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Immediate Job Openings Available at Pendergrass Library


Pendergrass Library has immediate job openings for two positions over the 2016-17 academic year:

Candidates must be extremely dependable, able to work independently, and have a strong work ethic. Students from all fields of study are welcome to apply.  New hires can expect continuing positions if they meet training and performance standards.

To see qualification standards and submit an application, visit

Questions about the positions?  Contact Jeffrey Hines, Pendergrass evening supervisor, at (865) 974-0356 or

Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library serves students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Pendergrass is located at 2407 River Dr. on the agriculture campus.  For more information about Pendergrass Library, visit

Erin Elizabeth Smith to be Writer-in-Residence at UT Libraries

ErinElizSmith-2Erin Elizabeth Smith will serve as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries for the 2016-2017 academic year. As Writer-in-Residence, she will organize the Writers in the Library series, sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Department of English. Writers in the Library brings local, regional, and nationally-known authors to the John C. Hodges Library to read from their works.

Smith teaches poetry writing, public writing, and a variety of literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry at UT. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake 2011) and The Fear of Being Found, which will be re-released by Zoetic Press in 2016. Smith’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, West Branch, and Willow Springs, among others.

She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Smith lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she is the Creative Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, a Knoxville-area artists’ retreat. 

The position of Writer-in-Residence was established in 1998 and in 2005 was named in honor of the late Jack Reese, a former chancellor of the university, longtime UT English professor, and avid support of the UT Libraries and the local writing community.

For further information contact Chris Caldwell, Humanities Librarian at University Libraries: 865-974-0019 or

Relax this Summer with Pendergrass Library Leisure Reading

Now that the stress of the semester is over, enjoy summer break and relax with a good book! Pendergrass Library is not only a great place to study and check out class books, but also offers books for fun. Our Leisure Reading collection features a broad range of exciting new books, and any UT student, faculty or staff can check them out!  Check out our Goodreads account for a full list of books.

Many Pendergrass Student Library Assistants are avid readers, and can gladly recommend books based on your personal preferences.

Our genres include:

General Fiction

Although we’ve labeled it “general,” the general fiction section is anything but bland. It encompasses a wide range of sub-genres and themes from humorous, to quirky, to dramatic, to thought-provoking. This category contains over 70 titles, including new releases and popular titles.

dog starts book coverThe Dog Stars (2012) by Peter Heller is set in post-apocalyptic Colorado. Although there are no zombies, there is disease that has decimated most of the population, and limited resources for those that are left. Hig is a man who struggles to accept the loss of his wife, and the violence he must commit to keep himself safe. Scavengers roam the countryside, killing anyone caught unaware for what little they may have. Hig’s dog and his neighbor Bangley are his only companions. The author’s poetic prose, describing the wasteland and its few inhabitants is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.



drifter book coverSuspense, thriller, mystery… The Drifter (2016) by Nicholas Petrie could be described as all three. Peter Ash is an ex-soldier with PTSD. He had a friend from the Marines who committed suicide after returning to the states, and he agrees to help the man’s wife with some home repairs. When he looks under the front porch he finds a suitcase of cash and explosive devices, guarded by a vicious dog. Throughout the novel, the mystery—and the danger— unfolds as Ash tries to find out who has placed the suitcase there and why.



the ex book coverThe Ex (2016) by Alafair Burke is a suspenseful novel that is new to the collection. Olivia Randall is an extremely successful defense lawyer. Twenty years ago, she ended her engagement to Jack Harris abruptly and rather cruelly. He later married another woman, who was brutally shot three years from the present day. When Olivia hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide of a young woman—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—she decides to take the case and defend him. She truly believes in his innocence, until she begins to uncover clues that hint otherwise.



the royal we book coverOur Student Assistant Holly Heindl highly recommends The Royal We (2015) by Heather Cocks for a light, fun summer read. Although categorized as general fiction, the focus is a love story clearly inspired by the beloved British royals William and Kate. Rebecca (Bex) is a down-to-earth American college student studying in England. When she falls for Prince Nicholas (Nick), her simple world becomes complicated. Will she be able to keep up appearances, or will it all become too much for Bex?



court of thorns and roses book coverOur Student Assistant Lindsey Rasnake recommends A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015) by Sarah J. Maas. When we think of fairies, many of us picture tiny winged creatures flitting about. In this book, fairies are a dangerous but misunderstood species of shape-shifters. When a girl named Feyre kills one, mistaking him for a wolf, she must answer to his angry comrade Tamlin. Feyre and Tamlin soon develop an interesting relationship as the author recreates a fairy tale reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, with plenty of edge and intensity. If you enjoy the book, the author has recently released a sequel: A Court of Mist and Fury.



elephant tent book coverHolly also enjoyed Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home (2015)  by Kathleen Cremonesi. If you like memoirs about adventurous people, consider this book. Kathleen Cremonesi was leading an ordinary life until she decided to join a European circus. She fell in love with an intriguing elephant trainer and learned a lot about herself while traveling with fellow performers.


zooburbia book coverPendergrass specializes in books about plants and animals. Our non-fiction section holds interesting books about the animal kingdom, including one of Holly’s picks: Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us (2014) by Tai Moses. Although urbanization has taken a toll on wildlife, the resiliency of animals allows them to survive in suburban areas. The author writes about animal encounters and observations from her backyard and around her neighborhood and advocates for peaceful interactions between people and animals.

Final Call for Papers: Publish Your Response to “A Lesson Before Dying”

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to contribute to a book to be published this fall by Newfound Press, the UT Libraries’ online imprint.

This year, The Big Read prompted hundreds of Knoxvillians to read and discuss A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines’ thought-provoking novel about a black man who is sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Book discussions, lectures, a community leaders forum, Clarence Brown Theatre performances — events across our community provoked discussions on the book’s themes of racism, injustice, hope, and redemption.

The UT Libraries plans to commemorate the community-wide program with a book that captures a range of responses, both scholarly and personal, to Gaines’ inspiring novel. We invite contributions of any length and in any genre appropriate for publication, from essays to poetry to artworks.

Please submit images with a brief description or abstracts/excerpts no longer than 500 words to

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.


Robin Bedenbaugh, UT Libraries (865-974-0430,

Martha Rudolph, UT Libraries (865-974-4273,

“Librarians Being Awesome” Video Wins National Awards

A promotional video created by the UT Libraries has won two national awards.

Librarians Being Awesome won the award for Best Performance at the Association of Research Libraries Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada, on April 26. UT’s entry was selected for the top performance award out of 57 films submitted by 36 universities.

Librarians Being Awesome also was recognized by the Library Leadership and Management Association as an excellent example of electronic advocacy materials. The UT Libraries will be presented with a PR Xchange Award at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June.

Librarians Being Awesome is just what it sounds like—but in this instance the librarians were captured on film giving their best athletic performances.

The video was the capstone to the Libraries’ “Information Is Our Game” sports-themed marketing campaign. The campaign began with trading cards (like baseball cards) for each librarian. One side of each trading card pictures a librarian on the baseball field, the tennis court—even the Vols’ locker room. The verso is the librarian’s curriculum vitae.

The trading cards were followed by several whimsical videos depicting librarians pitted against top-notch athletes. The good humored librarians lost every contest. But, of course, the videos were really touting the librarians’ prowess as information professionals.

The entire marketing campaign was meant to convey a simple message: there is a designated librarian with subject expertise in your field of study.

Some of UT’s librarians are in fact accomplished athletes, so the capstone video features athletically gifted library faculty and staff just being awesome. The video even features clips of the dean of libraries juggling and an associate dean twirling a baton.

The award-winning video has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and as a “bumper” (a brief ad that runs before the main feature) on the UT campus’ free movie streaming channel.

Faculty News

Seeking Candidates: Master’s in Information Science with Focus on Assessment and UX

The UT School of Information Sciences (SIS) has launched a unique master’s degree program, “Experience Assessment,” to create new leaders in assessment and user experience (UX). Information professionals are expected to test the user’s online experience in order to create user-friendly environments for a diverse range of users. However, few information science programs prepare their graduate students for this work. UT’s pilot program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will develop a prototype curriculum for training new experts in UX and assessment.

SIS is seeking twelve master’s candidates for the two-year pilot program, which runs from Fall Semester 2016 through May 2018. Each student will receive full tuition, medical benefits, an assistantship stipend, and travel funding. Students will complete hands-on, mentored research experiences at UT UX laboratories, UT Libraries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, Information International Associates, and the Tombras Group.

SIS associate professor Carol Tenopir is principal investigator. Regina Mays, assistant professor and assessment librarian at the UT Libraries, is senior personnel. UT Libraries associate dean for learning, research and engagement, Teresa Walker, will serve as a mentor. Co-principal investigators are Dania Bilal, SIS professor, and Rachel Fleming-May, SIS associate professor.

More information at

UT Libraries Faculty Member Publishes Manual for New Library Managers

Corey Halaychik, assistant professor and electronic resources specialist at the UT Libraries, is the author of a manual for librarians who are new to management. Lessons in Library Leadership: A Primer for Library Managers and Unit Leaders (Chandos Publishing 2016) includes case studies, real world examples, tactics, and bibliographic information essential for developing management skills. New managers with no formalized training can experience added stress as they scramble to learn how to lead, to formulate departmental goals, to conduct effective assessment, to think and plan strategically, to counsel employees, and much more. Halaychik’s book serves as a primer for new supervisors, as well as a quick reference resource for seasoned managers.

Pendergrass Student Assistants Help with Suite of Services

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Pendergrass Library Student Assistants (L-R) Laura, Mindi, Mitchell, Caroline, and Amelia post with our Leisure Reading collection.

We couldn’t offer the expanding suite of research services at Pendergrass Library without our Student Assistants.  At Pendergrass, Student Assistants answer questions at the front desk, assist with opening and closing the library, and digitize and process items from our collection to make them easily accessible.  Our Student Assistants are the smiling face of the library, showing excellent customer service to students, faculty, and staff.

But our Student Assistants go above and beyond traditional library responsibilities.  This year’s students (Mindi Anderson, Sinead Doherty, Amelia Fass, William Mitch Marino, Holly Mason, Caroline Norris, Lindsey Rasnake, and Halley Stamps) and graduate students (Kristina Dorsett, Laura Hood, and Taylor Hixson) have helped with several special projects:

Poster printing: Large format poster printing is one unique task that Student Assistants have been trained to handle.  In the run-up to the #EUReCA undergraduate research events of April 11-15, Pendergrass Student Assistants took the lead in printing over 90 posters between April 1-12.

Social media: Do you follow @pendergrasslib on Twitter?  You can thank Pendergrass Student Assistants for the tidbits of agriculture information in our #FunFactFriday series.  They scoured the library and the Internet to bring the most interesting nature trivia to your Twitter feed.

YouTube videos: Graduate Student Assistants Kristina Dorsett and Taylor Hixson are a whiz at creating fun library videos.  Watch videos on library resources, events, and more on the Pendergrass Library playlist on the UT Libraries YouTube page.

Want to show your appreciation for the Pendergrass Student Assistants?  Stop by the front desk and tell them how much you appreciate their hard work!

De-Stress for Success at Pendergrass Library

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Feeling anxious about upcoming exams? Need to take a break, relax, and unwind? Stop by Pendergrass Library during finals week for our De-Stress for Success events! Activities are free, fun, and open to all UT students.

Check out our YouTube video and calendar of events below:

Ongoing activities (Tuesday, May 3-Monday, May 9)

  • Free snacks
  • Craft stations including coloring, orgami, and 3-D pens
  • Games stations including puzzles, board games, and robotics
  • Crosswords and word searches 
  • Free library giveaways

Tuesday, May 3

  • 9 a.m.—Free coffee and tea
  • 10 a.m.—Free wellness bag giveaway from the Center for Health Education and Wellness
  • 4-6 p.m.—Free massages
  • 12-5 p.m.—HABIT dogs
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.—Free yoga class in the library
  • 10 p.m.—Free movie screening

Wednesday, May 4

  • 9 a.m.—Free coffee and tea
  • 12 p.m.—Meditation in the library
  • 12-5 p.m.—HABIT dogs
  • 4-6 p.m.—Free massages
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.—Free yoga class in the Sequoyah Room (Vet Building 2nd floor)

Thursday, May 5

  • 9 a.m.—Free coffee and tea
  • 12-5 p.m.—HABIT dogs
  • 4-6 p.m.—Free massages
  • 10 p.m.—Free movie screening

Friday, May 6

  • 7:30-8 a.m.—Meditation in the library
  • 12-3 p.m.—HABIT dogs
  • 4-6 p.m.—Free massages

Monday, May 9

  • 9 a.m.—Free coffee and tea
  • 12-3 p.m.—HABIT dogs
  • 4-6 p.m.—Free massages

Digital Humanities: Tom Scheinfeldt to speak April 22

TomScheinfeldtDigital media and design expert Tom Scheinfeldt will offer a public lecture as part of the Illuminations Digital Humanities Series at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 22, in the Hodges Library Auditorium. Scheinfeldt was managing director of the groundbreaking September 11 Digital Archive project and a staff member of the team that developed Omeka, the open source web-publishing platform.

Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor in the Departments of Digital Media & Design and History and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Scheinfeldt brings more than a decade of leadership in digital humanities research and management.

The Illuminations Digital Humanities Series is sponsored by the Humanities Center, the University Libraries, and the ORE Scholarly Projects Fund. Each year, the series invites thinkers, scholars, and technologists in the digital humanities to share their work and wisdom with the greater DH and digital scholarship community. View upcoming speakers at

UT Librarians Among 100 Most Influential People in Smokies Park History

anne_ken_webUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville librarians Anne Bridges and Ken Wise are among the top 100 most influential people in the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Bridges and Wise were named in a special edition of Smokies Life Magazine that commemorates the Centennial of the National Park Service.

Bridges and Wise are honored for “providing unmatched accessibility to Smokies-specific resources for researchers and writers.”

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