UTIA names new leader of Tennessee 4-H/ALEC

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Richard Clark 2015 vcThe University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and Pendergrass Library welcome Dr. Richard Clark, the new leader of Tennessee 4-H, the youth development program for UT Extension, and Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC), a department in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The service-oriented and academic units have been merged in an effort to better serve Tennessee youth.

“I’ve been involved in 4-H and ag education in some capacity for almost my entire career,” says Clark. “The new department of 4-H and ALEC has the opportunity to serve as a model for other universities impacting the lives of young people from elementary school through college. 4-H and ALEC have a common, underlying youth development and education knowledge base which makes this merger ideal.”

Clark will provide leadership to the state 4-H staff in Knoxville and county 4-H agents all across the state. He will also serve in an academic capacity, developing curriculum for faculty and students at UTIA.

“My first goal is to inspire students of all ages to reach for their dreams and empower them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in life,” says Clark. “The second goal is for the department to become a national leader in scholarship related to youth development in both non-formal and formal education.”

Previously, Clark worked at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, where he served as Associate Director of Agricultural Education from 2009 to this year. He also led the 4-H program during that time as Interim Director.

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Spring Break Hours & Updates

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Please be aware of some changes taking place over Spring Break at Pendergrass Library.  Spring Break is Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20.

Open Hours: 

Pendergrass will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. – midnight Sunday.  For more information, view our Spring Semester Hours page.

No Tutoring over Spring Break: 

From Sunday, March 15 – Sunday, March 22, no tutoring sessions will be held at Pendergrass Library.  Tutoring will resume on Wednesday, March 25.

Temporary Summer Relocation: 

The Veterinary building has begun construction for maintenance.  As part of this project, Pendergrass Library services will temporarily relocate to 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 soon after finals in May 2015.  The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term and may overlap with the Fall 2015 term.  We remain dedicated to serving the faculty, staff, and students of UTIA during this time. 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.  Questions about the relocation?  Visit our FAQs page at libguides.utk.edu/pendergrassconstruction.

Noise and Dust in Library over Spring Break: 

During Spring Break, Pendergrass Library staff will be preparing for our temporary summer relocation.  We will be shifting furniture, relocating books, and moving other equipment.  The library will be noisy (and perhaps dusty if you are sensitive) in the Quiet Zone.

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 soon after finals in May 2015.  The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term and may overlap with the Fall 2015 term.

Many details are still undetermined at this time.  We remain dedicated to serving the faculty, staff, and students of UTIA during this time.  We have created a guide (http://libguides.utk.edu/pendergrassconstruction) to provide more information as it becomes available.  Please check the guide and Pendergrass website regularly for updates.  The exact dates of closure will be posted as soon as they are known.

Online resources accessible through the Pendergrass Library website will still be available, but much of the physical collection will be inaccessible.  Faculty, in particular, are encouraged to check out materials that will be needed over the summer, in advance of the closing.

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.

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.

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.

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

rock1 rock2


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.

Hodges Library adds extra Sunday hours

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BusyHodgesBeginning February 1, the John C. Hodges Library will open its doors at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The library is opening two hours earlier on a trial basis.

The public services desk, equipment checkout, and OIT Lab Services desk will open at 10 a.m. Food and beverages also will be available beginning at 10 a.m.

Not all services will be available on Sunday morning. The Studio opens at noon and Research Assistance at 1 p.m. The OIT HelpDesk and OIT Student Computer Support are open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Hours for other services offered in the Commons are available at commons.utk.edu.

Pendergrass Library remains open  from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays.

EndNote workshops: cite while you write

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Want to learn an easier way to create bibliographies? Learn to use citation management software such as EndNote. EndNote Desktop and Endnote Online are free to UT students, faculty, and staff.

A little instruction is helpful to master EndNote’s basic features. Join the Libraries’ EndNote workshop:


Introduction to EndNote
Monday, March 2
3:30-5:00 p.m.
211 Hodges Library

Register: endnote@nullutk.edu

What is EndNote? libguides.utk.edu/endnote

Questions about EndNote?  Contact your librarian at Pendergrass: Peter Fernandez pfernand@nullutk.edu or Ann Viera annviera@nullutk.edu.