“Trace” Online Archive Just Logged its One-Millionth Download

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trace_1millionDL-01_smallThe University of Tennessee Libraries is one of many research libraries that now provide a platform for scholars to publish their research and creative work online. UT’s digital archive, dubbed Trace (for Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange), this week reached and surpassed ONE MILLION downloads of scholarship by UT researchers.

More than 600,000 of those downloads occurred over the past year, indicating that Trace — which was launched only three years ago, in September of 2009 — is fulfilling its mission to expand access to the university’s intellectual capital. Free online access via Trace makes UT research and scholarship easily discoverable anywhere in the world.

“Trace offers a digital space for collaboration on an international level, increasing the reach and potential influence of scholarship created at the University of Tennessee,” according to Holly Mercer, associate dean for scholarly communication and research services at the UT Libraries.

Trace brings together in one place the work produced by the UT community and gives faculty a place to share their published and unpublished work. If a researcher wishes to share research results more quickly than a journal article can wend its way through the peer review process, Trace provides a convenient venue. Faculty can create individual webpages to showcase their scholarship, and Trace reports to authors how often their individual works are accessed. Additional features facilitate the publishing of electronic journals and the hosting of conferences.

Not only are Trace collections being accessed more frequently by the scholarly community, UT’s contributing authors increasingly use Trace to share their articles, data sets, multimedia works, and image collections. Approximately 7,500 of the more than 14,750 items in Trace were uploaded over the past year.

Trace also functions as a permanent repository that preserves the work of UT scholars and researchers. With goals of collecting digital content in a variety of formats, organizing it to make it discoverable and preserving it to assure digital file stability, long-term usage, and security, Trace allows any member of the university community to deposit work regardless of genre or format. It also allows depositors to affirm their own copyright ownership and, at the same time, extend nonexclusive rights for noncommercial use.

“The library has always been a trusted archive for the end products of scholarship, and Trace continues that mission,” notes dean of libraries Steve Smith. “Trace is helping UT advance knowledge on a global scale. One million downloads is a great milestone.”

We are celebrating as the one millionth download “Why We Don’t Vote: Low Voter Turnout in U.S. Presidential Elections,” the Honors Thesis Project of a student in UT’s prestigious Chancellor’s Honors Program — and a very timely topic! Trace recorded its one-millionth download on September 25, and — on that day alone — this thesis by Daniel Steven Roberts was downloaded 78 times, proving that Trace increases the value of student research, too.


Seth Jordan, Trace Administrator and Interim Manager, Digital Library Initiatives, University of Tennessee Libraries, sjordan@nullutk.edu, 974-4121

Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, University of Tennessee Libraries, hollymercer@nullutk.edu, 974-6899

Poet Alice Friman at Writers in the Library, Oct. 8

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AliceFrimanAward-winning poet Alice Friman will be on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus on Monday, October 8. She will read at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m., in the Hodges Library Auditorium. A reception will follow the reading. Earlier in the day, 3-4 p.m., she will hold an Author Chat in 1210-1211 McClung Tower.

Alice Friman’s new book of poems, Vinculum, was released in March 2011 by LSU Press. Friman is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo, winner of the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her poems appear in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Shenandoah, which awarded Friman the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry in 2001.

Friman has received fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bernheim Foundation. Among her prizes are a 2012 Pushcart Prize, the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry, and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America.

Anthologized widely and published in thirteen countries, she was Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis from 1973 to 1993 and is now Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University. Her new poetry podcast series is Ask Alice.

Writers in the Library events are free and open to the public.

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 (mkallet@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

Commons Update: New Circulation Desk Opens

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CircSerpentineWe’re making real progress on the Commons! Renovations are underway in all quadrants of the Hodges Library second floor, but one quadrant is all but completed. Library staff have reoccupied the updated Circulation/Media/Reserve service desk and offices in the northwest corner. Book and equipment checkout have resumed at that location.

We don’t know how they did it, but the architects have made the square-footage of the Circulation area seem twice as spacious. Thank you, McCarty Holsaple McCarty!

Commons South is still on-target to reopen around mid-October. And it appears that Commons North will open around the same date. There is visible progress: if you peek over the construction barrier into Commons North, you can see the zig-zag computer tables and a serpentine arrangement of easy chairs.

We appreciate your patience and hope that — along with us — you are eagerly anticipating the unveiling of a new and better Commons.

Librarian David Atkins Honored with Resource Sharing Award

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DavidAtkinsLibrarian David Atkins is the 2012 recipient of the Tenn-Share Resource Sharing Award. Atkins is associate professor and head of resource sharing and document delivery at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries.

The Tenn-Share consortium — with over 600 member libraries, museums, archives and information agencies — helps Tennessee libraries deliver efficient, effective library services through group purchasing power and innovative resource sharing projects.

Atkins is being recognized for his ongoing leadership within Tenn-Share and his tireless promotion of resource sharing efforts across the state and around the world.

He is active in many state, regional, and international resource sharing endeavors. He pioneered a cooperative library exchange program between the UT Libraries and Makerere University Libraries in Kampala, Uganda, and helped Makerere implement an electronic document delivery system.

Atkins has led many Tenn-Share projects including the Auto-Graphics-to-ILLiad Bridge (connecting the state’s public library and UT interlibrary loan systems) and Info-to-Go (which gives the Knox County Public Schools interlibrary loan access to the Knox County Public Libraries and UT Libraries).

Most recently, he spearheaded efforts to create a new statewide, library-to-library courier service, Firefly (www.tenn-share.org/firefly), to facilitate interlibrary loans among all types of libraries in Tennessee. (The service draws its name from the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains.) Tenn-Share launched a prototype of the Firefly courier service, dubbed Glowworm, in August. In November, Firefly will begin serving more than 200 academic, public, and school libraries across Tennessee.

Atkins currently chairs the American Library Association’s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) and is a past chair of the ALA sectional committee on international interlibrary loan.

Atkins will receive the Resource Sharing Award at Tenn-Share’s fall conference in Nashville on September 28.

Dean Steve Smith appointed to Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries

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SteveSmith1UT Dean of Libraries Steven Escar Smith will serve on the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries. He was appointed to the council by the Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett.

The Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries is the state entity that oversees library services that benefit all Tennesseans. The council advises the Tennessee State Library and Archives on long-range plans for library programs, services and activities in Tennessee.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and encourages and promotes library development throughout the state.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives supports Tennessee’s Regional Library System; provides construction funding, library materials, continuing education, and technology assistance to Tennessee’s public libraries; and encourages resource sharing across the state.

One ongoing project of the state library that benefits Tennessee’s colleges and universities is the Tennessee Electronic Library, an online collection of research resources made available free of charge to Tennessee residents.

Smith’s initial appointment to the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries is a three-year, renewable term.

New Equipment Available for Check-Out

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Pendergrass Library has recently acquired several new pieces of equipment to loan out in addition to our existing collection.  That equipment collection includes:

  • 15 Dell laptops, 9 of which are brand new
  • 5 Macbook Pro laptops
  • 6 Garmin GPS units, all with mapping software
  • 1 digital SLR camera
  • 2 waterproof digital cameras
  • 1 digital point-and-shoot camera
  • 2 camcorders, one of which is HD
  • 2 Flip video cameras
  • 1 camera tripod
  • 1 camera card reader
  • 1 flatbed scanner
  • 1 portable wand scanner
  • 1 projector
  • 2 Apple World Travel Adapter kits
  • 2 universal laptop chargers
  • 3 pairs of noise-reduction headphones
  • 1 microphone
  • 3 calculators
  • 25 assorted cables
  • 3 flash drives
  • 2 USB floppy drives
  • 1 zip drive

For loan periods, loan eligibility, availability, or any other information, please visit http://libguides.utk.edu/content.php?pid=377609&sid=3093022 or contact Pendergrass Library at (865)974-7338 or agvetlib@nullutk.edu.

Publish in BioMed Central or SpringerOpen and receive 15% discount

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UT is now a member of BioMed Central.

BioMed Central is an open access publisher owned by Springer.  BMC is committed to the free widespread dissemination of scientific research with high standards for review and reporting.

BMC publishes 200+ peer-reviewed open access journals across the disciplines of biology, medicine and chemistry. A full list of journals can be found at:  www.biomedcentral.com/browse/journals


Since UT is a Supporter member of BioMed Central, UT  authors are entitled to a 15% discount on article-processing charge per published paper.  The 15% discount is available also to authors publishing in the Springer mega journal SpringerOpen.


Continuing updates:

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Circulation Office Area: 

Staff will begin moving back into offices next week (week of September 10).  Date for resuming service at the front desk has yet to be determined however. 


Melrose entrance/Mary Greer Room

Work will begin once Circulation has move out.


Commons North:

Getting close.  Furniture, including services desks, scheduled for installation to begin on September 14th. That process could take a week or so to complete. 


Study Lounge behind Starbucks:

The area will close and work will begin after Commons North re-opens.  


Commons South :

Goal for furniture installation is still September 24th.  Staff office areas are the first priority. 


First Floor: 

Move-in date is still holding at September 24th.


Current DMS and future Scholars Commons area:

Construction is set for October 1.

Hodges Library Commons to Open at the End of the Month

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Students will have more group study spaces, improved video and sound editing rooms, expanded academic support, and additional access to Starbucks when the Hodges Library Commons reopens at the end of this month.

The Commons, which encompasses the second floor of the library, has been under renovation since the summer.

The updated space will feature enclosed group study rooms. Some of the rooms will have interactive smart boards.

More group study spaces “is one of the enhancements students asked for,” said Rita Smith, the libraries’ executive associate dean.

Mediascape furniture—U-shaped tables with monitors that will allow students to connect their computers into the table and work together on a project at the same time—will be available throughout the Commons.

The Commons will feature a larger zone that is dedicated to tutoring and academic support. It will include the Student Success Center, the Writing Lab, and the Stat Lab.

A second door will also be added to Starbucks, a popular destination for many students.

To reduce inconvenience to students, library staff wearing “Ask Me” buttons have been greeting library users at the second floor Melrose entrance where most people enter the Commons.

There also has been plenty of signage to direct patrons to relocated library services.

“We realize it’s stressful for the students,” Smith said. “We’ve been sensitive to the fact that it can impact their work and we don’t want that to happen.”