Share Your Virtual Library Enhancement Ideas

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With the library’s compelling new homepage and its underlying discovery and delivery platform going live on August 7, the Virtual Library Steering Committee has started planning for future enhancements. This week Committee members identified some 30 desirable new features [see them below].

We invite all library employees to contribute ideas for expanding UT’s virtual library. Please send me ( suggestions before the next VLSC program on August 26.

You are invited to attend our Wednesday noontime discussions in Hodges Library 605. During Fall semester they’ll be on August 26; September 9 and 23; October 7 and 21; November 4 and 18; and December 2.

Suggestions for Virtual Library Enhancement

1. Ability to personalize library home page design
2. Recognition of individual users…(welcome, Cary!) and adding suggested related resources to searches (e.g. others who selected this item also borrowed—or searched—<names of other resources or search terms>)
3. Book jacket image display
4. Process for faculty and other content creators to share it via virtual library (e.g. posting content to iTunes U)
5. Enable users to easily distinguish among formats, editions, and other characteristics where similarities exist among various items
6. Provide audio/video/text samples of content with citations
7. Include table of contents for items in virtual library
8. Provide ability to search ALL library resources (Syracuse model) and add ALL tab to home page search box
9. Provide ability to search all digitized books in the public domain
10. Alert library staff to “database failure” – any time a database is not available for any reason
11. Increase visibility of library homepage to the campus
12. Collect and present more use data
13. Offer context-sensitive help
14. Provide a single list of ALL journals accessible through the library, including open access titles. Show which have library subscriptions, publishers, databases in which they appear, and the journal formats.
15. Enable more cross-database searching
16. List on library homepage today’s (daily) events, workshops, etc.
17. Provide reference service for text message users
18. Enable payment of fines and other library charges over the phone and online
19. Reserve group rooms online
20. Incorporate mapping and instructions to locate items in the stacks
21. Include more search engines than Google
22. Make the library more prominent on the university’s home page
23. Add a Share button like those used in Facebook, MySpace, etc.
24. Enable tagging integration, such as LibraryThing
25. Offer a space for feedback and creative ideas about the library
26. Expand federated searching
27. Incorporate data generated by virtual library into expansion and enhancement
28. Create and publish more multimedia
29. Assure virtual library compliance with ADA values and regulations
30. Make the virtual library available on mobile devices

Special Collections Reopens in Hodges Library August 3

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speccollecreopensThe UT Libraries’ Special Collections have relocated to the Hodges Library and will reopen on Monday, August 3. Special Collections will be open to the campus community and the general public in Room 121, John C. Hodges Main Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Special Collections — the UT Libraries’ collections of rare books, manuscripts and other unique research materials — were previously located in the aging James D. Hoskins Library on Cumberland Avenue.

It has taken almost three months to move thousands of rare books to the newly renovated space in Room 121 of Hodges Library. The new location in the John C. Hodges Main Library offers a great opportunity for new users to acquaint themselves with the unique primary research materials available in Special Collections.

Special Collections is also the access point for the University Archives — the university’s publications, official records, and materials that document the history and culture of the University of Tennessee. Manuscript collections and University Archives materials are stored off-site and require advance notice for retrieval. Political papers formerly housed in Special Collections have been transferred to the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Avenue.

For more information about Special Collections, phone 974-4480 or visit 121 Hodges Library.

New Library Homepage Goes Live August 7

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homepagethumbnail-3The UT Libraries will unveil a new homepage on Friday, August 7. Online visitors will immediately notice a new look, but the changes are more than superficial. Improved search capabilities are available thanks to a new “discovery and delivery platform” that overlays the Libraries’ catalog and other online resources.

The most obvious change is the addition of the “simple search box” at the top of the homepage. Tabs on the search box offer different ways to search library resources. The new, enhanced searches for books and articles also return more useful search results. A book or article search returns both a list of hits and a list of categories (or “facets”) that can be used to quickly refine the search.

For assistance in determining the best type of search for your research needs, contact a librarian via our chat or email services (accessible from the homepage), or ask for help at the Research Assistance desk in the Commons.

All the services, resources and information available on the old website are still available. If you have difficulty finding the resources you need, please ask.

In fact, the Libraries wants your feedback on the new webpage and the upgraded search capabilities. Enhancements will be ongoing, and the Libraries wants to make those changes that best serve its users. The homepage includes a convenient link for submitting your comments.

Item Pickup or Delivery Service

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Library Express Hold for Pick up and Delivery Services are available to all faculty, staff and students.
Place a request in the UT Libraries Catalog to have the item held or delivered. Allow 2 days for delivery
To place a request on an item in the catalog click on the link Pick up or Delivery

Login using your UT ID Barcode (beginning with ‘29029’) or your NetID and Password


Select the pick up location


Open Access OASIS

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OASIS is the Open Acess Scholarly Information Sourcebook.  It contains practical steps for implementing OA for researchers, students, and administrators.  Refer to it when you have a question about open access, or contact Ann Viera UT CVM librarian, or Peter Fernandez, CASNR librarian.

Libraries receives $75,000 as part of Athletics Department’s $1 million commitment to academics

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The athletics department announced Tuesday they will provide an additional $1 million of support to academics on the Knoxville campus for the next 15 years, beginning in 2009-2010.

The $1 million is in addition to the more than $7 million in direct cash support the university receives each year. That amount includes $75,000 raised for the Libraries from the proceeds of the Orange and White Game this past spring. Other support for the university’s academic mission includes $1.375 million in academic scholarships awarded to non-student athletes and $107,000 each year for the turfgrass research partnership.

“This new funding will have a direct impact on the way we educate students, conduct research, and, ultimately, serve the people of Tennessee,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

The money, which is designated from the Southeastern Conference’s new television contract, will be distributed in three ways on the UT Knoxville campus, in order to ensure the funding has the broadest effect on the student population.

The Student Success Center, which provides tutoring and counseling services for all UT students, will receive $100,000 as will the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, which provides faculty programs, services, and resources that promote significant learning experiences for students. Another $800,000 will be used to fund up to 40 assistantships for graduate students.