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Cortez Appointed ALA Committee on Education Chair

Professor Ed Cortez

Ed Cortez, professor and former director of the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been appointed chair of the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Education (COE).

Cortez will take office in June 2016, after the ALA annual conference.

Before coming to UT, Cortez served as a professor and administrator at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

During his eleven years at UT, Cortez has been instrumental in developing collaborative international education opportunities for the School of Information Sciences, including partnerships with universities in Spain, Africa and the Caribbean. He has served on more than a dozen accreditation review panels, three of which he chaired.

“As a school director, Ed Cortez developed relationships and communication channels with UT SIS alumni and LIS professionals to keep informed of the educational competencies and skills needed by our graduates to be successful in their field,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “We congratulate him on this appointment and know that he will do an excellent job of chairing ALA’s Committee on Education.”

The ALA COE develops and recommends policies related to the full spectrum of education for all library and information studies personnel.

“Ed Cortez has a rare combination of depth of understanding of information science and automation, and a love for imparting that knowledge to others,” said Julie Todaro, president-elect of ALA.

Cortez is also part of an expert panel established by Todaro to help with the professional preparation of librarians and library workers, especially in communicating their value to the communities they serve.