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Undergrads, You’re Invited to an Open House

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UGopenHouseJoin the UT Libraries for an open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Commons, 2nd floor, Hodges Library. Learn about the libraries. Play games. Win prizes. Strike a pose at our free photo shoot by a professional photographer: we’ll be live-posting to Instagram.

Help us help you. Enter our hashtag contest and #helpushelpyou. What could the Libraries do to make your research easier? Tweet your suggestions Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 1-3, to We’ll award prizes for the best suggestions.

Statistical Consulting Expands Hours

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OIT’s Statistical Consulting Group is expanding its hours during the fall semester.  The statisticians are part of OIT’s Research Support Group.  They offer assistance with a variety of services including software packages (SPSS, SAS, LabView, etc.), research planning, survey design, data analysis, and more.  Their services are open to both faculty and students.  Students are allotted 10 free hours per semester with additional hours available at a rate of $20 per hour.

Consulting will be available four days a week during the fall semester, excluding only Wednesdays and weekends.  To arrange a session, contact Ann ReedXiaocun Sun, or call the support group’s office at (865) 974-9900.  More information about the consulting services can be found on the OIT Knowledgebase Web site.

B.J. Leggett at Writers in the Library, September 15

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BJLeggett_smallB. J. Leggett will read from his latest novel, Prosperity, at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Prosperity tells the story of police lieutenant Robert O’Brian, who takes early retirement after being shot in a drug raid and returns to his hometown of Prosperity in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee to work on a second novel. But O’Brian’s plans are unexpectedly disrupted when he becomes involved in the investigation of the death of a high school friend.

B. J. Leggett is professor emeritus at UT Knoxville, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor of Humanities. He is the author of numerous studies of modern poetry and criticism, including books on A. E. Housman, Philip Larkin, and Wallace Stevens. Prosperity is his second novel. The first, Playing Out the String, was published by Livingston Press in 2004.

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.

Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read in the 2014–2015 academic year. Visit for a complete schedule.
For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (, or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (

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Pendergrass Equipment Changes

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Beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Pendergrass Library will implement a revised equipment policy.  Overall, very little has changed, but you will notice a few slight adjustments.  All equipment may be renewed one time.  To ensure that laptops are updated and in good working order, they must be returned when due and cannot be rechecked out.  If, however, there is another laptop available, you may borrow it instead.  Another change we have implemented affects our loanable chargers, calculators, and flash drives.  All of these items will now loan for 24 hours instead of 2 hours.  We have also added a few new pieces of equipment, which include chargers for mini and micro USB devices, as well as some Apple products.  View our Technology at Pendergrass page for a full list of available equipment and the revised policy.

Library Will Host Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 22

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welcomeGraduate students are invited to an Open House at the library.

Friday, August 22, 1:00-2:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
in the Jack E. Reese Galleria (1st floor)

* Learn how the library supports your research and teaching.
* Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field.
* Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and Endnote.
* Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery.

Join us for refreshments and free books. We will give away door prizes — including an iPad mini — that will help graduate students with their research and teaching.

Libraries’ One Search goes live: expect many, many more hits!

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OneSearchOn Monday, August 18, our new One Search goes live! We’re launching a major upgrade to the Libraries’ discovery portal: the search box in the middle of library homepages will yield exponentially more results than in the past.

Now includes articles. One Search results include journal articles. Previously, articles could be found only by searching within individual databases.

Searches far beyond UT. Each search will likely return thousands more items than in the past because our new product (Primo Central) searches far beyond UT’s holdings.

Electronic full text. Searches will return many, many more items for which the full text is immediately available electronically. Look for the green radio button and “Full text available” or “Electronic full text.” To see the full text, select “View Online” and don’t be intimidated when another pre-populated search box pops up. Just pick one and “GO”!

More search hints:

    Refine My Results. To “Refine My Results,” use the facets in the column to the left of the entries. Quickly narrow the results to “Articles” under “Resource Type.” Or expand a facet list (“Show more”) and select “Refine results” to limit hits to several, selected Resource Types, Collections, Topics, etc.
    Expand My Results. Want to see an even larger universe of resources? Check “Include resources without electronic full-text.”
    Want local holdings only? To limit search results to only those items owned by UT, click the “UT Collections” tab at the top of the results page. For a known-item search, select “Browse UT Collections” and enter a new title, author, subject, or call number search to browse through an alphabetic or numeric list of our holdings.
    One Search vs. databases. Accessing the full content and full functionality of some databases still requires searching from within the database interface ( Unsure? Ask a librarian.

Yes, One Search is easier… it’s broader… it’s better. But it’s also far more complex. All the more reason to ask a librarian. Visit the Research Assistance Desk (in Hodges, that’s Room 209) or AskUsNow ( via phone, chat, text, or email.

SPARC Responds to Federal Public Access Plan

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The executive director of  the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Heather Joseph, issued a statement in response to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan for increasing public access to results of federally-funded scientific research.  The department’s plan is part of a new White House Directive requiring 21 agencies and departments to improve the public’s ability to ‘freely access, search, download, and analyze the entire collection of articles and data resulting from research funded by the U.S. government.’  However, Joseph and SPARC criticize the DOE plan as not going far enough to complete the administration’s vision.

Joseph’s complete statement can be found on SPAC’s Web site. The University of Tennessee Libraries are members of SPARC.
The DOE plan can be found here.

Privacy Badger Stops Ads & Trackers

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Privacy Badger is a new, free browser add-on created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  It stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking what pages you visit online.  If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple Web sites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser.  It is an alternative to other browser add-ons (such as Disconnect, Adblock Plus, Ghostery, etc.) that require custom configuration by the user to block non-consensual trackers.  Privacy Badger seeks to give users maximal control over who does and doesn’t get to know what they do online.

Digital privacy and security are essential skills for academic professionals across all disciplines.  Shielding yourself from unwanted advertisements is convenient, but stopping tracking also means that your metadata is better protected from potential avenues of attack or theft.  Visit Privacy Badger’s Web site to download the extension or find out more about the add-on, how it works, and the EFF’s development plan for it.  Please note that Privacy Badger currently supports only Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Attention, student artists: library seeks works for juried exhibition

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Koczo400xThe UT Libraries is seeking student artworks for the Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The contest awards a First Prize of $300, Second Prize of $150, and Third Prize of $75. Selected two-dimensional works (drawings, graphic design, prints, photography, ceramics, painting) will be on display in the exhibit area during the fall semester. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, in any discipline. Submission deadline is midnight, September 21.

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