UT Libraries News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Relaxing and Studying

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Did you know that spending time with your furry friends can ease stress? Ed Cortez, professor and director of the School of Information Sciences, had the big idea of making studying more relaxing for students by visiting with service dogs.

Cesar’s Way: Frazzled by Finals? De-stress with Fido

Cesar Millan, better known as the Dog Whisperer, has featured the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) program and the role its animals will play in helping students relieve stress during finals week. The article also highlights their upcoming visit to the UT Libraries. The HABIT dogs remain one of the campus’s more popular finals week

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UT Offers Tips, Relaxation to Get Students Through Finals

As final exams draw near, many areas of campus are offering ways to help students focus, unwind, or both. And while the first step of being ready for finals is staying healthy, students will have activities ranging from ice cream socials to puppy play time to help soothe their frazzled nerves. Classes end this Friday. Monday, April 29, is a study day. Finals begin Tuesday, April 30.

Creative Writing Doctoral Students to Read at Writers in the Library

Five of the best doctoral students in the Creative Writing Program will share their work with the community on April 22. Stephanie Duggers, Christian Anton Gerard, Tawnysha Greene, Daniel Wallace, and Ryan Woldruff will read from their work at the last Writers in the Library event of the semester. The reading will be in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

English Professor to Read from New Book at April 15 Event

Marilyn Kallet

From medieval poetry to Greek myths, Marilyn Kallet has drawn inspiration from many sources. Kallet, a UT English professor, has a new book coming out this year. She will share both her inspiration and her work with the community as part of the Writers in the Library series on April 15. The reading will be in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

UT to Host STEM Symposium for High School Students April 6

Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium at UT on Saturday, April 6. The inaugural Big Orange STEM Symposium (B.O.S.S.): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. UT Libraries is sponsoring the event. The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online. The registration deadline is Friday, March 22. A free lunch with be provided for registered students.

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.