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Beall’s List Gone: How to Choose an Open Access Journal

Open access (OA) journals, like subscription journals, run the gamut from reputable and well-regarded to little-known and menial. But, with OA publishers asking authors — or their institutions — to pay article processing charges to make the work open to all readers, the latter group of journals (little-known and sloppy) have been able to make a good deal of money from unwitting scholars.

Jeffrey Beall called this subset of OA publishers “predatory” and created an online list of “predatory publishers.” A not insignificant number of researchers in higher education, including many librarians, voiced concerns about some of Beall’s criteria, and some of his judgements, but many authors found it helpful to check his list before submitting an article to an open access journal. But with Beall’s list recently taken down, where should authors go to find which OA journals to avoid?

How about knowing which OA journals to support instead? Beall’s list was a blacklist, but there are white lists widely available. These lists identify journals and publishers that follow established, recognized standards in open access publishing. The Directory of Open Access Journals ( is one excellent list, as well as the membership list for the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association ( If a journal is listed in the DOAJ, or the publisher is a member of OASPA, authors can be assured that the journal to which they’re submitting follows responsible publishing practices.

For more information on open access publishing, contact your liaison librarian (, or the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian, Rachel Caldwell (

Writers in the Library Presents Linda Parsons and Austin Kodra, Jan. 30

Linda Parsons and Austin Kodra will read on Monday, January 30, 2017 on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.
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Presenters wanted for Big Orange STEM Saturday, April 8

Faculty, Staff, Student Leaders, and Community Members:

On behalf of the Big Orange STEM Saturday (BOSS) planning committee and the UT Libraries, we would like to invite you to participate in our 6th annual BOSS mini-conference at Hodges Library. BOSS is a free event for middle school and high school students interested in pursuing STEM majors and careers, presented annually by the UT Libraries. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We would like to enlist your help. Your enthusiasm for the STEM disciplines or your expertise in a STEM specialty could help us make this year’s event the most engaging and informative BOSS conference ever.

We invite you to present a 30-minute session on a topic of your choice. Presenters will offer their programs twice during our breakout sessions from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.. Lunch is included for all presenters. All STEM or STEM-related topics will be given consideration. Proposals should include the author(s) name(s), title, and a brief abstract not to exceed 100 words.

Please submit proposals via our web link: (Proposals sent by email will not be accepted.) Submission deadline is Thursday, February 2, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Thura Mack at or 865-974-6381.

Pendergrass “Pop-Up Library” in Brehm Animal Science, Thursdays 11:30-1:30

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What: Library Office Hours

Where: Brehm Animal Science 1st Floor Foyer

When: Every Thursday, 11:30AM-1:30PM

Why: Help with research and free giveaways!

Do you have a research question but can’t make it into the library?  No problem!

In the spring 2017 semester, Pendergrass Library will be hosting a weekly “Pop-Up Library” in the Brehm Animal Science 1st floor foyer.

Stop by Thursdays from 11:30AM-1:30PM for research help, library giveaways, and featured books from our Leisure Reading collection.  You can even return items you have borrowed!

No appointment needed – just walk-in to our booth for convenient help from the library.

Writers in the Library Presents Nationally Acclaimed Poet Joy Harjo, Jan. 23

Internationally recognized poet, author, musician, and playwright Joy Harjo will read from her work on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus as part of the Writers in the Library reading series. Harjo’s reading on Monday, January 23, will take place in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
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Construction Will Block Melrose Access to Hodges Library, Dec. 11-Jan. 6

Upcoming replacement of the cooling towers atop Hodges Library will disrupt traffic and partially block Melrose Avenue access to Hodges Library.

Between December 11 and January 6, visitors to Hodges Library can expect closure of Melrose Avenue between Hess Hall and Hodges Library’s west entrance, as well as intermittent closures of the Hodges Library’s west entrance doors.

MELROSE AVENUE and STAFF PARKING LOT 12 will be CLOSED entirely on December 11 and 12.

The upper east portion of Lot 12 will remain closed throughout the construction project. After December 12, the west upper portion of Lot 12 will be accessible from the west end of Melrose Avenue, and TWO-WAY TRAFFIC on a portion of Melrose Avenue will allow entrance and exit. The lower (north) portion of Lot 12 will be accessible from Volunteer Blvd. by turning west onto Melrose Place.

See the attached newsletter from UT Parking and Transit for details.

Please bear with us to ensure everyone’s safety.

HathiTrust Releases Massive Open Dataset

HathiTrust has announced the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Extracted Features (EF) Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data extracted from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) at an unprecedented scale. 
The Extracted Features Dataset opens the complete HathiTrust collection for investigations into historical and cultural trends, the rise and fall of topics within the corpus, and the evolution of words and writing structures in publications dating from the 16th to the late 20th century. The EF Dataset provides quantitative information about word and line counts, parts of speech, and other details within each page of every volume in the HTDL. In addition to these larger-scale investigations, the EF Dataset also allows researchers to closely analyze the contents of a given volume or subset of volumes. The data is extracted from 13.7 million volumes found in the HTDL, representing over 5 billion pages consisting of over 2 trillion tokens (words). A preliminary release of the EF Dataset, drawn from a much smaller subset comprising only HathiTrust’s public domain collection, has already enabled novel research from scholars in economics, history, linguistics, literary studies and sociology, among other fields.
Read the full announcement here.

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. UT Libraries became a member of HathiTrust in 2014. Read about benefits of UT’s membership in HathiTrust.

De-Stress for Success @ Pendergrass Library



Feeling anxious about upcoming exams?  Need to take a break, relax, and unwind?  Stop by Pendergrass Library during finals week for our De-Stress for Success events!  Activities are free, fun, and open to all UT students:

Ongoing Activities (Monday, December 5-Thursday, December 8)

  • Snacks & Study Supplies
  • Coloring & Origami
  • Puzzles & Games
  • 3D Pens

Monday, December 5:

  • 9am Coffee (Front Desk)
  • 12-5pm Therapy Dogs
  • 4-6pm Massages (Group Study Area)

Tuesday, December 6:

  • 9am Coffee
  • 12-5pm Therapy Dogs
  • 4-6pm Massages

Wednesday, December 7:

  • 9am Coffee
  • 12-5pm Therapy Dogs
  • 4-6pm Massages

Thursday, December 8:

  • 12-3pm Therapy Dogs
  • 4-6pm Massages

For more information about De-Stress activities at Hodges Library and Music Library locations, visit


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