UT Conference Looks at Growing Latino Population

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An ever-growing Latino population is changing the demographic landscape of Tennessee and creating new challenges for professionals, the public sector and communities around the state.

The University of Tennessee is teaming up with several groups in the Knoxville community to provide some guidance through a conference, “The New Latino Immigration to Tennessee: Opportunities and Challenges.”

Faculty and students from area colleges and universities, local professionals, civic leaders and community advocates throughout the state will find useful information at the conference, to be held March 31-April 1 at UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St.

UT Libraries is one of the many sponsors of the event, and a special pre-conference session will be held for librarians on Friday morning.

Pre-registration for the conference is required. Registration forms can be downloaded and faxed or completed online at http://www.lib.utk.edu/~refs/imm-conf/index.html.

The conference costs $15 per day or $25 for both days. Extra fees are required for attendees seeking continuing education credit. For a complete schedule and more information, visit the conference Web site.

Calling All Student Artists: Exhibit Your Works at the Library!

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Student artists can participate in Student Art in the Library, a juried exhibition that showcases only student art

Student artists are invited to submit their works to Student Art in the Library, a juried exhibition open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Two Student Art in the Library exhibits are held each year, one during the fall semester and one in the spring. This is the third call for submissions to the competition. Artworks are displayed in the Reference room of Hodges Library.

Students do not need to be art majors to submit, but the works must be two-dimensional. “We’ve had a wide range of art works displayed, including photography, oil painting, architectural drawings, ink drawings, lithographs and screenprinting,” Jennifer Beals, art and architecture librarian and exhibit coordinator, said.

Exhibit jurors examine submissions for quality, and try to choose pieces that work well together while representing a wide range of artistic styles and genres.

Students must be enrolled graduates or undergraduates and need to submit at least one digital image of their work along with the submission form. Submissions need to be received no later than midnight on April 20th, 2006. Submission details are available at the Student Art in the Library website.

The jury will review submissions and artists will be notified of their selections by May 2, 2006.

Email Jennifer Benedetto Beals for more information or call 974-0014.

UT Libraries E-Forum: Library Special Collections in a Digital World

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Yale University Librarian Alice Prochaska to discuss modern uses of rare books

Join the UT Libraries for the next e-Forum, on Tuesday, March 28 when Alice Prochaska, University Librarian at Yale University, presents Library Special Collections in a Digital World. The lecture will be held at 3:30 pm in room 605 of Hodges Library and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Rare books, manuscripts and archives were once the hidden treasures of libraries. Today, thanks to digitization and other technological advances, these materials more accessible than ever before. But how can faculty integrate these important materials into classroom teaching and learning? Prochaska will discuss this and other issues related to special collections materials in the modern library.

Alice Prochaska earned a BA and PhD in Modern History at the University of Oxford and began her career as museum curator and archivist. From 1992-2001 she worked as Director of Special Collections at the British Library, where she supervised the library’s program to digitize unique and rare materials and improve electronic finding aids. Now leading one of the greatest research libraries in the world, she will share her vision for bringing special collections to light.

New Laptop Policies

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Starting Wednesday, March 8, 2006, laptop computers in the Music Library may be checked out for 4 hours at a time. Laptops may also leave the library and should be able to access the Internet anywhere on campus with a wireless Internet connection. See the list of buildings on campus that have wireless access at http://oit.utk.edu/helpdesk/section/Wireless/63 or ask a library staff member for more information. Internet access is required to log onto the computers.

Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture.

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Byone, Yvonne. Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture.
     Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Ref. ML102.R27 B96 2006

Presents a cross-section of people, events, and ideas that have significantly shaped rap and hip-hop music. Each entry contains a short biography of the artist, and the appendices include a selected rap discography, statements to preserve and appreciate hip hop culture and a selected bibliography.

AgEcon Search Hits 20,000 Mark

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AgEcon Search (http://agecon.lib.umn.edu) has reached a milestone with the addition of the 20,000th paper.

This free-to-user Web resource contains full-text of working papers, conference papers and journal articles in agricultural, resource, environmental, consumer, and other areas of applied economics. It is coordinated by two librarians at the University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the American Agricultural Economics Association.

Over 100 institutions from around the globe contribute their material to AgEcon Search. They include academic institutions, government agencies, professional associations and non-government organizations, and over 1 million downloads have been recorded since 2001.