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Professor Mehra’s Promotion Recognized at the UT Faculty Bookplate Reception

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Information Sciences Director Diane Kelly poses with SIS Professor Bharat Mehra.

The University of Tennessee Libraries and the Provost’s office honored SIS Professor Bharat Mehra’s recent promotion from Associate to Full Professor earlier this week at the Faculty Bookplate Reception. The Faculty Bookplate Reception celebrates faculty promotions by allowing honorees to choose a book to include in the University Libraries’ collections. A bookplate is placed in the book to commemorate the faculty member’s achievements, and the catalog record for the book notes it was selected to honor the faculty member.

Mehra selected Progressive Community Action, a book he co-edited with Kevin Rioux, because it represents the basic philosophy behind his work by detailing how action-oriented research strategies can generate socially relevant impacts through information work. His research has focused on the role of rural public libraries and librarians in the Appalachian region, and his grants have provided funding for the graduate education of more than 25 rural public librarians equipping them to better serve their communities.

Alumni Natalie Hansen Switches from Medieval Art to Nuclear Archiving

Natalie Hansen at Y12

What do medieval stained-glass pieces have in common with old film from the Y12 National Security Complex? Both should be archived properly, according to Natalie Hansen (‘12), an SIS alumni. Hansen started her academic career studying art history, and moved into medieval art as she attained her master’s degree in medieval studies at the University of York in the United Kingdom. After that, she went to the University of Illinois to pursue a doctorate in art history.

Where Digital Literacy, Social Media, and Fighting Corruption Converge

Devendra Potnis, US Embassy Seal, KenyaSocial media is a tool for people across the world to utilize in versatile ways – and in some cases, it can change countries. One aspect of this phenomenon was recently studied by School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Devendra Potnis and two SIS students, Hilary Jasmin and Lindsey McLennan. They undertook the research for the United States Embassy Nairobi Economic Affairs Section, and focused on ways that people in countries with corrupt governments could use social media as a means for lasting, positive change.

Student Spotlight: Technical Writer Caitlin Carroll Takes a Dive Into Special Collections

Caitlin Carroll, SIS student spotlight

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 UTK SIS. October is National Archives Month, so we picked a student who plans to go into that area of Information Sciences.

Featured Student: Caitlin Carroll (’12)

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Current job: Technical Writer

Alumni Q&A: Laura Frizzell, from Coca-Cola Archives to the CDC

Laura FrizzellOctober is National Archives Month, and we'll be running a series of articles celebrating the importance of this area of information sciences. "National Archives Month is an opportunity for us all to think about the importance of archives and archival collecting in our world of information. Archivists collect, arrange, describe, and preserve documents that reflect every aspect of our lives, from our work time to our recreation time, our families, friends, and neighborhoods. For me, being an archivist means looking deeply into the experience of human life and finding what stories need to be kept, nurtured, and shared with future generations. When I teach Introduction to Archives and Records Management, I have a chance to share that passion with the next generation of archivists, and am delighted to find the same passion for keeping and sharing stories in others!"- Emil Hoelter, information sciences lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Alumni Q&A: Taylor Hixson, a librarian in the Middle East

Taylor Hixson

Alumni Q&A’s introduce us to School of Information Sciences graduates and lets them describe, in their own words, why they went into Information Sciences, and what they’re doing with their degree.

Alumni: Taylor Hixson (’14)

Position: Librarian for Geospatial Services at New York University Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates

What does your current job entail? As the Librarian for Geospatial Services at NYUAD, my primary focus is to make sure library patrons and the campus community are able to access and use the geospatial software, data, and resources they need to do coursework or research. I work with faculty to incorporate geographic information–from desktop and web GIS (geographic information system) to physical maps and spatial datasets–into courses. I assist students who are using GIS in courses and capstone research. I also do a lot of drop-in workshops that introduce attendees to geospatial data, tools, and research. I work in a small library, so I have shared library responsibilities, too, such as reference shifts and general library programs.

SIS Alum Shares on the Value of a Practicum

Hilary Jasmine

There’s no better way to get hands-on experience in your field while earning a master’s in Information Sciences than by completing a practicum. Practicums are multi-beneficial in providing you with relevant work experience, an opportunity to give a specific job a test run, and you receive three hours of academic credit upon completion. You’ll get first-hand direction from shadowing professionals, and it will expand your professional network.

Student Spotlight: USAF Parachute Trainer Jeremy Horner Earning MSIS to Broaden Career Possibilities

Student Spotlight

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 UTK SIS.

Featured student: Technical Sergeant Jeremy Horner