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.

It’s Research Week 2015!

UT research week 2015The Office of Undergraduate Research and UT Knoxville are pleased to sponsor the 6th annual Research Week from April 9-18.  This week celebrates and highlights undergraduate research and creative activities that take place across campus.

Are you an undergraduate who wants to learn about exciting research projects and opportunities?  Are you interested to see what your peers are working on?  Check out some of this week’s Research Week activities below, or visit the Research Week website.

Monday, April 13

Sigma Xi Event

Sigma Xi presents the Graduate Student Research Paper Presentation Competition.

McClung Museum Stroller Tour: Native Peoples of Tennessee

10 a.m. – 11 a.m., McClung Museum Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their young ones. This month we explore the Native Peoples of Tennessee in our galleries. Pre-registration required for this free event.

Tuesday, April 14

EURēCA Awards Presentation

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., UC Auditorium Join us as we announce the winners of the 2015 EURēCA event.  The event also includes performances by winners of the School of Music competition. Open to all faculty, students, and staff.

8th Rutledge Archaeology Lecture — Pompeii beyond the Cliches: Historic Development and Economic Activities

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., McClung Museum Prof. Jean-Pierre Brun, Collège de France, will talk about his research at Pompeii. This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, April 15

National Scholarship Opportunities

4 p.m. – 5 p.m., UC 227 Nichole Fazio-Veigel, Director of  the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, will share funding opportunities like the Goldwater, Udall, Whitaker, Fulbright and others specifically for students actively pursuing undergraduate research.

Finding Funding for Graduate School

5 p.m. – 6 p.m., UC 227 Various opportunities for financial assistance to attend graduate school will be presented by Dr. Ernest Brothers, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, in the University Center Shiloh Room. Topics include graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistants, and various fellowships and scholarships.

Thursday, April 16

Getting Started in Research Information Session

2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Hodges Library Did the events of the week spark a research interest? Join us for this one-hour information session and learn about undergraduate research opportunities available on and off-campus for all majors.

Graduate School Admission 101

4 p.m. – 5 p.m., UC 225 Stephanie Kit, Associate Director of Career Services, will present an informative overview of getting into graduate school.  Topics include the graduate school admission process, types of degrees, timelines, finding programs, and much more.

Undergraduate research opportunities for minorities and women in STEM

5 p.m. – 6 p.m., UC 227 This workshop highlights undergraduate research opportunities available for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Topics will include on-campus research programs and support networks, national and international summer internships, conference opportunities, travel grants, and nationally competitive scholarships.

Friday, April 17

Volunteer Day at the Archaeological Research Lab

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Interested in helping preserve Tennessee’s past with UT and TVA? Come join us every third Friday of the month for our Volunteer Day, where you can help us prepare artifacts for curation while learning about archaeology in TVA’s system of 49 dams in 7 states. Also enjoy a brown-bag lecture in between sessions (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)  about recent research on the prehistory and history of the region. Seats are limited — contact Kandi Hollenbach (974-9647 or to sign up.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar: Jeanine Cavender-Bares, University of Minnesota

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Room 307, Science & Engineering Bldg. Jeanine Cavender-Bares is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. Currently, her lab is combining phylogenetic and phylogeographic approaches with studies of plant physiological function to understand forces underlying shifts in stress tolerance among closely related species or among populations of the same species.

Saturday, April 18

Women in STEM Research Symposium for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Researchers

Starting at 9:30 a.m., University Center Undergraduate and graduate female researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math fields are invited to attend and/or present their research at the first annual Women in STEM Research Symposium. The symposium will include a poster and oral session, free lunch, and information about professional STEM societies here on campus or in Knoxville, a question/answer panel with notable faculty and staff from UT and ORNL, and will also feature Dr. Claudia Rawn (Joint UT-ORNL faculty in Materials Science) for the keynote address.

Big Orange STEM Symposium

10  a.m. – 3 p.m., Hodges Library B.O.S.S. provides access to university STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) resources including faculty, departmental programs, and experts in the field. This event will allow engagement and dialogue about current trends in the STEM fields and college preparedness.

College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, Saturday, April 11

cvm open houseEvery spring, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) students organize an Open House for the community.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The theme is “I will give my all for Tennessee veterinary medicine.”  Check out the website for more information and the list of Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend?  The annual event is open to the general public and is a great activity for the entire family.  Food is available on site.  Please do not bring pets.

What and where is the Open House Tour?  As the UT Veterinary Medical Center has grown, it has separated the Open House into two self-guided tours.  One tour for the LARGE ANIMAL portion begins at the Equine Rehabilitation Area.  The SMALL ANIMAL portion begins at the usual starting point in Lot 65 parking area outside the UTCVM brick foyer.  Each portion of the self-guided tour can take between 1.5-2 hours.

Where do I park?  When you arrive on the agriculture campus, just follow the signs.  UTCVM students will be stationed along the road to assist you with directions.

Where can I find maps and a listing of special events?  Download the Open House map and schedule of special events.  Some of this year’s events include:

  • Teddy Bear Clinic (bring your stuffed animal for a check-up)
  • Canine Parade of Breeds (Dogs in all shapes and sizes)
  • Behavior Training
  • Equine Parade of Breeds (Did you say you like horses?)
  • Information about Wildlife and Exotic Animals

Student Winners of Graduate Writing Awards to Read, April 13

The University of Tennessee’s final Writers in the Library event of the academic year will feature readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards. Readings from the winning works will take place in the Hodges Library auditorium on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

2015 winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards:


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?”

This year’s judges were B.J. Leggett for fiction and Flossie McNabb for poetry.

The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT 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 (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Research online with library e-books

ebookDid you know that 80% of veterinary medicine books for Spring semester are available as e-books?  Have you looked at our online e-book collections in gardening, landscaping, cooking, and nutrition?

As Pendergrass Library temporarily relocates this summer and the physical collection is inaccessible, consider searching for e-books you might use for your research.

Just follow these steps to access an e-book, and download the step-by-step guide with images:

  1. Start by searching OneSearch for a topic of your choice.
  2. Choose to search UT Collections.
  3. Refine your results to Books & E-Books.
  4. Choose to display Online access only.
  5. Find the book you want to read.
  6. Click “View It” to see where your e-book is available.
  7. Click on the e-book website to access; you do not need a special e-book reader, just your computer.

Each e-book website will look slightly different, but all will allow you to read and navigate through e-books.

Having trouble accessing and reading an e-book?  Check out the Ebrary user guide or contact a subject librarian.

Love the Earth: Celebrate Earth Month


Do you want to promote sustainability and protect the environment?  Then volunteer and celebrate during UT’s Earth Month this April!  You can participate in the Sustainability Day of Service, learn how to “green” your spring cleaning, attend outdoor movie screenings, and more.

For more information, visit the Earth Month events schedule.  Earth Month is sponsored by the UT Office of Sustainability, which works to coordinate, manage, advise, and report on sustainable initiatives at UT.

2015 Earth Month Events:

April 7, noon-4pm, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: Green Cleaning Learn to make green, affordable cleaning products.
April 11, 8:30am-noon, @ University Center Sustainability Day of Service Help with gardening, litter cleanup, and more.
April 13, 10am-2pm, @ Community Action Committee Bldg. (247 Western Ave.) Energy Efficiency Fair 40+ exhibitors teach ways to save energy at home.
April 14, noon-4pm, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: Growing Green Learn to grow food in your dorm room or apartment.
April 16, 7pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Trashed Outdoor Movie Screening Learn about landscapes that have been converted to landfills.
April 18, 10am-6pm, @ World’s Fair Park Knoxville’s EarthFest Free, zero-waste event with food, fun, and entertainment.
April 20, 4-5pm, @ Hodges Library Room 220E Careers in Sustainability & the Environment UT Career Services explores environmentally-impactful careers.
April 21, noon-4om, @ Pedestrian Walkway DIY Workshop: The Classics Fun projects from hula hoops to t-shirt tote bags.
April 22, 11am-1pm, @ UT Gardens Earth Day & Environmental Leadership Luncheon Register to network with sustainability champions.
April 23, 11am-4pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Earth Day Celebration See local food vendors, artisans, and environmental organizations.
April 23, 7pm, @ HSS Amphitheater Bike-in Movie: The Lorax Enjoy an outdoor screening based on the popular Dr. Seuss book.
April 24, 5pm, @ World’s Fair Park Arbor Day & Volapalooza Concert featuring Lupe Fiasco with the Cold War Kids and the Bad Suns.
April 25, 2pm, @ Neyland Stadium Green Tailgate at the Orange & White Game Learn to make your gameday greener.
April 26, @ Neyland Stadium Neyland Clean-Up Help with stadium clean-up after the game.
April 27-28, 11am-5pm, @ Hodges Library Screenprinting Screenprint a t-shirt, laundry bag, or poster.