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#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)

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

Join us to Celebrate Special Collections, Honor Betsey Creekmore on April 27

The Special Collections Reading Room at the John C. Hodges Library has a sleek new look. And the Elaine Altman Evans Exhibit Area in the first-floor galleria is allowing a new audience to discover our special collections.

You are invited to an event celebrating these exciting enhancements to Special Collections on Thursday, April 27. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room, 121 Hodges Library. Join us for remarks at 6:00 p.m.

The event is also an opportunity to honor two longtime patrons of Special Collections.

Elaine Altman Evans, for whom our exhibit area is named, was an Egyptologist and curator at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture for 41 years. Evans’ bequest to Special Collections has been used, in part, to create the exhibit area and to purchase unique materials on travels in Egypt.

Betsey Creekmore has served the university in a number of positions, most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. She has been a patron of Special Collections in both senses of the word—as an intensive user of our University Archives and as a donor of funding and of family treasures gifted to Special Collections.

Please join us to celebrate our updated Special Collections spaces and to personally thank Betsey Creekmore for her longstanding support of the UT Libraries.

Please RSVP to or 865-974-6903 by April 25.
Parking will be available in Staff Lot 12, 1623 Melrose Avenue (just west of Hodges Library).

Rocky Mountain Research Station Announces USDA NEWSBOX

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) of the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service announces the new USDA NEWSBOX.

By subscribing to this service, you will automatically receive notification of new RMRS technical series publications.

To subscribe, send a request to

Your contact information will not be shared and will only be used to notify you of new RMRS publications.

You can also visit the RMRS website:

Or read RMRS publications in Treesearch:

Open Textbook Presentations, April 19

Open textbooks are openly licensed textbooks that can be read online for free. At UT, two high-enrollment courses assign open textbooks: Geography 101 and Physics 221/222. These instructors don’t see a significant difference among the many textbooks available at this course-level. They consider the open textbooks to be comparable — and, in some ways — preferable to traditional textbooks.

Students in these courses agree. The Student Government Association created legislation this year to establish the SGA Open Education Awards so students could recognize faculty and instructors creating or using open educational resources. The nominations demonstrate student appreciation for instructors who increase access to course materials, lessen financial burdens on students and their families, and mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education.

Join the UT Libraries in welcoming presenters from the Open Textbook Network at the following events on Wednesday, April 19, and learn more about open textbooks:

Breakfast Meet-and-Greet with Open Textbook Workshop Presenters, 8:00-8:45 a.m., Hodges Library in the Mary Greer Room (258). Open to all.

Presentation on Open Textbooks, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Hodges Library in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. Learn more about open textbooks at this session geared to those providing academic support and student services (those not teaching courses or assigning textbooks). There will be time for discussions and questions.

Workshop on Open Textbooks (prior registration required; registration now closed), 2:30-4:30 in Hodges Library. Workshop participants are faculty and instructors who select textbooks for their courses. They will learn from David Ernst (University of Minnesota and Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network) and Merinda McLure (Colorado State University).

SGA Open Education Award Winners Announced

Have you heard about open textbooks or open courseware? UT’s Student Government Association worked with the University Libraries over the last year to launch an award recognizing instructors who use open educational resources, including free and openly licensed textbooks, in their courses.

On Tuesday, April 18, the SGA Open Education Awards will be presented to instructors of three courses at the University of Tennessee. The ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Wooten Commons West on the second floor of the John C. Hodges Library.

The winners of one award are the instructors of Geography 101. These instructors decided to pilot the use of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library this semester, and two students nominated their instructors of this multi-section course for the award.

One student wrote, “I used this textbook for the assigned class reading which ultimately helped me with homework, tests, and quizzes. It saved me so much money, and I appreciate it so much.” There are approximately 570 Volunteer students enrolled in Geography 101 this spring. Using an open textbook in Geography 101 saved students approximately $56,180 this semester.

For his graduate-level statistics course, educational psychology and counseling professor Louis Rocconi uses an open textbook that includes additional simulations and case studies, developed by David Lane at Rice University. The student who nominated Rocconi wrote, “I appreciated that Dr. Rocconi used open textbooks. Many statistics textbooks cost over $100 and are cost-prohibitive, but Dr. Rocconi used two open access textbooks that were free and did a great job at teaching us what we needed to know. The relief from the stress of having to purchase expensive books was amazing.”

These instructors follow the example set by Marianne Breinig, a professor of physics at UT. She began using an open textbook for her Physics 221 and 222 courses. Breinig uses the open textbook because she sees a great deal of similarity among all physics textbooks at the introductory level and likes that the text is freely available to all students, eliminating a barrier to accessing course readings.

Her colleagues in physics agree. All sections are now using the open textbook College Physics. With between 700 and 800 students each semester, the cost savings for these students really adds up. Breinig will receive the Open Education Trailblazer Award at the award ceremony in Hodges Library on Tuesday.

For more on open textbooks, go to:

Films on Demand Veterinary Collection Includes 248 Videos

What is the Veterinary Streaming Video Collection?

People who work in veterinary medicine frequently rely on what they see to diagnose problems and make snap decisions.  The Films on Demand Veterinary Collection of 248 streaming videos brings a much needed visual component to veterinary students’ lessons, facilitating learning in often subtle ways textbooks alone cannot.

How to Access and Use the Collection

Access the videos through OneSearch or the library database menu.

The Films on Demand platform allows faculty to include content from the collection on Canvas.  Other features include creating playlists from the content.

Which Topics Do the Videos Cover?

  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Animal behavior and learning
  • Animal health, nutrition, and disease
  • Basic veterinary skills
  • The veterinary workplace
  • Veterinary treatments and procedures

The videos come mostly from Animal Care Technologies.

How We Got the Collection:

In January 2017 Pendergrass Library set up a trial of the Veterinary Collection distributed by Films on Demand, a platform we already use for academic videos in other subjects.

All the comments were positive, so we paid the subscription fee and will try the collection for a year.  Thanks to all who offered feedback on this resource!

Counter the “Dr. Google Effect” with Downloadable Handouts

The growing popularity of the Internet has made it easier and faster to find health-related information – right at your fingertips.

Although much of it is valuable, some can be false and misleading.  These handouts can help veterinary clients decide whether information they find on the Internet or receive via email is likely to be reliable.  Developed by the Pendergrass Library team, these handouts can be downloaded from the guide to services for the Veterinary Practice Team:

Find them on the tab “Reliable Health Info for Animals and People.”

Have other veterinary resource needs?  Contact Ann Viera, Pendergrass veterinary librarian,, 865-974-7338, or the veterinary librarian in your state or region.

“A More Modern Way of Studying”: 3D Printing at Pendergrass Library

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Virginia Ingram and Richard Sexton show off her 3D printed laryngeal systems, one before coloring and one after.

Virginia Ingram, a student in UT’s audiology and speech pathology program, learns best by experience.  That is why she contacted Pendergrass Library to 3D print a model of the human larynx.

In Ingram’s anatomy and physiology class with Dr. Tim Saltuklaroglu, students could submit a model for an extra grade.  She realized that having a 3D printed model would help her study and memorize the parts of the larynx.

“I’m a visual learner, and I thought it would be helpful for me to learn some of the different systems by actually being able to hold them in my hand,” Ingram said.  “3D printing is just a more modern way of studying.”

Over two weeks Ingram worked with Richard Sexton, IT Technologist at Pendergrass, to develop her project.  She told Sexton what she wanted, and he suggested various tools to design a new model or find one already in existence.

“Richard helped guide that whole process. He was really collaborative with me for the different types of things that might work,” Ingram said.

Once they selected a model, it took seven hours to print. Ingram then colored the model to memorize the different parts of the laryngeal system.

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Close-up of Ingram’s models, including hand-colored parts of the laryngeal system.

“Because I’m such a hands-on learner, the section that I did the best in was the laryngeal section.  I believe it was because I got more involved with it and I had something tangible that I could play with, color, and understand better,” she said.

Ingram highly recommends 3D printing to other students.  “It’s a pretty easy process, and the gains that came out of it were worth it and pretty big.  My model was perfect, beautiful, and exactly what I needed.”

Her experience with 3D printing has opened up new opportunities. She mentioned the model to Dr. Molly Erickson, a professor in audiology and speech pathology who researches voice disorders.  Erickson and Ingram are modifying the model and testing the effects of different parts of the laryngeal system on the sound of the voice.

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Ingram and Erickson are modifying the model to test the effects on the sound of the voice.

Ingram also sees practical applications for her 3D printing.  Her career goal is to work in a clinic, and she plans to print more models to help explain anatomical structures to patients.

In the four years that Pendergrass has offered 3D printing to UT students, faculty, and staff, the library has thrived on partnerships like Ingram’s larynx.

“Partnerships with academic departments expand the reach of 3D printing to those that might not have realized it is applicable to their discipline,” said Sexton.

For more information about 3D printing or to start a 3D project, visit  The Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library is located on the agriculture campus at 2407 River Dr. and serves students, faculty, staff, and the community seeking information related to UT’s Institute of Agriculture.

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