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Museum’s “Gilded Age” Exhibit Includes Items from Special Collections

A new exhibition opening May 26 at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture depicts consumer culture in the American Gilded Age. The exhibition includes a number of objects on loan from UT Libraries’ Special Collections.

Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age explores the personal and household objects that served as visible symbols of wealth, power, and social class during the Gilded Age.

The American Gilded Age, defined in the exhibition as 1870–1900, offered unprecedented access to consumer goods. What one owned or had the ability to buy became an important way to assert one’s identity. Though there was also vast income disparity, the time period saw rapid modernization and great expansion of the country’s middle class, which experienced an increase in overall quality of life.

The period takes its name from Mark Twain’s novel satirizing the gross materialism and political corruption of the era. An 1874 edition of Twain’s The Gilded Age from the libraries’ rare book collection is included in the exhibition. Other items on loan from Special Collections are an 1898 edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; The Gibson Book (1906), a collection of illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the turn-of-the-century feminine ideal, the Gibson Girl; and an 1888 Christmas menu from Schubert’s Hotel in Knoxville.

Centennial Exhibition 1876Also on display are issues of two iconic magazines of the era. Godey’s Lady’s Book was known for its hand-colored plates presenting the fashions of the day. The growth of trade and travel in the Gilded Age meant that Americans had new access to, and interest in, goods from around the world. This is evidenced by 1876 issues of Harper’s Weekly featuring “The Japanese Bazaar” and a “Scene in the Chinese Department” at the Centennial International Exhibition held that year in Philadelphia.

McClung Museum will host Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age from May 26 through August 27, 2017. Read more about the exhibition and affiliated lectures, tours, and other events at tiny.utk.edu/fish-forks.

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“Scene in the Chinese Department,” Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876. Harper’s Weekly, September 2, 1876.

#UTKLibPets: Meet Lambeau and Neyland!

UT Libraries is excited to introduce #UTKLibPets! Follow UTKLibraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our blog to meet the beloved pets of library staff. Tag @utklibraries to share your adorable pet photos, or for an extra challenge, snap a photo of your pet sporting UT orange!


Name: Lambeau and Neyland

Breed: Golden Retriever

Age: Lambeau – 8 / Neyland – 3

Likes: Watching football (especially the Packers and the Vols!), tennis balls, swimming, and string cheese

Dislikes: Baths, ear cleaner, and the vacuum

What they do all day: Nap until their parents get home from work to take them to the park

Heroes: Vince Lombardi, General Neyland, Reggie White, and Smokey

One word: Lambeau – loyal / Neyland – exuberant

Owner: Susan Pritchard, Administration

Miles Reading Room closed for renovations all summer

The Miles Reading Room, 135 Hodges Library, will close for renovations on May 15. Staff will begin removing computer equipment from the reading room on May 10. The remodeled space should reopen at the start of fall semester or slightly thereafter.

The remodeled reading room will feature updated furnishings — a combination of computer workspaces, tables, and comfortable seating for quiet study, research, and reading.

The Leisure Reading Collection, formerly located in the Miles Reading Room, has been temporarily relocated to the third floor (ahead and to the right as one exits the elevator). Current newspapers and the display of new faculty publications will be temporarily relocated to the central hallway outside the reading room.

UT Libraries Wins Public Relations Award

The University of Tennessee Libraries has won a prestigious public relations award. The UT Libraries is one of only eight libraries in the U.S. and Canada to receive the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association, the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and EBSCO Information Services, honors outstanding library public relations.

The UT Libraries was recognized for its “Information Is Our Game” awareness campaign. The campaign used a sports theme to connect students and faculty with the librarian who specializes in their field of study.

The Libraries’ marketing team photographed librarians at campus sports venues and created “trading cards” (like baseball cards) that detailed the librarians’ subject specialties. Whimsical videos that pitted librarians against top-notch athletes carried a simple message about each librarian’s real area of expertise. The videos were aired as advertisements on the campus movie streaming channel and reached tens of thousands of students.

Some of the award-winning creative work of the Libraries’ marketing team can be seen at www.lib.utk.edu/ourgame. The capstone video to the campaign, featuring film clips of some of the Libraries’ more athletically gifted librarians demonstrating their skills, can be viewed at tiny.utk.edu/awesome.

Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award during the American Library Association’s annual conference in June.

#UTKLibPets: Meet Athena!

athena dog pictureUT Libraries is excited to introduce #UTKLibPets! Follow UTKLibraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our blog to meet the beloved pets of library staff. Tag @utklibraries to share your adorable pet photos, or for an extra challenge, snap a photo of your pet sporting UT orange!


Name: Athena

Breed: Pointer mix

Age: 4

Likes: Treats, long walks, tasting her mom’s food when she’s not looking, and cuddles

Dislikes: The vet, the groomer, and rain

What she does all day: Takes naps, plays, and looks out the window from her chair

Heroes: Balto, Wishbone, and Lassie

One word: Loveable

Owner: Keila Zayas-Ruiz, Diversity Resident

May 1: Cafe Coffea, Inaugural Ag Campus International Coffeehouse

Join us for “Cafe Coffea,” the inaugural Ag Campus International Coffeehouse!

When: Monday, May 1, 2PM

Where: Pendergrass Library

Honeybee will provide locally sourced coffee from Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Colombia.

Share this event or your favorite coffee from around the world on social media!  Use the hashtag #cafecoffea.

This event is co-sponsored by the UTIA Office of International Programs, the International Association for Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences, and Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library.

#UTKLibPets: Meet Bijou!

bijou pictureUT Libraries is excited to introduce #UTKLibPets! Follow UTKLibraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our blog to meet the beloved pets of library staff. Tag @utklibraries to share your adorable pet photos, or for an extra challenge, snap a photo of your pet sporting UT orange!


Name: Bijou

Breed: Welsh Corgi mix

Age: 9

Likes: Helping with crochet projects; drinking tea out of your cup when you’re not looking; having her fur blow-dried even when it’s not wet; leading the pack on a Sharp’s Ridge hike; and Welsh rugby

Dislikes: Being ignored; riding in cars; toys; and English rugby

What she does all day: Redistributes blankets to preferred resting areas; snoozes with sister, Rosita; and listens to BBC radio

Heroes: Gelert – a legendary reminder to appreciate your dog’s unfailing loyalty

One word: Cwtchable (cwtch = Welsh for cuddle/hug)

Owner: Louisa Trott, Digital Projects

De-Stress for Success at Pendergrass Library

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Pendergrass Library offers fun events and free giveaways to help students De-Stress for Success during finals week!  See our calendar of activities for May 1-9, 2017:

International Coffeehouse
Monday, May 1 @ 2PM
*Locally sourced coffee from Honeybee

Free coffee and tea
Tuesday, May 2 – Thursday, May 4 @ 9AM
*While supplies last

Tuesday, May 2 – Thursday, May 4 @ 12-5PM
Friday, May 5 @ 12-3PM
*Dogs drop in as available

Tuesday, May 2 – Friday, May 5 @ 4-6PM
Monday, May 8 @ 4-6PM
*Walk-ins only

Tai Chi
Tuesday, May 2 @ 12:30-1PM
Location: Sequoyah Room (A203, Veterinary Medical Center)

Yoga
Friday, May 5 @ 3-4PM
Location: Sequoyah Room (A203, Veterinary Medical Center)
*Bring your own mat or towel

Free snacks and giveaways
*While supplies last

Coloring and origami

Puzzles and games

LOTS of new technology:
3D pens
Virtual reality glasses
Digital drawing tablet
Selfie printing station


#UTKLibPets: Meet Pierogi!

picture of pierogiUT Libraries is excited to introduce #UTKLibPets! Follow UTKLibraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our blog to meet the beloved pets of library staff. Tag us to share your adorable pet photos, or for an extra challenge, snap a photo of your pet sporting UT orange!


Name: Pierogi (named after the potato and cheese filled dumplings of Eastern European origin)

Breed: French Bulldog

Age: 5

Likes: Riding on a paddle board (with a doggy life vest) and chasing tennis balls

Dislikes: Baths and not getting his way (a.k.a. stubborn)

What he does all day: Watches dogs and spies on the neighborhood from the window seat

Heroes: Toto from The Wizard of Oz (his favorite movie character)

One word: Cuddle-monster

Owner: Alesha Shumar, Special Collections

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