Student Artists–Make Your Break into the Art Scene

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Students can submit their work to a juried exhibition
Student artists have a new opportunity to show off their works–the University Libraries are sponsoring “Student Art in the Library,” a juried exhibition that will showcase only student art.

“This is a great opportunity for students to exhibit their artwork in a professional venue,” Jennifer Beals, Art and Architecture Librarian, said. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate work or professional positions in the arts need exhibit experience in their resumes, Beals continued.

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Staying Updated: Using the University Libraries News Channels

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Welcome! The UT Libraries are now offering News Channels to help keep you informed about our events and resources.

There are two ways to stary informed using our News Channels:

1. Bookmark our News Channels and visit back often
2. Add our News Channels to your news reader.

What is a news reader? (sometimes also called news aggregators, RSS readers, feed readers, or readers)
Readers are software or web-based applications that allow you to select and read many websites using a common interface. Instead of having to visit each site individually, you can read all of the sites that you have selected in one convenient format.

How do I get a news reader?
There are many free readers that can be found at Web Compendium.

What is a blog?
A blog, or weblog, is a regularly updated website that lists its entries in reverse chronological order and offers a way to syndicate the site though feeds.

What are feeds? (sometimes also called news feeds, xml feeds, RSS Feeds, or RSS)
Feeds are an XML versions of blog posts that can be read by Readers. Feeds are respresented by the orange xml button, a RSS button, or possibly text that says “Syndicate this Site” or “RSS Feed”.

How do I add a blog to my news reader?
With most news readers, feeds can be added by dragging and dropping the XML button, RSS button, or the “Syndicate this Site” link into your Reader.

How do I start my own blog?
The UT Libraries use software from Moveable Type, which is modestly priced for educational institutions. However, there are many free blog hosting services that you may wish to investigate, with the most popular being Blogger. Many other blog hosting services are listed at Web Compendium.

Ready for midterms?

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If not, Hodges Library Reserve may have the class resources you need

Rest easy during midterms because the Hodges Library Reserve has many important class materials needed for success.

Unfortunately, the myth of the “Library Test File” has to be put to rest, since the only materials put on Reserve are provided by the faculty themselves. Most materials are required reading articles, but some materials include finance and accounting solutions manuals and even course textbooks.

Almost every resource offered is available online, which is the most popular method of retrieving information from the Reserve. Online materials can be accessed from anywhere via the Course Reserves on the Library Web site.

The biggest draw for last-minute midterm crammers is the Reserve’s operating hours, open 24 hours from Sunday afternoon at 1 to Friday evening at 8 and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The Reserve offers an ideal environment for individual and group study areas as well as a computer area for surfing and printing.

Also, the deadline for filing income tax returns is fast approaching, and the Reserve has all the forms needed. Once you have filed, don’t forget to grab a Free Application for Student Aid form, also available in Reserve.

For some study downtime, other features of the Reserve include the Juvenile and paperback collections.

James Agee Celebration

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Knoxville is hosting a community-wide celebration of one of its most famous sons, writer James Agee, and the UT Libraries is joining in the festivities.

The James Agee Celebration will feature film screenings, theater, and exhibitions throughout the spring and – during James Agee Week, April 13-17 – more drama, music, lectures, a keynote address by author David Madden, and the dedication of the James Agee Park.

The UT Libraries’ participation includes:

“James Agee: A Celebration of His Work”
An exhibition in the Special Collections lobby
James D. Hoskins Library
1401 Cumberland Ave.
April 1 – August 15
Opening reception: Friday, April 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

“Let Us Now Praise James Agee”
An exhibition outside the Lindsay Young Auditorium
John C. Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
April 4-22

The UT Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence, R.B. Morris, will offer two performances of his one-man play adapted from the life and works of James Agee, “The Man Who Lives Here is Loony”:
Sunday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 11, 8:00 p.m.
Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre

and a concert at the dedication of the new James Agee Park:
R.B. Morris Band
Sunday, April 17, 3:30 p.m.
James Agee Park
Corner of James Agee Street & Laurel Ave.

For complete information on the James Agee Celebration, visit Most events are free, and all welcome the public.