Campus delivery for faculty/grads: specify your “Work Address”

Library Express offers Campus Delivery for UTK faculty, graduate students and staff with departmental offices.

***Before requesting delivery of library materials, you must first update your “patron record” to specify the location of your departmental office.***

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Begin by signing in, using the Off-campus users: Sign in button on the library homepage:




Select My Account:


Select Personal Settings, then Edit Details:


Use the Select New Delivery Location drop-down to specify your departmental office and Update:


Now you’re ready to have library materials delivered to your departmental office. Find the desired library holdings in the online catalog. (Make sure you are signed in.) Select Get It / Physical Item / Personal Delivery (Work Address):


UT Dean of Libraries Steve Smith elected to ARL Board of Directors

Dean Steve-11-2Steve Smith, dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries at the Association’s October membership meeting.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve.

“I am honored to have a role in ARL’s vital work,” Smith said. “The University of Tennessee Libraries has always been a leader in the research library community. This appointment is a reflection of our long tradition of leadership, innovation, and service at the campus, national, and international levels. In partnership with ARL, we will continue to support public access to research, privacy rights, and other policies that promote learning, research, and public engagement.”

Smith will serve a three-year term on ARL’s governing board. The board represents the interests of ARL member libraries in directing the business of the Association, including establishing operating policies, budgets, and fiscal control; modifying the ARL mission and objectives; and representing the Association to the community.

Register for an ORCID researcher ID

Take time to register for an ORCID or Open Researcher and Contributor ID.  Publishers, funders, and institutions will all ask for your ORCID if they haven’t already.

Why researcher identifiers, and why ORCID?

There are over 40 researchers with the name “S. Smith” at the University of Tennessee alone.  A researcher’s name isn’t enough to reliably identify the author of an article published in a journal or a data set uploaded to a digital archive like TRACE at UTK.

Why ORCID? It is an open source, community driven solution to reliably connect researchers with their work.


ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

The ORCID initiative focuses on solving the name ambiguity problem by creating persistent unique identifiers and linking mechanisms between different ID schemes and research objects.

See these guides for more information on ORCID and ORCID research support at UT.

Distinguish yourself in 3 easy steps:

1. Register your unique ORCID identifier at

2. Add your information to ORCID and include your ORCID identifier on your webpage, when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

3. Use your ORCID ID.  Enhance your ORCID record with your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus or ResearcherID or LinkedIn).

The ORCID profile of a sample researcher.

The ORCID profile of a sample researcher.

ORCID supports many different research outputs:

When you publish information or data online, link these to your ORCID ID to receive credit for your work.  ORCID supports a wide range of work types beyond the traditional academic journal article.


ORCID at UTK: As of August 2015, 598 ORCID registrants have email addresses.

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ORCID is quickly becoming the community standard among researchers across all disciplines. Since ORCID began in 2012, over 1.7 million researchers have registered for over 9 million works. Click here to see more ORCID statistics.  UT researchers will easily recoup the time spent registering for an ORCID and adding their works to the ORCID record.

See this blog for directions for getting an ORCID and using SCOPUS Wizard to import your citations.

For more information please see Peter Fernandez ( 865-974-2886 or Ann Viera ( 865-974-9015.

Colum McCann at UT’s Writers in the Library, Nov. 2

Colum McCann (Photo by Dustin Aksland)

Internationally acclaimed writer Colum McCann will appear at Writers in the Library on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus on Monday, November 2. He will read from his work at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Colum McCann is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including the international bestseller TransAtlantic (2013) and the National Book Award winning Let the Great World Spin (2009). Stories from his most recent collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking, just published this month, have garnered a Pushcart Prize and selection in the Best American Short Stories 2015.

McCann has also been the recipient of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been published in over thirty-five languages.

In addition to his writing, McCann is the co-founder of Narrative 4, a global non-profit focused on the exchange of stories as a way of building community throughout the world. McCann teaches in the Creative Writing program at Hunter College in New York.

Read a review of Thirteen Ways of Looking on Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).
Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. UT’s Ready for the World Initiative provided additional funding for this event.

Visit for a complete schedule of readings for the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information contact Christopher Hebert, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries (

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Centuries-Old ‘Marginalia in Rare Books’ on Display at UT Library

A student of Milton has diligently indexed this 1678 printing of Paradise Lost, with lists of themes and corresponding page numbers neatly but tightly crammed onto the endpapers.

As long as there have been books, readers have been writing in the margins.

An exhibit of rare books at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s John C. Hodges Library contains examples of marginalia from over the centuries. The display bears witness to the reader’s abiding urge to respond to the author’s words or otherwise personalize a text.

Marginalia in some of the centuries-old books reflect habits familiar to modern-day readers. The rare books include examples of note taking, marks of ownership and presentation inscriptions. Also present are examples of family genealogy and rudimentary doodles.

Marginalia also reveal outmoded practices that once were commonplace. Before book publishers began adding indexes, book owners sometimes compiled their own index to the work. A 1678 printing of Paradise Lost in the library’s display includes the reader’s own index to Milton’s poem, neatly printed on the book’s endpapers.

The owner of this 1581 Geneva Bible tipped in extra pages on which to record a commentary on the story of Noah.

It was once common for book owners to bind or tip in extra pages to accommodate annotations. A 1581 Geneva Bible on display at the library includes extra blank pages on which the owner recorded text interpreting the adjacent story of Noah’s drunkenness. The text may have been copied from a popular sermon or lecture.

Transcribing quotations from favorite texts was a common practice in early modern Europe. Even note taking in Bibles was routine. The tradition is evident in a 1577 copy of the Bishops’ Bible containing annotations taken from several sources.

Note taking in Bibles was once common, as shown in this 1577 copy of the Bishops’ Bible.

Many items in the library’s display are early English Bibles that predate the King James Version. They are part of the library’s Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collection of early printed Bibles from the collection of the late Naseeb Shaheen, an authority on biblical allusions in Shakespeare’s plays.

The “Marginalia in Rare Books” exhibit derives from a study undertaken by two UT librarians, Kris Bronstad and Chris Caldwell, to identify every instance of reader-added notes within the more than 300 Bibles in the Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collection. For more information about the project’s methodology and discoveries, visit

“Marginalia in Rare Books” is open to the public 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through December 11 in the Special Collections Reading Room, 121 John C. Hodges Library.

Publish in PeerJ!


PeerJ is an award-winning, innovative, affordable, and high-integrity journal publishing articles in bioscience and computer science.  There are many benefits to publishing in PeerJ:

PeerJ supports researchers.  The journal’s mission is to help the world efficiently publish its knowledge.  PeerJ keeps authors at the center of its business model (see PeerJ’s beliefs).  Researchers can read and download your articles for free.  PeerJ is widely read, with over 2.5 million views and 700,000 downloads, so your research will have the greatest impact.  See article-level metrics such as how many times an article has been cited or shared on social media.

PeerJ is free to publish.  Pendergrass Library has an Institutional Arrangement with PeerJ to cover the cost ($99) of a basic publishing plan when an article is submitted.  The membership entitles researchers to publish one article per year without any additional cost.  As of August 2015, 17 authors at UT Knoxville have memberships with PeerJ paid for by Pendergrass.

PeerJ is reliable.  PeerJ has over 800 Editorial Board members including 5 Nobel Prize winners.  Prestigious editors come from Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, and MIT.

PeerJ is fast.  PeerJ allows you to get your research out quickly and openly to the world.  The journal is currently getting first decisions back to authors with a median time of 24 days.  You can also publish a PeerJ PrePrint, or a draft of an article that has not yet been peer reviewed for publication, within 24 hours.  PrePrints let you establish precedent when you are the first to make a new discovery.

PeerJ is collaborative.  After publishing in PeerJ, authors are asked to contribute to the PeerJ community by commenting on articles or serving as a reviewer.  Comments can be displayed on a profile so others can see the conversation.  Reviews on PrePrints can help you revise your work before final publication.  “Open peer review,” where reviewers provide their names and authors can reproduce their peer-review history on a final article, is also an option.

PeerJ can advance your career.  PeerJ boosts your credit and visibility by helping others find your work using social media, compelling figures and images, and news media.  PeerJ indexes your work in PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus, CAB Abstracts, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and more.

To submit your research:

1. Fill out the Pendergrass Library Form to receive approval for your free membership.  We will send you a code that will entitle you to a basic publishing plan.

2. Follow PeerJ’s “How it Works” instructions to sign up for a free account and submit your article to PeerJ or PeerJ PrePrints.

Questions about PeerJ or the Institutional Plan?  Contact Peter Fernandez or visit UT Libraries’ PeerJ Guide.

Questions about scholarly communication and publishing your work?  Contact the UT Libraries Scholars’ Collaborative.

Questions about Human Health? Search MedlinePlus!


Do you have a question health and wellness? Don’t simply Google it! Search MedlinePlus to find the most reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

On MedlinePlus you can find information about many different things in language you can understand:

  • Diseases
  • Conditions
  • Wellness issues
  • Symptoms and treatments
  • Drug and herb interactions
  • …and much more!

Visit to access MedlinePlus from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The consumer-friendly site is optimized for mobile devices and also available in Spanish.

Need more help? Librarians can help find health information. Contact Pendergrass Library at or (865) 974-7338 for assistance.

Library to Host Expert on Marrakesh Treaty: Copyright Exceptions Would Benefit the Visually Impaired

KristaCoxJoin us Tuesday, October 20, to learn about an important pending international copyright agreement. Krista Cox, director of public policy initiatives for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), was part of the Diplomatic Conference that concluded the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The campus and the public are invited to her talk, 1:00-2:30 p.m., in the Hodges Library auditorium.

The Marrakesh Treaty creates minimum limitations and exceptions to copyright for those with print disabilities and, importantly, allows for the cross-border sharing of accessible format copies. Over the last two years, ten countries have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty (twenty are needed for entry into force) and the Obama Administration is preparing to send its ratification package to the US Senate.

The treaty was negotiated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations that encourages creative activity and protects intellectual property throughout the world. The Marrakesh Treaty is the first international copyright treaty focused on limitations and exceptions. Ratification of the treaty would not only benefit those in developing countries, but also would benefit those in the United States, particularly those looking to learn a foreign language or those who do not speak English as a first language.

As ARL’s director of public policy initiatives, Cox monitors legislative trends and participates in ARL’s outreach to the Executive Branch and the US Congress. She received her JD from the University of Notre Dame and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the State Bar of California.

Digital Humanities Seminar open to faculty and grad students

Illuminations***Note changed location: seminars will meet in Hodges Library, Room 128.***

Interested in the digital humanities and digital scholarship? Illuminations: A Digital Humanities Seminar offers workshops, presentations by UT’s digital scholars, and conversations with guest researchers. The seminar will meet five times per semester during the 2015-16 academic year. Sessions are open to all interested faculty and graduate students.

Visiting speakers also will offer public presentations, which are open to the campus and general public. More information and speaker biographies can be found here.

The research seminar is sponsored by the Humanities Center of the UT College of Arts and Sciences with additional support from the UT Libraries and the Office of Research and Engagement’s Scholarly Projects Fund.

Fall Semester 2015
Meetings are held Fridays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., in Hodges Library, Room 128.

September 25 — Getting Started in the Digital Humanities: Common Approaches & Tools

October 16 — Skills Workshop: Using Omeka for Digital Scholarship Projects

October 23 — Skills Workshop: Using Timeline.js & StoryMap.js

November 20 — Doing Digital Humanities with guest Wayne Graham, head of the Scholars’ Lab Research and Development team, University of Virginia.

Wayne Graham also will offer a public presentation Friday, Nov. 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. Graham is head of the Scholars Lab Research and Development team. As a “full-stack” developer, Wayne’s technical expertise is in web application languages, systems design, and technical training for humanities-based research questions. His research interests include public humanities, augmented and virtual reality, photogrammetry, and scholarly interface design.

December 4 — Reading Colloquy/Works-in-Progress Presentations
(Email to sign up to present your work.)

Additional information and a schedule of all 2015-16 seminar meetings and public presentations is available on the Humanities Center website.

Humorist Sam Venable at UT Libraries, Oct. 15

Sam Venable, humorist and long-time columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, will be the guest speaker and honoree Thursday, October 15, at the University of Tennessee’s John C. Hodges Library. Venable recently donated his papers to the UT Libraries.

The Library Society of the University of Tennessee invites the public to spend an evening with Knoxville’s best-known jokester. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria, followed by Venable’s remarks at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at

Venable began writing for the Knoxville News Sentinel in 1970. He was the newspaper’s outdoors editor for 15 years and metro columnist for almost 30 years. He retired in 2014, but he continues to write a twice-weekly column for the front page of the News Sentinel. He is the author of 12 books and the recipient of numerous journalism awards.