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Assessment of Rural Library Professionals’ Role in Community Engagement in the Southern and Central Appalachian Region: Mobilization from Change Agents to Community Anchors” (CA2CA​@SCA-RL) at the University of Tennessee’s (UT) School of Information Sciences (SIS), led by Dr. Bharat Mehra and Dr. Vandana Singh, is a two-year planning proposal (Continuing Education Project Type) that meets the requirements specified in the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian– FY 2017 Guidelines (Community Anchors Project Category).

The project began on July 1, 2017, and ended on June 30, 2019. From January 1, 2019, the CA2CA@SCA-RL was sub-contracted to the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies.

Participating partners represented in the advisory board (among others) include: 1) Blount County Public Library, Maryville, Tennessee; 2) Clinch River Regional Library, Clinton, Tennessee; 3) Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; 4) Sevier County Public Library System, Sevierville, Tennessee; and 5) Wiggins Memorial Library, Buies Creek, North Carolina.