Lisa Curtin said that learning she was the recipient of the 2020 CCI Outstanding Information Sciences Graduate Award was some much-needed news, and that she was pleasantly surprised to learn of the honor.
“I’m really proud of the work I’ve done in the program and I’m grateful that it was noticed and appreciated,” she said.
Curtin has been active at SIS, including operating as president of the student chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and working as a graduate assistant for SIS Director Diane Kelly this year, and worked for SIS Clinical Associate Professor Cindy Welch and former SIS Professor Bharat Mehra in her first year. She also completed internships in 2019 with the Newberry Library and the Department of Transportation, and participated in a practicum at the Office of Scientific and Technical Information in Oak Ridge this spring. Beyond those experiences, she made time to volunteer with both the Voices Out Loud archive project at the UT Libraries and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound during her time in Knoxville.
This is Curtin’s second master’s degree, with her first being in English; she had decided not to go into academia, and eventually started working online doing user experience evaluation. One of the major reasons she decided to come to SIS was her work as a corporate archivist on a yearlong project. She really enjoyed creating a digital collection for the company – and she chose SIS because of the career pathways that featured digital collections and curation.
She’s learned a lot about her chosen pathway, and about special libraries, throughout her time in the program and as president of SLA. Curtin will officially graduate after the summer semester, and she is looking forward to finding a job working with digital libraries and preservation.