In each issue of Circle Park News, we feature one or more members of the CCI Board of Visitors through a Q&A session. Anne Caputo is this issue’s featured member.
Anne Caputo comes to UT through her professional connections rather than as a graduate. Anne earned her B.A. in History from Lewis & Clark College, an M.S. in Architectural History from the University of Oregon and her M.A.L.S. in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Anne is currently the Executive Director of Learning and Information Professional Programs for Dow Jones & Company in Washington, DC. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland’s College of Library and Information Services. Anne is the 2010 President of SLA (the Special Libraries Association) and was named an SLA Fellow in 2008. Anne’s hobbies include architectural photography and gardening.
CCI – How and when did you first get involved on a volunteer basis with CCI?
Anne – I have had a collegial relationship with the School of Information Sciences going back about 30 years. I have had the pleasure of speaking to numerous classes during that time both on campus and via distance technologies. Gradually, I have enjoyed a deeper and more intensive relationship via membership on the Board of Visitors for the College of Communications and Information.
CCI – In your view, what is the most important or impactful role you’ve played as a volunteer?
Anne – In the larger and more impactful sense, my membership on the Board of Visitors has allowed me to have the most important impact on CCI as a whole.
CCI – Why have you chosen to support the college (financially and/or with your time)? Why do you see this as important?
Anne – The University of Tennessee enjoys a positive and respected reputation for innovation and quality education and research. It’s a pleasure to help contribute to the future success of the school in a variety of ways, via planned giving and with my time, experience and advice. It is critical that practitioners in our field contribute to the success and growth of professional education by ‘giving back’ via meaningful contributions to our professional schools.
CCI – What do you hope to accomplish during your term with the BOV?
Anne – I hope to better understand the role and needs of the College of Communication and Information and how my contacts and capabilities might foster growth and success for the college, particularly the School of Information Sciences.
CCI – Is there anything exciting or interesting going on “behind the scenes” in CCI of which the average alum might not be aware?
Anne – The average alum is probably not aware of the significant effort made by dedicated alumni and friends of CCI to make the college successful. Success involves dozens of moving parts working in concert to bring innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and hard-won knowledge and advice to bear on the challenges all professional education requires.
CCI – If someone is considering volunteerism as a way to give back to the University, what advice would you have for them? Why should they do it?
Anne – The old cliché that you “get in measure and response to what you give” is never more true than in volunteering. Our experiences during our time at universities and in professional education form the backbone of our success as our careers develop. It is essential that we pay this forward by sharing what we have learned so those who follow can benefit just as we did. Think of your favorite classroom professor, your best “ah-ha moment,” your most richly satisfying course and realize what those elements have contributed to the person you are today. Volunteering insures moments like these will happen over and over again for those who follow you.
CCI – What from your UT and CCI experience has stuck with you since you became involved?
Anne – I am impressed with the dedication of other members of the Board of Visitors and their deep and passionate interest in helping CCI grow. Members come from many geographic locations and give of their time and talents unselfishly to help their school.