Tennessee’s First Home Demonstration Agent Figures in Plot of New Novel

Tennessee’s first home demonstration agent, Virginia P. Moore, makes a cameo appearance in The Growing Season, the latest novel by Tennessee author Jane Lorenzini. To flesh out Moore’s character, the novelist delved into the Virginia P. Moore Collection held at the University of Tennessee Libraries. In the first decades of the 20th century, home demonstration … Continued

UT Libraries Celebrates Staff During Annual Spirit Awards Ceremony

The UT Libraries held its annual Spirit Awards ceremony on May 21. As Dean of Libraries Steve Smith told the gathering, the yearly breakfast is an opportunity to “recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of our faculty, staff, and students who embody the spirit of excellence, innovation, and service within our libraries.” A committee of … Continued

Thank You Donors for Celebrating Scot Danforth!

Friends and donors gathered recently to celebrate Scot Danforth, retired director of The University of Tennessee Press, at Books, Beer and Banjos. The event lauded his thirty years of service to UT and raised funds for a new endowment named in his honor. The Scot Danforth UT Press Director Endowment supports the UT Press by … Continued

Congrats to Spring 2024 Graduating Library Staff and Student Workers!

The University of Tennessee will host spring commencement ceremonies, May 16-18. UT Libraries takes the opportunity to recognize library staff and student assistants who are graduating and to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments. Cameron Atkinson. Cameron Atkinson was a student library assistant at Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library for four years while pursuing … Continued

Thank You, 2023-2024 Dean’s Student Advisory Committee!

When the Dean of Libraries wants a student perspective on library services and resources, he can turn to his Student Advisory Committee. Being able to call on a standing committee composed of undergraduate and graduate students from various colleges and disciplines offers the Libraries a ready-made focus group and a sounding board on the issues … Continued

New Director Shares Enthusiasm, Vision for UT Press

One day soon, the University of Tennessee Press plans to offer new opportunities for UT students interested in the field of book publishing. And, over time, the press’s author list will more closely reflect Tennessee’s diverse population. These initiatives are part of Katie Hannah’s vision for UT Press. Hannah, the new director of UT Press, … Continued

Thura Mack Recognized at Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

Thura Mack, Assistant Dean for Libraries Community Learning and Engagement, was awarded the Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on April 30. The Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award goes to a faculty member, staff member, or friend of the university who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. As head of … Continued

UT Libraries Collection Review: Facts and Questions

Why is the Libraries removing books from its collection? To better serve users’ needs. For example, to accommodate the increasing need for space for study, research, and other innovative activity and collaborations, and to prepare for the move of lesser-used materials to the new Library Storage Annex. Will the Libraries still hold books or purchase … Continued

UT Libraries Reviewing Physical Collections to Meet Campus Needs

The University of Tennessee Libraries will begin a thorough review of its print collection this spring. Permanently removing from the collection those items that rarely circulate, that are duplicated, outdated, or that are widely available elsewhere allows the UT Libraries to better serve users’ needs. Some important but lesser-used books will relocate to the Library … Continued

Library Storage Annex Update from UT Knoxville Campus Advisory Board Meeting

The Library Storage Annex was among the upcoming capital projects shared at the UT Knoxville Campus Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2024. The campus advisory board submits recommendations to President Randy Boyd related to campus-level strategic plans and operating budgets, which Boyd then brings to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. In … Continued