Pendergrass Library relocating over the summer

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The Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library will relocate over the summer for renovations to the HVAC system in the Veterinary Building.  Pendergrass Library services will temporarily be housed in the Animal Science Lab (Brehm Animal Science, Room 243) during the summer of 2015.

The Pendergrass Library location in the Veterinary Building will be inaccessible starting Monday, May 11.  The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term.  We anticipate reopening the Pendergrass Library location by Monday, August 17.

We have created a guide ( to provide more information as it becomes available.  Please check the guide and Pendergrass website regularly for updates.

We remain dedicated to serving the faculty, staff, and students of UTIA during this time.  Many services will be available during the summer, including: Research assistance, library instruction, interlibrary loan, Library Express, equipment checkout, large-format printing, and 3D printing.

Online resources accessible through the Pendergrass Library website will also be available, but the physical collection at Pendergrass will be inaccessible.  Faculty, in particular, are encouraged to check out materials that will be needed over the summer, in advance of the closing.  In addition, faculty please submit course reserve requests for summer and fall semesters by April 15.

If you have any concerns, or if there are services that you know will be important to you during this time period, please let us know so that we can prioritize making them available.  You can call (865) 974-7338 or contact a librarian.

New online exhibit: ‘Robert Frost on Chickens’

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
– Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”

Robert Frost’s poetry is full of natural imagery. But did you know that Frost also took a more technical interest in agriculture? The National Agricultural Library’s online exhibit Frost on Chickens chronicles Frost’s experiences as a long-time poultry farmer.

Frost worked as a chicken farmer in Derry, New Hampshire, from 1900-1909 and published a dozen articles in trade journals The Eastern Poultryman and The Farm-Poultry. The digital exhibit includes copies of Frost’s publications and other articles on poultry farming.

Over 200 historical and 100 current articles on poultry farming were digitized for the online exhibit to give context to Frost’s articles and stories. Explore focused collections on Hen Houses, Backyard Chickens, Chicken Feed, Egg Production, and more.

Frost farmed “as a fugitive from the world… to save myself and fix myself before I measured myself against all creation.” Learn how Frost developed his poetic voice while working as a farmer.

Get tech savvy during Social Media Week

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social media week ut twitter logoFrom hashtags to likes, social media touches all aspects of our personal and professional lives.  Are you interested in learning more about how social media helps power business, recruiting, and branding at UT and beyond?

“The Power of Social Media” is the theme of Social Media Week 2015, to be held Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2.  Hosted by the College of Communication and Information (CCI), the week will include eight presentations, all of which will take place in the Scripps Lab in the Communications Building in Circle Park.  All events are open to the public and free of charge.

Social Media Week 2015
Scripps Lab in Communications Building

Monday, March 30
1:00-1:25 p.m. — Kickoff event with special proclamations from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knoxville City Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
1:30-3 p.m. — Social media power up: Understanding relationships and audiences

Tuesday, March 31
9:40-10:55 a.m. — Facebook for business: The story and the stats
11:15-12:25 p.m. — The power of social media in collegiate recruiting
2:10-3:25 p.m. — UT’s brand and the power of our social media voice

Wednesday, April 1
10:15-11:30 a.m. — A #VolForLife’s view on social media
11:45-1 p.m. — Becoming multimedia: The transformational power of social media
1:30-3 p.m. — The science of social media: Leverage the Internet to change your life and career

Thursday, April 2
9:40-10:55 a.m. — Do what you love: Social media from leisure to news
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Keynote luncheon with UT Head Football Coach Butch Jones (invitation only)

Novelist Shannon Burke at Writers in the Library April 6

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Burke_smallNovelist Shannon Burke will read at “Writers in the Library” Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Burke’s latest novel, Into the Savage Country (2015), is a historical adventure set in the American West of the 1820s — at once a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “a masterpiece of historical accuracy and exciting storytelling” and raves that it’s “a raucous tale of a young man’s dream colliding with reality.”

Before moving to Knoxville, where he currently works as a screenwriter, Shannon Burke was a New York-based paramedic, a milieu that informed the author’s two previous novels, Safelight (2005), a love story between a disaffected paramedic and a professional fencer with HIV; and Black Flies (2008), a New York Times Notable Book, which the author is working to adapt for television.

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.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Student Art in the Library: vote for your favorite

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Cast a vote for your favorite work of art.

Artworks selected for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition are ready for your critique. We want you to determine the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” by liking your favorite. Voting begins Friday, March 27, at

The Student Art in the Library competition, which was open to all currently enrolled UT students, drew entries from 46 artists. Almost 100 individual pieces were submitted. The selected artworks will remain on display at the gallery in the Miles Reading Room, 1st floor, Hodges Library, until April 24.

First-, second-, and third-place winners, as well as the People’s Choice, will be announced at a reception on Thursday, April 2, 4 p.m. in the Miles Reading Room. Cash awards will be presented.

Cast your vote! And join us at the reception April 2.

UT Research to host ‘Patent Essentials,’ March 27

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utrf tech talksHave you ever had an idea you thought might have commercial potential?  If so, where do you start?  What resources are available at UT to help?

The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) provides knowledge and resources to help protect your intellectual property and take it to market.

To learn more, join UTRF this Friday, March 27, for ‘Patent Essentials.’  This free 90-minute seminar will dive into some important questions about intellectual property and how you and the university can benefit from commercialization efforts.  You will learn about the patent process and how it differs from trademarks and copyrights.

utrf incubator mapRegister for free for the morning session (9-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon session (1:30-3 p.m.).  The seminar will be held at the UTRF Business Incubator, 2450 E. J. Chapman Dr., on the Ag campus.

This event is part of UTRF Tech Talks, a series for the UT research community.  For more information, visit

Harvard Librarian Robert Darnton to speak on the future of the book

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Robert DarntonRobert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and librarian at Harvard University, will wrap up the Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture Series at on Wednesday, April 1, speaking about the future of books and libraries in today’s digital world.

Known as a pioneer in the history of the book, Darnton will present a talk titled “Books, Libraries and the Digital Future.” The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of John C. Hodges Library. It is free and open to the public.

Darnton contends that—contrary to assumptions that they will become obsolete—books and libraries will become increasingly important in the digital future. One way to increase their importance, he says, is to democratize access to knowledge.

The Digital Public Library of America, which went online in April 2013, exemplifies the possibilities of democratization. It aims to make America’s cultural heritage available free of charge to everyone in the world.

Darnton graduated from Phillips Academy and Harvard University and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

He worked briefly as a reporter at the New York Times and then joined the faculty at Princeton University. In 2007 he attained emeritus status at Princeton and took his current positions at Harvard.

He serves as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press. He also has served as president of the American Historical Association.

Darnton was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1982. He received the National Humanities Medal conferred by President Obama in 2012 and the Del Duca World Prize in the Humanities from the Institut de France in 2013.

Darnton’s talk is sponsored by the UT Humanities Center with support from the Haines-Morris Endowment, Ready for the World, the John C. Hodges Humanities Endowment, and the Office of Research and Engagement.

Financial Literacy Boot Camp, March 27

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finances2Learn to manage your money at the Financial Literacy Boot Camp, March 27. This is the final Boot Camp in the series funded by the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists.

Students can attend the full day of workshops or drop-in on individual sessions. All sessions will be held in Room 252, John C. Hodges Library.

Following the Boot Camp, students can demonstrate what they’ve learned by taking our online financial survey. The first ten students who correctly answer all survey questions will win a $25 UT Bookstore gift card. The survey will be open from March 27 through April 10.

Financial Literacy Boot Camp
252 Hodges Library

Your credit score & steps to financial freedom
Speaker: Wendy Cleveland
UT Federal Credit Union

10:00 – 11:00
Types of insurance & why you need them
Speaker: Bruce Meek
Farmers Insurance

11:00 – noon
Smart shopping: tips & tricks to save
Speaker: Heather Cockrum
Executive Assistant to the Provost, UT

noon – 1:00
Free pizza lunch for those who pre-register
Take a look at library resources on job searching and scholarships
Speaker: Judy Li
Business Librarian, UT

1:00 – 2:00
Scholarships & fellowships to pay for your studies
Speaker: Nichole Fazio-Veigel
Director, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, UT

2:00 – 3:00
Before & after: brush up your resume for the job & survival skills in your first job
Speaker: Daniel Pape
Consultant, Career Services, Haslam College of Business

3:00 – 3:30
Do and don’t in your job interview
Speaker: Daniel Pape
Consultant, Career Services, Haslam College of Business

3:30 – 4:30
Wealth accumulation: start planning for your retirement
Speaker: Tom Graves
Lecturer & Operations Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT

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

EndNote Collaboration Class, March 24

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If you have some experience with EndNote and want to learn more about using it to share citations with others, sign up to attend the free EndNote Collaboration Class on Tuesday, March 24 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Hodges Library Room 211.  The class will cover how EndNote can help with collaborative research, sharing citations, and working on shared manuscripts.  To sign up for the class, email

EndNote is a software program you can use to organize your citations and automatically generate them for your papers.  Zotero is an open source alternative to using EndNote.

Do you have a question about EndNote, or wonder whether EndNote or Zotero is right for you?  Librarians at Pendergrass are here to help!  Contact a librarian and ask for help using EndNote or Zotero.

To download and learn more about citation management software, visit the EndNote Guide and Zotero Guide. EndNote is free to all current UT students, faculty, and staff, and Zotero is free for everyone.

“Garden Stories” explores world of gardening

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gardenstoriesSpring is here, and flowers will soon be in bloom.  Are you a seasoned gardener looking for new ideas, or want to learn more about the world of gardening?

All this week, March 23-27, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is promoting its gardening resources in the “Garden Stories” campaign.  “Garden Stories” is a week-long social media event for garden lovers.  You can learn more about the world of gardening on the BHL blog, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, and Tumblr pages.

Find gardening tips and get involved in the conversation at #BHLinbloom.  You can also buy a t-shirt or volunteer to transcribe to help BHL digitize more books.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an open access digital library for natural history literature and archives.  BHL collections include 45+ million pages of biodiversity literature spanning the past five centuries, including over 14,000 seed and nursery catalogs.

Don’t forget to explore all the gardening resources available at UT.  Visit Pendergrass Library’s homepage to search our collections on gardening and horticulture.  Also check out upcoming events at UT Gardens.