UT Libraries wants your feedback! Please take our survey if asked . . .

Have 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 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. We’ll see you soon!

Catch the (Information-Seeking) Wave

surfer4Join the Virtual Library Steering Committee for a discussion of students’ information-seeking habits, NOON, Wednesday, March 18, in 605 Hodges Library.

Do they “just Google it”? Help the UT Libraries devise a virtual library that leads students to more authoritative sources.

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 JoAnne Deeken at jdeeken@utk.edu or 974-6913.

UT Libraries wants your feedback! Please take our survey if asked . . .

surveyrolloverHave 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 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. We’ll see you soon!

Free Range ShootOut — enter our video contest

shootoutDust off your guns and practice your stare, the Free Range ShootOut is coming . . . Beware!

Registration is now open for the 2009 Free Range Video Contest. This year we’re having a Video ShootOut! Participants will vote to determine the required elements of the contest on Friday, April 3, then have the weekend to work. Entries will be due Sunday, April 5, at midnight. Participants at all skill levels are welcome. Come join the fun!

Details at www.lib.utk.edu/studio/freerange/shootout

Destination Wellness: Wellness Week March 9-13, 2009

KNOXVILLE — “Destination Wellness” is the theme on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus next week as students tie up loose ends before spring break arrives later in the month.

Beginning Monday, March 9, students will have the opportunity to attend and participate in health- and wellness-centered sessions across campus. From an informational session on tattoos and body art to suicide prevention training, “Destination Wellness” aims to improve the health of students’ bodies and minds. The week’s activities center around a wellness fair on Tuesday, March 10, that features demonstrations, health information and chair massages. A full list of wellness week activities and their locations is below.

UT’s Student Health Service and Division of Student Affairs are sponsoring “Destination Wellness” to raise student awareness of physical and mental health concerns before spring break arrives on March 16.

“Destination Wellness” Events:

Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ready for The World Café
Unique international cuisine
University Center Hermitage Room

Monday, March 9
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
A training program aimed at suicide prevention
University Center 221

12 – 1 p.m.
Tattoos and Body Art
Today’s most popular forms of body art and self-expression with Tina S. Wilson, East Tennessee Regional Health Office, and Jerry Hurst, Knox County Health Department
University Center 233-234

4 – 5 p.m.
Fun Walk/Run
Circle Park

7 – 8 p.m.
10 Tips to Lessen Stress
Detrimental effects of stress and suggestions for alleviating many of life’s stressors
TRECS

8 – 9 p.m.
Yoga 101
This forty-minute class is a great introduction if you are new to yoga or the group fitness program
TRECS

Tuesday, March 10
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wellness Fair
Demonstrations, door prizes, chair massages and health info
University Center Plaza

Noon
Culinary Demonstration
University Center Hermitage Room

12 – 1:30 p.m.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
A training program aimed at suicide prevention
University Center 221

12 – 4 p.m.
Skin Solutions
Our special camera will show you the hidden sun damage on your skin
University Center 221

7 – 8 p.m.
Fueling Your Lifestyle
Healthy diet recommendations based on your activity level and lifestyle, whether you are new to exercise or an athlete
TRECS

Wednesday, March 11
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Travel Safety and Crime Prevention Booth
Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway

12 – 4 p.m.
Skin Solutions
Our special camera will show you the hidden sun damage on your skin
Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway

3 – 4 p.m.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
A training program aimed at suicide prevention
University Center Shiloh Room

7 – 8 p.m.
Hip Hop Aerobics
TRECS

Thursday, March 12
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Donate to Second Harvest Food Bank
Student Health Service Office

Friday, March 13
Smile, You’ve Been Tagged Day
An experiment in anonymous kindness
Campus-wide

Contacts:

Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8304, rwinkler@utk.edu)

Rosa Thomas (865- 974-3135, rthomas1@utk.edu)

Spring Break Hours

Spring Break is coming soon. We will reduce our hours during the week.
Monday – Friday
March 16th – March 20th
7:30 AM to 6 PM.

Weekend hours remain the same.
Saturday, 10 AM – 6PM
Sunday, 1 PM – 6 PM

Have a great break!

Novelist Richard Bausch at Writers in the Library, March 9

bauschNovelist and short story writer Richard Bausch will read from his works at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium.

Bausch has published 18 novels and short story collections and he currently holds the Moss Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis. His books include Real Presence, The Last Good Time, The Fireman’s Wife and Other Stories, Rare and Endangered Species, Hello to the Cannibals, and most recently, Peace. His fiction has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Harper’s, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker and has been represented in anthologies like O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Short Stories.


 
From a 2003 Washington Post interview with Richard Bausch:

ON THE PROCESS OF WRITING: “I start writing with an image or a voice, but I don’t know anything when I start. The only thing I know is that I’m starting. And learn it as I go. . . The real artistry comes with rewriting. And that’s where the real work is. But at no time is it a rational thing that I’m doing. It’s at the level of an animal smelling blood. It’s that kind of knowledge. And if it does not surprise me, I don’t trust it.”

ON CREATING CHARACTERS: “It’s all imagination. It’s all made up. I never use any models. There’s an explanation of that . . . it has to do with Flannery O’Connor’s comment that a good story is literal in the same sense that a child’s drawing is literal.”

ON THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN GENRES: “I always write stories, and I write poems, too. I just never sell them to anybody, but I write them. They’re good, too. They never leave the house. They’re too disclosing. I get to hide in the fiction. Once I thought I had a novel and it turned out it was only a short story. I wrote about 800 pages, but it ended up being a short story. And if it ever happens to me again, I Will Go Insane.”

ON TEACHING: “I don’t teach writing. I teach patience. Toughness. Stubbornness. The willingness to fail. . . I love teaching. If I made a trillion dollars I would still teach.”


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 974-6913 or jdeeken@utk.edu, or Kali Meister, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at meisterkali@gmail.com.