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 express@nullutk.edu).




Pendergrass Fall Break Hours

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During Fall Break, Pendergrass Library will observe the following hours:

  • Wednesday, October 15: Open 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 16: Open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Friday, October 17: Open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 18: Open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 19: Open 1:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Hodges Library will observe their regular hours, which can be found here.

We hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable break!




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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We hope you share the UT Libraries’ vision: “We are the campus main street and the crossroads for innovation, scholarship, learning, and civility.” Students rely on our libraries for round-the-clock research assistance, study space, and access to exceptional scholarly collections. Join Dr. Bill Bass and make a gift to help the UT Libraries continue to be a leader in delivering outstanding services to students and faculty.

Step up your give. Contribute to the UT Libraries >>




Workshop: an online tool for data management planning

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***The Libraries’ Data Management Workshop, originally scheduled for Oct. 2, has been postponed. Watch for the rescheduled date here.***

Many grant funding agencies require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, the UT Libraries subscribes to an online tool that makes the process a little easier – the DMPTool.

Join Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian, for “Getting Started with the DMPTool,” an overview of how to use the tool and its functionality.

When: 2:00-3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2
Where: Hodges Library, Room 211

Contact Chris Eaker for more information at (865) 974-4404 or ceaker@nullutk.edu.




Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

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BBW14_300x250Literature is a powerful force! Every September, libraries and bookstores across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to honor the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books.

Join the UT Libraries to celebrate your First Amendment rights during Banned Books Week. We are fortunate to live in a nation that protects the expression of even unpopular or unorthodox points of view. But intellectual freedom is in danger when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

Let’s take this opportunity to state our support for ensuring that all viewpoints are available to those who wish to read them.

Read a banned or challenged book. Follow our chalkboard in Hodges Library (next to Starbucks) for a countdown of the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013.

You’d be surprised: even classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple have been challenged. See the lists compiled by the American Library Association at ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks.

Follow along on Twitter at #volsread and #readbannedbooks and post a shout-out or a quote from your favorite banned book.






New Streaming Movie Option!

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Alien Movie PosterIn addition to our popular Residence Life Cinema, we have added Criterion-On-Demand USA to our suite of streaming services. Criterion-On-Demand USA has a collection of over 600 films available at all times.

Films from this service are available off campus, and can even be downloaded to a computer for 48 hours.  Off campus users will be asked for their Net ID and password (just like some of the databases do when accessing off campus). This service requires a download of “Criterion Silverlight Player”, which most of you have already downloaded. Films can be streamed with or without subtitles, and they can be watched individually but cannot be shown at group events.

Criterion-On-Demand USA offers films from 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks SKG, MTV Films, Open Road Films, Fox Searchlight, and some additional smaller studios. New films are added quarterly. Please note that this is not the Criterion Collection of remade classic films and art films. You can begin watching anytime at the following URL:  http://s.lib.utk.edu/criterion