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.
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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.
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.
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.