UT Grad Trains, Performs among Opera’s Best

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Kristina Dean on the AT More than 650 wanted to sing, but only 28 got the nod. UT graduate William Compton was one of them.
What inspired such spirited competition? The opportunity to perform for the summer at the renowned Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Compton ’04, a tenor, earned a slot in the opera’s Young American Artists program, which offers performance and study opportunities for some of the best early-career talent in the world of opera. Glimmerglass presents 43 productions of four operas during its annual festival season in July and August.

Read the full story at eTorch News




Got Research? UT Libraries’ Research Assist Provides Individualized Assistance

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The UT Libraries offers a service that provides individualized help to students with research projects. So whether you have a paper due for English class or a project in business, a librarian can help you plan your research process and identify sources.

“Doing library research can be very challenging,” Jeanine Williamson, a reference librarian who founded Research Assist, said. “With Research Assist, you can get one-on-one help finding, selecting and locating other sources that make a research project complete.”

Students often rely too heavily on Internet resources that may not be reliable. Some universities, such as the history department at Middlebury College in Vermont, have limited students’ use of sites like Wikipedia.

“Whereas Wikipedia is extraordinarily convenient and, for some general purposes, extremely useful, it nonetheless suffers inevitably from inaccuracies deriving in large measure from its unique manner of compilation,” a statement from the Middlebury College department reads. “Students are responsible for the accuracy of information they provide, and they cannot point to Wikipedia or any similar source that may appear in the future to escape the consequences of errors.”

Librarians at UT look forward to helping students identify appropriate scholarly sources for their research. “Internet sites like Wikipedia can be a great place to start, but it isn’t the place to do real research,” Rita Smith, head of reference services, said. “We look forward to helping students broaden their information-gathering skills, and to teaching them how to analyze the accuracy of the information they use. Information literacy is one of the best ways to get ready for the world,” Smith said.

Students can make a Research Assist appointment by calling 974-4171 or emailing Jeanine Williamson at researchassist.jeanine@nullgmail.com. More information is available at www.lib.utk.edu/refs/researchassist/.




Got Research? UT Libraries’ Research Assist Provides Individualized Assistance

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The UT Libraries offers a service that provides individualized help to students with research projects. So whether you have a paper due for English class or a project in business, a librarian can help you plan your research process and identify sources.

“Doing library research can be very challenging,” Jeanine Williamson, a reference librarian who founded Research Assist, said. “With Research Assist, you can get one-on-one help finding, selecting and locating other sources that make a research project complete.”

Students often rely too heavily on Internet resources that may not be reliable. Some universities, such as the history department at Middlebury College in Vermont, have limited students’ use of sites like Wikipedia.

“Whereas Wikipedia is extraordinarily convenient and, for some general purposes, extremely useful, it nonetheless suffers inevitably from inaccuracies deriving in large measure from its unique manner of compilation,” a statement from the Middlebury College department reads. “Students are responsible for the accuracy of information they provide, and they cannot point to Wikipedia or any similar source that may appear in the future to escape the consequences of errors.”

Librarians at UT look forward to helping students identify appropriate scholarly sources for their research. “Internet sites like Wikipedia can be a great place to start, but it isn’t the place to do real research,” Rita Smith, head of reference services, said. “We look forward to helping students broaden their information-gathering skills, and to teaching them how to analyze the accuracy of the information they use. Information literacy is one of the best ways to get ready for the world,” Smith said.

Students can make a Research Assist appointment by calling 974-4171 or emailing Jeanine Williamson at researchassist.jeanine@nullgmail.com. More information is available at www.lib.utk.edu/refs/researchassist/.




UT Libraries Moving Up in National Rankings

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University of Tennessee Libraries are among the top 20 publicly supported university libraries in recent national rankings as updates in services continue to make the library a vital resource on campus.

The Association of Research Libraries ranked UT Libraries 16th out of 68 publicly supported university libraries in the expenditures-focused index, a big jump from 27th in rankings released last year.

ARL ranked UT 31st out of all 113 ARL libraries in the expenditures-focused index, up from 47th.

“The most recent ARL rankings demonstrate the superior quality and excellence of the UT Libraries’ collections, innovative services and staff,” said Barbara I. Dewey, dean of libraries. “Campus support has ensured strong growth in print and digital collections needed for student and faculty success in teaching, learning and research.”

UT Libraries data reported to ARL were a combination of UT Knoxville, Law School, Preston Medical, UT Center for Health Sciences at Memphis and UTSI libraries.

The ARL rankings are for 2005-06 and were released to libraries in July. They will be published in the Chronicle of Higher Education this fall.

The expenditures-focused index is calculated based on total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, total library materials expenditures and the number of professional plus support staff.

For more information, visit http://www.lib.utk.edu.

Contact:

Elizabeth Davis, UT Media Relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@nulltennessee.edu




Fall Course Reserves

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bookstack.jpg If your professor has placed items on reserve for your class, you will be able to locate those items through the UT Online Catalog. Select “Course Reserves” under Search Options on the right to search for your course reserves. Online reserve items may be accessed directly from the catalog by clicking the f-tn-link.jpg image next to the URL. Other reserve items may be obtained by bringing the call number of the item to the Music Library Circulation Desk. For more information see our Reserve Information page or by contacting Connie Steigenga at the Music Library



Welcome Back!

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Another semester is starting, but are you aware of all the resources that the Music Library offers?

Our Music Databases cover a wide range of musical genres and areas. They can assist you in finding articles, books, scores, music available for purchase as well as provide you with music to listen online. Be sure to check out all four of our audio streaming databases. See “how to listen online” for instruction sheets on using each of the audio databases.

The Music Library also provides various Indexes for your assistance. The UT Song Index is a valuable resource for locating vocal works within song anthologies owned by the UT Music Library. Additionally, the Analysis Index includes descriptions and analyses of compositions in books owned by the UT Music Library.

Subject Guides on various topics provide research assistance and quick help even when a music librarian is not available. Be sure to check out other Help and Tutorial topics to further assist your research needs.

As always, if you need additional help please feel free to contact any of the Music Library faculty or staff.




Music Library Fall Semester Hours

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During Fall 2007 the Music Library will have the following hours:

Music Library Hours-Fall Semester
Monday – Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday* 1pm-5pm
Sunday 2pm-10pm

*The music library will be open on non-home game, non-holiday weekends. Open Saturdays for fall semester are as follows: 8/25, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 12/1, 12/8.




Construction in The Commons: Where are the services I need?

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Construction continues in The Commons, but all the services that students need are still available. Please pardon our dust as we work hard to bring you a brand-new Commons!

Where can I find …

Password Resets and Wireless Assistance
The OIT HelpDesk and Computer Support will be in The Commons South, room 235, and the Practice Presentation Room starting Saturday, August 18.

Loaner Laptops and Computer Workstations
Loaner laptops and computers are available in the Media Center, which will be open 24-hours starting Wednesday, August 22. Computers are also available on the first floor of Hodges in the Reference and Periodicals, Documents and Microforms rooms, and in the Hodges ground floor computer lab.

General Information
The Information and Referral desk will be open outside The Commons beginning Monday, August 20.




Library Resources on Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans Flood

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Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the surrounding area on August 29, 2005. The storm surge broke the city’s levees in many places, leaving 80 percent of the city under water. Much of the area was flooded again by Hurricane Rita, which struck three weeks later. The devastation to the Gulf Coast by these two hurricanes has been called the greatest natural disaster in our nation’s history.

The University Libraries has compiled a list of resources regarding Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans Flood, which include a selection of Must Reads, Web Resources, books, videos and articles. For more information, please contact Donna Braquet, Life Sciences Librarian.




First Aid for Graduate Students: August 24

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Food, prizes, gifts and tours for graduate students at Hodges Library on Friday, August 24 from 2-4 p.m.

Graduate Students are invited to the University Libraries’ First Aid for Graduate Students on August 24 from 2-4 p.m. at Hodges Library, on the second floor near the Melrose entrance.

Students will be able to reserve a study carrel, register for interlibrary loan and library express delivery service, meet subject librarians, and find out about other consultation services, teaching support and workshops. Students can also bring their laptops and register their wireless accounts with help from the Office of Information Technology.

All graduate students are invited to attend.