2003-2004 Library Development Review Hot Off the Press

From fiction to fact, from the Civil War to the Secret City, the 2003-2004 Library Development Review has an article for everyone.

The 2002-2003 Library Development Review received a Best in Show Award for fundraising publications from the Southeastern Library Association; the 2003-04 issue features local history, memorabilia and donor biographies.

While most people are unaware of the impact the Civil War had on Tennessee, the University Libraries have obtained several collections of artifacts, letters and photographs from the War Between the States. Many local images, such as the photographs on the front and back covers, are available online through the Library of Congress American Memory online project .

For those interested in a fictionalized tale from the Civil War period, Knoxville native David Madden has donated many of his papers, including an unpublished section of his 1996 novel Sharpshooter, which is centered on the torching of Confederate supporter Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s home by a Union soldier. Regrettably, more than 4,000 volumes of Tennessee history were destroyed in the fire; however, other Ramsey papers are available in Special Collections.

Many important local and university figures are spotlighted in the Review and in University Libraries Special Collections. Dr. Milton Klein, an avid collector of historical items and an inspiration to many Volunteers, gave birth to the collection of UT history and authored Volunteer Moments in 1996. Howard H. Baker, Jr., former Tennessee senator and current ambassador to Japan, recently commissioned a call for political archival materials to be exhibited in the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Creative Writing Students Showcase Work at Writers in the Library

Series will feature fiction and poetry

Writers in the Library presents its last reading of the semester featuring Abe Gaustad and Jesse Graves, doctoral students from the Creative Writing program, on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Gaustad, a fiction writer, is from Memphis and received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Memphis. His stories have been published in Other Voices and Third Coast and have garnered awards from Glimmer Train and Memphis Magazine.

The following is an excerpt from “Hands” published in the In Posse Review:

Too bad it all goes downhill from there, when we’re on the balcony afterwards, breathing in the stench of the city and looking for our names spelled in lights. Too bad her hands become stones, barely able to hold her cognac glass so that she uses both hands and looks like a child who’s stolen some of daddy’s booze. My aunt used to say you could watch someone’s hands and know their soul, their skill and how they would die. This girl will die by some clumsy act with a gun, I predict, after some clumsy act of sex. Possibly on a balcony like the one we spend time on.

Graves, a poet, grew up in East Tennessee, studied English at UT, and received his Masters in Fine Arts in poetry from Cornell University. He teaches writing and literature currently at UT and has previously taught at Cornell and the University of New Orleans. His works have won two Woodruff Awards as well as the Knickerbocker Poetry Prize from UT, and he was nominated for the Emily Clark Distinguished Teaching Award at Cornell. Graves’ poetry has been published recently in Roanoke Review, Southern Poetry Review and in the upcoming Knoxville Bound anthology.

The following excerpt is from “Black Water:”

I once heard someone suggest,
“Habit is the body’s way of remembering.”
No, to create a habit, a blue-print for abuse,
is the only way to forget its source,
to impress upon the body
that a single instance cannot ruin us
if we are able to withstand it over and over again.

The Writers in the Library series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For further information, please contact Jo Anne Deeken, Head of Technical Services, UT Libraries, at 974-6905, or R.B. Morris, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004.

UT Libraries Awarded Prestigious IMLS Grant

Funds will help preserve history of education and arts literacy in the Smokies

In 1910, the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women worked to open the first school to serve the families in and around Gatlinburg. Thanks to a nearly quarter-million dollar grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS), this important story about the history of education and arts literacy in the Smokies will be preserved and accessible to all.

The project, From Pi Beta Phi to Arrowmont: Bringing Education and Economic Development to the Great Smoky Mountains, 1910-2004, will create a web site with a fully-searchable online archives of selected letters, diaries, photographs and other materials that document the history of the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Principal investigators Ken Wise and Anne Bridges, UT librarians, will work to complete the project with David Willard, director of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Glenn Bogart, principal of the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, TN.

The grant project complements two ongoing endeavors at the UT Libraries, the Digital Library Center and the Great Smoky Mountain Regional Project. “We see this grant as a way to bring information about the Smokies to the broader public,” Anne Bridges, a principal investigator on the grant, said. “Promoting the history of the area will give both local citizens and thousands of visitors an opportunity to look beyond the present-day Smokies and appreciate how the region has developed.”

Long before Gatlinburg became a bustling tourist town, the mountain hamlet and the people who lived there were somewhat isolated from the world around them. “This grant will provide the financial resources and opportunities to research the colorful and significant history that we have in Gatlinburg,” Glenn Bogart, principal of the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School, said. The grant will also work to develop instructional units based on the web site, so that the information can be fully integrated into classroom lessons. Being knowledgeable about the past, says Bogart, “will improve the quality of life in Gatlinburg as well as provide an impetus for continued economic prosperity.”

The Pi Beta Phi School began integrating arts education into their curriculum in 1945. In 1960, when the Sevier County Board of Education assumed control of education for children in the area, the fraternity changed the focus of the school to fine arts and crafts education, founding the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

The Arrowmont School attracts a diverse group of students, from professional artists to novices, who travel from all over the country to attend classes. “This school has impacted so many people in the community,” David Willard, director of the Arrowmont School, said. “We have a significant story to tell, and this project is a great way for us to let the world know about it.”

“This grant will not only help tell an important story, but it also helps illustrate the role of the emerging virtual library,” Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries at UT, said. “The collaborations of the UT Libraries, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School are an amazing example of sharing unique resources and expertise,” she said.

“National Leadership Grants of IMLS help museums and libraries excel as learning institutions that support the needs of a nation of learners,” Robert Martin, Director of the IMLS, said. “The grants we make today reflect an understanding of current issues in the library field and suggest creative solutions through the application of technology, creative collaboration, data collection, and projects that seek a better understanding of the informational needs of library users.”

Library National Leadership Grants for Research and Demonstration encourage strong proposals for research in library and information science and for demonstration projects to test potential solutions to problems in real-world situations. National Leadership Grant projects provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations to emulate. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, is an independent federal grant-making agency that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities. Learn more about IMLS.

For additional information about the participating institutions, visit these home pages:

Pi Beta Phi Elementary School
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project
University of Tennessee Libraries Arrowmont Project

Start the Environmental Semester Early: Enter the Recycled Video Contest

Budding Filmmakers can win great prizes

Reduce, reuse and show off your artistic skills by participating in the University Library Studio’s Recycled Video Contest and Festival. Contestants will use footage from public domain films to create their own movies.

“This is essentially an editing contest,” Troy Davis, Media Services Librarian, said. Contestants can choose footage from over 40 short films that are in the public domain, and then can add titles and sound, rearrange the order of clips, and “recycle” the images to produce their own creative work.

There are few rules and guidelines for the contest. “We hope this will allow for maximum creativity and flexibility in making the videos,” Davis explained. The movie can be no longer than five minutes, and must feature the public domain footage that is provided. “The footage we have selected is generally environmental in its focus,” Davis said. “The works should push the boundaries about the accepted notions of what constitutes the environment,” he continued.

All the materials needed to create the films are available in the Studio at Hodges Library. Once contestants register using at the Recycled Video Contest web site, they will receive an NTSC miniDV tape with the video footage, which can be picked up at the Studio or mailed. Ready-to-edit footage will also be available in the Studio as an iMovie and Final Cut Pro project.

Interested contestants shouldn’t be put off by not knowing how to use the technology, however, because the Library is already prepared to help. “Not knowing much is not a bad thing,” Davis said. “Register and come by the Studio. We can show you how to use the software … it’s up to you to make it artful.”

Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to enter the contest, and prizes will be provided by Apple and the UT Computer Store. Registration began November 15 and will continue until March 4, 2005. Films must be submitted by March 28, 2005. A festival gala will be held during the Environmental Semester to show the top entries and award prizes.

Take an Around the World Journey with Writers in the Library

The Writers in the Library series continues November 8 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium with featured authors from Migrants and Stowaways, the new anthology from the Knoxville Writers Guild.

From bicycle trips through Europe to breaking the law in Kentucky to emotional rights of passage, the collection includes poetry, stories, essays, memoirs, and photography that all explore the theme of journeys. “There are many kinds of journeys,” said Emily Dziuban, the collection’s editor. “Some require long flights and tired eyes while others happen in our minds, our emotions, and our relationships.”

After culling through over 400 submissions, the editors had the difficult task of choosing the final 82 pieces from authors as close as Fort Sanders and as far away as Europe. The anthology has received rave reviews. It discusses “the place left behind,” said Michael Knight, director of the creative writing program at UT. “It’s a kind of longing, I think, for both the faraway and the near at hand. Beyond me to articulate but beautiful to read,” he said.

Speakers at this event include Don Williams, novelist and Knoxville News Sentinel columnist, who will read his short story “Her Vagabond Neon-Heart,” about an evolving relationship between a lawyer and a journalist/aspiring thespian. Judy DiGregorio, author and humorist, will read an essay about growing up as a tall woman. Laura Still, poet and USTA tennis umpire, will read her poem “Night Biking.” Jack Rentfro, author of Cumberland Avenue: Revisited, will read his island-inspired prose poem “Under a Blue Bimini: Key Largo.” Marilyn Kallet, poet and UT professor, will read a poem that honors her Great Aunt Hedwig, a holocaust survivor.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is a local non-profit organization founded in December 1992 and has over 200 members. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Laurel Theater.

The WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For further information, contact JoAnne Deeken, Head of Technical Services (974-6905), or R.B. Morris, UT Libraries Writer-in-Residence (974-3004).

Documentaries in The Library

Africa in Latin America: An Enduring Legacy
The next and last film in this fall’s Documentaries in the Library program will be screened November 17 at 7:00PM in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. We will be screening “Si Me Comprendieras (If You Only Understood),” an independent Cuban documentary directed by Rolando Diaz. For more information, click here. A discussion will follow, led by Dr. Dawn Duke, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

Poet Laureate to Speak at UT Libraries

he Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser, will speak on the UT campus at noon on Friday, November 5, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The Library of Congress announced Kooser’s appointment in August. Notable poets who have also served as Poet Laureate include Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove. Kooser, 65, replaces Pulitzer Prize-winner Louise Gluck in the eight-month position.

“Ted Kooser is a major poetic voice for rural and small town America, and the first Poet Laureate to be chosen from the Great Plains,” said Librarian of Congress James Billington.

“Poetry can enrich everyday experience, making our ordinary world seem quite magical and special,” Kooser said in a New York Times interview. Poetry critic Dana Gioia, author of Can Poetry Matter, said “Kooser has written more perfect poems than any poet of his generation.”

Born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939, Kooser graduated from Iowa State University in 1962. He received a master’s degree in 1968 from the University of Nebraska. While in graduate school, he went to work for an insurance company. This connection often causes him to be compared to poet Wallace Stevens, who was also an insurance company executive.

“I wanted to be a writer from the time I was a young man, but realized I’d have to make a living somehow. I tried high school teaching but was incapable of maintaining discipline in the classroom and the students ran right over me. In 1964, after being tossed out of graduate school because I was a completely undisciplined scholar, I went to work at an ‘entry level’ job in a life insurance company and over twenty-five years was gradually elevated to a vice presidency,” said Kooser, in an interview with Barnes and Noble.com.

“During those years, I wrote every morning from 5:30 until about 7:00. I never saw myself as an insurance executive, but as a writer in need of a paying job.”

Kooser has written 10 collections of poetry, most recently Delights and Shadows, published by Copper Canyon Press this year. His work has also appeared in a number of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Hudson Review, and Prairie Schooner.

This event is sponsored by the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, Writers in the Library, and the Library Development Fund.

For more information about Ted Kooser, visit his page on the Library of Congress Web site.

For more information about Writers in the Library, visit our Web site.

Ted Kooser
Friday, November 5
Noon
John C. Hodges Library Auditorium
free and open to the public