Commons Open House — Games! Prizes!

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Celebrate 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.

Scott Miller opens spring UT Writers in the Library series

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Singer and songwriter Scott Miller opens the spring semester slate of Writers in the Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on January 14.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in the UT Department of English. The series brings various writers to campus throughout the year to read from their work.

Writers in the Library began in 1999 and is managed by the UT Libraries Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence. The current Writer-in-Residence is RB Morris, a singer, songwriter and poet from Knoxville. This is his last semester in the position.

“The position of Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence has been a tremendous honor for me and has allowed me to come in contact with a lot of great writers,” Morris said.

The following is the spring schedule for Writers in the Library. All events begin at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.

* Jan. 14 – Scott Miller
* Jan. 28 – John McManus
* Feb. 11 – MariJo Moore
* Feb. 25 – Julie Auer and Steven Dupree
* March 10 – Michael Knight
* March 24 – Linda P. Marion and Judy Loest
* April 14 – student recipients of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes in fiction and poetry
* April 21 – group reading; writers to be announced later

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

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encpopmus.jpgLarkin, Colin, ed. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
     10 vols. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Ref. ML102.R6 C64 2006

The 4th edition of this encyclopedia set has been updated and expanded from the previous edition. Published in 2006, this set now contains more recent artists and performers not included in the earlier edition. Entries contain biographical information, a short discography, and citations. Also contains information on genres and types of popular music. A great resource for anyone researching popular music.

Student Art in the Library

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The Spring 2008 Student Art in the Library Juried Exhibition is now on view in the Hodges Library reference room. The contest was open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Student Art in the Library Committee made its selections from over 70 submissions.

Congratulations to our exhibiting artists and thank you to everyone who participated!

Come by and see it when you have a chance or view the exhibited works online.

Publish With Newfound Press

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Newfound Press
The Present Future
Today’s scholarly publishing environment presents a strategic opportunity for academic libraries to expand their role in the publications process. Universities are both creators and consumers in the information economy. A digital library press offers the potential for making scholarly and specialized resources widely available at a reasonable cost.

The University of Tennessee Libraries is developing a framework to make scholarly and specialized works available
worldwide. Newfound Press, the University Libraries digital imprint, advances the community of learning by experimenting with effective and open systems of scholarly communication. Drawing on the resources that the university has invested in digital library development, Newfound Press collaborates with authors and researchers to bring new forms of publication to an expanding scholarly universe. We consider manuscripts in all disciplines, encompassing scientific research, humanistic scholarship, and artistic creation.

For more information, see Newfound Press website and/or contact Linda Phillips.
Linda chairs the Newfound Press editorial board.

Linda L. Phillips
Phone: 865-974-4702

Fax 865-974-9242


Encyclopedia of Popular Music Online

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We now have a trial run available for Encyclopedia of Popular Music Online.

  • 27,000+ entries provide comprehensive coverage of musicians, genres, record companies, music festivals, and songs
  • Not just Rock & Roll: comprehensive coverage of popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day
  • Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided along with complete discographies and a 5-star album rating system

If you are interested in testing this database, please go to Test & Evaluation Site for UT Campus Use for more information.

Map Services Reopen in Hodges Library

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A newly configured Map Services area opens in the John C. Hodges Library on Wednesday, January 9. The ground floor space, which was used as a computer lab prior to the expansion of the Commons on the 2nd floor of Hodges, now houses a diverse collection of books, atlases, globes, digital resources, geographic software, and over 300,000 sheet maps.

We invite you to visit the Hodges Map Services area and take advantage of the varied resources that support research, teaching, and the every day need for map and geographic information. Services and resources are available onsite to the general public as well as to UT students and staff. Materials are available for checkout to UT students and staff and UT-affiliated borrowers.

Map collections and services were previously located in the basement of the James D. Hoskins Library. The core collection of topographic and geologic maps received through the federal depository program were maintained by the university geography department from the 1940s until the University Libraries assumed the collection in 1989. In addition to sheet maps and other materials, today’s Map Services features computers, Geographic Information System (GIS) software, GPS equipment, and expert staff who are available to help users access digital geospatial data.

Visit our Map Services website ( for more information.