Ingrid Ruffin and Anna Sandelli are pictured in the Hodges Library’s new research assistance area.
The University of Tennessee Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of two new faculty members. Ingrid Ruffin (pictured, left) is Student Success Librarian for First-Year Programs. Anna Sandelli (right) is Student Success Librarian for Undergraduate User Experience.
What do Student Success Librarians do? Basically, they help students learn the tools of scholarship while adjusting to college life. Two keys to undergraduate success are finding a sense of place at the university and gaining the information literacy skills students will need in every class they take. Success at those vital steps boosts first-to-second-year retention rates and six-year graduation rates—both top priorities for the university. Our Student Success Librarians will implement and expand instruction and academic engagement programs to improve the user experience for undergraduates at UT.
Ingrid Ruffin has experience developing pre-college and first-year programs at UT; for the past two years she served as a diversity librarian resident in the UT Libraries. She is an Air Force veteran and currently serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans.
Anna Sandelli comes to UT from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked with the User Experience team to deliver information literacy and technology instruction to undergraduates. She has a background in corporate communications with an international company for which she provided outreach and marketing services.
The streaming server for Residence Life Cinema (movies.utk.edu) is being replaced and will be down for one or two days (Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30) because of the replacement and the necessary uploads.
We’ll let you know when it is operational again.
Join the UT Libraries for an open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Commons, 2nd floor, Hodges Library. Learn about the libraries. Play games. Win prizes. Strike a pose at our free photo shoot by a professional photographer: we’ll be live-posting to Instagram.
Help us help you. Enter our hashtag contest and #helpushelpyou. What could the Libraries do to make your research easier? Tweet your suggestions Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 1-3, to twitter.com/utklibraries. We’ll award prizes for the best suggestions.
Graduate students are invited to an Open House at the library.
OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, August 22, 1:00-2:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
in the Jack E. Reese Galleria (1st floor)
* Learn how the library supports your research and teaching.
* Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field.
* Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and Endnote.
* Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery.
Join us for refreshments and free books. We will give away door prizes — including an iPad mini — that will help graduate students with their research and teaching.
On Monday, August 18, our new One Search goes live! We’re launching a major upgrade to the Libraries’ discovery portal: the search box in the middle of library homepages will yield exponentially more results than in the past.
Now includes articles. One Search results include journal articles. Previously, articles could be found only by searching within individual databases.
Searches far beyond UT. Each search will likely return thousands more items than in the past because our new product (Primo Central) searches far beyond UT’s holdings.
Electronic full text. Searches will return many, many more items for which the full text is immediately available electronically. Look for the green radio button and “Full text available” or “Electronic full text.” To see the full text, select “View Online” and don’t be intimidated when another pre-populated search box pops up. Just pick one and “GO”!
More search hints:
Refine My Results. To “Refine My Results,” use the facets in the column to the left of the entries. Quickly narrow the results to “Articles” under “Resource Type.” Or expand a facet list (“Show more”) and select “Refine results” to limit hits to several, selected Resource Types, Collections, Topics, etc.
Expand My Results. Want to see an even larger universe of resources? Check “Include resources without electronic full-text.”
Want local holdings only? To limit search results to only those items owned by UT, click the “UT Collections” tab at the top of the results page. For a known-item search, select “Browse UT Collections” and enter a new title, author, subject, or call number search to browse through an alphabetic or numeric list of our holdings.
One Search vs. databases. Accessing the full content and full functionality of some databases still requires searching from within the database interface (lib.utk.edu/databases). Unsure? Ask a librarian.
Yes, One Search is easier… it’s broader… it’s better. But it’s also far more complex. All the more reason to ask a librarian. Visit the Research Assistance Desk (in Hodges, that’s Room 209) or AskUsNow (lib.utk.edu/askusnow) via phone, chat, text, or email.
The UT Libraries is seeking student artworks for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75. Selected two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, ceramics, painting) will be on display in the exhibit area during the fall semester. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline. Submission deadline is midnight, September 21.
More info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.
After a month of upgrading our shelving, the George F. DeVine Music Library will be reopening at 8:00am on August 1st. Come check out our new and improved compact shelving and media storage! The shelving will now be open to the public. There’s no need to wait around for library staff to retrieve your items for you.
The John C. Hodges Library will close at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. A power outage in Hodges Library has been scheduled in order to perform emergency electrical maintenance. All library users will be asked to vacate the building prior to 9 p.m.
Due to the power outage, some online library services will be unavailable overnight.
The building will reopen at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, July 24, as long as all electrical maintenance is completed.
The George F. DeVine Music Library (G4 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center) will be closed July 3-31 for upgrades to the library’s compact shelving.
During this time, users may request delivery of Music Library materials by selecting “Request” “Item Pickup or Delivery” from the “Items” record in the library catalog. Please be aware that for a brief period, July 9-14, shelving installation may block access to collections and we may be unable to fulfill requests. We apologize for any inconvenience this closing may cause.
If you have questions concerning the closing or need assistance from Music Library personnel, contact:
Chris Durman (email@example.com, 865-974-7542), Music Library Coordinator
Sarah Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-974-9946), Day Shift Supervisor
Josh Aldorisio (email@example.com, 865-974-3474), Night Shift Supervisor
Blake Reagan, Micheline Westfall, Corey Halaychik
The University of Tennessee Library Council recently honored three UT staff members for working to streamline the purchase of library materials across UT campuses. Not long ago, Corey Halaychik, Blake Reagan, and Micheline Westfall finalized the one-hundredth “master agreement” with a library vendor.
The UT libraries typically negotiate hundreds of licensing agreements each year with publishers of books, journals, and electronic resources. Many of those agreements are with the same group of publishers, yet each contract must be scrutinized annually by each campus for compliance with state laws and university policies. A master agreement, governing all subsequent purchases from a participating vendor, can eliminate costly hours of contract review and significantly speed up the purchase of library materials.
Over the past year, Halaychik and Westfall, both faculty members in UT Knoxville Libraries’ Licensing, E-Resources, and Serials Department, worked in close collaboration with Reagan, director of Contracts Administration for the University of Tennessee System, to negotiate a series of master agreements with library vendors. The agreements benefit all schools in the UT System and allow each UT library to bypass the yearly contract review process for new and renewed subscriptions. The libraries can now order books, journals, and electronic resources from participating vendors through a simple purchase order. On the Knoxville campus, the library has reduced the number of its vendor contracts by more than half.
In a ceremony on June 4, Sandy Oelschlegel, chair of the UT Library Council and director of UT’s Preston Medical Library, presented a “Resolution of Thanks” to Halaychik, Reagan, and Westfall for their “outstanding service and meaningful contributions to the University of Tennessee libraries and their patrons through the successful negotiation of past and future master agreements.”