ProQuest-sponsored award recognizes University of Tennessee Educator
“Talent,” “passion,” and “energy” are three words used to describe Dr. Suzie Allard, associate professor and associate director of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and the recipient of the 2013 LJ Teaching Award. The award, cosponsored by ProQuest®, recognizes one outstanding educator who excels at educating the next generation of librarians. Allard is notable for a decade of work building a specialty in science information and science data management and for creating a true classroom-practice science library education program.
Nominated by Carol Tenopir, Professor at SIS, and director of research and the Center for Information and Communication Studies at CCI, Allard was selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine from a competitive group of nominations from across the United States. Allard stood out amongst other submissions for her forward thinking approach to building relationships and forging non-traditional partnerships with institutions such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Getty Museum, and U.S Geological Survey to create connections between students’ coursework and professional scientific field work. These partnerships push boundaries, fuel new courses, create true practice-classroom experiences, and open the door for a flow of information in scientific communities.