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Scholars’ Collaborative

Featured Projects

The Scholars’ Collaborative works with researchers on a variety of projects. Below are some examples of our collaborations.

Libraries Help Faculty Start, Continue New E-Journals

Journal CoverDr. Thomas Dailey in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries is editor of the National Quail Symposium Proceedings (NQSP) and has had a role with the publication since 1993. He and his fellow editors noticed that the proceedings, published as books, were not getting high citation counts.

Dailey asked the University Libraries how to increase the visibility of this valuable research on nonmigratory birds. In consultation with Scholars’ Collaborative librarian Rachel Caldwell, NQSP is now an online serial, similar to an e-journal, hosted by the Libraries. With digitized backfiles and a new issue about to be published, it is also an open access publication, making it findable — and citable — by researchers and policymakers everywhere.

NQSP papers are gaining worldwide readership in the three months since they were made available online. From the eastern United States to France to South Korea, several papers have already been downloaded over 30 times. Research shows a positive correlation between downloads and future citations (see, for example, Brody, Harnad & Carr, 2006).

The University Libraries currently hosts 13 peer-reviewed journals, edited or founded by UT researchers. See the online NQSP.

October 2017

Digital Pedagogy

screenshot of Shakespeare projectTori Swanson, lecturer in the Department of English, wants to challenge her students to move beyond the traditional paper and create critical works in digital form. Her goal is to help her students develop both their writing skills and acquire digital skills, such as website creation, video editing, or digital annotation, to help them prepare for life outside of school.

Former Scholars’ Collaborative librarian Ashley Maynor has worked with Dr. Swanson over multiple semesters to design digital assignments with the same rigor as traditional capstone papers. Dr. Swanson is just one of many instructors beginning to use digital pedagogy with the Scholars’ Collaborative’s help. We have also taught graduate students in German to create an interactive multimedia book and helped students in history learn about the slave trade through interactive maps and timelines.

Knoxville Oral Histories

Knoxville Oral Histories ProjectLiz Teston, UT professor of Interior Design, is actively collecting oral histories about the changing face of Knoxville’s Market Square over time. She wanted to find a way to showcase her work online, follow best practices for file preservation, and to increase visibility of her research.

Former Scholars’ Collaborative librarian Ashley Maynor assisted Professor Teston with the website design and implementation in WordPress, the preparation of digital objects and metadata for a collection in Omeka, and is currently collaborating on interactive data maps to be added to the site. With the help of the Scholars’ Collaborative, the oral histories research Teston has conducted will later become part of the Libraries’ Special Collections and become part of the Digital Public Library of America.


William Derris Collection

William Derris Collection of Smoky Mountain Images and VideosThe UT Libraries has created an online digital collection of photos and home movies of the Smokies taken in the 1940’s, ’50’s, and ’60’s by William Derris, owner of the Derris Motel in Townsend, TN. The images and video document landscapes, flora, wildlife, and people in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and were used by Derris to entertain and inform guests at his motel.

Scholars’ Collaborative staff, Michelle Brannen and Ashley Maynor, assisted librarians in creating the 12 movie clips presented by helping cut and edit the content of the films to create the 12 samples and by recording, editing, and adding the music tracks.

Go to the William Derris Collection

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection

Sanborn MapsThe Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a large-scale representation of the growth and layout of American cities. The University of Tennessee Libraries’ collection currently provides digital versions of the four earliest sets of Knoxville maps – 1884, 1890, 1903, and 1917.

Go to the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection

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