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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, 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. 

Maximizing Value

LibVal ProjectThe Lib-Value Project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is conducting an in-depth exploration of academic libraries’ value. The research work is featured in the spring 2013 edition of Quest magazine, Chancellor’s Professor and Director of the CCI Center for Information and Communication Studies Carol Tenopir is co-principal investigator on the project. 

SIS Named to iSchool International Organization




University of Tennessee News Release May 22, 2013

UT School Named to International Organization

KNOXVILLE— The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's, School of Information Sciences (SIS) has been a named as a member of the iSchools organization, an international group of colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the understanding of the relationships between information, people and technology.


2013 Hooding Ceremony

2013 SIS Graduates

The 2013 SIS Hooding Ceremony was held May 10, 2013 at the University Center Ballroom on the UT campus.  Twenty-six SIS students attended the hooding ceremony to receive their Masters of Information Science.  A total of 62 students graduated with many of them as distance education students who were unable to travel to Knoxville for the event.  Fortunately, the event was videotaped and a link will be posted here as soon as the it is available for viewing. 

SIS Awarded New IMLS Cybersecurity Grant

CybersecurityThe Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a nearly $50,000 collaborative planning grant to The University of Tennessee (UT) to develop collaborative partners for planning curriculum and research opportunities that will provide students with knowledge and hands-on experiences to protect our nation’s science information resources and to confront today’s ever-changing cybersecurity challenges.

SIS Awarded IMLS Grant for LAMBDA

Dr. Ed CortezKNOXVILLE – Library Anchor Models for Bridging Diversity Achievements (LAMBDA) brings together the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences and the Center for Literacy, Education & Employment with the San Diego County Libraries and other public libraries in California and Tennessee to provide education, training, workshops, and support materials to support library staff members who serve LGBTQ homeless youth.

A Ray of Hope

The Rays, First four scholarship winners, Drs. Cortez and Wirth

On Apr. 23, 2013, the School of Information Sciences honored Rich and Jane Ray for their gift of $104,000 in scholarship funding. This is the largest single gift to date for the School.  The gift established the Jane Moulton Ray Endowed Scholarship for Information Science beginning with the 2013 fall semester.