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Spring 2017 iNTERFACE


From the desk of Director Kelly

Dear SIS Alumni and Friends,

In August 2016, I joined the School of Information Sciences as its sixth director since its initial accreditation by the American Library Association in 1972. I have been impressed by many things since my arrival; most impressive have been your accomplishments! As you will see in this issue of iNTERFACE, SIS alumni have been up to all sorts of amazing things in a wide variety of information environments. Through your actions, and interactions, you continue to define the information professions, and make SIS shine brightly.
Read the entire letter.
Director Diane Kelly

SIS Successfully Transitions to New Director

Ed Cortez The School of Information Sciences has successfully transitioned from the directorship of Professor Ed Cortez to the newly appointed director, Professor Diane Kelly. A nationwide search was conducted to find the next director. Faculty, staff, students and alumni were involved in the process. In this new electronic issue of iNTERFACE, we will introduce our new director and say a fond farewell to our former director and share the achievements and news highlights that have occurred since our last issue in Spring 2015. Find out more Dr. Diane Kelly
Hooding Ceremony

SIS Graduates 2017 Class at Hooding Ceremony
The 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 Sciences. Find out more.

Carroll Cooper

Carroll/Cooper Legacy Gift Creates SIS Distinguished Professorship
Bonnie C. Carroll and Roy H. Cooper, Jr. have crafted a legacy gift to create an endowed distinguished professorship for the School of Information Sciences. When realized, the Carroll/Cooper Endowed Distinguished Professorship will provide the CCI dean and SIS director with the funds required to attract and support a world class faculty member for the School of Information Sciences. Find out more.


Innovative Solutions Provided by Innovation Donors
A generous gift to CCI and SIS from Gloria Sharrar (’82), retired senior vice president of technology & operations for Bank of America, and her husband Dave (MAC ’79), provided the funding to establish the Sharrar iPro Intern Program for Information Science master’s students to obtain real-world information professional experience. Find out more.

IMLS Grant
UT School of Information Sciences Professors Receive $48,708 IMLS Grant
The 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. Find out more.
SIS rank
School of Information Sciences Retains National Rank
The School of Information Sciences was ranked 17th among all US universities by U.S. News and World Report in its latest Library & Information Studies (LIS) Graduate School rankings. SIS was also the highest ranked LIS program in the Southeastern Conference. Find out more.
Youth Informatics
SIS Launches Youth Informatics Certificate Program
The School of Information Sciences (SIS) launched a new Youth Informatics Certificate Program in September of 2016. The program is open to all graduate level students across the UT system regardless of discipline and to those with a graduate degree in information sciences interested in obtaining continuing education credit or adding this certification. See the 2016 story here.
Faculty News

Tenopir Receives Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair Honor

Carol Tenopir

Carol Tenopir, a Chancellor's Professor and the CCI Board of Visitors Professor, was selected as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies for the 2016-2017 academic year. The position is considered one of the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

SIS Receives More than $850,000 in Training Grants

Faculty Grants

The School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information received two grants in 2016 which totaled more than $850,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to train information science experts. The largest grant continues today.

Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights

SIS faculty members have received grants, awards and recognition for their outstanding work over the past two years. A few are highlighted in this news brief.

Alumni News
The Tale of Two Recent SIS Grads

Dwight Hunter's Story

Dwight Hunter Dwight Hunter ('16), has been a librarian, in his mind, since the mid 90s. Find out what led him to UT's School of Information Sciences and how it changed his world. Read Dwight's story here.


Danny Hussey's Story

Danny Hussey

Danny Hussey ('16) received encouragement from another UT grad to get his Master's degree. The rest, as they say, is history. Read Danny's story here.


Perserving Family Recipes

Alumni Events and Upcoming New ALA Reception
SIS held recent alumni receptions in Atlanta in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter conference (see and at the Tennessee Library Association conference in Knoxville. Both were great events for reconnecting with old friends and networking with new ones.
A new kind of reception will be held in Chicago on Sunday June 25, 2017 at the Chicago Room at Riva Crabhouse on the Navy Pier. If you have not sent your RSVP, there is still time!
RSVP or see more details here

Perserving Family Recipes

A Recipe for Preserving Family Legacies
When you sit down with family for a holiday meal, did you ever think it could be fertile ground for exploring your genealogy? A series of events led Valerie Frey (‘99) to write “Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions.” Her book, published in November 2015 by the University of Georgia Press, already had SIS Chancellor’s Professor Carol Tenopir snapping up copies to give as gifts. Find out more

Trott and Hollenbach
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Nearly 2,000 miles separate two SIS grads working on the same national project. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress (LC), and state projects to provide enhanced access to United States newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. NEH awards support state projects to select and digitize historically significant titles that are aggregated and permanently maintained by the Library of Congress, and made available via Chronicling America. Find out more
Mini Profiles
Where can you find SIS alums?
A public library, a world-wide non-profit, a county government archive, a corporate museum and archive, an online company store, a college campus (perhaps in an unexpected place), a health care company, and a weather information organization. The utility of an information science degree is almost limitless. As corporations and organizations understand the advantage of utilizing information science specialists, UT SIS graduates are finding intriguing careers in unexpected places, incorporating the knowledge and skills they gained in the program. Take a look at these examples. Find out more
The New Class Notes

SIS Class Notes
With this new e-publication of Interface, we are posting backlogged Class Notes. If you have news or updates, please drop us a note at Read Class Notes

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