Patricia Waters to read poetry at Hodges Library, Feb. 9

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FallenAttitudesFormer UT Libraries Writer-in-Residence Patricia Waters will be back in the library next week to read from her work. The campus is invited to a poetry reading and discussion with Waters on Monday, February 9, at 6 p.m. in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Waters is the author of two books of poetry, The Ordinary Sublime (2006) and Fallen Attitudes (2014), both from Anhinga Press.

According to Waters, the year she spent as Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries gave her time to gather the work for her first book.

Waters in currently assistant professor of English at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.

Newfound Press Publishes Joseph Bensman Essays

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large thumb coverThe latest book from the UT Libraries’ Newfound Press will be feted Thursday, February 5, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center Program in Sociology.

From Joseph Bensman: Essays on Modern Society collects the essays of the renowned humanistic sociologist and includes a new, analytical introduction by the editors, Robert Jackall and Duffy Graham.

Joseph Bensman (1922-1986) was Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY and a founding member of the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in sociology. The editors of From Joseph Bensman will be on hand at CUNY’s reception to deliver a brief remembrance of professor Bensman and to sign books.

Bensman was an observer of modern institutions, professions, and culture. From Joseph Bensman: Essays on Modern Society brings together some of his finest work, often done in collaboration with colleagues such as Arthur J. Vidich, Robert Lilienfeld, Bernard Rosenberg, and Israel Gerver.

In the introduction to the collection, Jackall and Graham identify Bensman’s trademark habits of mind: an analytical stance, fundamentally objective and dispassionate; a vigilant awareness of the reach and vitality of bureaucracy; an ability to discern intellectual problems in superficially unremarkable phenomena; attention to empirical detail and suspicion of theoretical abstractions; and appreciation of irony and unintended consequences.

Newfound Press, a digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, publishes peer-reviewed books and multimedia works. Newfound Press titles can be read online and are available for print-on-demand through UT Press.

UT Dean of Libraries Joins Tenn-Share Board

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Steven Escar Smith, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been appointed to the executive board of Tenn-Share, the statewide library consortium. He will serve as a member and secretary to the board through 2016.

The Tenn-Share consortium — with over 680 member libraries, museums, archives and information agencies of all types and sizes — helps Tennessee libraries deliver efficient, effective library services through group purchasing power and innovative resource sharing projects.

The consortium provides access to databases and other electronic resources that otherwise would be unavailable to users of many academic, public, and K-12 libraries. Tenn-Share also facilitates interlibrary loans among the state’s libraries by running a statewide, library-to-library courier service. A Tenn-Share initiative in Knox County gives the Knox County Public Schools interlibrary loan access to the Knox County Public Libraries and UT Libraries.

Smith has been dean of libraries at UT since 2011.

Dom Flemons – “American Songster” Lecture and Performance March 12

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Dom Flemons

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 PM
Bijou Theatre
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Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dom has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and his new album, Prospect Hill, has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more. His performance will be a lecture/demonstration of the history of old-time folk music and its relevance in today’s diverse musical world with commentary and musical examples as appropriate.

Hodges Library adds extra Sunday hours

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BusyHodgesBeginning February 1, the John C. Hodges Library will open its doors at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The library is opening two hours earlier on a trial basis.

The public services desk, equipment checkout, and OIT Lab Services desk will open at 10 a.m. Food and beverages also will be available beginning at 10 a.m.

Not all services will be available on Sunday morning. The Studio opens at noon and Research Assistance at 1 p.m. The OIT HelpDesk and OIT Student Computer Support are open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Hours for other services offered in the Commons are available at

Dec. 20 upgrade may affect off-campus access

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On Saturday, December 20, UT’s Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the server that affects off-campus access to the Libraries’ electronic resources. The upgrade will begin at 8:00 am EST and should be completed by 6:00 pm EST. During that time, you may not be able to access our databases, e-books, or online journals. Visit the IT System Status Page for information about the status of the upgrade.

Cutover to new library system over Winter Holiday

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Over the Winter Holiday the UT Libraries will transition to a new cloud-hosted “backend” for its integrated library system. Beginning at 8 p.m. on December 11, there will be a brief disruption of Library Express delivery, pick-up, and scan-on-demand services.

This past semester we launched a major upgrade to the Libraries’ discovery portal. By the time students return for the spring semester, our massive database of library holdings will reside in the cloud. And behind-the-scenes processing, such as ordering, cataloging, and circulation of library materials, also will take place in the cloud.

For the most part, changes will be completely invisible to the library user. But users will notice some improvements to the library catalog, such as fewer clicks to request items. Buttons to “View It” (for electronic items) or “Get It” (for physical items) will display along with the initial results to a OneSearch query.

Library Express delivery, pick-up, and scan-on-demand will be back in business on Monday, December 29. If users have questions about Library Express or document delivery services, they may phone 865-974-0021 or email

Celebrate Open Access Week, Oct. 20-26

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Open-access literature is digital, online, and free of charge.

University students and faculty can have a role in making research and scholarship freely accessible to all.

Choosing to publish in open-access journals can help. Tax dollars and college tuition pay for much of the research reported in academic journals. But the soaring costs of commercially published academic journals can bar faculty and student access to research and scholarship.

Learn about open-access journals, open textbooks, open data, and open-access digital repositories.

Join Open Access Week events in Hodges Library:

Kickoff Watch Party: “Generation Open”
Mon., Oct. 20, 3:00-4:00 pm, 220E Practice Presentation Rm.

    A live, streamed event will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to open access, and will explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank.

Talk: Tim Errington, project manager for the Center for Open Science
Thurs., Oct. 23, 1:30-3:00 pm, 213 Hodges Library

Tim Errington will discuss challenges to increasing open science practices and tell us how the SHARE notification system aims to make research assets more discoverable and more accessible.

Trace 5th Anniversary Celebration
Thurs., Oct. 23, 3:00-4:00 pm, Mary Greer Rm. (258)

Celebrate five years of Trace, the Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. The Trace digital repository boasts 25,000+ items in 900+ disciplines and more than 3.3 million downloads. Join us for CAKE!

“Student Art in the Library” to announce winners, Oct. 13

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Winners of the Student Art in the Library exhibition will be announced Monday, October 13. The campus is invited to drop by the exhibit space in the Miles Reading Room, 135 Hodges Library, at 4 p.m., for the announcement and a reception.

The Student Art in the Library juried exhibition is held twice per year and is open to all currently enrolled students, in all disciplines. Selected artworks are on display in the Miles Reading Room throughout the semester. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75.

Big Orange Give to the UT Libraries

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Join the effort to raise $5,000 for the UT Libraries.

If we raise $5,000, Dr. Bass will make an additional $10,000 gift.  


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