Streetscape update from Rita Smith

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The construction crew has said they think the parking lot entrance will be complete this week and then they will start on sidewalk. Still work to be done on closing the end of parking lot — no new info to pass along on that timetable.

Street parking is gradually closing on south side. Parking on north side will likely close in about 2-3 weeks.

Note: concrete will be poured in and near the new entrance Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.




New Digital Collections: UT Theatre Playbills and a Student Magazine

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries announces two new digital collections. Theatre playbills and an early student publication drawn from the University Archives are the newest digital collections available on the UT Libraries’ website at www.lib.utk.edu/digitalcollections.

Playbill-1UT THEATRE PLAYBILLS. The University of Tennessee Theatre Playbills Collection showcases the history of theatre at the University of Tennessee from 1935 productions by the Faculty Players to the current season of the Clarence Brown Theatre Company, an affiliate of the exclusive League of Resident Theatres.

Ephemeral theatre groups were active on UT’s campus as early as the 1830s, but the earliest extant playbills date to productions by the Faculty Players, a club composed of faculty and spouses that brought a new level of seriousness to campus theatre in the 1930s.

UT’s theatre program began as a one-year course within the English department in 1940 and became a full-fledged department of speech and theatre in 1968. A Master of Fine Arts program was added in 1980.

The campus’ first permanent theatre space was the Carousel arena theatre, completed in 1953. The Clarence Brown Theatre opened in 1970 and was dedicated to the legendary filmmaker and UT alum whose generous gifts funded both the proscenium theatre and the professional company.

UT’s theatre program has had an illustrious history, hosting world premier productions and an international exchange of artists. Theatre enthusiasts who browse the online playbill collection will encounter productions starring renowned actors such as Mary Martin, Zoe Caldwell, John Cullum, Dame Judith Anderson, and Sir Anthony Quayle.

Mugwump-1MUGWUMP. Mugwump was a University of Tennessee student publication that ran from November 1920 until 1932. A combination of college humor and literary material, Mugwump chronicles student life and highlights student creativity through stories, essays, poetry, as well as student-drawn cartoons and artwork.

The artwork is a jaunt through 1920s fashions, from the short skirts and bobbed hair of the flapper to fellas in knickerbockers or “Oxford Bags.” Stories, cartoons and even the advertisements are a window on students’ concerns, from dating to dance crazes to doing laundry. Some cartoons also reflect the entrenched racist attitudes of the times.

Mugwump rewards even casual browsing, if only to enjoy the often humorous — and sometimes beautifully drawn — cover art.




A Note from Chris Durman

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A friendly reminder that the Music Library will close today for the summer due to continued renovation and construction work on the Humanities Building. We anticipate re-opening on August 16.

After today, Music Library materials will only be available via a paging service. Items may be requested through the library’s online catalog. Those items will be picked up by Music Library staff each weekday and placed on the Hodges Library hold shelf (located at the main circulation desk on the second floor). In addition, graduate students and faculty may request items be delivered to them via Library Express.

Though our physical location will be closed, digital resources may be found on our homepage: http://www.lib.utk.edu/music/ , and Music Library staff will still be available by phone, email, or appointment: http://www.lib.utk.edu/music/contact.html .




2012 SUMMER CLOSING OF MUSIC LIBRARY

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The Music Library will close today for the summer due to continued renovation and construction work on the Humanities Building. We anticipate re-opening on August 16.

After today, Music Library materials will only be available via a paging service. Items requested through the library’s online catalog will be picked up by Music Library staff each weekday and placed on the Hodges Library hold shelf (located at the main circulation desk on the second floor). In addition, graduate students and faculty may request items be delivered to them via Library Express. Though our physical location will be closed, Music Library staff will still be available by phone, email, or appointment: http://www.lib.utk.edu/music/contact.html .

Have a great summer break!






“The Fishes of Tennessee” Now Online

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FishesOfTennThe waters of Tennessee are home to about three hundred species of fishes, the most diverse collection of freshwater fauna of any state in the country.

Ecologists David Etnier and Wayne Starnes have documented Tennessee’s diversity of ichthyoid species in The Fishes of Tennessee, first published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1993. To accommodate requests for the popular textbook, which is currently out of print, UT Press and Newfound Press have made The Fishes of Tennessee available online.

David Etnier is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Wayne Starnes is curator of fishes and director of the research lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The readable and authoritative Fishes of Tennessee was the first comprehensive study of the state’s fishes. Species accounts provide information on the classification, identification, biology, distribution, taxonomy, and current status of Tennessee’s fishes — many of which are endangered. Taxonomic keys provide readers with guides for distinguishing species. High-quality photographs, range maps, and drawings make identification and study a pleasurable experience.

The volume has been touted as one of the most detailed and comprehensive regional ichthyofaunal guides available. Its publication online by UT’s Newfound Press (newfoundpress.utk.edu) is a boon to all biologists, anglers, and nature enthusiasts.




Staff room update

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The new carpet is slated to be installed in the staff room on Tuesday, May 29.  It will probably be at least a two day job, and the staff room will be closed during this time. Notification will be sent when the room is re-opened.