Earth Day Celebration at UT, Thurs., April 23

earth_monthUT’s Earth Day Celebration, April 23

Join UT’s Earth Day Celebration Thursday, April 23, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the HSS Amphitheater.  Celebrate the Earth, share ideas for local action, showcase environmental and responsible leadership, and create a marketplace for local and purposeful commerce.

Exhibitors include Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Knox Recycles, I Bike Knox, Sierra Club, and more.  Don’t miss the e-waste recycling drive, green goody raffle, and granola “bar.”

For more about UT’s Earth Day and Earth Month celebrations, visit the Earth Month Events page.

How did Earth Day begin?

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s bestselling book Silent Spring set the stage for the environmental movement by raising public awareness of air and water pollution.  Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, got the idea for Earth Day after witnessing the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.

On the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.  Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests, and groups that had been fighting against industrial pollution and wildlife extinction realized they shared common values.

By the new millennium, Earth Day had grown into a global movement, mobilizing millions of people and lifting environmental issues like recycling and clean energy onto the world stage.  Earth Day 2015 emphasizes the joining of sustainability, economic growth, and green living.

To learn more about the history of Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network.

Want to learn more about environmental sustainability?

Pendergrass Library has book and e-book collections on environmentalism, sustainability, and green living.  Check out our books on food and sustainability, rural development, sustainable forests, and biodiversity.  Learn how you can live green by growing your own food and livestock at home.

Manage Citations with EndNote and Zotero

Want to get control of your citations? Try a citation management tool like EndNote or Zotero. Both programs allow you to organize, format and insert your references into a paper.

EndNote is free to UT students, faculty, and staff through a UT site license. It is available in both a desktop and a more user-friendly web version. Zotero is free, open source software that works on its own or as a plug-in for your web browser.

See the Libraries’ research guide for a comparison of EndNote and Zotero features.

There are librarians and video tutorials to help get you started with EndNote or Zotero. And watch for library workshops. Citation management programs can save you time and help keep you organized!

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, Monday, April 27, and continuing through the last day of finals, Tuesday, May 5.

Hodges Library, the George F. DeVine Music Library, and Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library will host games, free massages, and free snacks (while they last). HABIT therapy dogs will visit Hodges and Pendergrass.


There will be puppies!

Mon., April 27 noon – 2 pm Free ice cream Hodges
2 pm – 8 pm HABIT dogs Hodges
5 pm Free coffee & herbal tea Pendergrass
Tues., April 28 8:30 am Free coffee Music
10 am – 1 pm Free chair massages Music
noon Sandwiches & salad Pendergrass
1 pm – 4 pm Free chair massages Hodges
2 pm – 5 pm Free chair massages Pendergrass
2 pm – 8 pm HABIT dogs Hodges
Wed., April 29 8:30 am Free coffee Pendergrass
8:30 am Free coffee Music
10 am – 1 pm Free chair massages Music
noon LOLcats slideshow Pendergrass
1 pm – 4 pm Free chair massages Hodges
2 pm – 5 pm Free chair massages Pendergrass
2 pm – 8 pm HABIT dogs Hodges
Thurs., April 30 10 am – 1 pm Free chair massages Music
1 pm – 4 pm Free chair massages Hodges
2 pm – 5 pm Free chair massages Pendergrass
2 pm – 8 pm HABIT dogs Hodges
5 pm Free coffee & herbal tea Pendergrass
Fri., May 1 9 am Trivia slideshow Pendergrass
noon – 3 pm HABIT dogs Hodges
Mon., May 4 8:30 am Free coffee Pendergrass
10 am – 1 pm Free chair massages Music
noon Tropical paradise slideshow Pendergrass
1 pm – 4 pm Free chair massages Hodges
2 pm – 5 pm Free chair massages Pendergrass
2 pm – 8 pm HABIT dogs Hodges
Tues., May 5 10 am – 1 pm Free chair massages Music
1 pm – 4 pm Free chair massages Hodges
2 pm – 5 pm Free chair massages Pendergrass

Hear UT’s winning student writers

Writers in the Library, a long-running reading series sponsored by the Libraries and the Creative Writing Program, showcases the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen. Each semester, Writers in the Library brings award-winning writers to the John C. Hodges Library to read from their works. The final event of each academic year is a reading by student winners of UT’s John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards.

The 2015 winners of the Writing Awards gave a reading in Hodges Library on April 13. The winning authors and works are:

First Prize: Daniel Wallace for “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax”
Second Prize: Richard Hermes for “Until the New Season is Born”
Third Prize: Helen Stead for “Muleta”

First Prize: Helen Stead for “Bangers and Mash”
Second Prize: Ben McClendon for “Hoping to Find Something Between”
Third Prize: Kierstyn Lamour for “What is There to Learn About a Man Leaving His Wife?”

View the April 13 readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers here.

The awards are made possible by the English Department through the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named. This year’s judges were B.J. Leggett for fiction and Flossie McNabb for poetry.

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Top ten things you should know about the libraries

UT’s libraries offer more services than you think. Here are the top ten things you should know about the libraries:

1. Ask Us Now. By chat, text, phone, email, walk-in, or by appointment — from finding an article to the most abstruse research problem — librarians are here to help. Check out all your options for research assistance here.

2. Every area of study has its own librarian. The university’s Subject Librarians are experts in their academic disciplines. They understand the research methods and know the specialized literature in their fields. Chemistry? There’s a librarian for that. Architecture? There’s a librarian for that. Find yours here.

3. There’s a study space in the library to accommodate every learning style. In the Hodges Library there are Quiet Study floors (floors 1, 4, 5) and Group Study floors (floors 2, 3, 6). There are quiet nooks for individual study. There are Study Rooms and Practice Presentation Rooms where you can rehearse for that big speech. There are even collaborative workspaces where your work group can plug in their own laptops to confer on group projects. Reserve study rooms here.

4. From academic coaching to tutoring in math, there’s all kinds of help right there, in the library. The Student Success Center, Math Tutorial Center, Stat Lab, and Writing Center all have outposts in the Commons on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.

5. In addition to books, the library lends laptops and video cameras. Through the library, you have access to all the latest technology (laptops, video cameras, lighting kits…you name it). Here is a full list of equipment available from the Commons.

6. The library will help you use media to enhance your project. Why be plain vanilla when you can be media-enhanced? The Studio in Hodges Library provides media workstations, audio and video recording studios, and instruction in their use. Amaze your friends. Amaze your instructors. (Amaze yourself.)

7. Researching online? The library is still your best guide. The library has created online guides to the fundamentals of research and the most authoritative sources in the various academic disciplines. Check out our many research guides.)

8. There are special libraries for students in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and music. Two conveniently located branch libraries serve the specialized needs of those disciplines: the George F. DeVine Music Library (G4, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center) and the Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library. (Please note: Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library will temporarily relocate during summer 2015.)

9. The library is preserving bits of Tennessee history and other rare and unique items. Civil War-era letters and diaries. Nineteenth-century photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains. The editorial cartoons of Charlie Daniel. All have been preserved by Special Collections. Selected images from each of the above-mentioned collections are available online as digital collections. Other rare and unique research materials are made available to researchers — including student researchers — in the Special Collections reading room, 121 Hodges Library.
10. You’re social. We’re social. We’d like to invite you to join us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Join us, also, for contests (like our Student Art in the Library contest) and public programming (like our Writers in the Library series of readings by noted authors).

New Digital Collection: Smokies Photos, Film Clips Set to Music

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries has created an online digital collection of photos and home movies of the Smokies taken in the 1940s,’50s, and ’60s by a Townsend businessman. Folksongs performed by local musicians have been added to the originally silent film clips.

Watch and listen: Views of Gatlinburg in 1941.
[Music recorded by Chris Durman (guitar) and Steve White (mandolin), January 2015.]

The William Derris Collection, comprised of 334 slides and twelve film clips, is available online for free at

William Derris, owner of the Derris Motel in Townsend, Tennessee, crisscrossed the Great Smoky Mountains by automobile, recording the people and scenery in both slides and silent film. He used the images and films to entertain and inform the guests at his motel. Derris’s images document landscapes, flora, wildlife and people in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including Townsend, Tuckaleechee, Cades Cove, Wears Valley, Little Greenbrier and Fontana.

Approximately 4,400 slides and eight reels of 8mm film shot by Derris were donated to the UT Libraries. The film footage was first digitized, and then the most interesting Smokies content was excerpted to create shorter clips.

Chris Durman, librarian at UT’s George F. DeVine Music Library, selected appropriate traditional songs to enhance the film clips and recruited local musicians to record the tunes. Steve White (on mandolin), Leslie Gengozian (violin) and Chris Durman (guitar, banjo, harmonica), performed the 16 public domain folksongs that were added to the film clips. The songs are all traditional Southern Appalachian tunes that were played in the Great Smoky Mountains region, according to folksong collectors.

The William Derris Collection is the latest in a growing list of digital photograph collections created by the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project that cover more than 100 years of life in the Smokies.

The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, an undertaking of the UT Libraries, provides support for researchers at all levels who study the Smokies and the surrounding communities. Learn more about the project at


UT Joins Digital Public Library of America

The University of Tennessee Libraries has partnered with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tenn-Share statewide library consortium to become a service hub for the Digital Public Library of America.

Tennessee’s service hub was one of four successful applicants added to the DPLA network in February 2015.

For most of American history, the ability to access materials for free through public libraries has been a central part of the culture, producing generations of avid readers and a knowledgeable, engaged citizenry. The DPLA sustains that tradition by bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives and museums, and making them freely available online through a single platform and portal.

Tennessee service hub partners will identify and recruit other cultural heritage institutions in the state that can contribute content. Initially the hub will collect materials on Appalachia, the Great Smoky Mountains and the civil rights movement.

The DPLA’s portal will deliver Tennessee’s digitized cultural heritage to students, teachers, scholars and the public. The DPLA interface offers innovative new ways for researchers to discover and use the millions of collected digital objects, including online texts, photographs, manuscripts and artwork.

Tennessee service hub partners will digitize materials and enhance their discovery through descriptive metadata.

“I’m pleased UT can provide the technical support to make Tennessee’s digital cultural heritage collections available to the world,” said Holly Mercer, associate dean for research and scholarly communication at the UT Libraries. “The Digital Public Library of America is a portal to valuable resources and an exemplar of successful collaboration.”

The DPLA was first envisioned in 2010 by leaders from libraries, foundations, academia and technology projects. Early development was hosted at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. The DPLA is now a nonprofit corporation based at the Boston Public Library.

For more information, visit

Let’s talk about diversity: take our 5-minute poll

Can we have a comfortable dialog about diversity, inclusion vs. intolerance, and the small ethical decisions we make daily? The UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee asks you to take a five-minute poll to help select topics for a lunchtime discussion series to be launched next fall.

Take our brief poll now.

Help us determine the topics of greatest interest to the UT community. Our online poll has only three questions and will take no more than five minutes of your time. No identifying information will be collected, and the results will be used solely for purposes of planning the discussion series.

The lunchtime discussion series, sponsored by the UT Libraries’ Diversity Committee in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, will be held in the Hodges Library. Discussions will be open to all.

If you have questions about the discussion series or about the poll, please contact Megan Venable at

Big Orange STEM Symposium, April 18

Students who are considering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to attend the Big Orange STEM Symposium on Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

The free event is open to high school and college students, and parents are also invited. Participants must pre-register online at A free lunch and goody bags will be provided.

Students will begin the day with a cornerstone activity: “Everyday Science: No Junk in my DNA!” Afternoon breakout sessions will feature hands-on activities relating to food science, the science behind tree planting, and the nuts and bolts of engineering. At a STEM Browse Fair, students can learn about STEM organizations in our region and unique opportunities at UT Knoxville.

Participants will meet professors and researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics from UT, the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Texas Instruments, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, among others.

The symposium will include a session that might be of particular interest to parents entitled, “Help! My Child is Going to College!” featuring important information on UT services to incoming students and parent involvement.

For more information, visit or contact:

Thura Mack (865-974-6381,
Ingrid Ruffin (865-974-3513,

Celebrate National Library Week on social media

library_madeIt’s that time of year again – April 12-18 is National Library Week!  This is a time to celebrate the many contributions of our nation’s libraries, librarians, and library staff and to promote library use and support.

What do you love about your libraries?  Libraries are not just places for books, but also cherished centers for academic life and research.  At Pendergrass Library, we provide access to technologies like laptops, cameras, poster printing, and 3D printing.  We help teach you how to use books, search engines, databases, and more to find the information you need quickly.  Our passion is to empower you with the tools you need to learn and grow.

This week, you can show your support for libraries on social media in two ways:

  1. Take a “shelfie” – a selfie with the books in the library stacks, or with your favorite book – and post to UT Libraries Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #shelfie.  Pendergrass Library has its own Twitter feed, too!
  2. What have you created with the help of UT Libraries?  Did you get help writing a paper, researching for a book, or printing an object on Pendergrass’ 3D printer?  Share what you’ve made on the American Library Association Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Maker Shed or Amazon from ALA.  See what others have made on the #LibraryMade Hashtag Wall.

Visit the American Library Association to learn more about National Library Week.