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Adam Ross reading rescheduled for Mon., Feb. 23

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AdamRossAdam Ross, celebrated novelist and short story writer, will read from his work on February 23 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.

The reading will be in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Adam Ross’s debut novel, Mr. Peanut, a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist. It has been published in sixteen countries. Ladies and Gentlemen, his short story collection, was included in Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011 and included “In the Basement,” a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Award.

Ross was a 2013–2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction at The American Academy in Berlin for the fall of 2014. He is currently serving as the English Department’s Visiting Writer at the University of Tennessee.

Read about Adam Ross’s forthcoming novel at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

For more information about Adam Ross, visit adam-ross.com.
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For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

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Library’s Art Contest — DEADLINE NOW MARCH 8

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***UPDATE: Submission deadline has been extended until midnight, Sunday, March 8.***

Artists: Earn cash. Win fame. Submit your work to the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75.

Selected works will be on display in the exhibit area of Hodges Library during the spring semester. The exhibition accepts primarily two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, painting) but will accept other media that can be mounted in the exhibit space. All works must arrive ready-to-mount on grid panels. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

Submission deadline has been extended to midnight, March 8. Submission form and more info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




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.

When:
Thursday, March 13
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Where:
211 Hodges Library

How:
To register, send choice of date to endnote@nullutk.edu.

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 (http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote) and through webinars (http://endnote.com/training).

EndNote is free to students, faculty, and staff.* Download EndNote at http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote.

To arrange class instruction for a group of seven or more people, email endnote@nullutk.edu.

To get help using EndNote, contact a librarian.  Peter Fernandez pfernand@nullutk.edu and Ann Viera annviera@nullutk.edu at Pendergrass Library are available to assist you with any questions about citation management.

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*EndNote is provided by a license from the Office of Information Technology to UT Knoxville, UT Memphis, and UT Space Institute.




Library’s Art Contest — DEADLINE NOW MARCH 8

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***UPDATE: Submission deadline has been extended until midnight, Sunday, March 8.***

Artists: Earn cash. Win fame. Submit your work to the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75.

Selected works will be on display in the exhibit area during the spring semester. The exhibition accepts primarily two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, painting) but will accept other media that can be mounted in the exhibit space. All works must arrive ready-to-mount on grid panels. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline.

Submission deadline has been extended to midnight, March 8. Submission form and more info at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.




Patricia Waters to read poetry at Hodges Library, Feb. 9

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FallenAttitudesFormer UT Libraries Writer-in-Residence Patricia Waters will be back in the library next week to read from her work. The campus is invited to a poetry reading and discussion with Waters on Monday, February 9, at 6 p.m. in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Waters is the author of two books of poetry, The Ordinary Sublime (2006) and Fallen Attitudes (2014), both from Anhinga Press.

According to Waters, the year she spent as Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries gave her time to gather the work for her first book.

Waters in currently assistant professor of English at Troy University, Troy, Alabama.




Newfound Press Publishes Joseph Bensman Essays

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large thumb coverThe latest book from the UT Libraries’ Newfound Press will be feted Thursday, February 5, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center Program in Sociology.

From Joseph Bensman: Essays on Modern Society collects the essays of the renowned humanistic sociologist and includes a new, analytical introduction by the editors, Robert Jackall and Duffy Graham.

Joseph Bensman (1922-1986) was Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY and a founding member of the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in sociology. The editors of From Joseph Bensman will be on hand at CUNY’s reception to deliver a brief remembrance of professor Bensman and to sign books.

Bensman was an observer of modern institutions, professions, and culture. From Joseph Bensman: Essays on Modern Society brings together some of his finest work, often done in collaboration with colleagues such as Arthur J. Vidich, Robert Lilienfeld, Bernard Rosenberg, and Israel Gerver.

In the introduction to the collection, Jackall and Graham identify Bensman’s trademark habits of mind: an analytical stance, fundamentally objective and dispassionate; a vigilant awareness of the reach and vitality of bureaucracy; an ability to discern intellectual problems in superficially unremarkable phenomena; attention to empirical detail and suspicion of theoretical abstractions; and appreciation of irony and unintended consequences.

Newfound Press, a digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, publishes peer-reviewed books and multimedia works. Newfound Press titles can be read online and are available for print-on-demand through UT Press.




UT Dean of Libraries Joins Tenn-Share Board

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Steven Escar Smith, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been appointed to the executive board of Tenn-Share, the statewide library consortium. He will serve as a member and secretary to the board through 2016.

The Tenn-Share consortium — with over 680 member libraries, museums, archives and information agencies of all types and sizes — helps Tennessee libraries deliver efficient, effective library services through group purchasing power and innovative resource sharing projects.

The consortium provides access to databases and other electronic resources that otherwise would be unavailable to users of many academic, public, and K-12 libraries. Tenn-Share also facilitates interlibrary loans among the state’s libraries by running a statewide, library-to-library courier service. A Tenn-Share initiative in Knox County gives the Knox County Public Schools interlibrary loan access to the Knox County Public Libraries and UT Libraries.

Smith has been dean of libraries at UT since 2011.




Pendergrass Library Serves Role in Developing Product for Market

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Some people just aren’t sports fans and don’t want athletic memorabilia or apparel. However, there may be a niche for desktop icons of campus that would appeal to a wider audience.
Enter the dry erase Rock.

Pendergrass Library was called upon by UT staffer Mitchell Williamson (a graphic designer by trade) to prototype a product he was developing. His idea was to create a desktop dry erase model of “The Rock” that can be mass produced for sale to UT supporters.

The first challenge was to create a digital model of the rock. With no access to a scanner capable of capturing something the size of the rock, Williamson searched for other data acquisition methods capable of creating his rough model. He then refined the model by using various free 3D modeling applications to lower the polygon count and the complexity of the model.

The first iterations of “The Rock” printed on Pendergrass’ 3D printer were learning moments for all involved. Richard Sexton, information technologist at Pendergrass and the operator of the libraries’ 3D printer, found that the bottom of the model was not actually flat. Though it was not immediately evident in the digital previews, it was showing up in the failed attempts to print the rock out of plastic. Sexton was able to determine this problem and communicated the finding to Williamson, who then set out to refine his model. After using different 3D editing applications, his model was ready for another attempt on the printer.

The results were good enough to convince Williamson that his idea was viable

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Fast forward 6 months and you’ll find that Williamson has made a LOT of hard earned progress. He has contracted local companies to manufacture the rock and the packaging in which it will be sold. He designed the packaging as well as all other promotional material. In addition to creating a website that includes e-commerce, he also reached out to local vendors such as the UT Book & Supply store to gauge interest in selling these collectibles.

One significant hurdle that had to be overcome was getting approval for this product from the Collegiate Licensing Company. “The Rock” is considered intellectual property by The University of Tennessee and is protected under trademark laws. Because it is an exact replica, Williamson also wanted to include the UT logo and have “The Rock” licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). The CLC application process moves at its own pace, is complex, and costs money, but Williamson prevailed and was awarded CLC licensing for his product. After all was said and done The Rock and all manufacturing parts were completely produced within 50 miles of the rock itself.

Anyone may now purchase his or her very own Rock at www.collegereplicas.com or at the VolShop in the University Center.

Pendergrass Library is proud to have played a small part in bringing this product to market. Pendergrass continues to expose users to this exciting new technology and looks forward to helping others develop their designs.

A note of thanks from Mitchell Williamson:
“I would like to personally thank Richard for all his knowledge and guidance in working on the problems and complexities of a new 3D printer to produce my prototype. This process would have been much more time consuming and costly without working locally and with knowledgeable staff. I would also like to thank the Pendergrass Library for providing such a wonderful resource like the CubeX 3D printer and the access provided to the students and staff to help their ideas come to life.” –Mitchell Williamson

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Dom Flemons – “American Songster” Lecture and Performance March 12

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Dom Flemons

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 PM
Bijou Theatre
Register at knoxfriends.org

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dom has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and his new album, Prospect Hill, has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more. His performance will be a lecture/demonstration of the history of old-time folk music and its relevance in today’s diverse musical world with commentary and musical examples as appropriate.




Dom Flemons – “American Songster” Lecture and Performance March 12

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Dom Flemons

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 PM
Bijou Theatre
Register at knoxfriends.org

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dom has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and his new album, Prospect Hill, has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more. His performance will be a lecture/demonstration of the history of old-time folk music and its relevance in today’s diverse musical world with commentary and musical examples as appropriate.





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