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Exhibit: Rare Editions of “Frankenstein”

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the UT Humanities Center is collaborating with the Keats-Shelley Association of America to celebrate Frankenreads, an NEH-funded series of events and initiatives.

Events include:

  • Frankenstein in Print: Rare Editions of Frankenstein.
    An exhibition of rare editions of Frankenstein and medical texts from the nineteenth century, on view in the Special Collections reading room (121 Hodges Library) throughout the fall semester.
  • A panel discussion: “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!: Frankenstein at 200”
    Wednesday, October 24th, Noon, Humanities Center, E109 Melrose Hall
  • A free screening of Mel Brooks’s classic 1974 film, Young Frankenstein
    Wednesday, October 24th, 6:00 p.m., Lindsay Young Auditorium. Wear a costume and win a door prize!

More information about Frankenreads.

Expand the Audience for Your Research

Open access to information — free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research — has practical, real-world implications for people right here in East Tennessee.

Because most academic research is hidden behind a paywall, many small nonprofits cannot access the peer-reviewed journal articles that can bolster their requests for grant funding. “Without access to research and those published articles, we can’t possibly be doing our best work, and that impacts our clients,” says Anita Parkhurst, grant writer for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee.

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Tenth Anniversary of Baker Center, Modern Political Archives

October 30, 2018, marks the tenth anniversary of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, UT’s public policy center named for the US senator from Tennessee who was famous for his civility and nonpartisanship. It is also the tenth anniversary of the Modern Political Archives (MPA).

On October 30, author Ira Shapiro will offer a lecture at the Baker Center: “Broken — Can the Senate Save Itself?”

The papers of a number of Tennessee’s twentieth-century political leaders reside with the University of Tennessee Libraries. The late Howard H. Baker Jr., for instance, deposited hundreds of boxes of his political records with the UT Libraries to ensure that the annals of his public service would be available to posterity.

Reagan and Baker in Oval Office

Ronald Reagan, George Shultz, Colin Powell, and Howard Baker in the Oval Office. (University of Tennessee Libraries, Photographs from the Life and Career of Howard Baker)

When the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy opened on the UT campus in 2008, the libraries’ twentieth-century political collections were rehoused in a state-of-the-art archival storage area in the new facility. These important collections form the basis of the MPA.

The archives are central to the Baker Center’s mission of promoting research, education, and discourse on government and public policy issues. The collections housed in the Baker Center are curated by an archivist and made available to students and scholars in the MPA’s reading room.

Howard Baker’s political career is particularly well documented in the MPA, and his papers are in steady use by researchers studying public policy during his terms in the Senate as well as Baker’s contributions to public life.

New Digital Collection: Howard Baker Speeches

Baker Speeches


“The Modern Political Archives receives many inquiries about Senator Baker’s papers, especially his speeches and remarks given before the Senate,” said Kris Bronstad, the MPA archivist. “This past year, we digitized transcripts of a selection of his speeches and made them available online.”

The fully-searchable Senator Howard Baker Speeches and Remarks, 1966-1985, is available at digital.lib.utk.edu/bakerspeeches. The new collection is a nice complement to another of the Libraries’ digital collections gathered from the political archives, Photographs from the Life and Career of Howard Baker (digital.lib.utk.edu/baker).

More than 30 Schools Represented at UT Libraries’ STEM Event

About fifty East Tennessee K-12 teachers devoted a recent Saturday to learning new ways to help their students excel in science and mathematics. Big Orange STEM Saturday for Educators, held at UT’s John C. Hodges Library on September 29, was sponsored by the UT Libraries, the East Tennessee STEM Hub, and the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences.

The half-day event was filled with hands-on learning activities. Teachers attended their choice of workshops: they engaged in hands-on exercises that teach mathematical concepts, learned about the history and classroom use of 3D printing, and discovered the impact of new science standards that encourage hands-on inquiry-based instruction for K-5 students. One breakout session engaged teachers in a simple math game, “Prejudiced Polygons,” that illustrates a social phenomenon: how small individual biases against diversity lead to greater segregation in the general population.
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Open Access to Research Vital to Local Nonprofits

Not long ago, Joseph Winberry, a program manager in charge of the elder abuse program at the Office on Aging, participated in a literature search workshop at UT’s Hodges Library. The UT Libraries offers these free workshops to help nonprofit organizations gain short-term access to academic research.

Winberry believes public, open access to peer-reviewed literature is vital to his organization’s effectiveness. But because most academic research is hidden behind a paywall, many small nonprofits cannot access the peer-reviewed journal articles that can help them make evidence-based decisions about programs for their clients.

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Grant Funds Digitization of Vintage Agricultural Publications

The University of Tennessee Libraries has secured funding from Project Ceres to digitize and preserve a selection of vintage agricultural publications from UT Extension and UT Experiment Stations (now named UT AgResearch). A digital collection of the Tennessee Farm News (1922-1988), Tennessee Farm and Home Science (1952-1988), and a series of Extension special circulars (1925-1968) will be available online next year at digital.lib.utk.edu.
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Library Celebrates Book Release October 18

Ever wonder how Clingmans Dome got its name? Find out at the October 18 book release party for the UT Libraries’ limited-edition letterpress book, The Spot Marked Alpine: A Story of Names, Mountains, and Men.

The starting point for The Spot Marked Alpine is an 1858 letter from UT’s Special Collections regarding the Smokies peak we now know as Clingmans Dome. Woven around this letter is the intriguing tale of a controversy that played out in North Carolina’s newspapers in the late 1850s over who should receive credit for identifying and measuring the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains.

Ken Wise and Anne Bridges, co-directors of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project and authors of The Spot Marked Alpine, will tell the story and sign copies of the book.

Join us:
Thursday, October 18
Special Collections Reading Room
Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections & University Archives
121 John C. Hodges Library
Reception at 5:30 p.m. Remarks at 6:30 p.m.

Guests will receive a copy of our beautifully designed and expertly hand-crafted letterpress book created by Arion Press of San Francisco, California.

RSVP to 865-974-6903 or mvenable@nullutk.edu

Park at the Lake Avenue Garage (maps.utk.edu) and take our shuttle bus.

Hoskins Library Storage & Reading Room Closed Temporarily

The Hoskins Library Storage & Reading Room will be closed for several days due to demolition of a nearby wing of the Hoskins Library. Demolition is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 8. The Storage & Reading Room will close at 4 p.m., Friday, October 5, and will reopen following clearance of all debris from the site.

With the possible exception of some maps and microforms, most storage materials will continue to be available for campus delivery or library pick-up, and through email delivery of scanned articles or chapters. Requests can be submitted, as usual, through OneSearch (the catalog). Digitization requests may take up to 48 hours to process.

During the closure, the service desk, public space, and large-format scanning/printing will NOT be accessible.

Storage staff can be reached via email at closedstacks@nullutk.edu or by leaving a message at 974-6214. Library Express staff can provide further assistance at either express@nullutk.edu or 974-0021.

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