If 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.
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Student 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
Thirty 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.
The 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.
In 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.
Lecturer: Julie Ann Winkelstein
Location: California, Bay Area near Berkeley (Albany, CA)
Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Berkeley; Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University; PhD in Information and Communication from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Everyone’s experience in the MSIS program matters, and student representation and participation in SIS governance are essential to the continual growth and development of the UT School of Information Sciences’ program.
To further that idea, SIS launched the Director’s MSIS Student Advisory Council (DMSAC) last year as a platform for students to voice their views on initiatives, projects, and programming, and their visions for the future. The DMSAC further ensures that all students are heard and represented, as the SIS student body continues to grow and change
SIS student Rose Borden has been selected as an Earth Science Information Partners Community Fellow, which is a national-level fellow that names five to six students a year to its program. Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is an open, networked community that brings together science, data and information technology practitioners, according to its website.
“The ESIP Community Fellowship is a national honor that recognizes a student’s ability to contribute to the earth science community and their commitment to actively participate in assuring that scientists and others have reliable and accessible information into the future,” said Suzie Allard, SIS Chancellor’s Professor.
Featured student: Stephen Spann
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Past Job: Lawyer
Current Job: Working as a substitute librarian and doing a practicum at Vanderbilt Libraries in Nashville
Why SIS: I’ve been a lawyer for several years, and I realized a few years ago I wanted to do something different with my degree than just practice. Librarianship has always appealed to me, and there’s a career path out there for law librarians.
In the spirit of advancing cross-cultural research collaborations, SIS Director Diane Kelly toured Beijing, China last week and was a featured speaker at several academic institutions and China’s largest online retailer. She shared her expertise on interactive information search and retrieval, information search behavior, and research methods.
Her talk “On the Generalizability of Results from Interactive Information Retrieval Research” focused on reasons why it can be difficult to use results from one research study to make predictions about what will happen in another research study.