As the business librarian, Judy Li serves the information needs of students and faculty in Advertising; Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management; and all programs in the College of Business Administration (CBA). As our business liaison, she provides research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development in those disciplines. Judy also works with MBA candidates pursuing their degrees remotely through the CBA’s Graduate and Executive Education program designed for working professionals.
Business information is packaged in a variety of ways. Judy’s “Business Research Center” — libguides.utk.edu/BIZ — is a good starting point for the researcher seeking company and industry information, economic and financial data, and other business tools. (Luckily, library subscriptions bring many valuable business sources out from behind the pay wall.)
Contact Judy (email@example.com, 974-0013) with your business reference questions or to schedule a research consultation. And watch for her upcoming financial literacy workshop.
Judy serves on the Executive/Advisory Board of the Special Library Association’s Business and Finance Division, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Library and Information Science in Distance Learning.
In addition to her master’s in library and information science, Judy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is also pursuing a PhD in information science. Judy was a research consultant in the telecommunications industry prior to receiving her MLIS. She has been a business librarian for over a decade and has worked in public, academic, and special libraries in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong.
As Coordinator of Community Learning Services and Diversity Programs, Thura Mack leads the Libraries’ outreach to schools in Knoxville and the surrounding community. Community Learning Services teaches information literacy and library research skills to university-bound students in programs such as UT’s Bridge Program and Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams). The Bridge Program helps first-year community college students make the transition to a four-year university. Participants live on the UT campus while taking freshman classes at Pellissippi State Community College then transfer to UT as sophomores. Project GRAD brings local inner-city high school students to campus for a week-long immersion in college life and coursework. Community Learning Services hosts an annual symposium for high schools students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career fields.
Thura also chairs the Libraries’ Diversity Committee, which encourages respect and appreciation for individual differences through programs and resources that enhance knowledge and understanding of diversity. The Committee strives to provide leadership for the Libraries in meeting the needs of all its constituencies and special populations.
Thura holds a bachelor’s degree from Knoxville College and a master’s in library science from UT.
BIG IDEAS demand reliable information. The University Libraries supports scholarship, research, and learning at UT by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to the world’s knowledge. The wide-ranging expertise of our librarians might surprise you.
This semester we begin a series of profiles of UT Knoxville librarians. Watch for a new profile each week.
As Data Curation Librarian, Chris Eaker supports UT researchers in the search for external funding. Chris helps faculty formulate the data management plans required by many grant-funding agencies. He can help researchers plan for data preservation, access, and sharing. He is knowledgeable about existing data repositories serving the various academic disciplines and can help faculty discover relevant existing data sets as well as making UT researchers’ own data more widely available for use by other researchers.
He is available to serve as a member of grant teams and invites researchers to contact him early in the proposal preparation process. He welcomes opportunities to help faculty include data stewardship in their teaching.
Chris is vice-chair of the DataONE Users Group. DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) is a National Science Foundation-funded project to archive environmental data produced by scientists around the world.
Chris is also the Learning, Research, and Collections Librarian for Architecture and Design, providing research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development in those disciplines.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in information science from UT. Chris has almost ten years’ experience as a practicing civil engineer and specialized training in data curation.
As Coordinator of Library Marketing and Communication, Robin Bedenbaugh leads our efforts to publicize the libraries’ services and resources. She is also the librarian for Communication Studies and Public Relations, providing research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development in those disciplines.
Robin is the creative genius behind recent library marketing campaigns. Printed collateral with lots of eye-appeal and a nod to the Volunteer spirit — like our READ posters and Information Is Our Game trading cards — entertain while delivering a serious message. Our READ posters, modeled on the American Library Association’s longstanding national campaign, picture campus celebrities reading from a favorite book. After featuring the campus mascot, the iconic Volunteer, and a world-renowned professor, the Libraries held a contest to select a student to star in the next READ poster. More than 100 students dropped by the library to pose for our photographer. Then everyone was invited to “like” their favorite on our Facebook gallery of contestants. The contest drove an unprecedented volume of traffic to our social media.
Robin holds master’s degrees in library and information science and in communication studies and is pursuing her PhD in Communication from Texas A&M University. She is currently finishing a dissertation on changes in scholarly communication and publishing.
As Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Librarian, Peter Fernandez provides instruction and research assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, and serves the research needs of faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). He and other staff at the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library are available to help at any step in the research process.
Peter works closely with CASNR departments to develop collections that meet the curricular and research needs of faculty and students. He is also the Libraries’ liaison to UT Extension agencies and UT AgResearch centers throughout the state.
Peter’s research interests include the effect of technology on patrons’ interactions with libraries, particularly the ethical implications of such technologically mediated exchanges. He publishes widely on social networking and privacy, copyright and open access publishing, and open-source technology. Peter is a vocal proponent of open-source citation management tools: he’ll teach anyone within earshot to use Zotero!
Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the New College of Florida and the master’s in library and information science from the University of South Florida. Peter is an active member of the United States Agricultural Information Network, currently serving a two-year term as director.