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Pendergrass Library temporarily closed for renovations

Pendergrass Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library reopened at 1p.m. on 8/21/18 and will close at 5p.m. Regular hours resume 8/22/18. Photos and updates to come.
Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library was temporarily closed for renovations on May 9. Over the summer, library services will be available in the nearby Brehm Animal Science Building, Room 243 (computer lab). The library will reopen prior to fall semester.

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UT Libraries is “SGA Campus Partner of the Year”

The Student Government Association has named the UT Libraries their SGA Campus Partner of the Year for 2017-18. Librarian Rachel Caldwell accepted the award at SGA’s Transition Ceremony on April 26.

The UT Libraries was recognized for collaborating with SGA to encourage the use of open educational resources (OER) in university courses. Open textbooks, one type of OER, can be read online for free, potentially saving each student hundreds of dollars a year. For several years, the Libraries has spearheaded an effort, led by scholarly communication librarian Rachel Caldwell, to inform campus about how open textbooks benefit both students and instructors.

In 2017, the Libraries worked with SGA to establish the SGA Open Education Award, which recognizes instructors who adopt OER in their courses. Together, SGA and the Libraries have been tracking the savings from adoptions of open textbooks. During the 2017-18 academic year, UT instructors who adopted open textbooks in their courses saved students almost $750,000.

The Libraries’ administration also was acknowledged for inviting SGA input to library planning with a standing invitation to the SGA president or delegate to hold an ex officio seat on the Libraries’ Dean’s Student Advisory Committee (DSAC). This ensures valuable feedback from SGA on improving library services and resources. DSAC members, in turn, were invited to review nominations and make recommendations for SGA Open Education Awards.

Rachel Caldwell and student success librarian Anna Sandelli, both of whom worked closely with the SGA over the past year, look forward to another productive year of collaboration in 2018-19.

UT Libraries Now Has a 3D Anatomy Table

The University of Tennessee Libraries has acquired a new teaching tool, a 3D anatomy table.

The touch-screen Anatomage Table is an innovative approach to teaching anatomy. Digital cadavers allow students to visualize thousands of anatomical structures and to perform virtual 3D dissections exactly as they would on a real cadaver.

The Anatomage Table is equipped with four full-sized human models and more than 1,000 pathological examples, including animal cases.

“We anticipate that the anatomy table will be used by students and faculty in numerous disciplines, from anthropology to veterinary medicine,” says Melanie Allen, the health sciences librarian for UT’s libraries. “We will offer demonstrations for faculty members this spring and summer.”

The table will be housed in the John C. Hodges Library and will be available for class use beginning fall semester 2018. The Anatomage software includes supplemental curriculum materials and quizzes to support classroom instruction.

The anatomy table was purchased through a grant from the Gladys Brooks Foundation, a supporter of nonprofit libraries, educational institutions, hospitals, and clinics.

For more information, contact Melanie Allen, UT Libraries Health Sciences Librarian (

Nikki Giovanni: 2018 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture

Nikki GiovanniPoet Nikki Giovanni can be profane, irreverent, and risqué — while delivering a sincere and loving message.

The renowned poet and activist spoke at the Bijou Theatre on April 5. Her presentation was the 2018 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

Giovanni is the author of 28 books, including three bestsellers, and the recipient of numerous awards and honors that include a Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, seven NAACP Image Awards, and the first Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.
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A makerspace in the library: help us design it


A makerspace is coming to Hodges Library. What would you like to see included in the new work space?

Makerspaces provide tools and space where people with shared interests gather to work on projects while trading ideas and knowledge. There are makerspaces for arts and crafts, and makerspaces for rapid prototyping of new products, just to name a few scenarios. A makerspace may allow the novice to explore woodworking, metalworking, and electronics in the same workshop. CAD software, 3D printers, legos, lathes, laser cutters — any or all of these might be found in a makerspace.

What do you envision for the Libraries’ makerspace?

Ours won’t be the first makerspace on campus. The Innovation and Collaboration Studio hosted by the Tickle College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Design’s downtown Fab Lab are already allowing students to turn their ideas into prototypes.

The great thing about a centrally-located makerspace open to all students is the opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration. Bringing together students with different skill sets and differing perspectives – especially students who aren’t traditionally prompted to work in this type of space — can spark innovation.

We want your input as plans for a makerspace in Hodges Library take shape over the next year.

Explore. Tinker. Invent. Think big! Tell us your vision for a library makerspace.


SGA Makes Awards to Faculty Who Use Open Resources

Left to right: Morgan Hartgrove, Student Body President; honorees Judy Day, Stan Guffey, Michael Berry, Vasilios Alexiades; Maddie Stephens, 2018-19 SGA Student Services Director.

The Student Government Association (SGA) held an awards ceremony in Hodges Library on Monday to recognize UT instructors who use open educational resources in their courses.

The winners of this year’s SGA Open Education Award are Vasilios Alexiades, Michael Berry, Judy Day, and Stan Guffey.

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching and learning. Open textbooks are a type of OER that can be read online for free, whereas a traditional textbook — even texts used in introductory courses — can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars.

On average, college students spend more than $1,200 a year on textbooks, according to the College Board. When instructors adopt open textbooks in their courses, grateful students pocket the savings.

Some of those grateful students nominated their instructors for SGA awards. Biology instructor Stan Guffey, who has been assigning open textbooks in his courses since 2012, was recognized for his leadership in adopting open textbooks and for assigning an open text in Biology 150. This year, Guffey taught 375 students in his sections of Biology 150. Assuming an average textbook price of $100, Guffey saved UT students $37,500.

In addition to being free, openly licensed textbooks can be customized by local faculty to better fit the content and goals of their own courses. They can be modified, re-purposed, and remixed with millions of other open educational resources.

In nominating mathematics professor Vasilios Alexiades, one student noted, “The instructor shared with us open source programs, tutorials, books, papers, and more. This course is all about how to solve real-life mathematical problems. . . . The case problems in this course are so different that any textbook cannot contain all information and resourses neccesary to understand and solve them. When you use OER material, this opens the door to find more and useful material of the same kind. . . . This makes a huge impact in your learning process because you participate actively in your learning process.” According to the student judges who made the awards, “This is not just about ‘free’ textbooks, this is about a good textbook that Dr. Alexiades makes great through his teaching.”

Professors Michael Berry (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Judy Day (Mathematics) also were praised for adopting open resources in Computer Science 311. According to the judges, “These instructors should be applauded for taking on something new for their 2017-18 classes and for including an open textbook in their flipped-classroom experiment. Though the open textbook was not their primary textbook, it was a helpful resource for many students that worked in conjunction with an interactive text.”

The SGA and the UT Libraries have been tracking the cost savings to students attributable to open textbooks. By adopting open textbooks in their courses, UT instructors saved students almost $750,000 during the 2017-18 academic year.

4/19: problem with Web of Science “FindText” button

1 p.m., Thursday, April 19. There is currently a problem within Web of Science: FindText buttons are not retrieving articles properly in OneSearch (the Libraries’ online catalog/discovery tool). If you encounter this problem, please copy and paste the article title directly into OneSearch. The vendor is aware of the issue and working on a fix.

We know it is crunch time, so here are some alternate ways to get to the full-text articles:

For further help, you are welcome to open a Chat session with a librarian or to send an email to

Please email us at if you encounter a similar problem with databases other than Web of Science.

Student Winners of UT Creative Writing Prizes to Read April 23

Student winners of the University of Tennessee’s graduate-level writing awards will read from their winning works on Monday, April 23. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series.


Readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The public is invited to join the university community for readings by these accomplished, up-and-coming writers.

Each spring, the Creative Writing Program awards first-, second-, and third-place prizes for the John C. Hodges Award for Fiction Writing and the John C. Hodges Award for Poetry Writing. Awards are made possible by the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, endowed by the long-time UT English professor and author of the Harbrace College Handbook, for whom the Hodges Library is named.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 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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