“De-stress for Success” at the Music Library

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Need a little study relief during finals week? In conjunction with UT Library’s De-stress for Success events, the Music Library has a variety of “de-stressing “ initiatives available to help relieve a little final exam stress: color a picture, decorate a music note, borrow a Frisbee or playing cards, and enjoy free snacks!

A complete list of Hodges’ Library De-stress for Success activities can be found at:

http://info.lib.utk.edu/news/blog/2013/04/19/de-stress-for-success-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=de-stress-for-success-2

Good luck on your exams, and best wishes for a safe Summer!

*De-Stress for Success sponsors include the UT Libraries, the Student Success Center, Student Assessment of Instruction System, UT Parents Association, School of Information Sciences, and Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee.!






News Sources from Around the World: available for a limited-time trial

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Get multiple perspectives on your research topic from news sources around the world. For a limited time, the Access World News Research Collection will be available to UT users.

Access World News provides access to over 219 million current and archived articles from global news sources. Media include print and online newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news videos and journalist-written blogs. Content is easily searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface.

This is an excellent resource for background research, tracking an event or topic over time, and comparing issues both chronologically and geographically.

The UT Libraries has arranged for trial access to the database until May 15.

Review of new electronic resources is an ongoing process. Databases being considered for acquisition are made available to UT users for a short trial period. Evaluation and feedback from the campus community is an important part of this process.




De-stress for Success during finals week

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massageStudents: take a well-deserved break from final exams, refresh and recharge at the library. The UT Libraries will once again offer finals week activities to help students “De-Stress for Success.”

Activities in Hodges Library begin on Study Day, April 29. UT’s Student Assessment of Instruction System will host a free ice cream social from noon to 2 p.m.

Other events that begin on Study Day will continue throughout final exams (April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7).

Student Health Center staff will be on hand each day, from 10 a.m. to noon, to provide tips for healthful eating, better study habits, and handling stress.

Knoxville Massage Therapy Center therapists will give free chair massages in the Commons from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3, and on Monday, May 6.

Everyone’s other favorite therapists — the HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs — will be on hand in the Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library: noon to 2 p.m., Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3; 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2; and noon to 2 p.m., Monday, May 6.

HABIT dogs will visit Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library on Study Day, Monday, April 29, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Throughout the week, room 251 in Hodges Library will offer games, cartoons, and coloring books to help students relax and unwind. Pendergrass Library and the Music Library will both provide a craft table, outdoor games, and refreshments (while they last!).

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Chair Massages in the Commons, Hodges Library:

1-4 p.m., Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
1-4 p.m., Monday, May 6

HABIT dogs in 258 Hodges Library:

Noon – 2 p.m., Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3
5-7 p.m., Monday, April 29 – Thursday, May 2
Noon – 2 p.m., Monday, May 6

HABIT dogs in Pendergrass Library:

11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday, April 29


De-Stress for Success sponsors include the UT Libraries, the Student Success Center, Student Assessment of Instruction System, UT Parents Association, School of Information Sciences, and Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee.




Student Winners of Graduate Writing Awards to Read, April 22

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The University of Tennessee’s final Writers in the Library event of the academic year will feature readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards. Readings from the winning works will take place in the Hodges Library auditorium on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Awards are made possible by the English Department through the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library also is named.

2013 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards:

FICTION

First Prize: Ryan Woldruff, for “Still, This Might Be a Love Story”
Second Prize: Daniel Wallace, for “My Arctic Circle”
Third Prize: Tawnysha Greene, for “All God’s Children”

POETRY

First Prize: Stephanie Duggers, for a series of poems
Second Prize: Christian Anton Gerard, for a series of poems (“Defense of Poetry”)
Third Prize: Tawnysha Greene, for a series of poems

Winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards will receive $500 for First Prize, $300 for Second Prize, and $100 for Third Prize in each category. This year’s judges were English faculty Laura Hoffer and Chuck Maland in fiction, and author (and former Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries) Brian Griffin in poetry.

The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.
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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 (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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Pick up a “READ” poster during National Library Week

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Want a cool poster of Smokey reading a book? Drop by the library this week to pick up one of our “READ” posters.

It’s National Library Week, and we’re celebrating. Posters featuring Smokey, Little Smokey, the Volunteer, and Dr. Bill Bass (of “Body Farm” fame) are the first in our series of posters picturing campus celebrities. Our poster series is modeled on the American Library Association’s long-standing poster campaign. ALA’s READ posters feature sports figures, actors, and other celebrities reading from a favorite book.

Posters are available this week at Hodges Library, the Music Library, and Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library. Follow our READ poster series at facebook.com/utklibraries.

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Helping Students De-stress During Finals

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destressFinal exams are approaching, and our students are already beginning to stress out. With the help of numerous co-sponsors, the Libraries will once again offer Finals Week activities to help our students refresh and recharge. Activities will include free chair massages, visits by HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs, cartoon screenings, and outdoor games.

Dean of Libraries Steve Smith considers these events a vital investment. “We offer these and other fun activities out of a genuine interest in student well-being and success. We want to boost our students’ academic performance and keep them healthy at the end of what, for many, is a long and taxing semester. A little break or diversion can go a long way toward doing this.”

Among our campus partners who will co-sponsor “De-Stress for Success” activities in the libraries are the Student Success Center, Student Assessment of Instruction System, UT Parents Association, School of Information Sciences, and Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee. Both Hodges Library and Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library will host activities.

Watch this site for a schedule of Finals Week activities.




Free Range Video Contest: Winning Student Documentaries

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freerangeVideo documentaries by winners of the library’s Free Range Video Contest will be screened on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. The public is invited. During the screening, the audience will get a chance to vote live for the audience favorite. Awards will also be made to the top three videos chosen by a committee of student and faculty film and storytelling enthusiasts. The annual Free Range Video Contest is sponsored by the Studio in the Hodges Library Commons. The contest was open to all UT students, faculty, and staff. Entrants were able to borrow cameras and get technical help in the Studio.




Upcoming Writers in the Library Events

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The Libraries and the Creative Writing Program will sponsor two more Writers in the Library readings this semester. Mark your calendars.

On Monday, April 15, Writers in the Library will host poets Marilyn Kallet and Keith Norris, 7:00 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. Kallet is director of UT’s Creative Writing Program, and Norris, a graduate of the Creative Writing Program, is on the English faculty at Pellissippi State Community College. Kallet will read from her recently published book, The Love That Moves Me. Norris will read from “Backwoods Inferno,” his hilarious backwoods version of Dante’s journey through Hell. The public is invited and is guaranteed to be entertained.

Writers in the Library on Monday, April 22, will feature readings by student winners of UT’s Graduate Writing Prizes. Each year, students in the Creative Writing Program compete for the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes in fiction and poetry. The Graduate Writing Prizes are made possible by the English department through the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library also is named. The public is invited to hear the talented Creative Writing Program candidates.
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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 (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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