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

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?
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Our larger-than-life display showcases all the elements of a good paper. Check it out.

Star in a library poster
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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

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.
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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.)
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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.
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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

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!).

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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!

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.

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De-Stress for Success during Finals Week

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

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!

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Commons Update

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.

Commons in Hodges Library Making Real Progress

A large portion of the Commons in the Hodges Library should reopen in mid-October. Both Commons North and Commons South are nearing completion. New glass-enclosed group study rooms that admit ample natural light have been built around the perimeters. Service desks, computer tables, and booth-style seating are already in place. Library and OIT staff will begin installing computers and printers later this week.

The Commons has been undergoing renovations since early summer. Renovating an entire floor of the Hodges Library has entailed a complex choreography of temporary relocations of services and staff offices. Library staff recently reoccupied the updated Circulation/Media/Reserve service desk and office area just inside the Melrose Place entrance, freeing up space outside Starbucks’ new west-facing entrance for the upcoming installation of expanded café seating.

When students return from Fall Break, they should see real progress. Some exciting improvements are already apparent. Entrances to Commons North and Commons South have been widened, and a series of service desks are clearly visible across the entire expanse, north to south, of the second floor of Hodges. One need only peek over the construction barrier into Commons North to see the zig-zag computer tables and a serpentine arrangement of easy chairs. Commons South boasts new media:scape™ furniture that will allow students to walk up, plug in their own laptops, and confer on group projects.

The centralization of service desks means that students will be able to check out all equipment — laptops, scanners, video cameras, headphones, voice recorders and more — from one convenient location in Commons South. The Studio, now centrally located in Commons South, will offer more recording and video studios. Commons North will provide dedicated spaces for the Student Success Center, the Writing Center, Stat Lab, and the Math Tutorial Center.

It won’t be long now!
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Commons Update: New Circulation Desk Opens

CircSerpentineWe’re making real progress on the Commons! Renovations are underway in all quadrants of the Hodges Library second floor, but one quadrant is all but completed. Library staff have reoccupied the updated Circulation/Media/Reserve service desk and offices in the northwest corner. Book and equipment checkout have resumed at that location.

We don’t know how they did it, but the architects have made the square-footage of the Circulation area seem twice as spacious. Thank you, McCarty Holsaple McCarty!

Commons South is still on-target to reopen around mid-October. And it appears that Commons North will open around the same date. There is visible progress: if you peek over the construction barrier into Commons North, you can see the zig-zag computer tables and a serpentine arrangement of easy chairs.

We appreciate your patience and hope that — along with us — you are eagerly anticipating the unveiling of a new and better Commons.

Continuing updates:

Circulation Office Area: 

Staff will begin moving back into offices next week (week of September 10).  Date for resuming service at the front desk has yet to be determined however. 

 

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Work will begin once Circulation has move out.

 

Commons North:

Getting close.  Furniture, including services desks, scheduled for installation to begin on September 14th. That process could take a week or so to complete. 

 

Study Lounge behind Starbucks:

The area will close and work will begin after Commons North re-opens.  

 

Commons South :

Goal for furniture installation is still September 24th.  Staff office areas are the first priority. 

 

First Floor: 

Move-in date is still holding at September 24th.

 

Current DMS and future Scholars Commons area:

Construction is set for October 1.