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SIS Alumni, Faculty, Students Focus on Research at Empirical Librarians 2020 Conference

SIS and Chancellor’s Professor Suzie Allard delivers the keynote at the Empirical Librarians 2020 conference in Knoxville.

The Empirical Librarians conference is a small event that allows librarians to learn more about research, and how to support original research. The 2020 conference was hosted in Knoxville Feb. 27-28. Several SIS students, alumni and faculty attended the conference and many of them presented their research, including:

  • SIS and Chancellor’s Professor Suzie Allard was the keynote speaker and she spoke about how to collaborate with researchers in other disciplines, and why a multi-disciplinary team can be helpful in information sciences research. She drew on her experience with the DataONE project, which she has been working on for more than a decade, along with an array of other multi-disciplinary projects she has participated in during her academic career.
  • SIS students Hannah Gunderman and Leah Cannon, along with CCI doctoral student Kevin Mallary, gave a presentation on some of the challenges with creating equitable and accessible research data management services, and how to overcome those challenges.
  • SIS alum Brianne Dosch (’18), who works at UT Libraries as a social sciences data librarian, and alum Tyler Martindale (’18), business librarian at Auburn University, discussed data sharing policies in the social sciences.
  • SIS alumni Kat Brooks (’16), Michael Deike (’11) and Sarah Johnson (’17), and Niki Kirkpatrick (’15), all of UT Libraries, facilitated a panel discussion about virtual reference. They presented a rubric they designed to meet the need for quantifying a good chat interaction.
  • SIS alum Jess Newman (’17) presented the work she did with fellow alum Hilary Jasmin (’18), and their co-researcher Randall Watts, about using the Web of Science to assess open access publishing trends among disciplinary faculty authors at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Library, where they all work.

Go here for more information about Empirical Librarians.