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Meet our Scholarship Recipient

Mindi Anderson is the 2017-18 recipient of the Red and Theresa Howse and Jim and Betty Papageorge Library Scholarship Endowment.

My name is Mindi Anderson, and I am the recipient of the Howse/Papageorge scholarship for this school year. Since working in Pendergrass, I have come to realize that a career in a learning environment is right up my alley. I hope to finish my undergrad in 2019, and complete my master’s in library science immediately after.

I am passionate about literature, and aspire to pursue a career in libraries. The Howse/Papageorge scholarship has helped to make that dream come true. Coming from a single parent home, finances are limited. The assistance provided by the scholarship helped ease the financial burden, and made realizing my dream that much more doable. Thanks to the Howse/Papageorge scholarship, my future at UT and in the library field is looking bright!

Meet Our Public Services Librarians

If you stop by the Hodges Library Public Services desk for help or chat with us online, you’ll likely talk with one of our Public Services librarians. They’re available to answer a quick question or to provide in-depth research assistance.

Click on a photo to find out more about them. (They’re not stereotypical librarians!)

Librarians are available to answer your questions by walk-in, email, phone, chat and text, and by appointment with the librarian who specializes in your discipline —

Remodeled Quiet Study Space in Hodges Library

Students looking for a quiet place to study should check out the refurbished Miles Reading Room on the first floor of Hodges Library. Upgrades to the Miles Reading Room include new furniture, fresh paint, more power outlets, and a more open and appealing study environment—including a variety of booths, counters, pods, and easy chairs.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the Miles Reading Room on Friday, September 22, at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the celebration.

Further renovations to library spaces are planned, including upgrades to both public and staff areas at Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library and a Graduate Student Commons adjacent to the Miles Reading Room to support the unique needs of graduate students.

Writers in the Library: Kirstin Valdez Quade, Sept. 25

On Monday, September 25, Kirstin Valdez Quade will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the John Leonard Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. “Set mainly in tight-knit Catholic, Mexican-American communities in New Mexico,” writes the Dallas Morning News, Night at the Fiestas “enthralls with tales of people striving to better their lives while enduring the aftermath of past mistakes.” The New York Times calls three of Quade’s stories from Night at the Fiestas “legitimate masterpieces” and goes on to say, “This is a variety of beauty too rare in contemporary literature.”

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and Guernica, and it has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Currently she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

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. A brown bag Q&A, open to University of Tennessee students, will be held at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

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 series 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 or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


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“Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection” now online

Kefauver Crime Committee

Senator Kefauver (center) confers with chief counsel Rudolph Halley during Senate crime committee hearings. (Estes Kefauver Papers, University of Tennessee Libraries)

US Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee gained national attention in the early 1950s when he chaired congressional investigations into organized crime in America. Kefauver’s records of those inquiries form the basis of Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection, one of the newest digital collections of the University Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The crime documents were digitized from materials in the Estes Kefauver Papers, the largest collection in UT’s Modern Political Archives, which are housed in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

In 1950 and 1951, the Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce held hearings in major cities across the US, interviewing hundreds of witnesses and exposing the intrusion of organized crime into business and government.

The new medium of television brought the Kefauver hearings, as they were popularly known, into millions of American living rooms. The public was captivated by the spectacle of senators grilling mobsters on live TV and shocked by revelations that public officials were guilty of collusion in criminal activities.

Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency

“This country cannot afford the calculated risk involved in feeding its children, through comic books, a concentrated diet of crime, horror, and violence,” according to this summary of findings on Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency. (Estes Kefauver Papers, University of Tennessee Libraries)

The hearings propelled Kefauver to national prominence, making him a serious contender in the 1952 presidential campaign.

Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection includes press releases, speeches, article drafts, and government publications. Also included are materials documenting another crime probe chaired by Kefauver: the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the United States. Seeking causes for the growing national crisis, Kefauver’s committee blamed crime movies, lurid comic books, and pornographic literature for the moral corruption of American teenagers.

Carey Estes Kefauver (1903–1963) was a Madisonville, Tennessee, native and a graduate of UT and Yale Law School. He practiced law in Chattanooga before representing Tennessee in the US House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949. He served in the US Senate from 1949 to 1963 and twice ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

More more information, contact Kris Bronstad, Modern Political Archives (865-974-3749,

Now showing at Hodges — monthly indie films

Tired of the same old same old from the major film studios? Hodges Library has lined up a series of award-winning independent and foreign films for your enlightenment and viewing pleasure.

Feature films will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library on the first Wednesday of each month, throughout the fall and spring semesters. Films will be chosen from Film Movement’s catalog of independent, foreign, and documentary films. Admission is free.

Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Mad Tiger (US and Japan).

Mad Tiger follows bandmates Yellow and Red, the primary creative forces behind “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band” Peelander-Z. Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, and each member adopts a different, anime-like “Crayola rock” persona.

For more information, contact librarian Michael Deike at

Welcome Back! Top 5 Things to Know about Pendergrass this Fall

Welcome back from all the staff at Pendergrass Library!  Here are 5 things to know about Pendergrass to start the year:

1) Pendergrass welcomes Isabella Baxter, our new agriculture and natural resources librarian.  Isabella comes to us from Syracuse University where she earned her master’s degree in library science.

2) Need research help?  Request a consultation at any stage of the research process.  We can help you develop a research topic, search for books and journals, manage your citations, and publish your work.

3) The library’s OneSearch box has a new interface.  OneSearch lets you search for books, e-books, journal articles, and more.  Have a problem or suggestion?  Please send us your feedback!

4) Don’t miss upcoming events at Pendergrass:

  • Pop-Up Library: Thursdays 11:30-1:30 in Brehm Animal Science foyer.  Meet a librarian, get research help, or return books at our mobile library booth.
  • Subject Tutoring: Wednesdays 5:00-8:00 and Sundays 3:00-6:00 in Pendergrass Study Room E.  Get help in biology, chemistry, math, and more.
  • Make Break: Every third Thursday at 2:00 in Pendergrass Makerspace.  Enjoy this hands-on tour and demonstration of our 3D printers.

5) The library has more than books!  Borrow technology equipment such as laptops, chargers, cameras, and GPS units.  Reserve a study room or practice presentation room online.

Questions?  Please contact us!

Open House at Hodges Library, Aug. 22 & Aug. 25

Hodges Library will hold open house twice during the first week of classes. Open house for undergraduates will be Tuesday, August 22. Drop by our Undergraduate Carnival on the second floor, 1:00-3:00 p.m., to pick up some swag along with helpful tips on using library services and resources.

Graduate students are invited to an open house on Friday, August 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m., on the second floor of Hodges Library. Graduate students: Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field. Learn how the library supports your research and teaching. Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and EndNote. Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery. Bring your laptop and activate your wireless account. Join us for refreshments and door prizes.

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