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Alumni News: Zhang, Eaker

Dr. ShaLI ZhangDr. Shali Zhang (MS/IS ’88), current School of Information Sciences (SIS) Advisory Board member, 2013 SIS Alumna of the Year, and dean of libraries and professor at the University of Montana/Mansfield Library, has been selected to receive the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s 2014 John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.  Zhang was selected for this award because of her exceptional contributions to international librarianship during her professional career at local, national and international levels. She will receive the award during the International Reception on Monday, June 30 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Chris EakerChris Eaker (MS/IS ’13),  assistant professor and data curation librarian for the UT College of Architecture and Design Liaison in the University of Tennessee Libraries, was selected as a member of the inaugural class of scholars for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, an IMLS-funded grant to Loyola Marymount University’s William H. Hannon Library, San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science, and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). The Institute will provide participants with expert instruction on research design and small-group and one-on-one assistance in writing and/or revising their own draft research proposal. Eaker’s project proposal, “An Analysis of Data Literacy Instruction in an ABET-Accredited College of Engineering,” will determine the extent of data literacy skills instruction in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and determine if graduates of the School are prepared for managing project data in their careers. This work will support future efforts to strengthen data literacy instruction for future practicing engineers.