UT competes in RecycleMania 2008

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Click the poster to visit the site.

The 2008 competition has officially started with over 400 schools across the country participating to see who can motivate their campus communities to recycle more and reduce overall waste. Schools will use the week from Sunday, January 27 through Saturday, February 2 to collect their recycling and trash data. The first reports are do by Wednesday, February 6 at 12pm EST, and initial rankings will be posted that Friday, February 8.

Playwright Linda Parris-Bailey of Carpetbag Theatre to read new work, Feb. 2

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Playwright Linda Parris-Bailey, executive artistic director and principal writer-in-residence for Knoxville’s internationally celebrated Carpetbag Theatre, will be reading scenes from her new commissioned work, “Giants of Lehigh Valley,” in the Commons, second floor of Hodges Library, Saturday, February 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The play, commissioned by Touchstone Theatre and featuring the music by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, grew out of oral histories collected by students from Muhlenberg College and Kutztown University and story circles conducted by Peggy Pettitt. The piece is a powerful tapestry of theatre and song highlighting a century of the African American experience in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Also participating in the reading (via videoconference) will be director Mark McKenna, producing artistic director of Touchstone Theatre, and select cast members. The public is welcome to attend the reading and join in the question-and-answer session that follows.

The reading and videoconference are being sponsored by Lehigh University, the UT Theatre Department, and UT’s Office of Information Technology.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is a nationwide citizen science* project happening Feburary 15-18, 2008. Participants simply count the number and kinds of birds they see for as little as 15 minutes during the Bird Count and submit an online checklist. Scientists compile the data to gain information on bird populations in winter. All ages and birding skill levels are welcome to participate in this project. Information can be found at: The Great Backyard Bird Count

*Citizen science projects are those that involve non-scientists to collect scientific data on such varied topics as water quality, variable star observations, and biodiversity. Scientists then analyze the data, allowing them to make discoveries that would be impossible to observe with only a small team of scientists.

For more information, contact Allison Scripa

New OVIDSP interface to Agricola, CAB, Bio Abst, FS&TA

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Heavily used agriculture and veterinary medicine databases have a interface new to
UT searches. It is called OVIDSP.

If you search these databases, we have training aids and
guides that will help you learn how to search them with OVIDSP:

AGRICOLA 1970 to present
Biological Abstracts 1969 to present
CAB Abstracts 1973 to present
Food Science and Technology Abstracts 1969 to present

UTIA personnel please contact Ann Viera (4-9015 annviera@nullutk.edu) or Sandy Leach (974-7922 or sandra-leach@nullutk.edu) for assistance searching these or any other databases.

Printed guide to OVID SP available: contact Ann (annviera@nullutk.edu or 974-9015) for a copy of the printed Quick Reference Card from OVID SP or download the .pdf version.

High-quality training is available online now at your desktop produced by academic librarians at other institutions who have already produced podcast and written tutorials about how to search with the new OVIDSP interface.

Yale Medical Library OVID SP tutorials by Lei Wang–assumes you’ve used the old OVID interface. Medline is the database searched using OvidSP. Short, authoritative, highly recommended!

University of Leeds has two online workbooks dated 2/1/08:
OVID SP Starter Workbook
OVIDSP Advanced Workbook

Pros and Cons of the new OVIDSP from Dean Guistini/UCB Library

Additional tutorials and training aids will be posted on this blog as we find them. Thanks to the Krafty Librarian for alerting us to the work of our colleagues.

John McManus at Writers in the Library, Jan. 28

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John McManus, visiting writer in the UT Creative Writing Program this spring, will read at Writers in the Library, Monday, January 28, 7 pm, in the Hodges Library auditorium.

John McManus is the author of a novel, Bitter Milk, and two collections of short fiction, Born on a Train and Stop Breakin Down, which made him, at 22, the youngest ever recipient of the Whiting Award. His stories have appeared in places like Oxford American, Tin House and Ploughshares. He was born and raised in Blount County and currently teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College.

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 jdeeken@nullutk.edu, or R.B. Morris, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or rbmorris@nullutk.edu.

UTK’s Inclement Weather Policy

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will remain open except in the most severe weather conditions.

* The Chancellor may officially close or suspend selected activities of the University because of extreme weather conditions. When a decision to close is reached, campus and local radio and TV stations will be notified so that appropriate announcements may be made.

* If the University is officially closed, certain essential activities such as food services, facilities services, police, steam plant, health service, and telephone services will continue to operate. Some facilities such as the Library and University Center will, if possible, continue to function as a service to students and faculty. When the University is officially closed, its policy of Days of Administrative Closing will apply for staff exempt and staff nonexempt employees.

* In the event of inclement weather when the University remains open, all faculty, administrators and staff will be expected to make every reasonable effort to maintain their regular work schedules, but are advised to avoid undue risks in traveling. Employees who anticipate arriving late or not arriving at work at all should notify their immediate supervisors. Employees have the option of charging their time off to annual leave or leave without pay; or, with approval, they may make up their lost work hours.

*Students will be responsible for any academic work they miss due to absences caused by severe weather conditions. It is the individual student’s responsibility to take the initiative to make up any missed class work, and it is the instructors’ responsibility to provide a reasonable opportunity for students to complete assignments or examinations missed due to such absences.

Toss your trash outside the library

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We all love the liberal food policy here at Pendergrass. So we should all do our part to protect the environment we enjoy by keeping pesky visitors to a minimum and protecting the books and computers.
Don’t use the trash cans inside the library for food and drink trash.
Take a moment to throw away food trash in the receptacles outside the Library and


Commons Open House — Games! Prizes!

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commons080110.jpgCelebrate the newly-renovated Commons, a collaboration of the University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Drop by our open house on Tuesday, January 22, on the second floor of Hodges Library.

Games, prizes, party favors, refreshments, and music will be ongoing from 2:00 until 4:30 throughout the Commons. Be present for the welcoming remarks at 3:00; a drawing for prizes such as a Dell 926 All-In-One Printer and a 1GB flash drive will follow a brief ceremony.

The Commons is a place for students to interact, get technology support and research assistance, and work on course assignments. To help enhance student learning and research, the Commons provides state of the art technology and resources.

The newly expanded and renovated Commons features brightly-painted walls, upholstered booths, comfortable arm chairs and sofas interspersed among almost 200 computer workstations. Here students can checkout a laptop, snuggle into an easy chair, and access the internet or a remote printer over our wireless network. They can create a video or practice a multimedia presentation in our Practice Presentation Room, be tutored in statistics or writing skills, or have their personal computers scanned for viruses and spyware.

On a busy day, the Commons hosts as many as 2000 visitors. Most services are available 24 hours a day, five days a week.