UT Joins HathiTrust Digital Library

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HathiLogoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville is one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a partnership of more than 80 major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

As HathiTrust members, UT students, faculty, and staff gain:

    Online access to millions of public domain titles, including more than three million volumes not already in UT’s collections.

    The ability to create and save “virtual” collections for public or private use. Collection Builder allows users to create and save permanent or temporary collections that can be searched independently of the rest of the HathiTrust digital library.

    Better access for persons with print disabilities. UT students, faculty, and staff with print disabilities (such as vision impairments) also have online access to any UT-owned title (including in-copyright titles) in the HathiTrust digital library — more than 650,000 titles. These users may download a version of the title that is optimized for use with screen readers.

    A collaborative research center that supports digital scholarship. The HathiTrust Research Center is developing cutting-edge software and infrastructure to enable advanced computational access to digital texts in the HathiTrust library.

The UT Libraries gains a trusted repository for the long-term preservation of its holdings as well as persistent access to the digital collections.

“The Libraries are thrilled to be joining HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, said. “The Libraries has a history of being committed to digital preservation and open access, and this partnership underscores our continued dedication to provide lasting access to scholarship.”

The Libraries’ new digital humanities librarian, Ashley Maynor, appreciates the potential benefits to UT scholars. “A number of UT’s faculty are already engaged in interesting digital projects: 3D visualization of ancient artifacts, data mining of historical texts,…. The tools under development at HathiTrust’s Research Center open up exciting new possibilities for both faculty and student scholars at UT,” says Maynor.

Since HathiTrust launched in 2008, partner libraries have contributed nearly 11 million volumes to the digital library.

The University of Tennessee Joins HathiTrust

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HathiLogoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville has become the newest member of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than eighty partners.

Over the last five years, the partners have contributed nearly 11 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives. More than 3.4 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.

“The Libraries are thrilled to be joining HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication & Research Services, said. “The Libraries has a history of being committed to digital preservation and open access, and this partnership underscores our continued dedication to provide lasting access to scholarship.”

HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond. HathiTrust is funded by the partner libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors. More information on HathiTrust is available at: http://www.hathitrust.org/.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s land-grant institution and the flagship campus of the state university system. With holdings of three million volumes, the UT Libraries is a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though its digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries

“Trace” Online Archive of UT Scholarship Logs Two-Millionth Download

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trace2milFaculty and students who publish their scholarly work online in Trace, the University of Tennessee’s digital repository, are getting a lot of attention. A million hits in the past year, as a matter of fact!

Downloads from Trace surpassed the two million mark this month, just a little over a year after crossing the one-million-download threshold.

Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange launched in 2009 as an open access platform for electronic publishing and preservation. Trace brings together in one place the work produced by the UT community and gives faculty a place to share their published and unpublished work. Faculty, students and departments can upload work in virtually any format — from datasets to dissertations — and assign keywords that make their scholarship easily discoverable by internet search engines. Trace reports to authors how often their individual works are accessed.

The open access platform increases the reach and impact of UT research. “The impact of Trace extends to student scholarship as well,” according to Holly Mercer, associate dean for scholarly communication and research services at the UT Libraries. Currently, the Top Ten Downloads highlighted on Trace include items contributed by students from the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Communication and Information; Education, Health, and Human Sciences; and Engineering, as well as students in the College Scholars and Honors programs. “The impressive number of downloads of student papers is a testament to the high caliber of UT students. But, certainly, our students’ work would not receive that level of readership were it not online and open-access,” Mercer said.

Trace also functions as a permanent repository that preserves the work of UT scholars and researchers. Additional features of the platform facilitate the publishing of electronic journals and the hosting of conferences.

Trace is sponsored by the UT Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, the University Libraries, and the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Alliance. Trace operates through the Digital Commons service developed and hosted by Berkeley Electronic Press.

Seth Jordan, Trace Administrator and Digital Production and Publishing Manager, University of Tennessee Libraries, sjordan@nullutk.edu, 974-4121

Holly Mercer, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, University of Tennessee Libraries, hollymercer@nullutk.edu, 974-6600

Top 10 Things You Should Know about the Libraries

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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).

How the Government shutdown will affect your research

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We are currently working to pull together a comprehensive list of UT Libraries resources that will be affected by the government shutdown.

If the information below does not cover an issue of particular concern to you, feel free to contact us for more personalized assistance. You can find us through any of the avenues outlined at this link.

So far, we can tell you that ERIC reports are not available online.  As a workaround, you can still request ERIC microfiche from Library Express. You will need to specify the title and the DE number of the report.

The U.S. Census site also is down.  You can still use ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States from our databases page to access much of that data.  We also have old census data in print on the third floor (Call number: HD7293 .A6113).

Another good database of statistical data from the government is Statistical Insight.

If you need information normally housed on an affected web site, don’t forget about The Wayback Machine.

For example, their archive of the USDA site works fairly well.

Here is a more comprehensive list of affected web sites.




Grant proposal needs a data management plan? DMPTool can help.

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Many grant funding agencies now require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, researchers at UT now have a tool that makes the process a little easier. The University Libraries offers the DMPTool created by the California Digital Library, which allows researchers to walk through the process of writing a data management plan for twenty different grant agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and all directorates of the National Science Foundation. Also provided are links to institution-specific guidelines.

For more information on or a demonstration of the DMPTool, visit the Libraries’ Data Management Guide (libguides.utk.edu/datamanagement), or contact Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian (ceaker@nullutk.edu, 974-4404).

Browse Journals on your iPad or Android Tablet

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browzineThe UT community has a new way to read scholarly journals: on a tablet. The UT Libraries now subscribes to BrowZine, an application that lets users browse and read journals in a format that is optimized for their tablet devices. The BrowZine app is available for the iPad and tablets running Android.

To get started, just search for “BrowZine” in the app store on your tablet. Simply register your NetID and password, and you’ll have access to all the UT Libraries’ electronic journals (issues back to 2005) and lots of useful features. BrowZine users can create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, be alerted when new editions of journals are published, and easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, and other services. Remember to update your password with BrowZine whenever you change your NetID password.

If you have further questions, contact Gayle Baker at the UT Libraries (865-974-3519, gsbaker@nullutk.edu)).

Have a question? Now you can text us!

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There’s a new way to get research assistance at the UT Libraries: texting.

The library has added texting to the many ways that students and other researchers can reach a librarian. Now, library users can text as well as chat, email, phone, or get help in-person.

Text your brief library or research question to 865-383-1323. Add us to your contacts and you can have librarians at your service wherever you and your phone may travel during the following hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am – midnight; Friday, 9 am – 6 pm; Closed Saturday; Sunday, noon – midnight.

The new texting service extends the UT Libraries’ customer interface to any location with cell phone service — no internet access required. So text us from anywhere, even if you’re just up in the stacks, studying.

Introducing the Database of the Smokies

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Dr. Aaron J. Sharp and Dr. Stanley Cain
taking field notes in the Smokies, circa 1935

Have you ever wished that there was a place to go when you wanted information on the Smokies — one site where you could research history, plants, animals and culture, and find links to online articles and digitized photographs? The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee Libraries proudly announces the official release of the new Database of the Smokies (DOTS), a free online bibliography of Smoky Mountains material published since 1934, the date of the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

DOTS contains searchable records of books, scholarly and popular journal articles, government and scientific reports, theses and dissertations, maps, and digitized photographs, as well as travel and recreational guides. Wherever copyright restrictions permit, citations are linked to scanned copies of the published item. DOTS can be visited on the UT Libraries’ website at: dots.lib.utk.edu.

DOTS is intended to compliment Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544–1934, scheduled for publication by the University of Tennessee Press in the summer of 2013. With DOTS and Terra Incognita, researchers will have access to a wealth of published material documenting over 400 years of human activity in the Smokies and surrounding region.

Dr. L. R. Hesler at work in his laboratory,
circa 1950

DOTS currently contains about 2,000 citations, focused within the fields of biology and ecology, and includes the research publications of distinguished former University of Tennessee botanists Aaron Sharp, Stanley Cain, and L. R. Hesler. In addition to important early studies of Smokies biology, DOTS contains citations to published material from the areas of history, psychology, genealogy, archaeology, economics, tourism, environmental studies, geology, literature, cultural studies, and park management. In the future, the curators of DOTS will add links to digitized photographs from the UT Libraries’ online collections and to other content freely available on the internet. As the content expands, DOTS should become a comprehensive resource for “all things Smokies.”

The project team has been hard at work on DOTS since May 2011, building the database around Drupal, an open-source platform particularly suited for managing content. Drupal is both versatile and flexible. It affords not only easy-to-use search functions but also allows expansion of the bibliography through crowd-sourcing, an innovative collaborative web technique. Calling on the collective knowledge of a community of users, crowd-sourcing will allow users of DOTS to become contributors, as well, by identifying new publications and uploading citations.

The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project will continue to update the online database with new content. Together, Terra Incognita and the Database of the Smokies will be the most comprehensive bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains ever compiled.

Research expedition on Mount LeConte with Dr. L. R. Hesler (far left) and Stanley A. Cain (far right) in front row and Aaron J. Sharp in back row (far right), circa 1935

Anne Bridges, Co-Director, Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, 865-974-0017, smokies@nullutk.edu
Ken Wise, Co-Director, Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, 865-974-2359, smokies@nullutk.edu

Explore Tennessee’s Past through its Newspapers

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NashvilleUnionThe Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project (TNDP), a partnership between the UT Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has received a second grant to digitize another 100,000 pages of microfilmed historic Tennessee newspapers.

The TNDP is like a time machine to Tennessee’s past, allowing students, teachers, genealogists, and history buffs to consult the primary sources — the newspapers that reported the news as it happened.

A statewide panel of historians, genealogists, educators, librarians, and journalism scholars selected the newspapers that are being digitized and made freely available on the web. The selection covers the broadest scope possible, encompassing the state’s three Grand Divisions, featuring Confederate and Union papers, and representing diverse political perspectives. Selected newspapers were published between 1836 and 1922.

The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of all US newspapers with descriptive information, and select digitization of historic pages. The project was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

This rich digital resource is developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress, and is made freely available to the public through the Chronicling America website, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project has already contributed more than 84,000 pages to Chronicling America.


Delve into your history and help us make the historical record more accurate! View the collection of Tennessee newspapers at tndp.lib.utk.edu, and register to correct text that the optical character recognition (OCR) process is unable to accurately identify. This will help improve the accuracy of search results.

Follow the latest news from the Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project at www.lib.utk.edu/tndp/news/.