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Rita Smith Honored for Extraordinary Service to the University

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RitaSmith_April2014Rita Smith, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries’ executive associate dean, is the 2014 recipient of the UT Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University. Her extraordinary accomplishments and dedication were celebrated at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 23.

The Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University is a singular distinction, awarded to an outstanding individual who “goes above and beyond the call of duty to make lasting contributions to the university.”

Rita Smith’s career at the UT Libraries exemplifies this exceptional level of commitment. Her award nomination read in part: “[Rita] has come to work every day of her career with no other desire than to go above and beyond the call of duty for the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Tennessee.” Her nomination further notes that her commitment to excellence is only surpassed by her modesty and commitment to collaboration—most are not aware of the breadth and depth of her contributions because “she is a consummate team player who thinks of others first and never seeks the limelight for herself.”

Rita Smith first joined the UT Libraries 38 years ago, rising from the position of reference librarian to reference coordinator to department head to her current position of executive associate dean. Along the way, she has been a major force behind many of the Libraries’ successes.

As head of the reference department, she helped guide the UT Libraries’ entry into the online age, assuring that the Libraries adapted resources and services to fit the changing needs of scholarship and learning at the university and that librarians and staff were well trained to implement new technologies and services.

Smith is a campus champion for diversity. She serves on UT’s Council for Diversity and Interculturalism and leads the Libraries’ Diversity Residency Program, an initiative that brings ethnic and cultural diversity to the Libraries, the library profession, and the campus. She mentors the Diversity Residents, who serve two-year post-graduate internships within the UT libraries.

Over the years, she has mentored dozens of library faculty and staff, many of whom have risen through the ranks to be great leaders at UT and elsewhere.

Smith has demonstrated a talent for managing both people and projects. As executive associate dean, she has primary responsibility for the library as space. The present Commons is largely a result of her foresight and efforts to meet new demands on library spaces to accommodate quiet study, collaborative work, and the use of technologies for knowledge creation and online learning. She led the team that investigated student needs, brought in consultants, and conferred with campus stakeholders to create the learning commons in 2005. The multi-million-dollar renovation of the Commons in 2012, under her direction, was by far the largest single renovation to the Hodges Library since its opening in 1987.

Had Rita Smith chosen to pursue her career elsewhere, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville would be very different today.

Smith is highly regarded by her colleagues for her work ethic, love for the students, and dedication to the UT community. Among her many virtues are a zealous devotion to the UT Vols (particularly the Lady Vols) and an amazing knowledge of players, stats, and sports trivia.




Create and format your bibliography as you write — EndNote workshop May 6

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Students enrolled in summer session classes can get a head start on an important skill: creating and formatting bibliographies. Cite It Right: EndNote Edition is a workshop to help students learn to cite resources and format papers using the EndNote citation management tool.

The workshop will take place Tuesday, May 6th, at 2 p.m. in 211 Hodges Library. Dr. Jeanine Williamson will lead the session.

The workshop is part of the Tech Petting Zoo, sponsored by the UT student chapters of the American Library Association/Tennessee Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. Tech Petting Zoo brings together School of Information Sciences faculty and students to share and demonstrate their favorite software and hardware.

Everyone is invited to the workshop.




Map Collection Moves, Makes Room for More Study Space in Hodges Library

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The UT Libraries’ Map Collection is relocating, making room for more study space on the ground floor of Hodges Library. Map Services closes May 6 to begin preparing for the move.

Over the summer, the remainder of the map collection will be moved to new quarters in the James D. Hoskins Library (1401 Cumberland Avenue). The entire collection will once again be in one place, and the map collections will be staffed and remain accessible after the relocation takes place. The vacated space on the ground floor of Hodges Library will serve as study space and overflow seating for One Stop. The renovated space should open before fall semester.

Geospatial services (GIS assistance, geospatial data, etc.) will be relocated to Commons South alongside new scholarly digital services.

Library users will have access to the map collections by visiting the Storage Reading Room, 200 Hoskins Library.

If you’ve never visited the Hoskins Library, a pleasant surprise awaits you. The James D. Hoskins Library, designed by renowned architect Charles Barber and built between 1929 and 1931, is collegiate Gothic in style and features vaulted ceilings decorated with literary inscriptions. The main campus library moved from the Hoskins Library to the renovated Hodges Library in 1987.

Please bear with us as we relocate services.




Faculty Book Authors to be Honored April 29

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Faculty members who have published books within the last year will be honored at a reception on Tuesday, April 29, in the John C. Hodges Library.

The campus community is invited to the reception, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Jack E. Reese Galleria on the first floor of the library. Remarks will follow at 4:00 p.m.

The Office of the Provost, the Office of Research and Engagement, and the UT Libraries are hosting the event.

Faculty-authored books will be on display at the reception, which will show the range, depth, and breadth of UT faculty scholarship. For a full list of books authored or co-authored by current faculty, visit quest.utk.edu/books.




Research hint: Virtual browsing

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There’s nothing like the serendipity of browsing the stacks and discovering that one book that is the perfect reference on your topic.

Well, actually, there is. Now there’s virtual browsing in the Libraries’ online catalog.

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 regardless of library location. That’s even better than browsing the stacks!

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You can also browse through an alphabetic list of all titles, authors, or Library of Congress subject headings from the Libraries’ catalog. Select the Browse Search option at the top of the results page.

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These new features are part of our ongoing efforts to improve our library systems.

Want more helpful hints for your library research? Visit the research assistance desk in 209 Hodges Library, at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, or the Music Library.




During final exams: longer hours and “de-stress” activities

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During finals, campus libraries will be open additional hours and will offer activities to help students “de-stress.” De-Stress For Success activities are sponsored by the UT Libraries, UT Graduate Student Senate, the Student Success Center, UT’s Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, and Threds.

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Hodges Library:
All floors of Hodges Library will be open continuously from noon, Sunday, April 27, until midnight on Tuesday, May 6.

Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library:
Mon., April 28 – Thurs., May 1 — 7:30 am – midnight
Fri., May 2 — 7:30 am – 8 pm
Sat., May 3 — 9 am – 8 pm
Sun., May 4 — noon – midnight
Mon., May 5 — 7:30 am – midnight
Tues., May 6 — 7:30 am – 6 pm

George F. DeVine Music Library:
Sat., April 26 — 10 am – 7 pm
Sun., April 27 — 2 pm – 11 pm
Mon., April 28 – Thurs., May 1 — 8 am – 11 pm
Fri., May 2 — 8 am – 5 pm
Sat., May 3 — 10 am – 7 pm
Sun., May 4 — 2 pm – 11 pm
Mon., May 5 — 8 am – 11 pm
Tues., May 6 — 8 am – 6 pm

DE-STRESS FOR SUCCESS

***New de-stress activity this semester: Tie-Die workshop at the Presidential Courtyard, Monday, April 28, from 11 am to 2 pm***

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Watch for our super-fun photo booth!

The Hodges and Pendergrass libraries will host a number of activities to help students who are feeling overwhelmed by final exams. Both Hodges Library and Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library will have HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) therapy dogs on hand during finals week.

At Hodges Library, staff will give out health and well-being tips, healthy snacks, and “Power-T Nap” sleep masks (as long as supplies last). SAIS (Student Assessment of Instruction System) will hand out popsicles for an energy boost on Study Day. Ongoing activities include games, cartoons, and coloring books in Room 251, Hodges Library. And watch for our free Photo Booth in Hodges Library, 2-4 pm, on April 30 and May 1.

Pendergrass AgVetMed Library will offer snacks, board games, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, and some outside activities like corn hole toss.

Here’s the full schedule:

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Research hint: Grab the formatted citation

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Citing references in your research paper? The easiest way to format a citation in the prescribed style may be to grab the citation from the Libraries’ catalog. If UT owns the item and there’s a record in the catalog, you can access a formatted citation from the brief record display (results from using the search box on the Libraries’ homepage).

Click the Details tab under the item’s brief record. Choose “Citation” from the Actions dropdown menu in the upper right of the Details box. Formatting options include the American Psychological Association, Modern Language Association, and Chicago/Turabian styles.

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To format journal article citations, use a citation management tool like Zotero or EndNote.
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This new feature is part of our ongoing efforts to improve our library systems.

Want more helpful hints for your library research? Visit the research assistance desk in 209 Hodges Library, at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, or the Music Library.




Did you know about…. Browzine? — Browse Journals on Mobile Devices

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The UT Libraries has an app for you:  BrowZine lets you browse and read journals in a format that is optimized for tablet devices.

The BrowZine app is available for the iPad and Android devices.

To get started, just search for “BrowZine” in the app store on your device. Simply register your NetID and password, and you’ll have access to all the UT Libraries’ electronic journals (issues back to 2005) and lots of useful features.

BrowZine users can create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, be alerted when new editions of journals are published, and easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, and other services.

Remember to update your password with BrowZine whenever you change your NetID password.

If you have further questions, contact Gayle Baker at the UT Libraries (865-974-3519, gsbaker@utk.edu)).




Pendergrass Library: Now Hiring

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The Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is seeking a student library assistants (SLAs) for the 2014-2015 academic year. We are looking for students dedicated to providing good public service, a strong work ethic, and working in a collaborative environment with patrons and library staff. Please visit lib.utk.edu/employment for more detailed position descriptions and application instructions.




New Equipment at Pendergrass!

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Pendergrass Library has just added some additional equipment to our collection.  We now have 2 TI-84 Plus graphing calculators, which check out for 2 hours.  We have also added 5 more sets of headphones, and these check out for 24 hours.  All equipment accrues a $0.25/hour fine if returned late.  If you need either of these items, please stop by the desk with your Vol card and ask to borrow one.





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