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Digital Humanities: Elaine McMillion Sheldon to speak March 24

Sheldon-300x199The Illuminations Digital Humanities Series will host documentary maker and visual journalist Elaine McMillion Sheldon on Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Sheldon won a 2013 Peabody Award for her interactive documentary on an Appalachian community in economic freefall. HOLLOW examines the lives of 30 individuals living in McDowell County, West Virginia, an area that is representative of many boom-and-bust areas across the country. HOLLOW also received a 2014 Emmy nomination and 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards.

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UT STEM Event for High School Students, College Freshmen April 2

BOSSgraphicThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries will host Big Orange STEM Saturday for high school and first-year college students from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

Students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and their parents are invited to attend the event in the John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd.

Big Orange STEM Saturday is free, but participants should register online by Friday, March 25.

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Meditation Group Meets at Pendergrass Library


The Agriculture Campus Meditation Group meets at Pendergrass Library Wednesdays from noon – 1 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 – 8 a.m. in Study Room G.  Those new to meditation and advanced practitioners are welcome.

The Meditation Group is a supportive community of UT students, faculty, and staff interested in learning new meditation techniques, practicing as a group, and carving out time during the week to de-stress.

Each month, the Meditation Group will explore a new technique or practice, such as mindfulness, breath awareness, visualization, mantras, and more.  The group will take suggestions for additional topics and meeting times.

Visit the Facebook page to learn more about the group and get involved.

Visit the Meditation and Mindfulness Guide for resources for take-home practice.

Watch this video from ScHARR Research Hacks on some of the many benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

Have a favorite meditation resource?  Email to suggest it, and the library will add it to the guide or purchase it for the collection.

Poet Cameron Conaway at UT’s Writers in the Library on March 7

CameronConawayPoet Cameron Conway will read from his works at the University of Tennessee on March 7. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library readings series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Conaway writes poetry with a social conscience. His two most recent books bear witness to child labor in Bangladesh’s shipbreaking industry and to malaria’s worldwide scourge. Chittagong: Poems & Essays (from Tennessee’s Iris Press), was praised by the Child Labor Coalition, and Malaria, Poems was named to NPR‘s Best Books of 2014 list.

Conaway has a diverse background: he is a former mixed martial arts fighter, an award-winning poet, a teacher, and a world traveler.

His work as a journalist has appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Guardian, and has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Reporting Project, the United Nations Foundation, Rotary International and the Wellcome Trust. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship.

Conaway is a popular speaker on the subjects of poetry, creativity, mindfulness, masculinity, social justice, and travel.

He is a graduate of Penn State Altoona (with bachelor’s degrees in English and Criminal Justice) and of the University of Arizona’s MFA Creative Writing Program.

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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Wilma Dykeman to be Honored with Lecture and Forum, April 7-8

RobtMorgan_CornellRobert Morgan, the acclaimed author of Gap Creek and The Road from Gap Creek, will speak about the impact of Willma Dykeman’s fiction and non-fiction in his own work at the beginning of a two-day tribute to Dykeman on April 7 and 8.

The events are sponsored by the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library.
Morgan will deliver the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture at the Bijou Theatre on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. to honor Dykeman as a novelist, journalist, educator, historian, and environmentalist.  
The following morning, a panel of experts on Appalachian literature and culture will discuss Dykeman’s far-reaching contributions to our region. The forum will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, in UT’s John C. Hodges Library. Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is requested for the evening lecture on April 7 at

Dykeman, a native of western North Carolina and longtime resident of Newport, Tennessee, wrote about the Appalachian South in novels, nonfiction works, and as a Knoxville News Sentinel columnist for more than 40 years. The French Broad, her 1955 book on the history, culture, and economics of the mountain region, addressed environmental topics seven years before the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.

The French Broad was awarded the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in 1955. In 1957 Neither Black nor White, a study of Southern racism co-authored with her husband, James R. Stokely Jr., received the Sidney Hillman Award for the best book of the year on “world peace, race relations or civil liberties.”

Dykeman received many awards and recognitions during her lifetime, including serving as honorary state historian for 20 years. Dykeman died in 2006, and continues to receive honors posthumously for her environmental legacy and her contributions to literacy.

Robert Morgan is the author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His novel Gap Creek was a New York Times bestseller, and his sequel, The Road from Gap Creek, won the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. He is the author of Boone: A Biography — another national bestseller — as well as 15 books of poetry. Morgan is Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell University.

In 2015, the UT Libraries added the Wilma Dykeman and James R. Stokely, Jr. Papers to its Special Collections. Visitors to the Hodges Library on April 8 can view material from those papers in the Special Collections exhibit area. A breakfast reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria begins at 9 a.m., followed by the panel discussion in the Lindsay Young Auditorium at 10 a.m.

More information about the Robert Morgan lecture is available at

ImageJ Visual Data Workshop, March 10

What: Workshop on ImageJ Image Processing Software

When: Thursday, March 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Pendergrass Library, Study Room G

This introductory course will discuss visual processing of information using ImageJ, an open source image processing software.  Image processing and analysis lets you extract and quantify objects and patterns in image data in various research fields.  Topics covered in the workshop include image enhancement and segmentation.

Click here to register for the ImageJ workshop, or visit to view other workshops available.  No experience with ImageJ is required; beginners are welcome!

Xiaocun Sun, a statistical consultant, will lead the workshop.  Click here for more information on statistical consulting at Pendergrass Library.

New Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market at Pendergrass Library

PODGone are the days of having to interrupt studying to walk across campus for a snack.  A new Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market is available right across the hall from Pendergrass Library!

Open Monday through Friday, 7:00AM to 6:00PM, the new P.O.D. Market has something for everyone:

  • Drinks like bottled beverages, Starbucks coffee, hot teas, and hot chocolate
  • Candy and snacks such as fruit, yogurt, parfaits, fruit cups, and milkshakes
  • More substantial food such as sushi, sandwiches, salads, and frozen meals
  • Office, health, and beauty supplies

The P.O.D. also features two snack bars where students can eat and study with friends. Food and drink are also allowed in the library, but please throw away all food trash outside the library.

pack it in pack it out - please dispose of food trash outside the libraryNeed something that’s not available at the P.O.D.?  Contact Volunteer Dining to make a suggestion and find other dining locations.

Faculty and staff members get a 15% discount on all food purchases at the P.O.D. by showing their VolCard at purchase.

If you haven’t seen the new P.O.D., stop by and check it out!  Never been to Pendergrass Library?  Click here for a map and directions.

Love your library: Please dispose of food trash outside Pendergrass Library.

Love Your Data Week: Think big — transforming, extending, reusing data

Knowing how to manage, share, and protect your research data is crucial to your academic and professional success.

Follow us during Love Your Data Week, Feb. 8-12. We will guide you through five activities to help get your data organized, secure, and ready for write-up, sharing and reuse.

“Wear your open on your sleeve” (Mike Eisen, OpenCon 2015 keynote)


Still emerging, depends on your field and research community!


Locking down your data if it can be reused by others without legal or ethical restrictions


Think about how your data might be used by your “future self.” How can you plan, document, and share your data to make it more reusable in the future?

Check out these stories about how data are shared and reused by others.

Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Data Stories
DataONE Data Stories
Environmental Exchange Network

Want to learn more about open science? Check out the talks and projects from OpenCon2015.

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Love Your Data Week: Respect your data — give and get credit

Knowing how to manage, share, and protect your research data is crucial to your academic and professional success.

Follow us during Love Your Data Week, Feb. 8-12. We will guide you through five activities to help get your data organized, secure, and ready for write-up, sharing and reuse.

Data are becoming valued scholarly products instead of a byproduct of the research process. Federal funding agencies and publishers are encouraging, and sometimes requiring, researchers to share data that have been created with public funds. The benefit to researchers is that sharing your data can increase the impact of your work, lead to new collaborations or projects, enables verification of your published results, provides credit to you as the creator, and provides great resources for education and training. Data sharing also benefits the greater scientific community, funders, the public by encouraging scientific inquiry and debate, increases transparency, reduces the cost of duplicating data, and enables informed public policy.

There are many ways to comply with these requirements – talk to your local librarian to figure out how, where, and when to share your data.


  • Share your data upon publication.
  • Share your data in an open, accessible, and machine readable format (e.g., csv vs. xlsx, odf vs. docx, etc.)
  • Deposit your data in a subject or institutional repository so your colleagues can find and use it.
  • Deposit your data in your institution’s repository to enable long term preservation.
  • License your data so people know what they can do with it.
  • Tell people how to cite your data.
  • When choosing a repository, ask about the support for tracking its use. Do they provide a handle or DOI? Can you see how many views and downloads? Is it indexed by Google, Google Scholar, the Data Citation Index?

  • “Data available upon request” is NOT sharing the data.
  • Sharing data in PDF files.
  • Sharing raw data if the publication doesn’t provide sufficient detail to replicate your results.

    Take the plunge and share some of your data today! Check out the list of resources below, or contact your local librarians to get started.

    If your data are not quite ready to go public, go check out 1-2 of the repositories below and see what kinds of data are already being shared.

    If you have used someone else’s data, make sure you are giving them credit. Take a minute to learn how to cite data:

  • DataCite: Format your citation (tool)
  • APA 6th Style: How to cite data
  • Other examples from Michigan State University
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    Call for Papers: Publish your response to “A Lesson Before Dying”

    University of Tennessee students, faculty, and staff and the community are invited to submit essays, artworks or poetry created in response to A Lesson Before Dying for a book to be published by Newfound Press, an online imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries. Essays from all disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Submitted artworks should be in digital form (physical objects such as paintings or sculpture would need to be photographed).

    Ernest J. Gaines’ award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying, is the focus of The Big Read, the community reading initiative co-hosted by the Knox County Public Library and UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Community partners are hosting ancillary programs to expand the conversation on the book’s themes of social justice, racial inequality, human dignity, and personal redemption.

    A Lesson Before Dying is the story of two young men who teach each other the lessons they need in order to face their futures – one, a disheartened young teacher; the other, a man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit.

    Authors and artists may wish to gain inspiration by participating in some of the wonderful events that comprise this communitywide event. Local celebration of A Lesson Before Dying includes lectures, book discussions, film screenings, a concert of spiritual songs, and a forum with community leaders. From February 24 through March 13, UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre will offer performances of the Romulus Linney play based on the novel.

    Several copies of Ernest Gaines’ novel are available for checkout at the Leisure Reading bookshelves, first floor, John C. Hodges Library.

    Read more about A Lesson Before Dying and events open to the Knoxville and university communities at

    The book of selected essays and artwork will be published in Fall 2016.

    Please submit images with a brief description or abstracts/excerpts no longer than 500 words to

    Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.


    Robin Bedenbaugh, UT Libraries (865-974-0430,

    Martha Rudolph, UT Libraries (865-974-4273,

    The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.