Met Opera on Demand available on trial basis

The Met Opera on Demand database will be available on a trial basis from September 1, 2015-September 30, 2015. This database trial was suggested by the UT School of Music Voice Faculty. Please consider visiting the database and sending feedback concerning the database’s utility, content, and educational value to Chris Durman (

Met Opera on Demand : Student Access. Trial runs September 1-September 30, 2015.

Met Opera on Demand : Student Access provides video and/or audio of more than 100 different operas captured live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and spanning more than 75 years of the company’s history. New titles are added monthly and all videos contain subtitles.


NOTICE: Pendergrass temporarily located in Brehm 243

For the start of the Fall semester the majority of Pendergrass Library services will remain available in the Brehm Animal Science Computer Lab (Room 243). We anticipate re-opening in our usual location by September 15th.

Our hours will be temporarily modified to accommodate this location:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30-10
Friday: 7:30- 5
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1-10

Services offered in the Brehm location include:

  • Research assistance
  • Writing Center tutors (Wednesdays 12-2)
  • 3-D and large format printing
  • Technology support and select equipment checkout
  • Select leisure reading books
  • Assistance using Interlibrary Loan to access print materials
  • Assistance accessing our extensive electronic e-book and e-journal collections

Ann Viera will continue to offer assistance with veterinary medicine in Room A301 B5 of the Veterinary Medical Center.

Statistical consultations are available Mondays and Thursdays from 1-5 in Brehm Room 363 (Conference Room).  To schedule an appointment, email or

More information can be found here:

These changes will help accommodate the final stages of the renovation and maintenance projects in the normal Pendergrass Library location (inside the Veterinary building). We are looking forward to sharing our improved space soon.

We remain dedicated to serving the faculty, staff, and students of UTIA during this time.  If you have any concerns, or if there are services that you know will be important to you during this time period, please let us know so that we can prioritize making them available.

Phone: 865.974.7338 |

EndNote training: Manage those citations!

Want to get control of your citations? Consider attending a hands-on class to learn how to use EndNote, a citation management tool. The following introductory EndNote class is open to UT students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, September 10
3:30-5:00 p.m.

211 Hodges Library

To register, email

Discover how you can capture and organize citations from database searches, attach full-text PDFs, and insert citations formatted in the style of your choice into Microsoft Word documents.

Some instruction is helpful to master EndNote basic features. More help is available in our library research guide ( and through webinars (

EndNote is free to students, faculty, and staff.* Download EndNote at

To arrange class instruction for a group of seven or more people, email

To get help using EndNote, contact a librarian.  Peter Fernandez and Ann Viera at Pendergrass Library are available to assist you with any questions about citation management.

*EndNote is provided by a license from the Office of Information Technology to UT Knoxville, UT Memphis, and UT Space Institute.

Include librarians on your research support team!

Searching for articles?  Start early and save time by including librarians on your research support team:

  • High-stakes project?
  • Finding too many articles?  Too few?
  •  How do you know you’ve got everything?
  • How to effectively collect, organize, and cite articles and books etc.?
  • Need statistical support or other support for your project?

Searching with librarians saves time and ensure all the relevant articles, books, etc. have been located for high-stakes projects like research papers, dissertations, grant proposals, etc.

Start early and use librarians’ expertise to assist with:

For graduate students, undergraduate researchers, and faculty we offer additional services including:

Your subject librarian can partner with you at any step of the research process:


Margaret Lazarus Dean at UT’s Writers in the Library on August 31

Margaret-Lazarus-Dean2Writer Margaret Lazarus Dean will read from her work on Monday, August 31, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.

The reading will be in the Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Margaret Lazarus Dean’s Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight (Graywolf Press, 2015), winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, charts the final year of NASA’s space shuttle program, confronting difficult questions about the past and present of America’s efforts to send human beings into space.

Dean is also the author of The Time It Takes to Fall (Simon & Schuster, 2007), a novel set near Cape Canaveral that follows a fictional NASA family through the aftermath of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

Margaret Lazarus Dean is Associate Professor and Director of UT’s Creative Writing Program. She is the recipient of a Bread Loaf fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Christopher Hebert, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries (

Visit for a complete schedule of readings for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Limited Course Reserves Available at Brehm

A limited course reserve collection is available at Pendergrass Library’s location in Brehm Rm. 243. The reserve collection includes materials requested for UTCVM and CASNR courses prior to May. Materials in the reserve collection may be checked out or used at the library’s service point based on a professor’s or instructor’s requested preference.

We will resume more routine reserve procedures for the spring semester. Faculty and instructors may expect a revised request system designed to simplify the request process and allow the availability of materials to be tracked by individual titles.  More details will be provided later in the semester.

Please contact David Ownby with any concerns or questions at or 865-974-0356.

Unique 1897 Relief Map of Tennessee Soils Restored


One of the thousands of maps held by the UT Libraries is a ten-foot-long plaster relief map of the state of Tennessee. A description on the map says: A Relief Map of Tennessee Colored to Show the Typical Soils…Compiled by the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station…Modeled by Edwin E. Howell…1897.

This year the Libraries decided that the hundred-year-old map was due for conservation treatment. Over the course of several months, the Libraries repaired cracks, removed a yellowing varnish, and restored colors to the original tones.

The UT Agricultural Experiment Station commissioned the plaster relief map in 1897 to illustrate the results of their six-year study of Tennessee soils. The map maker, geologist Edwin Eugene Howell (1845-1911), sold relief maps to museums and schools throughout the country. Your great-grandparents may have learned about geography by tracing the ridges, valleys, plains, and mountains of one of Howell’s maps.

The beautifully restored relief map of Tennessee now hangs in the Paul M. and Marion T. Miles Reading Room in the John C. Hodges Library.

Watch a video on the conservation of the Tennessee relief map.


Librarian Ann Viera Honored by UT Institute of Agriculture


Jim Thompson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, congratulates Ann Viera.

The UT Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has awarded librarian Ann Viera a J.E. Moss Achievement Award. Viera is Veterinary Medicine Librarian at the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library.

The J.E. Moss Achievement Award, established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, recognizes excellent achievement in teaching, research and extension services for the Institute of Agriculture. Recipients are selected by a committee comprised of the chancellor and the four deans of the UTIA. Awards are provided annually for each of the four units of the institute.

Viera was honored for her service to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Chuck Denney from UTIA Marketing and Communications remarked on Ann’s dedication and breadth of knowledge. “Ann is very helpful to faculty, students, vets, and the public.…If you’re looking for information from animal behavior and backyard chickens to vaccinations, and every topic in between, Ann can help you,” Denny said.

Viera was gratified to be in such excellent company at the awards ceremony, noting that Joann Logan of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences was the recipient of the J.E. Moss Achievement Award for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Viera describes Logan as a “super library user and supporter.” The other 2015 J.E. Moss awardees were Dr. Justin Rhinehart from UT Extension and Dave Stone from AgResearch.

Awards were conferred at the annual UTIA luncheon on August 7, at which Viera was honored to meet Betty and John Eliassen, the daughter and son-in-law of Webster Pendergrass, for whom the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is named.

Hodges Library Art Contest (prizes!) — Deadline is Sept. 4

SALfall2015-2Artists: Earn cash. Win fame. Submit your work to the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. Numerous awards include a First Prize of $300. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

The exhibition accepts primarily two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, painting) but will accept other media that can be mounted in the exhibit space. All works must arrive ready-to-mount on grid panels. Selected works will be on display in the Miles Reading Room (135 Hodges Library) throughout fall semester.

Awards include:
First Prize of $300
Second Prize of $150
Third Prize of $75
People’s Choice of $50
The recipient of the Mercury Award will be featured in the Knoxville Mercury and will receive $25 and a gift bag.

Submission form and more info at

Three Volumes of UT’s Polk Letters Now Available Online

PolkTT-192x300The letters of James K. Polk give insight into the politics, diplomacy, science, and culture of the 1840s, as well as a peek into the affairs of one of the most private men ever to occupy the presidency.

Scholars, students, and history enthusiasts can now explore two keys years in Polk’s presidency, thanks to the online publication of three volumes of the Correspondence of James K. Polk series by Newfound Press, the digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries.

These first online volumes — 10, 11, and 12, which cover July 1845 to July 1847 — are accessible free of charge as searchable, downloadable PDF editions.

The works are part of a series currently edited by Michael David Cohen, research assistant professor of history at UT. The volumes now available online were also edited by Tom Chaffin and Wayne Cutler, both formerly of the UT Department of History. The hardcover volumes are published by UT Press.

The Correspondence of James K. Polk project devotes itself to publishing the eleventh president’s letters, which are gathered from the Library of Congress and other repositories. Polk served from 1845 to 1849. The project is supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission.

“These original documents allow our readers to go day by day through both Polk’s life and a fascinating period in American history,” Cohen said. “Transcribing and annotating them are great fun, and make these documents available to people studying a wide variety of topics in the nineteenth century.”

The three published electronic volumes cover topics including the Mexican-American War, the US annexation of Texas, the setting of the boundary between the Oregon Country and Canada, the adjustment of the tariffs on imports, the invention by Charles Goodyear of vulcanized rubber, treaty negotiations with the Kingdom of Hawaii, and the growing sectional conflict over slavery and Polk’s purchases of slaves for his own Mississippi plantation.

The electronic works allow users easier access to the original documents than combing through archives and microfiche, Cohen said. Like the printed volumes, they include annotations that help modern readers understand the nineteenth-century letters. Unlike the printed volumes, which are navigable only through tables of contents and indexes, the online versions are also searchable by keywords.

The printed version of volume 13 is due out next year. All volumes will eventually be published online.