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SIS News Archive

SIS Alum Casey Fox ('15) Achieves 40 Under 40

Casey FoxCasey Fox ('14), library fund development manager for the Knox County Public Library system has helped raise more than $1 million through grants, sponsorships and capital campaigns to support programs and events. Her creative ideas and energetic achievements earned her a spot on the 2017 Greater Knoxville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list. While a student at SIS, Fox was a recipient of the ALA Bound to Stay Bound Scholarship, the UT SIS Jane Moulton Ray Scholarship and a cohort on the Information Technology for Rural Librarians IMLS grant program.

UT iSchool Granted Continuing Accreditation by ALA

ALA logoThe University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences is pleased to announce that the American Library Association’s (ALA) Committee on Accreditation has granted continued accreditation status to its Master of Science in Information Sciences (MSIS) program. The next comprehensive review of the program is scheduled for spring 2023.

Kelly is New Director of School of Information Sciences

Diane KellyDiane Kelly, an internationally known information sciences scholar, is the new director of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (SIS). She begins on August 8.

Kelly comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a professor in the School of Information and Library Science. Her research and teaching interests focus on interactive information search and retrieval, information search behavior, and research methods.

Credit Hour Requirement Reduced to 36 for Master’s in Information Sciences

Credit Hours ReducedThe School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee has received approval to reduce the credit hour requirement for its Master’s program from 42 to 36 hours.

The change signifies responsiveness by the School to the challenges faced by many students who continue to work full time jobs while attending school to complete their master’s degree.

As part of this change, the SIS faculty carefully reviewed the program’s requirements to ensure that the quality of the degree program would be maintained.

CCI Receives More than $850,000 in Grants to Train Information Science Experts

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information has received two grants which total more than $850,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to train information science experts.

Youth Informatics Certificate Program Available at UT School of Information Sciences

Youth InformaticsThe School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee is offering a new graduate certificate program in Youth Informatics.

The program is open to all Master’s/PhD students. It requires successful completion of 12 credit hours, four classes of three credit hours each. Visit for details on admission requirements and processes and to download a program sheet.

Cortez Appointed Chair of ALA Committee on Education

Ed Cortez, professor and former director of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) in the College of Communication and Information, has been appointed chair of the American Libraries Associaed corteztion (ALA) Committee on Education.

Cortez will take office in June 2016 after the ALA annual conference.

Before coming to UT, Cortez served as a professor and administrator at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

SIS Hooding Ceremony Celebrates 2015 Graduates

Hooding CeremonyThe 2015 School of Information Sciences Hooding Ceremony took place Friday, May 8 in the University Center Ballroom. Director and Professor Ed Cortez led the faculty and students as they celebrated the recognition of their hard work. Eighty-four students graduated from the program and 26 participated in the ceremony.