Pendergrass Library’s staff wishes everyone a happy holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2015!
On Saturday, December 20, UT’s Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the server that affects off-campus access to the Libraries’ electronic resources. The upgrade will begin at 8:00 am EST and should be completed by 6:00 pm EST. During that time, you may not be able to access our databases, e-books, or online journals. Visit the IT System Status Page for information about the status of the upgrade.
Don’t get bored over the winter break–borrow some leisure reading books from the Pendergrass Library’s Leisure Reading collection. Several new books have arrived recently, so come check them out. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, request it!
Over the Winter Holiday the UT Libraries will transition to a new cloud-hosted “backend” for its integrated library system. Beginning at 8 p.m. on December 11, there will be a brief disruption of Library Express delivery, pick-up, and scan-on-demand services.
This past semester we launched a major upgrade to the Libraries’ discovery portal. By the time students return for the spring semester, our massive database of library holdings will reside in the cloud. And behind-the-scenes processing, such as ordering, cataloging, and circulation of library materials, also will take place in the cloud.
For the most part, changes will be completely invisible to the library user. But users will notice some improvements to the library catalog, such as fewer clicks to request items. Buttons to “View It” (for electronic items) or “Get It” (for physical items) will display along with the initial results to a OneSearch query.
Library Express delivery, pick-up, and scan-on-demand will be back in business on Monday, December 29. If users have questions about Library Express or document delivery services, they may phone 865-974-0021 or email email@example.com).
Some faculty, students, and staff received the following email during the last few days:
Your library account has expired, therefore you must reactivate it immediately or it will be closed automatically. If you intend to use this service in the future, you must take action at once!
To reactivate your account, simply visit the following page and login with your library account.
University of Tennessee
Tel: (865) 974-4351
This message is a phishing attack and is not from the UT Libraries. Library accounts are linked with users’ NetIDs and passwords. They are reset through OIT’s password services. If you receive the above message, UT Libraries strongly encourages it be reported to OIT at firstname.lastname@example.org. Users that accidentally provided information to the fishing attack are encouraged to change their passwords and report any problems to OIT.
On Wednesday, December 3, the Student Success Center will offer the following free tutoring and supplemental instruction:
Tutoring available in:
Hodges Library North Commons, Room 220K
Greve Hall, Room 330
1 – 10 p.m.
Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering Fundamentals, Geology, Math, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics
Supplemental instruction available in:
Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg.
CHEM 120: 1-3 p.m., HSS 60 & 123; 5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m., HSS 123
CHEM 130: 5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m., HSS 60
CHEM 350: 3-5 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., HSS 71
MATH 115: 5-7 p.m., HSS 203
MATH 119: 1-3 p.m., HSS 203
MATH 130: 1-3 p.m., HSS 71
ImpactStory has created a list of 30 effective steps for researchers to ensure their hard work makes a difference in their field and with the public. They are sharing one step a day on the Impactstory blog during the month of November and encourage followers of the blog to give each one a try. Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool that helps researchers explore and share the diverse impact on all their research products.
You can view the blog using the link above or follow along via email.
David James Poissant will read from his highly acclaimed short story collection, The Heaven of Animals, at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public. Prior to the reading, at 3 p.m., he will be available for a Q&A session for UT students and faculty in the Practice Presentation Room, 220 E in Hodges Library Commons North.
The Heaven of Animals was named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions. In a starred review, Kirkus describes Poissant’s stories as “Rueful and kind, akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical mastery.” Rebecca Lee of The New York Times Book Review touts the collection as “A wise debut . . . Beautiful, with a rogue touch,” and Karen Russell says of his writing, “Like Flannery O’Connor, Poissant’s stories are marked by violence, humor, and grace; like Saunders, he can spoon-bend reality; like Carver and Diaz, he writes scenes soaked in kerosene and seconds from combustion.”
David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines.
David James Poissant teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.
Read an excellent review of The Heaven of Animals at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).
Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (email@example.com), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Office of Multicultural Student Life is joining the tutoring community available at Pendergrass Library. This free service offers tutoring to those students enrolled in any section of the following courses:
The tutoring service is open to all students and no appointments are required. Tutors will be available every Wednesday (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) during the fall semester.
For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Life.
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