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Open access in the news: USDA, NASA, and more!

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open%20accessJVIM Goes Open Access

The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (JVIM) is now an open access journal! All issues from 1987-present are freely available: click here to start reading. JVIM also offers a free iPad/iPhone app that allows you to read articles, get research alerts, and view dynamic tables and figures. Visit the vet apps guide to learn more about this and other apps in veterinary medicine.

Public Access to Federally Funded Scientific Research

In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual conduct of research to develop plans for increasing public access to peer-reviewed scientific publications and data. Two years later, individual agencies are releasing public access plans to make it easier for you to access federally funded scientific research.  Check out two of the most recent releases: USDA and NASA.

Do you want to learn more about the White House directive? Visit this page to read news releases and commentary.

Open Access Matters

Pendergrass Library is committed to disseminating the results of research and scholarly activity broadly and with as few barriers as possible. We encourage faculty to explore new forms of scholarship, including open access publications. Open access publishing is in digital form, available via the Internet, and freely available to users. Scholarly open access publishing includes editorial and peer review for quality.

Do you want to learn more about open access and how it can benefit you as a scholar? For more information:

Big Orange STEM Symposium, April 18

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Students who are considering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to attend the Big Orange STEM Symposium on Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

The free event is open to high school and college students, and parents are also invited. Participants must pre-register online at A free lunch and goody bags will be provided.

Students will begin the day with a cornerstone activity: “Everyday Science: No Junk in my DNA!” Afternoon breakout sessions will feature hands-on activities relating to food science, the science behind tree planting, and the nuts and bolts of engineering. At a STEM Browse Fair, students can learn about STEM organizations in our region and unique opportunities at UT Knoxville.

Participants will meet professors and researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from UT, the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Texas Instruments, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, among others.

The symposium will include a session that might be of particular interest to parents entitled, “Help! My Child is Going to College!” featuring important information on UT services to incoming students and parent involvement.

For more information, visit or contact:

Thura Mack (865-974-6381,
Ingrid Ruffin (865-974-3513,

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.

Click here to read the full article.

Financial Literacy Boot Camp, March 27

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finances2Learn to manage your money at the Financial Literacy Boot Camp, March 27. This is the final Boot Camp in the series funded by the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists.

Students can attend the full day of workshops or drop-in on individual sessions. All sessions will be held in Room 252, John C. Hodges Library.

Following the Boot Camp, students can demonstrate what they’ve learned by taking our online financial survey. The first ten students who correctly answer all survey questions will win a $25 UT Bookstore gift card. The survey will be open from March 27 through April 10.

Financial Literacy Boot Camp
252 Hodges Library

9:00 – 10:00
Your credit score & steps to financial freedom
Speaker: Wendy Cleveland
UT Federal Credit Union

10:00 – 11:00
Types of insurance & why you need them
Speaker: Bruce Meek
Farmers Insurance

11:00 – noon
Smart shopping: tips & tricks to save
Speaker: Heather Cockrum
Executive Assistant to the Provost, UT

noon – 1:00
Free pizza lunch for those who pre-register
Take a look at library resources on job searching and scholarships
Speaker: Judy Li
Business Librarian, UT

1:00 – 2:00
Scholarships & fellowships to pay for your studies
Speaker: Nichole Fazio-Veigel
Director, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, UT

2:00 – 3:00
Before & after: brush up your resume for the job & survival skills in your first job
Speaker: Daniel Pape
Consultant, Career Services, Haslam College of Business

3:00 – 3:30
Do and don’t in your job interview
Speaker: Daniel Pape
Consultant, Career Services, Haslam College of Business

3:30 – 4:30
Wealth accumulation: start planning for your retirement
Speaker: Tom Graves
Lecturer & Operations Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT

For further information, contact Judy Li, business librarian ( or 974-0013).

Poets Charlotte Pence and Bradford Tice to read March 30

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PenceTiceTwo distinguished alumni of UT’s English department will read at “Writers in the Library” Monday, March 30. Charlotte Pence and Brad Tice will read their poetry at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Charlotte Pence is an award-winning poet and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. Her new full-length collection, Many Small Fires, explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the psychological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities and households. She is also a professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University.

Bradford Tice is the author of two books of poetry: Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013) which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project, and What the Night Numbered (forthcoming, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. He currently teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.

Read a review of Pence’s Many Small Fires at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

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.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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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

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 ( 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.

Best Book Designs: Traveling Show and Reception at Hodges Library

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Winners of the 2014 “Book, Jacket & Journal Show,” sponsored by the American Association of University Presses, are on display outside the Hodges Library auditorium through March 13.

The show recognizes meritorious achievement in design, production, and manufacture of books, jackets, covers, and journals by members of the university press community.

UT Press and the UT Libraries invite you to a reception and book browsing on Thursday, March 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Jack E. Reese Galleria, 1st floor, John C. Hodges Library.

For more information, contact UT Press at 865-974-3321.

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

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 ( and through webinars (

EndNote is free to students, faculty, and staff.* Download EndNote at

To arrange class instruction for a group of seven or more people, email

To get help using EndNote, contact a librarian.  Peter Fernandez and Ann Viera 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.

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?)


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