Dr. Suzie Allard

Dr. Suzie Allard
University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences
Position: Assistant Professor
448 Communications Bldg.
1345 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341

sallard@utk.edu

The creative and economic potential of human endeavor is unleashed through knowledge creation, a cycle of innovation that depends on communication to spur inquiry, discovery and collaboration across cultures and between nations.

Communication to facilitate this cycle can improve the human condition in many areas, including health and economic development, and can promote mutual understanding. Communication strategies to encourage the knowledge creation cyle often focus on the effective integration, and dissemination of information. I believe digital libraries can provide the dynamic environment needed to improve the knowledge creation cycle in many contexts beause the digital library creates a forum for communication and encourages collaboration by providing tools that minimize cultural and disciplinary barriers.

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