Library’s Art Contest (prizes!) — Deadline is Sept. 4

SALfall2015-2Artists: Earn cash. Win fame. Submit your work to the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. Numerous awards include a First Prize of $300. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

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. Selected works will be on display in the Miles Reading Room (135 Hodges Library) throughout fall semester.

Awards include:
First Prize of $300
Second Prize of $150
Third Prize of $75
People’s Choice of $50
The recipient of the Mercury Award will be featured in the Knoxville Mercury and will receive $25 and a gift bag.

Submission form and more info at

Library will host Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 21

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

Friday, August 21, 2:00-3:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
in the Jack E. Reese Galleria (1st floor)

Watch our live feed during the event:

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

Join us for refreshments, free books, and door prizes — including an iPad mini.

10 simple rules for lifelong learning

knowledge boardLearning is a lifelong imperative, but with an exponentially increasing amount of new knowledge, it can be a huge challenge. Richard Hamming, mathematician and computer science pioneer, offers advice on how to cultivate a style of thinking, an orientation toward the future, and motivation to continue learning:

Rule 1. Cultivate lifelong learning as a “style of thinking.” When learning something new, don’t be a slave to facts. Facts often go out of date by the time you need to use them. Instead, try to look at the “big picture” of principles, fundamentals, or patterns. This will expand your knowledge network.

Rule 2. Ride the information tsunami. During an average working life, the amount of valid knowledge in any field will at least double, while more than three-quarters of what we think we know now will be obsolete. But our brains can only process so much information at a time! We need to structure our learning if we are to ride the information tsunami rather than drown in it.

Rule 3. Be prepared to compete and interact with a greater number of researchers. The number of researchers worldwide continues to increase rapidly. It’s estimated that about 90% of the scientists who ever lived are alive today. Keeping up with new research is an ever greater challenge, but an exciting one!

Rule 4. Focus on the future, but remember the past.  We should always aim to be prepared for the future, but the past has important information you may not be aware of.  For example, an article in Nature under the headline “Where have I seen that before?” draws attention to the 103 years that elapsed between an experiment already done in 1908 and its accidental replication as the discovery of “new chemistry” in 2007.

Rule 5. Make it personal.  Remembering a personal angle, private detail, or scientific feud can help you anchor key concepts in your mind within a meaningful and significant context.  In fact, some scientists even publish personal details, as they can can contribute to remembering details of the science involved.

Click here to read the last 5 rules for lifelong learning.

For more learning and research tips, visit the Public Library of Science (PLoS) 10 Simple Rules series.

ArcGIS software update for faculty, staff


ArcGIS software can be used to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographically referenced data for a variety of geodatabase management functions and research applications. 

The latest release of this software, version 10.3, will be available to UT faculty and staff at the OIT Software Distribution site on July 24th, 2015:

At that time, version 10.1 will still be available, but version 10.2.2 will be removed from distribution.  OIT will continue to provide annual license renewals for ArcGIS 10.0 and all higher releases as long as they are supported by Esri.

ArcGIS can also be used in most OIT computer labs, including Pendergrass Library.  For more available locations, see the OIT Lab Services searchable database: .  Beginning Fall semester 2015, ArcGIS 10.3 will be the only version running at these locations.

Contact the OIT Help Desk (865-974-9900) if you have ArcGIS questions, need new license codes, or want to request an ArcGIS product not available at the Software Distribution site.  Students cannot download ArcGIS products but they can obtain a Student Edition of ArcGIS by contacting the Helpdesk.

On the Go: Access the Library Off Campus

For students and faculty who are “on the go” this summer, there are several ways to access the Library’s resources from off campus.

To access Library databases, online journals, and e-books from off campus, first let the system know that you are affiliated with UTK.  Below are several options for doing so.  If one path doesn’t work, try a different one.  For more information, visit the Off-Campus Users Guide.

icon-website-150x150 The Pendergrass Library website

GoogleScholar1 Google Scholar:

  • Convenient
  • Links directly to content the Library pays for
  • Search for University of Tennessee under Settings > Library links for FullText links

internet_access_web-512-150x150 UTKey Proxy Bookmark:

  • Easy to use
  • Requires creating a special bookmark in your browser
  • Click the bookmark to get easy access to articles

MC-icon-vpn-150x150 Network Connect VPN:

  • Allows your computer to function as if it were off campus
  • Provides security when using public wi-fi
  • Works when all other methods fail
  • Requires some initial setup

Search USDA research with PubAg


PubAg is a new FREE search engine created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Agricultural Library (NAL).  PubAg is user-friendly and gives the public enhanced access to research published by USDA scientists.

Search and access over 40,000 full-text scientific journal articles from 1997 to 2014.  Subject areas covered in PubAg’s database include:

  • Nutrition
  • Food safety and quality
  • Animal and crop production and protection
  • Natural resources
  • Sustainable agricultural systems
  • Rural development
  • Agricultural economic and policy issues
  • Agricultural imports and exports
  • Agricultural statistics
  • Extension education
  • …and more!

For more information, visit PubAg Frequently Asked Questions.

BrowZine: Virtual newsstand for scholarly journals


Download the free BrowZine app to browse and read journals in a format that is optimized for tablets and mobile devices.  BrowZine is easy to use and great for students, faculty, and researchers.

Use BrowZine to:

  • Access all UT Libraries’ electronic journals (issues back to 2005).
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Receive alerts when new editions of journals are published.
  • Save articles and citations to Dropbox cloud storage and Zotero citation management.

Download BrowZine:

  • Search “BrowZine” in the app store on iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle.
  • Register with a NetID and password.
  • Update the BrowZine password when the NetID password changes.

Get started with BrowZine:

Find grant opportunities with SciVal Funding


SciVal Funding is a subscription database that helps researchers find funding opportunities relevant to their interests.

Use SciVal Funding to:

  • Find funding opportunities
  • Find new sources of external grant income
  • Identify collaborators and investigators that are winning grants in your field
  • Analyze funding trends
  • Set up alerts to be notified automatically of funding opportunities

Get started with SciVal Funding:

SciVal is a subscription-only research asset sponsored by the UT Office of Research.  For more information, contact James Mazzouccolo or visit the Office of Research and Engagement Funding page.

Beyond Copyright: Creative Commons and Traditional Knowledge Licenses

licensesWhenever you create something – an article, book, or piece of art – you hold the copyright to that work. Copyright protects the author or creator’s exclusive right to use and distribute his or her work for a period of time.

While copyright is important for protecting intellectual property, it is not always best suited to how we create and share information in the digital world. If you are creating and sharing your work online, consider attaching a special license or label. Two such licenses are Creative Commons and Traditional Knowledge licenses:

Creative Commons (CC) Licenses are the standard way to give people permission to share, use, and build upon your research or creative work. You may want to limit your license (non-commercial use only, for example) or allow people to access, share, and edit your work freely, as long as they give credit to you. CC licenses support the ideal of universal access to knowledge; you have access to hundreds of millions of works under CC licenses that you can use and edit in your own creative work.

Be aware that CC licenses work in conjunction with copyright and publishing agreements. When you publish your research in a journal, read the fine print about whether the article will be available open access or by subscription.

Traditional Knowledge (TK) Licenses and labels recognize that indigenous, traditional, and local communities have different access and use expectations regarding their knowledge and cultural expressions. TK licenses are designed to clarify cultural expectations and help people outside those cultures to use the material fairly and respectfully. TK licenses can also be used alongside copyright and CC licenses.

Visit the UT Libraries Copyright Page for more information about copyright and licenses. For help negotiating copyright transfer with publishers or publishing open access, see the Author’s Rights Retention Kit.

Calling all faculty! Take the Libraries Digital Scholarship Survey

dsc_dataservices3To help the University Libraries better meet digital scholars’ needs, we would like you to complete a survey designed to help us make decisions about future resources and support for digital scholars.

Click here to begin the survey. The survey is brief, anonymous, and participants are eligible for a $10 Starbucks card raffle.

Faculty and graduate students in any department are encouraged to take the survey, even if they have no interest in digital scholarship.

The survey will automatically adjust its length and questions based on the indicated level of interest. So please take it yourself and share widely within your department!