Internationally Acclaimed Poet Adam Zagajewski at UT

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zagajewski_smallInternationally acclaimed poet Adam Zagajewski will read at UT’s Writers in the Library on Wednesday, October 31, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Adam Zagajewski is widely considered to be one of the leading poets of Europe. Born in 1945 in Lvov, he was a major figure of the Polish New Wave literary movement of the early 1970s and of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement of the 1980s. Zagajewski is himself a survivor of history’s nightmares, and following the tragedy of 9/11, one of his poems, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” published in a special edition of The New Yorker, became a touchstone for our traumatized nation.

His books of poetry in English include Without End: New and Selected Poems, Unseen Hand, and most recently, Eternal Enemies. In 2004 he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and in 2010 he was a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He lives in Krakow, Paris, and Chicago.

The author will also participate in an informal chat with students, 2-3 p.m., in 1210-1211 McClung Tower.

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 (

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Reception for New Library Faculty

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Dean of Libraries Steve Smith invites the campus community to join him in welcoming new library faculty to the campus. A welcome reception will be held on Wednesday, October 31, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria, first floor of Hodges Library.

Our new library faculty are:
· Robin Bedenbaugh, Research Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Library Marketing and Communication
· Kris Bronstad, Research Assistant Professor and Archivist for the Modern Political Archives
· Chris Caldwell, Assistant Professor and Humanities Librarian
· Sojourna Cunningham, Research Assistant Professor and Diversity Librarian Resident
· Ingrid Ruffin, Research Assistant Professor and Diversity Librarian Resident

If you have questions, please contact Megan Smith ( We look forward to seeing you on the 31st.

How Open is It? Understanding the Core Components of Open Access

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A new guide has been released for Open Access Week 2012.  From the Web site: “This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”.  Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to help establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies and mandates. Ultimately, the conversation must shift from “Is It Open Access?” to “How Open Is It?” The phrase “How Open Is It?” will be used for a family of offerings to foster and promote open access in research communications. “

Why Open Access?  See  What is Open Access:  8 minute video by Jorge Cham featuring Jonathan Eisen (UC DAVIS) and Nick Shockey (SPARC)


Commons Update

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Commons17Oct20121Computers and printers are now available in Commons North, which reopened earlier this week. Service points are not in their final configuration, but staff are present to direct students to needed services.

The study area outside Starbucks’ new, west-facing entrance has reopened with café seating and comfortable, curved couches.

More improvements will be evident soon.

Writers in the Library Hosts Author of Novel Set in North Korea

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AdamJohnsonAdam Johnson, author of the acclaimed new novel The Orphan Master’s Son, will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, 7 p.m., Monday, October 29, in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Dystopian views of the future dominate Johnson’s short stories and his first novel, Parasites Like Us. In The Orphan Master’s Son Johnson portrays the very real, nightmarish kingdom of present-day North Korea. Through the narration of Jun Do (John Doe?) and the ubiquitous loudspeakers constantly blaring propaganda, the reader is immersed in a totalitarian culture in which the state directs the very thoughts of its citizens.

Adam Johnson on The Orphan Master’s Son and his trip to North Korea:

“…[W]hen Kim Jong Il comes to power, all is strength, happiness and prosperity. It didn’t matter that the story was a complete fiction — every citizen was forced to become a character whose motivations, desires and fears were dictated by this script. The labor camps were filled with those who hadn’t played their parts, who’d spoken of deprivation instead of plenitude and the purest democracy.…Traveling to North Korea filled me with a sense that every person there, from the lowliest laborer to military leaders, had to surrender a rich private life in order to enact one pre-written by the Party. To capture this on the page, I created characters across all levels of society, from the orphan soldier to the Party leaders. And since Kim Jong Il had written the script for all of North Korea, my novel didn’t make sense without writing his role as well.” [from an interview]

Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. He received a Whiting Writers’ Award for emerging writers in 2009 and was named Debut Writer of the Year in 2002 by His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, Paris Review, Tin House and Best American Short Stories. Johnson is the author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us, which won a California Book Award. His books have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, Catalan, German, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Polish, Portuguese and Serbian.

Johnson is one of the founders of Stanford’s Graphic Novel Project, which each year brings together a team of student writers and artists to create graphic novels that draw on real-world situations, often involving society’s dispossessed. GNP’s projects have featured stories of human-rights abuses, touching on issues such as rape as a weapon of war, child soldiers, and human trafficking. (Read more about comics produced by the Stanford Graphic Novel Project in The Comics Journal.)

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 (

Befriend the UT Libraries; Support Our Future Leaders

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button2If educating the next generation ranks high on your list of cherished causes, you might wish to join the University of Tennessee Library Friends.

Within higher education there is much discussion of furthering “student success.” Indeed, new funding guidelines for Tennessee colleges and universities are predicated on measures of student success such as on-time graduation. Certainly, all of us wish for a successful outcome to each student’s investment of hard work, long hours, and precious family savings. But what can we actually do to promote college student success?

The UT Libraries is doing quite a lot. Beyond the traditional role of providing the best research resources and teaching students to use them discerningly, libraries these days have a tremendous impact on student success. The library is one of those spaces on campus where students make the personal connections that give them a sense of engagement in college life. In a recent survey of UT students, more than 70 percent of respondents said using the Commons in Hodges Library made them feel more involved in the university. That, certainly, can only have a positive impact on graduation rates.

In fact, the UT Libraries’ Commons will soon be even more appealing and more supportive of our students. Right now, the Commons is undergoing renovations that include making dedicated spaces for the Student Success Center and campus tutoring services, creating more group study areas, and adding exciting new technologies that students love. The library also has introduced new student support activities, such as bringing HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs to the library as a stress reliever during final exams.

The UT Libraries enables deep research, too, recognized as an innovator, even among larger and better-funded university libraries. Playing to its strengths, the Libraries invests a significant portion of its collections budget in electronic resources, acquiring specialized databases and digitizing collections that uniquely represent our region. UT Libraries now ranks 25th among publicly funded research university libraries, and is strategically positioned in UT’s journey to becoming a Top 25 public research university.

Every Tennessee citizen has a vested interest in the success of our college and university students. Today’s students are future business owners, engineers, teachers — they are tomorrow’s leaders. To guarantee student success and competitiveness, we cannot depend solely on state funding. We rely on our Library Friends to provide a margin of excellence.

By supporting the Library Friends, you will make a difference in the lives of Tennessee’s future leaders. Read more here about our new giving levels and new benefits of membership. The Library Friends keeps you informed and involved in UT Libraries programs and services.

If you are not currently a UT Library Friend, I invite you to join us. If you are already a Friend, please consider increasing your annual giving level to make an even greater impact on student success at the University of Tennessee.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your membership is an investment not only in the university’s libraries, but also in our campus, our community, and our state.

Linda L. Phillips
Chair, UT Library Friends

Explore Tennessee’s Past through its Newspapers

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NashvilleUnionThe Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project (TNDP), a partnership between the UT Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has received a second grant to digitize another 100,000 pages of microfilmed historic Tennessee newspapers.

The TNDP is like a time machine to Tennessee’s past, allowing students, teachers, genealogists, and history buffs to consult the primary sources — the newspapers that reported the news as it happened.

A statewide panel of historians, genealogists, educators, librarians, and journalism scholars selected the newspapers that are being digitized and made freely available on the web. The selection covers the broadest scope possible, encompassing the state’s three Grand Divisions, featuring Confederate and Union papers, and representing diverse political perspectives. Selected newspapers were published between 1836 and 1922.

The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of all US newspapers with descriptive information, and select digitization of historic pages. The project was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

This rich digital resource is developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress, and is made freely available to the public through the Chronicling America website, The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project has already contributed more than 84,000 pages to Chronicling America.


Delve into your history and help us make the historical record more accurate! View the collection of Tennessee newspapers at, and register to correct text that the optical character recognition (OCR) process is unable to accurately identify. This will help improve the accuracy of search results.

Follow the latest news from the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project at

Student Art in the Library: winners announced

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Winners of the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition have been announced. The UT Libraries has been holding Student Art in the Library contests since 2005. The contest is open to UT students in all disciplines, and is judged by a committee of library staff. First-place and second-place winners are awarded cash prizes. This semester the committee received 88 entries from 34 artists. A number of the contributing artists were present for the unveiling on October 5.

The winners are:

Alyssa2First Place:
Alyssa Johnson
“Self Portrait/Light Study”

Jessamyn2Second Place:
Jessamyn Davis
“Saharan Ruler”
Pen and ink

artistsExhibiting artists this semester are:
Dennis Morozov Alexander, Alia Ally, Jalynn Baker, Laura Cutshaw, Jessamyn Davis, Amanda Dean, Demi Demirkol, Lauren Hulse, Alyssa Johnson, Christina Lulich, Thomas Powers, Tammy Stackhouse, James Dylan Williams.

Artworks will remain on display in 135 Hodges Library through fall semester. View a retrospective of previous Student Art in the Library exhibitions at Read more about the Libraries’ art competition at

Help Us Honor and Celebrate Charlie Daniel, Oct. 25

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CharlieDaniel-blog3The University of Tennessee Libraries invites you to a humorous evening with Knoxville News Sentinel editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel. Join us Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. Reception begins at 6 p.m.

In 2011, Charlie Daniel donated his entire life’s work of hand-drawn, original cartoons to the UT Libraries. The Libraries selected more than 1,500 cartoons from that body of work to create the Charlie Daniel Editorial Cartoon Collection, which is viewable online at

Schwarzenegger5Daniel, a Virginia native, came to Knoxville in 1958 as the editorial cartoonist for the Knoxville Journal. When the paper closed in 1992, Daniel moved to the Knoxville News Sentinel, where he continues his work to this day. Daniel’s work is a rich source for those studying politics and regional history. These editorial cartoons express opinions on public and social issues of the moment and can touch upon a wide range of topics that affect our daily lives. Daniel’s cartoons can make you laugh and even sometimes cringe. But more than anything else, they make you think.

The UT Libraries invites you to join us in honoring Charlie Daniel and celebrating the Charlie Daniel Editorial Cartoon Collection.


Limited event parking is available in the staff parking lot at the west entrance to Hodges Library. From Cumberland Avenue, turn south onto Melrose Place. Melrose Place circles in front of Hess Hall and the Hodges Library. You may drop off members of your party at the Melrose Place entrance to Hodges Library. For more information, phone 974-4634.

Commons in Hodges Library Making Real Progress

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A large portion of the Commons in the Hodges Library should reopen in mid-October. Both Commons North and Commons South are nearing completion. New glass-enclosed group study rooms that admit ample natural light have been built around the perimeters. Service desks, computer tables, and booth-style seating are already in place. Library and OIT staff will begin installing computers and printers later this week.

The Commons has been undergoing renovations since early summer. Renovating an entire floor of the Hodges Library has entailed a complex choreography of temporary relocations of services and staff offices. Library staff recently reoccupied the updated Circulation/Media/Reserve service desk and office area just inside the Melrose Place entrance, freeing up space outside Starbucks’ new west-facing entrance for the upcoming installation of expanded café seating.

When students return from Fall Break, they should see real progress. Some exciting improvements are already apparent. Entrances to Commons North and Commons South have been widened, and a series of service desks are clearly visible across the entire expanse, north to south, of the second floor of Hodges. One need only peek over the construction barrier into Commons North to see the zig-zag computer tables and a serpentine arrangement of easy chairs. Commons South boasts new media:scape™ furniture that will allow students to walk up, plug in their own laptops, and confer on group projects.

The centralization of service desks means that students will be able to check out all equipment — laptops, scanners, video cameras, headphones, voice recorders and more — from one convenient location in Commons South. The Studio, now centrally located in Commons South, will offer more recording and video studios. Commons North will provide dedicated spaces for the Student Success Center, the Writing Center, Stat Lab, and the Math Tutorial Center.

It won’t be long now!