Survey Time!

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During the week of March 31 – April 6, the Libraries will be handing out surveys to get your feedback so that we can improve the quality of library services and collections. All of the libraries involved — Hodges, Ag/Vet, Music, and Social Work — will be implementing surveys. If you’re asked to complete a survey during your visit to the library, please let us know how we can help you be more successful in your courses, research, and beyond.




The Libraries’ website — help us improve it

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surfer4Members of the UT community are invited to weekly discussion sessions that will define our new virtual library platform. Join us every Wednesday, NOON to 1:00, in 605 Hodges Library. You can be part of the next information wave.

Throughout April, we will be discussing website design. Help us envision the future of UT’s virtual library and redesign the library website to make it work for YOU. Upcoming topics:

  • April 1 – Web Design Principles
  • April 8 – Review of “Library Web Site of the Future” by Steven Bell
  • April 15 – Review of Design Talk by Brenda Reeb
  • April 22 – Web Design Principles, redux
  • April 29 – Testing User Behavior and Preferences
  • May 6 – User-Centered Design

For more information, contact Linda Phillips at llphillips@nullutk.edu or 974-4702.




Music Library subscribes to “Opera in Video” Online!

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Music Library patrons will now be able to stream opera performances online from “Opera in Video” presented by Alexander Street Press:

“Opera in Video will contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.”

Patrons can access the streaming video database through the link on the Music Library’s homepage or click here.




“Exposed,” a play by Kali Meister at Hodges Library

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meister-headshotWriters in the Library and the UT Women’s Coordinating Council are co-sponsoring a performance of “Exposed,” a play by Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence Kali Meister.

“Exposed” is a cross-genre play featuring monologues, songs, dance, poetry, and scene work featuring Kali Meister, George Pate, Michael Hudson, and Crystal Humphrey Bruaeneur.

The play is a nonfiction journey through Meister’s life, chronicling her survival through incest and sexual violence, consequent struggles with food and body image, and her ultimate coming to terms with being an adult survivor of abuse.

The play is not suitable for younger audiences.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more info e-mail meisterkali@nullgmail.com.




Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou Speaks on GIS and Support Systems for Disaster Management

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Department of Geography
2009 Ralston Speaker
April 2, 2009
3:40 PM
Lindsay Young Auditorium
UT Library

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
San Diego State University

New Research Directions of Internet GIS and Web-based Spatial Decision Support Systems for Disaster Management

Abstract:
Internet GIS is the cyber-infrastructure framework for geographic information services, which utilize both wired and wireless Internet to access geographic information, spatial analytical tools, and GIS web services. This talk will introduce the concepts, technologies, theories, and future research directions of Internet GIS and Web Mapping Services. Clearly, the progress of Internet GIS implies an invisible revolution of GIS — from closed, centralized geographic information systems to open, distributed geographic information services. The development of Internet GIS will encourage people to share geodata, exchange GIS programs, and accumulate the knowledge of geographic information science. Internet GIS provide a brand-new view for geographers, urban planners, and GIS professionals to analyze and represent our world.

Recent wildfires in southern California demonstrate the need of creating new research focuses of Internet GIS and Web-based Mapping Services. Disaster management (or emergency management) is unique among Internet GIS applications because it deals directly with loss of human life and property damage. Disaster management is a complex domain of human activity involving multiple agencies and stakeholders. A collaborative approach utilizing state-of-the-art Internet GIS and mobile GIServices can facilitate a comprehensive and functional disaster management plan. This talk will also address the experiences we learned when applying Internet GIS and Web mapping services for the recent San Diego 2007 wildfires. During the wildfires, we realized that some Web mapping technologies are useful, and some are not. There are still some major challenges in the development of Internet GIS and Web mapping services for disaster management and responses.






UT Energy Saving Tips — Electrical Devices

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Cut the Cord and Switch Your Thinking an article by Charles Prim in Tennessee Today will help you help UT save energy and $.

It includes answers to these questions:
Why isn’t it good enough to just turn off electrical appliances if you’re not using them?

Can you “wear out” a computer by turning it on and off every time you step away from it?

If you turn off your computer every night, won’t you miss out on anti-virus updates, which are installed early in the morning?

These are great tips for personal computers. But what about network servers and multi-user workstations? How can they be more “green”?






First Impressions: Homepages That Rock

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surfer4Join the Virtual Library Steering Committee for a discussion of favorite websites and what makes them rock, NOON, Wednesday, March 25, in 605 Hodges Library.

The library’s homepage says a lot about UT. Help the UT Libraries design a virtual library that becomes an ongoing personal experience, not just a URL.

Members of the UT community are invited to weekly discussion sessions that will define our new virtual library platform. Join us every Wednesday, NOON to 1:00. You can be part of the next information wave. Help us envision the future of UT’s virtual library and redesign the library website to make it work for YOU.

For more information, contact Linda Phillips at llphillips@nullutk.edu or 974-4702.




Please participate in the UT Libraries Survey starting March 31

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library-surveyHave you been waiting for the chance to rate your campus libraries? We’d love to hear from you! During the week of March 31—April 6, the Libraries will be periodically handing out surveys to get your feedback so that we can improve the quality of library services and collections. All of the libraries involved—Hodges, Ag/Vet, Music, and Social Work—will be implementing surveys. If you’re asked to complete a survey during your visit to the library, please let us know how we can help you be more successful in your classes, research, and everyday lives.