Poetry Reading by Bobby Caudle Rogers

BobbyRogers2Writers in the Library will host a reading by poet Bobby Caudle Rogers at 7 p.m., Monday, April 4, in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium.

Bobby C. Rogers won the 2009 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize — one of America’ s most distinguished awards for a first book of poetry — for his collection Paper Anniversary. He is a professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, from which he received his M.F.A.

Rogers’ poems have appeared in the Southern Review, the Georgia Review, Image, Shenandoah, Puerto del Sol, and numerous other magazines. He is the recipient of the Greensboro Review Literary Prize in Poetry and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception in the Mary E. Greer Room (258 Hodges Library) will follow the reading.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Department of English and the UT Libraries. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (865-974-6947 or mkallet@utk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@earthlink.net).

Music Library closing over the summer

The George F. DeVine Music Library will close over the summer for renovations to the HVAC system in the Humanities & Social Sciences Building. During the closure, Music Library materials can be requested through the Libraries’ online catalog. Materials will be paged (usually overnight) and held at the Hodges Library Circulation Desk (Melrose Avenue entrance). Music reserves also will be available from the Hodges Library Circ Desk.

The exact dates of closure will be posted as soon as they are known. The library is likely to be closed for most of the summer. Faculty, in particular, are encouraged to checkout music materials that will be needed over the summer, in advance of the closing.

If you have questions, please contact Music Library staff (865-974-3474; musiclib@utk.edu).

Another Successful Fun Run

2011FunRun1Thanks to Comcast and the UT Graduate Student Senate for hosting another successful Love Your Libraries Fun Run. 177 runners and walkers participated in the Fun Run through the heart of the UT campus on March 5.

This is the third year that Comcast has been the title sponsor for the Fun Run and the 19th year that the Graduate Student Senate has organized the event. Proceeds from Fun Run registrations and gifts from supporting Business Friends will be used to purchase library resources critical to the educational needs of both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to substantial support from Comcast, cash donations and prizes were provided by the UT Federal Credit Union, UT Bookstore, Miche Bags, Brandons Awards, Runners Market, and Dr. William K. Salmons.

The race was emceed by the Knoxville Track Club with the help of two contenders for Miss Tennessee. Sara Mitchell, Miss Seven Lakes, took up the bullhorn at the starting line to introduce the event, and Marissa Mitchell, Miss University of Tennessee, Knoxville, handed out awards following the race.

Awards and medals were given to top runners, Fastest UT Runners, Best Team (organization with the greatest number of registrants), and team with the Best Costume.

UT’s Haslam Scholars fielded 17 runners, each wearing a homemade orange cape with a Haslam Scholars Program insignia. The Haslam Scholars swept the field! Their group won the 1st Place Overall medals (both male and female), Fastest UT Runner (male and female), and took the Best Team and Best Costume awards. The Scholars turned out before 7 a.m. on a drizzly Saturday morning to support their libraries despite having to dash off to act as hosts to prospective Haslam Scholars. (Guess those capes came in handy!)

Thanks to all our runners, volunteers, and sponsors for making the 19th annual Love Your Libraries Fun Run a successful event!

Pictured, clockwise from top: Miss Tennessee contenders helped host the Fun Run — Sara Mitchell and Marissa Mitchell; top runners Desta Bume and Elizabeth Tiller; Haslam Scholars pose in their capes (photo courtesy of Chelsea Knotts).

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About GIS Collections and Services

A new page about GIS Collections and Services from the UT Libraries is available.

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UT Libraries – Map Services
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services

John C. Hodges Library supports the needs of the university community by providing patrons with resources needed to expedite GIS use for teaching and research. Map Services is responsible for developing geospatial collections (both commercial and public domain) needed by our primary clientele.
GIS User Policies
Staff Assistance

* The following assistance is available to students, faculty, and staff who are involved with a GIS-related project, research, or assigment.
o Evaluating GIS as a suitable tool for solving a research need
o Finding print and electronic GIS-related (GIS and GPS) resources
o Finding and making available spatial data
o Formatting and projecting spatial data

We recommend scheduling appointments by calling (974-4315) or emailing maplib@utk.edu Map Services

* For a specific appointment with the Map/GIS librarian contact Gregory March, Map/GIS librarian, at gmarch@utk.edu

GIS Equipment, Software, and Data

* The library has 8 GIS Workstations (with dual screen monitors) running various GIS applications, available to UT Affiliates only. Priority is given to those working on GIS projects. We advise contacting Map Services ahead of time to check on availability. UT affiliates should honor software licensing agreements.
* Data created and stored on these GIS workstations is not backed up, can be seen by other UT Affiliates, and is subject to deletion. We advise backing up work to an external device such as a flash drive or hard drive.
* The library provides vendor purchased geospatial data available to UT Affiliates only. UT Affiliates should honor data licensing agreements
* Public domain geospatial data is available to UT Affiliates and the general public.
* Large format scanning, printing (B&W), and copying (B&W) services are available. All large format equipment is operated by staff. Materials to be scanned, printed, or copied should be in the public domain. Scanning is free to UT affiliates for non-commercial purpose. Printing and copying is fee-based. Please see Map Services staff for more information regarding eligibility of materials to be scanned, printed, or copied.
* Large format color printing is provided by UCopy (Graphic Design Center) located in the University Center.

Additional GIS-Related Assistance, Support, and Training

* UT Affiliates interested in free virtual (self paced) GIS training with ESRI software (ESRI Virtual Campus) can go here. After selecting a course(s), please email the Virtual Campus Administrator (Map/GIS Librarian) who will send you course codes with instructions. Please use your UTK email address when emailing.
* The GIS@UT website and the Map/GIS Librarian’s LibGuide pages provide information to UT Affiliates interested in learning more about GIS. Links to People, Labs/Facilities, Research, Teaching, and more is available.
* The OIT Research Computing Support (RSC) Department has a Geography Graduate Assistant who can provide help with work involving GIS methods, functions, analysis, and techniques. Please contact Nicholas Schoenborn, OIT GIS Consultant via the OIT HelpDesk (974-9900) for assistance. OIT offers hands-on workshops on various GIS-related topics each semester. You can sign up for them here.
* The Geography Department GIS Laboratory has Teaching Assistants that can help students who are working on GIS and Cartography assignments and projects.
* The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Computer Lab is open to students who are working on GIS assignments and projects. Please email Dr. Joanne Logan for more information.
* The University of Tennessee Cartographic Services Laboratory uses GIS and other software to create custom maps. The Cartography Lab serves UT faculty, staff, students, and others. Please see the Cartographic Services Lab web page for more information.
* Students needing a copy of ArcGIS and Extentions Student Edition can contact the Map/GIS Librarian to acquire a One-Year Education Use Only (media and license). Please specify the ESRI software version when emailing.
* Faculty and staff needing GIS software and technical support can go here.