UT Libraries Celebrates Staff with Spirit Awards

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For fourteen years, the UT Libraries has recognized the many contributions and talents of its employees with the Library Spirit Awards. The 2007 awards ceremony theme was Library Spirit: Past, Present, and Future. The event was arranged by committee members Hannah Miller, Rebecca Smithey, Micheline Westfall, Greg Womac and co-chairs Connie Steigenga and JoAnne Deeken.

Award winners for 2007 were:

Customer Service Award: Roger Weaver, Library Training
For designing an online training system and setting up automatic email alerts to help library employees keep track of their scheduled training courses.

Good Colleague Award: Nancy Bright and Chris Reynolds, Technical Services
For assisting and arranging care for an infirm coworker.

Personal Achievement Award: Wanda Rosinski, Technical Services

For achieving challenging goals including graduating CEP, beginning a graduate school program, and developing Web skills.

Skill Development Award: Bobbie Doyle-Maher, Pendergrass AgVetMed
For spending many hours in training and consultation to learn to catalog government documents.

Team Work Award: The Media Services Transformation Team: Pauline Bayne, Trisha Brady, Michelle Brannen, Josh Butcher, Andrew Hock, Steve Milewski, Steve Pursiful, Sheila Stephens, Terrel Whitaker and Greg Womac
For planning, creating, and achieving the interim Summer Commons workspace in the Media Center.

Unsung Hero Award: Paul Cummins, LTS and Special Collections/Digital Library Center
For his vigilance and dedication to support and assist. From building Web applications to keeping servers up to date, he is always looking for better ways to do things.

Student Library Assistant Award of Excellence: Michelle Kenley, Volunteer Voices; Dabrielle Myers, Media Services; Jade Sexton, Pendergrass AgVetMed Library; Rosann Wilson, Music Library

Miles 500 Award: Michelle Brannen, the Studio
For creative thinking that improves the libraries efficiency or services to the public, Michelle’s idea was to install a CD/DVD vending machine so students can purchase Cds and DVDs to save their work.

UT Library Friends Service Endowment Award: Ellie Read, Reference
For her eagerness to serve UT and her service to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Dean’s Award: Betty Painter, Technical Services
For dedicating her career to serving the library and the research community

The UT Libraries Spirit Awards would not be possible without the support from our dean, Barbara Dewey, interim associate dean, Jill Keally, and interim assistant dean, Pauline Bayne and from the generosity of private donors whose gifts make cash awards possible.




SUMMER 2007 CULTURE CORNER FEATURES DISABILITY AWARENESS

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The Summer 2007 Culture Corner features a wide variety of literature covering topics related to persons with disabilities. The selections included are intended to broaden the reader’s knowledge of one of the largest minorities in the world, who have often been overlooked and even shunned. The literature includes such broad themes as life as a disabled person, covering issues of identity, employment, gender, and education; types of disabilities and profiles of individuals who have them, including blindness, deafness, and less obvious ones such as autism and psychological disabilities (termed in the display as “Hidden Disabilities”); and how those with disabilities interact with society and vice-versa, including personal and global perspectives. The history of disability is examined, as well as more recent topics such as Disability Law and the Disability Rights Movement, which aim at establishing a more typical lifestyle for individuals with disabilities.

In addition to the sources available at the Culture Corner itself, lists of resources available in other locations are provided and include the Media Center, the Reference Collection, and the Music Library. Visit the Culture Corner online at www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/culturecorner/

The Culture Corner is located in the first floor of Hodges Library and feature a variety of topics, which change each semester. For more information, or to suggest a theme, contact Laura Purcell at lpurcell@nullutk.edu or 974-4725.






Culture Corner at Pendergrass

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Culture Corner is a continuous event at the UT Libraries. Sponsored by the Libraries’ Diversity Committee, Culture Corner focuses on topics, or themes, pertaining to different aspects of diversity. These topics change with each semester. The Summer 2007 Culture Corner focuses on Disabilities Awareness.

Come see our Summer Culture Corner display at Pendergrass Library. Our selection of books range from therapeutic gardening to information on guide dogs to activities for individuals with a disability. Please view our list of books on display at http://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/culturecorner/.




Renovations Begin at the Commons

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The sky is falling at Hodges Library! Or maybe it is just ceiling tiles in the Commons.

The Commons is undergoing major renovations this summer. Changes include reconfiguring the space by knocking down and building walls, adding more ports and power to support computer workstations, reconfiguring the lighting, painting, and installing new carpet and furniture.

The Commons first opened in Fall 2005 in what had been the Reserves room in Hodges Library. In Fall 2006, the Commons expanded into the former Periodicals room. While the Commons had staff support, computer workstations, and other necessary equipment, the physical space had not changed since Hodges was built in 1987. With these new renovations, the Commons will better meet the needs of students, faculty and staff.

Commons services have scattered to accommodate the construction. Computers, laptop checkout, the practice presentation room, media services and the Studio are part of the Summer Commons, located in the Media Center on the second floor of Hodges. OIT HelpDesk and Computer Support have moved to 103 Aconda Court. Library reference help can be found in the Reference room on the first floor of Hodges. For more information, see the Summer Commons service locator.

All Commons services will resume when construction is complete.




Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature hosts Tomie dePaola

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The noted children’s author and illustrator will be in Knoxville on June 1 and 2tomie_photo.jpg

1975StregaNona.jpgTomie dePaola, author and illustrator of more than 200 books for children, will be in Knoxville on June 1 and 2 to discuss and celebrate children’s literature. His books include Strega Nona, Meet the Barkers, and 26 Fairmount Avenue. Mr. dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, and the New Hampshire Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in cooperation with the Dollywood Foundation and Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, is sponsoring Mr. dePaola’s visit.

Mr. dePaola will give a presentation about his creative process at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at the University Center auditorium on the UT Campus that is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, June 2, Mr. dePaola will be the star presenter at the Knox County Public Library’s Third Annual Children’s Festival of Reading in the World’s Fair Park. The festival is the kick-off to the library’s Summer Reading Club, which provides over 150 programs throughout the summer to encourage young people to read. Children and parents will also have an opportunity to speak with Mr. dePaola at the festival’s Meet the Author’s tent. For more information about the festival, please visit www.knoxcounty.org/library or call 215-8767.

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature was created through the cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee Libraries, the School of Information Sciences, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the Knox County Schools and the Knox County Public Library. The center works to promote the use of literature in the education and lives of children and young adults by providing workshops for teachers and librarians, and sponsoring talks by authors and illustrators which are open to the public.

Publishers of children’s and young adult books place review copies of their most recently published books in the center, where they are displayed for a period of eighteen months. These books are available for study by librarians, students, teachers and the public.

For additional information about the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature or any of its programs, contact Ken Wise at 974-2359 or kwise@nullutk.edu.




Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature hosts Tomie dePaola

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The noted children’s author and illustrator will be in Knoxville on June 1 and 2

Tomie dePaola, author and illustrator of more than 200 books for children, will be in Knoxville on June 1 and 2 to discuss and celebrate children’s literature. His books include Strega Nona, Meet the Barkers, and 26 Fairmount Avenue. Mr. dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award, and the New Hampshire Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in cooperation with the Dollywood Foundation and Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, is sponsoring Mr. dePaola’s visit.

Mr. dePaola will give a presentation about his creative process at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at the University Center auditorium on the UT Campus that is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, June 2, Mr. dePaola will be the star presenter at the Knox County Public Library’s Third Annual Children’s Festival of Reading in the World’s Fair Park. The festival is the kick-off to the library’s Summer Reading Club, which provides over 150 programs throughout the summer to encourage young people to read. Children and parents will also have an opportunity to speak with Mr. dePaola at the festival’s Meet the Author’s tent. For more information about the festival, please visit www.knoxcounty.org/library or call 215-8767.

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature was created through the cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee Libraries, the School of Information Sciences, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the Knox County Schools and the Knox County Public Library. The center works to promote the use of literature in the education and lives of children and young adults by providing workshops for teachers and librarians, and sponsoring talks by authors and illustrators which are open to the public.

Publishers of children’s and young adult books place review copies of their most recently published books in the center, where they are displayed for a period of eighteen months. These books are available for study by librarians, students, teachers and the public.

For additional information about the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature or any of its programs, contact Ken Wise at 974-2359 or kwise@nullutk.edu.




Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music.

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amergospel.jpg McNeil, W.K, ed. Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music.
     New York: Routledge, 2005.


Ref. ML102.G6 E63 2005

Focusing on important aspects of American Gospel History this one volume encyclopedia includes information on biographies, important events, broadcasting outlets, publications, and some thematic entries. Birth and death dates are provided when possible for most persons included in this encyclopedia.






Musipedia

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musipedia.gif Typke, Rainer. Musipedia: The Open Music Encyclopedia. 2007.
      http://www.musipedia.org/

Got a song stuck in your head? Can you play it on a keyboard, hum, sing or whistle it? Then try musipedia! Input part of the tune on the virtual keyboard, then search their database. Results turn up similar melodies that you can see and listen to, with composer, title and other information about the work. Search by notes, contour, singing or rhythm. Entries are user imputed, so it may not contain what you’re looking for. Also, since this is a wiki, don’t forget to fact check with other sources!