The School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, rural public libraries in Tennessee, and statewide 4-H network agents, collected and analyzed information and technology needs of farming communities.

Project activities included gathering and assessing the willingness, capabilities, needs, and challenges of rural public libraries to meet the information technology needs of farming communities in Tennessee; identifying challenges and solutions for rural public libraries to collaborate with 4-H networks to better serve farming communities; and identifying interdisciplinary courses, guest speakers, and practicum opportunities as part of building a certificate program.

This project aligns with the Laura Bush 21st (LB21) Century Librarian Program’s Goal 2 and Objective 2.1 and will help rural libraries better articulate their significance and value for local communities.

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IMLS Log Number: RE-252320-OLS-22