Jayati Chaudhuri earned her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island last fall. Ms. Chaudhuri holds a second masters in geography (University of Calcutta, India) and has been awarded numerous scholarships. Throughout her student career, Ms. Chaudhuri provided orientation for new international students, and she would like to do the same at the University of Tennessee. Another interest is improving the functionality and ease-of-use of the library’s asian collection.
Maud attended undergraduate school at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where she majored in History. After completing her undergraduate studies, she earned two post graduate diplomas, one in Library Science and a second in Organization and Management. From 1996-1998, she was a Teaching Assistant at Harare Polytechnic, School of Library Science. Subsequently, she worked at the University of Zimbabwe as a Social Sciences Assistant Librarian for two years.
In June 2001, Maud was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of New York at Buffalo, School of Informatics. She completed her MLS in May 2003 and was hired in September 2003 as a Minority Resident Librarian at the University of Tennessee Libraries.
My research interests are varied. I believe that all aspects of our profession are interrelated and important, but my particular interest lies in reference and instructional service. I am interested in enabling users to be life long learners in order to effectively use information. With all the changes facing the library profession, Marketing and Strategic management become vital as instruments of managing change. In addition to marketing and strategic management, digitization is another area that intrigues me.
- Promote outreach programs to those communities that are not aware of what difference a librarian can make into their lives through equal access to information.
- Provide access to information that is affordable and in the right format to all regardless of age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, origin and economic status.
- Be aware of the challenges librarians are facing and be willing to make a difference through research, attending conferences, workshops.
Kawanna is a native of middle Tennessee. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington Information School in 2003.
Her professional and research interests include reference and instruction; the use of technology in instruction; diversity in librarianship; training; outreach and website design. She is currently working in the Reference and Instructional Services department. Her activities include liaison to the School of Information Sciences, Coordinator of the Libraries’ Workshops Series, and Coordinator of the Diversity Committee’s Culture Corner project.