View Tennessee history and culture through Volunteer Voices

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Over the course of three years, the Volunteer Voices project gathered documents and images for a digital collection available to teachers, scholars and individuals interested in Tennessee’s history and culture. Over 100 of Tennessee’s libraries, archives, museums and historical homes contributed more than 10,000 items to the digital collection, available at

To learn more about the project, read the latest article by Volunteer Voices participants Tiffani Conner, Ken Middleton, Melanie Feltner-Reichert and Andy Carter in Collaborative Librarianship (vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 122-132). The article can be found online at

Volunteer Voices was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Hours for Finals Fall 2009

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Finals Dec. 2 – 10 2009

Wednesday  12/2/2009 – Thursday 12/3/2009
7 :30     a.m.      –           12:00   a.m.

Friday 12/4/2009
7:30     a.m.      –           8:00     p.m.

Saturday 12/5/2009
9:00     a.m.      –           8:00     p.m.

Sunday 12/6/2009
12:00   p.m      –           12:00   a.m.

Monday  12/7/2009    –          Wednesday 12/9/2009
7:30     a.m.      –           12:00   a.m.

7:30     a.m.      –           6:00     p.m.

Chris Durman to participate in Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up

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Hello Everyone,

I’ve agreed to participate in the upcoming Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up on November 17th and my bail has been set to fund 20 minutes of vital research—which is $1,700. I need your help to get out of jail…and any amount helps!! As I understand things, I’ll be taken from work to the pokie set up at the Butcher Shop Steakhouse at noon and will stay there for an hour.

Please help bail me out! While they promise to treat me well while I’m in the pokie, I sure don’t want to stay any longer than necessary.

I’ve declined to participate in the past, but agreed to this time because someone near to me has recently been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy giving me a much more personal reason to hope you will consider donating whatever you can to this cause. If some of you will give just a small donation toward my bail, I will reach my goal in no time!

If you are willing to make a small donation to this great cause, please let me know and I can record your pledge!

It would be even easier if you would click the link below to make a donation directly to the secure personal webpage provided to me by the Muscular Dystrophy Association!

Your donation is appreciated and really matters to those living with muscular dystrophy. Our help is their hope for treatments, cures and assistance. Thank you in advance for your consideration and helping to make a difference.

Warm regards and best wishes,

Chris Durman

Peace Corps Worldwide Agriculture Assignments

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Peace Corps Worldwide Agriculture Assignments

Solve Problems, Develop Leadership, Teach Wise Resource Management

PEACE CORPS is seeking energetic applicants with the qualified education and skills to work overseas in a variety of forestry assignments around the globe.

Andrew Ray

Peace Corps Campus Recruiter Presents:
Wednesday November 18th @ 6:00 Pm in the Pendergrass Library Alcove

Application Method: Apply on-line now for 2010/11 assignments at

ALSO, learn what it takes to apply competitively: speak with Peace Corps recruiting staff one on one at 1.800.424.8580 ext 1.

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.

Reading by author of “Bastard Out of Carolina,” Nov. 12

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Dorothy Allison, 1992 National Book Award finalist for her semi-autobiographical novel, Bastard Out of Carolina, will present a reading Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., at UT’s Frank H. McClung Museum auditorium. The reading, hosted by UT’s Creative Writing Program as part of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Benefit Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Bastard Out of Carolina, Allison’s first novel, won the Ferro Grumley prize and an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing. The novel became a best seller and an award-winning movie. Her second novel, Cavedweller, also became a national bestseller, New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an ALA prize winner. A third novel, She Who, is forthcoming.