fort/. The site is now a learning center, gallery and museum.  Professor and Director Ed Cortez recently established the location as a future practicum site for SIS students to learn hands-on while working with the cultural and historical materials of the indigenous people of the island.

Bob Rabin, curator and museum director and Dr. Cortez worked through the details to establish this unique and picturesque site as a place for SIS students to learn relevant skills and techniques they can apply to their future jobs. Rabin and Cortez are pictured above standing in front of the Venezuelan flag with the bust of Simon Bolivar just behind them. 

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