As the Head of Reference and Instruction, Virginia Cairns brings more than 20 years of library experience to the instruction program. She loves all aspects of curriculum development, from lesson plans to classroom activities to creating new instruction programs. A former medical librarian, she specializes in Nursing, Physical Therapy and Health and Human Performance. She also frequently teaches sessions for Social Work and Engineering.
Sarla Murgai has an Ed.D in education, M.A. in English, an M.S.in Library Science and more than 40 years of experience at UTC. Sarla specialized in the sciences, economics, political science, religion, and Hindu philosophy. As she says, “To me work is my worship.” When she isn’t on campus, you’ll find her gardening, reading or listening to music.
Beverly Kutz has a B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Ecology, careers as programmer, computer trainer, and general manager of a computer training company, and finally, an M.S. in Information Sciences and a much-loved career as a librarian teacher and researcher. Beverly particularly loves to teach about EndNote, database subject terms and other slick librarian tricks and Excel pivot tables!
Priscilla has a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.S. in Information Science. At UTC since 2000, she served for two years as the library instruction coordinator, taught a 3-credit University Studies course, served and prepared over 700 library instruction sessions. Priscilla is liaison to the Anthropology, Art, Geography and Sociology departments, but she gets into a research zone with all the disciplines and savors the generalist nature of librarianship. Priscilla takes joy in working alongside students and faculty; she views the research process as a collaborative and creative endeavor.
Lane Wilkinson has an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.L.I.S., both from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he spent five years as philosophy instructor at various universities. Hired at UTC in 2009, he was recently named a UC Foundation Assistant Professor. Lane’s research interests include philosophy of information, library instruction, reference services, epistemology, and information literacy. As liaison to the College of Business and Department of Philosophy and Religion, he frequently teaches library sessions for Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Legal Assistant Studies and the Graduate Program.
Bo’s areas of expertise are Communication, Theatre and Speech, Film Studies and Audio/Video Production. Bo received his M.L.I.S. from Pittsburgh, prior to which he pursued undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication and Media Studies. A former business type, radio DJ, music writer, sushi maker and t-shirt designer, Bo loves collaborative creation, blazing trails, serving the UTC community, library outreach, thinking about the new library and taking care of business in a flash.
Brian specializes in Criminal Justice and Social Work. He joined UTC in 2012 as the Web Design and Instruction Librarian. Brian received his M.L.I.S. from Pittsburgh, and prior to that graduated from Emory with a B.A. in English.
Nicole has a B.A. in History from MTSU and an MLIS from Florida State University. She enjoys collaborating with students on in-depth research questions and lending a hand when they need help printing or unjamming the stapler. When teaching, she likes incorporating games and pop-culture references into her sessions.
Jaime has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University and B.A.s in English, History-European Studies, and International Studies-French from Southern Adventist University. She taught courses on medieval history and literature at WMU prior to becoming the Evening Research and Technology Specialist. Jaime loves answering research questions at the reference desk, un-jamming the printers, and helping students one-on-one with their medieval literature and history papers.
Chapel has a B.S. in Anthropology from UTC, a former career as an interpretive manager in a zoological park, and an M.S. in Information Science from UTK where she focused her studies on bioinformatics and resources for the scientific disciplines. As the Health and Science Librarian at UTC, she specializes in health and science-related information and has a particular love of the biological sciences.