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National History Day Research Workshop Oct. 13

The UT Libraries and the East Tennessee Historical Society invite middle and high school students to a free half-day research workshop in anticipation of the National History Day Contest. The workshop will teach students how to locate primary and secondary library resources on their chosen topics. This preparatory session will take place Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room 128 of UT’s Hodges Library (1015 Volunteer Boulevard).

To attend the workshop, register by October 5 at

The National History Day Contest encourages middle and high school students to conduct original research on historical topics. Students begin by presenting projects in their classrooms and schools. The best projects advance to local and state competitions. The top entries in each category will compete in the 2019 National History Day Contest, June 9-13, 2019, at the University of Maryland, College Park. This year’s theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History.

For more information, contact:
Liz Zepeda, Diversity Resident Librarian, UT Libraries, 865-974-0087 or
Thura Mack, Coordinator, Community Learning Services & Diversity Programs, UT Libraries, 865-974-6381 or

Lunch & Learn: Coming Out, 10/11

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialog about diversity and inclusion. Lunch and Learn invites students and other members of the campus community to talk openly but respectfully about complex issues that impact their lives and their campus experience.

Join us for:

Coming Out Conversations
Thursday, October 11 (National Coming Out Day)
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: I-House Great Room

Organized by the UT Libraries Diversity Committee and the UT Pride Center, a panel of individuals will share their experiences on National Coming Out Day. Through an intersectional lens, panelists will discuss and explore their unique experiences about coming out. Attendees will leave with an awareness of the complexities and multiple forms of coming out.

The moderator for this panel is Bonnie Johnson, Pride Center Coordinator. Panelists include the following:
• Shaina Destine, History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies Librarian
• Brandon Harris, Hall Director
• Tony Rice, Undergraduate Student
• Cole Tipton, Undergraduate Student
• Lizeth Zepeda, Diversity Resident Librarian

Light refreshments will be served for this occasion, but feel free to bring your lunch.

Midterm Writing Blitz 10/1

UT Libraries Writing Blitz UT Librarians and Writing Center staff will help students with research, organization, and writing at the first Writing Blitz of the semester on Monday, October 1.

Students can work to complete a quality paper with expert advice, designated workstations, coffee, and sweet treats to help them write through the night. The Blitz is from 5 p.m. to midnight in Hodges Library, Room 213, and the first 50 participants will receive a goodie bag to enhance their writing time!

RESCHEDULED: Video Streaming Down Thurs., 10/4

The Libraries’ video streaming server will be offline from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, for routine maintenance.

This affects access to the Libraries’ video streaming server ONLY. Vendor streaming service platforms such as AVON, Films on Demand, Kanopy, etc. will not be affected.

For more information, contact Steven Milewski,

Elevators in Hodges Library

4:30 p.m., THURSDAY, SEPT. 20. We are currently experiencing problems with two of the elevators in Hodges Library. At this time, only one elevator is operational. We realize this is an enormous inconvenience, and we are working to resolve the problems.

For those needing assistance, please ask the Public Services desk at the 2nd floor entrance (865-974-4351).

Thank you for your patience.

Libraries — the original MAKERSPACE

Whatever you’re making, the library can help. You might even say that libraries are the original makerspaces. The UT Libraries provides the tools of scholarship and spaces to make your big ideas come to life. We already host some useful resources for makers, but we’re actively working to provide a wealth of diverse tools and spaces for all types of makers, from analysts to visionaries.

Take a look at what we have now!




Whatever you’re making, make it LIBRARY-MADE.

UT Libraries makerspace

Literature Review Drop-in Sessions 9/24, 11/5

Working on a literature review for your research paper, thesis, or dissertation? Need help identifying authoritative sources on your research topic? Keeping abreast of the latest scholarship in your discipline? Organizing your research and creating a bibliography?

Take advantage of our Literature Review Drop-in Sessions at Hodges Library:

September 24 and November 5
5 – 7 p.m.

Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library
(across from the Public Services desk)

Ask questions about:

  • Developing a strategy for effectively searching databases in your discipline
  • Setting up alerts to keep up-to-date on your topic
  • Organizing your literature review
  • Copyright and plagiarism

Librarians will also answer questions via chat or zoom.

Can’t make those nights? Contact your subject librarian for an appointment.

Here’s more information on the literature review, including a video overview.

Library Will Host STEM Event for K-12 Educators

UT Libraries, the East Tennessee STEM Hub, and the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences are hosting a free half-day event for K-12 educators.

East Tennessee K-12 teachers will learn ways to help students excel in science and mathematics at Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators September 29 at the John C. Hodges Library. Teachers from participating school districts will receive professional development credit.

Melanie Allen, health sciences librarian at the UT Libraries, will offer a keynote presentation on how makerspaces in educational settings support STEAM research initiatives. (STEAM = STEM + ART.)

Allen also will demonstrate a cutting-edge teaching tool that is part of the UT Libraries’ makerspace: a touch-screen 3D Anatomage Table. The table is equipped with digital cadavers that allow students to visualize thousands of anatomical structures and to perform virtual dissections as they would on a real cadaver.

Breakout sessions at Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators will include:

  • “3D Printing: Reconceptualizing the Scientific Method.” A 3D printing project can have unforeseen benefits for traditionally underrepresented students in STEM, according to Yolanda Kirkpatrick, who teaches STEM education in UT’s Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.
  • “Prejudiced Polygons.” In Polygon Town, both Triangles and Squares prefer to have neighbors who are similar to themselves. Using fractions and a basic mathematical model, participants will try to make all the citizens of Polygon Town happy. This simple math game illustrates a social phenomenon: how small individual biases against diversity lead to greater segregation in the general population. Anne Ho, a lecturer in mathematics at UT, will lead the game.
  • “All Hands on Math—Building STEM Inquiry through K-12 Mathematics Modeling Activities.” Karen Cheng, a former high school math teacher and current PhD candidate in math education at UT, will introduce entertaining, hands-on exercises to teach mathematical concepts.
  • “Student Thinking in Science and Engineering Using Phenomena K-5.” Andrea Berry, a science and STEM supervisor with the Knox County Schools, will discuss the new science standards and using hands-on, inquiry-based instruction with K-5 students.

Representatives from the various STEM curricula at UT and local STEM-related organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators is funded, in part, by a grant from the UT Office of Research and Engagement.

For more information, visit the event website.


Thura Mack, UT Libraries (865-974-6381,
Lynn Hodge, Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (865-974-8778,

Exhibit Features Travel and Voyages

Through journals, drawings, photographs, postcards, and mementos, travelers have always sought to document their journeys, remember their experiences, and share their stories. Travel and Voyages: From Africa to Appalachia, an exhibition in the Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area, features some of these treasured keepsakes from the University of Tennessee Libraries’ manuscript and rare book collections.

UT’s Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives acquires and preserves manuscripts, rare books, and other unique research materials. Collection strengths include the history and culture of East Tennessee and the southeastern United States. However, over the years, Special Collections has acquired many collections that focus on world travels.
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