It’s Coming … It’s Coming … It’s Here! The Libraries and OIT Open The Commons

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A Synthesis of Research and Technology Resources is Now Available in One Location

It’s every student’s worst nightmare: you have a problem, but you’ll spend hours wandering around campus trying to find a solution. Perhaps your NetID login isn’t working. Or that new wireless card you bought makes your laptop do funky things. Or maybe you’ve been slammed with a research project that’s due in a couple of days, and you don’t know where to begin. The last thing you want to do is be shuffled all over campus, from office to office, feeling foolish and spending half a day trying to get your problems solved.

Now, thanks to a collaboration between the UT Libraries and the Office of Information Technology (OIT), some of the most frequently used library and technology resources are available in one location, called the Commons, located on the second floor of Hodges Library.

Perhaps you’ll notice first the friendly Commons consultants sitting at the large service desk. Here students can check out books and get reference assistance and computer lab help, as well as computer help desk support, such as installing wireless cards and spyware protection. The Commons also offers help with statistical analysis, evening Digital Media Service drop-off, and book retrieval during late-night hours when the libraries’ other floors are closed.

“The Commons is a place that is defined by student needs,” Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries, said. “Students today have many group and collaborative project assignments and need access to technology, as well as inspiring places for individual, contemplative study. We hope the Commons can fulfill all these needs,” Dewey said.

“By bringing so many resources into one common area, we hope to make students’ lives a little easier,” Brice Bible, Assistant Vice President for OIT, said.

Currently, the Commons offers more than forty computers with over sixty different software packages, as well as loaner laptops, scanners, and laser printing capabilities. In addition to the consultant and computer services, the Commons has both group and individual study areas and a large presentation practice room, where students can rehearse their power point and other spoken presentations.

The Commons also offers access to the libraries’ Media Center and Studio, where students can view items in the video collection, begin a desktop publishing or multi media project, or borrow a still or video digital camera.

Because students’ work hours often defy the norm, the Commons is open 24-hours from noon on Sunday to midnight on Friday, when classes are in session.

The Commons is intended to be a multi-phased project. Future additions to the area may include more group study and work areas, multi-media and video conferencing capabilities, additional computer workstations, an information kiosk and new media suites.




Resistance: Fall 2005 Documentaries in the Library

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Sandy Leach
865.974.7922
leach@nullemail.lib.utk.edu

http://www.lib.utk.edu

University of Tennessee Libraries to host RESISTANCE Film and Discussion Series

The Fall 2005 Documentaries in the Library series, Resistance, will focus on documentary films that address the theme of resistance.

The University of Tennessee Libraries invites the University and Knoxville community to discuss and discover how filmmakers have contributed to the diversity of resistance discourses through the documentary form. The first film, Battle of Algiers, will be screened on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in Hodges Library’s Lindsay Young Auditorium.




What’s at Hodges Library? Take a Tour and Find Out!

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Get ahead this semester by taking a Hodges Library tour before classes start.

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Thursday August 18 at 4 p.m.
Friday, August 19 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, August 22 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23 at 11 a.m.

Joining a tour is easy. Meet at the Hodges Library Melrose Avenue entrance (2nd floor, at the Welcome Center near the main circulation desk and before Starbuks) right at tour time. The tour is just 45 minutes long and will provide an overview of library services.




What’s at Hodges Library? Take a Tour and Find Out!

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Get ahead this semester by taking a Hodges Library tour before classes start.

Tours are held:

Thursday August 18 at 4 p.m.
Friday, August 19 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m.
Monday, August 22 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23 at 11 a.m.

Joining a tour is easy. Meet at the Hodges Library Melrose Avenue entrance (2nd floor, at the Welcome Center near the main circulation desk and before Starbuks) right at tour time. The tour is just 45 minutes long and will provide an overview of library services.




UT Receives Grant to Educate Librarians for the 21st Century

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Scientific and technological research is crucial to the advancement and betterment of society; however there is a shortage of librarians trained to work specifically with scientists. Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Tennessee hopes to solve that problem with a new librarian training program called Science Links.

IMLS awarded the University of Tennessee a $632,249 grant as part of their Librarians for the 21st Century initiative, created to help recruit and educate the next generation of librarians.