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Interview with Christopher Hebert : Part Two

Part two of Megan Faust’s interview with Christopher Hebert, this year’s first reader for the WIR reading series and a former Writer-in-the-Library!  Come see him read  from his newly released novel, Angels of Detroit, at the University of Tennessee on Monday, August 29, 2016. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

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Megan Faust (’16): You mentioned in our last interview that this was up to the interpretation of the reader, but as I was reading Dobbs’ thoughts on how the planet is careening towards disaster and Clementine’s musings on the 6th Ice Age and what scientists in the future will find of our destroyed planet, I’m also watching news stories about the horrific flooding in Louisiana.  It’s all reminding me of hurricanes and tropical storms, An Inconvenient Truth, etc.  Did you at least somewhat intend this book to serve as a kind of warning?

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Interview with Author Christopher Hebert

The Writers in the Library Reading Series is thrilled to start it’s 2016-2017 season with author Christopher Hebert, whose novel, Angels of Detroit, was just released by  Bloomsbury USA. Below Hebert talks with UTK English alumna Megan Faust (’16) about process, place, and inspiration.

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Megan Faust: So first I wanted to ask about your relationship to Detroit. What inspired you to write about the city?

Christopher Hebert: So I moved to Michigan in 1989 to go to graduate school. I wasn’t living in Detroit, I was living in Ann Arbor, which is a suburb outside of Detroit, but Detroit was where all the cool things were happening. Fairly soon after I moved there, I started going into Detroit to go to music shows and museums, and I got to know the city. I got to be sort of startled by the city and the state that it was in. I’m not originally from Detroit, but I’m originally from the Rust Belt. I grew up in central New York, so a city that has suffered a lot of the same problems though on a much smaller scale.

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Get Moving While You Study at Library’s New Active Learning Area

ActiveLearning-2Relieve stress and boost your energy while you study. We invite you to visit the newly repurposed active learning space in Hodges Library outfitted with FitDesk resistance pedaling workstations, balance-ball chairs, and standing-height desks.

The space provides an alternative to sitting for long periods of time while studying or completing assignments in the Hodges Library. Building on the idea that a less sedentary lifestyle produces both psychological and physical benefits, we hope this space will be a valued addition to the services and spaces that keep students in Hodges Library on a 24-hour basis.

The setting for the active learning area is the center of Commons South overlooking the staircase.

Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 19

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Graduate students are invited to an Open House at the library.

OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, August 19
2:00-3:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
2nd floor

* Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field.
* Learn how the library supports your research and teaching.
* Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and Endnote.
* Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery.
* Bring your laptop and activate your wireless account.

Join us for refreshments, free books, and door prizes — including an iPad mini.

Novelist Christopher Hebert at UT’s Writers in the Library on August 29

HebertNovelist Christopher Hebert will read from his newly released novel, Angels of Detroit, at the University of Tennessee on Monday, August 29, 2016. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Christopher Hebert is the author of the novels Angels of Detroit (Bloomsbury, 2016) and The Boiling Season (HarperCollins, 2012), winner of the 2013 Friends of American Writers award. He is also co-editor of Stories of Nation: Fictions, Politics, and the American Experience (forthcoming from UT Press). His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as FiveChapters, Cimarron Review, Narrative, Interview, and The Millions. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is editor-at-large for the University of Michigan Press. Currently he lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee.

Hebert’s newest novel has been praised in the Wall Street Journal and Shelf Awareness, and has been featured locally on WUOT and in the Knoxville Mercury. Called “ambitious, well-paced, observant,” and a “first-rate novel of flawed but admirable characters who want a brighter future,” Angels of Detroit works to build a landscape of vacant streets and darkened storefronts of a contemporary Detroit where characters struggle to define themselves in this urban wasteland that is also an ambiguous new frontier.

Visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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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 esmith83@nullutk.edu.

Website: http://library.utk.edu/writers
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Twitter: utklibwriters
Email: esmith83@nullutk.edu

UT Joins Open Textbook Network

The University of Tennessee has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN). Here’s why…

College textbooks are incredibly expensive, costing US students an average of $1,298 a year!* What happens when textbooks cost this much? Students take out more loans, they take fewer courses, or they simply don’t buy the textbook. In fact, 65% of students report not purchasing a textbook because of its high price.**

The University Libraries is spearheading UT’s collaboration with the OTN. This fall, library faculty will meet with campus stakeholders to explore adoption of open textbooks, and to encourage faculty to author and license their own open textbooks. Next spring, faculty from the OTN will visit UT to present a workshop on the use of open textbooks.

At least one UT course is already utilizing an open textbook. Students in Physics 221 and 222 are assigned College Physics, an OpenStax textbook by Dr. Paul Peter Urone from Cal State and Dr. Roger Hinricks of SUNY Oswego. New copies of other college-level introductory Physics textbooks range from $150 to $350.

Open textbooks are digital, openly-licensed works made available for free online. Open textbooks are more likely than published textbooks to include up-to-the-minute information. For instance, economics texts in the OTN’s Open Textbook Library incorporate many current examples such as the present debate over the minimum wage.

Open textbooks can be customized by local faculty to better fit the content and goals of their own courses. They can be modified, re-purposed, and remixed with millions of other open educational resources such as software, videos, and tests.

And they have the potential to save each student hundreds of dollars a year!

To learn more about open textbooks, visit the Libraries’ research guide at http://libguides.utk.edu/opentextbooks.

For more information, contact Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian, UT Libraries (rachelcaldwell@nullutk.edu or 865-974-6107).

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* According to The College Board.
** See Fixing the Broken Textbook Market.

Welcome to the UT Libraries

Drop by the library to explore, meet our staff, and find out about all the resources available to you. We have three libraries to serve you: John C. Hodges Library (main library), George F. DeVine Music Library (G4 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center), and the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library (A113 Veterinary Medical Center).

Make new friends at the Hodges Library during Welcome Week. Drop by the Commons, 2nd floor, for our conversation starter:

Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
HODGES LIBRARY, 2nd FLOOR
Monday, Aug. 15, 11:00-1:00
Tues., Aug. 16, 11:00-1:00, 3:00-5:00
Wed., Aug. 17, 11:00-1:00, 3:00-5:00
Thurs., Aug. 18, 11:00-1:00

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls.

Free swag at each of our locations includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

Top 10 Things Pendergrass Library Can Do for You

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Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is here to help save you time, provide access to the information you need, and make the research process as easy as possible. The following are just a few of the services we provide:

1. One-on-One Research Help

Overwhelmed by too much information? Don’t know where to start on your research? You can set up an appointment for a one-on-one meeting with your subject librarian to help with an assignment or other information need.

2. Library Express and Scan on Demand

We bring our physical collection to you! Any item can be delivered to any branch library location, such as Hodges or Music, through Library Express.  Graduate students and faculty can also have items delivered to their departmental offices.

Through Scan on Demand, we scan articles/book chapters from print materials and deliver them as PDFs to your email.

3. Academic Support and Statistical Consultations

The Office of Multicultural Student Life offers tutoring for agriculture classes on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. in Pendergrass Library Study Room E.  Classes include animal science, biology, chemistry, forestry, and math.

Need help working with data or planning data collection?  OIT Research Support offers statistical consultations in Pendergrass Library any weekday by appointment.  Call the OIT Helpdesk at (865) 974-9900 to schedule an appointment.

Click below for a full list of resources for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty:

Undergraduate students: click here for the full list of resources.

Graduate students: click here for the full list of resources.

Faculty: click here for the full list of resources.

Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 19

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Graduate students are invited to an Open House at the library.

OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, August 19
2:00-3:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
2nd floor

* Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field.
* Learn how the library supports your research and teaching.
* Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and Endnote.
* Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery.
* Bring your laptop and activate your wireless account.

Join us for refreshments, free books, and door prizes — including an iPad mini.

UT Libraries Hosts Day of Research for East Tennessee Non-Profits

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries is helping local non-profit organizations gain access to the latest research. At a half-day event in the John C. Hodges Library, East Tennessee non-profits will receive research assistance and access to peer-reviewed journals. Participating non-profits were selected by lottery. The participants include a dozen United Way and Community Shares member agencies.

Peer-reviewed journals publish the most authoritative research and scholarship. However, access to articles in those journals typically requires costly subscriptions or high per-article fees. That paywall can be a significant barrier to accessing the latest and most reliable information – especially for non-profit agencies trying to fund community services.

The UT Libraries subscribes to thousands of databases that give university faculty and students entrée to this scholarly literature. On July 29, the library will provide open access to the scholarly literature and share the research expertise of its librarians with these local non-profit agencies: Appalachian Community Fund, CASA of East Tennessee, Centro Hispano of East Tennessee, Community Shares, Disability Resource Center, Knoxville Area Urban League, Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Office on Aging, Metro Drug Coalition, The Salvation Army, United Way, Volunteer Ministry Center, and YWCA Knoxville.

For more information, contact Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian, UT Libraries (rachelcaldwell@nullutk.edu or 865-974-6107).

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