UT Libraries News

Inspiring Ideas: UT Libraries


Get to know Gayle Baker and Thura Mack from the UT Libraries. It’s Baker’s job to stay current on electronic resources for faculty and students, and then make sure they know how to use them. Mack has been working in libraries since she was in high school, when she worked with an outreach librarian who delivered books on tape for the blind in the community.

5K Run to Benefit UT Libraries March 2

Library 5K

The twenty-first annual Love Your Libraries 5K Race benefiting the UT Libraries will take place on Saturday, March 2. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Circle Park. Registration is available on the day of the race from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The UT Graduate Student Senate is sponsoring the event.

Writers in the Library Continues with Valerie Laken on February 25


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.

Events Aim to Lower Stress of Finals Week

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.

UT Libraries Introduces New Database of the Smokies

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.

Big Idea: New Tech Tool Helps You Find Books in Hodges Library

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 to Read his Works


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.

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.