Welcoming New Librarians

Rabia10The UT Libraries welcomes three new librarians: Diversity Librarian Residents Rabia Gibbs and Kynita Stringer-Stanback and our new Archivist, Alesha Shumar.

Rabia Gibbs and Kynita Stringer-Stanback will be our fourth team of Diversity Librarian Residents, a program initiated in 2002. During a two-year internship, residents have the opportunity to work in several areas of the library and take part in a variety of initiatives and projects.

Gibbs received her masters of library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. While at Pittsburgh she worked with the university archives on the City Photographer digitization project, and participated in outreach to new applicants and student organizations. She has a particular interest in archival and digital initiatives. Gibbs has been a teacher and a frequent library volunteer.

Kynita3Stringer-Stanback is a 2009 graduate in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has worked in academic and public libraries, in both technical and public services. A fluent Spanish speaker, she has taught and studied in Latin America. She arrived in Knoxville with numerous ideas for outreach to underserved communities.

The Diversity Librarian Residency program attracts recent library school graduates to a challenging career in academic librarianship. Residents gain rich and varied work experiences at UT, while advancing the Libraries’ and University’s diversity goals.

shumarOur new Archivist, Alesha Shumar, comes to UT from her position as Helen Clay Frick Foundation Archivist at the University of Pittsburgh. The Frick Foundation Archives contains materials relating to coal and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, whose fortune funded the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh and New York’s famous Frick Collection of art. Shumar earned a masters of library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. At UT she will acquire, preserve, and provide research access to the archives that document the history and scholarship of the university.

Vote for Your Favorite Student Video on Open Access

UT students have seven entries vying for the Sparky People’s Choice Award for best short video on the value of openly sharing ideas. The University Libraries invites you to vote for your favorite student video.

The Sparky Awards are sponsored by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. The SPARC judges have chosen their winners, and now it’s time for the people to speak. Visit the Sparky Awards site to view entries from dozens of contests hosted by colleges and universities and vote for your favorite. The People’s Choice Award winner will receive $500 plus a personalized award certificate.

March 7, 2010 is the deadline to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Click here for more information on the 2009 Sparky Awards.

Click here for more information on the entries submitted for the 2009 Sparky Awards by UT students.

“Love Your Libraries” Fun Run March 20, 2010

SponsorBar2010Join other library supporters at the 18th annual “Love Your Libraries” Fun Run, sponsored by Comcast and hosted by the University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate. The 5K race and fun walk will take place Saturday, March 20, 2010. Registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in Circle Park on the UT campus, and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the University of Tennessee Libraries.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by March 13. Entry forms are available here. Check out the race route.

Help us spread the word. Please print and display our poster.

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Peace Corps at UTK: Calling all Aggies – Peace Corps is Looking for a Few Good Farmers February 24 at 6pm

Peace Corps Recruiting Presentation
Pendergrass Library
on the Agriculture Campus
A113 Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Entrance off Joe Johnson Dr.

Help farmers market their products. Develop alternatives to wood as a fuel source. Start a recycling program. Promote environmentally friendly farming practices. Peace Corps agriculture and environment Volunteers do all of this, and much more!

If you have experience in gardening, landscaping or environmental education or a degree in agriculture, environmental science, forestry, or agribusiness, we want to talk to you. Click here to find out more about our agricultural projects. Click here to learn about our environmental projects.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about Peace Corps–named one of Business Week’s “Top 25 Places to Launch a Career” in 2008–is welcome to participate.

At the event, returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps staff will speak about their overseas experiences and answer your questions on how to be competitive for Peace Corps service. Bring your friends/family and your questions!

For more information, contact UTK Peace Corps Representative Andy Ray at aray12@utk.edu

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Author Leanne Tyler, Feb. 8

LeanneTylerAward winning author Leanne Tyler will read from her work 7 p.m., Monday, February 8, in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

Tyler’s debut release, Victory’s Gate, was the 2007 American Rose winner of the Through the Garden Gate contest and was released electronically by The Wild Rose Press in December 2007. Finally in December 2009 the Through the Garden Gate anthology is available in print and includes the four winning entries. Founding member of the Smoky Mountain Romance Writers and member of Romance Writers of America, Leanne is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she has been employed for the last fourteen years.


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, UT Libraries, at 974-6913 or jdeeken@utk.edu, or Michael Knight, UT English Department, at 974-5401 or mknight@utk.edu.

Meet the Author – Scott Pearson

350x260-ruptureA. Scott Pearson, author and UT alumnus, will be the featured speaker at an event in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 3.

Pearson will discuss his first novel, Rupture, a medical thriller set in Memphis. The fictional book tells the story of a doctor on the cusp of a groundbreaking discovery. While investigating the suspicious death of a patient, he uncovers a “web of lies spun by his late father, a longtime professor of anatomy at Mid-South Medical College in Memphis.”

A book signing will take place after the event, and Pearson’s book will be on sale. Pearson’s talk is sponsored by the UT Office of Alumni Affairs and the UT Alumni Association Knox County Chapter. The event is free and open to the public.

A West Tennessee native, Pearson received his undergraduate degree from UT before receiving his medical degree at UT Health Science Center. For the last 10 years, he has been a member of the surgical faculty at Vanderbilt University, specializing in cancer research and the clinical practice of surgery and teaching the importance of the patient’s narrative in medicine.

Jeff Hunter – Tennessee Field Organizer Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition Presentation February 25

February 25 @ Pendergrass Library
on the Agriculture Campus
Brown Bag it 12-1.

Jeff Hunter, coordinates the Tennessee Wild project for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Tennessee Wild is dedicated to protecting wilderness on the Cherokee National Forest for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. Hunter, a naturalist, avid fisherman and backpacker will be speaking at a brown bag lunch at Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library on Thursday February 25.
The presentation will focus on Tennessee Wild’s effort to protect more than 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness. This includes expansions of the Joyce Kilmer, Slickrock Wilderness and the establishment of the brand-new nearly 10,000-acre Upper Bald River Wilderness. In addition, Hunter will discuss recreational opportunities on the forest. A question and answer period will follow.

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