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Learn About a Lecturer: School Librarian Scot Smith on 20+ Years of Teaching at SIS

Scot Smith lecturer Scot Smith

Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Academic Background: Bachelors of arts in humanities, East Tennessee State University; master of arts in teaching, ETSU; and master’s in information sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have completed numerous graduate hours in European History as well. Work Background: Teaching for almost 30 years overall, and for 20 years at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Been a librarian for 22 years. Currently a librarian at Robertsville Middle School at Oak Ridge Schools.

'That All May Read' - Maria Sochor's Quest to Make Reading Accessible to the Disabled

Maria Sochor director of The Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and MediaImagine wanting to read a great classic, but being unable to see the words. Or knowing that your favorite author released a new book, but your hands shake too much due to a medical condition, and you can’t hold a book still enough to consume it. Or consider a quadraplegic, who hopes to read the next book in their favorite series, but is unable to turn the pages.

Student Spotlight: Jared Uncles Pursues Librarianship As a Way to Make a Difference

Jared UnclesStudent 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 SIS program.

Featured Student: Jared Uncles

Current job: TSA - Transportation Security Officer for TSA at McGhee Tyson Airport

Location: Originally from Keyport, New Jersey; moved from Missoula, Montana, to Knoxville to attend the SIS program.

Meet SIS Alumni Alan Sims, the Creative Force Behind the 'Knoxville Urban Guy'

Alan Sims, alumni and Knoxville bloggerIf you’ve ever wondered what to do in downtown Knoxville – enough to do a quick internet search about it – then you’ve likely stumbled across “Inside of Knoxville,” a blog by the mysteriously named “Knoxville Urban Guy.” It’s the place to get the inside scoop on businesses downtown and in nearby areas, and the writer of the blog seems to know things before anyone else in town does.

Four SIS Students Published in Diversity Journal

Diversity Journal CoverFour SIS students were recently published in The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, all of whom wrote their papers as part of a classroom assignment under Professor Bharat Mehra, in his Diversity Leadership in Information Organizations class.

Mehra, who is also the Emerging Voices Editor for the journal, said all four students had done exceptional work on their projects and papers.

Student Spotlight: John Metz, Long-Time Librarian on Why He's Getting His IS Degree

Jason Metz with Hilary DuffStudent 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 SIS program.

Featured student: John Metz

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Current job: State Library and Archives Deputy for Collections and Programs at the Library of Virginia

Alumni Mark Dickey on His Three Decades at ORNL

Mark Dickey, ORNL reference librarianThirty years as a reference librarian at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has afforded Mark Dickey a unique vantage point of the facility that few have experienced.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes here, that’s for sure, it’s been incredible,” he said, He was present when all three of the Oak Ridge facilities – ORNL, Y12 and the K-25 plant – were managed by one contractor. In fact, he precedes his own personal story with a bit of trivia about the national labs, and their evolution to the present-day.

SIS Participates at Charleston Library Conference

Participants in Charleston Conference PanelThe School of Information Sciences had multiple faculty members and researchers participate in the 2018 Charleston Library Conference, which brings together a cross-section of librarians, publishers, researchers, academics, and others involved with libraries and scholarly publishing, every November in Charleston, South Carolina. This year’s conference was Nov. 5-9; it is a large conference, with attendance around 2,000 participants in 2017.

Into Our Archives: The Evolution of SIS Distance Education

DE Students in trainingIn a world where technology allows constant connection with people thousands of miles away, it’s easy to forget that such effortless communication was once unavailable to us. Despite the technological challenges of the day, the School of Information Sciences found a way to be the first school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to establish a distance education program in the 1980s. It just didn’t look anything like it does today.

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