The spring 2010 issue of the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences newsletter, Interface, is now available at


This issue reports on several innovative faculty research projects. Dr. Dania Bilal, for example, has been exploring the information seeking behaviors of autistic children and asking the question: how does their interactions with digital media, social networking, and mobile devices influence their ability to solve problems, form community, and share information.


Two notable scholarship programs are taking shape to welcome the next class of students. The Information Technology Rural Librarian Master’s Scholarship Program will welcome 16 practicing rural librarians to campus this summer, while six incoming PhD students are recipients of the IMLS-funded ScienceLinks2 project.


The undergraduate minor in Information Studies and Technology is growing and developing rapidly thanks to Dr. Singh’s leadership, and the spring issue takes a look at some of the reasons for this success.


Finally, the school welcomes two outstanding new faculty members to its ranks, Dr. Kimberly Douglass and Dr. Devendra Potnis. Our School is paving multiple innovative pathways this year thanks to the talents, creativity, and research prowess of our students, faculty, and alumni. We invite you to explore this issue to learn more.


Joel Southern
Communications Specialist
School of Information Sciences

College of Communication and Information
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1345 Circle Park Drive, Suite 451
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341
(865) 974-6727
jsouthern at utk dot edu


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