Many Microfilm Materials Moving to Storage

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John C. Hodges Library is relocating approximately 38,000 microfilm reels to the Storage unit at Hoskins Library. Only Tennessee newspapers and serials on microfilm will remain in Hodges Library.

Just as with UT Libraries’ other storage collections, anyone needing reels may use the Storage Request Service at no charge. University of Tennessee students, faculty, and staff may request microfilm titles via the library’s online catalog. Patrons without library accounts may submit requests via or pick up a paper request form at the Hodges Library Circulation Desk. The UT Libraries provides either library pick-up or campus delivery for storage orders.

Contact Hodges Library Circulation (865-974-4351) for storage order assistance or referral to other departments working with this project.

The band Journey finds its new singer on YouTube

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Here’s a YouTube tale with a happy ending: Filipino singer Arnel Pineda (pronounced “pin-eh-da”) posted footage of himself performing Journey covers with his band the Zoo and was discovered half a world away by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who was trolling the site for new blood.

Metallica, Run-DMC up for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hip Hop group Run-DMC, heavy metal band Metallica and musician/songwriter Bobby Womack are among nine nominees announced on Monday vying for five spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Guitarist Jeff Beck, disco and R&B band Chic, rock and roll singer Wanda Jackson, doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, rock band The Stooges, and the California funk band War were also nominated.

Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album and are represented in an exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Continue Reading at Reuters

Call for Student Art Submissions

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The University of Tennessee Libraries is now accepting submissions for the next Student Art in the Library Juried Exhibition. The exhibition is open to all under undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Artworks selected this fall will be installed in December and will remain on view through the spring. All 2-dimensional works including drawing, graphic design, printmaking, photography, ceramics or painting will be considered.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, November 11.

For more information and complete instructions for submission, visit

Henry Z. Steinway, Piano Maker, Dies at 93

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Henry Z. Steinway at Steinway Hall in 2003.

Henry Z. Steinway at Steinway Hall in 2003. In 1972 he sold his company to the CBS Corporation.

By JAMES BARRON Published: September 18, 2008

Henry Z. Steinway, the last Steinway to run the piano-making company his family started in 1853, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

His death was confirmed by a daughter, Susan Steinway.

Mr. Steinway once said that he had taken countless piano lessons but never knew “which is Beethoven’s this or Beethoven’s that.” He remained proficient on a typewriter’s keys, however; long after the world had adopted personal computers, he was still pounding away on his Smith-Corona manual.

Continue Reading at the New York Times.

Writers in the Library Series Welcomes Margaret Lazarus Dean

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margaret-lazarus-dean-smallWriters in the Library will welcome a refreshing new voice in fiction at its next event. Margaret Lazarus Dean will read from her novel The Time It Takes to Fall (Simon & Schuster, 2007) on Monday, October 6 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

A coming of age story set in Florida during the unique historic moment of the Challenger disaster, The Time It Takes to Fall centers on 13-year-old Dolores Gray, the daughter of a NASA employee. While Dolores delves into physics and dreams of becoming an astronaut, she must grapple with social challenges at school and increasing turmoil at home. When the space shuttle Challenger explodes in 1986, the disaster impacts Dolores’s family, town, and her hopes for the future.

In addition to her reading, Dean will discuss her research methods while writing her novel. While investigating the world of space exploration, Dean visited NASA’s digital archive and witnessed a live space shuttle launch. Since the character of Dolores is deeply interested in physics, Dean audited a physics course at the University of Michigan in addition to carrying out library research.

Dean will also discuss the challenges and rewards of trying to combine the facts gleaned from her research with the imaginative world of a fictional narrative, and she will explore the theme of disaster in literature.

An Assistant Professor in the University of Tennessee English Department’s Creative Writing Program, Dean received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. In 2008, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and she received a 2001 Hopwood Award for the novel-in-progress for The Time It Takes to Fall.

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, or Kali Meister, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at

Documentaries in the Library Focus on Political Themes

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The University of Tennessee Libraries and the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy invite the campus and local community to attend the Documentaries in the Library series. Each event features a documentary film screening followed by a discussion. The events are free and open to the public.

To celebrate the 2008 election, the current series schedule focuses on political themes.
During the months of September and October, thought-provoking documentaries will inspire viewers to think critically about important issues in American politics. After the screenings, discussion leaders will encourage lively debate on the topics posed by the films.

The program schedule is as follows:

Young Voices on Today’s Politics – Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium
Documentary: Student Free Range Video Contest Entries
The spring 2008 contest encouraged students to create short videos commenting on politics. Entries from this contest as well as student videos from UT courses and selections from YouTube will be screened.
Discussion Leader: Mark Harmon, Journalism and Electronic Media

Religion and Politics – Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium
Documentary: God and Politics
This PBS series examines how religious beliefs shape political events. Discussed are the influence of schisms amongst the Southern Baptists, the war for souls in Central America, which parallels American foreign policy in the area, and the movement known as Christian Reconstruction.
Discussion Leader: Will Jennings, Political Science

The Presidential Mandate? – Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium
Documentary: Mandate
This video, narrated by veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and the presidency from George Washington through Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Discussion Leader: Michael Fitzgerald, Political Science

UT Employee Gives Tiny Gift

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tinapicFor years, it’s been tucked away inside a jeweled pillbox in her desk drawer and taken out only when nostalgia hits. But Tina Bentrup of UT Libraries’ Interlibrary Services department has decided to share her unusual and diminutive treasure with the rest of us.

Bentrup recently donated a miniature book to the Special Collections Library, thereby adding to the library’s collection of about 20 tiny volumes. The Addresses of Abraham Lincoln, published by the former Kingsport Press in 1929, is shorter than a paperclip at just under two centimeters high and would appear to belong in a tiny dollhouse. But the book is no toy: at 139 pages, the volume includes four of Abraham Lincoln’s most important speeches. His “Gettysburg Address,” “Second Inaugural Speech,” “A House Divided,” and “Equality in a Republic” are all reproduced with painstaking care and are completely unabridged.

In fact, apart from its tiny size, the miniature volume is difficult to distinguish from any other hardback book from its era. The book has a title page, a dedication, page numbers, and even an index. Covered with what appears to be red leather, the book is bound in signatures, the traditional method of thread and cloth. Though seemingly delicate, the book is in good condition and shows relatively little wear for its 79 years.

Miniature books were often created to show off the skills of a press and its workers. According to Nick Wyman, research services specialist at UT’s Special Collections Library, very few copies were made of each book, making miniature books ideal finds for collectors.

The book was given to Bentrup’s father, Dr. George Lake Inge, by an employee of the Kingsport Press in Kingsport, Tennessee. While Bentrup is unsure of the exact details of the exchange, she has fond memories of trying to read the tiny print as a child. “I think I made it all the way through the Gettysburg Address, but after that I gave up,” she recalled.

Bentrup has owned the book all of her adult life. When she read an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel about the Special Collections Library’s tiny book collection, she knew she wanted to donate her book. “I knew that was where it belonged,” Bentrup said.

Wyman was greatly impressed with Bentrup’s donation. “It’s just wonderful. This will be the smallest miniature book we’ll have here at the library,” he said.

For more information about miniature books or other unique collections, contact the Special Collections Library at 974-4480.

University Libraries Unveils Online Yearbook Collection

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Indulge in fond memories, scan the names of the graduating classes, and laugh at the hairstyles…

University of Tennessee alumni, students, and the general public can now access a wealth of UT history as the University Libraries’ Digital Library Initiatives unveils an openly-accessible online collection of Volunteer Yearbooks. The collection spans from the 1897 inception of the yearbook all the way through the 2001 edition.

Since the first issue of the Volunteer Yearbook, the tradition has been carried on annually with the exception of 1918, when university activities were halted due to the events of World War I.

Yearbooks are written, edited, photographed, and designed entirely by UT students, and hence convey the unique perspectives of the student body throughout the years. The publication showcases athletics, academics, daily student life, and reflects larger cultural and social trends.

While the yearbooks comprise a record of the tremendous change and progress that has taken place at the University of Tennessee, they also capture the Volunteer spirit that remains largely unchanged even today.

Visit the Volunteer Yearbook collection at For questions regarding the collection content and design, contact Melanie Feltner-Reichert, Director of Digital Library Initiatives, at; or Paul Cummins, Digital Library Initiatives Programmer, responsible for design of the collection interface, at