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Novelist Amy Greene to Speak March 23

The Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the Library Society of the University of Tennessee will host novelist Amy Greene at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the East Tennessee History Center. Greene will present the 2017 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture.

Greene was born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and she began writing stories about the people of Appalachia from a very young age.

Her debut novel, “Bloodroot” (2010), was named among Booklist’s Top 10 Debut Novels and received the Weatherford Award for fiction from the Appalachian Studies Association. In her latest novel, “Long Man” (2014), the TVA has dammed the Long Man River, and as the river rises, Annie Clyde Dodson’s three-year-old daughter disappears.

Greene will speak about her writing process and what gives character to her Appalachian novels at the lecture. Union Avenue Books will sell copies of her books on site and Greene will be available to sign items.

The Friends of the Knox County Public Library established the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture in 2007 to honor the late writer, speaker, teacher, historian, environmentalist and friend of local libraries. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the UT Library Society have co-sponsored the lecture.

Writers in the Library Presents Maggie Shipstead, March 6

Novelist Maggie Shipstead will read on Monday, March 6th, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Maggie Shipstead is the author of two novels: Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements, which was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford.

During the Spring 2017 semester, Shipstead is serving as Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. 


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 Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at

Visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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UT Librarian Corey Halaychik Receives Award for Innovation

Corey Halaychik, assistant professor and head of acquisitions and continuing resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries, has been named the recipient of the 2017 ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation. Halaychik is recognized for his leadership in streamlining the licensing of electronic resources through the University of Tennessee master agreements program and for co-founding The Collective, a new style of library conference.

UT’s master agreements program breaks down bottlenecks created by lengthy yearly negotiations over licenses and contracts. A master agreement, governing all subsequent purchases from a participating vendor, can eliminate costly hours of contract review and significantly speed up the purchase of library materials.

Halaychik’s work as co-founder and co-director of The Collective is transforming the way that librarians and archivists exchange information in a highly interactive conference setting. The conference, held yearly in Knoxville, Tennessee, since 2015, fosters collaboration and focuses on affordability, hands-on participation, and tangible takeaways for attendees.

The ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation, sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award will be presented on June 24 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Novelist Amy Greene to Speak March 23

Novelist Amy Greene will present the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center. The lecture is sponsored annually by the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Amy Greene. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess.

Greene was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, and she began writing stories about the people of Appalachia from a very young age. Her two published novels reflect the people and the land she knows well.

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“A Striking Opportunity”: The Scopes Monkey Trial and the Smokies

On the morning of July 9, 1925, while the principal players gathered in Dayton, Tennessee for what would become known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, the executive committee of the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association convened at the City National Bank in Knoxville to discuss a proposal to invite the attorneys, news correspondents, and dignitaries attending the trial for a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains. A reporter for the

Defendant John Thomas Scopes (left) and his father, 1925.

Nashville Banner had earlier advised that the anticipated publicity of the trial afforded Tennessee a “striking opportunity” to bring the story of its remarkable industrial advance and wonderful natural resources to the attention of the outer world. The reporter estimated that “correspondents to the number of one hundred and fifty have gathered in this little mountain city. They are men and women trained to observe closely and think clearly; and they write with authority. Their aggregate audience runs into scores of millions.” This would be the largest gathering of news correspondents ever in a southern town for any event except a presidential political convention.

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Lights, Camera, Action: UT Exhibit Spotlights East Tennesseans in Film

Beginning with a gift from the legendary film director Clarence Brown in 1973, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries began assembling an impressive collection of screenplays, shooting scripts, movie posters and other items documenting the careers of East Tennesseans who have made their careers in film.

A selection of memorabilia is currently on display in the Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area on the first floor galleria of the John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd. The exhibit will remain on display through summer.

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UT Libraries Invites Local Non-Profits to Research Workshop, Feb. 22

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries invites East Tennessee non-profit organizations to register for a free workshop on finding and accessing the latest research. At a half-day event, February 22 in the John C. Hodges Library, participants will receive one-on-one research assistance and access to peer-reviewed journals.

Attendees will learn how to find data and statistics and how to gather evidence to inform or improve their organizations’ services, sustainability, strategic planning, and assessment activities.

Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals can help non-profits identify best practices to benefit their organizations and their clients, but those articles are often locked behind paywalls. The UT Libraries subscribes to thousands of databases that give university faculty and students entrée to this scholarly literature. Following the workshop, participating non-profits also will be granted access to 20 peer-reviewed articles, at no charge, over the next six months.

Two representatives from each agency may register for the workshop at Participation is limited, so agencies should register as soon as possible. Registration closes on February 14. The event is free, and free parking and lunch will be provided by the UT Libraries.

For more information, contact Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian at the UT Libraries ( or 865-974-6107).

Bias Incidents on Campus Are Subject of Talk, Feb. 16

The campus community is invited to a presentation by Associate Dean of Students Cynthia Polk-Johnson about the university’s procedures for dealing with bias incidents on campus. The talk on Thursday, February 16, at 1 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium is sponsored by the Libraries’ Diversity Committee.

The university is committed to maintaining a safe environment grounded in civility and respect for all members of our campus community. Have you witnessed or been the recipient of a bias based incident? Do you know bias incident definitions?

Polk-Johnson will speak about the university’s definition of bias, how to report a bias incident, and the role and purpose of UT’s Bias Education and Response Team which supports and guides students who are dealing with a bias incident.

RCR Lunch & Learn: Open Access Publishing and Predatory Journals

Date: Wednesday, February 15

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: A004 Blount Hall (BLNT)

The Office of Research and Engagement, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Graduate School, is pleased to announce the return of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Lunch Series to be held in room A004 of Blount Hall this fall. We believe this series will be of interest and value to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville research community, and we highly encourage graduate students in pursuit of professional development to attend and earn a Responsible Conduct of Research Education Participation Certificate.

Responsible Conduct of Research is defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. Responsible conduct of research is an essential component of research training.  This series is designed as a survey of basic topics that individuals will need to understand as they enter and continue their practice of research.

The objective of this training series is to provide awareness and application of professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research, including mechanisms to promote honesty, accuracy, efficiency and objectivity in research. A similar series is scheduled for the spring.

Registration is open and suggested for all faculty, students, research and academic administrators, and other individuals attempting to complete their specific NIH and National Science Foundation (NSF) RCR requirements. It is also a good opportunity for those who have completed CITI or another form of online RCR training to continue their education, and for those who are interested in pursuing research work and increasing their understanding of ethical research practices.

Each of these sessions will be held in room A004 of Blount Hall, the home of the Office of Research & Engagement. In order to receive this second semester certificate, graduate students must attend all six topics in the semester or pursue an alternative credit opportunity.

Pizza will be served and discussion is encouraged!

Please register using this form.

Third Annual African American Read-In, Feb. 24

Join the third annual African American Read-In on Friday, February 24, noon-6:00 p.m. in the Dixie Marie Wooten Commons Area in Hodges Library (next to Starbucks). Students, faculty, staff, administrators—all are invited to read an excerpt from a favorite book by an African American author.

Readers can bring a book to the reading or select a text from African American authored books that will be on display the day of the event. Contemporary, award-winning children’s and young adult books by African American authors will be available for browsing in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) (3rd floor, Hodges Library) during the month of February, and during the event.

Readers are encouraged to find texts to read prior to the event. Search the Libraries’ catalog (e.g., American literature—African American authors), browse the display in the CCYAL, examine the bibliography of recommended books at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) website,, or check other popular book blogs and websites listed below:

If you want to participate as a reader, email Dr. Susan Groenke, Director of the CCYAL, at to reserve a 5-minute time slot between noon and 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association, the Read-In makes literacy and the literary works of African American authors a central part of Black History Month. UT’s Read-In is sponsored by the CCYAL in conjunction with the College of Education, the College of Communications and Information Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the UT Libraries, and the Brothers United for Excellence.

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