Dwight Hunter’s Story
Dwight Hunter (’16) has been, in his mind, a librarian since the mid 90s. He worked in the reference department of an academic library and had a non-library Master’s degree. Enter: A new library dean. She instituted new job requirements and practices within the library. Hunter signed a contract, received a promotion and found he needed to obtain an ALA-accredited Master’s degree within a specified amount of time in order to retain his status.
The beauty of the distance education degree program at UT is that Hunter did not have quit his job and move his family to Knoxville to earn the much needed ALA-accredited degree. He continued to work at his job in Chattanooga and completed the degree. An interesting thing happened along the way however. Hunter quickly realized how much more there is to his profession. His degree program took him through research into topics such as micro-finance and micro-credit, the digital divide, marketing plans, leadership theory, Twitter, information science theories and applications, bibliographic control, metadata, information schemas, information technology applications, religion and the American South, Project Management Book of Knowledge, data management plans, ArcGIS and map-making layers, and so much more. Just imagine!
“I am a much better librarian; a much stronger library instructor, and a more knowledgeable contributor to KLIC discussions,” said Hunter.
Dwight Hunter, Librarian, Kolwyck Library
Chattanooga State Community College
Danny Hussey (’16), completed his bachelor’s degree at UT Martin, where he studied web development. He became the technology coordinator for the Obion County Public Library, where he met Bill Latimer, a library board member.
Bill and his wife Carol Latimer are long-time residents of Obion County who have established a charitable foundation to provide educational opportunities for area residents. Latimer suggested to Hussey that he should look into getting his Master’s in library and information science and apply to the foundation for funding. Hussey began his studies at UT SIS in 2014 and was promoted to assistant director at the Obion County Public Library soon after graduation.
Hussey found the distance education format worked well with his family life and career. In 2017, Hussey has taken on a new job as IT Director for the Sanibel Public Library system in Sanibel, Florida. The library incorporates a state-of-the-art facility with robust collections of books, media and technology. The library offers beautiful vistas and a comfy reading porch for patrons.
Danny Hussey, IT Director
Sanibel Public Library, Sanibel Island, Florida