UT Libraries News

Dean Named to Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries

Steven Smith

Steven Escar Smith, dean of the UT Libraries, has been named to the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries. He was appointed by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to a three-year renewable term. The council oversees library services that benefit all Tennesseans and advises the Tennessee State Library and Archives on long-range plans for programs and activities.

Hodges Library Implements New Online Maps to Help Patrons Find Books

Gone are the days of frustration when looking for a book in the stacks at the John C. Hodges Library. Patrons, say hello to StackMap. A team of UT librarians and staff implemented the program this fall, which displays a map along with book information and its location when someone searches for a book in the library’s catalog.

Hodges Library Commons to Open at the End of the Month

Students will have more group study spaces, improved video and sound editing rooms, and expanded academic support when the Hodges Library Commons reopen at the end of this month. The Commons, which encompass the second floor of the library, have been under renovation since the summer. The updated space will feature enclosed group study rooms, some of which will have interactive smart boards.

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Kicks Off Writers in the Library Fall Series

Bobbie Ann Mason

Pulitzer Prize finalist Bobbie Ann Mason will lead off UT’s Writers in the Library fall series next month. Mason will read from her works at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

UT Library to Help Students Unwind During Finals Week with Massages, Games

The John C. Hodges Library will be transformed into a relaxation center during finals week to help ease students’ stress as they prepare for their last exams of the semester. Starting Monday, April 30, members of the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center will be offering free chair massages in the Commons area on the second floor. Therapy dogs from Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee will also be on hand to help soothe frazzled nerves.

Student Winners to Read at Final Writers in the Library Event April 16

The final Writers in the Library event of the academic year will feature readings by student winners of the John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Prizes. Readings from the winning works will take place in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16. The event is free and open to the public.

Hodges Library Commons to Undergo Major Renovation

The Commons in Hodges Library will undergo a major renovation this spring. Renovations will begin immediately following this semester’s final exams and continue for several months. The pay-off for some temporary inconvenience will be an updated facility that improves the Studio and provides more group study spaces, more natural light, and better organized services.

Campus Invited to Reception for Faculty Book Authors

The campus is invited to a reception that will honor and celebrate the success and scholarly contributions of faculty who have recently published books. The event will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, in the Jack E. Reese Galleria of the John C. Hodges Library. Faculty books will be on display at the reception.