Print in Color!

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Pendgrass Library has a networked Xerox Phaser color printer.
When printing, pulldown the printer selection to AgPhaser. After you enter your netid and password, pick up your prints at AgPhaser to the right of the service desk.
Prints are 50 cents a side and the fee is taken from your Volcard account.

Writers in the Library Announces Fall Line Up

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Poet Singer-Songwriter Tom House to Launch Series on September 25

The University of Tennessee Writers in the Library series has an exciting slate of readers for its Fall 2006 season. The first reading of the season will be held on Monday, September 25 and feature Tom House, a Nashville-based poet and singer-songwriter.

“If there’s a reincarnation of Woody Guthrie’s unique sprit and talents, it’s not Steve Earle, not Springsteen, not Dylan, but Tom House. His abilities and purity are untouched in the wasteland of artists our current culture serves up,” RB Morris, Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence, said.

As a musician, House has received worldwide attention for his unique recordings and performances. His most recent album, The Last Desperate Man, was released in September 2005, called by the Nashville Scene, “a melodicism that drinks as deeply of the plaintive lyricism of Appalachia as of the lilting, brooding folk-blues of East Texas.”

House has also collaborated on a number of musical adaptations of literary works, including an opera based on the first chapter of William Faulkner’s Light in August, song cycles based on Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Connie May Fowler’s Remembering Blue, and the songs for a play based on Lee Smith’s novel, Fair and Tender Ladies.

Tom House will read for Writers in the Library on Monday, September 25 at 7 pm in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Writers in the Library authors include:

Vivian Shipley: October 18
Knoxville Writers Guild: October 23
Yusef Komunyakaa: November 6
Roger Smith: December 4

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, or R.B. Morris, Jack Reese Writer in Residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or

UT Libraries Associate Dean to Retire

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Aubrey Mitchell will retire after 42 years of service on August 31

Aubrey Mitchell first came to work at the University of Tennessee Libraries as a student assistant in 1958. He earned $.75 an hour. On Thursday, August 31, 2006 Mitchell will retire from the libraries from his position as Associate Dean. He has been a faculty member of the UT Libraries for 42 years.

Mitchell was appointed Head of the Agriculture Library in 1964. He served in that role until 1981, when he was appointed Associate Director of Collection Development. He became Associate Dean of Public Services in 1985 and moved into the position of Associate Dean for Access Services in 1992. In 1997, Mitchell was appointed Associate Dean of Libraries. He served as Interim Dean of Libraries from 1999-2000.

“Aubrey Mitchell has made a tremendous contribution to the university through his leadership in the libraries,” Joe Johnson, University of Tennessee President Emeritus, said. “He always placed first the well being of the campus through library services. I admire his dedication-he is a first-class human being,” Johnson said.

When he started his career the UT Libraries had closed stacks; each time a student wanted a book, they had to submit a request and have the book retrieved for them. Throughout his career, Mitchell has been dedicated to increasing information access for not just the University of Tennessee, but for all Tennesseans. Mitchell has been an active participant in TENN-SHARE, a coalition of more than 450 Tennessee libraries dedicated to sharing resources throughout the state. Through this group, Mitchell was integral to the creation of the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), which provides free online access to electronic databases for all libraries serving the citizens of the state of Tennessee. The databases index more than 1,000 magazines, journals, newspapers and reference works. More recently, Mitchell helped create Volunteer Voices, a TEL project dedicated to providing access to Tennessee’s rich culture and history through digitized primary sources.

In 2004, Mitchell was awarded the Tennessee Resource Sharing Award from the Tennessee Library Association for this outstanding work in promoting resource sharing in Tennessee libraries.

“Speaking for libraries across Tennessee, we are thankful for an advocate such as Aubrey Mitchell,” Jeanne Sugg, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist, said. “His dedication to the expansion of TEL through his leadership in TENN-SHARE has brought libraries of every type together in a successful, first-ever collaboration. It is because of his respected participation in such professional organizations in Tennessee that such a strong and cohesive alliance has come to be. Aubrey is a gentle giant who has raised the bar for all of us,” Sugg said.

“Aubrey Mitchell is an outstanding individual, librarian, and public servant of the state of Tennessee,” Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, said. “He has tirelessly moved these projects forward without bringing any attention to himself. He has been a key player in lobbying state officials such as the Secretary of State and the Commissioner of Education as well as state legislators to the benefits of state resource sharing and the TEL projects in particular.”

“What I will miss most about Aubrey Mitchell is his optimism,” Dewey continued. “Whenever a problem arises, or there’s some issue with the budget, Aubrey always insists that everything will be all right, and that things will work out in the end. I will certainly miss his calm reassurance and warm smile,” Dewey said.

Mitchell looks forward to spending more time at his home in Seymour with his wife, Marla, two children and five grandchildren. In retirement, he will continue to serve as a member of the University of Tennessee Library Friends.

Aubrey Mitchell’s retirement party will be held Monday, August 28, 2006, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the University Club.

The Book Doctor is In….

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Are your books looking a little shabby? Do they need a little repair? Mary Ellen Starmer, Preservation Coordinator for UT LIbraries, will be at Pendergrass Library on August 30, 2006 from 12:30-2:30pm. She will evaluate your books and will be able to provide minor repairs.

Bring your personal books to Pendergrass Library for a diagnosis by the Book Doctor!

Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Coalition Report

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A 1700 page report on the shortage of food animal veterinarians
Food Supply Veterinary Medicine Coalition Report
is now available

The full title of the report is:
Estimating FSVM Demand and Maintaining the Availability of Veterinarians for Careers in Food Supply Related Disciplines in the United States and Canada


Dr. David M. Andrus • Dr. Kevin P. Gwinner • Dr. J. Bruce Prince
May 2006

Is There a Book Doctor in the House?

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UT Libraries Hosts Clinic to Repair Damaged Books

From treasured family bibles, beloved children’s storybooks and valuable antique volumes, books hold places of prominence in every home. But a much-loved book often suffers tremendous wear and tear. How can you best mend a book with ripped pages, worn bindings, and broken spines? Ask the Book Doctor!

University of Tennessee Libraries’ annual Book Doctor clinic, featuring preservation librarian Mary Ellen Starmer, will be held on Wednesday, August 30 from 12:30-2:30 pm at the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library. The clinic is free and open to all. Books needing simple repairs can be repaired on the spot; rare or valuable items with severe damage may be referred to a conservator for specialty work.

The Book Doctor is in:
Wednesday, August 30 12:30-2:30
Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library
A-113 Veterinary Teaching Hospital
University of Tennessee Agriculture Campus

free and open to the public

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Starmer, Preservation Coordinator, at 974-5226