Free Movies on Demand, Anywhere on Campus

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cinemaStudents in the dorms — or, for that matter, anywhere on campus — can now stream movies to their laptops, on demand. The free movie channel ( is available to anyone, as long as they’re on campus to access the wireless network.

Each month, a selection of twenty feature films is available on demand from any laptop or desktop computer. The movie channel is not available from off-campus, and is presently not available to tablet computers. The Volunteer Channel (UT campus cable 12) makes the movies available to televisions in UT residence halls on a rotating schedule.

Students are invited to visit the Libraries on Facebook to weigh in on new movie selections each month —

UT Library Celebrates Gift of an 18th Century Text

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DeoOptimo_smallThe public is invited to an event celebrating a special gift to the University of Tennessee Libraries on the evening of Thursday, March 14, at the John C. Hodges Library on the UT campus.

University of Tennessee Library Friends and guests will gather to learn about the antecedents of a rare 1725 pamphlet written by one of Louis XV’s gardeners on a subject that references the Appalachian region.

Each year the Library Friends group pools undesignated donations to make a single gift to the UT Libraries. This year’s gift from the Library Friends is a pamphlet recording a disputation among learned 18th century physicians on a Quaestio Medica — a medical question — “Whether or not the Apalachine drink from America is healthful?”

Bernard de Jussieu, the presenter of the remarks recorded in this pamphlet, belonged to a prominent French family that included a number of distinguished botanist-gardeners of the 18th and 19th centuries. Successive generations of the de Jussieu family served as directors of the famous botanical garden of the French kings, the Jardin du Roi. Bernard de Jussieu was Sub-demonstrator of Plants at the royal garden under Louis XV. He and his two brothers — Antoine, who was director of the Jardin du Roi, and Joseph, who traveled the world seeking new botanical specimens to ship back to the king’s garden — are as renowned among botanists as their contemporary Carl Linnaeus.

In the 18th century, voyages of colonial expansion or botanical exploration resulted in an influx of new plant species sent back to Europe for cultivation in botanical gardens. The new plant material helped spur advances in plant taxonomy like the classification schemes of Linnaeus and Bernard de Jussieu.

At the March 14 event, guests will hear from an expert on the history of botanical excursions into the New World. Ronald H. Petersen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Specializing in the fungi, botanist Ron Petersen has described the mushrooms and their relatives from the Smoky Mountains and many other places on earth. One of his avocations, however, has been the natural history of the Southern Appalachians. He has published accounts of botanical penetration of the mountains in the 1830s and ’40s, the survey of a line marking the boundary between the Cherokee Nation and the spreading early colonial pioneers, as well as (with UT librarian Ken Wise) a natural history of Mt. LeConte. His most ambitious project has been New World Botany: Columbus to Darwin (2001), tracing botanical exploration and knowledge in and about the New World over five centuries.

The public is invited to a reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Petersen’s talk at 6:30 p.m. The rare Quaestio Medica pamphlet will be on display in the Libraries’ Special Collections department.

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Donor Spotlight: Alan Heilman

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Alan_HeilmanAlan S. Heilman, retired UT professor of botany, devoted 37 years to teaching generations of young biology students at UT. He devoted even more years to recording the miraculous structures of plants in his extraordinary photographs.

Heilman decided to partner with the UT Libraries to preserve and share his photographs of flowering plants, ferns, mosses, and lichens taken over more than sixty years. Several years ago Heilman began sorting through his slides, selecting what he considered his best shots, and bringing batches of color slides to Digital Library Production for scanning. The resulting collaboration is The Botanical Photography of Alan S. Heilman, one of the UT Libraries’ digital collections available for viewing by all on the Libraries’ website.

TrumpetVineVisitors to The Botanical Photography of Alan S. Heilman will immediately notice the photographer’s particular fascination with the intricate forms of plants: many of his photographs are close-ups — even microscopic enlargements — of their subjects. Heilman’s experimentation with extreme close-up views even preceded his decision to study botany; it dates from his chance discovery, as a young high school student, of a hometown chapter of the American Society of Amateur Microscopists. Photomicrographs became one of Heilman’s passions, and extreme close-ups of pistils, stamens, and other anatomical structures of plants have continued to be one of his photographic specialties.

Heilman joined the (now defunct) Botany Department at the University of Tennessee in 1960 and taught general botany and plant anatomy until his retirement in 1997. He continues to pursue his photographic artistry and often can be seen at the UT Gardens, carefully staging his next shot.

Perhaps Heilman’s framing is so exact and his execution so perfect because he risks actual film in making his shots. Heilman has never owned a digital camera. Scanning performed by library staff is the only digital process used in creation of The Botanical Photography of Alan S. Heilman.

Read more about Dr. Heilman’s artistry and technical process in the 2010-2011 Library Development Review.

Join Us to Celebrate the Gift of a Rare First Edition

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DeoOptimo_smallThe University of Tennessee Library Friends have begun a new tradition. Each year, gifts to the Library Friends, both large and small, will be pooled together to make a gift to the Libraries. This year’s gift is a rare 1725 first edition of Deo Optima Max, an important work on botany and medical properties of plants of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Libraries will celebrate and formalize the Friends’ gift with an event Thursday, March 14, at the John C. Hodges Library. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria, followed by a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Botanist Ron Petersen will detail the significance of Deo Optimo Max. Petersen is an Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. He has drawn international recognition for his research and knowledge of mushrooms, fungi and biology of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Deo Optima Max is the work of the renowned 18th century French naturalist Bernard de Jussieu. The unassuming little pamphlet (only four pages) is actually quite a rarity. One copy of the 1725 edition is located in the National Library of France, but there are no recorded copies of the first edition in America.

Deo Optima Max will reside in our Special Collections, where the showpiece will strengthen our existing collections related to Appalachia. Special Collections actively seeks material to support UT’s Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collection and the study of Appalachian history, culture, and natural history.

Future annual gifts from the Library Friends may be a rare book, funds to support a renovation to one of the libraries, or new technology that will move the library forward. Gifts will be celebrated each spring to show the Library Friends how their donations make a difference to the students, faculty, and UT community.

Celebrate the new “Commons” — music, games, prizes!

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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.


Love Your Libraries 5K Race, March 2

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SponsorBar2013The UT Graduate Student Senate is proud to announce the 21st annual Love Your Libraries 5K Race to benefit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. We hope you will join other UT library supporters for this event.

The 5K race will take place Saturday, March 2, 2013. Registration is from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. in Circle Park on the UT campus. The run begins promptly at 9 a.m.

The Graduate Student Senate hosted its first race to benefit the UT Libraries on Valentine’s Day in 1992. Proceeds from the race assist the libraries in purchasing much-needed electronic resources, books, equipment, and other items critical for student success at the University of Tennessee.

The Knoxville Track Club will manage the finish line and compile race results. An awards ceremony will follow the race. Awards will be given to the Top Three runners overall, 1st Masters (40+) and 1st Grand Masters (50+), male and female — as well as in several age-group categories. The Best Team (organization with most registrants — must pre-register), Fastest Team, and Fastest UT Runner (UT student, faculty, or staff) also will be recognized. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for pre-registered runners, and shirts will be distributed as supplies last on race day.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by February 22. Download the Registration Form here. Please be sure to make your check payable to the “Graduate Student Senate.”

Whether a serious competitor or jogger or just an enthusiastic bystander, we invite you to Circle Park on Saturday, March 2, to show your love for the UT Libraries.

For more information, contact the Graduate Student Senate ( or 865-974-2377).

Befriend the UT Libraries; Support Our Future Leaders

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button2If educating the next generation ranks high on your list of cherished causes, you might wish to join the University of Tennessee Library Friends.

Within higher education there is much discussion of furthering “student success.” Indeed, new funding guidelines for Tennessee colleges and universities are predicated on measures of student success such as on-time graduation. Certainly, all of us wish for a successful outcome to each student’s investment of hard work, long hours, and precious family savings. But what can we actually do to promote college student success?

The UT Libraries is doing quite a lot. Beyond the traditional role of providing the best research resources and teaching students to use them discerningly, libraries these days have a tremendous impact on student success. The library is one of those spaces on campus where students make the personal connections that give them a sense of engagement in college life. In a recent survey of UT students, more than 70 percent of respondents said using the Commons in Hodges Library made them feel more involved in the university. That, certainly, can only have a positive impact on graduation rates.

In fact, the UT Libraries’ Commons will soon be even more appealing and more supportive of our students. Right now, the Commons is undergoing renovations that include making dedicated spaces for the Student Success Center and campus tutoring services, creating more group study areas, and adding exciting new technologies that students love. The library also has introduced new student support activities, such as bringing HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs to the library as a stress reliever during final exams.

The UT Libraries enables deep research, too, recognized as an innovator, even among larger and better-funded university libraries. Playing to its strengths, the Libraries invests a significant portion of its collections budget in electronic resources, acquiring specialized databases and digitizing collections that uniquely represent our region. UT Libraries now ranks 25th among publicly funded research university libraries, and is strategically positioned in UT’s journey to becoming a Top 25 public research university.

Every Tennessee citizen has a vested interest in the success of our college and university students. Today’s students are future business owners, engineers, teachers — they are tomorrow’s leaders. To guarantee student success and competitiveness, we cannot depend solely on state funding. We rely on our Library Friends to provide a margin of excellence.

By supporting the Library Friends, you will make a difference in the lives of Tennessee’s future leaders. Read more here about our new giving levels and new benefits of membership. The Library Friends keeps you informed and involved in UT Libraries programs and services.

If you are not currently a UT Library Friend, I invite you to join us. If you are already a Friend, please consider increasing your annual giving level to make an even greater impact on student success at the University of Tennessee.

Thank you in advance for your support. Your membership is an investment not only in the university’s libraries, but also in our campus, our community, and our state.

Linda L. Phillips
Chair, UT Library Friends

Help Us Honor and Celebrate Charlie Daniel, Oct. 25

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CharlieDaniel-blog3The University of Tennessee Libraries invites you to a humorous evening with Knoxville News Sentinel editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel. Join us Thursday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. Reception begins at 6 p.m.

In 2011, Charlie Daniel donated his entire life’s work of hand-drawn, original cartoons to the UT Libraries. The Libraries selected more than 1,500 cartoons from that body of work to create the Charlie Daniel Editorial Cartoon Collection, which is viewable online at

Schwarzenegger5Daniel, a Virginia native, came to Knoxville in 1958 as the editorial cartoonist for the Knoxville Journal. When the paper closed in 1992, Daniel moved to the Knoxville News Sentinel, where he continues his work to this day. Daniel’s work is a rich source for those studying politics and regional history. These editorial cartoons express opinions on public and social issues of the moment and can touch upon a wide range of topics that affect our daily lives. Daniel’s cartoons can make you laugh and even sometimes cringe. But more than anything else, they make you think.

The UT Libraries invites you to join us in honoring Charlie Daniel and celebrating the Charlie Daniel Editorial Cartoon Collection.


Limited event parking is available in the staff parking lot at the west entrance to Hodges Library. From Cumberland Avenue, turn south onto Melrose Place. Melrose Place circles in front of Hess Hall and the Hodges Library. You may drop off members of your party at the Melrose Place entrance to Hodges Library. For more information, phone 974-4634.

UT Libraries Adds its 3-Millionth Volume, A Cherokee Spelling Book

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speller2The University of Tennessee Libraries now boasts a collection of 3-million volumes. The university community and Library Friends gathered to celebrate the Libraries’ 3-millionth-volume milestone at an event in the John C. Hodges Library on the evening of March 26.

The volume chosen to represent the 3-millionth-volume benchmark in the Libraries’ history is TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book, published in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1819. The Libraries’ copy of the Cherokee Spelling Book is one of only three copies known to exist.

During remarks at the March 26 celebration, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and Provost Susan Martin praised the Libraries and its staff for their contributions to scholarship on the Knoxville campus and worldwide. Dean of Libraries Barbara Dewey outlined other notable milestones in the Libraries’ history and reflected on the importance of collecting and preserving historical Tennessee documents. The Cherokee Spelling Book strengthens the Libraries’ exceptional collections of early Knoxville imprints and material documenting the region’s history, including the history of the Cherokee and their removal from this area.

Before guests visited the Libraries’ Special Collections where the rare volume was on display, Vicki Rozema, author of several books on Cherokee history and culture, provided historical context for the Spelling Book.

TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Boo
k, was the work of missionary Daniel Butrick and David Brown, Butrick’s Cherokee student at the Brainerd Mission in Chattanooga. The Brainerd Mission was one of many Christian missions founded in the early 19th century as part of the religious revival in America known as the Second Great Awakening. Butrick and Brown’s slim volume of only 61 pages, which uses the Roman alphabet to transcribe the Cherokee language, predates the well-known syllabary created by Sequoyah.

Daniel Butrick marched with the Cherokees on the “Trail of Tears” to Indian Territory in Oklahoma during the Indian Removals of the 1830s. Rozema told the audience that the journal Butrick kept along the way is one of the most poignant and thorough records we have of that tragic journey.

TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book is a compelling and important document of the early 19th century in East Tennessee, and a fitting symbol for this milestone in the progression of the University of Tennessee Libraries.

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TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book.
• Guests view the “speller” as Special Collections staffer Nick Wyman (left) relates its history.

“Love Your Libraries” Fun Run, March 20

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SponsorBar2010Join other library supporters at the 18th annual “Love Your Libraries” Fun Run, sponsored by Comcast and hosted by the University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate. The 5K race and fun walk will take place Saturday, March 20, 2010. Registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in Circle Park on the UT campus, and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the University of Tennessee Libraries.

The Graduate Student Senate hosted its first race to benefit the UT Libraries in 1992. Proceeds from the race assist the libraries in purchasing much-needed electronic resources, books, equipment, and other items critical for student success at the University of Tennessee.

Each year, corporate sponsors throughout the Knoxville community help make the Fun Run possible with charitable gifts. Once again Comcast, our title sponsor, will provide financial support and airtime on their cable television network to advertise the event. Another major donor, Rivr Media, will assist with publicity. Other sponsors include: the UT Federal Credit Union, UT Book and Supply Stores, Brandons Awards and Engraving, Miche Bags, Dr. William Kim Salmons DDS, Pimento’s Cafe & Market, Salon Azure, and Runners Market.

The race is sanctioned and emceed by the Knoxville Track Club. An awards ceremony will follow the race. Awards will be given to the top three runners overall, 1st Masters (40+) and 1st Grand Masters (50+), male and female — as well as awards given by age and gender. The Fastest UT Runner (student, faculty, or staff) and the Best Team (organization with most registrants) also will be recognized. Awards must be picked up on race day; they will not be mailed. Fun Run t-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. Shirts will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis on race day.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by March 13. Entry forms are available here. Check out the race route.

Help us spread the word. Please print and display our poster.

For more information, contact the Graduate Student Senate ( or 865-974-2377).