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Poet Kenneth Pobo at UT’s Writers in the Library, February 8

PoetrySpring_Feb8_newsThe University of Tennessee continues a semester-long celebration of poetry with a reading by Kenneth Pobo on Monday, February 8. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library readings series. The public is invited to a free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Kenneth Pobo is professor of English and Creative Writing at Widener University. He has published more than 25 books or chapbooks of poetry and fiction. His new poetry book is Bend of Quiet, Blue Light Press, 2015.

Pobo is the winner of the 2009 Main Street Rag Poetry Chapbook Contest, the 2011 Qarrtsiluni Poetry Chapbook Contest, and the 2013 Eastern Point Press Chapbook Award.

While on campus, Pobo will hold an author chat with UT students on “how to make your chapbook count” at 2 p.m., February 8, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. (A chapbook is a small printed collection of poetry, often centering on a specific theme.)

Pobo’s chapbooks will be on display during the 7 p.m. reading.

Visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016 spring semester.

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 Christopher Hebert, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries (

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Libraries Cease Support for SelectedWorks Author Gallery, Recommend ORCID

The UT Libraries has ceased support for the SelectedWorks Author Gallery, which is a module within Trace, the university’s open repository. The Libraries no longer creates nor updates author pages. Librarians recommend that authors register for a free ORCID identifier and publishing profile.

Workshops on ORCID and how ORCID and Trace complement each other will be held in the Libraries. All researchers are welcome to attend one of these sessions:

  • February 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Hodges Library 211
  • February 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hodges Library 211
  • February 25, 12-1 p.m., Pendergrass Library on the Ag Campus
  • Register for one of the ORCID workshops using our online form.

    For several years, UT researchers have had the opportunity to list their publications online as part of the SelectedWorks Author Gallery. SelectedWorks (SW) is a complementary interface within Trace (Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange), which is the university’s open repository created and maintained by the Libraries. Because Trace remains central to the university’s outreach efforts and to the Libraries’ mission of collecting and archiving research, librarians are directing increased energy to Trace improvements. As part of this prioritization, the Libraries are ceasing support for SW in January 2016.

    Trace will continue to be the institutional repository where researchers can deposit their work for public access with proper permissions. And librarians are available to assist researchers in reviewing publishing agreements and funder policies so that publications and data sets can be publicly shared in keeping with copyright agreements.

    But for researchers who use SW or are looking for a website to list their publications or host their profile, UT librarians recommend ORCID, or Open Researcher Contributor ID, as a more robust, open, and beneficial way to list publications than SW. ORCID’s raison d’etre is to assign researchers unique author identifiers – authors are numbers, not names – so that research workflows, from presenting to publishing to awarding grants, will be more efficient with reduced name ambiguity. Researchers who register for a free ORCID identifier (ORCID iD) automatically have an ORCID profile page on which to list publications and other research contributions.

    In the past few weeks, announcements from several publishers as well as research funders have reinforced the significance of these iDs. As of today, eight publishers now require authors to have an ORCID iD in order to publish, and this list will grow in the coming months. (ORCID recently posted an open letter from publishers requiring ORCID iDs.) Furthermore, ORCID’s Laure Haak recently highlighted how ORCID works across systems, which is one reason why many publishers, funders, and universities are members of ORCID: “The recent launch of Crossref’s auto-update functionality means that researchers can opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated when their papers are published, which in turn means that university and other systems can receive updates directly and reduce reporting burden on researchers.”

    Additional information on the SelectedWorks transition is located here, and liaison librarians are in the process of contacting their departments with more information about these changes. For questions on SelectedWorks, Trace, or ORCID, please contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian, Rachel Radom (, 974-6107).

    Academic Support at Pendergrass

    Need help studying for a class or writing a paper?  Pendergrass Library offers academic support to help students be successful, including subject area tutoring, the writing center, and statistical consultations.

    Subject Area Tutoring

    The Office of Multicultural Student Life offers tutoring for agriculture classes on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. in Pendergrass Library Study Room E.

    Click here for instructions on signing up with a tutor through GradesFirst.  Walk-in tutoring is also available.

    In Spring 2016, tutors will be available for the following classes:

    • Animal Science (ANSC) 220, 330
    • Biology (BIOL) 111, 112, 150, 160
    • Chemistry (CHEM) 120, 130
    • Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries (FWF) 212, 312, 317
    • Forestry (FORS) 215, 314
    • Math 125

    The Writing Center

    The Writing Center is at Pendergrass Library Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in Study Room E.  No appointment is necessary; just walk in for help on research papers, lab reports, CVs, and more.

    Also check out the Libraries’ Citation Guide for help citing sources, and Endnote and Zotero for managing your citations.

    Statistical Consultations

    Need help working with data?  OIT Research Support offers statistical consultations in Pendergrass Library any weekday by appointment.

    Call the OIT Helpdesk at (865) 974-9900 to schedule an appointment with biostatistician Xiaocun Sun or Ann Reed.

    Consultations may take place in Study Room E, the Alcove, or behind the front desk.

    Still Need Help? Ask Us!

    Pendergrass Library is here to help save you time, provide access to the information you need, and make the research process as easy as possible.  Please contact us with any questions, and we’ll get you the help you need.

    • Call (865) 974-7338
    • Text (865) 320-9885
    • Email
    • Live chat at
    • Schedule a research consultation with a subject librarian in agriculture or veterinary medicine
    • Walk-in with questions – We are located in Room A113 of the Veterinary Medical Center, 2407 River Dr. (view map)

    Second Annual African American Read-In Feb. 26

    Join the second annual African American Read-In on Friday, February 26, 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Dixie Marie Wooten Commons Area in Hodges Library (next to Starbucks). Students, faculty, staff, administrators—all are invited to read an excerpt from a favorite book by an African American author.

    Readers can bring a book to the reading or select a text from African-American authored books that will be on display the day of the event. Contemporary, award-winning children’s and young adult books by African-American authors will be available for browsing in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (CCYAL) (3rd floor, Hodges Library) during the month of February, and during the event.

    Readers are encouraged to find texts to read prior to the event. Search the Libraries’ catalog (e.g., American literature—African American authors), browse the display in the CCYAL, examine the bibliography of recommended books at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) website,, or check other popular book blogs and websites listed below:

    If you want to participate as a reader, email Dr. Susan Groenke, Director of the CCYAL, at to reserve a 5-minute time slot between 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association, the Read-In makes literacy and the literary works of African American authors a central part of Black History Month. UT’s Read-In is sponsored by the CCYAL in conjunction with the College of Education, the College of Communications and Information Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the UT Libraries.

    Digital Humanities: Tom Scheinfeldt to speak Jan. 22

    ***This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for April 22.***

    TomScheinfeldtDigital media and design expert Tom Scheinfeldt will offer a public lecture as part of the Illuminations Digital Humanities Series at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 22, in the Hodges Library Auditorium. Scheinfeldt was managing director of the groundbreaking September 11 Digital Archive project and a staff member of the team that developed Omeka, the open source web-publishing platform.

    Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor in the Departments of Digital Media & Design and History and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Scheinfeldt brings more than a decade of leadership in digital humanities research and management.

    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

    Digital Library of Tennessee Adds Records to the Digital Public Library of America

    The Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) has deposited its first batch of records with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

    The DLTN became Tennessee’s DPLA Service Hub in February 2015. As a Service Hub, DLTN identifies digital collections of cultural treasures in the state’s libraries, archives, and museums; harvests metadata and thumbnails; and contributes records to the DPLA.

    The DLTN’s first batch of 154,929 records document important material on the Civil Rights Movement, Appalachia, and the Great Smoky Mountains, including 121,876 digitized texts, 27,518 images, 783 sound recordings, and 177 moving images.

    “By adding records to the Digital Public Library of America, our Service Hub enhances the visibility and impact of Tennessee’s digitized treasures,” said Holly Mercer, associate dean for research and scholarly communication at the University of Tennessee Libraries.

    The DPLA’s millions of collected digital objects — including online texts, photographs, manuscripts, and artwork — reside on the websites of contributing institutions. But the DPLA interface ( offers innovative new ways for researchers to discover and use those objects. Researchers can, for instance, locate objects along a historical timeline or locate the contributing institution on an interactive map.

    The DLTN is governed by Tenn-Share, the Tennessee library consortium, with support from the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The following repositories have successfully contributed their digital cultural heritage content to the DPLA by partnering with the DLTN: Knox County Public Library Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Digital Collection; Memphis Public Library & Information Center Dig Memphis; Middle Tennessee State University Digital Collections; Nashville Public Library Digital Collections; Rhodes College Crossroads to Freedom; Rhodes College Lynx; Tennessee State Library & Archives Tennessee Virtual Archive; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Digital Collections; University of Tennessee Digital Collections.

    Poets/musicians RB Morris and Matt Urmy at Writers in the Library, January 25

    PoetrySpring_Jan25_newsThe University of Tennessee leads off a semester-long celebration of poetry with readings and music by RB Morris and Matt Urmy on January 25. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library readings series. The public is invited to this free reading and performance at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

    Matt Urmy is both poet and musician. His most recent book of poems, The Rain in the Bell, was published by Iris Press in 2015. His new album was recorded with the late Nashville legend “Cowboy” Jack Clement. Urmy is also a successful entrepreneur, one of the founders of Artist Growth, a cloud-based management platform for the independent music industry.

    RB Morris, is a poet, songwriter, performer, band leader, playwright, and actor from Knoxville. His newest book is Who Is This Man? Ali Akbar aka Horace Pittman (2015). His most recent book of poems is The Mockingbird Poems, from Rich Mountain Bound. Morris wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Looney, from the life and work of James Agee.

    Books and CDs will be on sale at the event.

    Visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016 spring semester.

    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 Christopher Hebert, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries (

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    “Sounds from the Middle East” at Haslam Music Center, Jan. 24

    ***This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled at a later date.***

    The University of Tennessee School of Music, UT Libraries, and the Arab American Club of Knoxville are excited to present the next installment of this year’s Ready for the World Music Series, “Sounds from the Middle East” on Sunday, January 24, 2016, in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center!

    Cultural exhibits, displays, and a reception will begin at 12:30 pm in the lobby of the NLHMC, followed by a musical presentation at 2 pm in the Sandra G Powell Recital Hall.

    For this program centered on the captivating and enchanting music from the Middle East, the special guest artists will include the Arabesque Ensemble of Chicago. The Arabesque Music Ensemble (formerly the Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble) consists of professional musicians from several countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa who perform classical music from the Arabic traditions. The Arabic Music Ensemble was founded by Hicham Chami, a Moroccan-born qanun performer based in Chicago. Voted “Chicago’s Best Instrumentalist” in 2002 by Chicago Magazine, Chami is also the founder of Xauen Music and the Arabesque Foundation for Arab Culture, organizations dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian music.

    The University of Tennessee’s Ready for the World Music Series brings renowned artists to perform and talk about musical styles and literature from diverse regions around the world. Faculty and guest artists will discuss the classical music traditions from each of those regions; followed by a performance of representative samples. Each program is designed to demonstrate the rich musical influences each of these regions have had on the traditions of western classical music. Also included will be exhibits by artists, a display of cultural artifacts and information, as well as refreshments that represent the culinary diversity of the regions.

    We are excited with our lineup of exhibitors for this program which this year will include: The Arab American Club of Knoxville (AACK), Rawa Haddad (jewelry), Art Pieces and Artifacts from the Private Collections of Wahid and Samia Hanna, Suhair Burbar, Lina Shatara, and Mary Soun Nadrous.

    The Ready for the World Music Series is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the University of Tennessee School of Music, the UT College of Arts and Sciences, UT Multicultural Student Life, the UT Libraries, and the Arab American Club of Knoxville.

    The website for the series is For more information, please contact Nathalie Hristov (; 865-974-9893).

    In the spirit of diversity and the world of music, we invite you to celebrate with us!

    Yoga Class on Ag Campus Spring 2016

    The College of Veterinary Medicine Wellness and Health Organization (WHO) and Pendergrass Library are excited to announce a series of yoga classes available to UTIA students, faculty, and staff every week this spring semester.


    Starts January 19 – Ends May 3

    Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 – Yang Yoga – A series of strength-building poses sequenced with beginners in mind.  Modifications are given to accommodate all body types and levels of fitness.  Breath and movement are linked to promote a sense of well-being.

    Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 – Yin Yoga – A slow-paced class in which participants hold supported poses for up to 3 minutes.  Props are used to keep participants comfortable in poses designed to stretch connective tissue.  Extra attention is given to breath work for maximum relaxation.


    Most classes will be held in the Veterinary Medical Center’s Sequoyah Room, 2nd floor.

    Classes on the following Tuesdays will be held in Pendergrass Library’s Alcove area: January 26, February 2, February 23, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 19, April 26, and May 3.

    Can’t find the class?  Call Pendergrass Library at (865) 974-7338.

    Directions: Enter the Veterinary Medical Center facing Joe Johnson Drive.  To find the Sequoyah Room: enter the middle glass doors to the foyer area and take the stairs immediately in front to the 2nd floor.  The Sequoyah Room is at the top of the stairs, on the left.  To find Pendergrass Library: enter the glass doors next to the blue library book drop and take an immediate right in the hallway.  The Alcove area is past the front desk on the left, next to the scanning stations.



    All students, faculty, and staff of UTIA are welcome.

    The instructor is Kelly Stevenson, a registered yoga teacher and licensed clinical social worker.


    $3/class drop-in rate

    $10/month pay-in-advance rate for all classes that month (8-10 classes/month)

    $5 pay-in-advance for January (4 classes)

    Paying for a month in advance is non-transferable to other parties.  Cash or check accepted.

     Other Details:

    All classes are designed so that participants can drop in at any point.  Each class will include monthly handouts to help participants practice at home.

    All participants will sign in with name, email, and role within UTIA at the start of each class.  Attendees will receive a survey twice in the semester for feedback and suggestions.

    Please email Caroline Zeglen at if you would like to be added to an email list for yoga class reminders and updates.

     Sponsored by:

    utcvm who


    Love Your Data week, Feb. 8-12: Join the conversation

    LYD_300x210Do you love your data? You’d better! Research data are the foundation of the scholarly record and are crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us. Knowing how to manage, share, and protect your research data is crucial to your academic and professional success.

    February 8-12, 2016, is “Love Your Data” week, and UT is one of 24 universities participating in this nationwide event that will take place entirely on social media. Join the conversation, follow the activities, and get organized.

    Follow us on social media — and – for daily tips and activities. We’ll point out helpful resources and share success (and horror) stories. We hope you’ll share your own experiences and helpful tips to keep the conversation lively. You can also visit the Love Your Data website at

    Over the course of five days, the “Love Your Data” event will guide you through five activities to help get your data organized, secure, and ready for write-up, sharing and reuse. Each day will have a different theme:

    Monday, Feb. 8 –“Data: Keep it safe.”
    Where do you keep your data? Do you know the university’s policy on storing data? Learn about backups, cloud storage, and data snapshots.  Read Monday’s blog post to learn more about how to keep your data safe.

    Tuesday, Feb. 9 – “It’s the 21st century. Do you know where your data are?
    Would you change anything about your file naming scheme now, if you could? What tools do you use to keep your files organized?  Read Tuesday’s blog post to learn more about how to organize your data.

    Wednesday, Feb. 10 – “Document. Document. Document.”
    Metadata has been called “A love note to the future.” Be kind to your future self and others: write everything down so you can understand it in the future and make your data reuseable.  Read Wednesday’s blog post to learn more about the importance of writing down information about your data.

    Thursday, Feb. 11 – “Get credit. Give yourself and your data an identity.”
    Distinguish yourself from other researchers with ORCID, a unique author ID. Learn about depositing data in a subject repository. Get a DOI for your data so it’s easy for others to find.  Read Thursday’s blog post to learn more about giving yourself and your data an identity.

    Friday, Feb. 12 – “Open Data, Open Research, Open Publishing.”
    How might your data be used by colleagues, students, future researchers, or the public? Why Open Research is good for everyone.  Read Friday’s blog post to learn more about open research.

    For more information, contact Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian, at, 865-974-4404, @chris_eaker.

    While we have your attention, we’d like to recommend two upcoming workshops offered by the UT Libraries in partnership with the Office of Research & Engagement (register here):

    Data Management (Part 1): Writing the Data Management Plan, Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m., A004 Blount Hall
    Data Management (Part 2): Data Management Best Practices, Feb. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., A004 Blount Hall

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