UT Libraries Exhibit Features Over 200 Years of American Exploration

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Government Documents Trace Exploration From Lewis and Clark to NASA

The latest theme of the UT Libraries government documents exhibit series is about the history of exploration in the United States. Covering everything from the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1805-1806 and the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 to recent NASA undertakings, it promises to inspire library goers of all walks and ages.

The summer 2007 “Documents to the People: 100 Years of Keeping You in the Know” The exploration segment consists of three exhibits located on the first floor of Hodges Library. Some of the documents on display include exploration on land, sea, air, and outer space. Topics include exploration in the American West, first traversed by Lewis and Clark to be later followed by settlers; the history of space exploration and technology; NASA’s mission of exploration and its contributions; as well as smaller projects like SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). The exhibits feature books (some dating back to the 1800s), brochures, maps, and 3-D displays of the earth and space technology.

Space exploration is a large component of the three exhibits, as 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s first satellite launch. Sputnik’s blast-off marked the beginning of the “space race” era of the Cold War. NASA was founded one year later, in 1958.

The UT Libraries is celebrating several important dates as a Federal Depository Library, marking the various stages of its role in providing government information to the public. It has been a depository library for 110 years (since 1897), a land-grand depository library for 100 years (since 1907), and a Tennessee state depository library for 90 years (since 1917).

Some of the items currently on display are available in Microform or in Special Collections, and others are available for regular library loan. Visit www.lib.utk.edu/refs/govdocs100 for more information, or contact Janette Prescod in Government Documents at jprescod@nullutk.edu, or Greg March in the Map Library at gmarch@nullutk.edu .

Amazing Grace

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amazinggrace.jpg The Library of Congress Amazing Grace. 2007.

The Library of Congress has launched a new Web site devoted to the history of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” and the Library’s Chasanoff/Elozua Amazing Grace Collection, which is comprised of 3,049 published recordings of the hymn by different individual musicians or musical ensembles. This site is a joint venture of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, the Music Division, and the American Folklife Center. Since its creation in 1779 in England, “Amazing Grace” has grown in popularity to become one of the best-known musical works in the world. This Web site explores its history through items from the collections of the Library of Congress, from the earliest printing of the song to various performances of it on sound recordings.

Ebook available in the catalog titled What’s Wrong with my Mouse? by Crawley

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Books in electronic form are increasingly available and the UT Libraries are ordering and adding them to the catalog selectively.

The second edition of What’s Wrong with My Mouse by Crawley was added recently in electronic form
so that it will be available to anyone who needs it on campus.

From the table of contents:
Contents: Designer mice : scope and sourcebooks — Of unicorns and chimeras : how to generate a transgenic or knockout mouse for behavioral phenotyping — General health : give your mouse a physical — Motor functions : open field, holeboard, rotarod, balance, grip, circadian activity, circling, stereotypy, ataxic gait, seizures — Sensory abilities : olfaction, vision, hearing, taste, touch, nociception — Learning and memory : Morris swim task, spatial mazes, cued and contextual conditioning, conditioned taste aversion, conditioned eyeblink, olfactory discrimination, social recognition, passive avoidance, schedule controlled operant tasks, motor learning, attention — Feeding and drinking : daily consumption, restricted access, choice tests, microstructural analysis — Reproductive behaviors : sexual and parental behaviors — Social behaviors : social interaction, nesting, grooming, juvenile play, aggression — Emotional behaviors : animal models of psychiatric disorders : mouse models of fear, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia — Reward : self-administration of addictive drugs, conditioned place preference — Neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration : assaying behaviours in infant, juvenile, and aged mice — Putting it all together : choice of tests, order of testing, number of mice, equipment, housing and testing environment — The next generation : conditional and inducible mutations, viral vector gene delivery, RNA silencing, quantitative trait loci analysis, DNA microarrays, chemical mutagenesis, gene therapy, ethical issues

The National Agricultural Library Gets a New Symbol

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The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has adopted a new graphic symbol to stand for the Library’s role in advancing access to global information for agriculture. The symbol is a graphic representation of an opened book, a tree, a flag, or of an agricultural field. It echoes some of the design of the USDA symbol.

To see the new symbol go to http://www.nal.usda.gov/news/newlogo040207.shtml.