Take a Trip to Tox Town

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Want to take a trip that won’t cost a thing? If so, then go to Tox Town where you can visit the US-Mexico Border as well as a city, town, and farm all on one website.
Tox Town http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/town/main.html is a web-based introduction to environmental health risks and toxic chemicals. The target audience is students above elementary-school level, educators, and the general public. This is a project of the Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health.

Macromedia Flash Player is required for the best viewing and a text-only version is available.

UT Libraries Celebrates Student Employees

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Student Library Assistants are The Heart of the Libraries

To thank Student Library Assistants (SLAs) for their hard work and dedicated service, the UT Libraries is hosting its fourth Student Appreciation Celebration. The event’s theme this year is “You are the Heart of the Libraries.”

“This year’s theme was chosen because the event is scheduled so close to Valentine’s Day, but also because of the genuine appreciation that we have for our students,” Mark Puente, Minority Librarian Resident and one of the event’s organizers, said. “It really is an appropriate theme, because SLAs contribute significantly to both the operations and the spirit of the libraries,” Puente said.

The UT Libraries employs nearly 150 SLAs, which means that support from students makes up nearly 45% of the libraries’ workforce. Students perform many essential services, on the front lines by staffing service desks and helping patrons, and behind the scenes by organizing collections and updating library media.

Nine students who have worked in the libraries for two or more years will earn a special recognition. A book from the libraries’ collection bookplated in their honor. The libraries are pleased to commemorate the students’ service with this lasting tribute.

The event will occur on Thursday, February 16th from 2:30-4:00 pm in the Staff Lounge of Hodges Library.

Students interested in working at the UT Libraries can find job postings outside the Personnel and Procurement office, room 630 of Hodges Library, or by visiting their Web site.

Welcome to Shantel Agnew

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Join us in welcoming Shantel Agnew to our staff. She is a Library Resident on rotation to Pendergrass Library for this Semester.
Shantel is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University in Mass Media Arts and has an MS from UT School of Information Sciences.
During her time at Pendergrass she is responsible our News Channel.
Tune often to discover whats new in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

Celebrate Language, Love and Poetry at Writers in the Library, Monday, February 13th

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The romance of celebrity and the comforts of home reign at the UT Libraries this Valentine’s Eve with a night of poetry at Writers in the Library. Poets Joseph Campana and Jesse Graves will read from their works on Monday, February 13th at 7 PM in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. All Writers in the Library events are free and open to the public.

Joseph Campana grew up in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, New England Review, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, and Colorado Review and are forthcoming in Triquarterly, Prairie Schooner and Michigan Quarterly Review. His first collection, The Book of Faces, is a poetic iconography of Audrey Hepburn published by Graywolf Press (2005). Campana currently teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.

Where are you tonight, Audrey Hepburn?
The stalls are empty, the boys are gone.
No one kneels at the feet of beauty.
A limp film slickens in the wind:
flaps on a wheel of fire.

–from the poem “Final Cut” by Joseph Campana

Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, a farming community north of Knoxville, which has been the subject of much of his work and study. Jesse is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, where he won the 2004 John C. Hodges Graduate Poetry Award and the 2005 James Agee Conference Award in Poetry. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and has taught literature and writing at Cornell, University of New Orleans, and U.T. His poems are forthcoming in New Millennium Writings and Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual.

The dead move through us at their will, their voices chime just out of our hearing.
How else do we feel our names when no one speaks them?
How else do we still catch the echo of footprints decades after running through the grass?

Alone in the field, and never alone. Quiet and not quiet.
Home and away.

–from the poem, “Tennessee Landscape, with Blighted Pine” by Jesse Graves

For more details about Writers in the Library, visit their Web site.

All Writers in the Library events are held on Mondays at 7 PM in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library on the UT Campus. Other Writers in the Library events for Spring 2006 include Marianne Worthington and Charles Morris on March 13, John Wranovics on April 17 and student winners from the UT Creative Writing Program on April 24.

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 deeken@nullaztec.lib.utk.edu, or R.B. Morris, Jack Reese Writer in Residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or rbmorris@nullutk.edu.

Libraries’ Culture Corner Features Gay and Lesbian Themes

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Topics relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons (GLBTQ), as well as those questioning their sexual orientation, are featured this semester at the UT Libraries’ Culture Corner.

Titles on GLBTQ history, family and parenting, coming out, education, employment, civil rights, and other topics are available for browsing or checkout.

“We chose this topic because we felt there was a need to show that there is more to GLBTQ culture than what we are often shown on tv or the stereotypes that are becoming all too common,” Kawanna Bright, instructional services librarian and Culture Corner curator, said.

Each semester, the Culture Corner showcases books from the libraries’ collections that focuses on a theme related to diversity.

Located just outside the Reference room on the first floor of the John C. Hodges Library, the Culture Corner is a cozy nook that has become a popular study area and meeting place.

For links to relevant web sites and bibliographies on related topics, visit www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/culturecorner/.

The Culture Corner is a project of the UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee.

Current Protocols Subscriptions Reminder

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The UT Libraries have subscriptions to Current Protocols in:

Cell Biology
Food Analytical Chemistry
Protein Science
Molecular Biology

Hint: Find the protocols on the list of databases http://www.lib.utk.edu/databases/ by typing the word [protocols] in the search box.

Current Protocols are collections of peer-reviewed best practices
revised several times year. For more information click on the title of that collection for overview information and links to the table of contents.