Use Virtual Browse to explore Library collections online

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There’s nothing like the serendipity of browsing the stacks and discovering that one book that is the perfect reference on your topic. But now that the Pendergrass collection is inaccessible for summer, how can you browse the stacks?

This is where “virtual browsing” in the Libraries’ online catalog comes in!

If the search box on the Libraries’ homepage leads you to a promising title, you can browse adjacent titles in the call number sequence.

After initiating a search, you should see the Virtual Browse tab listed on the brief record for any title having a call number.

Click Virtual Browse to view a virtual shelf of book covers. The virtual bookshelf allows you to browse up to 100 items to the left and right of the entry. The bookshelf displays items in the call number sequence and includes e-books and books from all locations including Hodges and Music Libraries. That’s even better than browsing the stacks!

If you want to access a book from Pendergrass collection, place a request with Interlibrary Services. You can pick up your book at Pendergrass temporary location in Brehm Animal Science 243 or at Hodges Library.

Register for an ORCID researcher ID this summer

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Take time this summer to register for an ORCID or Open Researcher and Contributor ID.  Publishers, funders, and institutions will all ask for your ORCID if they haven’t already.

Why researcher identifiers, and why ORCID?

There are over 40 researchers with the name “S. Smith” at the University of Tennessee alone.  A researcher’s name isn’t enough to reliably identify the author of an article published in a journal or a data set uploaded to a digital archive like TRACE at UTK.

Why ORCID? It is an open source, community driven solution to reliably connect researchers with their work.


ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

The ORCID initiative focuses on solving the name ambiguity problem by creating persistent unique identifiers and linking mechanisms between different ID schemes and research objects.

See this guide for more information on ORCID.

Distinguish yourself in 3 easy steps:

1. Register your unique ORCID identifier at

2. Add your information to ORCID and include your ORCID identifier on your webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

3. Use your ORCID ID.  Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).

The ORCID profile of a sample researcher.

The ORCID profile of a sample researcher.

ORCID at UTK: As of April 2015, 510 ORCID registrants have email addresses.

ORCID is quickly becoming the community standard among researchers across all disciplines. Since ORCID began in 2012, over 1.2 million researchers have registered for over 7 million works. UT researchers will easily recoup the time spent registering for an ORCID and adding their works to the ORCID record.

See this blog for directions for getting an ORCID and using SCOPUS Wizard to import your citations.

For more information please see Peter Fernandez ( 865-974-2886 or Ann Viera ( 865-974-9015.

Altmetric for ORCID: Install the Altmetric bookmarklet to see the impact of articles directly in ORCID Records.


Are you interested to see the impact of your or others’ works?  Altmetric collects mentions of scholarly articles from all across the Web by gathering attention from newspapers, blogs, social media, and more.  Now you can see how many times an article has been mentioned using Altmetric directly in ORCID Records.

Install the Altmetric bookmarklet on your browser to quickly see the score metrics of works.  If you are reading a paper online, simply add the bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks toolbar, and get article-level metrics with a single click.

If you are reading a list of papers in ORCID Records, just click the Altmetric bookmarklet to see score metrics for each article.  The Altmetric logo will appear next to the article with basic stats; then click the logo for more information.

See these instructional videos on why Altmetric is important, how to use the Altmetric bookmarklet, and how Altmetric works with ORCID.

Pendergrass has relocated to Brehm 243!

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Starting Monday, May 11, Pendergrass Library services are available in the Brehm Animal Science Computer Lab, Room 243.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Services available in Brehm include computer workstations, limited equipment checkout, large format printing, research assistance, and more.  Our newest leisure reading books and high-use agriculture books are also available for checkout.

To access books from Pendergrass physical collection: Request article scans or books through Interlibrary Services.  The collection at Pendergrass is inaccessible during the summer term.

To get help with veterinary medicine or statistics questions: Contact Ann Viera or our biostatisticians in Room A301 B5 of the Veterinary Medical Center.

To learn more about our temporary summer relocation: Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.  Download maps of the new location, learn about services offered, and see which books are available for checkout.

The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term as part of renovations to the Veterinary Medical Center.

What you need to know: Pendergrass Library relocation

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Pendergrass Library is closing May 8 due to construction. Pendergrass services will be available in Brehm Animal Science Room 243 (Computer Lab), as well as virtually through chat and email from May 11 to the end of construction.  View our maps of how to get to Brehm and where to find the computer lab.

What you need to do by Friday, May 8: Check out any paper books or journals from the Pendergrass stacks you will need this summer. Due date will be at the end of summer.

What to do if you need access to the Pendergrass collection AFTER May 8: Use Interlibrary Services to request books and journals or anything else not available electronically.

Electronic books and journals will still be available through the library website.

Where will help be located for veterinary medicine and statistics? Veterinary medicine librarian Ann Viera and statisticians Ann Reed / Xiaocun Sun will be working from office A301 B5 on the third floor of the vet building.

Where is A301 B5? From the vet school’s main entrance adjacent to the Pendergrass Library entrance, take the stairs in the center of the room up to the 3rd floor.  Take an immediate left and enter the suite of offices to find A301 B5.  View our map to help locate the office.

Where will large format and 3D printing and other library services and staff be located? Starting May 11, 2nd floor of Brehm Animal Science, across the hall from the Computer Lab (Room 243).

When will the library re-open? The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term.

Will I be able to get into the library? No. During construction, Pendergrass stacks / paper collections will be wrapped and inaccessible. Only the construction crew will be allowed in the library.  Library services, computers, and study space will be available in 243 Brehm.

What is happening and why: As part of the renovation of the Veterinary Medical Center Building, Pendergrass Library services will temporarily relocate to Brehm to allow replacement of the HVAC system.

Pendergrass will reopen at the start of the Fall semester or whenever the construction is completed. More information can be found here:

We remain dedicated to providing library services to students, staff and faculty. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns:

Peter Fernandez
Subject librarian for Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Ann Viera
Subject librarian for Veterinary Medicine

Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7

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We live in an age when knowledge is power.  New technologies give us unprecedented access to information.  They also facilitate surveillance, with the power to collect and mine personal information.

People enjoy the convenience of having information at their fingertips.  But most people don’t realize the trade off.  For example, citizens turn a blind eye to the fact that government agencies can track their phone calls, airline travel, online purchases, and more.  People seem resigned to the loss of their privacy rights because they see no solution.

Choose Privacy Week is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.  The freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy.

Help us spread the word about the importance of choosing privacy. Here’s how can you get involved:

Subject librarians help you with research

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Are you looking for an article or book to write a final paper or prepare for an exam?  Do you need help navigating all the books, databases, and online resources out there for your major?

Meet with our subject librarians for assistance at any stage of the research process.  Subject librarians can help you identify and locate reliable sources, develop effective search strategies for drawing additional information from sources you have found, or assist you in evaluating the reliability of those sources.

We are here to help!


Peter Fernandez

Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Phone: 865.974.2886 or 865.974.7338
Agriculture Resources & Information Guide

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Ann Viera

Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 865.974.9015 or 865.974-7338
Veterinary Information Research Guide









Test-drive the Libraries’ New Homepage

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homepageThe UT Libraries will soon launch a new homepage. The new page will go live immediately following spring semester. In the meantime, users can test-drive our leaner, cleaner homepage at

Our new homepage has fewer distracting graphics. A slimmer OneSearch box and the smaller footprint of the page reduce the need for vertical scrolling. These enhancements were made in response to suggestions from our users.

The cleaner design should help users locate information quickly. Popular destinations such as “My Account” and “Reserve a Room” are featured on conspicuous links at the center of the page. Links to research help appear in the right-hand column, including the chat box and customized help for different library constituencies.

And library news and events get more prominent billing.

Library Marketing and Communications would like your opinion on the redesigned homepage. Please send comments and suggestions to

Earth Day Celebration at UT, Thurs., April 23

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earth_monthUT’s Earth Day Celebration, April 23

Join UT’s Earth Day Celebration Thursday, April 23, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the HSS Amphitheater.  Celebrate the Earth, share ideas for local action, showcase environmental and responsible leadership, and create a marketplace for local and purposeful commerce.

Exhibitors include Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Knox Recycles, I Bike Knox, Sierra Club, and more.  Don’t miss the e-waste recycling drive, green goody raffle, and granola “bar.”

For more about UT’s Earth Day and Earth Month celebrations, visit the Earth Month Events page.

How did Earth Day begin?

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s bestselling book Silent Spring set the stage for the environmental movement by raising public awareness of air and water pollution.  Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, got the idea for Earth Day after witnessing the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.

On the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.  Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests, and groups that had been fighting against industrial pollution and wildlife extinction realized they shared common values.

By the new millennium, Earth Day had grown into a global movement, mobilizing millions of people and lifting environmental issues like recycling and clean energy onto the world stage.  Earth Day 2015 emphasizes the joining of sustainability, economic growth, and green living.

To learn more about the history of Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network.

Want to learn more about environmental sustainability?

Pendergrass Library has book and e-book collections on environmentalism, sustainability, and green living.  Check out our books on food and sustainability, rural development, sustainable forests, and biodiversity.  Learn how you can live green by growing your own food and livestock at home.

Let’s talk about diversity: take our 5-minute poll

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Can we have a comfortable dialog about diversity, inclusion vs. intolerance, and the small ethical decisions we make daily? The UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee asks you to take a five-minute poll to help select topics for a lunchtime discussion series to be launched next fall.

Take our brief poll now.

Help us determine the topics of greatest interest to the UT community. Our online poll has only three questions and will take no more than five minutes of your time. No identifying information will be collected, and the results will be used solely for purposes of planning the discussion series.

The lunchtime discussion series, sponsored by the UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, will be held in the Hodges Library. Discussions will be open to all.

If you have questions about the discussion series or about the poll, please contact Megan Venable at

Celebrate National Library Week on social media

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library_madeIt’s that time of year again – April 12-18 is National Library Week!  This is a time to celebrate the many contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians, and library staff and to promote library use and support.

What do you love about your libraries?  Libraries are not just places for books, but also cherished centers for academic life and research.  At Pendergrass Library, we provide access to technologies like laptops, cameras, poster printing, and 3D printing.  We help teach you how to use books, search engines, databases, and more to find the information you need quickly.  Our passion is to empower you with the tools you need to learn and grow.

This week, you can show your support for libraries on social media in two ways:

  1. Take a “shelfie” – a selfie with the books in the library stacks, or with your favorite book – and post to UT Libraries Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #shelfie.  Pendergrass Library has its own Twitter feed, too!
  2. What have you created with the help of UT Libraries?  Did you get help writing a paper, researching for a book, or printing an object on Pendergrass’ 3D printer?  Share what you’ve made on the American Library Association Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Maker Shed or Amazon from ALA.  See what others have made on the #LibraryMade Hashtag Wall.

Visit the American Library Association to learn more about National Library Week.