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.
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.
The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (UT-SIS) has been awarded a one-year planning grant of $49,557 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Associate Professor Bharat Mehra and Assistant Professor Wade Bishop will administer the grant project, “The role of rural public libraries in small business economic development in the Appalachian region: A case study of Tennessee” (PLSB-TN).” The two phase research project will begin Oct.
The School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee (UT) announces the selection of students for the second generation of the Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program (ITRL2). The thirteen students accepted into the program will begin their studies during the summer of 2013.
Theresa Venable (MS/ IS '03) is the Librarian and Programs Coordinator for the Children's Defense Fund at the (Alex) Haley Farm in Clinton, TN. She also serves as a College of Communication and Information Board of Visitors member. She along with Associate Professor Bharat Mehra and Assistant Professor Vandana Singh anchored the School of Information Sciences table at the 2013 Experience Diversity Banquet Friday February 22, 2013. The School has a long tradition of supporting the College's campus-wide diversity and inclusion activities.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Center for Information and Communication Studies has received funding for projects to support rural librarians and increase Hispanic participation in teaching library science.
The grants were announced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)as two of the 32 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants totaling $10.3 million.