Forging a career path in any field can be challenging, and different positions require different approaches. That’s why the School of Information Sciences is launching its inaugural “Career Exploration Week,” a virtual program that gives current students a chance to speak with an SIS alumni currently working in the information field, which takes place September 17-21, 2018.
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It’s all about helping people. This message of service was a running theme throughout the Fall 2018 School of Information Sciences orientation Aug. 16. Incoming master’s program students heard the message from SIS faculty and panelists who spoke about how their professions aid others. Whether it be preserving historical data, making websites easier for users to navigate, or creating programming for children at a school library, helping people was the underlying theme.
The College of Communication and Information welcomed its new doctoral students at orientation Aug. 15, 2018. Among the nine doctoral students present were two alumni of the School of Information Sciences master’s program: Meredith Goins, who graduated in 2000, and Scott Sikes, who graduated in Spring 2018.
Suzie Allard (SIS), CCI associate dean for research and director of the Center for Information & Communication Studies, has been named a Chancellor’s Professor by UT Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis. “Appointment as a Chancellor’s Professor constitutes the highest honor that can be accorded a UT Knoxville faculty member. This designation recognizes extraordinary, nationally or internationally recognized, scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field as well as a record of excellence in teaching and service to the university.”
School of Information Sciences Director and Professor Diane Kelly has been elected to the inaugural iSchool Board of Directors.
The iSchool organization is dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century and serves a large international membership of information science schools, colleges, and departments.
Master’s degrees were bestowed on fifty-eight graduates of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) May 11, 2018 in a ceremony held on campus in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Building. Twenty-nine of the graduates participated in the hooding and awards ceremony.
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.”
Juniper 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.
The 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.
Suzie Allard, CCI associate dean for research and SIS professor, has been selected as the third recipient of the CCI Board of Visitors Professorship.
Allard also serves the college as director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies.