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.
Students and lovers of music are invited to visit the new home of the George F. DeVine Music Library. The music library occupies a small, but lovely space on the ground floor of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center (1741 Volunteer Blvd.), the new home of the UT School of Music. Librarians Nathalie Hristov and Chris Durman — with the help of a few staff and student workers — offer specialized expertise to music students and faculty at our campus’ smallest branch library. Both librarians are also musicians: Nathalie a cellist who loves playing chamber music, and Chris a guitarist with a love of American folk and popular music. In counterpoint to the string section are the talents of staff supervisors Sarah Nelson (clarinetist) and Josh Aldorisio (percussionist).
The music library provides high quality music collections, information, and research assistance to all UT students, staff, and faculty, as well as to members of the local community and researchers in remote locations. The library’s website (lib.utk.edu/music) offers 24/7 access to electronic collections, databases, and catalogs. Onsite, books, scores, and other print resources are housed in new compact shelving.
The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center also houses eight technology-enhanced classrooms; fifty-six practice rooms; fifty-seven performance studios/academic offices; an organ studio; a 412-seat recital hall; a recording/mixing lab; computer, electronic music, and piano labs; and an academic tutoring center. The School of Music is now an All-Steinway School, a designation meaning that at least 90 percent of its pianos are Steinway-designed instruments. The DeVine Music Library is an excellent complement to this enhanced setting for music education.
The George F. DeVine Music Library reopens tomorrow (Wednesday, August 21) in the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
The Music Library’s holdings include books, scores, and audio and visual materials representing nearly every aspect and genre of music. The library is open to all UT students, staff, and faculty as well as to members of the local community and researchers around the world. The Music Library website — lib.utk.edu/music — provides 24/7 access to articles, databases, catalogs, and streaming music and video.
The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center is the new home of the university’s School of Music. In addition to the Music Library, it houses a new recital hall, band room and office suite, computer labs, a recording studio, 40 performance studios/offices and a variety of technology-enhanced practice and rehearsal rooms.
For high quality music collections, information and research assistance, visit the new Music Library in G04 Haslam Music Center. Or chat online with a librarian at lib.utk.edu/music.
During Fall and Spring Semesters, the library is open:
8 – 10, Monday – Thursday
8 – 5, Friday
2 – 10, Sunday
More renovations are underway at the Hodges Library. Library users will soon encounter an entirely new look as they exit the elevators onto the upper floors. In the meantime, we ask our patrons to excuse the noise and disruption.
The open seating areas in the central corridors of the stacks floors — floors 3 through 6 — are receiving a facelift. The central aisles will soon have more electrical outlets, improved lighting, and new digital signs.
Upgrades also include new security features: cameras, emergency phones, and open sightlines in the central aisles. These improvements are part of the Libraries’ efforts to better support 24-hour access to the stacks. During the fall and spring semesters, all floors of the Hodges Library are open 24 hours, Sunday through Friday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. We are opening and improving spaces in the central corridor of each floor to give students more opportunities to study where they can see and be seen by other students rather than having to find a remote corner for lack of a seat or an electrical outlet.
Visitors to the library this week may need to seek alternate routes as they wander around the upper floors: we’re laying new carpeting in the central aisles. Please bear with us. Better things are coming!
The Music Library will close at 5 pm this Friday, July 12, to prepare for the upcoming move to the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The Music Library plans to reopen on August 21 if circumstances allow.
During the closure, online resources accessible through the Music Library homepage (http://www.lib.utk.edu/music/) will still be available for use, but the physical collection will be inaccessible during much of this time. Patrons are advised to check out Music Library materials before 5 pm on July 12 if materials will be needed this summer.
If you have an unanticipated need, please request the item through the Libraries’ catalog and also send an e-mail to Josh Aldorisio (firstname.lastname@example.org). When possible, Music Library staff will try to fulfill these special requests. The loan periods of all materials will be extended to the August 21 re-opening date, but patrons may also return items to Hodges Library.
We in the Music Library apologize for this inconvenience, but we look forward to assisting library users in the new location.
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!
Computers 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.
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.
We’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.