Please welcome Christine Thorson as the new Daytime Supervisor of the Music Library

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We are pleased to announce that Christine Thorson has joined us as the Music Library Daytime Supervisor.  Christine comes to the Music Library after serving as a residential life housing manager at UT’s Tennessee Governor’s Academy and teaching private voice lessons to a wide range of students.  Among her many duties at the Music Library, Christine will manage circulation activities, supervise the reserve operation, assist with reference queries, and hire, train, and supervise student library assistants.  Her first day was Monday, January 30th and she’s now busy settling in to the position and meeting colleagues and library users.  Please join us in welcoming Christine to the UT Libraries!

12,682 have signed the Elsevier Boycott Petition

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KU Background on the Elsevier Boycott.

Elsevier has responded to the mathematical community that started the boycott: Tim Gowers’ response plus comments.

You’ve signed or read about the boycott…now what?

1.) Help from SPARC: “You’ve Signed the Boycott, Now What?  Tips for Campus Engagement”

2)  By June 19, 2012, please sign the petition to alert the White House to the issue.





Love Your Libraries 5K Race, March 3

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5KlogoThe UT Graduate Student Senate is proud to announce the 20th annual Love Your Libraries 5K Race to benefit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. We hope you will join other UT library supporters for this event.

The 5K race will take place Saturday, March 3, 2012. Registration is from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. in Circle Park on the UT campus. The run begins promptly at 9 a.m.

The Graduate Student Senate hosted its first race to benefit the UT Libraries on Valentine’s Day in 1992. Proceeds from the race assist the libraries in purchasing much-needed electronic resources, books, equipment, and other items critical for student success at the University of Tennessee.

The Knoxville Track Club will manage the finish line and compile race results. An awards ceremony will follow the race. Awards will be given to the Top Three runners overall, 1st Masters (40+) and 1st Grand Masters (50+), male and female — as well as in several age-group categories. The Fastest UT Runner (student, faculty, or staff) and Best Team (greatest number of pre-registered finishers) also will be recognized. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered runners, and shirts will be distributed as supplies last on race day.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by February 25. Students and Knoxville Track Club members receive a discount if they pre-register.

Whether a serious competitor or jogger or just an enthusiastic bystander, we invite you to Circle Park on Saturday, March 3, to show your love for the UT Libraries.

For more information, contact the Graduate Student Senate ( or 865-974-2377).

Sabina Murray at Writers in the Library, Feb. 6

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MurraySabinaSabina Murray will present a reading at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, February 6, at 7 p.m., in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Murray is the author of the novels Forgery, A Carnivore’s Inquiry, and Slow Burn and two short story collections, The Caprices (winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner award) and Tales of the New World. Tales of the New World, her most recent collection, reimagines moments in the lives of explorers from Australian Aborigines to Aztec kings. She is also a screenwriter and wrote the script for the film The Beautiful Country (2005), which follows the story of Binh, a young Amerasian man who comes to the U.S. from Vietnam in search of the father he never knew.

Murray has had plenty of international experiences to inform her writing, having lived in Australia and the Philippines for most of her childhood and teenage years.

She currently directs, and teaches in, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Murray has been a Michener Fellow at UT Austin, a Bunting fellow at Radcliffe, a Guggenheim Fellow, and has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, a University of Massachusetts Research and Creativity Award, and a Fred Brown Award for The Novel from the University of Pittsburgh. The Beautiful Country was nominated for a Golden Bear, and the screenplay was nominated for an Amanda Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Read a review of Tales of the New World on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Visit to read more about her work.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Department of English. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (

Pamela Schoenewaldt to Read from Historical Novel of the Immigrant Experience

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schoenewaldtPamela Schoenewaldt opens the spring Writers in the Library series on January 23 with a reading from her historical novel, When We Were Strangers. The novel follows a young needleworker in the 1880s, forced to leave her mountain village in Southern Italy, who endures a rough passage through American cities to a very different life and work in San Francisco.

The public is invited to the reading at 7:00 pm, Monday, January 23, in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium.

At a question-and-answer session following the reading, the audience can learn about the research process for historical fiction. Dr. Marina Maccari-Clayton of the UT history department will be present to address questions about immigration. Dr. Maccari-Clayton is a specialist on migration history, globalization, and modern Europe.

When We Were Strangers (HarperCollins, 2011), Schoenewaldt’s first novel, is in its fourth printing, with Dutch, Polish and Russian translations in process. When We Were Strangers was a Book of the Month Club and Doubleday alternate, a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers Discovery, and is short-listed for the Langum Prize in American Historical Novel. Schoenewaldt is under contract with HarperCollins for a second novel, also historical fiction on the theme of immigration, set in Naples, Italy and Cleveland from 1906 to 1911, culminating in the 1911 Cleveland Garment Workers Strike.

Schoenewaldt lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she is a writer for FMB Advertising. Previously she taught creative writing at the University of Tennessee and served as Writer in Residence at the UT Libraries from 2001 to 2002. She lived in Naples, Italy from 1990 to 2000, translating and teaching writing at the University of Maryland, European Division.

Her fiction has appeared in Belletrist Review, Bianco su Nero, Carve, Cascando (U.K.), Crescent Review (winning the Chekhov Prize for Short Fiction), Fiction Attic, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mediphors, Knoxville MetroPulse, Mondogreco, New Letters, New Millennium Writing, Literary Lunch, New Letters, Paris Transcontinental, Pinehurst Journal, Potomac Review, Square Lake, The Sun, and Women’s Words. Her one-act play in Italian, “Espresso con Mia Madre,” (Espresso with My Mother) was produced at Teatro Cilea, Naples.

Visit her website at

Read a review of When We Were Strangers on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Department of English. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (

Music Library receives new color copier

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The Music Library has received a new public-use copier that is capable of making both high quality color and black-and-white copies.  Paper options include letter, legal, and 11×17 sizes.  Black-and-white copies are 6 cents each and color copies are 50 cents each.  The machine is only configured for payment through your All-Star account, which can be accessed by swiping your UT ID card.

It also has the ability to scan documents which can be saved to memory devices, though the Music Library houses a separate high-speed scanner for public use as well.  This other scanner has more functionality in regards to designating the scan area, defining file type, etc.  Files from this work station can be saved digitally or sent to our public printer.

Spring Semester Hours

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Spring Semester 2012

January 11-April 29

Regular Hours

Sunday: 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Friday: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


1/16/12: Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

3/18/12: Closed for Spring Break

3/19/12-3/23/12: Open 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM for Spring Break

3/24/12: Closed for Spring Break

4/5/12: Open 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM for Spring Recess

4/6/12-4/8/12: Closed for Spring Recess

New Associate Dean of Libraries Supports Online Scholarship

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HollyMercer3Holly Mercer joins the UT Knoxville Libraries on January 17 as Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services. She will oversee the Libraries’ research services, library technology, and digital services.

Mercer comes to UT from Texas A&M University, where she served as head of Digital Services and Scholarly Communication.

Dean of Libraries Steve Smith looks forward to working with the Libraries’ new associate dean to provide new services to UT scholars. “Holly is a committed advocate for digital scholarship and open access. She is a great collaborator and is nationally recognized for her expertise in emerging models for online research and publication. Holly will be a great advocate for the UT research community.”

At TAMU, Mercer established a digital services center and promoted the effective use of new forms of scholarship.

“In the changing landscape of scholarship, libraries will need to be involved in new modes of research from creation to preservation,” said Mercer. “The validity of online scholarship in the promotion and tenure process rests, in part, on the ability of libraries to provide reliable, long-term access to datasets, blogs, or whatever new forms of scholarly communication emerge.”

Mercer holds a master’s in library and information science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Duke University. She has served on a number of national committees including the Open Repositories Steering Committee and the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy advisory committee.