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Counter the “Dr. Google Effect” with Downloadable Handouts

The growing popularity of the Internet has made it easier and faster to find health-related information – right at your fingertips.

Although much of it is valuable, some can be false and misleading.  These handouts can help veterinary clients decide whether information they find on the Internet or receive via email is likely to be reliable.  Developed by the Pendergrass Library team, these handouts can be downloaded from the guide to services for the Veterinary Practice Team:

Find them on the tab “Reliable Health Info for Animals and People.”

Have other veterinary resource needs?  Contact Ann Viera, Pendergrass veterinary librarian,, 865-974-7338, or the veterinary librarian in your state or region.

“A More Modern Way of Studying”: 3D Printing at Pendergrass Library

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Virginia Ingram and Richard Sexton show off her 3D printed laryngeal systems, one before coloring and one after.

Virginia Ingram, a student in UT’s audiology and speech pathology program, learns best by experience.  That is why she contacted Pendergrass Library to 3D print a model of the human larynx.

In Ingram’s anatomy and physiology class with Dr. Tim Saltuklaroglu, students could submit a model for an extra grade.  She realized that having a 3D printed model would help her study and memorize the parts of the larynx.

“I’m a visual learner, and I thought it would be helpful for me to learn some of the different systems by actually being able to hold them in my hand,” Ingram said.  “3D printing is just a more modern way of studying.”

Over two weeks Ingram worked with Richard Sexton, IT Technologist at Pendergrass, to develop her project.  She told Sexton what she wanted, and he suggested various tools to design a new model or find one already in existence.

“Richard helped guide that whole process. He was really collaborative with me for the different types of things that might work,” Ingram said.

Once they selected a model, it took seven hours to print. Ingram then colored the model to memorize the different parts of the laryngeal system.

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Close-up of Ingram’s models, including hand-colored parts of the laryngeal system.

“Because I’m such a hands-on learner, the section that I did the best in was the laryngeal section.  I believe it was because I got more involved with it and I had something tangible that I could play with, color, and understand better,” she said.

Ingram highly recommends 3D printing to other students.  “It’s a pretty easy process, and the gains that came out of it were worth it and pretty big.  My model was perfect, beautiful, and exactly what I needed.”

Her experience with 3D printing has opened up new opportunities. She mentioned the model to Dr. Molly Erickson, a professor in audiology and speech pathology who researches voice disorders.  Erickson and Ingram are modifying the model and testing the effects of different parts of the laryngeal system on the sound of the voice.

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Ingram and Erickson are modifying the model to test the effects on the sound of the voice.

Ingram also sees practical applications for her 3D printing.  Her career goal is to work in a clinic, and she plans to print more models to help explain anatomical structures to patients.

In the four years that Pendergrass has offered 3D printing to UT students, faculty, and staff, the library has thrived on partnerships like Ingram’s larynx.

“Partnerships with academic departments expand the reach of 3D printing to those that might not have realized it is applicable to their discipline,” said Sexton.

For more information about 3D printing or to start a 3D project, visit  The Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is located on the agriculture campus at 2407 River Dr. and serves students, faculty, staff, and the community seeking information related to UT’s Institute of Agriculture.

Student Winners of Creative Writing Prizes to Read April 17

Student winners of UT’s graduate-level writing awards will read from their winning works on Monday, April 17. The event is part of the Writers in the Library reading series.

WILstudentWinners_web2Readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.

Each spring, the Creative Writing Program awards prizes for the John C. Hodges Award for Fiction Writing and the John C. Hodges Award for Poetry Writing. Awards are made possible by the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named.

2017 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards:

First Prize: Mollie Swayne
Second Prize: Lance Dyzak
Third Prize: Elizabeth Weld

First Prize: Ben McClendon
Second Prize: Elysia Mann
Third Prize: Jeremy Reed

The judges for this year’s contests were Ted Thompson for fiction and Keetje Kuipers for poetry.
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.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at or visit the Writers in the Library webpage at


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Digital Scholarship Bootcamp for Faculty & Grad Students, May 15-17

Faculty and graduate students are invited to a free, three-day institute on digital scholarship, May 15-17, at Hodges Library.

A combination of hands-on workshops and guest speaker presentations will equip scholars with the skills they need to succeed in 21st-century digital research in academia.

Participants may enroll in two of four tracks:

  • Digital Collections & Exhibits
  • Multimedia Publications
  • Data & Visualization
  • Geospatial Research & Visualization
  • The Digital Scholarship Bootcamp is offered free of charge, but participants must commit to the full three-day institute. Registration is open until May 1, but space is limited.

    Register and read detailed descriptions of all sessions at

    UT’s Community of Digital Scholars offers workshops throughout the year. To receive notifications of workshops, email digital humanities librarian Ashley Maynor at or visit and join the Digital Humanities Listserv.

    Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7

    The third annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) will take place April 3-7.

    The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, Graduate School, and UT Libraries are coming together to sponsor many great social events and professional development activities during this week. Check out the full GPSAW schedule here.

    Here is the list of library-sponsored programs:

    Take a Break! Get a Massage

      Free 15-minute massages for graduate students only in Hodges Library room 211 on Monday, April 3, 1:00-6:00 p.m. Get your well-deserved reward (graduate ID required). Massages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Make it Beautiful, Make it Useful

      Do you plan to present your research at a professional conference or event? Join UT Libraries as we host a workshop covering tips and tricks for poster and presentation design in Hodges Library room 211 on Tuesday, April 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ashley Maynor at

    Free Professional Headshots

      There are two opportunities get a free professional headshot:

    • Hodges Library: Thursday, April 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in front of Melrose Hall, near the arches beside Hodges Library
    • Pendergrass Library: Friday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., on the lawn outside Pendergrass or inside the library (rain location)
    • No RSVP is necessary for a headshot, but graduate ID is required.

    3D Printing “Make Break,” April 20

    sample 3d printed objects

    Have you missed Pendergrass Library’s “Make Break” tours of 3D printing this semester?  Stop by the library for our last tour of the year April 20 at 2pm! Participants will:

    • See the library’s two 3D printers
    • View sample projects and discover classroom applications
    • Explore software options for 3D design
    • Learn about the process for printing a 3D object

    Participants will also be entered into a raffle for a free 3D print of up to $25 value! Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the semester and receive a consultation on choosing or designing their 3D object.

    To register for Make Break, email Richard Sexton at If you are teaching a class that might incorporate a 3D printing, cameras, or other technology, contact us so we can work with you.

    For more information about 3D printing at Pendergrass, visit our 3D printing website.

    Free Coffee & Professional Photos for Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7

    grad stud app week

    Do you love coffee?  Need a professional photo for your LinkedIn profile or upcoming job interview?

    The third annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) is set to take place April 3-7.  All students are welcome!

    Stop by Pendergrass for free coffee on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4 at 9am (until supplies last).

    Free professional headshots will be Friday, April 7 from 11am-1pm on the lawn outside Pendergrass or inside the library (rain location). No RSVP is required!

    The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, Graduate School, and UT Libraries are coming together to sponsor many great social events and professional development activities during this week.  Check out the full GPSAW schedule here.

    Intersectionality: A Workshop on Theory and Practice, 4/24

    ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialogue about diversity and inclusion. Lunch and Learn invites students and other members of the campus community to talk openly but respectfully about complex issues that impact their lives and their campus experience.

    Join us for a workshop on intersectionality:

    Intersectionality: A Workshop on Theory and Practice
    1 – 3 p.m., Monday, April 24, 605 Hodges Library

    Nora Berenstain
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Program

    Patrick Grzanka
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Core Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Program
    Associate Editor, Journal of Counseling Psychology

    In this two-hour, interactive workshop, Intersectionality Community of Scholars Co-Directors Nora Berenstain (Philosophy) and Patrick Grzanka (Psychology) will introduce key tenets of intersectionality theory and guide participants through exercises that illustrate the insights of this important framework for studying and challenging intersecting systems of inequality — such as racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, ableism, and heterosexism. The workshop will focus on applying intersectionality responsibly and in a variety of practices, including teaching, scholarship, activism, and community partnerships.

    Open Textbook Workshop: Apply through April 5

    On behalf of UT, the University Libraries became members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in 2016. As part of our membership, OTN will present an open textbook workshop on campus. Instructors concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on students may apply to attend the workshop, sponsored by the UT Libraries and led by speakers from the OTN, including David Ernst (PhD, CIO for the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network). If selected, instructors will receive a $200 stipend in return for their time, participation, and a post-workshop written review of an open textbook.

    WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: Hodges Library 128

    More information about the workshop and a link to the application form is available here:

    More information about open textbooks at UT is here:

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