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Associate Dean of Libraries Holly Mercer Selected for Leadership Fellows Program

HollyAssociate Dean of Libraries Holly Mercer will participate in the 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Mercer is associate dean for research and scholarly communication and director of Newfound Press at UT. She is one of 28 fellows selected from a highly competitive pool of university professionals from the US and Canada.

The executive leadership program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. The program enhances the preparedness of library professionals who have the desire and potential for leadership at ARL libraries. During the course of the program, each fellow will construct a learning plan; engage in a customized, immersive experience to shadow a library director; participate in three weeklong institutes hosted by sponsoring ARL institutions; participate in online synchronous sessions; and attend semiannual ARL meetings.

The 2016-2017 program is the sixth class of Leadership Fellows sponsored by ARL. The program begins in January 2016 and runs through April 2017. Read more about the 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows.

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Once on, search and browse course topics and create personal playlists for desired skills and interests.  Progress through courses and playlists one video at a time to learn new and helpful skills.

Free Coffee in the Library: Faculty Coffee Klatch on Jan. 8

coffeeThe Libraries invites all faculty to attend an informal coffee klatch on Friday, January 8. Drop by anytime between 1:30 and 3 p.m. for coffee, snacks, and conversation in 258 Hodges Library (the Mary Greer Room, across from the Public Services desk).

Please drop in at any point that afternoon and stay for 5, 10, 20 minutes, or whatever time works for your schedule. We only ask that, as part of the conversation, you give us feedback that will help the Libraries develop our new strategic plan. Thoughts on trends in higher education, developments in research tools you’re using, disciplinary changes and opportunities — all ideas are welcome! Your comments will help us chart our course for the next five years.

Top Books of 2015 at UT Libraries


Exams are finished, winter break is here, and it’s a good time to enjoy the best books of 2015.  These books from The New York Times list are available at UT Libraries.

Click the book title to find the book at UT, and request any of these books for pickup at Pendergrass Library.


Top Books at Pendergrass Library

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.  “Ms. Macdonald’s beautiful and nearly feral book, about her attempts to train a goshawk, reminds us that excellent nature writing lays bare the intimacies of the human world as well as of the wild one.”

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  “This thriller arrived on Jan. 5. And like Gone Girl, which it resembles in sneakiness, it just won’t go away.”


Top Books at Hodges Library

The Story of the Lost Child by Elana Ferrante.  “This concluding volume to the author’s dazzling Neapolitan quartet spans six decades in the lives of its two unforgettable heroines: Elena, the conscientious good girl, and her best friend, the tempestuous Lila.”

The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt.  “This novel’s title is a not-so-oblique reference to the Ahab-like obsessions that drive a group of New York cops and former cops, who remain haunted by cases they handled in which shameless criminals — their white whales — ‘walked away untouched by justice.'”

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean.  “In this wonderfully evocative book, the author sets out to chronicle ‘the beauty and the strangeness in the last days of American spaceflight,’ and while she overstates the end-times nature of NASA’s future, she writes with the passion of a lifelong lover of space exploration.”

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud.  “This inventive debut novel is an artful reimagining of Albert Camus’s The Stranger — told from the perspective of the brother of the nameless Arab murdered by Meursault in that existential classic.”

The Harder They Come by T. Coraghessan Boyle.  “Arguably the most resonant novel in Mr. Boyle’s long career, this story is at once a gripping tale of a father’s flailing efforts to come to terms with a violent child wanted by the law, and a dynamic meditation on the American frontier ethos and propensity for violence.”

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  “Inspired by James Baldwin’s 1963 classic, The Fire Next Time, and addressed to the author’s 14-year-old son, this powerful and timely book is a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”

The Sellout by Paul Beatty.  “This jubilant satirical novel (it’s about an artisanal watermelon and weed dealer in Los Angeles) is as incisive about race and other issues as the best monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, and Dave Chappelle.”

James Merrill: Life and Art by Langdon Hammer.  “This nearly flawless literary biography tells the story of James Merrill, the son of a co-founder of Merrill Lynch, who became one of the 20th century’s most important poets.”

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson.  “A sinewy and graceful memoir, from a former book critic for The New York Times, about her childhood in an upper-middle-class black family in Chicago.”

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann.  “Sally Mann, the photographer, has written a weird, intense and uncommonly beautiful memoir. The author has a gift for fine and offbeat declaration.”

The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories by Joy Williams.  “A 50-course, full-tilt tasting menu of misanthropy and guile. This career-spanning collection of Ms. Williams’s stories solidifies her position as a thorny American writer of the first rank.”

Mislaid by Nell Zink.  “Ms. Zink’s second novel is a tangled satire about a well-born Southern woman who decides to pass as African-American.”

Frog by Mo Yan.  “This Nobel laureate writes a broad, humanizing tale exploring the effects of China’s one-child policy, just as that policy fades into obsolescence.”

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.  “Mr. Ronson … takes on one of the most egregious perils of life in the age of social media — the whopping magnification of some gaffe or misstep or downright lie — to the point that it achieves life-wrecking power.”

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.  “Love it or not, this was one of the year’s big books, a dense and hefty drama following a close-knit group of male friends through triumph and adversity.”

The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell.  “The mind-boggling story of America’s only family internment camp during World War II. Ms. Russell mined the memories of Japanese and German children whose families were spirited off to a camp in snake-and-scorpion-rich South Texas to wait out the war.”

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.  “Concise, exciting and fact-packed, this look at these pioneers of flight is the veteran historian’s best book in quite a while.”


Top Books at Devine Music Library

M Train by Patti Smith.  “This achingly beautiful memoir is a ballad about love and loss, an elegy for the author’s husband, Fred (Sonic) Smith; her brother, Todd; and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe.”

Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald.  “Mr. Wald offers an account of Dylanageddon — the night in 1965 when Bob Dylan savaged the acoustic sanctuary of the Newport Folk Festival by making loud, electrified noise.”

Reviews are excerpted from The New York Times, Top Books of 2015:

3D Printing Online Form Now Available!

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New 3D Printing Online Form Available

Pendergrass Library offers 3D printing for UT students, faculty, and staff, and now it is easier than ever to request a 3D print!  Visit the new 3D printing online form to enter printing preferences and contact information.

Direct questions about 3D printing to Richard Sexton, IT Technologist, at or (865) 974-4731.

How to Locate and Design 3D Models

All Pendergrass Library computers offer AutoCAD software, which can be used to design and edit 3D model files.  Free software is also available for download.  Pendergrass offers 3D printing links, tutorials, and books for more information.

Not sure what to print or don’t have design experience?  Visit Thingiverse, an online repository of model files, and simply select the model to print.

Our 3D Printers and Costs

After a form is submitted, Pendergrass will examine the model and calculate the cost of the project.

Pendergrass has two 3D printers available: the uPrint SE Plus professional grade printer for complex and detailed models, and the Cubex Trio hobbyist printer for simpler models.  Cost on each machine is determined by cubic inches of plastic material.  An iPhone case costs about $7.00 on uPrint and $1.50 on Cubex.

Click here for more information on our 3D printers and available colors and plastics.

Want to Know More?

What is 3D printing?  3D printing is a method of creating physical three-dimensional objects through an additive rather than reductive process.  As opposed to utilizing a solid block of material and removing all the unnecessary material until the desired object is created, 3D printing creates objects by bonding the print material one layer at a time.

De-Stress for Success during finals

Are you stressing about finals week? Need some time to relax and unwind?

Come to the library to “De-Stress for Success,” starting Study Day, Wednesday, Dec. 2, and continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 9.

HABIT therapy dogs will visit all libraries (Hodges, Music, and Pendergrass AgVetMed). Ongoing de-stress activities include: (1) free snacks, coloring, and games at Hodges; (2) free snacks, free scantrons, coloring, and a graffiti wall at the DeVine Music Library; (3) free snacks, coloring, snow flake making, origami, puzzles and games at Pendergrass AgVetMed Library).


*** Check back often. Dates and times may change. ***

Wed., Dec. 2 11 am – 4 pm Academic coaching & free snacks
[sponsored by: Student Success Center]
Greve, 324
11 am – noon Free Wellness Bag Giveaway Hodges
noon – 2 pm Chill Out Study Break
[sponsored by: Institutional Research & Assessment]
1-10 pm Tutoring
[sponsored by: Student Success Center]
Hodges Commons
2:30-3:30 pm Yoga Hodges 253
5 pm Coffee & herbal tea* Pendergrass
5-7 pm Hot Chocolate & Chill w/SGA* &
Sweet TreatZ w/ Zeta Phi Beta*
10 pm – midnight Late Night Breakfast (cost $3)
[sponsored by: Multicultural Student Life]
Thurs., Dec. 3 8 am Coffee* Music
9 am Study Tips Slideshow Pendergrass
10 am – noon Free 15 min. massages Music
noon – 2 pm Buffet lunch Pendergrass
1-4 pm Free 15 min. massages Hodges
2-2:30 pm Mindful Meditation Session Hodges 258
2-4 pm Finger painting w/SGA Hodges
2-5 pm Free 15 min. massages Pendergrass
4-7 pm HABIT dogs Hodges 258
Fri., Dec. 4 8 am Coffee* Music
9 am Coffee* Pendergrass
10 am – noon Free 15 min. massages Music
noon Mindfulness slideshow Pendergrass
1-4 pm Free 15 min. massages Hodges
2-2:30 pm Mindful Meditation Session Hodges 258
2-5 pm Free 15 min. massages Pendergrass
TBD HABIT dogs all libraries
Mon., Dec. 7 8 am Coffee* Music
9 am Coffee* Pendergrass
10 am – noon Free 15 min. massages Music
noon Winter Wonderland Slideshow Pendergrass
1-4 pm Free 15 min. massages Hodges
2-2:30 pm Mindful Meditation Session Hodges 258
2-5 pm Free 15 min. massages Pendergrass
TBD HABIT dogs all libraries
Tues., Dec. 8 9 am Coffee* Pendergrass
10 am – noon Free 15 min. massages Music
1-4 pm Free 15 min. massages Hodges
2-2:30 pm Mindful Meditation Session Hodges 258
2-5 pm Free 15 min. massages Pendergrass
TBD HABIT dogs all libraries
Wed., Dec. 9 10 am – noon Free chair massages Music
noon Funny Animals Slideshow Pendergrass
1-4 pm Free 15 min. massages Hodges
2-2:30 pm Mindful Meditation Session Hodges 258
2-5 pm Free 15 min. massages Pendergrass
TBD HABIT dogs all libraries

*Free food and drink while supplies last.

Reduce Stress with Mindfulness

man meditating in forestWhat is Stress?

Stress is the body’s response to a threat, real or perceived.  Stress can be a good thing when it helps us be more alert and focused.  If you are running away from a tiger, your heart rate increases and your body directs energy to help you flee or fight.

Of course, this isn’t so great if the “tiger” is an exam.  If our stress stays high over a long period of time, it can lead to many physical and emotional problems.

So how can you lower your stress?  Some strategies include breathing deeply, taking a nap, exercising, starting a hobby, or volunteering.  You can also use mindfulness meditation techniques to clear your mind.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the surrounding environment.  It involves acceptance: paying attention to thoughts and feelings without judging them.

In other words, mindfulness is a way of not attaching to thoughts and feelings, but letting them come and go.  If you are anxious or depressed about something, mindfulness can help you be aware of your feelings without prolonging them.

Mindfulness has benefits for your body, mind, heart, and work.  It can help you eat healthier and fight off illness.  Learn to reduce stress and negative emotions.  Enhance empathy and relationships, and improve memory, learning, and focus.

Mindfulness Practice

Breathing exercise: Find a quiet place to sit and concentrate on your natural breathing.  Notice when thoughts or feelings come into your mind, but try not to get carried off with them.  Picture letting them go like clouds passing away in the sky.

Body or walking scan: Focus attention along your body, from toe to head, being aware and accepting of what you sense.  If you are walking, focus on the movement of your body as you take step after step.

Raisin exercise: Slowly use all senses, one after another, to observe a raisin (or other food) in detail, being fully present in the moment.  For example, feel the raisin in your hands, taste it on your tongue, observe its texture with your eyes.

Loving-kindness: Extend feelings of compassion broader and broader.  Start with yourself, then expand to someone close to you, to an acquaintance, then to someone giving you a hard time, and finally to everyone.

Guided meditation: Listen to an audio MP3 that walks you through a meditation exercise.  Exercises are available to help you reduce stress before an exam, sleep better, overcome depression and anxiety, and more.  Check out these resources from the University of Maine, Loyola University Maryland, and the Inner Health Studio.

Mindfulness at UT

Want to get more involved with mindfulness at the University of Tennessee?  Consider joining the Mindfulness and Meditation Club!  Visit the club’s website, Facebook page, or contact for more information.

Veterinary medicine students, also check out this mindfulness guide to learn how mindfulness can benefit you in healthcare and medical fields.

Digital Humanities: developer Wayne Graham to speak

wayne3Wayne Graham, head of research and development at the University of Virginia’s Scholars’ Lab, will offer a public lecture as part of the Illuminations Digital Humanities Series at 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 20, in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

Graham’s research and development team at the Scholars’ Lab cater to the digital research and scholarly analysis needs of faculty and advanced students in the humanities and social sciences.

Graham’s own research interests include public humanities, augmented and virtual reality, photogrammetry, and scholarly interface design.

As a “full-stack” developer, Graham’s technical expertise is in web application languages, systems design, and technical training for humanities-based research questions. Before joining the Scholars’ Lab in 2009, he worked as a historical researcher, TEI specialist, web developer, systems architect, dabbling in computer graphics, high-performance computing, and emerging technologies coordination.

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

Workshop on Open Scholarship: Increase the impact of your research

NewRulesOpen scholarship is changing how knowledge is created and shared.

Researchers, graduate students, faculty, and administrators are invited to a presentation and workshop on “Open Scholarship: The New Rules” on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 213 Hodges Library. Liaison librarians and librarians from the Scholars’ Collaborative will lead a workshop in how “open” affects your research, publication, impact metrics, and teaching.

RegisterLearn how new methods of scholarly publishing can increase the readership and impact of your research; how to openly and ethically share your work online; and how alternative metrics measure research impact beyond the journal impact factor. You’ll hear from global leaders and work with campus experts in open scholarship.

The “Open Scholarship” workshop is a satellite event of the OpenCon 2015 conference to be held November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop will draw on content from OpenCon 2015: Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

Seating is limited, and refreshments will be served, so please register before November 14 by emailing

Slow log-ins in the Commons — an explanation

“I’ve been waiting for an eternity . . . !”

That’s what it can feel like when you’re working in the Commons and waiting on a computer to log-on. However, there’s a very good reason for the wait. We recently spoke with OIT representative who let us know that the long log-in times are caused mainly by all of the profiles that must be built when a student logs-in, plus the 120GB of software that must load. “The profile issue happens because the computers are running security software that puts the machines back into a ‘clean’ state as if no one has logged into the machine (similar to setting up a new machine and logging-in for the first time). OIT is trying multiple strategies to improve everything about this process, and we hope that students will see these changes as they are implemented over the next few months. As for the quantity of software, OIT is currently working on solutions to move some of the larger applications to the Apps server, which will reduce the amount of software loaded locally.”

We know this won’t alleviate the frustration of today’s slow log-in. But now you know why there’s a wait and that OIT is working on a solution.

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