Vol Walk of Life: engage, explore, pick a major

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Get on the path to success. Explore the Vol Walk of Life on Wednesday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Hodges Library, 2nd floor. The Student Government Association has convened representatives from Advising, Career Services, the Student Success Center, the Multicultural Mentoring Program, the Libraries, academic departments, and others. Discuss your career path. Pick a major. (Did you know that UT offers more than 170 undergraduate majors, concentrations, and specializations?)


Pendergrass Library Open Today, Feb. 26

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Pendergrass Library is open today, Thursday, February 26th.   We intend to be open normal hours (until midnight), but should we close early due to inclement weather, visit the Pendergrass website to see updates to our hours: www.lib.utk.edu/agvet/

Use caution when driving in inclement weather, and check the campus status for any future University closings: http://www.utk.edu/status/  If the University is open, Pendergrass will make every attempt to be open.

The latest from the Smokies Project: The Photographs and Films of William Derris

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WalkerSisters2From the 1940s through the 1960s, William Derris, owner of the Derris Motel in Townsend, traveled by automobile around the accessible parts of the Smokies recording the people and scenery in both slides and silent film. He used the images and films to entertain and inform the guests at his hotel. His collection was donated to the UT Special Collections and is now the newest digital project from the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project and the UT Digital Library: digital.lib.utk.edu/derris.

As part of a student practicum project, approximately 340 of the 4400 slides were digitized to create the online presentation. These images document seasonal landscapes in Townsend, Tuckaleechee, Cades Cove, Newfound Gap and Fontana. Derris photographed the Walker Sisters, the most famous residents of Little Greenbrier, and many of the wildflowers he encountered on his travels.

CadesCoveThe films presented a unique opportunity for the team who worked on the collection. The original footage is on 8mm film spools. It includes not only films of the Smokies but many other locales as well. To create the digital collection, the films were first digitized and then the most interesting Smokies content was excerpted to create shorter clips. Since the films were silent, the team decided to add folk music. Local musicians Chris Durman (also our Music Librarian), Steve White, and Leslie Gengozian recorded live music to accompany the films. The musical tunes were selected because there is evidence from folksong collectors that they were played in the Smokies. The result is a wonderful hybrid of new and old technology.

Digital Humanities Talk, March 9

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The campus is invited to a presentation on “The Out-of-Control Zone: Digital Humanities, Data Curation and Other New Endeavors in Librarianship” on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

What do digital humanists need from libraries? Join visionary Trevor Muñoz in re-imagining how libraries can become more actively engaged in supporting data-intensive research in the humanities.

Trevor Muñoz is Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He works on developing digital research projects and services at the intersection of digital humanities centers and libraries. He is also responsible for curating the active research data of MITH and for helping the University of Maryland Libraries plan and create a broad complement of data curation and e-research services.

Faculty also are invited to a coffee hour with Muñoz from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., March 9, in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Poet and Activist Cameron Conaway at “Writers in the Library” March 2

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ConawayDillonCameron Conaway, whose activism is as well known as his writing, will read at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Conaway is the author of five books, including Malaria Poems (Michigan State University Press) and Chittagong: Poems & Essays (Iris Press). He recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Conflict Reporting to do more malaria research in India. His international investigations into the horrors of child slavery have shaped current language on the issue.

In addition to poetry and activism, Conaway has also had a career in MMA cage-fighting, and he also teaches creative writing at Penn State Brandywine. He currently serves on the editorial board at Slavery Today: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions.

Conaway will also co-host a Nosh ‘n Chat titled Poetry & Modern Masculinity: Collisions with UT alum Andrew P. Dillon at 2 p.m. in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. Dillon is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s MFA class. His poetry has appeared recently in One Trick Pony Review, The Burlesque Press Variety Show and Connotation Press.

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.

Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read in the 2014–2015 academic year. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

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African-American Read-In Feb. 27

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Join the African-American Read-In on Friday, February 27, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, administrators . . . all are invited to read an excerpt from a favorite book by an African-American author.

Readers can bring a book to the reading or select a text from African-American authored books that will be on display outside the auditorium. Contemporary, award-winning children’s books by African-American authors are already on display for browsing in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3rd floor, Hodges Library).

Readers are encouraged to find texts to read prior to the event. Search the Libraries’ catalog (e.g., American literature – African American authors), browse the display in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, or examine the bibliography of recommended books at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) website: www.ncte.org/aari.

If you want to participate as a reader, email Dr. Susan Groenke, director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, at sgroenke@nullutk.edu) to reserve a 10-minute time slot between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Read-In makes literacy and the literary works of African-American authors a central part of Black History Month. UT’s Read-In is sponsored by the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in conjunction with the Commission for Blacks; Black Educators of Tomorrow; the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; the College of Communications and Information Sciences; the Department of English; and the Office of Multicultural Student Life.

Library’s Art Contest — DEADLINE NOW MARCH 8

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***UPDATE: Submission deadline has been extended until midnight, Sunday, March 8.***

Artists: Earn cash. Win fame. Submit your work to 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 works will be on display in the exhibit area of Hodges Library during the spring semester. The exhibition accepts primarily two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, painting) but will accept other media that can be mounted in the exhibit space. All works must arrive ready-to-mount on grid panels. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

Submission deadline has been extended to midnight, March 8. Submission form and more info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.

EndNote training: Manage those citations!

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Want to get control of your citations? Consider attending a hands-on class to learn how to use EndNote, a citation management tool. The following introductory EndNote classes are open to UT students, faculty, and staff.

Thursday, March 13
3:30-5:00 p.m.

211 Hodges Library

To register, send choice of date to endnote@nullutk.edu.

Discover how you can capture and organize citations from database searches, attach full-text PDFs, and insert citations formatted in the style of your choice into Microsoft Word documents.

Some instruction is helpful to master EndNote basic features. More help is available in our library research guide (http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote) and through webinars (http://endnote.com/training).

EndNote is free to students, faculty, and staff.* Download EndNote at http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote.

To arrange class instruction for a group of seven or more people, email endnote@nullutk.edu.

To get help using EndNote, contact a librarian.  Peter Fernandez pfernand@nullutk.edu and Ann Viera annviera@nullutk.edu at Pendergrass Library are available to assist you with any questions about citation management.

*EndNote is provided by a license from the Office of Information Technology to UT Knoxville, UT Memphis, and UT Space Institute.

Pendergrass Library Serves Role in Developing Product for Market

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Some people just aren’t sports fans and don’t want athletic memorabilia or apparel. However, there may be a niche for desktop icons of campus that would appeal to a wider audience.
Enter the dry erase Rock.

Pendergrass Library was called upon by UT staffer Mitchell Williamson (a graphic designer by trade) to prototype a product he was developing. His idea was to create a desktop dry erase model of “The Rock” that can be mass produced for sale to UT supporters.

The first challenge was to create a digital model of the rock. With no access to a scanner capable of capturing something the size of the rock, Williamson searched for other data acquisition methods capable of creating his rough model. He then refined the model by using various free 3D modeling applications to lower the polygon count and the complexity of the model.

The first iterations of “The Rock” printed on Pendergrass’ 3D printer were learning moments for all involved. Richard Sexton, information technologist at Pendergrass and the operator of the libraries’ 3D printer, found that the bottom of the model was not actually flat. Though it was not immediately evident in the digital previews, it was showing up in the failed attempts to print the rock out of plastic. Sexton was able to determine this problem and communicated the finding to Williamson, who then set out to refine his model. After using different 3D editing applications, his model was ready for another attempt on the printer.

The results were good enough to convince Williamson that his idea was viable

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Fast forward 6 months and you’ll find that Williamson has made a LOT of hard earned progress. He has contracted local companies to manufacture the rock and the packaging in which it will be sold. He designed the packaging as well as all other promotional material. In addition to creating a website that includes e-commerce, he also reached out to local vendors such as the UT Book & Supply store to gauge interest in selling these collectibles.

One significant hurdle that had to be overcome was getting approval for this product from the Collegiate Licensing Company. “The Rock” is considered intellectual property by The University of Tennessee and is protected under trademark laws. Because it is an exact replica, Williamson also wanted to include the UT logo and have “The Rock” licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). The CLC application process moves at its own pace, is complex, and costs money, but Williamson prevailed and was awarded CLC licensing for his product. After all was said and done The Rock and all manufacturing parts were completely produced within 50 miles of the rock itself.

Anyone may now purchase his or her very own Rock at www.collegereplicas.com or at the VolShop in the University Center.

Pendergrass Library is proud to have played a small part in bringing this product to market. Pendergrass continues to expose users to this exciting new technology and looks forward to helping others develop their designs.

A note of thanks from Mitchell Williamson:
“I would like to personally thank Richard for all his knowledge and guidance in working on the problems and complexities of a new 3D printer to produce my prototype. This process would have been much more time consuming and costly without working locally and with knowledgeable staff. I would also like to thank the Pendergrass Library for providing such a wonderful resource like the CubeX 3D printer and the access provided to the students and staff to help their ideas come to life.” –Mitchell Williamson


Dom Flemons – “American Songster” Lecture and Performance March 12

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Dom Flemons

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 PM
Bijou Theatre
Register at knoxfriends.org

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dom has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and his new album, Prospect Hill, has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more. His performance will be a lecture/demonstration of the history of old-time folk music and its relevance in today’s diverse musical world with commentary and musical examples as appropriate.