Shantel Agnew is a 2005 graduate of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She earned her B.A. degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Philips Consumer Electronics and an ABC affiliated network.
Shantel has completed rotations in the Studio, Library Technology Services and is completing her year-long rotation at Pendergrass Agriculture/Veterinary Medicine Library. She is a member of American Library Association, Tennessee Library Association, and the Diversity Committee. Her library interests include information literacy, next-generation learning, and the integration of media services in traditional libraries.
LaVerne Gray, a former participant in ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, is an August 2005 graduate of Dominican University GSLIS. She holds a second master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. from Wilberforce University. LaVerne was inspired to become a librarian through her work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ivory Coast and Togo, West Africa (2001-2003). LaVerne’s first rotation was with the Digital Library Center. Her interests include technical and instructional services. She is currently a member of UT Library’s Diversity Committee and the Staff Development Advisory Committee.
Mark Puente is a 2004 graduate of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, and the Knowledge River program. He comes to UT after having worked at the University of Arizona Fine-Arts Library and the University of North Texas Music Library. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Mark was a private voice instructor for 12 years prior to moving to Knoxville. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in voice performance from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Arts in music from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.
At the UT Libraries, Mark has worked in Access and Delivery Services, Technical Services (Cataloging), and is completing his year-long rotation in the Music Library. Other areas of interest include: conservation of music materials, LIS education, and diversity in academic libraries. He has served on the Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, the Spirit Awards Committee and the Libraries’ Diversity Committee. Mark is a member of ALA and serves on the Spectrum Scholarship Special Interest Group. This year Mark was appointed to the Preservation Committee of the Music Library Association.
The 2020-2021 Culture Corner offers resources and materials that explore Native American cultures and traditions.
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