Amy Billone at WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY, Sept. 29

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Billone_smallAmy Billone will read from her new poetry collection at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Billone’s poetry collection, The Light Changes — named one of Kirkus Review‘s best books of 2013 — invokes the biographical and creative worlds of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath, and Virginia Woolf. Kirkus has called the book “thrilling in its courageousness, breathtaking in its vividness.” The Light Changes also won the IndieReader Discovery Award in Poetry in 2014.

Amy Billone is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses on 19th century literature, children’s and young adult literature, and world literature. Her areas of expertise include romanticism, children’s and young adult literature, Victorian poetry, gothic studies, creative writing, women writers, and continental poetry. Her scholarly book Little Songs: Women, Silence, and the Nineteenth-Century Sonnet (2007) is informed by her unique perspective as a woman poet. As the only extended study of 19th century female sonneteers, Little Songs sheds light on the overwhelming impact that silence makes, not only on British women’s poetry, but also on the development of modern poetry and thought. Amy Billone also wrote the introduction and notes for the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Peter Pan (2005).
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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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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.




Andrew Jackson’s Family Bible: Join us to celebrate

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BibleFrontThe Bible in which President Andrew Jackson’s family recorded household births, marriages, and deaths for more than half a century now belongs to the University of Tennessee Libraries. Jackson’s family Bible was purchased with monies from University Libraries endowments and donations from members of the Library Society of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

We invite all members of the Library Society to join the University Libraries in celebrating this important acquisition. Please join us for a reception and viewing of the Jackson family Bible on Tuesday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m. at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.* Brief remarks will be offered at 5:30. Please RSVP to Megan Venable (mvenable@tennessee.edu or 865-974-6903).

The existence of the Jackson family Bible was known from contemporary newspaper accounts. In the summer of 1833, President Jackson took a formal tour of New England. On June 17, in Hartford, Connecticut, several visitors brought presents to Jackson in his hotel room. Among them were Silas Andrus and James Walker Judd, publishers whose prominent Hartford firm specialized in Bibles and religious books. As reported in the press, they presented Jackson with “an elegant copy of their Stereotype Edition of the quarto Bible, elegantly bound in red morocco, and gilt.” Jackson’s name was embossed on the front cover, and “Righteousness Exalteth a Nation” was emblazoned on the back. This Bible now resides in UT’s Special Collections.

Newspapers also recorded the encomiums exchanged upon presentation of the Bible. Andrus and Judd briefly addressed Jackson, invoking a divine blessing on the country and on him, and Jackson replied in kind, hoping that Americans would become “distinguished for genuine piety among the nations of the earth.” Newspapers throughout the country printed the exchange. But after this moment, the Andrus & Judd Bible vanishes from the public record. For a century and a half, no one outside the Jackson family knew what had happened to it.

“At The Papers of Andrew Jackson project here at UT, we make it our business to track down every surviving Jackson document we can,” said Dan Feller, professor of history and the editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at UT. “In our files is a thick folder labeled ‘Jackson family Bible.’ The correspondence in that folder chronicles our efforts over a span of decades to locate several Bibles that purportedly belonged to Jackson, but it makes no mention of this one.”

In recent decades, the survival of the Andrus & Judd Bible was rumored. Just a few years ago, the Bible’s owner surfaced briefly. Without ever meeting or knowing the identity of the Bible’s owner, Feller was able to verify from photographs that it was indeed the Bible presented to President Jackson at Hartford. Eventually, Feller’s contacts among antiquarian book lovers turned up the treasure. The Bible was offered for sale earlier this year, and the University Libraries secured a remarkable historical artifact.

Steven Smith, dean of libraries at UT, noted the importance of acquiring the Bible: “More than a cherished family relic…the Jackson family Bible is a treasure of national significance. It is precisely the sort of rare and unique document of our State’s history and politics that Special Collections is meant to preserve. We are thrilled to be able to return President Jackson’s family Bible to Tennessee.”

The Bible will be preserved and housed in Special Collections within the John C. Hodges Library.

Purchase of President Andrew Jackson’s family Bible was made possible by donations from the following:

Endowments:
Angelyn Donaldson and Richard Adolf Koella Historical Documents Endowment
McGregor Smith Library Endowment
Anonymous Library Endowment Fund
United Foods Humanities Library Endowment

Library Society Members:
Samuel Elliott
Jeff Johnson
Charles B. Jones, Jr.
Steven and Natalie Smith
Chuck West

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*Parking is available on Circle Park Drive.

Our thanks to Professor Dan Feller for providing background on the Jackson family Bible.




An Evening with Forensic Anthropologist Bill Bass

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BassPortraitLibrary Society members are invited to a scintillating evening with renowned forensic anthropologist Bill Bass. (The squeamish need not attend.)

Over his fifty-year career as an anthropologist, Bass has excavated ancient skeletons and recovered the remains of murder victims.

Bass is the creator of the “Body Farm” — as well known to the general public and to readers of crime novels as to the scientific community. The Body Farm (officially the Anthropological Research Facility) was the world’s first laboratory for conducting research on the processes and timetable of human decomposition. Bass’s pioneering research launched a revolution in forensic science and has helped solve more than a few murders.

Bass is also the co-author of a series of “Body Farm” novels that draw on his real-life expertise to solve fictional crimes.

Bass is professor emeritus at UT, where he headed the anthropology department and the Forensic Anthropology Center for many years. He recently donated his collection of research and teaching material — including lecture notes, correspondence, and original field study notebooks — to the UT Libraries. The Dr. William M. Bass III Collection will be preserved and made available for study in the Libraries’ Special Collections.

Please join us at the John C. Hodges Library* on Thursday, October 30, for a reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria at 5:30 p.m. and a talk by Dr. Bass in the Lindsay Young Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

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*John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, Tennessee. Questions? Contact mvenable@tennessee.edu or 865-974-6903.




Undergrads, You’re Invited to an Open House

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UGopenHouseJoin 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.




B.J. Leggett at Writers in the Library, September 15

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BJLeggett_smallB. J. Leggett will read from his latest novel, Prosperity, at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Prosperity tells the story of police lieutenant Robert O’Brian, who takes early retirement after being shot in a drug raid and returns to his hometown of Prosperity in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee to work on a second novel. But O’Brian’s plans are unexpectedly disrupted when he becomes involved in the investigation of the death of a high school friend.

B. J. Leggett is professor emeritus at UT Knoxville, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor of Humanities. He is the author of numerous studies of modern poetry and criticism, including books on A. E. Housman, Philip Larkin, and Wallace Stevens. Prosperity is his second novel. The first, Playing Out the String, was published by Livingston Press in 2004.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read in the 2014–2015 academic year. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
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For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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Library Will Host Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 22

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welcomeGraduate 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.




Faculty Book Authors to be Honored April 29

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Faculty members who have published books within the last year will be honored at a reception on Tuesday, April 29, in the John C. Hodges Library.

The campus community is invited to the reception, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria on the first floor of the library. Remarks will follow at 4:00 p.m.

The Office of the Provost, the Office of Research and Engagement, and the UT Libraries are hosting the event.

Faculty-authored books will be on display at the reception, which will show the range, depth, and breadth of UT faculty scholarship. For a full list of books authored or co-authored by current faculty, visit quest.utk.edu/books.




During final exams: longer hours and “de-stress” activities

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During finals, campus libraries will be open additional hours and will offer activities to help students “de-stress.” De-Stress For Success activities are sponsored by the UT Libraries, UT Graduate Student Senate, the Student Success Center, UT’s Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, and Threds.

tie-dye 11x17EXTENDED HOURS

Hodges Library:
All floors of Hodges Library will be open continuously from noon, Sunday, April 27, until midnight on Tuesday, May 6.

Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library:
Mon., April 28 – Thurs., May 1 — 7:30 am – midnight
Fri., May 2 — 7:30 am – 8 pm
Sat., May 3 — 9 am – 8 pm
Sun., May 4 — noon – midnight
Mon., May 5 — 7:30 am – midnight
Tues., May 6 — 7:30 am – 6 pm

George F. DeVine Music Library:
Sat., April 26 — 10 am – 7 pm
Sun., April 27 — 2 pm – 11 pm
Mon., April 28 – Thurs., May 1 — 8 am – 11 pm
Fri., May 2 — 8 am – 5 pm
Sat., May 3 — 10 am – 7 pm
Sun., May 4 — 2 pm – 11 pm
Mon., May 5 — 8 am – 11 pm
Tues., May 6 — 8 am – 6 pm

DE-STRESS FOR SUCCESS

***New de-stress activity this semester: Tie-Die workshop at the Presidential Courtyard, Monday, April 28, from 11 am to 2 pm***

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Watch for our super-fun photo booth!

The Hodges and Pendergrass libraries will host a number of activities to help students who are feeling overwhelmed by final exams. Both Hodges Library and Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library will have HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs on hand during finals week.

At Hodges Library, staff will give out health and well-being tips, healthy snacks, and “Power-T Nap” sleep masks (as long as supplies last). SAIS (Student Assessment of Instruction System) will hand out popsicles for an energy boost on Study Day. Ongoing activities include games, cartoons, and coloring books in Room 251, Hodges Library. And watch for our free Photo Booth in Hodges Library, 2-4 pm, on April 30 and May 1.

Pendergrass AgVetMed Library will offer snacks, board games, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, and some outside activities like corn hole toss.

Here’s the full schedule:

De-Stress Calendar6




Big Orange Adventure — a scavenger hunt to benefit the libraries

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BigOadventureThe UT Graduate Student Senate will host a scavenger hunt, dubbed “The Big Orange Adventure,” to benefit the UT Libraries. The race will take place Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the UT campus. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the outdoor amphitheater between Hodges Library and the Humanities Building, and the hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. This event is open to the public.

For several decades, the Graduate Student Senate has sponsored the Love Your Libraries 5K to benefit the libraries. Profits from the race are donated to the library to help provide De-Stress For Success activities during Finals Week. This year, the format of the race has changed to a scavenger hunt.

Teams of 4 to 6 members will race around campus, searching for clues and completing tasks in order to figure out the location of the finish line. Whichever team completes the scavenger hunt first, wins. At the start of the race, participants will receive race packets, which will include a map, the rules of the race, and a list of items around campus that can be photographed and posted to social media for the #hashtag wars.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers and to the team that posts the most #hashtag items. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes awarded to the Best Theme Costume and Best UT Themed Costume.

Registration is $10 until April 1 and $15 thereafter. T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by March 24. Register and read more at the Graduate Student Senate website.