New online exhibit on local foods


The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has long focused on the best ways to get food from the farm to our tables. The National Agricultural Library (NAL) documents USDA’s interest in local foods in its newest online exhibit, “Mailboxes, Mom and Pop Stands, and Markets: Local Foods Then and Now.”

The exhibit has three main sections: a review of the “Farm-To-Table” Movement of the early 1900s, a survey of Roadside Stands and Farmers Markets, and a list of current USDA local food initiatives from the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Project.

Are you new to the idea of local foods and want to learn more? The exhibit includes an overview of the “local foods” concept and a glossary.

Do you shop at the farmers market, buy local produce at the grocery, or grow your own fruits and vegetables? Explore the online exhibit to learn more about the history of the local foods movement and how it can benefit the environment and economy.

Visit UT Farmers Market, held Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. at UT Gardens on Neyland Drive through October 21, 2015. Or search Pick Tennessee Products to find your nearest farmers market.

Photo courtesy of Meagan Perosha.

What is Creative Commons?


Anytime you create something – a song, a piece of art, a research paper – you hold the copyright to that work. This means creators have control over the permissions granted to others to access, edit, and share a work.

If authors want to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a creative work, consider publishing it under a Creative Commons (CC) license. CC licenses are the standard way to give people permission to share and use research or creative work.

CC licenses may be limited (non-commercial use only, for example) or allow people to access, share, and edit work freely, as long as they give credit to the creator or researcher.

Why is Creative Commons so important? Copyright can make it hard to legally copy, paste, edit, and share information online. CC licenses support the ideal of universal access to research, education, and culture. Scholars have access to hundreds of millions of works under CC licenses that they can use, edit, and build upon in their own work.

Check out the State of the Commons to see how CC licenses increase access to creativity and culture.

SpringerLink database: 4 things you should know

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The SpringerLink database provides scientific, technical, and medical information in over 2,500 full-text journals and 12,000 e-books. Journals and e-books cover the fields of biomedicine, life science, animal science, clinical medicine, earth and environmental science.

The SpringerLink collection includes veterinary medicine and animal science journals, for example Veterinary Research Communications.

Check out this tutorial or the YouTube channel to learn more about SpringerLink. Visit SpringerLink through the UT Libraries website to get full access to the database resources.

Here are four things to know about SpringerLink:

1. Search and Browse Journals

Find important information about a journal, including a brief description, publication dates, and the number of volumes and articles published. Type your keywords into the “Search within this journal” box to search articles within that journal, and then refine your search by discipline.


2. “Look Inside” for Access

Choose “Browse Volumes and Issues” and click on an article title to read the abstract, download the PDF, or export the citation. Click the “Look Inside” image for full access to the article for UT students and faculty, or a free two-page preview for everyone else. See closely related articles and supplementary material for each article.


3. Keep Updated with Article Alerts

View the latest articles that have been published in a journal. Register for Journal Updates or subscribe to an RSS feed to get email notifications of new research. The Online First feature lets you access peer-reviewed articles well before print publication.


4. Authors: Considering publishing an article with Springer?

Click “About this Journal” to learn about the aims and scope of the journal, instructions for manuscript submission, copyright information, and the journal’s impact factor from Journal Citation Reports. See Article Metrics like citations and social shares for individual articles.


Several articles have been published in SpringerLink by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UITA) authors, including Raul A. Almeida in Animal Science, Debra L. Miller in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Mathew J. Gray in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. See Springer’s Authors’ Rights Policy on archiving in the UT Digital Archive TRACE and other authors’ rights Springer allows.

Considering publishing an e-book, or have you been approached by another publisher for an e-book?

Compare what they offer with Springer. Springer has a No Digital Rights Management (DRM) policy that is author and reader friendly, and results in a better user experience and increased e-book downloads.

Kick off summer reading with Pendergrass Leisure Collection

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Good news for summer readers! You can check out some of the newest books from our Leisure Reading collection at Pendergrass Library’s temporary summer location in Brehm Animal Science Room 243. Popular fiction, fantasy, suspense, romance, and nonfiction books are available.

Visit our Relocation Frequently Asked Questions to download a complete list of the books available for checkout this summer. You can also view a map to the Brehm Computer Lab and learn more about library services available at our temporary service point.

To see all the books in Pendergrass Leisure Reading collection, check out our Goodreads account.

Use Virtual Browse to explore Library collections online


There’s nothing like the serendipity of browsing the stacks and discovering that one book that is the perfect reference on your topic. But now that the Pendergrass collection is inaccessible for summer, how can you browse the stacks?

This is where “virtual browsing” in the Libraries’ online catalog comes in!

If the search box on the Libraries’ homepage leads you to a promising title, you can browse adjacent titles in the call number sequence.

After initiating a search, you should see the Virtual Browse tab listed on the brief record for any title having a call number.

Click Virtual Browse to view a virtual shelf of book covers. The virtual bookshelf allows you to browse up to 100 items to the left and right of the entry. The bookshelf displays items in the call number sequence and includes e-books and books from all locations including Hodges and Music Libraries. That’s even better than browsing the stacks!

If you want to access a book from Pendergrass collection, place a request with Interlibrary Services. You can pick up your book at Pendergrass temporary location in Brehm Animal Science 243 or at Hodges Library.

Register for an ORCID researcher ID this summer

Take time this summer 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 at UTK: As of April 2015, 510 ORCID registrants have email addresses.

ORCID is quickly becoming the community standard among researchers across all disciplines. Since ORCID began in 2012, over 1.2 million researchers have registered for over 7 million works. 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.

Altmetric for ORCID: Install the Altmetric bookmarklet to see the impact of articles directly in ORCID Records.


Are you interested to see the impact of your or others’ works?  Altmetric collects mentions of scholarly articles from all across the Web by gathering attention from newspapers, blogs, social media, and more.  Now you can see how many times an article has been mentioned using Altmetric directly in ORCID Records.

Install the Altmetric bookmarklet on your browser to quickly see the score metrics of works.  If you are reading a paper online, simply add the bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks toolbar, and get article-level metrics with a single click.  Click here to learn more about Altmetric.

If you are reading a list of papers in ORCID Records, just click the Altmetric bookmarklet to see score metrics for each article.  The Altmetric logo will appear next to the article with basic stats; then click the logo for more information.

See these instructional videos on why Altmetric is important, how to use the Altmetric bookmarklet, and how Altmetric works with ORCID.

What you need to know: Pendergrass Library relocation

Pendergrass Library is closing May 8 due to construction. Pendergrass services will be available in Brehm Animal Science Room 243 (Computer Lab), as well as virtually through chat and email from May 11 to the end of construction.  View our maps of how to get to Brehm and where to find the computer lab.

What you need to do by Friday, May 8: Check out any paper books or journals from the Pendergrass stacks you will need this summer. Due date will be at the end of summer.

What to do if you need access to the Pendergrass collection AFTER May 8: Use Interlibrary Services to request books and journals or anything else not available electronically.

Electronic books and journals will still be available through the library website.

Where will help be located for veterinary medicine and statistics? Veterinary medicine librarian Ann Viera and statisticians Ann Reed / Xiaocun Sun will be working from office A301 B5 on the third floor of the vet building.

Where is A301 B5? From the vet school’s main entrance adjacent to the Pendergrass Library entrance, take the stairs in the center of the room up to the 3rd floor.  Take an immediate left and enter the suite of offices to find A301 B5.  View our map to help locate the office.

Where will large format and 3D printing and other library services and staff be located? Starting May 11, 2nd floor of Brehm Animal Science, across the hall from the Computer Lab (Room 243).

When will the library re-open? The relocation is expected to last throughout the summer term.

Will I be able to get into the library? No. During construction, Pendergrass stacks / paper collections will be wrapped and inaccessible. Only the construction crew will be allowed in the library.  Library services, computers, and study space will be available in 243 Brehm.

What is happening and why: As part of the renovation of the Veterinary Medical Center Building, Pendergrass Library services will temporarily relocate to Brehm to allow replacement of the HVAC system.

Pendergrass will reopen at the start of the Fall semester or whenever the construction is completed. More information can be found here:

We remain dedicated to providing library services to students, staff and faculty. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns:

Peter Fernandez
Subject librarian for Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Ann Viera
Subject librarian for Veterinary Medicine

Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7


We live in an age when knowledge is power.  New technologies give us unprecedented access to information.  They also facilitate surveillance, with the power to collect and mine personal information.

People enjoy the convenience of having information at their fingertips.  But most people don’t realize the trade off.  For example, citizens turn a blind eye to the fact that government agencies can track their phone calls, airline travel, online purchases, and more.  People seem resigned to the loss of their privacy rights because they see no solution.

Choose Privacy Week is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.  The freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy.

Help us spread the word about the importance of choosing privacy. Here’s how can you get involved:

Subject librarians help you with research

Are you looking for an article or book to write a final paper or prepare for an exam?  Do you need help navigating all the books, databases, and online resources out there for your major?

Meet with our subject librarians for assistance at any stage of the research process.  Subject librarians can help you identify and locate reliable sources, develop effective search strategies for drawing additional information from sources you have found, or assist you in evaluating the reliability of those sources.

We are here to help!


Peter Fernandez

Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Phone: 865.974.2886 or 865.974.7338
Agriculture Resources & Information Guide

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Ann Viera

Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 865.974.9015 or 865.974-7338
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Test-drive the Libraries’ New Homepage

homepageThe UT Libraries will soon launch a new homepage. The new page will go live immediately following spring semester. In the meantime, users can test-drive our leaner, cleaner homepage at

Our new homepage has fewer distracting graphics. A slimmer OneSearch box and the smaller footprint of the page reduce the need for vertical scrolling. These enhancements were made in response to suggestions from our users.

The cleaner design should help users locate information quickly. Popular destinations such as “My Account” and “Reserve a Room” are featured on conspicuous links at the center of the page. Links to research help appear in the right-hand column, including the chat box and customized help for different library constituencies.

And library news and events get more prominent billing.

Library Marketing and Communications would like your opinion on the redesigned homepage. Please send comments and suggestions to