Battle of Fort Sanders: Library Marks the Sesquicentennial

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FortSandersThis fall marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders, a major engagement in the Knoxville Campaign of the American Civil War. The University Libraries will host an event highlighting the pivotal battle that took place less than half a mile from the current John C. Hodges Library.

The University Libraries holds significant collections on the Civil War, including Civil War diaries and letters. Look for information on our collections and the Battle of Fort Sanders in our upcoming Library Development Review.

We hope you will join us to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders on Thursday, November 14, at 5:30 pm in the Hodges Library. The event will include an exhibit featuring many items from the Libraries’ Civil War collections and a lecture by Dr. Tracy McKenzie, faculty member in history at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and distinguished historian on the American Civil War. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Our Library Friends will receive additional details via invitation later this fall.

Friends: Join Us to Host Graduate Students

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GradsEach year the Libraries host an open house specifically for graduate students. It’s a great opportunity for students to meet the librarian for their subject area, learn about the library services that will support them, and get to know library faculty and staff. Last year the Library Friends hosted a table at the open house and introduced graduate students to the work that the Friends do to support the Libraries. We’re planning to do this again and need your help! Can you help to staff the Library Friends table on Friday, August 23, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm? Please contact Jeff Johnson ( or Erin Horeni-Ogle ( today.

Also, would you be willing to underwrite graduate student memberships in the UT Library Friends, at $5 each? With a student membership, graduate students will receive the Libraries’ publications, e-newsletter, and invitations to library events. Last year one of our Library Friends sponsored student memberships, and it was a fantastic opportunity to engage students in conversations about supporting the UT Libraries. Great impact for a relatively low cost! Contact Erin ( if you would be willing to sponsor student memberships this year.

Free Movies on Demand, Anywhere on Campus

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cinemaStudents in the dorms — or, for that matter, anywhere on campus — can now stream movies to their laptops, on demand. The free movie channel ( is available to anyone, as long as they’re on campus to access the wireless network.

Each month, a selection of twenty feature films is available on demand from any laptop or desktop computer. The movie channel is not available from off-campus, and is presently not available to tablet computers. The Volunteer Channel (UT campus cable 12) makes the movies available to televisions in UT residence halls on a rotating schedule.

Students are invited to visit the Libraries on Facebook to weigh in on new movie selections each month —

Upper Floors of Hodges Library Undergoing Renovation

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More renovations are underway at the Hodges Library. Library users will soon encounter an entirely new look as they exit the elevators onto the upper floors. In the meantime, we ask our patrons to excuse the noise and disruption.

The open seating areas in the central corridors of the stacks floors — floors 3 through 6 — are receiving a facelift. The central aisles will soon have more electrical outlets, improved lighting, and new digital signs.

Upgrades also include new security features: cameras, emergency phones, and open sightlines in the central aisles. These improvements are part of the Libraries’ efforts to better support 24-hour access to the stacks. During the fall and spring semesters, all floors of the Hodges Library are open 24 hours, Sunday through Friday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. We are opening and improving spaces in the central corridor of each floor to give students more opportunities to study where they can see and be seen by other students rather than having to find a remote corner for lack of a seat or an electrical outlet.

Visitors to the library this week may need to seek alternate routes as they wander around the upper floors: we’re laying new carpeting in the central aisles. Please bear with us. Better things are coming!