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SpringyCamp Summer 2020

Thinking of a Master Plan: Designing and Creating Engaging LibGuides

The University of Tennessee Libraries are the information center of the university. Many of our classes, library and campus-wide events and issues are accompanied by LibGuides that offer supplementary materials on the subject and showcase our related collections. In this presentation, Shaina Destine and Allison Sharp will discuss the thought process and the creative process that goes into creating these useful and highly regarded LibGuides. 

Product Covered: LibGuides

Shaina V. Destine is a Humanities Librarian with a specialization in History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Ms. Destine received her Master’s in Library & Information Science from the University of Maryland in College Park with a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation.

She was born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City and is the oldest of seven siblings and a perpetual optimist. She is the descendant, as well as the ancestor, of a long line of resilient and powerful women. She has an interest in increasing archival holdings by including narratives that are traditionally excluded. She also uses her institutional knowledge and positions to increase students’ access to information despite systemic disenfranchisement. #GoLadyVols

Allison L. Sharp is an Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she serves as a liaison to several departments including Modern Foreign Languages, Africana Studies, and the Center for Global Engagement. She earned her Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Ms. Sharp’s research interests include library outreach, library services to international students, the role of the academic library in the internationalization of academia, and the information-seeking behavior of international students. Past research has included positive psychology in the library, library anxiety, and the use of citation managers in higher education. She is the 2020-2021 co-convener of the Association of College and Research Libraries Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group. 


University of Tennessee

  • Library Type: Academic Library
  • Demographic Served: Students, Staff and Faculty at UTK, Knoxville community, and State of Tennessee community
  • Population Size: UTK students = 29,460; Faculty and staff (Full and part time) = ~9,000; Knoxville population = 191,060; Tennessee population = 6.89 million
  • Staff Size: ~100
  • Fall Plan for Instruction: Virtual

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