Estimated completion dates

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Circulation Service area and staff work area
Friday, August 24 – begin furniture installation
Friday, September 7 – punch list walk thru with architects, contractor, and fire marshal
Monday, September 10 – Staff move in contingent upon CO (certificate of occupation) issue by fire marshal

Commons North
Friday, September 7-punch list walk thru with architects, contractor, and fire marshal
Monday, September 10 –Furniture installation begins
Staff move in when above is complete and then open services contingent upon CO (certificate of occupation) issue by fire marshal

Commons South
Friday, September 14 – punch list walk thru with architects, contractor, and fire marshal
Tuesday, September 18 – Furniture installation begins
Staff move in when above is complete and then open services contingent upon CO (certificate of occupation) issue by fire marshal

Commons “Southwest” — Staff office area and former room 245 areas
Wednesday, September 19 -punch list walk thru with architects, contractor, and fire marshal
Monday, September 24 – Furniture installation begins
Staff move in when above is complete contingent upon CO (certificate of occupation) issue by fire marshal

First floor: rooms 170 (future DMS) room 171 (DPS)
Wednesday, September 19 – punch list walk thru with architects, contractor, and fire marshal
Monday, September 24, Staff move back in contingent upon CO (certificate of occupation) issue by fire marshal

Study Lounge behind Starbucks, Melrose entry, and Mary Greer Room:
Work will being in study lounge on September 4 and in the Melrose and Mary Greer room as soon as the staff are moved out of the area and back into Circulation area.

Estimated completion no later than September 28.

Digital Media Services area
Work will begin in October with completion date TBD.

UT Libraries Welcomes Diversity Librarian Residents

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SI-3The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries welcomes two librarians to post-graduate internships this month. Sojourna Cunningham and Ingrid Ruffin will be the UT Libraries’ fifth team of Diversity Librarian Residents, a program initiated in 2002. During a two-year internship, residents have the opportunity to work in several areas of the library and take part in a variety of initiatives and projects.

Sojourna Cunningham has a BA in History and English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she received the prestigious Carolina Academic Library Associate Award. She has worked in several library settings: academic library, public library, and for-profit technical institute. At UT, she plans to combine her interests in information literacy and emerging technologies to study the benefits of the learning commons.

Ingrid Ruffin has a BA and MA in English, as well as the Master of Library and Information Studies, from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. While in the MLIS program she was an Academic and Cultural Enrichment Scholar. Her prior position at a small liberal arts college allowed her to sample many aspects of librarianship. She has a particular interest in providing library services to underserved groups, especially veterans (a group that commands her personal affection).

The Diversity Librarian Residency program attracts recent library school graduates to a challenging career in academic librarianship. Residents gain rich and varied work experiences at UT, while advancing the Libraries’ and University’s diversity goals.

Both interns bring prior international and intercultural experience to their new positions. As an undergraduate, Cunningham spent a Semester at Sea, doing community service in ten countries across Asia, Africa, and South America. Ruffin served nine years in the United States Air Force.

Hodges Library Open More Hours

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The Hodges Library is now open even more hours. Sunday-through-Friday, round-the-clock hours — which formerly applied only to the second floor — have been extended to all floors of Hodges Library. In addition, the entire building will remain open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. These hours will be in effect throughout the fall and spring semesters.

This significant expansion of library hours means added convenience for students seeking study space or needing access to print resources. The book stacks and seating on floors 3 through 6, as well as additional computers and seating on the first floor, will be available 24 hours/5 days a week, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. No longer will students studying overnight be forced to interrupt study sessions at 3 a.m.! No more lugging books and laptops to the Commons to fight for study space!

The new library fee is helping to pay for this oft-requested expansion of library hours.

Remember: between midnight and 7 a.m., library users must swipe their VolCards at the Melrose (2nd floor) entrance to enter Hodges Library.

Commons Renovations Still Underway

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MainStreet3If you have visited the Hodges Library lately, it will come as no surprise that the much-anticipated renovations to the Commons will not be completed by the beginning of the fall semester.

But we promise it will be worth the wait! The pay-off for some temporary inconvenience will be more group study spaces, more natural light, and exciting new media:scape furniture to facilitate collaborative projects. Services will be better organized, grouping academic consulting in one area and all equipment checkout at a single service point.

In the meantime, Commons services will be available at these temporary locations:

SERVICES LOCATIONS Beginning of Fall 2012
Circulation/Media/Reserve 2nd floor, Melrose entrance
Digital Media Service (DMS) 2nd floor, Rm. 209
Instructional Support (formerly ITC) 1st floor, Rm. 135H
Laptop and Equipment Checkout 2nd floor, Melrose entrance
OIT HelpDesk & Computer Support 2nd floor, Rm. 251
OIT Lab Services 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Research Assistance 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Starbucks 2nd floor, Main Street
START Program 1st floor, Rm. 135H
Stat Lab No service point until September
Student Success Center Greeve Hall, Rm. 324
The Studio 2nd floor, Rm. 211
UT Bookstore 2nd floor, Main Street
Writing Center 1st floor, Rm. 135G


TECHNOLOGY LOCATIONS Beginning of Fall 2012
Adjustable Height Workstation 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Color Printing
1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
2nd floor, Studio/Rm. 211
Copier (VolCard) 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Copier (CopyCard) 1st floor, Special Collections Rm. 121
DART Machine 1st floors, Reference Rm. 135
Print Express 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Sorensen VideoPhone 2nd floor, Studio/Rm. 211
Wireless Printing Stations
1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Floors 3-6, across from elevators

We apologize for the inconvenience, noise, and dust. Please continue to visit the Commons on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library for your research and technology needs. The Commons is open every day. And, Sunday through Friday, we're open round-the-clock!

Bobbie Ann Mason at UT’s Writers in the Library

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BobbieAnnMasonUT’s Writers in the Library begins the fall semester with a flourish! Bobbie Ann Mason will lead off the visiting writers series with a reading on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of five short story collections, five novels, a memoir, and three works of nonfiction. Her first book of fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories (1982), won the PEN/ Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN/ Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Mason has also received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

BlueBeret1The New York Times has praised Mason’s books for having “delineated a New South reeling from the dislocations of contemporary life” and for her “radar-sharp knowledge of her characters’ inner lives, [and] her interest in the longings for emotional connection.”

Mason’s most recent book, the novel The Girl in the Blue Beret, was one of last summer’s three “hot literary books” recommended by USA Today.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

UT Student Writers: a Family Weekend Event

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StudentWritersWriters in the Library invites you to a Family Weekend event. Outstanding UT student writers Andrew McNeil Hamilton, Marissa Landis, Rachael MacLean, and Taria Person will read from their works in Hodges Library at 7 p.m., Friday, September 21. Lyrical luminary RB Morris will provide musical entertainment.

Andrew Hamilton graduated from UT in 2012 with outstanding honors in the Creative Writing Program. He’s won the university’s Margaret Artley Woodruff Award, and the English department’s endowed Bain-Swiggett and Knickerbocker poetry awards. His work has been accepted for publication by BlazeVOX, Yes, Poetry, and Emerge Literary Journal.

Marissa Landis is a senior enrolled in UT’s College Scholars Program. Her individualized program combines the study of art history, studio art and English. If it were possible for her to fit the culinary arts into the above list of disciplines, she would.

Rachael MacLean, a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program, is a freshman at UT. She is an avid writer with an extensive background in theater, having performed at Farragut High School and the Children’s Theater of Knoxville.

Taria Person is in her senior year at UT. She is double majoring in English creative writing and Africana Studies. She was the champion slam poet of the 2012 Knoxville Poetry Slam and is an aspiring screen/play writer.

RBmorrisRB Morris is a poet, singer, songwriter, musician, playwright and actor. In the 1980s he edited Hard Knoxville Review, which attracted a following in this country and Europe. His poetry books include: Early Fires, Littoral Zone, and The Man Upstairs. He wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of writer James Agee. Morris served as Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries from 2004 to 2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Join us in the Hodges Library auditorium to hear exceptional performances by these aspiring young writers. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

Commons Progress Update from Rita Smith

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If you have walked around the 2nd floor lately, it will probably be no surprise that the renovations will not be completed by the beginning of fall semester or even by the September 3rd date that was in the contract. Commons South and North and Room 245 areas will remain closed. 

 It is a complex project and delays do happen when dealing with infrastructure like lights, ceiling, electrical and networking issues. But I know it is going to be worth waiting for. Today at the construction progress meeting I came away with some estimates on when various areas may be ready.  These are estimates and can change quickly if something doesn’t work out the way it has been planned or plans have to be changed as the construction progresses.  

 We are expecting that the new Circulation front service desk area and back staff office area could be ready to move into — that is furniture installed and staff moved back in— by the last week of August.  That is pretty good news.

 Commons North and the first floor areas in Room 170 and 171 could be ready for occupancy by mid-September.  

 Commons South including room 245 most likely will be ready for occupancy by early October.   

 In the meantime we are preparing to offer library and OIT services normally located in the Commons and room 245 in other locations.  Library and OIT service managers met last week to work on those plans.  Circulation services, the Studio, and the OIT Help Desk will remain in their current temporary locations until they can move into their new spaces.  Most computer access will be provided in the first floor reference room and we do have 75 laptops for check out. Staff whose offices are not completed will remain in faculty studies throughout the building.   More specific information will be communicated next week when we work out all the details. 

 Thank you for your continued patience during the project.  And please let me know if you have questions. 

Status Update!

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Here is a photo of the paving project on Melrose. The street should be re-opened next week:


Commons Renovation Late September/early October  2012—most recent estimate
Renovation to elevator lobbies and core areas of floors 3-6 to provide security enhancements in the stacks TBD- sometime in 2013
Refurbishing staff room mid- August 2012 (waiting on final furniture delivery)
Transformation of room 120 (Quiet Study Room) to Special Collections processing room By the end of 2012
Installation of 4 electrical outlets in the floor outside Administration office Unknown- Waiting on Facilities Services
Repairs to water damage on wall and acoustical panels in the Galleria Should begin soon and finish by late 2012.
One Stop renovations to ground floor lobby area

(This is a university managed project.)

Service is scheduled to open June 2013