Rooms 120 and Staff

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Many changes continue! Room 120 (former Quiet Study) is part of Special Collections. This is now a secure area open only open to staff of Special Collections and Library Express-Storage-Shipping.

For the summer, Digital Production has moved in while their area is renovated and Gov/Docs is staying while they complete the microfiche weeding project.

If you are using the staff elevator, please go around to the Galleria instead of through 120.  Once classes start, 120 will be locked and armed during the day.

Furniture for the staff room is scheduled to be delivered today, June 27. Head’s up that it may be unavailable on short notice if this is the case.

Also, the 6th floor area outside the Dean’s office is going to be patched and painted today through the end of the week. Watch out for those with smell sensitivity!

Volunteer Blvd. Changes

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Starting this Wednesday and continuing for the next two weeks, traffic will be slow along a section of Volunteer Boulevard in front of Hodges Library, the pedestrian walkway, and Claxton Education Building.

Work crews will install new electrical conduits below street level as part of the construction of the new Student Union, at the site of the current University Center.

From June 20 to June 30, traffic on the side of Volunteer Boulevard closest to Hodges Library will be reduced to one lane. From June 26 to July 3, traffic on the side of Volunteer Boulevard closest to Claxton Education Building will be reduced to one lane as well.

The work is scheduled to be completed by the July 4 holiday.

Yet another Melrose update!

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Latest communication on Melrose street project from George McGhee in Facilities Services:

1st grounds will be finishing the topcoat on the parking lot at the west end of I/H early this week. When this is done if Parking Services wants to start their remarking of this lot they can.

2nd we have some handicap spots next to Hess we need to move on a temporary measure to I/H lot, they will be put back on the street when that work is done.

3rd the lot at Hess needs to be closed so that construction crews can start work by mid-week on the taking up of the old asphalt and old sidewalk. The new north side sidewalks will done and open for use so will open parking on the street. The south side will have one lane closed for safety at the construction area.

The Studio — It’s not just for artists

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StudioGirls2Ten pages of double-spaced type? I don’t think so! Our tech-savvy students are just as likely to turn in a video as a term paper in response to a class assignment.

And where do students find the equipment and expertise they need to create movies, podcasts, web pages, graphics, and presentations? In the library, of course. The Studio, a media production lab in the John C. Hodges Library, provides computers, software, and experts to assist students in the creation of media-enhanced projects.

Students can consult one-on-one with Studio staff about their projects or attend short courses on how to use software such as Photoshop, iMovie, and GarageBand. Students also may borrow a wide range of media production equipment including video cameras and lighting kits, still cameras, audio recorders, microphones, and more.

Students get a chance to show off their graphics skills through the Studio’s yearly video contest. Contest themes have varied, from issues of national importance (such as the 2008 Presidential campaign) to topics that reflect campus initiatives (such as UT’s “Make Orange Green” and “Civility” campaigns). Thanks to the Studio, everyone on campus has access to the tools needed to participate in the video contest.

The Studio is part of the library’s Commons, a technology-rich, dynamic learning space that over the past seven years has grown to encompass the entire second floor of Hodges Library. In addition to the latest technology, the Commons offers group study areas, an inviting setting, and round-the-clock hours that make it one of the most intensely used study spaces — and social hangouts — on campus.

Visit the Studio website at To view some amazing examples of student-created video, visit the archive of the Studio’s video contest entries at

Melrose lot temporary closure

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The entrance to the lot at Melrose near the I.H. –east to the end of the sidewalk area is to be closed briefly Thursday morning. The concrete trucks and the men working are going to need extra room, so they can pour and work the sidewalk on that end. With the area already tight with the dumpster, it will not be safe with cars trying to pass also. The road would be closed from 7:30 AM to 12 NOON this Thursday 6-14. Thanks again for your cooperation!

Life of the Mind

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Freshmen arriving on the UT campus confront their first intellectual challenge on the day before classes begin. Each year, the Life of the Mind freshman reading program selects a book to be read and discussed by all incoming freshmen.

The common reading selection for the Class of 2016 is Eric Liu’s The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, a thematic memoir that challenges readers to consider identity as something both accidental (coming from family and other peoples’ expectations) and intentional (created and/or adopted by one’s own choosing). On August 21, the day before classes begin, students will attend a lecture by Eric Liu then gather for small group discussions of the book’s themes. The Life of the Mind experience will continue throughout the year through exhibits, lectures, movies, and class assignments that incorporate the book’s topic and themes.

To further explore those themes of race, language, and global politics, students can visit the Culture Corner on the first floor of Hodges Library. Each semester, the Culture Corner showcases books on a different diversity topic. The Culture Corner is a project of the UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee.

Altmetrics: tools and filters to measure research impact

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Altmetrics is poised to replace the old models of assessing scholarly impact and quality, namely peer review, journal impact factors, and citation statistics.

Read more about altmetrics:

  • Altmetrics Manifesto “No one can read everything.  We rely on filters to make sense of the scholarly literature, but the narrow, traditional filters are being swamped. However, the growth of new, online scholarly tools allows us to make new filters; these altmetrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in this burgeoning ecosystem. We call for more tools and research based on altmetrics.”


  • Jason Priem speaks often on altmetrics.  His presentations are on his Web site.


  • What is PLoS doing: Presentation sponsored by SPARC: On April 12, Pete Binfield, Publisher of PLoS One, gave an in-depth look at the the current status of Article Level Metrics, a discussion of what has been learned to date, and a glimpse into what is on the horizon for their further development and wider adoption.
  • What BioMed Central is doing, from the BMC Blog.


Problems with journal impact factors and citation statistics:


Please feel free to call on our new Associate Dean Holly Mercer (Scholarly Communication, hollymercer at utk dot edu).  She is available to meet with individuals or groups to discuss altmetrics and research analytics.

Holly can help faculty and administrators figure out: What is the need? Faculty evaluation? Funding opportunities? Collaborators? A unified presentation of research output?

What tools, both commercial (SciVal, Scopus) and Open Source, are out there?

Website Helps STEM High School Students

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Librarians at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are linking STEM students to some useful online resources.

Knoxville’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) high school opened in the fall of 2011 in the former L&N Railroad station on World’s Fair Park. The L&N STEM Academy is committed to using the latest technology to prepare students for STEM careers. It’s a challenging environment in which assignments require critical thinking to solve real-world problems, and teachers of different subjects cross-plan their lessons around a single project. Each student has been given his or her own iPad2 to serve as both computer and notebook. Students even use the iPads to discover their assignments by scanning QR codes posted on classroom doors.

The costly technologies that enable the school’s innovative learning environment translate into fewer dollars for the school media center. UT librarians are stepping in to supplement the research materials available to STEM students.

A website hosted by the UT Libraries provides links to free science and technology resources. SOIL (an acronym for STEM Oriented Information Literacy) is the creation of Thura Mack, UT Libraries coordinator for outreach and community learning services; Peter Fernandez, research services librarian for Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; and School of Information Sciences student Lisa Kellerman.

The librarians hope resources on SOIL will enhance skills the STEM students will need when they begin taking dual-credit courses at UT in their junior year. The site includes research tips, guides to citing sources, a tutorial on plagiarism and academic integrity, and directories to STEM internships (a planned capstone experience for L&N STEM Academy students).

The resources on SOIL are freely available at

Hodges Room 120

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Special Collections (121 Hodges Library) is expanding into the former quiet study area in 120 Hodges Library. Students are encouraged to seek out the library’s other designated quiet study areas, which include the remainder of the 1st floor and the entire 4th and 5th floors.