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Tell Us How We’re Doing: Take the Library’s Survey

What services and resources are important to our library users, and how successfully do the libraries deliver them?

Many library users will soon receive an email invitation from Regina Mays, the Libraries’ Head of Assessment Programs, to participate in an online survey designed to answer those questions. On January 31, invitations will go out to random samples of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and staff. If you receive an email, please accept our invitation. This is your opportunity to tell us how we’re doing and how we can improve.

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Webinar: Use DMPTool to write a Data Management Plan

Most grant funding agencies require researchers to plan ahead for data preservation and sharing as part of their research projects. To aid with these requirements, the UT Libraries subscribes to an online tool that makes the process a little easier – the DMPTool.

DMPTool allows researchers to walk through the process of writing a data management plan for more than 35 different grant agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and all directorates of the National Science Foundation. Also provided are links to institution-specific guidelines.

Data Management Webinar:
Using the DMPTool
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
via Zoom
Register here.

The webinar will demonstrate how to use the DMPTool to create a well-crafted data management plan for over 35 different grant funding agencies.

For more information, contact Chris Eaker, Data Curation Librarian (, 974-4404).

Workshop: Manage Citations with EndNote

EndNote is citation management software you can use to:

  • Organize your research (citations, full-text articles, images, notes)
  • Automatically generate in-text citations and bibliography as you write
  • Share EndNote libraries with 100 collaborators

Register for one of the Libraries’ hands-on workshops (sessions are the same):

Introduction to EndNote

Mon., Feb. 4, 2019
3:30-5 p.m.
127 Hodges Library


Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019
3:30-5 p.m.
127 Hodges Library

Register for a class by emailing and download EndNote here:

EndNote is free to UT students, faculty, and staff through a UT site license.

Now showing: Independent and foreign films

Are you tired of the same corporate blockbuster Hollywood movies? Join us in the Hodges Library auditorium for free screenings of independent and foreign films.

Practice your language skills and join us for a discussion following each film. Here’s our line-up for spring semester 2019:

All films: 7-9 p.m., Hodges Library auditorium

Thurs., Feb. 7—Police Story (1985; Cantonese, Mandarin)
Wed., March 6—Breathe (2014; French)
Tues., April 2—Secret of Kells (2009; English, Irish, Scottish Gaelic)

For more information, feel free to contact Michael Deike ( or just drop by the Public Services Desk on the second floor of Hodges Library and ask to talk to Michael about movies!

More about the films:

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Library Magazine Wins Two CASE Awards

The UT Libraries has won two awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III awards competition. The awards recognize excellence in alumni relations, fundraising, communications, and marketing.

The 2016-2017 edition of the Libraries’ magazine, the Library Development Review, received the Grand Award in the Periodical category and an award of Special Merit for Editorial Design. The Library Development Review is an annual report on acquisitions, events, library initiatives, and donor gifts.
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Read the latest “Library Development Review” online

The annual Library Development Review highlights the UT Libraries’ collections, programs and events, services for students, and outreach to the local community. The latest issue is now available online.

The current issue has a distinct musical theme. Read the 2017-2018 Library Development Review to learn about the 150-year history of the Pride of the Southland marching band; the newly-digitized David Van Vactor Music Collection; an event celebrating 50 years of singing “Rocky Top” at UT games; and our new program, Boundless: Artists in the Archives. The UT Libraries invites musicians and other artists to explore treasures preserved in our archives and to translate what they discover into the language of their art. Tucked into this issue is a 45 RPM recording of two songs inspired by the Wilma Dykeman and James R. Stokely Jr. Papers — written and performed by the musical duo Count This Penny.

Dean of Libraries Steve Smith Elected to SPARC Steering Committee

Dean of Libraries Steve Smith has been elected to the Steering Committee of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

SPARC is an international coalition of academic and research libraries dedicated to advancing the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase return on investment in research and education.

Smith sees the SPARC appointment as “a great opportunity to forward the cause of open access and making scholarly research available to everyone, everywhere, at any time.”

The UT Libraries has a long history of commitment to Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education — including promoting publication in open access journals and the adoption of open textbooks, and encouraging faculty to self-archive their research in the university’s institutional repository, Trace (Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange).

Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, welcomed Smith to a three-year term on the steering committee: “We are thrilled to welcome Steve to SPARC’s leadership team. His deep knowledge of critical scholarly communications issues combined with his orientation towards action make him a perfect fit for the Steering Committee; we’re looking forward to working with him.”

Smith’s term will run from January 2019 through December 2021.

UT Libraries Ranks 23rd among Public Research Universities in the US

The University of Tennessee Libraries has received an impressive ranking from the leading source of data on our nation’s research libraries. The UT Libraries currently ranks 23rd among public research universities belonging to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

ARL is a nonprofit organization comprised of 124 major research libraries in the US and Canada, including 116 university libraries as well as eminent non-academic institutions such as the Library of Congress and the National Library of Medicine. The association gathers and publishes statistics annually on the collections, expenditures, and staffing of the member libraries.

“Though it’s always first and foremost about the journey and not where we sit in a list, these rankings are a good shorthand measure of the hard work and commitment of our great staff and the university’s investment in its libraries,” said UT’s dean of libraries, Steve Smith. “It’s gratifying to see our efforts reflected in this key national library ranking.”

Among all university libraries—both public and private—that are members of ARL, the UT Libraries advanced three positions over the previous year, from 47th to 44th. UT’s current standing is the library’s highest since ARL updated its ranking scheme in 2005 to reflect the increasing importance of electronic access to scholarly resources.

ARL has been collecting ranking data since 1908, although the formula used has changed over the years. UT has been a member of the association for more than 50 years.

Dean Steve Smith Reappointed to Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries

UT Dean of Libraries Steven Smith has been appointed to another three-year term on the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries. Smith has served on the advisory council since 2012.

The Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries is the state entity that oversees library services that benefit all Tennesseans. The council advises the Tennessee State Library and Archives on long-range plans for library programs, services, and activities in Tennessee.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and encourages and promotes library development throughout the state. The state library supports Tennessee’s Regional Library System; provides construction funding, library materials, continuing education, and technology assistance to Tennessee’s public libraries; and encourages resource sharing across the state.

One ongoing project of the state library that benefits Tennessee’s colleges and universities is the Tennessee Electronic Library, an online collection of research resources made available free of charge to Tennessee residents.

Get Help with Final Papers During Writing Blitz, Dec. 5

Writing papers got you down? Not sure how or where to start your research? Join us for a “Writing Blitz” in 209 Hodges Library on Study Day, December 5. Work surrounded by others with the same goal in mind: finish those papers!

Librarians and Writing Center staff will be on hand from 5 p.m. to midnight, but students are welcome to camp out all night. Workstations are reserved for your use, and there will be coffee, tea, lemonade, and healthy snacks to get you through the night. The first 50 participants will receive a free goodie bag.

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