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  • Alumni Q&A: Recent Grad Valerie Aucoin on the Advantages of ALA

    SIS Alum Valerie AucoinFeatured alum: Valerie Aucoin (’19) just graduated from SIS and is currently interviewing for youth librarian positions across the country. She will be attending the American Library Association conference this week in Washington, D.C. as a volunteer, after she helped lead the student ALA chapter at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    Why UTK?

    I had a family friend who spoke highly of the program and we used to vacation in Gatlinburg when I was little, so I kind of knew the area. So I knew I could do Tennessee – it’s cold, gets some snow, not too much. It’s the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, and it has a nice, vibrant downtown.

  • Lisa Ladd Heads to ALA with Marcellus Turner Student Travel Scholarship

    MSIS student Lisa Ladd is the 2019 Marcellus Turner Student Travel Scholarship Award winner, and she’s thrilled that it will fund her trip to the American Library Association Conference in Washington, D.C. this June.

    Though she has attended the ALA conference in the past in her capacity as a library professional, she has never gone as a student. After completing one semester in the SIS program, Ladd knew she wanted to attend the conference and learn more about her pathway, youth informatics. But without a scholarship, she said it wasn’t going to happen. It’s been a long journey for her to get to where she is, and she said she’s thrilled to have received this award.

    Ladd’s library career was serendipitous and fortuitous. After a cross-country move, she had initially landed in a temporary position at the Dartmouth College athletics department.

    “I went from working in downtown San Francisco to photocopying football playbooks. I was not happy,” Ladd recounted.

  • Cortez Appointed Chair of ALA Committee on Education

    Ed Cortez, professor and former director of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) in the College of Communication and Information, has been appointed chair of the American Libraries Associaed corteztion (ALA) Committee on Education.

    Cortez will take office in June 2016 after the ALA annual conference.

    Before coming to UT, Cortez served as a professor and administrator at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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