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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – From online classes to medical research, many residents of rural Appalachia depend upon their public libraries for Internet access.

That’s what got the University of Tennessee’s Bharat Mehra interested in training librarians to better help their patrons.

Mehra, who is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences, received a grant to offer an online master’s degree in Information Technology to rural librarians.

Now librarians in East Tennessee and the surrounding area are learning skills like how to conduct research and create databases.

Christine Smith is a librarian in Big Stone Gap, Va. She told the Knoxville News Sentinel that a lot of older residents use the library’s computers to research legal and medical questions. Her training allows her to steer them toward legitimate information.

Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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