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Workshops at Pendergrass Library, Spring 2017

Pendergrass Library offers workshops to UT students, faculty, and staff.  To register for a workshop, email  Click here for workshops at Hodges Library.

Spring 2017 Workshops

ORCID: Your Lifelong Digital Signature

Feb 7, Tues  3-4 p.m.
March 8, Wed  12-1 p.m.

Why do you need an ORCID iD? ORCID connects you with all your research outputs and activities.

Research Posters: Step-by-Step Guide to Design, Printing & Presenting

March 22, Wed  12-1 p.m.
April 11, Tues    3-4 p.m.

Posters visually convey your research. Learn the basics in design, content, and printing.

Finding, Understanding & Applying Information about Healthy Eating

March 22, Wed  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Library resources and tips to promote healthy eating.

Make Break: 3D Printing @ Pendergrass

Feb 16, Thurs  2-3 p.m.
March 16, Thurs  2-3 p.m.
April 20, Thurs
  2-3 p.m.

Curious about 3D printing? Sign up for this interactive tour and be entered into a drawing for a free 3D print!


How the Executive Order on Immigration Affects the UT Community

UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek released a statement this morning, reassuring the campus that the university is “committed to protecting the rights and opportunities extended to all members of our academic community . . . we will continue to recruit, retain, and support faculty, staff, and students from around the world.”

University staff continue to analyze the implications for members of the UT community.

According to the Chancellor’s statement, “Over the weekend, Center for International Education staff communicated directly with students, faculty, and staff who hold visas from the seven countries named in the executive order to offer guidance and support.” The Center for International Education, 1620 Melrose Avenue, has additional staff on site today to help those with urgent concerns.

Students also may seek support from the Office of the Dean of Students at 865-974-3179.

Library Workshops, Spring 2017

ORCID: Your Lifelong Digital Signature

  • Tues., Feb. 7, 3 p.m., Pendergrass Library
  • Wed., March 8, noon, Pendergrass Library
  • Tues., March 28, 2 p.m., 211 Hodges Library

All About Audio (and What the Libraries Has to Offer)

  • Wed., Feb. 15, 1 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Mon., Feb. 20, 1 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Interested in oral histories? Podcasting? Musicmaking? There are a plethora of ways to use audio for research and creativity activity . . .and the libraries are here to help you along the way. Join our media literacy librarian and digital humanities librarian for a hands-on workshop about tools, software, and techniques to help you get started with your audio projects.

Research Posters: A Step-by-Step Primer to Design, Printing, & Presentation

  • Wed., March 22, noon, Pendergrass Library
  • Tues., April 11, 3 p.m., Pendergrass Library
    Poster sessions in classes and at conferences are a way to visually convey your research. This workshop will offer you the basics in design, content, and printing resources. Need to make a poster? Bring your laptop to get started or to get feedback on your design. To register for the workshop, email Caroline Zeglen at

Introduction to Endnote

  • Wed., Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Fri., Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Wed., March 1, 3:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Learn how to format your citations automatically. Create a library of your citations and insert them in Microsoft Word papers. Store PDFs as well. This hands-on class will get you started using Endnote.

Introduction to Health Sciences Resources

  • Thurs., March 23, 3 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Are you new to health-related research? Please join us to learn about health resources that are freely available online and through UT Libraries. To register for the workshop, please email Melanie Allen at

Introduction to Video

  • Tues., Feb. 21, 11 a.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    This pre-production workshop is intended to help you or your class get your project planned and prepared for editing. The class will include basic information about planning and storyboarding your project, copyright and fair use issues, services and equipment available in the library, and other pre-production details. The workshop includes a basic introduction to the editing interface of your choice of editing software: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or iMovie (will be negotiated with those who register). This workshop can be adapted for a specific type of video or project. To register, email Michelle Brannen at

Copyright, Plagiarism, and Avoiding Research Misconduct in the Publication Process

  • Tues., Jan. 31, 3 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 3 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    In addition to completing research, authors must contend with writing and publishing concerns such as self-plagiarism, dual submissions, copyright, and other thorny issues. This workshop is an overview of basic publication ethics followed by a discussion, so bring your questions.

Open Access Publishing and Predatory Journals

  • Wed., March 1, 12:15 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
  • Thurs., March 30, 12:30 p.m., 211 Hodges Library
    Learn how to evaluate publishers, discover tools to find journals that meet good publishing standards, and discuss why publishers are adopting “open” as a method of publication.

“Make Break”: Learn about 3D Printing at Pendergrass Library

  • Thurs., Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Pendergrass Library
  • Thurs., March 16, 2 p.m., Pendergrass Library
  • Thurs., April 20, 2 p.m., Pendergrass Library
    Are you curious about 3D printing? Have you ever wondered how to incorporate 3D design into everyday life and classroom projects? Students, faculty, and staff are invited to Make Break, 2-3 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, in Pendergrass Library. Make Break is an interactive tour and demonstration of the library’s makerspace and 3D printing technology. Participants will 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

Finding, Understanding and Applying Information About Healthy Eating

  • Wed., March 22, 5:30 p.m., Pendergrass Library
    Library resources, tips, and tricks to promote healthy eating! To register for the workshop, email Caroline Zeglen at

Lighting Basics

  • Fri., Feb. 10, noon, Studio (235 Hodges Library)
  • Fri., Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Studio (235 Hodges Library)
    Working on a video or photo project? Need to improve your lighting? This workshop will teach you basic lighting techniques. The workshop will also introduce you to equipment available for checkout from the library and how to utilize that service.

Writers in the Library Presents LeAnne Howe, Feb. 6

Poet LeAnne Howe will read on Monday, February 6, 2017, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

LeAnne Howe, the Eidson Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories, and expressive cultures in her work. Her interests include Native and indigenous literatures, performance studies, film, and Indigeneity. Professor Howe (Choctaw) is the recipient of a United States Artists (USA) Ford Fellowship, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, American Book Award, and an Oklahoma Book Award, and she was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Jordan.  In October 2015, Howe received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, (WLA); and in 2014 she received the Modern Languages Association inaugural Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages for Choctalking on Other Realities.

Her books include Shell Shaker (2001), Evidence of Red (2005), Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story (2007), as well as Choctalking on Other Realities (2013). She co-edited a book of essays on Native films with Harvey Markowitz and Denise K. Cummings titled Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film (2013). Howe’s most recent essay appears in a special issue of Studies in American Indian Literature (SAIL), Vol. 26, Number 2, Summer 2014, an exploration by scholars on her literary concept of Tribalography. Currently, she’s at work on a new play and a book of poems, Savage Conversations, about Mary Todd Lincoln and a Savage Indian she said tortured her each night in an insane asylum in Batavia, Illinois, in the summer of 1875. 

Read our interview with LeAnne Howe.


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

Visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Twitter: utklibwriters

Beall’s List Gone: How to Choose an Open Access Journal

Open access (OA) journals, like subscription journals, run the gamut from reputable and well-regarded to little-known and menial. But, with OA publishers asking authors — or their institutions — to pay article processing charges to make the work open to all readers, the latter group of journals (little-known and sloppy) have been able to make a good deal of money from unwitting scholars.

Jeffrey Beall called this subset of OA publishers “predatory” and created an online list of “predatory publishers.” A not insignificant number of researchers in higher education, including many librarians, voiced concerns about some of Beall’s criteria, and some of his judgements, but many authors found it helpful to check his list before submitting an article to an open access journal. But with Beall’s list recently taken down, where should authors go to find which OA journals to avoid?

How about knowing which OA journals to support instead? Beall’s list was a blacklist, but there are white lists widely available. These lists identify journals and publishers that follow established, recognized standards in open access publishing. The Directory of Open Access Journals ( is one excellent list, as well as the membership list for the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association ( If a journal is listed in the DOAJ, or the publisher is a member of OASPA, authors can be assured that the journal to which they’re submitting follows responsible publishing practices.

For more information on open access publishing, contact your liaison librarian (, or the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian, Rachel Caldwell (

Writers in the Library Presents Linda Parsons and Austin Kodra, Jan. 30

Linda Parsons and Austin Kodra will read on Monday, January 30, 2017 on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.
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Presenters wanted for Big Orange STEM Saturday, April 8

Faculty, Staff, Student Leaders, and Community Members:

On behalf of the Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) planning committee and the UT Libraries, we would like to invite you to participate in our 6th annual BOSS mini-conference at Hodges Library. BOSS is a free event for middle school and high school students interested in pursuing STEM majors and careers, presented annually by the UT Libraries. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We would like to enlist your help. Your enthusiasm for the STEM disciplines or your expertise in a STEM specialty could help us make this year’s event the most engaging and informative BOSS conference ever.

We invite you to present a 30-minute session on a topic of your choice. Presenters will offer their programs twice during our breakout sessions from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.. Lunch is included for all presenters. All STEM or STEM-related topics will be given consideration. Proposals should include the author(s) name(s), title, and a brief abstract not to exceed 100 words.

Please submit proposals via our web link: (Proposals sent by email will not be accepted.) Submission deadline is Thursday, February 2, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Thura Mack at or 865-974-6381.

Pendergrass “Pop-Up Library” in Brehm Animal Science, Thursdays 11:30-1:30

pendergrass pop up library

What: Library Office Hours

Where: Brehm Animal Science 1st Floor Foyer

When: Every Thursday, 11:30AM-1:30PM

Why: Help with research and free giveaways!

Do you have a research question but can’t make it into the library?  No problem!

In the spring 2017 semester, Pendergrass Library will be hosting a weekly “Pop-Up Library” in the Brehm Animal Science 1st floor foyer.

Stop by Thursdays from 11:30AM-1:30PM for research help, library giveaways, and featured books from our Leisure Reading collection.  You can even return items you have borrowed!

No appointment needed – just walk-in to our booth for convenient help from the library.

Writers in the Library Presents Nationally Acclaimed Poet Joy Harjo, Jan. 23

Internationally recognized poet, author, musician, and playwright Joy Harjo will read from her work on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. Harjo’s reading on Monday, January 23, will take place in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
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Construction Will Block Melrose Access to Hodges Library, Dec. 11-Jan. 6

Upcoming replacement of the cooling towers atop Hodges Library will disrupt traffic and partially block Melrose Avenue access to Hodges Library.

Between December 11 and January 6, visitors to Hodges Library can expect closure of Melrose Avenue between Hess Hall and Hodges Library’s west entrance, as well as intermittent closures of the Hodges Library’s west entrance doors.

MELROSE AVENUE and STAFF PARKING LOT 12 will be CLOSED entirely on December 11 and 12.

The upper east portion of Lot 12 will remain closed throughout the construction project. After December 12, the west upper portion of Lot 12 will be accessible from the west end of Melrose Avenue, and TWO-WAY TRAFFIC on a portion of Melrose Avenue will allow entrance and exit. The lower (north) portion of Lot 12 will be accessible from Volunteer Blvd. by turning west onto Melrose Place.

See the attached newsletter from UT Parking and Transit for details.

Please bear with us to ensure everyone’s safety.

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