Pendergrass has relocated to Brehm 243!

Pendergrass Library has temporarily relocated for summer 2015.  Services are available in the Brehm Animal Science Computer Lab, Room 243.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Services available in Brehm include computer workstations, limited equipment checkout, large format printing, research assistance, and more.  Our newest leisure reading books and high-use agriculture books are also available for checkout.

To access books from Pendergrass physical collection: Request article scans or books through Interlibrary Services.  Interlibrary requests can take some time to fill, so ask for your books as early as possible.  The collection at Pendergrass is inaccessible during the summer term.

To get help with veterinary medicine or statistics questions: Contact Ann Viera or our biostatisticians in Room A301 B5 of the Veterinary Medical Center.

To learn more about our temporary summer relocation: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Download maps of the new location, learn about services offered, and see which books are available for checkout.

The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term as part of renovations to the Veterinary Medical Center.

ArcGIS software update for faculty, staff


ArcGIS software can be used to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographically referenced data for a variety of geodatabase management functions and research applications. 

The latest release of this software, version 10.3, will be available to UT faculty and staff at the OIT Software Distribution site on July 24th, 2015:

At that time, version 10.1 will still be available, but version 10.2.2 will be removed from distribution.  OIT will continue to provide annual license renewals for ArcGIS 10.0 and all higher releases as long as they are supported by Esri.

ArcGIS can also be used in most OIT computer labs, including Pendergrass Library.  For more available locations, see the OIT Lab Services searchable database: .  Beginning Fall semester 2015, ArcGIS 10.3 will be the only version running at these locations.

Contact the OIT Help Desk (865-974-9900) if you have ArcGIS questions, need new license codes, or want to request an ArcGIS product not available at the Software Distribution site.  Students cannot download ArcGIS products but they can obtain a Student Edition of ArcGIS by contacting the Helpdesk.

On the Go: Access the Library Off Campus

For students and faculty who are “on the go” this summer, there are several ways to access the Library’s resources from off campus.

To access Library databases, online journals, and e-books from off campus, first let the system know that you are affiliated with UTK.  Below are several options for doing so.  If one path doesn’t work, try a different one.  For more information, visit the Off-Campus Users Guide.

icon-website-150x150 The Pendergrass Library website

GoogleScholar1 Google Scholar:

  • Convenient
  • Links directly to content the Library pays for
  • Search for University of Tennessee under Settings > Library links for FullText links

internet_access_web-512-150x150 UTKey Proxy Bookmark:

  • Easy to use
  • Requires creating a special bookmark in your browser
  • Click the bookmark to get easy access to articles

MC-icon-vpn-150x150 Network Connect VPN:

  • Allows your computer to function as if it were off campus
  • Provides security when using public wi-fi
  • Works when all other methods fail
  • Requires some initial setup

Search USDA research with PubAg


PubAg is a new FREE search engine created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Agricultural Library (NAL).  PubAg is user-friendly and gives the public enhanced access to research published by USDA scientists.

Search and access over 40,000 full-text scientific journal articles from 1997 to 2014.  Subject areas covered in PubAg’s database include:

  • Nutrition
  • Food safety and quality
  • Animal and crop production and protection
  • Natural resources
  • Sustainable agricultural systems
  • Rural development
  • Agricultural economic and policy issues
  • Agricultural imports and exports
  • Agricultural statistics
  • Extension education
  • …and more!

For more information, visit PubAg Frequently Asked Questions.

BrowZine: Virtual newsstand for scholarly journals


Download the free BrowZine app to browse and read journals in a format that is optimized for tablets and mobile devices.  BrowZine is easy to use and great for students, faculty, and researchers.

Use BrowZine to:

  • Access all UT Libraries’ electronic journals (issues back to 2005).
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Receive alerts when new editions of journals are published.
  • Save articles and citations to Dropbox cloud storage and Zotero citation management.

Download BrowZine:

  • Search “BrowZine” in the app store on iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle.
  • Register with a NetID and password.
  • Update the BrowZine password when the NetID password changes.

Get started with BrowZine:

Find grant opportunities with SciVal Funding


SciVal Funding is a subscription database that helps researchers find funding opportunities relevant to their interests.

Use SciVal Funding to:

  • Find funding opportunities
  • Find new sources of external grant income
  • Identify collaborators and investigators that are winning grants in your field
  • Analyze funding trends
  • Set up alerts to be notified automatically of funding opportunities

Get started with SciVal Funding:

SciVal is a subscription-only research asset sponsored by the UT Office of Research.  For more information, contact James Mazzouccolo or visit the Office of Research and Engagement Funding page.

Beyond Copyright: Creative Commons and Traditional Knowledge Licenses

licensesWhenever you create something – an article, book, or piece of art – you hold the copyright to that work. Copyright protects the author or creator’s exclusive right to use and distribute his or her work for a period of time.

While copyright is important for protecting intellectual property, it is not always best suited to how we create and share information in the digital world. If you are creating and sharing your work online, consider attaching a special license or label. Two such licenses are Creative Commons and Traditional Knowledge licenses:

Creative Commons (CC) Licenses are the standard way to give people permission to share, use, and build upon your research or creative work. You may want to limit your license (non-commercial use only, for example) or allow people to access, share, and edit your work freely, as long as they give credit to you. CC licenses support the ideal of universal access to knowledge; you have access to hundreds of millions of works under CC licenses that you can use and edit in your own creative work.

Be aware that CC licenses work in conjunction with copyright and publishing agreements. When you publish your research in a journal, read the fine print about whether the article will be available open access or by subscription.

Traditional Knowledge (TK) Licenses and labels recognize that indigenous, traditional, and local communities have different access and use expectations regarding their knowledge and cultural expressions. TK licenses are designed to clarify cultural expectations and help people outside those cultures to use the material fairly and respectfully. TK licenses can also be used alongside copyright and CC licenses.

Visit the UT Libraries Copyright Page for more information about copyright and licenses. For help negotiating copyright transfer with publishers or publishing open access, see the Author’s Rights Retention Kit.

Calling all faculty! Take the Libraries Digital Scholarship Survey

dsc_dataservices3To help the University Libraries better meet digital scholars’ needs, we would like you to complete a survey designed to help us make decisions about future resources and support for digital scholars.

Click here to begin the survey. The survey is brief, anonymous, and participants are eligible for a $10 Starbucks card raffle.

Faculty and graduate students in any department are encouraged to take the survey, even if they have no interest in digital scholarship.

The survey will automatically adjust its length and questions based on the indicated level of interest. So please take it yourself and share widely within your department!

Advance Open Access — Follow OpenCon



Do you care about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data?  Do you want to learn from colleagues and collaborators, be inspired, and help make the fundamental right to research a reality?  For these and many more reasons, you should follow updates from OpenCon 2015!


OpenCon 2015 is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 14-16, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium.  It is organized by the Right to Research CoalitionSPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.


The meeting will convene students and early career academic professionals from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.


Applications for the conference are now closed, but you can fill out this form to stay up to date with the latest OpenCon news.

Library Reaches Out to Prospective STEM Students

DNA extraction

In one hands-on session directed by cell biologist Dr. Anthony DePass, students learned about extracting DNA.

One Saturday each spring the UT Libraries holds a forum for students who are considering careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. Our Big Orange STEM Symposium gives middle school, high school, and freshmen university students a chance to meet current students and researchers in STEM fields, and to learn about unique resources available to them at UT.

Students who attend the Big Orange STEM Symposium at the John C. Hodges Library get the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, hot topic sessions, and a STEM browse fair. At our symposium this past April, students learned about hot topics such as extracting DNA, “The Science Behind Tree Planting,” “The Nuts and Bolts of Engineering,” and “ORNL: The Coolest Place to Work.” Parents attended sessions titled “Help! My Child is Going to College.”

Students and parents browsed information booths; they met and talked with faculty members from the university’s STEM departments and representatives from the Oak Ridge National Lab, Texas Instruments, Knox Makers, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Also on hand to answer questions were UT staff from Admissions, the Student Success Center, the Living and Learning Communities, the One Stop Express Student Services Center, Career Services, Volunteer Dining, the Parent’s Association — and even WUTK, the student-run radio station.

In addition to introducing students to their possible future careers, the Libraries’ symposium is an excellent recruiting tool for STEM disciplines at the university. We want exceptional students to consider UT in their college career plans, so we use the symposium to inform prospective students about UT programs that can boost their academic success. We tell them about VolsTeach, a program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in a math or science field concurrently with a teaching certificate, and RISER, the Research and Instructional Strategies for Engineering Retention living-and-learning community. RISER members form a support system both inside and outside the classroom by living together on the same residence hall floor and enrolling in the same demanding, first-year calculus course.

At the Libraries’ one-day symposium, students gain an introduction to STEM careers and an overview of the many support services offered by the university. We hope students and parents leave our symposium a little better prepared for the college experience — and a little more willing to ask a librarian for help.

The 2015 Big Orange STEM Symposium was organized by the Libraries’ Community Learning Services and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.