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2011 SIS Hooding Ceremony

2011 SIS Hooding Ceremony

The 2011 Spring SIS Hooding Ceremony was held at the University Center Ballroom on Wednesday, May 11. Thirty graduates participated while family and friends watched as the degrees were conferred. The harpist from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Cindy Hicks, provided a reverent atmosphere with beautiful music for the ceremony. Food and photographs were the order of the day once the ceremony ended.  

Dean Mike Wirth signs UA banner

Former ALA President speaks on Emotional Intelligence Management

Dr. Alire Speaks at FundraiserDr. Camila Alire, former American Library Association (ALA) President and Dean Emerita of Libraries at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, was the keynote speaker at the April 13th  ALA Spectrum Scholarship fundraiser held in the Scripps Lab.  She described the importance of utilizing emotional intelligence (EI) management skills to help lead employee teams through major organizational change and natural disaster recoveries.  Dr. Alire also spoke to a group at Hodges Library during a Brown Bag Lunch earlier on Wednesday. 

ETLA announces the 2011 Rothrock Lecture

The East Tennessee Library Association (ETLA) will present the 2011 Mary Utopia Rothrock Lecture on Thursday evening, April 28. Two sisters, Felicia Felder-Hoehne and Dr. Barbara Lynne Ivey Yarn, MD, Knoxville natives, will share the stage as speakers this year. Time and venue for the lecture are TBA. 

Two SIS graduates are current members of the board for ETLA: Lisa Travis, VP, and Martha Earl, Secretary. The ETLA website is at

For more information about the 2011 Rothrock Lecture, contact Chris Durman, 865-974-3474  or

SIS graduate wins national award

Theresa VenableTheresa Venable, librarian at the Children's Defense Fund Haley Farm's Langston Hughes Library and a 2003 graduate of the School of Information Sciences, recently won the 2011 Zora Neale Hurston award. This award recognizes significant efforts to promote African-American authors and literature.

See the full story at the American Libraries website and at the Knoxville News Sentinel website


IS Legend to Speak at SIS

Eugene GarfieldOnce in a lifetime there is an innovator who changes everything.  In the information sciences, that man is Dr. Eugene Garfield.  Dr. Garfield, founder & chairman emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information (now Thomson Scientific), had a vision in 1950 that shaped the future of information science and created the foundation that shapes how people get their information today.   Dr. Garfield’s imagination, expertise and passion forged a path that created the information world we now live in.

The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences invites you to join a conversation with this amazing man.

The conversation with luminary Dr. Eugene Garfield will be hosted by  Dr. Dania Bilal.  This event,  “Reminiscences, Reflections, and Flotsam, ”  takes place on Wednesday, March 23, from 12:15 to 1 pm, in the Communications Building, Scripps Convergence Lab, Room 402.     A reception will precede the event at 11:30 AM- 12:15 PM.

This talk is free and open to the public. SIS will host a reception with delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and desserts from TIME. 


SIS students to present at Tennessee Library Association Conference

SIS students will be sharing their research at the Tennessee Library Association Conference in the annual SIS Student Research Forum on Thursday, March 24, from 1-2 PM in Murfreesboro, TN. Each year SIS faculty select three students whose work provides insights that are useful to libraries and librarians. This year’s presenters are:


New SIS course focuses on environmental science and information science

A new SIS course aimed at students in the Undergraduate Minor in Information Studies and Technology was recently featured in UT's The Daily Beacon newspaper. The course, taught by Miriam Davis, a post-doctoral research associate with the Center for Information and Communication Studies, will focus on concepts from environmental science and information science.