Trace Showcases Over 5,000 UT Works

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UT’s digital archive of scholarly work — “Trace” — has grown to more than 5,300 items since its launch last September. The web-based digital archive contains the full text of creative and scholarly work produced by the UT community.

Trace (for Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange) offers a platform for UT faculty and students to share their research and creative work with the world. Scholars can upload conference papers, works of art, technical reports, data sets, working papers — even previously published articles. Content in Trace is easily discoverable and freely available on the web, increasing the visibility of UT scholarship. Contributors receive monthly reports on the number of times their works are downloaded. In its first year, Trace has logged more than 35,000 downloads.

When contributors upload their work to Trace, they grant the university a non-exclusive, perpetual right to use the digital assets for non-commercial use. Because authors retain the copyright for all content posted, they are free to reuse the content elsewhere, and hold all proprietary rights in the work.

Trace also hosts electronic journals and provides a platform that facilitates editorial activities such as manuscript submission and communication with peer reviewers. Conferences also can be hosted in Trace, enabling authors to upload papers for consideration and conference organizers to make accepted papers available for public view.

Among items being added to Trace are electronic theses and dissertations completed by UT graduates, university publications, and treasures from the University Archives.

Start-up support for Trace was provided by the UT Office of Research, the Science Alliance, and the Office of the Provost.

Check Out Our Equipment

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Here’s a list of equipment we have available:

Laptops 24hrs
USB Floppy Drive
USB Camera Card Reader
Canon ZR90 Digital Video Camcorder
Flip Video Cameras
Jump Drives
Canon LiDE Scanner
Canon Power Shot G3 Digital Camara
Logitech USB Microphone
Camera Tripod

Come by the service desk, call 974-7338, or chat us in the box to the left on the website for more information.

What is Zotero? Free. Smart. Cite While You Search.

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It’s a free bibliographic management tool that works in Firefox. It collects and manages cites as you search

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is the next-generation research tool.


  • Automatically capture citations
  • Remotely back up and sync your library
  • Store PDFs, images, and web pages
  • Cite from within Word and OpenOffice
  • Take rich-text notes in any language
  • Wide variety of import/export options
  • Free, open source, and extensible
  • Collaborate with group libraries

Authors Andrew Farkas and M.O. Walsh to read at UT Hodges Library

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Writers Andrew Farkas and M.O. Walsh will open the year’s series of authors reading from their works in UT’s John C. Hodges Library. Farkas and Walsh will read from their recently published collections of short stories at 7 p.m., Monday, September 13, in the Hodges Library auditorium. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Andrew Farkas’ first collection of short stories, Self-Titled Debut, won the 2008 Subito Press Prize for Experimental Fiction. His work has appeared in such journals as The Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, Pank, New Orleans Review, and Harpur Palate among others, and he appears regularly in The Brooklyn Rail. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Alabama and is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

M.O. Walsh is a writer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His first book, the story collection The Prospect of Magic, won the 2009 Tartt’s First Fiction Award. His work has appeared in publications such as Oxford American, American Short Fiction, and Epoch and has been anthologized in Best New American Voices. He currently teaches at LSU where he lives with his wife Sarah, daughter Magnolia, and dog Gus.

Both Farkas and Walsh earned M.A.s in English as part of the Creative Writing Program at UT.

The September 13 event is the first reading in the 2010-2011 John C. Hodges Distinguished Creative Writers Series. The series honors the same UT English professor of 40 years, author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named.

Readings will be emceed by Jeff Daniel Marion, the UT Libraries’ new Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence, a poet and longtime creative writing teacher. The full schedule for this year’s readings is available at

Additional University of Tennessee sponsors for the 2010-2011 series are Writers in the Library, the Better English Fund, Ready for the World, the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Judaic Studies Program, and the Commission for Women.

For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (865-974-6947 or, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (

Funds available to publish in open access journals

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Funds are available to UTK faculty and graduate students to support publication in open access journals. Open access publishing makes content available via the Internet with no charge to the end user.

The Open Publishing Support Fund, sponsored by the UT Office of Research and the University Libraries, will pay “article processing charges” sometimes levied by publishers. Researchers can apply for funding online to the Open Publishing Support Fund. The website also provides a list of open access publishers. Any open access publication will be considered, provided that its contents are made freely available at the time of initial publication.

Like traditional journals, scholarly open access journals undergo peer review. Key benefits of open access publishing are that authors retain their copyrights and receive greater exposure for their research results. Articles are freely available online to readers, increasing the potential for discovery and citation.

The Open Publishing Support Fund will continue through June 2011 or until funding is exhausted.

Haiti Then and Now: A Conversation

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***Building upon the Life of the Mind book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder***

BertinLouisJoin us for a conversation about “Haiti Then and Now” with Dr. Bertin Louis, assistant professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies:

Wednesday, September 1
Conversation with Dr. Louis, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Culture Corner, 1st floor, Hodges Library

Informational tables on Haiti and volunteer opportunities will be available in the Commons, 2nd floor, Hodges Library, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring spoken word poets at 10 a.m & 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Louis has been helping to inform students and the general public about Haitian history and culture since the earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, 2010.

Join the discussion, ask questions and find out more about Haiti.

Film showings mark Hurricane Katrina anniversary

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Join us to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at two film showings:

versaillesA Village Called Versailles
Wednesday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Hodges Library Auditorium

In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A Village Called Versailles is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future. (Sadly, the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans has also recently been impacted by the BP Oil Spill.)

    Sponsored by the Asian American Association, Asian Studies Program, International House, and the University Libraries

tremeFaubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Thursday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Hodges Library Auditorium

Arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America and the birthplace of jazz, Faubourg Treme was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South during slavery and a hotbed of political ferment. While the Treme district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Long before the flood, two native New Orleanians—one black, one white—writer Lolis Eric Elie and filmmaker Dawn Logsdon, began documenting the rich living culture of this historic district. Miraculously, their tapes survived the disaster unscathed. The completed film is a powerful testament to why New Orleans matters, and why this most un-American of American cities must be saved.

    Sponsored by Africana Studies, the Commission for Blacks, the Department of History, and the University Libraries

CNN article about Vietnamese American Fisherfolk and BP Oil Spill
History of Faubourg Treme
HBO Series on Faubourg Treme

Five Year Updates:
Been in the Storm Too Long, Tavis Smiley
Brookings Institute, New Orleans at Five
Greater New Orleans Community Data Center
CNN, Katrina: Five Years Later

Katrina Related Sites and Archives:
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank

In Hodges Library:
Hurricane Katrina resources
New Orleans resources