Celebrated author Valerie Laken will read from her work as part of the Writers in the Library series on February 25. The reading will be in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Laken recently published her second book, the short story collection Separate Kingdoms. The stories are set in the United States and Russia and were partially inspired by her travel and work in Eastern Europe.
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Finals begin Thursday, and for some students that means marathon study sessions, too little sleep, and too much stress. Luckily, students (and faculty and staff) won’t have to look far to find some fun respite to the chaos.
Friends and fans of the Great Smoky Mountains now have an added resource to research the history, plants, animals, culture, and digitized photographs of the mountains and surrounding region. The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the UT Libraries has released the new Database of the Smokies, a free online bibliography of Smoky Mountains material published since 1934, the year the national park was established.
Need a library book, but don’t want to spend hours hunting for it in the John C. Hodges Library? Thanks to a big idea called StackMap, the search should be much quicker. StackMap displays book information and pinpoints not only the floor but the specific shelf range where a book is housed.
Internationally acclaimed poet Adam Zagajewski—widely known for his poem “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” published in The New Yorker in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—will be on campus on October 31 to read from his works. He will participate in an informal chat at 2:00 p.m. in McClung Tower. His reading begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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 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.
The News Sentinel featured the UT Libraries’ “De-Stress for Success” event, an assortment of stress-relieving activities to help students during finals week. Read the story here.