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Martha Earl distinctly remembers the first time she ever heard a librarian describe her job as “fun.” She was working a full-time library staff support job while simultaneously getting her master’s degree in library science – both at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. A supervisor knew Earl’s interest in being a science librarian, but suggested she talk to the director of the Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and ask what it’s like to be a medical librarian.

“I called the director, and she said, ‘I love my job! Doctors ask us for information, and we … Read more “Library Oasis: SIS Alum Martha Earl Recounts Journey to Dream Job”


practicum. Practicums are multi-beneficial in providing you with relevant work experience, an opportunity to give a specific job a test run, and you receive three hours of academic credit upon completion. You’ll get first-hand direction from shadowing professionals, and it will expand your professional network.

We know many of our students are Distance Education, but you can do a practicum no matter where you live! We will work with you to find a suitable location in your … Read more “SIS Alum Shares on the Value of a Practicum”


Inside of Knoxville,” a blog by the mysteriously named “Knoxville Urban Guy.” It’s the place to get the inside scoop on businesses downtown and in nearby areas, and the writer of the blog seems to know things before anyone else in town does.

These days, it’s fairly well-known that the man behind the Knoxville Urban Guy is Alan Sims. What the citizens of Knoxville may not know about Sims is that he … Read more “Meet SIS Alumni Alan Sims, the Creative Force Behind the ‘Knoxville Urban Guy’”