Music, poetry, and displays will be part of a September 8 commemoration of the achievements of the University of Tennessee’s African-American students and faculty. The UT Libraries will host the 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. event in the John C. Hodges Library. It is part of the university’s yearlong celebration honoring the first African-American undergraduate students at UT Knoxville.
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Linda Phillips, a long-time professor and associate dean of libraries, has announced her retirement effective August 31. She served as interim dean last academic year during the search for the libraries’ new chief. The campus is invited to a reception in her honor on Tuesday, September 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Black Cultural Center.
Tennessee has now made its first contribution to a national electronic database of historical newspapers, thanks to a federal grant. The Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project is a joint effort between UT and the Tennessee State Library and Archives to digitize more than 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is providing scholars of early America with a new tool for researching religious thought in the South. Southern Manuscript Sermons before 1800: A Bibliography, edited by UT Knoxville English professor Michael Lofaro, is now available in both book and database form.
“Clearly, the book is not dead.” That was the message University of Tennessee Libraries Interim Dean Linda Phillips shared with an audience gathered to honor UT faculty members who published books in the past year. An April 13 reception in the John C. Hodges Library was hosted by the University Libraries, the Office of Research, and the Office of the Chancellor. More than fifty books representing sixty-five UT authors were on display, including several e-books viewable on laptops displayed alongside the bound volumes. The e-books were published by the University of Tennessee’s online imprint, Newfound Press.
Marielle Veve, assistant professor and interim metadata leader at the UT Libraries, is the recipient of the 2011 Esther J. Piercy Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Veve was recognized for her innovative thinking and leadership in technical services librarianship, her contributions to library associations, and her research and publications.
Steven Escar Smith has been named the dean of the University of Tennessee Libraries. Smith, interim executive associate dean at Texas A&M Libraries in College Station, Texas, begins his new role on July 1. “We are thrilled that Steve has agreed to take this critical leadership position,” said UT Knoxville Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin.
The 19th annual Love Your Libraries Fun Run benefiting UT Libraries will take place Saturday, March 5, at Circle Park on campus. The event is sponsored by Comcast and hosted by the UT Knoxville Graduate Student Senate.
This News Sentinel article reports on the recent UT event honoring the life of Horace Kephart, a figure instrumental to the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. UT Libraries hosted the event, which also celebrated the university’s acquisition of a significant collection of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings and other records of Kephart’s life.
Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the current Poet Laureate of Virginia, will read from her work at Writers in the Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, in UT Knoxville’s Hodges Library auditorium.