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3D Printing “Make Break,” April 20

sample 3d printed objects

Have you missed Pendergrass Library’s “Make Break” tours of 3D printing this semester?  Stop by the library for our last tour of the year April 20 at 2pm! Participants will:

  • See the library’s two 3D printers
  • View sample projects and discover classroom applications
  • Explore software options for 3D design
  • Learn about the process for printing a 3D object

Participants will also be entered into a raffle for a free 3D print of up to $25 value! Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the semester and receive a consultation on choosing or designing their 3D object.

To register for Make Break, email Richard Sexton at jsexton3@nullutk.edu. If you are teaching a class that might incorporate a 3D printing, cameras, or other technology, contact us so we can work with you.

For more information about 3D printing at Pendergrass, visit our 3D printing website.

Free Coffee & Professional Photos for Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7

grad stud app week

Do you love coffee?  Need a professional photo for your LinkedIn profile or upcoming job interview?

The third annual Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) is set to take place April 3-7.  All students are welcome!

Stop by Pendergrass for free coffee on Monday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 4 at 9am (until supplies last).

Free professional headshots will be Friday, April 7 from 11am-1pm on the lawn outside Pendergrass or inside the library (rain location). No RSVP is required!

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, Graduate School, and UT Libraries are coming together to sponsor many great social events and professional development activities during this week.  Check out the full GPSAW schedule here.

Intersectionality: A Workshop on Theory and Practice, 4/24

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialogue 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 a workshop on intersectionality:

Intersectionality: A Workshop on Theory and Practice
1 – 3 p.m., Monday, April 24, 605 Hodges Library

Nora Berenstain
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Program

Patrick Grzanka
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Core Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Program
Associate Editor, Journal of Counseling Psychology

In this two-hour, interactive workshop, Intersectionality Community of Scholars Co-Directors Nora Berenstain (Philosophy) and Patrick Grzanka (Psychology) will introduce key tenets of intersectionality theory and guide participants through exercises that illustrate the insights of this important framework for studying and challenging intersecting systems of inequality — such as racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, ableism, and heterosexism. The workshop will focus on applying intersectionality responsibly and in a variety of practices, including teaching, scholarship, activism, and community partnerships.

Open Textbook Workshop: Apply through April 5

On behalf of UT, the University Libraries became members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in 2016. As part of our membership, OTN will present an open textbook workshop on campus. Instructors concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on students may apply to attend the workshop, sponsored by the UT Libraries and led by speakers from the OTN, including David Ernst (PhD, CIO for the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, and Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network). If selected, instructors will receive a $200 stipend in return for their time, participation, and a post-workshop written review of an open textbook.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hodges Library 128
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 5

More information about the workshop and a link to the application form is available here: https://tinyurl.com/ut-opentextbook.

More information about open textbooks at UT is here: http://libguides.utk.edu/opentextbooks.

Writers in the Library: novelist Manuel Gonzales, 4/10

On Monday, April 10, novelist Manuel Gonzales will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the novel “The Regional Office is Under Attack!” and the acclaimed story collection “The Miniature Wife,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. A graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program, he teaches writing at the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and The Believer. Gonzales lives in Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Of Gonzales’s most recent book, The New York Times writes, “Gonzales’s prose is crisp, but fittingly looping and parenthetical, often doubling back on itself to offer a slightly different interpretation. The point here seems to be that there is no such thing as a simple story, because all stories are about humans, and no human is entirely knowable.”

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Taiwanese Women and Film: lecture, film screening

Tze-Lan Sang will present a lecture on Taiwanese women and documentary films Monday, March 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., at the McClung Museum. A film screening, exhibit, and reception are planned in conjunction with her visit.

Tuesday, March 21

Film screening: “Let’s Fall in Love”
3:45-5:15 p.m., Hodges Library Auditorium

Monday, March 27
Meet 
professor Tze-Lan Sang
noon – 1:30 p.m., Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library
Lecture: “Gender and Media: The Case of Women Documentary Filmmakers in Taiwan”
3:30 – 5:00 p.m., McClung Museum

March 20 – March 31
Exhibit of books and films on women in Asia
2nd floor, Hodges Library

Sang is a professor of Chinese at Michigan State University and is the author of two monographs: “Documenting Taiwan on Film: Issues and Methods in New Documentaries” (Routledge, 2012), and “The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China” (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

 One week prior to her visit, there will be a screening of “Let’s Fall in Love” (Wuna Wu, 2008), one of the films she will discuss in her lecture. Her lecture and the film screening will be accompanied by an exhibit of books and films on women in Asia. This exhibit will include a section of books written by faculty in UT’s Asian Studies program.

SGA Open Education Award — Nominate Your Instructor

Is your instructor using an open textbook or other open educational resource so that everyone in your class can access teaching and learning materials? Nominate your instructor for the Student Government Association’s Open Education Award.

What makes open educational resources open? OERs are created by teachers and faculty and are licensed openly so that anyone may freely use them, read them, and build upon them. OERs can include open problem sets for practice, online tutorials open to anyone to view, and open textbooks, such as in the Open Textbook Library.

Is your instructor using OERs to increase student access to course materials, lessen the financial burden on students and their families, and mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education? This is your chance to give your instructor the recognition he or she deserves.

In the fall, UT’s Student Government Association passed legislation to establish an Open Education Award to recognize faculty members who make innovative use of open educational resources.

Any currently enrolled UT Knoxville student may nominate an instructor. Nominees will be judged on four criteria: overall educational impact, innovation in teaching and learning, economic impact on students, and quality of OER used.

Read more and nominate your instructor at tiny.utk.edu/open-educator-award. The nomination deadline is March 31.

The UT Libraries—which worked with SGA to establish the annual SGA Open Education Award—will host a reception to honor the winning faculty members on April 18.

Writers in the Library: Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers, 3/27

On Monday, March 27, poets Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers will present readings at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Maria James-Thiaw began bringing poems to life on stages during the spoken word revolution of the mid-nineties. Her works have been published in several journals including Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, Black Magnolias, Love Your Rebellion, the Spirit Speaks anthology, and others. She serves on the board of Philadelphia Stories and the Writer’s Wordshop. She is the author of three poetry collections including “Talking ‘White,’” which deals with issues of class and culture while celebrating our literary history. She is a professor of writing in the Department of English and Communication at Central Penn College in Pennsylvania.

Bobby C. Rogers is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University.  His first book, “Paper Anniversary,” won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2015, he was named a Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress by Poet Laureate Charles Wright. His new book, “Social History,” has just been released by LSU Press in their Southern Messenger Poets series.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Meet UT Libraries: Samantha Mathews

Samantha Mathews joined UT Libraries in May 2016 as a Senior Library Associate in Acquisitions and Continuing Resources.  When you check out a book, Samantha or someone in her department likely ordered and processed it.  Watch or read more to hear about Samantha’s exciting hobbies (hint: it involves the circus).


Where were you born and raised?samantha mathews headshot

Chicago, Illinois

What is the farthest away you’ve been from Knoxville?

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy

What’s your favorite thing about working at UT Libraries?

My favorite thing is that I get to go to the library everyday!  Growing up, a fun Friday night out was a trip to the local library.  Once, I was trying to check out a book that had recently been acquired and I was frustrated that it was taking so long to get to me.  Now I am the person ordering those books and I see how much work has to be done before a book can be put on the shelves.  I feel privileged to hold such a position.

Which books are on your bedside table?

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Wier, because the antics of the Tudor court fascinate me, and Dante’s Divine Comedy because I am taking a class on it.

What was your job before you came to the library?

I taught ballet at the Knoxville Dance Project and I still do!

What is your favorite hobby?

After work I can often be found at Crossfit Ktown.  Definitely NOT doing crossfit, but hanging from the ceiling, training on various circus apparatus.  I am a semi-professional circus performer with Knoxville Aerial Arts.  Our next show is a fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  If I got to meet Dolly, that would be a dream come true!

Do you have any pets?

I have a tiny kitten names Bustopher Jones, named after the cat from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.  The illustrator is my favorite artist and School of Art Institute of Chicago alum, Edward Gorey.

What’s a fun fact about you that few people know?

I received an excellent bilingual education, kindergarten-12th grade, in the Chicago public school system.

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