Poet/Songwriter/Musician Jim Clark Opens Series of Readings

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JimClarkAvid readers and music lovers alike will enjoy the first evening of WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY on the University of Tennessee campus. The fall series of writers reading from their works opens with a reading and musical performance by Jim Clark.

Jim Clark — poet/author, musician, songwriter extraordinaire — will read and perform Monday, September 12, at 7 p.m. in the UT Hodges Library auditorium, joined by Katy Adams and Terry Phillips. Clark uniquely blends the spoken word of poetry with old-time strings and balladeering, recently releasing the poetry of Byron Herbert Reece set to his original music.

Clark has published two books of poems, Dancing on Canaan’s Ruins and Handiwork; written a play, The Girl with the Faraway Eye; edited Fable in the Blood: The Selected Poems of Byron Herbert Reece; and served as an editor of such literary journals as The Denver Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and The Vanderbilt Poetry Review. His most recent book is Notions: A Jim Clark Miscellany.

He has recorded CDs of both poetry and folk-rock music (with his band The Near Myths). The Service of Song (2010), featuring Clark’s musical settings of poems by north Georgia “farmer-poet” Byron Herbert Reece, is his most recent CD.

Clark is currently the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature and Chair of the Department of English and Modern Language at Barton College, in Wilson, North Carolina, where he is Director of The Barton College Creative Writing Symposium and an editor of the literary journal Crucible.

WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY, sponsored by the UT Department of English and the UT Libraries, will offer seven events this fall, including readings by Terrance Hayes, Amy Greene, Blas Falconer, Melissa Range, and Robert Morgan – and Vive la Poésie, an event styled as “French-flavored poetry.” The fall and spring schedules are available at www.lib.utk.edu/writersinthelibrary.

For further information contact Martha Rudolph, Communications Coordinator, UT Libraries (865-974-4273 or mrudolp2@nullutk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@nullearthlink.net).

Botanist’s Photographs Available Online

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fern2A digital collection of over a thousand photographs of trees, flowers, mosses, ferns and other plants is now available on the University of Tennessee Libraries’ website.

THE BOTANICAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF ALAN S. HEILMAN was digitized from color-film photographs taken over more than sixty years by Alan S. Heilman, retired professor of Botany at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

iris3Many photographs are of wild flowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, made over the course of Heilman’s 37-year career as a botanist at UT. A lifelong student of plant anatomy, he is known for his novel views and close-up shots, some made through a microscope. In 1996 Heilman’s photograph of the back of a sunflower won first prize in the nationwide Natural World Photographic Competition of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The UT Libraries will unveil THE BOTANICAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF ALAN S. HEILMAN at a celebration on the evening of Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The public is invited to a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria of the John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd. Remarks by Alan S. Heilman and others will take place at 7 p.m. Images from the collection will be on display.

The University of Tennessee Libraries digitizes unique local content and makes these collections available for research and teaching through its website at www.lib.utk.edu/digitalcollections. Images from THE BOTANICAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF ALAN S. HEILMAN are freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License.

Associate Dean of Libraries Linda Phillips Announces Retirement

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lindaLinda L. Phillips, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor and Associate Dean of Libraries, announces her retirement from the University Libraries. Phillips served as interim dean of libraries during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Phillips began her 35-year career at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries as head of reference in the Hodges Undergraduate Library (UGL), which closed for expansion in 1984.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with Linda for 35 years,” said Rita Smith, associate dean of libraries and a colleague since the two were reference librarians at UGL. “Many library successes — both innovative programs and staff accomplishments — are directly attributable to Linda. She has a remarkable leadership presence and a wonderfully optimistic outlook toward everything she undertakes.”

Over the years Phillips headed the Libraries’ departments of science and technology, cooperative information services, networked services, and collection development. She was often on the forefront of trends in librarianship, spearheading statewide resource-sharing partnerships and early forays into electronic delivery of scholarly resources.

As the first head of scholarly communication beginning in 2008, she promoted open access, raised campus awareness of scholarly publishing issues, and co-chaired the university committee on scholarly communication. She pioneered the Libraries’ peer-reviewed digital imprint, Newfound Press, and UTK’s online institutional repository, Trace.

“Linda has made so many contributions at all levels – locally, nationally, and internationally. She will not be replaced,” said the Libraries’ new dean, Steve Smith.

Phillips says she’s looking forward to spending unstructured time on the arts, gardening, and travel in retirement. She plans to visit campus often to use library resources, attend lectures and classes — and lunch with friends. She and her husband, Ken McFarland, who will continue teaching botany and managing Biology Division greenhouses at UTK, hope to spend weekends hiking East Tennessee’s scenic mountain trails.

Library Hosts African American Achievement Showcase

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50yearsThe UT Libraries will host an afternoon of events celebrating the achievements of African American students and faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Music, poetry, displays — and more — are scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2:00-4:00, in the John C. Hodges Library.

Events centered at the Melrose Place entrance (2nd floor) will include spoken-word and step-dancing performances, information booths, and a broadcast by WUTK Radio. Student-created videos on the topic of “civility” will be screened in the Mary E. Greer Room (Rm. 258). Special Collections, 211 Hodges Library, will feature a display of materials from the University Archives that chronicle milestones in the desegregation of the campus. This semester’s “Culture Corner” (1st floor) showcases titles from the Libraries’ collection relating to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the current Life of the Mind reading selection.

There will also be two free screenings of the film Miss Evers’ Boys. Laurence Fishburne and Alfre Woodard star in this drama, based on the true story of the US government’s 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments. Screenings at 2 p.m. (Rm. 212 Hodges Library) and 6 p.m. (Hodges Library Auditorium).

The September 8 event is part of the university’s yearlong celebration honoring the first African American undergraduate students and the rich legacy of African American achievement at UTK. The community is invited to the John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., to celebrate and learn.

Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 19

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galleriaGraduate students are invited to an Open House at the library.

Friday, August 19, 1:00-2:30 pm
Hodges Main Library
First Floor Galleria

• Meet your department’s subject librarian
• See how the Libraries can help you with your research
• Learn about:
–> Support for teaching
–> Library workshops
–> Citation management tools Zotero and Endnote
• Bring your laptop and register your wireless account with the Office of Information Technology
• Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery

Join us for refreshments and a chance to win prizes!

Historical TN Newspaper Digitized, Available Online

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Tennessee has now made its first contribution to a national electronic database of historical newspapers, thanks to a federal grant.

The Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project (TDNP) is a joint effort between the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922. The NEH has funded similar projects in other states as it builds the national database.

A panel of historians, scholars, librarians and genealogists has selected a range of newspaper titles from across Tennessee for inclusion in the project. The initial phase of the project focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Issues of the Memphis Daily Appeal from 1857 to 1872 were scanned and added to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website. To view the paper, visit http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/. Access is free to the public.

Pages from the newspaper include:

• Frontline dispatches from Civil War correspondents such as “SHADOW” and “DIXIE”;

• News reports from the cotton industry, railroads and riverboats; and

• Advertisements for farm equipment, clothing, guns, real estate or cure-all medicines such as “Braggs Arctic Liniment” and “Dr. Mott’s Chalybeate Pills.”

Additional historical Tennessee newspapers scheduled to be digitized include Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig, the Nashville Union and American, the Chattanooga Daily Rebel, the Athens Post and the Clarksville Weekly Chronicle.

TSLA collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value and promotes library and archival development throughout the state. The NEH is an independent federal agency which supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities.

C O N T A C T :

JoAnne Deeken (865-974-4702, jdeeken@nullutk.edu)
Louisa Trott (865-974-0025, ltrott1@nullutk.edu)