Another Successful Fun Run

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Thanks to Comcast and the UT Graduate Student Senate for hosting another successful Love Your Libraries Fun Run. 157 runners and walkers participated in the Fun Run through the heart of the UT campus on March 26.

This is the second year that Comcast has been the title sponsor for the Fun Run and the 18th year that the Graduate Student Senate has organized the event. Proceeds from Fun Run registrations and gifts from supporting Business Friends, totaling over $15,000, will benefit the UT Libraries. The Graduate Student Senate has requested that funds be used to purchase electronic library resources that are both popular with students and critical to student success.

Comcast provided a major media package in support of the Fun Run, running public service announcements on cable tv stations and donating $2500. Other major sponsors were Rivr Media (which produced the Fun Run public service announcements), UT Federal Credit Union, UT Bookstore, Miche Bags, Brandons Awards, and Dr. William K. Salmons. Runners Market, Salon Azure, Regal Entertainment Group, and Pimento’s Café & Market provided door prizes.

The race was emceed by the Knoxville Track Club. Awards and medals were given to top runners, the Fasters UT Runners, and the Best Team (organization with the greatest number of registrants). Comcast fielded 30 runners, all wearing their “Comcast 5K Team” sweatshirts, and walked away with the Best Team award.


UT Libraries Adds its 3-Millionth Volume, A Cherokee Spelling Book

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speller2The University of Tennessee Libraries now boasts a collection of 3-million volumes. The university community and Library Friends gathered to celebrate the Libraries’ 3-millionth-volume milestone at an event in the John C. Hodges Library on the evening of March 26.

The volume chosen to represent the 3-millionth-volume benchmark in the Libraries’ history is TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book, published in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1819. The Libraries’ copy of the Cherokee Spelling Book is one of only three copies known to exist.

During remarks at the March 26 celebration, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and Provost Susan Martin praised the Libraries and its staff for their contributions to scholarship on the Knoxville campus and worldwide. Dean of Libraries Barbara Dewey outlined other notable milestones in the Libraries’ history and reflected on the importance of collecting and preserving historical Tennessee documents. The Cherokee Spelling Book strengthens the Libraries’ exceptional collections of early Knoxville imprints and material documenting the region’s history, including the history of the Cherokee and their removal from this area.

Before guests visited the Libraries’ Special Collections where the rare volume was on display, Vicki Rozema, author of several books on Cherokee history and culture, provided historical context for the Spelling Book.

TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Boo
k, was the work of missionary Daniel Butrick and David Brown, Butrick’s Cherokee student at the Brainerd Mission in Chattanooga. The Brainerd Mission was one of many Christian missions founded in the early 19th century as part of the religious revival in America known as the Second Great Awakening. Butrick and Brown’s slim volume of only 61 pages, which uses the Roman alphabet to transcribe the Cherokee language, predates the well-known syllabary created by Sequoyah.

Daniel Butrick marched with the Cherokees on the “Trail of Tears” to Indian Territory in Oklahoma during the Indian Removals of the 1830s. Rozema told the audience that the journal Butrick kept along the way is one of the most poignant and thorough records we have of that tragic journey.

TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book is a compelling and important document of the early 19th century in East Tennessee, and a fitting symbol for this milestone in the progression of the University of Tennessee Libraries.

Pictured above:
TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book.
• Guests view the “speller” as Special Collections staffer Nick Wyman (left) relates its history.

HIRE-A-VOL! Job Help for Students

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Are you looking for career choices?
UT Career Services is here to help.
Career Services are your first stop for all things career-related. They provide career counseling, career exploration classes, interest and personality assessments and resources to help you choose a major and career. If you seek employment, they can help you identify part-time jobs, internships and full-time positions through the HIRE-A-VOL system.
Follow the link and register with HIRE-A-VOL

Music Library now on Facebook and Twitter!

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You can now follow the UTK George F. DeVine Music Library on Facebook and Twitter! We will be updating with articles of interest, changes in hours, new acquisitions and would like your input on what you would like to see! Please leave a comment to tell us what information you would like to see from us.!/pages/Knoxville-TN/UTK-George-F-DeVine-Music-Library/342934985448

Scan Instead of Copy

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Our new Opticbook scanner is fast, easy and paperless. Place the book or journal issue on the glass and follow the steps on the screen to create an image, as well as a PDF or Word document with text recognition. This scanner alleviates the need for a copy machine. The Opticbook is currently located in the computer lab. Stop by and give it a try. Come to the service desk if you would like a demonstration. We are always happy to help!

Cormac McCarthy scholar to speak on April 7 & 8 in Knoxville

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chris-walshAuthor Christopher J. Walsh will discuss publishing with a digital press and his recent book, In the Wake of the Sun: Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 7 and 8. Published online by the University of Tennessee Libraries Newfound Press, Walsh’s book offers close textual analysis of all McCarthy’s Southern works along with an overview of the notable critical responses to them. Introducing readers, scholars, and students to the pertinent themes in each work, the book guides readers through significant critical dialogues surrounding the texts. Print copies of the book will be available for purchase at $25 following the presentations. Both events are free and open to the public.

“In the Wake of the Sun:
Navigating the Southern Works of Cormac McCarthy”

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 pm
East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street

“Publishing With a Digital Press”
Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm
John C. Hodges Library Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
University of Tennessee campus

Ag Campus Bus Routes

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Due to Construction on Neyland Stadium: Ag Campus route will have main campus stops just west of Circle Park, and also at the base of Peyton Manning Pass, at the front of Neyland Stadium.  There is no longer a “main” Campus Transfer Point due to the construction around the campus. There should be posters up at the bus shelters around campus that show the new routing as well as the location of the main drop-off and pick-up points on the main campus.  Additionally, the information is available on our website at:

CCAC Alternatives to Animals in Research microsite

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High quality information about the three Rs from the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

From the site:

CCAC Three Rs Microsite

“Welcome to the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Three Rs Microsite.

Call for Feedback

The CCAC welcomes comments or suggestions about any part of this microsite (email We are also actively looking for the following:

  1. examples of alternatives methods used in research – if you have published or know of a published paper that uses a Replacement, Reduction or Refinement alternative method, please let us know; and
  2. information on unusual species used in science.

The use of animals in research, teaching, and testing is acceptable ONLY if it promises to contribute to understanding of fundamental biological principles, or to the development of knowledge that can reasonably be expected to benefit humans or animals. Therefore, in Canada people involved with the use of animals in science (such as investigators, technicians, veterinary personnel and animal care committee members) must prepare and review scientific protocols with a view to replace, reduce, and refine animal use whenever possible. This is the concept of “The Three Rs” (replacement, reduction, refinement) which provides a set of guiding ethical principles that help to minimize harms to animals used in science.”