Celebrate Open Access Week, Oct. 20-26

Posted on


OAlogo

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

Posted on


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.




National Book Award nominee Elizabeth McCracken to read October 22

Posted on


McCrackenElizabeth McCracken will read from her latest short story collection, Thunderstruck & Other Stories, at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

McCracken is the author of five books, most recently Thunderstruck, currently on the long list for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction. Her other books include National Book Award finalist The Giant’s House and New York Times Book Review Notable Books An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination and Niagara Falls All Over Again. McCracken is currently James A. Michener Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thunderstruck is a collection of nine stories featuring a variety of eclectic characters, including a girl ghost, the human musical saw, and two three-legged dogs, among others. Publishers Weekly heralded the work as “mesmerizing and strange,” and commented that McCracken “transforms life’s dead ends into transformational visions.”

In addition to the reading, the author will participate in a Q&A discussion about her work at 3 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower on October 22. The discussion is open to all UT students and faculty.

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.
__
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

Follow us at:
www.facebook.com/Writers.in.the.Library
twitter.com/utklibwriters




Ingrid Kopp, Tribeca Digital Initiatives, at Hodges Library Sept. 30

Posted on


KoppAn Evening with Ingrid Kopp, Tribeca Digital Initiatives
September 30th, 7:30pm
Hodges Library Auditorium

An innovator in interactive storytelling and maker culture, Ingrid Kopp is Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute, where she oversees the TFI New Media Fund. Recent supported projects include Alma, Hollow, Lyka’s Adventure and Question Bridge. Ingrid leads the Institute’s other digital and interactive programs including the TFI Interactive conference and the Tribeca Hacks hackathon series bringing storytellers, technologists and designers together to explore new projects and collaborations. She also curates the Tribeca Storyscapes program for interactive, transmedia work at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ingrid is constantly working at the intersection between storytelling, technology, design and social change and is a frequent speaker on the subject. You can always find her on Twitter: @fromthehip
 

 




Financial Literacy Boot Camp, Oct. 10

Posted on


Learn to manage your money at the Financial Literacy Boot Camp, October 10. Students can attend the full day of workshops or drop-in on individual sessions. All sessions will be held in the Lindsay Young Auditorium, 101 John C. Hodges Library.

Financial Literacy Boot Camp
Hodges Library auditorium

    8:30 – 9:30
    Marketing scams & consumer manipulation
    Speaker: Dr. David Schumann
    Professor, Dept. of Marketing & Supply Chain Management, UT
    Emeritus Director of the Teaching & Learning Center, UT

    9:30 – 10:30
    Why we need insurance
    Speaker: Mr. Bruce Meek
    Insurance & Financial Services, Farmers Insurance

    10:30 – 11:30
    Managing finances to accumulate wealth
    Speaker: Mr. Tom Graves
    Lecturer & Operations Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT

    2:30 – 3:00
    Introduction to banking & saving
    Speaker: Ms. Wendy Cleveland
    UT Federal Credit Union

    3:00 – 3:30
    Importance of your credit score
    Speaker: Mr. John Fawaz, CFP
    Financial Partners of TN, LLC

    3:30 – 4:30
    Mutual funds: an investment tool
    Speaker: Mr. John Fawaz, CFP
    Financial Partners of TN, LLC

The Financial Literacy Boot Camp continues next spring with day-long workshops in January and April. Watch for further information at tiny.utk.edu/financial_literacy.

The workshops are funded by the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists.

For further information, contact Judy Li, business librarian (judyli@nullutk.edu or 974-0013).




Amy Billone at WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY, Sept. 29

Posted on


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).
__
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@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

Follow us at:
www.facebook.com/Writers.in.the.Library
twitter.com/utklibwriters




Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

Posted on


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

Posted on


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@nulltennessee.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

__
*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

Posted on


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.

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




Undergrads, You’re Invited to an Open House

Posted on


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.