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August 2017: CCI Profiles

Ashley WilsonAlumni: Ashley Wilson (MS/IS ’16) was featured in a Knox Mercury article for her discovery and preservation of nearly 250 historical family photographs. Using the knowledge she gained as part of her MSIS degree, Wilson digitally preserved and cataloged the images before donating the photos, many of Knoxville landmarks, to the East Tennessee Historical Society. See the article here.
Alexa CarterStudent: Alexa Carter (BS/Chemistry ’16), a second year MSIS student with an interdisciplinary graduate minor in computational science, was selected as a diversity scholar by the Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW).* She is also a 2017–2018 ALA Spectrum scholar, a UTK School of Information Sciences John C. Tyson diversity fellow, and a member of the Experience Assessment (UX–A) program at UTK, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Carter currently works as a graduate researcher for CCI’s Center for Information & Communication Studies (CICS) and in the Research Library at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research interests include scientific information literacy, user experience and assessment, data management, and STEM outreach.
Upon graduation, she plans to pursue an academic or research library position that will allow her to foster a more meaningful interaction between all users and information materials with usability testing and the assessment of scientific resources.
*The purpose of the IRDW initiative is to attract students from historically underrepresented groups to careers in academic and research libraries and archives. The IRDW accomplishes this through generous funding for master’s of library and information science (MLIS) education programs and a suite of related benefits including: mentoring, leadership and professional development, and career placement assistance.