Pendergrass Equipment Changes

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Beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Pendergrass Library will implement a revised equipment policy.  Overall, very little has changed, but you will notice a few slight adjustments.  All equipment may be renewed one time.  To ensure that laptops are updated and in good working order, they must be returned when due and cannot be rechecked out.  If, however, there is another laptop available, you may borrow it instead.  Another change we have implemented affects our loanable chargers, calculators, and flash drives.  All of these items will now loan for 24 hours instead of 2 hours.  We have also added a few new pieces of equipment, which include chargers for mini and micro USB devices, as well as some Apple products.  View our Technology at Pendergrass page for a full list of available equipment and the revised policy.




Library Will Host Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 22

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welcomeGraduate students are invited to an Open House at the library.

OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, August 22, 1:00-2:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
in the Jack E. Reese Galleria (1st floor)

* Learn how the library supports your research and teaching.
* Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field.
* Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and Endnote.
* Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery.

Join us for refreshments and free books. We will give away door prizes — including an iPad mini — that will help graduate students with their research and teaching.




Libraries’ One Search goes live: expect many, many more hits!

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OneSearchOn Monday, August 18, our new One Search goes live! We’re launching a major upgrade to the Libraries’ discovery portal: the search box in the middle of library homepages will yield exponentially more results than in the past.

Now includes articles. One Search results include journal articles. Previously, articles could be found only by searching within individual databases.

Searches far beyond UT. Each search will likely return thousands more items than in the past because our new product (Primo Central) searches far beyond UT’s holdings.

Electronic full text. Searches will return many, many more items for which the full text is immediately available electronically. Look for the green radio button and “Full text available” or “Electronic full text.” To see the full text, select “View Online” and don’t be intimidated when another pre-populated search box pops up. Just pick one and “GO”!

More search hints:

    Refine My Results. To “Refine My Results,” use the facets in the column to the left of the entries. Quickly narrow the results to “Articles” under “Resource Type.” Or expand a facet list (“Show more”) and select “Refine results” to limit hits to several, selected Resource Types, Collections, Topics, etc.
    Expand My Results. Want to see an even larger universe of resources? Check “Include resources without electronic full-text.”
    Want local holdings only? To limit search results to only those items owned by UT, click the “UT Collections” tab at the top of the results page. For a known-item search, select “Browse UT Collections” and enter a new title, author, subject, or call number search to browse through an alphabetic or numeric list of our holdings.
    One Search vs. databases. Accessing the full content and full functionality of some databases still requires searching from within the database interface (lib.utk.edu/databases). Unsure? Ask a librarian.

Yes, One Search is easier… it’s broader… it’s better. But it’s also far more complex. All the more reason to ask a librarian. Visit the Research Assistance Desk (in Hodges, that’s Room 209) or AskUsNow (lib.utk.edu/askusnow) via phone, chat, text, or email.




SPARC Responds to Federal Public Access Plan

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The executive director of  the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Heather Joseph, issued a statement in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan for increasing public access to results of federally-funded scientific research.  The department’s plan is part of a new White House Directive requiring 21 agencies and departments to improve the public’s ability to ‘freely access, search, download, and analyze the entire collection of articles and data resulting from research funded by the U.S. government.’  However, Joseph and SPARC criticize the DOE plan as not going far enough to complete the administration’s vision.

Joseph’s complete statement can be found on SPAC’s Web site. The University of Tennessee Libraries are members of SPARC.
The DOE plan can be found here.




Privacy Badger Stops Ads & Trackers

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Privacy Badger is a new, free browser add-on created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  It stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking what pages you visit online.  If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple Web sites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser.  It is an alternative to other browser add-ons (such as Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, etc.) that require custom configuration by the user to block non-consensual trackers.  Privacy Badger seeks to give users maximal control over who does and doesn’t get to know what they do online.

Digital privacy and security are essential skills for academic professionals across all disciplines.  Shielding yourself from unwanted advertisements is convenient, but stopping tracking also means that your metadata is better protected from potential avenues of attack or theft.  Visit Privacy Badger’s Web site to download the extension or find out more about the add-on, how it works, and the EFF’s development plan for it.  Please note that Privacy Badger currently supports only Chrome and Firefox browsers.




Attention, student artists: library seeks works for juried exhibition

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Koczo400xThe UT Libraries is seeking student artworks for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75. Selected two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, ceramics, painting) will be on display in the exhibit area during the fall semester. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline. Submission deadline is midnight, September 21.

More info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




3D printing turns library users into industrial designers

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Last year, the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library added 3D printing to the technology they provide to library users. 3D printing lets designers rapidly turn their ideas into plastic prototypes. Engineering students from the College of Agriculture are using the AgVet library’s 3D printer to test their design ideas.

The library’s IT technologist, Richie Sexton, spearheaded the project to offer 3D printing. A story in today’s Knoxzine features Richie explaining the operation and benefits of 3D printing. Check it out.

[Here are guidelines for 3D printing at the Pendergrass Library.]




Follow Our Leisure Collection Online

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Pendergrass Library is launching a Goodreads account that will allow our patrons to browse titles in our new leisure reading collection remotely. Titles that are part of the collection are listed on the Our Books shelf; titles ordered but not yet received are listed on the Coming Soon shelf. Our Goodreads account is also synced to the library’s Twitter feed. Please follow us as it will help build the social media we hope will support this collection.

This is an evolving collection and will be built in partnership with our community. We are interested in what our patrons want to read and want to ensure that relevant topics and titles are not inadvertently omitted from the collection. Visit the leisure collection page to submit a request. Feel free to ask us if you need any additional help or information!




ChemBioDraw freely available for UT students, faculty, and staff

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What is it?  ChemBioDraw is a drawing tool for chemists and biologists used to create publication-ready, scientifically intelligent drawings for use in ELNs, databases and publications, and for querying chemical databases.

Where can I run it?  ChemBioDraw is available at no extra charge to UTK and UTSI faculty, staff, and students for installation on university-owned and personally-owned Windows PCs and Macs.  The download and installation instructions are at http://oit.utk.edu/software.  It is also available on OIT’s apps@UT server and on the computers in the OIT public computer labs.

How can I learn it?  To watch webinar videos, read informative articles, and watch feature demos, go to the main web page at http://www.cambridgesoft.com and select Chemistry and then ChemBioDraw.

Where can I get support?  RCS offers minimal support for ChemBioDraw.  For technical support, browse the Cambridgesoft Technical Support site at http://www.cambridgesoft.com/support.  You may also download manuals for free, search, or ask a question in the support forum at http://forums.cambridgesoft.com or contact the support team via the web form at http://www.cambridgesoft.com/contact/support/form.




Leisure Reading Collection at Pendergrass

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Pendergrass Library is pleased to announce a new leisure reading collection.  It is located on the green wall near Study Room E and the quiet zone entrance.  The collection will consist of recently published fiction and nonfiction.  All books may be borrowed for four weeks by any UT student, staff, or faculty member.  We will add a substantial number of books to the collection this summer, and will continue to add more after that.  So, if you would like us to purchase a book that we don’t already own, please complete a book suggestion form.  These can be found on the Leisure Reading shelf or at Pendergrass Leisure Reading Collection.  Please stop by and check out our new collection!