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Welcome to the UT Libraries

Drop by the library to explore, meet our staff, and find out about all the resources available to you. We have three libraries to serve you: John C. Hodges Library (main library), George F. DeVine Music Library (G4 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center), and the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library (A113 Veterinary Medical Center).

Make new friends at the Hodges Library during Welcome Week. Drop by the Commons, 2nd floor, for our conversation starter:

Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Monday, Aug. 15, 11:00-1:00
Tues., Aug. 16, 11:00-1:00, 3:00-5:00
Wed., Aug. 17, 11:00-1:00, 3:00-5:00
Thurs., Aug. 18, 11:00-1:00

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls.

Free swag at each of our locations includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

Top 10 Things Pendergrass Library Can Do for You


Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is here to help save you time, provide access to the information you need, and make the research process as easy as possible. The following are just a few of the services we provide:

1. One-on-One Research Help

Overwhelmed by too much information? Don’t know where to start on your research? You can set up an appointment for a one-on-one meeting with your subject librarian to help with an assignment or other information need.

2. Library Express and Scan on Demand

We bring our physical collection to you! Any item can be delivered to any branch library location, such as Hodges or Music, through Library Express.  Graduate students and faculty can also have items delivered to their departmental offices.

Through Scan on Demand, we scan articles/book chapters from print materials and deliver them as PDFs to your email.

3. Academic Support and Statistical Consultations

The Office of Multicultural Student Life offers tutoring for agriculture classes on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. in Pendergrass Library Study Room E.  Classes include animal science, biology, chemistry, forestry, and math.

Need help working with data or planning data collection?  OIT Research Support offers statistical consultations in Pendergrass Library any weekday by appointment.  Call the OIT Helpdesk at (865) 974-9900 to schedule an appointment.

Click below for a full list of resources for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty:

Undergraduate students: click here for the full list of resources.

Graduate students: click here for the full list of resources.

Faculty: click here for the full list of resources.

Open House for Graduate Students, Aug. 19

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

Friday, August 19
2:00-3:30 pm
John C. Hodges Library
2nd floor

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

Join us for refreshments, free books, and door prizes — including an iPad mini.

UT Libraries Hosts Day of Research for East Tennessee Non-Profits

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries is helping local non-profit organizations gain access to the latest research. At a half-day event in the John C. Hodges Library, East Tennessee non-profits will receive research assistance and access to peer-reviewed journals. Participating non-profits were selected by lottery. The participants include a dozen United Way and Community Shares member agencies.

Peer-reviewed journals publish the most authoritative research and scholarship. However, access to articles in those journals typically requires costly subscriptions or high per-article fees. That paywall can be a significant barrier to accessing the latest and most reliable information – especially for non-profit agencies trying to fund community services.

The UT Libraries subscribes to thousands of databases that give university faculty and students entrée to this scholarly literature. On July 29, the library will provide open access to the scholarly literature and share the research expertise of its librarians with these local non-profit agencies: Appalachian Community Fund, CASA of East Tennessee, Centro Hispano of East Tennessee, Community Shares, Disability Resource Center, Knoxville Area Urban League, Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Office on Aging, Metro Drug Coalition, The Salvation Army, United Way, Volunteer Ministry Center, and YWCA Knoxville.

For more information, contact Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian, UT Libraries ( or 865-974-6107).

Immediate Job Openings Available at Pendergrass Library


Pendergrass Library has immediate job openings for two positions over the 2016-17 academic year:

Candidates must be extremely dependable, able to work independently, and have a strong work ethic. Students from all fields of study are welcome to apply.  New hires can expect continuing positions if they meet training and performance standards.

To see qualification standards and submit an application, visit

Questions about the positions?  Contact Jeffrey Hines, Pendergrass evening supervisor, at (865) 974-0356 or

Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library serves students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Pendergrass is located at 2407 River Dr. on the agriculture campus.  For more information about Pendergrass Library, visit

Erin Elizabeth Smith to be Writer-in-Residence at UT Libraries

ErinElizSmith-2Erin Elizabeth Smith will serve as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries for the 2016-2017 academic year. As Writer-in-Residence, she will organize the Writers in the Library series, sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Department of English. Writers in the Library brings local, regional, and nationally-known authors to the John C. Hodges Library to read from their works.

Smith teaches poetry writing, public writing, and a variety of literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry at UT. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake 2011) and The Fear of Being Found, which will be re-released by Zoetic Press in 2016. Smith’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, West Branch, and Willow Springs, among others.

She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Smith lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she is the Creative Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, a Knoxville-area artists’ retreat. 

The position of Writer-in-Residence was established in 1998 and in 2005 was named in honor of the late Jack Reese, a former chancellor of the university, longtime UT English professor, and avid support of the UT Libraries and the local writing community.

For further information contact Chris Caldwell, Humanities Librarian at University Libraries: 865-974-0019 or

Relax this Summer with Pendergrass Library Leisure Reading

Now that the stress of the semester is over, enjoy summer break and relax with a good book! Pendergrass Library is not only a great place to study and check out class books, but also offers books for fun. Our Leisure Reading collection features a broad range of exciting new books, and any UT student, faculty or staff can check them out!  Check out our Goodreads account for a full list of books.

Many Pendergrass Student Library Assistants are avid readers, and can gladly recommend books based on your personal preferences.

Our genres include:

General Fiction

Although we’ve labeled it “general,” the general fiction section is anything but bland. It encompasses a wide range of sub-genres and themes from humorous, to quirky, to dramatic, to thought-provoking. This category contains over 70 titles, including new releases and popular titles.

dog starts book coverThe Dog Stars (2012) by Peter Heller is set in post-apocalyptic Colorado. Although there are no zombies, there is disease that has decimated most of the population, and limited resources for those that are left. Hig is a man who struggles to accept the loss of his wife, and the violence he must commit to keep himself safe. Scavengers roam the countryside, killing anyone caught unaware for what little they may have. Hig’s dog and his neighbor Bangley are his only companions. The author’s poetic prose, describing the wasteland and its few inhabitants is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.



drifter book coverSuspense, thriller, mystery… The Drifter (2016) by Nicholas Petrie could be described as all three. Peter Ash is an ex-soldier with PTSD. He had a friend from the Marines who committed suicide after returning to the states, and he agrees to help the man’s wife with some home repairs. When he looks under the front porch he finds a suitcase of cash and explosive devices, guarded by a vicious dog. Throughout the novel, the mystery—and the danger— unfolds as Ash tries to find out who has placed the suitcase there and why.



the ex book coverThe Ex (2016) by Alafair Burke is a suspenseful novel that is new to the collection. Olivia Randall is an extremely successful defense lawyer. Twenty years ago, she ended her engagement to Jack Harris abruptly and rather cruelly. He later married another woman, who was brutally shot three years from the present day. When Olivia hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide of a young woman—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—she decides to take the case and defend him. She truly believes in his innocence, until she begins to uncover clues that hint otherwise.



the royal we book coverOur Student Assistant Holly Heindl highly recommends The Royal We (2015) by Heather Cocks for a light, fun summer read. Although categorized as general fiction, the focus is a love story clearly inspired by the beloved British royals William and Kate. Rebecca (Bex) is a down-to-earth American college student studying in England. When she falls for Prince Nicholas (Nick), her simple world becomes complicated. Will she be able to keep up appearances, or will it all become too much for Bex?



court of thorns and roses book coverOur Student Assistant Lindsey Rasnake recommends A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015) by Sarah J. Maas. When we think of fairies, many of us picture tiny winged creatures flitting about. In this book, fairies are a dangerous but misunderstood species of shape-shifters. When a girl named Feyre kills one, mistaking him for a wolf, she must answer to his angry comrade Tamlin. Feyre and Tamlin soon develop an interesting relationship as the author recreates a fairy tale reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, with plenty of edge and intensity. If you enjoy the book, the author has recently released a sequel: A Court of Mist and Fury.



elephant tent book coverHolly also enjoyed Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home (2015)  by Kathleen Cremonesi. If you like memoirs about adventurous people, consider this book. Kathleen Cremonesi was leading an ordinary life until she decided to join a European circus. She fell in love with an intriguing elephant trainer and learned a lot about herself while traveling with fellow performers.


zooburbia book coverPendergrass specializes in books about plants and animals. Our non-fiction section holds interesting books about the animal kingdom, including one of Holly’s picks: Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us (2014) by Tai Moses. Although urbanization has taken a toll on wildlife, the resiliency of animals allows them to survive in suburban areas. The author writes about animal encounters and observations from her backyard and around her neighborhood and advocates for peaceful interactions between people and animals.

Final Call for Papers: Publish Your Response to “A Lesson Before Dying”

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to contribute to a book to be published this fall by Newfound Press, the UT Libraries’ online imprint.

This year, The Big Read prompted hundreds of Knoxvillians to read and discuss A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines’ thought-provoking novel about a black man who is sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Book discussions, lectures, a community leaders forum, Clarence Brown Theatre performances — events across our community provoked discussions on the book’s themes of racism, injustice, hope, and redemption.

The UT Libraries plans to commemorate the community-wide program with a book that captures a range of responses, both scholarly and personal, to Gaines’ inspiring novel. We invite contributions of any length and in any genre appropriate for publication, from essays to poetry to artworks.

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,

“Librarians Being Awesome” Video Wins National Awards

A promotional video created by the UT Libraries has won two national awards.

Librarians Being Awesome won the award for Best Performance at the Association of Research Libraries Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada, on April 26. UT’s entry was selected for the top performance award out of 57 films submitted by 36 universities.

Librarians Being Awesome also was recognized by the Library Leadership and Management Association as an excellent example of electronic advocacy materials. The UT Libraries will be presented with a PR Xchange Award at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June.

Librarians Being Awesome is just what it sounds like—but in this instance the librarians were captured on film giving their best athletic performances.

The video was the capstone to the Libraries’ “Information Is Our Game” sports-themed marketing campaign. The campaign began with trading cards (like baseball cards) for each librarian. One side of each trading card pictures a librarian on the baseball field, the tennis court—even the Vols’ locker room. The verso is the librarian’s curriculum vitae.

The trading cards were followed by several whimsical videos depicting librarians pitted against top-notch athletes. The good humored librarians lost every contest. But, of course, the videos were really touting the librarians’ prowess as information professionals.

The entire marketing campaign was meant to convey a simple message: there is a designated librarian with subject expertise in your field of study.

Some of UT’s librarians are in fact accomplished athletes, so the capstone video features athletically gifted library faculty and staff just being awesome. The video even features clips of the dean of libraries juggling and an associate dean twirling a baton.

The award-winning video has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and as a “bumper” (a brief ad that runs before the main feature) on the UT campus’ free movie streaming channel.

Faculty News

Seeking Candidates: Master’s in Information Science with Focus on Assessment and UX

The UT School of Information Sciences (SIS) has launched a unique master’s degree program, “Experience Assessment,” to create new leaders in assessment and user experience (UX). Information professionals are expected to test the user’s online experience in order to create user-friendly environments for a diverse range of users. However, few information science programs prepare their graduate students for this work. UT’s pilot program, funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will develop a prototype curriculum for training new experts in UX and assessment.

SIS is seeking twelve master’s candidates for the two-year pilot program, which runs from Fall Semester 2016 through May 2018. Each student will receive full tuition, medical benefits, an assistantship stipend, and travel funding. Students will complete hands-on, mentored research experiences at UT UX laboratories, UT Libraries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, Information International Associates, and the Tombras Group.

SIS associate professor Carol Tenopir is principal investigator. Regina Mays, assistant professor and assessment librarian at the UT Libraries, is senior personnel. UT Libraries associate dean for learning, research and engagement, Teresa Walker, will serve as a mentor. Co-principal investigators are Dania Bilal, SIS professor, and Rachel Fleming-May, SIS associate professor.

More information at

UT Libraries Faculty Member Publishes Manual for New Library Managers

Corey Halaychik, assistant professor and electronic resources specialist at the UT Libraries, is the author of a manual for librarians who are new to management. Lessons in Library Leadership: A Primer for Library Managers and Unit Leaders (Chandos Publishing 2016) includes case studies, real world examples, tactics, and bibliographic information essential for developing management skills. New managers with no formalized training can experience added stress as they scramble to learn how to lead, to formulate departmental goals, to conduct effective assessment, to think and plan strategically, to counsel employees, and much more. Halaychik’s book serves as a primer for new supervisors, as well as a quick reference resource for seasoned managers.

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