JoAnne Deeken, associate professor and head of research and grants for the UT Libraries, has been involved in making Tennessee’s historical newspapers more accessible since 2003, when she first worked on an NEH-funded project to catalog 4,000 newspaper titles. Deeken recently had an NEH grant renewed for $325,000 through the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) in order to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers, dating from 1836 to 1922. Since she began working on the Tennessee newspapers projects, she has brought in almost $900,000 in funds through the NEH program.
Most of her career has been in the area of library technical services, but in 2010 she accepted the position of Head, Research and Grants at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She leads the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project to digitize historical newspapers from across the state. The digitized newspapers will be part of the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website.
Deeken has also coordinated the UTK Writers in the Library Program since 2005, and was recently the Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Deeken received her MS in Library Science from North Texas State University in 1984.