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Student Spotlight

  • 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.

  • Student Spotlight: Kashif Graham Finds New Calling in Theological Librarianship

    Kashif Graham, MSIS studentStudent Spotlight features one of our current School of Information Sciences Master's 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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

    Featured student: Kashif Graham

    Location: Nashville

  • Student Spotlight: Emily McCutcheon Switches from Practicing Law, to Law Librarianship

    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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

    MSIS student Emily McCutcheon

    Featured student: Emily McCutcheon

    Location: Knoxville

    Education: BA in political science and history from Emory University; juris doctorate from University of Georgia Athens School of Law; currently in second semester of the first year in earning an MSIS.

    Current jobs: I work at the Law Library of Congress as a remote content management internship. It started as a practicum last semester. Essentially, they had a lot of old legal resources and they’re spread out all over the place so a lot of links were not accurate or were broken. I was taking all the old resources and putting them into LibGuides so they would be redirected and accessible. We started with states and I did 26 states. I also worked on finding updated sources and making sure those sources were free and accessible. Now we’ve moved onto countries, which is much harder. I’ve done one so far. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s given me the opportunity to work in DC without being in DC.

  • Student Spotlight: Josh Borycz Finds Purpose in Scientific Data Management

    MSIS student Josh Borycz in BrazilStudent 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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

    Featured student: Joshua Borycz

    Location: Knoxville, TN

    Education: Bachelor of science in chemistry and mathematics from Hope College in Holland, Mich.; master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota; and PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

  • Student Spotlight: How Sophie Howard Found Her Way to SIS and Archives

    Sophie Howard, MSIS student, in front of Alabama State Department of ArchivesStudent 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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Information Sciences master’s program.

    Featured student: Sophie Howard

    Location: Birmingham, Alabama

  • SIS Student Sharra Rosichan Uses GIS to Aid Vulnerable Populations

    SIS student Sharra Rosichan is the type of person who will teach herself something that she’s interested in – such as how to write code, design websites or read maps.

    SIS student Sharra Rosichan with Liane Moriarty and Nicole KidmanShe was a voracious reader at a very young age – reading before talking, and consuming chapter books by the time she was four years old, she said. It was only natural that she would later end up working for a library system and getting her degree in information sciences.

    Rosichan is the system-wide programming coordinator for the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and she oversees and creates a variety of events for the area the system serves. This includes art month in October, a celebration of diversity in April, African-American history month, Hispanic heritage, a citywide read, and more. She also does statistics, data entry and program scheduling.

  • Student Spotlight: Jared Uncles Pursues Librarianship As a Way to Make a Difference

    Jared UnclesStudent 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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville SIS program.

    Featured Student: Jared Uncles

    Current job: TSA - Transportation Security Officer for TSA at McGhee Tyson Airport

    Location: Originally from Keyport, New Jersey; moved from Missoula, Montana, to Knoxville to attend the SIS program.

  • Student Spotlight: John Metz, Long-Time Librarian on Why He's Getting His IS Degree

    Jason Metz with Hilary DuffStudent 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 the University of Tennessee, Knoxville SIS program.

    Featured student: John Metz

    Location: Richmond, Virginia

    Current job: State Library and Archives Deputy for Collections and Programs at the Library of Virginia

  • SIS Student Rose Borden Selected as ESIP Community Fellow

    Rose Borden at Grand Canyon

    SIS student Rose Borden has been selected as an Earth Science Information Partners Community Fellow, which is a national-level fellow that names five to six students a year to its program. Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is an open, networked community that brings together science, data and information technology practitioners, according to its website.

    “The ESIP Community Fellowship is a national honor that recognizes a student’s ability to contribute to the earth science community and their commitment to actively participate in assuring that scientists and others have reliable and accessible information into the future,” said Suzie Allard, SIS Chancellor’s Professor.

  • Student Spotlight: Long-time Lawyer Follows New Path to the Library

    Featured student: Stephen SpannStephen Spann and wife Kimbra Spann

    Location: Franklin, Tennessee

    Past Job: Lawyer

    Current Job: Working as a substitute librarian and doing a practicum at Vanderbilt Libraries in Nashville

    Why SIS: I’ve been a lawyer for several years, and I realized a few years ago I wanted to do something different with my degree than just practice. Librarianship has always appealed to me, and there’s a career path out there for law librarians.

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