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Carol Tenopir

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Chancellor's Professor
Board of Visitors Professor

Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Her areas of teaching and research include information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists.

Her Ph.D. dissertation in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois was one of the first to study full text journal article retrieval. She also holds a master’s degree from California State University, and a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Whittier College, Whittier, California.

She is the author of five books, including Communication Patterns of Engineers (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) and Towards Electronic Journals (SLA, 2000) with Donald W. King. Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and has written the "Online Databases" column for Library Journal in the past.

She is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science & Technology, as well as the ASIST 2002 Research Award and the 1993 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. She also received the 2000 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Tenopir is one of the most prolific writers and most highly cited authors in the field of library and information sciences. She has conducted research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IEEE, Special Libraries Association, and others. She has served on advisory boards for numerous electronic publishers, including ProQuest, Factiva, Ingenta, ACM, and Online, Inc.

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Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

M.L.S., Library Science, California State University, Fullerton

B.A., English and History, Whittier College

Research Interests: 
The information industry
Online reference services
Information access and retrieval
Indexing and abstracting
Electronic journals
Scholarly communication
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Dr. Tenopir’s research and teaching interests are international in scope. She was a 2005 Fulbright Senior Specialist at the University of Oulu, Finland; a 2006 Visiting Research Fellow at HANKEN university in Helsinki, Finland; a 2004-2006 John Metcalfe Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales, Australia; and serves as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow for Ciber (Center for Information Behavior and the Evaluation of Research), University College London.

Dr. Tenopir has teaching and research experience and expertise in Finland, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Some recent research projects include a Project for IEEE comparing communication and information use of high tech engineers in the US and India and a Project for CSA studying scientists in Germany, Finland, Denmark, and the US. Please refer to Dr. Tenopir’s webpage to see all that she is and has been professionally involved in.

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