Make Orange Green Week 2009 – 9/14 to 9/18

Make Orange Green (MOG) Week is an annual celebration of environmental efforts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This year, MOG Week is set to occur September 14-18.

All MOG Week events are FREE and open to UT Knoxville faculty, staff and students. Please note, however, that registration is required for certain events – see below for more details.

http://environment.utk.edu/MOG_Week_2009.html

UT Community Invited to Contribute Scholarly, Creative Work to New Electronic Publishing Service

trace-smThe University of Tennessee Libraries announces the launch of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (trace.tennessee.edu), a digital repository which will expand access to the university’s intellectual capital and help preserve the creative work of its scholars and researchers.

Open access services like Trace provide free online access to scholarly work and apply tags that make that work more discoverable by Internet search engines. UT faculty are invited to enhance the research impact of their work by depositing it with Trace.

Trace lets any member of the university community deposit work regardless of genre or format — pre-prints, datasets, multimedia, conference presentations, technical reports, image collections, public performances, theses and dissertations — through an easy-to-use Web interface. Trace allows depositors to affirm their own copyright ownership and, at the same time, extend nonexclusive rights for noncommercial use.

Trace operates through the Digital Commons service developed by Berkeley Electronic Press, which was founded in 1999 by academics to address specific needs and concerns of researchers. In addition to its user-friendly Web interface, Trace enables faculty to create individual Web pages highlighting their scholarship. Trace reports to authors how often their individual works are accessed. Other features facilitate the publishing of electronic journals and the hosting of conferences.

“University publishing services enhance our international collaboration and global academic networks,” said UT Knoxville Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Martin. Added Brad Fenwick, UT Knoxville vice chancellor for research and engagement, “This program offers a collaborative digital space to explore new forms of scholarship and make work more discoverable.” Both the UT Office of the Provost and the Office of Research are sponsors of the institutional repository, along with the University Libraries and the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance.

Agencies that fund research are requiring broader public access to the research they support, including the datasets upon which findings are based. “Electronic publishing has profoundly affected research and teaching. Trace makes UT scholarly and creative work highly visible and easily accessible to current and future scholars,” said University Libraries Dean Barbara Dewey. “The service showcases UT’s academic quality.”

Linda Phillips, head of scholarly communication at the UT Libraries, chairs a Trace advisory group that has created a set of preliminary policies. “Campus digital publishing and preservation services are still evolving,” Phillips said. Phillips and Roger Weaver, the Trace administrator, are offering several orientation and training sessions during the academic year. Questions from individuals or departments about Trace should be directed to trace@utk.edu@utk.edu.

Open House at Special Collections, Sept. 10

CartoucheSave the date! The campus is invited to an Open House at the new location of the UT Libraries’ Special Collections. Visit us Thursday, September 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at our new location in Room 121 of the John C. Hodges Library.

Special Collections acquires and preserves collections of manuscripts, books, printed ephemera, maps, and other unique research materials. Examples of these exceptional collections, such as materials from our significant collection of materials on Knoxville-born writer James Agee, will be on display at the Open House on September 10. “Talk of Summer Evenings,” an exhibit celebrating the centennial of Agee’s birth, will feature Agee’s writings about Knoxville.

Researchers from around the world travel to Knoxville to use the one-of-a-kind materials housed in our Special Collections. These primary source materials are now more readily accessible to UT faculty and students at our new location in the main library.

Drop by our Open House on September 10 to learn how UT’s Special Collections can enhance your research.

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