It has been said that newspapers are a “first draft of history” but JoAnne Deeken, head of UT Knoxville Libraries’ Technical Services and Digital Access, believes — for Tennessee — “newspapers are history.” This is why she is thrilled UT Knoxville has received $325,165 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to work with the Tennessee State Library and Archives for the digitization of 100,000 pages of Tennessee’s microfilmed newspapers, dating from 1836-1922, as part of the NEH’s National Digital Newspaper Program.
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Poet Jeff Daniel Marion will be the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence at UT Libraries for the 2010-2011 academic year. As Writer in Residence, Marion will organize the Writers in the Library series of readings held in the John C. Hodges Library.
Linda Phillips, UT Libraries professor and department head, has been named interim dean of UT Libraries. Phillips officially begins her appointment on July 1.
The University of Tennessee Libraries and the UT Knoxville Office of Research will recognize and celebrate university faculty who have written books during the last year with a special faculty authors reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the first-floor galleria of Hodges Library.
Author and Cormac McCarthy scholar Christopher J. Walsh will speak at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville and at Hodges Library at UT Knoxville, April 7-8.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the UT Libraries and many of its friends and benefactors recently celebrated the acquisition of the Libraries’ 3 millionth volume, “TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book.” The Cherokee speller was published in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1819. The Libraries’ copy is one of only three known to exist.
UT Knoxville and the UT Libraries will hold a by-invitation-only event to celebrate the acquisition of the libraries’ three millionth volume, “TSVLVKI SQCLVCLV, A Cherokee Spelling Book,” at 5 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the first floor galleria and Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.
Barbara Dewey, professor and dean of the University of Tennessee Libraries, has been named dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at The Pennsylvania State University. The appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2010, pending approval of Penn State’s board of trustees.
Historic photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains are available in a new image collection from the UT Libraries. The images in the Thompson Brothers Digital Photograph Collection are the work of Jim and Robin Thompson, prominent photographers in Knoxville from the 1920s through the 1940s and pioneering photographers of the Smoky Mountains.
The nation’s most highly regarded poet will visit UT Knoxville this month for a poetry reading and book-signing event. Kay Ryan, the 2008-2009 U.S. Poet Laureate, will read and talk about her poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the University Center auditorium. A book-signing event will follow. The event is free and open to the public.