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Poetry Spring Continues with Leslie LaChance and Adam Day

LaChanceDay_webWriters in the Library will host poetry readings by Leslie LaChance and Adam Day as part of UT’s Poetry Spring. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

Leslie LaChance edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration. She is an assistant editor with Sundress Publications, where she curates The Wardrobe and is developing a children’s literature list. LaChance’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. Her chapbook collection, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone by Toadlily Press in 2013. A UT alumnus, LaChance is currently an associate professor of English at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, where she teaches writing and literature courses.

Adam Day is the author of A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, 2015), and he is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the Boston Review, Lana Turner, APR, Poetry London, AGNI, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He directs the Baltic Writing Residency, which nurtures talented writers by funding week-long residencies at secluded locations in Latvia, in Scotland, and at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

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 more information contact Christopher Hebert, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries (

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Music Library Study Room and SoM Tutoring Available

Looking for a quiet space for your group to study? Looking for a space where you and your group can make some noise without fear of being shushed? Reserve the Music Library’s group study room today! Just make your reservation online, and then come to the Music Library to pick up the key.

You can reserve the study room here:

Need some extra help before the end of the semester? Take advantage of the School of Music’s tutors. Their information can found here:



Gearing Up for Finals? Top 5 Places to Study in Pendergrass

Final exams are quickly approaching.  Need a place to study or finish that big project?  Come to Pendergrass Library on the agriculture campus!

Pendergrass Library is a comfortable study space with friendly staff who are eager to help with research, technology, and more.  Snacks are readily available across the hall at the new Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market, and food and drink are allowed in all areas of the library.

Check out the top 5 places to study in Pendergrass:

1. The No Talking Zone

pendergrass library stacks quiet zone

Tucked away in the back of the library, the No Talking Zone is one of the largest true quiet spaces on campus.  It’s a great place to focus and tune out distractions.  Enjoy a variety of furniture for group and individual seating, natural light, and easy access to our physical collection.  Need a computer?  Check out a laptop at the front desk and take advantage of our many charging outlets.  An accessibility station, including a videophone and height-adjustable desk, is also available in the No Talking Zone.

2.The Alcove

pendergrass library alcove group study

Visit the Alcove to study as a group, talk over class notes, or take a break from studying to laugh and relax with friends.  There are no noise restrictions in this area of the library, so students can quiz each other, practice presentation talking points, and more.  Just like the Quiet Zone, group and individual seating and natural light make this a great study space.

3. The Study Rooms

pendergrass library reservable study room

Pendergrass Library offers 5 fully equipped study rooms that students can reserve ahead of time.  To reserve a room, fill out the online form 48 hours in advance.  If a room has not been reserved, just walk in first-come first-served.  All rooms offer comfortable seating, a large conference table, a desktop computer, and whiteboards to assist with studying.  Use the large display monitors in Rooms E and F or Smart Board in Room G to practice presentations.

Academic support is also available in Study Room E throughout the week.  Visit the Writing Center Wednesdays noon-2 and agriculture subject tutors Wednesdays 5-8 and Sundays 3-6.  Statistical consulting is available by appointment by calling the OIT Helpdesk at (865) 974-9900.

4. The Computer Lab

pendergrass library computer lab

Access a suite of hardware and software at the library’s OIT-supported computer lab.  Choose between dozens of PC desktops and 2 specialized Mac workstations.  Every workstation has a pair of headphones, and additional equipment such as jump drives and adapter cables is available at the front desk.  Document scanning and printing (color and black and white) are available, as well as a machine to add any amount of cash to your VolCard account.

Special printing needs?  Just ask for help!  Pendergrass offers large format poster printing and 3D printing.

5. The Great Outdoors

pendergrass library outside picnic tables

Read over class notes and enjoy the sunshine in one of the many outdoor areas surrounding the library.  Study at a picnic table immediately to the right of the library entrance, or walk around the building to study on a bench in the UT Gardens.  De-stress with a walk on the greenway that runs between the gardens and Neyland Drive.

Not on campus, but still need help?  Contact Pendergrass Library any way you like!  See our full hours here.

National Book Award winner Nikky Finney at UT’s “Writers in the Library,” April 4

NikkyFinney_300x464Nikky Finney will give a poetry reading at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Finney is the author of five books, including Head Off and Split, the winner of the 2011 National Book Award in poetry, which addresses contemporary southern African-American life, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the legacy of Civil Rights activism in our contemporary culture. One of the best-known and beloved poets in the United States today, Finney has addressed issues of race, social justice, family, disaster, and national politics in deceivingly accessible, complex, and utterly beautiful verse. Her previous books include Rice, The World is Round, On Wings Made of Gauze, and Heartwood. Finney is currently the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week: Enter the “Three-Minute Thesis” Competition

April 4-8, 2016 is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. The national celebration seeks to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of graduate and professional students to universities and their communities, and to bring awareness to the issues, concerns, and needs of graduate and professional students.

The UT Libraries invites the campus community to an appreciation of grad/professional student research and scholarship. On Friday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Libraries will hold a “Three-Minute Thesis” competition in the Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

See a flyer of events here.

Graduate students, can you describe your thesis topic in three minutes or less? Hone your presentation and communication skills. Explain your research in three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Our panel of judges will select the most successful presentations. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.


Free Head Shots
The library is offering free professional head shots for graduate and professional students on Tuesday, April 5, in The Studio, Hodges Library — graduate IDs required. We will accept walk-ins 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a Well-deserved Break
As part of our appreciation of grad/professional students, the Libraries will offer free massages in room 211 Hodges Library on Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get your well-deserved reward (graduate IDs required). Spaces are limited: RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE.

Snacks will also be on offer in the Commons throughout the day.

National celebration of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week was initiated by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students in 1993.

Events on the UT campus are sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate, Graduate School, Division of Student Life, Center for Health & Wellness, Tennessee Teaching & Learning Center, Career Services, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, International House, University Libraries, and the Department of Athletics.

UT Libraries’ Ashley Maynor Named “Mover and Shaker” in Library World

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, digital humanities librarian Ashley Maynor has been named a “mover and shaker” in the library field by the national publication Library Journal.

In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal profiled 54 up-and-coming information professionals who are shaping the future of libraries. Maynor was recognized as a tech leader for developing new ways for university scholars to share their research in innovative digital forms, as well as helping grieving communities to confront gun violence through transmedia storytelling.

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Poet Marilyn Hacker at UT’s Writers in the Library on March 28

MarilynHacker_webPoet Marilyn Hacker will read from her work at the University of Tennessee on March 28. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library readings series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Hacker is a distinguished poet and translator. Over a forty-year career, she has published numerous poetry collections including Presentation Piece, Going Back to the River, Winter Numbers, Desperanto, Names, and A Stranger’s Mirror. She has been the recipient of the National Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award, among others. She is a Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets.

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Learn about 3D Printing at Pendergrass “Make Break”

sample 3d printed objects

Are you curious about 3D printing? Have you ever wondered how to incorporate 3D design into everyday life and classroom projects?

Starting March 17, UT students, faculty, and staff are invited to Pendergrass Library every third Thursday of the month from 2-3 p.m. for “Make Break” – an interactive tour and demonstration of the library’s makerspace and 3D printing technology.

Make Break 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 at or watch this YouTube video

Digital Humanities: Elaine McMillion Sheldon to speak March 24

Sheldon-300x199The Illuminations Digital Humanities Series will host documentary maker and visual journalist Elaine McMillion Sheldon on Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Sheldon won a 2013 Peabody Award for her interactive documentary on an Appalachian community in economic freefall. HOLLOW examines the lives of 30 individuals living in McDowell County, West Virginia, an area that is representative of many boom-and-bust areas across the country. HOLLOW also received a 2014 Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards.

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UT STEM Event for High School Students, College Freshmen April 2

BOSSgraphicThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries will host Big Orange STEM Saturday for high school and first-year college students from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

Students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and their parents are invited to attend the event in the John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd.

Big Orange STEM Saturday is free, but participants should register online by Friday, March 25.

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