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Patrick O’Keeffe at Writers in the Library, March 31

Okeeffe_smallPatrick O’Keeffe will read from his new novel at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

The Visitors, O’Keeffe’s lyrical first novel, set in America and Ireland, moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage. Illuminating the precarious balance of family intimacies and how stories can carry over from one generation to the next, The Visitors further delivers on the elegant prose and plotting that earned O’Keeffe critical acclaim for The Hill Road, his collection of four, connected novellas set in a fictional Irish dairy farming village.

O’Keeffe himself was born on an Irish dairy farm in County Limerick. He has lived in the US for over twenty years — at first as an undocumented immigrant, before gaining his Green Card. He received a BA in English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He has taught at the University of Michigan, Colgate University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio University.

O’Keeffe’s work has appeared in the Irish Times, Doubletake, and the Michigan Quarterly Review.

The Hill Road was a Barnes and Noble Discovery selection and received the Story Prize for 2005. O’Keeffe has also received a Whiting Award for fiction writing.

Read a review of The Visitors at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Patrick O’Keeffe’s reading was made possible by funding from UT’s Ready For The World international and intercultural initiative.
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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@utk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@utk.edu).

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Information Is Our Game: Meet Holly Mercer

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    BIG IDEAS demand reliable information. The University Libraries supports scholarship, research, and learning at UT by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to the world’s knowledge. The wide-ranging expertise of our librarians might surprise you.

    This semester we begin a series of profiles of UT Knoxville librarians. Watch for a new profile each week.

As Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, Holly Mercer directs the Libraries’ services to scholars. She oversees digital initiatives; research and grants; data curation; digital publishing and production; digital humanities; and the Libraries’ department of learning, research, and engagement.

Digital technologies have transformed academic libraries. New modes of inquiry and dissemination of scholarship engage librarians in the research process from creation to preservation. Under Holly’s leadership, librarians help researchers take advantage of emerging technologies to model, publish, and preserve their research.

Holly’s division offers support for open access publishing and helps scholars meet the data management requirements of granting agencies. Her group manages Trace, UT’s showcase and archive of creative and scholarly work, as well as a digital imprint, Newfound Press, that publishes peer-reviewed books and multimedia works.

Over the past year, Holly spearheaded UT’s membership in the Library Publishing Coalition and HathiTrust. The Library Publishing Coalition addresses changes in scholarly publishing that impact academic libraries. HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. Joining HathiTrust immediately secured online access for UT users to more than 3.4 million volumes in the public domain.

Holly holds a master’s in library and information science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Duke University. She currently serves on committees of several projects of national and international scope, including DataONE and the Library Publishing Coalition.

Zotero 4.0 Launches. Easy, free, citation management.

What is Zotero?

It’s easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it’s free and open source. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. It can save you time and help keep you organized.

Pendergrass library supports Zotero. To learn more visit our guide here.

What’s new in Zotero 4.0?

  • Automatic Journal Abbreviations
  • Colored Tags
  • On-Demand File Syncing
  • Automatic Style Updating
  • Detailed Download Display

To learn more visit the update page.

Existing Feature Highlights:

  • Easy to learn Itunes-like interface
  • Automatically capture citations
  • Remotely back up and sync your library
  • Store PDFs, images, and web pages
  • Cite from within Word and OpenOffice
  • Take rich-text notes in any language
  • Wide variety of import/export options
  • Free, open source, and extensible
  • Collaborate with group libraries

Information Is Our Game: Meet Sojourna Cunningham

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As a Diversity Resident Librarian in the UT Libraries’ two-year post-graduate internship program, Sojourna Cunningham participates in many library initiatives and projects. She provides research assistance at the reference desk and teaches classes in library research skills to the university’s international students. She helps to plan and host the Libraries’ annual exposition for first-year students and our meet-and-greet with graduate students. Sojourna also helps the Libraries extend its services to non-traditional constituencies, teaching information literacy to high school students in the Bridge Program and Project GRAD — two UT-sponsored initiatives that foster college preparedness.

Her desire to improve the user experience within the library led to a persistent interest in assessment. She has worked on studies of our learning commons as an effective bridge to library services and on usability tests of our recent website redesign. Working with the assessment librarian, Sojourna helped to administer and analyze the results of the LibQUAL survey, a multifaceted assessment of library performance.

Sojourna has a bachelor’s in history and English literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Big Orange Adventure –@ Hodges — a scavenger hunt to benefit the libraries

BigOadventureThe UT Graduate Student Senate will host a scavenger hunt, dubbed “The Big Orange Adventure,” to benefit the UT Libraries. The race will take place Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the UT campus. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the outdoor amphitheater between Hodges Library and the Humanities Building, and the hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. This event is open to the public.

For several decades, the Graduate Student Senate has sponsored the Love Your Libraries 5K to benefit the libraries. Profits from the race are donated to the library to help provide De-Stress For Success activities during Finals Week. This year, the format of the race has changed to a scavenger hunt.

Teams of 4 to 6 members will race around campus, searching for clues and completing tasks in order to figure out the location of the finish line. Whichever team completes the scavenger hunt first, wins. At the start of the race, participants will receive race packets, which will include a map, the rules of the race, and a list of items around campus that can be photographed and posted to social media for the #hashtag wars.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers and to the team that posts the most #hashtag items. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes awarded to the Best Theme Costume and Best UT Themed Costume.

Registration is $10 until April 1 and $15 thereafter. T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by March 24. Register and read more at the Graduate Student Senate website.

Big Orange Adventure — a scavenger hunt to benefit the libraries

BigOadventureThe UT Graduate Student Senate will host a scavenger hunt, dubbed “The Big Orange Adventure,” to benefit the UT Libraries. The race will take place Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the UT campus. Check-in is at 9 a.m. at the outdoor amphitheater between Hodges Library and the Humanities Building, and the hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. This event is open to the public.

For several decades, the Graduate Student Senate has sponsored the Love Your Libraries 5K to benefit the libraries. Profits from the race are donated to the library to help provide De-Stress For Success activities during Finals Week. This year, the format of the race has changed to a scavenger hunt.

Teams of 4 to 6 members will race around campus, searching for clues and completing tasks in order to figure out the location of the finish line. Whichever team completes the scavenger hunt first, wins. At the start of the race, participants will receive race packets, which will include a map, the rules of the race, and a list of items around campus that can be photographed and posted to social media for the #hashtag wars.

Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers and to the team that posts the most #hashtag items. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes awarded to the Best Theme Costume and Best UT Themed Costume.

Registration is $10 until April 1 and $15 thereafter. T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by March 24. Register and read more at the Graduate Student Senate website.

Information Is Our Game: Meet Michelle Brannen

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    BIG IDEAS demand reliable information. The University Libraries supports scholarship, research, and learning at UT by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to the world’s knowledge. The wide-ranging expertise of our librarians might surprise you.

    This semester we begin a series of profiles of UT Knoxville librarians. Watch for a new profile each week.

As Media Literacy Librarian, Michelle Brannen manages our media production lab (the Studio) and helps faculty integrate media into university coursework.

A growing number of disciplines now incorporate media projects in coursework. Michelle is committed to providing media instruction to meet the curricular needs of the campus and the career goals of students. She develops media training workshops and makes sure that the Studio offers state-of-the-art equipment and software for photography, video editing, sound recording, graphic design, and web design.

Michelle is also the Learning, Research, and Collections Librarian for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, providing research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development for that discipline.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in information science from UT.

Contact Michelle (brannen@utk.edu, 974-6396) if you foresee the need for additional equipment, software, or services in the Studio. Michelle is knowledgeable about fair use issues and can answer questions about best media practices and standards.

Student Art Winners Announced

Winners of the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition have been announced. The UT Libraries has been holding Student Art in the Library contests since 2005. The contest is open to UT students in all disciplines, and is judged by a committee of library staff. First-, second-, and third-place winners are awarded cash prizes. This semester the committee received 166 entries from 45 artists. A number of the contributing artists were present for the unveiling on March 7.

The winners are:

hustleFirst Place:
Vera Aldridge
“All the Hustle and Bustle”
Linoleum print


boxquiatSecond Place:
Sterling Goller-Brown
“Boxquiat”
An homage to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Oil, enamel, and oil bars


cowanThird Place:
Mallory Wade Cowan
“Thylakoid,” “Haversian System,” “Moniliform”
A series of abstract works based on biological systems
Oil, acrylic, and spray paint




Exhibiting artists this semester are: 
Vera Aldridge, Paige Burchell, Amanda Carrell, Conor Cook, Mallory Wade Cowan, Melisa Donahue, Sterling Goller-Brown, Lily Heine, Alyssa Johnson, Justin Kaewnopparat, Alena Mehic, Shana Milchuck, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, Richard Murray, Tatiana Potts, Allison Pruter, Ryan Stennes, Mary Julia Tunnell, and Hua Wei.

Artworks will remain on display in 135 Hodges Library throughout the spring semester. View a retrospective of previous Student Art in the Library exhibitions at trace.tennessee.edu/utk_libsart. Read more about the Libraries’ art competition and at lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary.

Information Is Our Game: Meet Judy Li

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    BIG IDEAS demand reliable information. The University Libraries supports scholarship, research, and learning at UT by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to the world’s knowledge. The wide-ranging expertise of our librarians might surprise you.

    This semester we begin a series of profiles of UT Knoxville librarians. Watch for a new profile each week.

As the business librarian, Judy Li serves the information needs of students and faculty in Advertising; Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management; and all programs in the College of Business Administration (CBA). As our business liaison, she provides research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development in those disciplines. Judy also works with MBA candidates pursuing their degrees remotely through the CBA’s Graduate and Executive Education program designed for working professionals.

Business information is packaged in a variety of ways. Judy’s “Business Research Center” — libguides.utk.edu/BIZ — is a good starting point for the researcher seeking company and industry information, economic and financial data, and other business tools. (Luckily, library subscriptions bring many valuable business sources out from behind the pay wall.)

Contact Judy (pli9@utk.edu, 974-0013) with your business reference questions or to schedule a research consultation. And watch for her upcoming financial literacy workshop.

Judy serves on the Executive/Advisory Board of the Special Library Association’s Business and Finance Division, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Library and Information Science in Distance Learning.

In addition to her master’s in library and information science, Judy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is also pursuing a PhD in information science. Judy was a research consultant in the telecommunications industry prior to receiving her MLIS. She has been a business librarian for over a decade and has worked in public, academic, and special libraries in the US, Canada, and Hong Kong.


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