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Information Is Our Game: Meet Robin Bedenbaugh

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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 Coordinator of Library Marketing and Communication, Robin Bedenbaugh leads our efforts to publicize the libraries’ services and resources. She is also the librarian for Communication Studies and Public Relations, providing research consultations, information literacy instruction, and collection development in those disciplines.

Robin is the creative genius behind recent library marketing campaigns. Printed collateral with lots of eye-appeal and a nod to the Volunteer spirit — like our READ posters and Information Is Our Game trading cards — entertain while delivering a serious message. Our READ posters, modeled on the American Library Association’s longstanding national campaign, picture campus celebrities reading from a favorite book. After featuring the campus mascot, the iconic Volunteer, and a world-renowned professor, the Libraries held a contest to select a student to star in the next READ poster. More than 100 students dropped by the library to pose for our photographer. Then everyone was invited to “like” their favorite on our Facebook gallery of contestants. The contest drove an unprecedented volume of traffic to our social media.

Robin holds master’s degrees in library and information science and in communication studies and is pursuing her PhD in Communication from Texas A&M University. She is currently finishing a dissertation on changes in scholarly communication and publishing.

RB Morris to read poetry at Writers in the Library, March 3

rbmorrisRB Morris will read from his new poetry collection at UT’s Writers in the Library Monday, March 3rd at 7 pm in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

RB Morris is a Knoxville-based poet, singer, songwriter, musician, playwright, and actor. He is the author of the poetry collections Early Fires, Littoral Zone, The Man Upstairs, and, most recently, The Mockingbird Poems. Morris also wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of writer James Agee. In the 1980s Morris edited an arts and literary tabloid, Hard Knoxville Review, which attracted a following in this country and in Europe.

As a musician, RB Morris has released the albums Take That Ride, Zeke and the Wheel, Empire, and Spies Lies and Burning Eyes. Many music journalists and magazines across the country reviewed Take That Ride as one of the Top 10 CDs of the year. Dave Marsh, of Rolling Stone, called it, “The kind of debut that makes you lust for a follow-up.” Zeke and the Wheel on Koch Records, which followed in 1999, was nominated for Americana CD of the Year by the American Federation of Independent Merchandisers.

Lucinda Williams has called RB Morris “the greatest unknown songwriter in the country.” And Steve Earle says “RB Morris is the reason I started writing poetry.” Morris hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, and has traveled the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and in Europe.

Morris served as the UT Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence from 2004 to 2008 and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009.
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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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www.facebook.com/Writers.in.the.Library
twitter.com/utklibwriters

UT Faculty Book Authors Reception in April

UT faculty: If you have published a scholarly monograph within the past year, the Libraries, Research and Engagement, and the Provost’s Office would like to honor you at a reception.

The reception will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, in the Jack E. Reese Galleria of the John C. Hodges Library, with remarks at 4:00 p.m. Faculty books will be on display at the reception.

Please send faculty author names and titles of books to Megan Venable (msmith93@utk.edu) no later than March 7.

For more information, contact Megan Venable or Dean of Libraries Steve Smith (stevensmith@utk.edu).

Information Is Our Game: Meet Peter Fernandez

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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 Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Librarian, Peter Fernandez provides instruction and research assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, and serves the research needs of faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). He and other staff at the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library are available to help at any step in the research process.

Peter works closely with CASNR departments to develop collections that meet the curricular and research needs of faculty and students. He is also the Libraries’ liaison to UT Extension agencies and UT AgResearch centers throughout the state.

Peter’s research interests include the effect of technology on patrons’ interactions with libraries, particularly the ethical implications of such technologically mediated exchanges. He publishes widely on social networking and privacy, copyright and open access publishing, and open-source technology. Peter is a vocal proponent of open-source citation management tools: he’ll teach anyone within earshot to use Zotero!

Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the New College of Florida and the master’s in library and information science from the University of South Florida. Peter is an active member of the United States Agricultural Information Network, currently serving a two-year term as director.

If it’s midterm, it must be…TIME FOR THE HABIT DOGS!

lick2Stressed out about midterms? Stop by for a visit with your canine friends and pat your troubles away. Members of HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) will have therapy dogs on hand at the Melrose entrance of Hodges Library.

hug5Chance, Brody, Maverick, Pookie, and other friendly faces will be there to greet you at these times:

Wednesday, Feb. 26: 10:00-1:00, 4:00-5:00
Thursday, Feb. 27: 10:00-1:00, 4:00-5:00

Good luck with your exams!

EndNote classes, March 4 & 13 @Hodges: manage your references

Want to get control of your citations? Consider attending a hands-on class to learn how to use EndNote, a citation management tool. The following EndNote classes are open to UT students, faculty, and staff.

Collaborating with EndNote and EndNote Online
Tuesday, March 4

  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. 211 Hodges Library

Register by sending a message to endnote@utk.edu. Learn how to use EndNote collaboratively. Share references and combine manuscript drafts, using either EndNote desktop  or EndNote Online. Presumes basic familiarity with EndNote desktop version.

Introduction to Endnote
Thursday, March 13

  • 3:30-5:00 p.m.  211 Hodges Library

Register by sending a message to endnote@utk.edu. Discover how you can capture and organize citations from database searches, attach full-text PDFs, and insert citations formatted in the style of your choice into Microsoft Word documents.

Some instruction is helpful to master EndNote basic features. More help is available in our library research guide (http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote) and through webinars (http://endnote.com/training).

EndNote is free to students, faculty, and staff.* Download EndNote at http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote.

To arrange class instruction for a group of seven or more people, email endnote@utk.edu.

Classes can be taught at Pendergrass library as well. To learn more about Endnote, contact Peter Fernandez or Ann Viera at Pendergrass library.

Looking for an Endnote Alternative? UT libraries also supports Zotero!

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*EndNote is provided by a license from the Office of Information Technology to UT Knoxville, UT Memphis, and UT Space Institute.

Posters starring UT students are free for the taking

collage2Sydney2Our latest READ posters — the ones starring UT students — are printed and ready for pick-up at Hodges (Melrose entrance), Pendergrass AgVetMed, and the Music libraries. Posters are free for the taking.

Our READ posters, modeled on the American Library Association’s longstanding national campaign, picture campus celebrities reading from a favorite book. After featuring Smokey, the Volunteer, professor William Bass, and the Black Lillies band, the Libraries held a contest to select a student to star in our next READ poster. More than 100 students dropped by the library to pose for our photographer. Then everyone was invited to “like” their favorite on our Facebook gallery of contestants.

Sydney McNeill, a pre-pharmacy major from Dyersburg, Tennessee, received the most votes and earned her own poster. We’ve also printed a collage of all the runners-up.

Get your copies before they disappear!

EndNote classes, March 4 & 13: manage your references

Want to get control of your citations? Consider attending a hands-on class to learn how to use EndNote, a citation management tool. The following EndNote classes are open to UT students, faculty, and staff.

Collaborating with EndNote and EndNote Online
Tuesday, March 4

2:00-3:00 p.m.
211 Hodges Library
Register by sending a message to endnote@utk.edu.
Learn how to use EndNote collaboratively. Share references and combine manuscript drafts, using either EndNote desktop ro EndNote Online. Presumes basic familiarity with EndNote desktop version.

Introduction to Endnote
Thursday, March 13

3:30-5:00 p.m.
211 Hodges Library
Register by sending a message to endnote@utk.edu.
Discover how you can capture and organize citations from database searches, attach full-text PDFs, and insert citations formatted in the style of your choice into Microsoft Word documents.

Some instruction is helpful to master EndNote basic features. More help is available in our library research guide (http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote) and through webinars (http://endnote.com/training).

EndNote is free to students, faculty, and staff.* Download EndNote at http://libguides.utk.edu/endnote.

To arrange class instruction for a group of seven or more people, email endnote@utk.edu.

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*EndNote is provided by a license from the Office of Information Technology to UT Knoxville, UT Memphis, and UT Space Institute.

Teaching & Learning Panel Discussion, Feb. 19

The UT Libraries is partnering with the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and OIT’s Instructional Support to present an ongoing series of informal presentations and discussions, in the Commons, focused on teaching and learning. The first discussion is a panel with the Humanities Pedagogy Discussion Group. Panelists will reflect on how the group has benefited them as teachers and provided support for adopting new pedagogies.

UnCommon Teaching and Learning: Conversations and Community

What: Panel with the Humanities Pedagogy Discussion Group (Amadou Sall and Samantha Murphy)
When: Wednesday, February 19th, Noon-1pm
Where: Hodges Library Commons North, Practice Presentation Room (220E)

Libraries will host STEM symposium for high school students, March 29

The University of Tennessee Libraries is hosting the second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (B.O.S.S.): High School Outreach, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus.

The symposium is aimed at high school students who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. High school students at all levels are invited to participate.

The symposium brings together STEM-related departments and centers from across the UT Knoxville campus and the Knoxville community to provide high school students with a learning experience that includes guidance in career exploration and planning from a UT Career Services counselor. The symposium will allow students to explore STEM fields in a holistic way, giving them a taste of various disciplines so they will be more informed and better prepared to decide which area they would like to study.

Two panel discussions — one featuring current undergraduate students and another with STEM professors — will offer insights into the university experience and how to succeed in STEM studies. Students also will have the opportunity to meet researchers working in STEM fields. In breakout sessions, they will learn about strategies and techniques for doing undergraduate research through exposure to the scientific process, resources, and technologies. At a STEM Fair, they can learn about STEM organizations in our region and unique opportunities at UT Knoxville.

Representatives from the Knoxville community include Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Texas Instruments, Biology in a Box, and Dade Moeller. The UT departments of math, soil science, geography, chemistry, and medicine also will participate.

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For more information about the symposium and registration, please visit the website at http://s.lib.utk.edu/boss2014. Free lunch and goody bags will be provided for attendees who register before March 21, 2014. On-site registration will be available.


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