New Streaming Movie Option!

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Alien Movie PosterIn addition to our popular Residence Life Cinema, we have added Criterion-On-Demand USA to our suite of streaming services. Criterion-On-Demand USA has a collection of over 600 films available at all times.

Films from this service are available off campus, and can even be downloaded to a computer for 48 hours.  Off campus users will be asked for their Net ID and password (just like some of the databases do when accessing off campus). This service requires a download of “Criterion Silverlight Player”, which most of you have already downloaded. Films can be streamed with or without subtitles, and they can be watched individually but cannot be shown at group events.

Criterion-On-Demand USA offers films from 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks SKG, MTV Films, Open Road Films, Fox Searchlight, and some additional smaller studios. New films are added quarterly. Please note that this is not the Criterion Collection of remade classic films and art films. You can begin watching anytime here

Amy Billone at WRITERS IN THE LIBRARY, Sept. 29

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Billone_smallAmy Billone will read from her new poetry collection at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Billone’s poetry collection, The Light Changes — named one of Kirkus Review‘s best books of 2013 — invokes the biographical and creative worlds of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath, and Virginia Woolf. Kirkus has called the book “thrilling in its courageousness, breathtaking in its vividness.” The Light Changes also won the IndieReader Discovery Award in Poetry in 2014.

Amy Billone is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches courses on 19th century literature, children’s and young adult literature, and world literature. Her areas of expertise include romanticism, children’s and young adult literature, Victorian poetry, gothic studies, creative writing, women writers, and continental poetry. Her scholarly book Little Songs: Women, Silence, and the Nineteenth-Century Sonnet (2007) is informed by her unique perspective as a woman poet. As the only extended study of 19th century female sonneteers, Little Songs sheds light on the overwhelming impact that silence makes, not only on British women’s poetry, but also on the development of modern poetry and thought. Amy Billone also wrote the introduction and notes for the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Peter Pan (2005).
Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee 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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Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27

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BBW14_300x250Literature is a powerful force! Every September, libraries and bookstores across the country celebrate Banned Books Week to honor the freedom to read and to draw attention to banned and challenged books.

Join the UT Libraries to celebrate your First Amendment rights during Banned Books Week. We are fortunate to live in a nation that protects the expression of even unpopular or unorthodox points of view. But intellectual freedom is in danger when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

Let’s take this opportunity to state our support for ensuring that all viewpoints are available to those who wish to read them.

Read a banned or challenged book. Follow our chalkboard in Hodges Library (next to Starbucks) for a countdown of the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013.

You’d be surprised: even classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple have been challenged. See the lists compiled by the American Library Association at

Follow along on Twitter at #volsread and #readbannedbooks and post a shout-out or a quote from your favorite banned book.

Library Hires Student Success Librarians

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Ingrid Ruffin and Anna Sandelli are pictured in the Hodges Library's new research assistance area.

Ingrid Ruffin and Anna Sandelli are pictured in the Hodges Library’s new research assistance area.

The University of Tennessee Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of two new faculty members. Ingrid Ruffin (pictured, left) is Student Success Librarian for First-Year Programs. Anna Sandelli (right) is Student Success Librarian for Undergraduate User Experience.

What do Student Success Librarians do? Basically, they help students learn the tools of scholarship while adjusting to college life. Two keys to undergraduate success are finding a sense of place at the university and gaining the information literacy skills students will need in every class they take. Success at those vital steps boosts first-to-second-year retention rates and six-year graduation rates—both top priorities for the university. Our Student Success Librarians will implement and expand instruction and academic engagement programs to improve the user experience for undergraduates at UT.

Ingrid Ruffin has experience developing pre-college and first-year programs at UT; for the past two years she served as a diversity librarian resident in the UT Libraries. She is an Air Force veteran and currently serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans.

Anna Sandelli comes to UT from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked with the User Experience team to deliver information literacy and technology instruction to undergraduates. She has a background in corporate communications with an international company for which she provided outreach and marketing services.

Statistical Consulting Expands Hours

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OIT’s Statistical Consulting Group is expanding its hours during the fall semester.  The statisticians are part of OIT’s Research Support Group.  They offer assistance with a variety of services including software packages (SPSS, SAS, LabView, etc.), research planning, survey design, data analysis, and more.  Their services are open to both faculty and students.  Students are allotted 10 free hours per semester with additional hours available at a rate of $20 per hour.

Consulting will be available four days a week during the fall semester, excluding only Wednesdays and weekends.  To arrange a session, contact Ann ReedXiaocun Sun, or call the support group’s office at (865) 974-9900.  More information about the consulting services can be found on the OIT Knowledgebase Web site.

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.

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 ( 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 ( 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.

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