At the 2012 SIS Hooding Ceremony, Daniel Redmon, member-at-large, represented the SIS Alumni Society as the presenter of the Alumni Awards.
The Innovator’s Award is bestowed on the alumnus or alumna who graduated within the past two years and has demonstrated innovation in the field of library and information sciences though cutting-edge activities, forward thinking, leading trends or reinventing a traditional service. This year’s award went to Jill Grogg (MS/ IS ‘ 01). She recently learned she has been awarded the rank of Professor at the University of Alabama. It is worth noting she has made this impressive achievement in only eight years!
It is largely due to her cutting-edge research about link resolvers and the Open URL that Grogg was named one of Library Journal’s 2007 50 “Movers and Shakers.” In 2010 the Alabama Library Association’s College, University and Special Libraries’ Division recognized her record with its Outstanding Professional Publication Award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to the alumnus or alumna who graduated at least ten years ago and has demonstrated a meritorious career based on service, teaching and/or scholarship. This year’s recipient is Beth Davis-Brown (MS/ IS’84).
Davis-Brown has worked in academic libraries, museums and with two major federal libraries: The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Library of Congress. She currently is a Program Coordinator with the Cooperative & Instructional Programs Division of the Library of Congress. She serves on the Library of Congress Web Governance Board.
In addition, Davis-Brown serves on the SIS Advisory Board and has been a mentor and advocate for UTK SIS students and graduates.