Music Library Spring Break/Recess Hours

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The DeVine Music Library will observe the following Spring Break and Spring Recess hours:

  • Friday, March 22nd: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat & Sun, March 23rd & 24th: Closed
  • Mon –Thurs, March 25th-28th: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri & Sat, March 29th & 30th: Closed
  • Sun, March 31st: 6:00pm-10:00pm

We will resume normal operating hours on April 1st. Have a great and safe break!

Adam Prince at Writers in the Library, April 8

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Adam-Prince-smallAdam Prince will read at UT’s Writers in the Library, Monday, April 8th at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Adam Prince’s first book, a short story collection called The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, is about how men attempt to negotiate between their baroque imaginations and the realities of their actual lives. This book is a dark, comic, nuanced, and sexed-up collection of stories that might be offensive if it didn’t feel so true. It has been called “dangerous as a knife fight” by UT’s own Michael Knight and “both entertaining and insightful” by Publisher’s Weekly.

His award-winning fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. In 2011, Narrative Magazine named him one of the best twenty new writers. His story “A. Roolette? A. Roolette?” won First Place in Narrative‘s Winter 2010 Story Contest. In addition, Prince was awarded the Wabash Prize for Fiction for work Peter Ho Davies called “notable for its acute observations, wry wit, and delicate characterization.”

Prince is currently at work on a novel that takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Born and raised in Southern California, Adam Prince has since lived in New York, South Korea, Arkansas, Nicaragua, and Knoxville, Tennessee. Prince received a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he’s currently the 2012-2013 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School. He is married to the poet Charlotte Pence.

The author will also hold a Q&A session for all interested students, 3-4 p.m., Monday, April 8, in 1210 McClung Tower.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee 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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Re-imagine the Library With Us

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Dennis Clark will speak to the campus community on the topic “Re-imagining Library Services” on Monday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. Clark is Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the largest research university in Virginia.

Clark’s involvement in the design of a $50 million library addition at VCU has included re-imagining the library service model as well as re-invigorating outreach efforts.

Prior to his current appointment, he was Head of Public and Research Services at Texas A&M University Libraries. In addition, he has extensive experience as a music librarian, including positions at Vanderbilt University, where he was Director of the Wilson Music Library and Samford University. At Vanderbilt, he co-founded the Global Music Archive, a streaming repository of traditional music, and conducted field work and recording in Uganda. He remains an advisor to the Archive.

Clark serves on the editorial board of Public Services Quarterly, and he has published on the evolving roles of library services and technology in Library Hi-Tech and Performance Measurement and Metrics, among others.

UT Library Celebrates Gift of an 18th Century Text

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DeoOptimo_smallThe public is invited to an event celebrating a special gift to the University of Tennessee Libraries on the evening of Thursday, March 14, at the John C. Hodges Library on the UT campus.

University of Tennessee Library Friends and guests will gather to learn about the antecedents of a rare 1725 pamphlet written by one of Louis XV’s gardeners on a subject that references the Appalachian region.

Each year the Library Friends group pools undesignated donations to make a single gift to the UT Libraries. This year’s gift from the Library Friends is a pamphlet recording a disputation among learned 18th century physicians on a Quaestio Medica — a medical question — “Whether or not the Apalachine drink from America is healthful?”

Bernard de Jussieu, the presenter of the remarks recorded in this pamphlet, belonged to a prominent French family that included a number of distinguished botanist-gardeners of the 18th and 19th centuries. Successive generations of the de Jussieu family served as directors of the famous botanical garden of the French kings, the Jardin du Roi. Bernard de Jussieu was Sub-demonstrator of Plants at the royal garden under Louis XV. He and his two brothers — Antoine, who was director of the Jardin du Roi, and Joseph, who traveled the world seeking new botanical specimens to ship back to the king’s garden — are as renowned among botanists as their contemporary Carl Linnaeus.

In the 18th century, voyages of colonial expansion or botanical exploration resulted in an influx of new plant species sent back to Europe for cultivation in botanical gardens. The new plant material helped spur advances in plant taxonomy like the classification schemes of Linnaeus and Bernard de Jussieu.

At the March 14 event, guests will hear from an expert on the history of botanical excursions into the New World. Ronald H. Petersen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Specializing in the fungi, botanist Ron Petersen has described the mushrooms and their relatives from the Smoky Mountains and many other places on earth. One of his avocations, however, has been the natural history of the Southern Appalachians. He has published accounts of botanical penetration of the mountains in the 1830s and ’40s, the survey of a line marking the boundary between the Cherokee Nation and the spreading early colonial pioneers, as well as (with UT librarian Ken Wise) a natural history of Mt. LeConte. His most ambitious project has been New World Botany: Columbus to Darwin (2001), tracing botanical exploration and knowledge in and about the New World over five centuries.

The public is invited to a reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Petersen’s talk at 6:30 p.m. The rare Quaestio Medica pamphlet will be on display in the Libraries’ Special Collections department.

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Free Range Video Contest Now Accepting Entries

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Students, faculty, staff: Create a short video documentary (or mockumentary, if you prefer) and enter the library’s Free Range Video Contest. Registration closes March 22, and entries are due April 2.

The Studio in the Hodges Library Commons is sponsoring the contest. Pioneering documentary maker John Grierson defined the documentary as “the creative interpretation of actuality.” That quote inspired the theme of this year’s contest — The Compelling Real.

The video contest is open to all members of the UT community — students, faculty, and staff. Entrants can borrow a camera and get technical help in the Studio.

A panel of faculty, students, and library staff judges the entries. A video screening and awards ceremony will be held in April. During the screening, the audience will get a chance to vote live for the audience favorite.

The Studio started the Free Range Video Contest in 2005. Over the years, 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 open until midnight, six nights a week, so there are plenty of hours for filmmakers to perfect their craft. However, the registration deadline is fast approaching!

Contest details are available at Questions? Call the Studio at 974-6396.