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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.

SIS Graduates 2017 Class at Hooding Ceremony

2017 GraduatesThe 2017 School of Information Sciences Hooding Ceremony took place on Friday, May 12 at the UT Haslam Music Building auditorium. Sixty students from fall 2016, spring and summer 2017 were recognized at the ceremony. Twenty-eight of those students were able to participate in the event on campus to receive their Master’s degree in Information Science.

SIS Alumni Reception @ TLA

Knoxville viewThe UT School of Information Sciences will once again host an alumni reception at this year's Tennessee Library Association conference. The conference rotates host cities each year and this year will be held in Knoxville. Invitations have been emailed to all SIS alumni with a Tennessee mailing address and a valid email address. If you did not receive an invitation, please update your information at The information about the alumni reception is below.


Reading Expert: Books for Kids of All Ages to Celebrate Black History Month

Cindy WelchSIS Clinical Associate Professor Cindy Welch produced a list of recommended books for children and young adults in conjunction with the UTK Office of Communications and Marketing. The following is an exerpt from the article:

Kids of all ages can celebrate Black History Month through books that explore rich contributions that have been made by African Americans.