Library survey coming to your in-box

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If you receive an email invitation to participate in a survey about library services, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

The UT Libraries is conducting an online service quality survey of UT students, faculty, and staff beginning October 26. The survey is part of an effort led by the Association of Research Libraries to measure library service quality and identify best practices. The University of Tennessee is one of 200 academic libraries selected to participate in a library survey on services. This survey is important because it will:

• Help us better understand how the UT community rates library services

• Allow us to benchmark UT results against other libraries to determine best practices

• Let us know where we can concentrate service improvements for UT users

The UT Libraries conducted this survey in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Past results inspired the creation of the Commons and designated quiet floors, and the addition of more group study rooms.

If you are part of the random sample who receives the survey invitation, we hope you will take the time to complete it. Responses are completely anonymous and you will contribute to improvement of University of Tennessee library services by participating.

All of Hodges Library now open ’til 3 a.m.

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Beginning November 1, all floors of the Hodges Main Library will remain open until the early hours of the morning, Sunday through Thursday nights. Ground through 6th floors will now be open until 3 a.m. After 3 a.m., students may continue working in the Commons (2nd floor), which remains open 24 hours, from noon, Sunday, until midnight, Friday. Hours were extended in response to student requests. The new early morning hours will be in effect through Fall and Spring semesters whenever classes are in session.

During study days and final exams, all of Hodges Library will be open 24 hours. The entire building will be open continuously from noon, Sunday, November 29, until midnight, Thursday, December 10.

Poet Hilda Raz to read at Hodges Library, Oct. 26

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Distinguished poet Hilda Raz will read from her works Monday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

Hilda Raz is the Luschei editor of Prairie Schooner, and professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her most recent books are All Odd and Splendid, poetry from Wesleyan University Press, 2008; What Becomes You, memoir with Aaron Raz Link, published in the American Lives series by the University of Nebraska Press; and What Happens, Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 2009. Previous books include Trans (Wesleyan), Divine Honors (Wesleyan), Living on the Margins (Persea), among others.

An informal chat with the author will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, October 26, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. Both events are free and open to the public.

The reading is sponsored by the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund and Writers in the Library. For more information on this event:

UT Libraries Fine Facts

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Fines may be paid at the Second Floor Circulation Desk of Hodges Library or at the AgVetMed Library. You may pay fines and fees with credit card, debit card, VolCard, check, and money order. UT Libraries  no longer accepts cash for fines or fees. UT Libraries does not have cash to make change.

  • Regular Books, Periodicals, and Some MediaNo Fines
  • Recalled Items: Books, Bound Periodicals, and Some Media – 50 cents per day
  • 3 Day Media Center Materials – 25 cents per hour
  • Studio Equipment – 25 cents per hour (plus a $20 nonrefundable processing fee)
  • Loaner Laptops and Commons Equipment – 25 cents per hour
  • Reserve Materials
    • Nocirc – 25 cents per hour
    • 2 Hour/Overnight – 25 cents per hour
    • 3 Hour – 25 cents per hour
    • 1, 3, or 7 day – $1 per day

The maximum fine accruable on any one item is $20 (with the exception of Studio Equipment).

Borrowers will be blocked from borrowing additional library materials when they have accumulated $5 in fines or other outstanding library obligations. Failure by University of Tennessee students to pay fines or other outstanding obligations will result in the withholding of registration or transcripts.

A similar failure on the part of borrowers not affiliated with the University may result in the suspension or revocation of borrowing privileges.

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October 19-23 is the Open Access Week

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October 19-23 will mark the first international Open Access Week.

Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. The now-annual event has been expanded from a single day to accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results.

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Open-access trial met goals, will continue in 2010

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A pilot program to support UT faculty and graduate student use of open-access journals has been tapped by a dozen faculty in seven departments. To date six articles have been published in six peer-reviewed open-access journals, with five more manuscripts still in the peer review process.

The Open Publishing Support Fund, sponsored by the UT Office of Research and University Libraries, made available $20,000 to cover publishing in open-access journals that charge fees. At the end of the trial period, a total of $14,361 was allocated, an average of $1,105 per article. Open Access publishing makes content available via internet with no charge to the end user.

“Goals of the Open Publishing Support Fund are being met,” said Linda Phillips, head of scholarly communication at University Libraries. “The concept is gaining traction and will become better understood as we roll out Trace, the digital showcase for the campus’ creative and scholarly work.”

The program required faculty to negotiate for lower publishing fees, if possible.

Phillips and Greg Reed, associate vice chancellor for research, coordinated the program. On the basis of the trial year, the Office of Research has allocated $20,000 to continue UT’s open-access awareness program in FY 2010.