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Rural Library Professionals as Change Agents in the 21st Century: Integrating Information Technology Competencies in the Southern and Central Appalachian Region (ITRL)

Principal Investigator: 

Dr. Bharat Mehra
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences
454 Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341
Phone: 865-974-5917
Fax: 865-974-4967
Email: bmehra@utk.edu

Grant or Funding Agency: 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Project Description:

The Information Technology Rural Librarian (ITRL) project works to provide scholarships for rural librarians completing the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences Master’s degree program.  The primary objective of this program was to provide an educational experience for rural librarians wanting to obtain their Master’s degree in Information Science program that emphasized instruction in information technology competencies and providing both classroom and practical experiences.  Rural libraries face many challenges with information technology, information literacy and poverty, by working with library professionals in these areas, the researcher hope to build a successful program that meets the demands and create a model that can be transferred to other regions within the U.S.  To meet the objective, the program organizers worked to recruit sixteen students who maintain paraprofessional employment through a Southern and Central Appalachian (SCA) regional library. Once recruited, the students were enrolled into classes that provided a structured curriculum that promoted knowledge in Information Technology.  

Project Website:

ITRL

Secondary Contacts:

Dr. Kimberly Black
Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences
424 Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-3627
Email: klblack@utk.edu 

Dr. Vandana Singh
Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences
451 Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Email: vandana@utk.edu

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