Books in the University of Tennessee library system will be more visible to those searching the Internet, thanks to two new projects by the search engine Google.
UT libraries dean Barbara Dewey said Wednesday that one project is the Google Scholar service. When a user searches for a topic, a list of books and scholarly journals relating to that topic is generated.
The user can then input their zip code and see if any of those books are geographically close to them. The search results will show any related materials in the UT Libraries collections.
“We have so much unique material here at UT,” Dewey said, “such as East Tennessee regional history and special collections like those of Andrew Jackson and Estes Kefauver, that aren’t available anywhere else.
“This will be a great way to let people see these historical documents.”
Another project by Google, to digitize much or all of the library content of universities such as Harvard and Stanford, has drawn national media attention.
Dewey said the books that will be digitized and posted to the Internet are those that have passed their copyright date and are now in the public domain.
“Materials that remain under copyright protection will not be viewable online, but they will still be searchable by zip code,” Dewey said, “and if any are available here at UT, people can come to the library and check out the material or read it here.”
The Google Scholar Web site is located at http://scholar.google.com.
Contact: Barbara Dewey (865-974-4127); Charles Primm (865-974-5180)
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Elizabeth Gilbert will satisfy both lovers of fiction, nonfiction
Writers in the Library continues its Spring series with readings by Elizabeth Gilbert, current Writer-in-Residence in the English Dept., Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Gilbert has written creative nonfiction for Spin, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar; in fact, an article written for GQ about her time working in a Manhattan bar was the basis for the 2000 film Coyote Ugly. Her time at the Coyote Ugly Saloon was merely one of the life experiences Gilbert used as a writer’s education before settling into writing in New York.
Instead of going into a Masters of Fine Arts program after getting her undergraduate degree from New York University, the Connecticut native chose to travel, to learn about real people and real situations. Educating herself on real life was the main reason she decided on political science rather than English for her degree.
Phil Cousineau shares his expertise in myth, spirituality
Writers in the Library will begin its 2005 season with author Phil Cousineau Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to reading from his works, Cousineau will discuss the simultaneously romantic and terrifying day-to-day life of a lifelong writer.
Cousineau’s lifetime dedication and in-depth investigation of art, culture and literature has tinged his work with a variety of subjects – mythology, travel and soul – and has taken him on several trips around the world. His collaborations include work with Joseph Campbell, James Hillman and Marija Gimbutas.
“Cousineau has been a strong voice for cultural and spiritual awareness,” R.B. Morris, UT Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence, said. “He is also an award-winning poet, and his poetic vision comes through all his books, whether they are about myth, travel, UFOs, synchronicity, soul explorations or the Olympics. He’s a great scholar and powerful inspirational speaker.”
Cousineau has written 17 books. His most recent publications include The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life, an introspective look into the religious scholar.