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SIS News Archive

IS Students Conduct UX Testing for USGS

Information science students Alexa Carter and Olivia Frederick have been conducting usability testing for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) library in Reston, Virginia. The testing is a part of National Library Week. The week runs from April 8 – 14, 2018 to celebrate the many ways libraries lead through transformative services, programs and expertise.

“What better way to celebrate the week than to assist this important library with our user experience expertise,” said CCI Associate Dean for Research Suzie Allard. “Our students have access to unique tools and training while earning their Master’s degree in Information Sciences in our CCI User eXperience Laboratory.”

UT Grad Student Helps Community While Working on PBS’s Black in Appalachia

Juniper StarrJuniper Starr, a master’s student in information sciences, is helping to preserve the history of African-Americans in Appalachia.

Her work will be part of the East Tennessee PBS digital series Black in Appalachia. The project’s goal is to highlight the history of African-Americans in the development of the mountain South and its culture by collecting materials and narratives, engaging with the public and holding exhibitions.

UT Board of Trustees Approves Reduced Out-of-State Tuition Fees for DE Students

Spring 2018 SIS OrientationThe UT School of Information Sciences (SIS) is a nationally-ranked, American Library Association accredited program that is now more attractive to out-of-state students wishing to earn a Master’s of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS). The UT Board of Trustee voted on March 23, 2018 to approve a reduced out-of-state tuition structure for distance education students. SIS was one of the first programs in the country to develop and refine a MSIS distance education degree curriculum.

SIS Professors Wang and Mehra Receive National Awards

Wang MehraAt the 2018 annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) held in February in Denver, Colorado, two of this year’s national awards went to UT School of Information Sciences professors: Peiling Wang and Bharat Mehra.

Two SIS Students Awarded Marcellus Turner Travel Scholarships

Hilary Jasmin and Josh Borycz, both second year students in the UT School of Information Sciences, have been awarded travel scholarships to attend professional conferences.The scholarships were made possible by a generous gift from alumnus Marcellus Turner (MS/IS ’88), Seattle’s city librarian. “Because many students don’t have extra funds available to travel to professional conferences, Marcellus felt it was important to support the participation of two students each year,” explained SIS Director Diane Kelly. “By attending conferences, our students have the opportunity to learn more about the many facets of the profession and begin to establish their professional network.”

Facebook UX Researcher Honored with UT Accomplished Alumni Award

Facebook User Experience Researcher Reggie Murphy was presented with the University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumni Award on Friday, January 26, 2018 in recognition of his notable career successes and distinction in his field. Murphy, who began his time at Facebook as a user experience research manager in 2016, obtained his PhD in Communications from the UT College of Communication and Information (CCI) in 1998 and his Master’s in 1994.

Prior to joining Facebook, Murphy spent: four years with Electronic Ink as a principal consultant; twelve years with Gannett as general manager of corporate research, general manager of audience research, director of research services and manager of marketing research; and two years at Frank Magid Associates as a research analyst.

UT School of Information Sciences Professors Receive $48,708 IMLS Grant

IMLS logoThe UT School of Information Sciences (SIS) Associate Professors Bharat Mehra (PI) and Vandana Singh (Co-PI) have been awarded a $48,708 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct research focused on community engagement efforts using quantitative and qualitative assessment datasets collected from rural library staff in the ten states of the Southern and Central Appalachian (SCA) region.