UT Libraries News

Dean of Libraries Joins Tenn-Share Board

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Steven Escar Smith, dean of UT Libraries, has been appointed to the executive board of Tenn-Share, the statewide library consortium. He will serve as a member and secretary to the board through 2016.

In the News: UT Libraries Acquires Andrew Jackson Bible

UT Libraries recently acquired the Bible in which President Andrew Jackson’s family recorded household births, marriages, and deaths for more than half a century. Several media outlets have highlighted the news including: Chattanooga Times Free Press The Knoxville News Sentinel

Libraries Ranks in Top 25 of Public Research Universities

The UT Libraries has been ranked in the top twenty-five of all public research universities in the US, according to recently released data from a leading industry organization. The Association of Research Libraries ranked UT Libraries twenty-fourth among public research universities—up three spots from last year. UT remains in third place among peer institutions in

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In Memoriam: Rabia Gibbs

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Rabia Gibbs, an assistant professor and librarian, passed away on June 15. Gibbs joined the UT Libraries in 2010 as a diversity resident librarian. In 2012 she was appointed digital services and access librarian in Special Collections. Funeral services will be held this week in Gibbs’s hometown of Philadelphia.

UT Libraries Acquires First-Edition Works of Phillis Wheatley and Black Hawk

Black Hawk's Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk.

UT Libraries has purchased first editions of two historically significant works—a book of poems by slave Phillis Wheatley and the autobiography of Black Hawk, a Sauk chief who waged war on the United States in 1832. Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, published in 1773, was the first published book by an African-American woman. Black Hawk’s Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk, published in 1833, was transcribed and translated into English from the testimony of the Sauk chief.

Staff Recognized for Service at Annual Honors Banquet

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On Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Sally Parish, director of the Center for Leadership and Service; Rita Smith, executive associate dean of UT Libraries; and Melody Branch, business manager for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, were recognized for their service to the university.

UT-Published Comprehensive Bibliography of the Smokies Now Available

The most comprehensive bibliography of sources related to the Great Smoky Mountains is now available for purchase from the University of Tennessee Press. Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544-1934, is the culmination of fifteen years of research. It catalogs printed material on the Great Smoky Mountains from the earliest map documenting the De Soto expedition in the sixteenth century to writings that were instrumental in the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.