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Student Spotlight: Kashif Graham Finds New Calling in Theological Librarianship

Kashif Graham, MSIS studentStudent Spotlight features one our current School of Information Sciences Master students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, careers, locations and academics, and we want to highlight who they are and why they chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

Featured student: Kashif Graham

Location: Nashville

Student Spotlight: Emily McCutcheon Switches from Practicing Law, to Law Librarianship

Student Spotlight features one our current School of Information Sciences Master students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, careers, locations and academics, and we want to highlight who they are and why they chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

MSIS student Emily McCutcheon

Featured student: Emily McCutcheon

Location: Knoxville

Education: BA in political science and history from Emory University; juris doctorate from University of Georgia Athens School of Law; currently in second semester of the first year in earning an MSIS.

Current jobs: I work at the Law Library of Congress as a remote content management internship. It started as a practicum last semester. Essentially, they had a lot of old legal resources and they’re spread out all over the place so a lot of links were not accurate or were broken. I was taking all the old resources and putting them into LibGuides so they would be redirected and accessible. We started with states and I did 26 states. I also worked on finding updated sources and making sure those sources were free and accessible. Now we’ve moved onto countries, which is much harder. I’ve done one so far. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s given me the opportunity to work in DC without being in DC.

SIS Announces Newest Addition to Faculty, Brian Dobreski

Brian Dobreski, new SIS faculty memberThe School of Information Sciences is excited to announce its newest faculty member, Brian Dobreski, who will start teaching as an assistant professor this fall. 

Dobreski earned a bachelor’s of music from Nazareth College, and his master’s in library and information sciences from Syracuse University. He will receive his PhD in Information Sciences from Syracuse University in spring 2019. He worked as a catalog librarian for Eastman School of Music and Syracuse University before returning to Syracuse as a doctoral student. He has also been an adjunct professor for library and information science courses at Syracuse since 2013.

He is also a recipient of the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation, “Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access,” which he successfully defended in December 2018.

SIS Alum, CICS Research Associate Jordan Kaufman Given Tenopir-King Research Excellence Award

Jordan Kaufman, alum, and SampsonSIS alum Jordan Kaufman (’18) has been awarded the Tenopir-King Research Excellence Award for 2019, which provides support to a recent SIS master’s graduate to work with SIS and Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir on research projects related to scholarly communication. Kaufman is currently a research associate at the Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS) and has worked on several projects within that capacity.

Kaufman is thrilled with the award and excited to continue her research work with CICS. When she first entered into the MSIS program, Kaufman said she wasn’t aware of the various pathways that were available in the information sciences field. She had always wanted to go to library school, and when her husband started getting his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in animal science, she started looking at the MSIS program at UT. She decided to start taking some classes to see if she liked it, and it wasn’t long before she was hooked.”

SIS Professors Suzie Allard, Carol Tenopir Honored with Research Awards

ORE 2019 Research Spotlight Award recipients

Pictured: Recipients of Research Spotligth Awards at the recent luncheon include SIS and Chancellor’s Professor Suzie Allard, third from right. Giving out the awards were Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis, far left, and Robert Nobles, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for Responsible Conduct of Research and Institutional Research Integrity.

Learn About a Lecturer: K.C. Williams on Library Management, Programming, and Grant Writing

Learn About a Lecturer: K.C. Williams

Classes taught: Grant writing, Adult Services, Rural Library Management

Lecturer: K.C. Williams

Location: Lives in Knoxville, works in Maryville, Tennessee as director of the Blount County Public Library.

Academic/Work Background: I didn’t know I’d be a public librarian, it looked like the hardest type of librarian job.

I went to school to be a medical librarian in the early ‘80s, graduated in ’84 from the University of Southern Mississippi. The year I graduated college is the same year that medical librarians were no longer mandatory, so there were no jobs. So I got a job in Dallas as a commercial real estate librarian doing records management for a large firm and stayed there for almost four years. Then I went back home to Gulfport, Mississippi. My other degree is in dance – I have a minor in it, but almost enough hours to have another bachelor’s degree. So I took over a dance studio for five years and worked part-time in a college library. I’m pretty sure at that time I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up.

SIS Announces New John C. Winslow Memorial Scholarship

The School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is pleased to announce a $30,000 gift from the John C. Winslow Fellowship Fund to establish the John C. Winslow Memorial Scholarship. Current and prospective students who are already working in public libraries and who are graduates of the University of Tennessee and/or Vanderbilt University will be given special consideration.

Student Spotlight: From Music to Cataloging, Nick Floyd Finds Inspiration in IS

Student Spotlight features one our current School of Information Sciences master's students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, careers, locations and academics, and we want to highlight who they are and why they chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

MSIS student spotlight Nick FloydFeatured student: Nick Floyd

Location: Nashville

Education: Bachelor’s of music from Belmont University, Nashville

Current job: I work with a music company called Naxos, we deal with every aspect of the music industry, largely classical. I specifically work in licensing and library services. We have a subscription service that public libraries, universities and performing arts organizations subscribe to. It’s an educational, electronic resource. We basically have a music software that has educational resources as well as streaming music.

Why SIS?

I was a music major in Nashville, as an undergrad. I was fortunate to find this job almost five years ago and this job took me to library conferences, like the American Library Association, the Music Library Association, and after a while I noticed how much fun was being had by the attendees.

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