Hodges Library adds extra Sunday hours

Posted on

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 commons.utk.edu.

Free Tutoring, Dec. 3

Posted on

On Wednesday, December 3, the Student Success Center will offer the following free tutoring and supplemental instruction:

Tutoring available in:
Hodges Library North Commons, Room 220K
Greve Hall, Room 330
1 – 10 p.m.

Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering Fundamentals, Geology, Math, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics

Supplemental instruction available in:
Humanities & Social Sciences Bldg.

CHEM 120: 1-3 p.m., HSS 60 & 123; 5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m., HSS 123
CHEM 130: 5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m., HSS 60
CHEM 350: 3-5 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., HSS 71
MATH 115: 5-7 p.m., HSS 203
MATH 119: 1-3 p.m., HSS 203
MATH 130: 1-3 p.m., HSS 71

Map Collection Moves, Makes Room for More Study Space in Hodges Library

Posted on

The UT Libraries’ Map Collection is relocating, making room for more study space on the ground floor of Hodges Library. Map Services closes May 6 to begin preparing for the move.

Over the summer, the remainder of the map collection will be moved to new quarters in the James D. Hoskins Library (1401 Cumberland Avenue). The entire collection will once again be in one place, and the map collections will be staffed and remain accessible after the relocation takes place. The vacated space on the ground floor of Hodges Library will serve as study space and overflow seating for One Stop. The renovated space should open before fall semester.

Geospatial services (GIS assistance, geospatial data, etc.) will be relocated to Commons South alongside new scholarly digital services.

Library users will have access to the map collections by visiting the Storage Reading Room, 200 Hoskins Library.

If you’ve never visited the Hoskins Library, a pleasant surprise awaits you. The James D. Hoskins Library, designed by renowned architect Charles Barber and built between 1929 and 1931, is collegiate Gothic in style and features vaulted ceilings decorated with literary inscriptions. The main campus library moved from the Hoskins Library to the renovated Hodges Library in 1987.

Please bear with us as we relocate services.

Street Fair and free pizza at library, Wed. 1/15

Posted on

Start 2014 right at the library’s New Year’s Resolutions Street Fair and Pizza Panel, Wednesday, January 15, at Hodges Library.

Pizza Panel: Communicating and Interacting with Professors, Advisors, Librarians, and Other Campus Academic Support
12:30-1:30 pm
Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library

Ask questions and get tips on how to build relationships with faculty and staff while eating free pizza.

Academic Success Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
2nd floor, Hodges Library

Learn about Career Services, the Writing Center, Student Success Center, and others. Get help, on the spot, with citing sources, resume writing, and computer questions. Earn tickets for a chance to win one of five $20 gift cards.

What does a great paper look like?
2nd floor, Hodges Library
Our larger-than-life display showcases all the elements of a good paper. Check it out.

Star in a library poster
2nd floor entrance, Hodges Library
Want to be UT Famous? Join other campus celebrities to star in your own “READ” poster. Strike a pose reading your favorite book, and your photograph could appear on the Libraries’ next poster. Drop by, bring a favorite book (or borrow one of ours), bring a friend, wear a snazzy costume if you wish, and pose for our professional photographer. Then visit us on Faceboook (/utklibraries) to vote for your favorite student-star. Later photo sessions will be held at the Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library (Thursday, Jan. 16, noon-2:00 pm) and Music Library (Friday, Jan. 17, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm). More info here.

Top 10 Things You Should Know about the Libraries

Posted on

The end of the semester is approaching faster than you think. As finals hurtle toward you, here are the top ten things you should know about the libraries :

1. Ask Us Now. By chat, text, phone, email, walk-in, or by appointment — from finding an article to the most abstruse research problem — librarians are here to help. Check out all your options for research assistance here.

2. Every area of study has its own librarian. The university’s Subject Librarians are experts in their academic disciplines. They understand the research methods and know the specialized literature in their fields. Chemistry? There’s a librarian for that. Architecture? There’s a librarian for that. Find yours here.

3. There’s a study space in the library to accommodate every learning style. In the Hodges Library there are Quiet Study floors (floors 1, 4, 5) and Group Study floors (floors 2, 3, 6). There are quiet nooks for individual study. There are Study Rooms and Practice Presentation Rooms where you can rehearse for that big speech. There are even collaborative workspaces where your work group can plug in their own laptops to confer on group projects.
4. From academic coaching to tutoring in math, there’s all kinds of help right there, in the library. The Student Success Center, Math Tutorial Center, Stat Lab, and Writing Center all have outposts in the Commons on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.

5. In addition to books, the library lends laptops and video cameras. Through the library, you have access to all the latest technology (laptops, video cameras, lighting kits…you name it). Here is a full list of equipment available from the Commons.

6. The library will help you use media to enhance your project. Why be plain vanilla when you can be media-enhanced? The Studio in Hodges Library provides media workstations, audio and video recording studios, and instruction in their use. Amaze your friends. Amaze your instructors. (Amaze yourself.)
7. Researching online? The library is still your best guide. The library has created online guides to the fundamentals of research and the most authoritative sources in the various academic disciplines. (Check out these LibGuides.) To get free access to the full features and complete content of many online databases and scholarly journals, you must link to those resources through the Libraries’ gateway. Even if you start with Google, you’ll put the best finish on your project if you end with the library. (Start here.)

8. There are special libraries for students in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and music. Two conveniently located branch libraries serve the specialized needs of those disciplines: the George F. DeVine Music Library (G4, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center) and the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library (A113, UT Veterinary Medical Center).

9. The library is preserving bits of Tennessee history and other rare and unique items. Davy Crockett Almanacs. Civil War-era letters and diaries. Nineteenth-century photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains. The editorial cartoons of Charlie Daniel. All have been preserved by Special Collections. And a selection of those last three are available online as digital collections here. (By the way, check out the UT historical photo exhibit on Classroom Row on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.) Other rare and unique research materials are made available to researchers — including student researchers — in the Special Collections reading room, 121 Hodges Library.
10. You’re social. We’re social. We’d like to invite you to join us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Join us, also, for contests (like our Student Art in the Library contest) and public programming (like our Writers in the Library series of readings by noted authors).

De-stress for Success during finals week

Posted on

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!).

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.

Celebrate the new “Commons” — music, games, prizes!

Posted on

Commons-blog-3Don’t you just love the new Commons? UT students do. Come find out what the buzz is all about: join us to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Commons in the Hodges Library.

The campus community and the public are invited to a Street Fair — featuring music, games, and prizes — to be held from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Thursday, February 7, in the Commons on the 2nd floor of the John C. Hodges Library (1015 Volunteer Blvd.). Remarks by the UT chancellor, provost, dean of libraries, and assistant vice chancellor/CIO will take place at 3:30 pm.

Prizes to be given away at the event include two 23-inch ultra-sharp monitors, a printer, cell phone accessories, a laptop backpack, VolPrint cards, and Starbucks gift baskets.

Our Library Friends are invited to join us at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library, for a reception and guided tours of the Commons.

The Commons, a collaboration of the UT Libraries and Office of Information Technology, brings together all the tools students need to succeed: technology, research assistance, even tutoring and advising services. It’s where students go to collaborate on projects, consult a librarian, create a video, or just catch up with friends. The Commons is a lively social gathering place, open 24 hours a day and offering comfortable, inviting furnishings—even a coffee shop.

This year the Commons underwent extensive renovations under the direction of McCarty Holsaple McCarty, the original architects, 25 years ago, of the current John C. Hodges Library. They have adapted our stately legacy space to meet the unique needs of UT’s 21st century scholars.

Please join us on February 7 to see why UT students find the Commons so exciting.


De-Stress for Success during Finals Week

Posted on

ChairMassages2Students: 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.

Begin with a “Chill Out Study Break.” UT’s Student Assessment of Instruction System will offer free popsicles from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, in the Commons, 2nd floor, Hodges Library.

Follow up with a free chair massage. Staff from the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center will give free massages in the Commons from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 5-7, and Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 10-12.

Throughout Finals week, room 251 in Hodges Library will be stocked with games, comics, and sketch pads to help students relax and unwind. The Student Health Center will be on hand (10 a.m. to noon, Mon., Dec. 5; and noon to 2 p.m., Dec. 6-7 and 10-12) to offer information on proper eating and study habits during the stressful exam period.

The Music Library and the Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library will offer refreshments to their patrons.

HABITdogs1And watch for HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs! They’ll be visiting both Hodges Library and the School of Information Sciences.

HABIT dogs will be in 258 Hodges Library:

Thurs., Dec. 6 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 7 — noon – 2:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 10 — noon – 2:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 11 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 12 — noon – 2:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.

HABIT dogs will be in the Scripps Lounge, 402 Communications Bldg.:

Thurs., Dec. 6 — 10:00 a.m. – noon; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 7 — 10:00 a.m. – noon; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 10 — 10:00 a.m. – noon; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 11 — 10:00 a.m. – noon; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

De-Stress for Success sponsors include the UT Libraries, the Student Success Center, UT Parents Association, Office of Alumni Affairs, Student Government Association, Graduate Student Senate, and School of Information Sciences.

Commons South Reopens

Posted on

Commons South reopened today! The space filled with students minutes after the yellow “Caution” tape came down.

The new Commons South houses dozens and dozens of computer workstations. Commons South is also a center for group work, with eleven new and spacious group study rooms and five work areas featuring media:scape™ furnishings that allow students to walk up, plug in their own laptops, and confer on group projects. Black-and-white, color, and wireless printing are all available in Commons South.

With both Commons North and Commons South now open, all computing services are conveniently located along a north-south axis, clearly visible from the east end of the second floor galleria. On the north end of the axis are the OIT Help Desk (Net IDs & passwords, email, MYUTK), Computer Support (internet access, viruses & spyware) and Lab Services. Commons South hosts Desktop Support (computer and printing issues), the Studio (media production), and — as of 7 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) — equipment checkout.

And . . . a hallway that bisects the line of service desks leads directly from Commons South into Starbucks!


Commons Update

Posted on

Commons17Oct20121Computers and printers are now available in Commons North, which reopened earlier this week. Service points are not in their final configuration, but staff are present to direct students to needed services.

The study area outside Starbucks’ new, west-facing entrance has reopened with café seating and comfortable, curved couches.

More improvements will be evident soon.