The Libraries will have new extended hours during Maymester! May 11 through May 29, McWherter Library will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The library will be closed on the weekends, as well as Wednesday, May 13 for Personnel Development Day and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Visit our website for more information on the Libraries’ hours.
Need help with a paper or project? Feel free to ask a librarian any time! Visit Ask a Librarian on the Libraries’ homepage. You can chat with a librarian, text @ 901-201-5389, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 901-678-2208. One-on-one research consultations can also be scheduled, and get answers to simple questions by clicking on the FAQ link. Don’t get frustrated. Ask a Librarian!
Spring semester is underway, and we’re working hard to increase access to scholarly resources and plan quality programming for the diverse U of M community.
Early English Books—Over 97,000 microform titles are now searchable in our catalog, including almost every English book published from the invention of printing to 1640.
New eBooks—The Tennessee Board of Regents subscribed to 177,781 titles through EBSCO, which will be available this week in the Libraries’ catalog.
Knowledge Unlatched— Several libraries have paid vendors to procure open access rights for eBooks as part of a pilot program. Click here for a list of available titles.
Black History Month—We are posting a variety of research resources, interesting links, and upcoming events related to African American history on our social media pages throughout the month of February. Visit McWherter Library and explore our reference display and digital slideshow.
RefWorks Schedule—Faculty and students can attend free workshops throughout the semester and learn how to use RefWorks software to manage citations.
Coming in March:
Exhibition Opening, Fourth Floor of McWherter Library (Tuesday, March 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m.)—Mark your calendars! The Libraries will host an opening reception for “Woven Into Words: Tennessee Women Making History.” The evening will include a presentation by Dr. Christine Eisel (Dept. of History) who will discuss the exciting online women’s history project her students are building using the Libraries’ special collections. Free and open to the public.
Dance Performance, Rotunda of McWherter Library (Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)–In celebration of Women’s History Month, U of M graduate student, writer, and actress Jazmin Miller will present her original one-woman show, “The Journey of Truth,” about the life of abolitionist and activist Sojourner Truth. In partnership with the Department of Theatre and Dance and the African and African American Studies program. Free and open to the public.
The faculty and staff of the University Libraries wish you pleasant and relaxing Winter Break and a happy New Year! Congratulations to the December 2014 graduates and their families. For our interim hours, please click here. Don’t forget to visit our exhibition, “From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America,” on view in the rotunda and on the fourth floor of McWherter Library until January 16.
The Libraries continues to encourage and support undergraduate research at the University of Memphis. This semester, the Libraries was part of two honors research forums taught by Dr. Pam Dennis and Cody Behles. Professor Dennis’ class, “Surviving the Research Blues: A Historical Approach,” focused on local history and civil rights issues. The students consulted the Libraries’ special collections and other primary resources to inform their final projects, which they presented at the December meeting of the West Tennessee Historical Society. Professor Behles introduced his students to issues concerning scholarly communication in the 21st century. The class spent time in the Memphis and Shelby County Room at the Memphis Public Library examining and mapping communication networks of Memphians throughout history. For more information about undergraduate research on campus, visit the web site of QuaesitUM, a peer-reviewed annual publication that showcases students’ work in all disciplines.
We’re pleased to announce we have subscribed to Browzine, an app which allows users to access our paid electronic periodical content through their mobile devices in a display that emulates physical bookshelves. Thank you to all across campus who participated in the trial; your feedback was appreciated. If you have not already, download the app and follow these instructions to start browsing the Libraries’ collection of journals! Feel free to contact Cody Behles (email@example.com) with any questions.
Finally, the University Libraries is thrilled to welcome Athena the tigress back to her home in front of McWherter Library. Athena had been away receiving much needed repairs, and she returns to the University of Memphis as a powerful symbol of wisdom. We thank artist Pam Cobb and the Friends of the University Libraries for their generous support of her care.
We look forward to serving our University of Memphis communities in 2015!
We hope you had a pleasant Fall Break! As the semester progresses, we continue to offer additional ways to connect students and faculty to our resources.
The University Libraries has arranged for a trial of BrowZine, a new app for mobile devices, until November 21, 2014. BrowZine allows users to access our paid electronic periodical content through their mobile devices in a display that emulates physical bookshelves.
Here’s how to try BrowZine:
From your iPad, iPhone (please note that BrowZine works best on iPad 2 or later), or Android device, download BrowZine from the App Store, Google Play, or Kindle/Amazon store and install it.
When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools. Select the University of Memphis, then enter your user ID and password (same as for other University Libraries’ resources). Choose the subject areas and start browsing! Don’t forget to let us know what you think of BrowZine by leaving a comment on the blog or e-mailing Cody Behles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help finding subject-specific resources, you can explore our collection of customized online research guides. Themes of recent guides include Network Science, the Sociology of Gender, and Tiger Blue Goes Green: Sustainability.
The next time you’re in McWherter Library, be sure to browse our two New Additions bookcases located on either side of the Circulation desk. Acquired titles are also posted on our Pinterest page and often highlighted on Twitter and Facebook.
Whether you are working at home or on-campus, the University Libraries’ staff is happy to help with your research. Visit our Ask a Librarian page for a list of FAQs and multiple ways to contact us including text, chat, and e-mail; there’s even a form you can submit if you’re having technical difficulties with the Libraries’ online resources. For writing help, please make an appointment with the Center for Writing and Communication located near the reference desk on the first floor of McWherter Library.
The University Libraries continues to connect our students with current technology to improve teaching and learning. We have added GoPro cameras (available to students for check out at Circulation) and a 3D printing lab (students can schedule a training session here) for the fall semester. Read more about the Libraries’ new devices in the Memphis Daily News.
Great database news! University of Memphis students and faculty can use the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) Databases to conduct research across multiple business-related disciplines. Click here for more information and to apply for a WRDS account. In addition, members the U of M community now have access to the biology module of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), the world’s first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
The University Libraries recently acquired a collection of papers from the administration of Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn (1971-1975). A selection of photographs, speeches, telegrams, and other materials will be on display on the first floor of McWherter Library until Tuesday, October 28. Researchers can also visit the free Internet Archive to read digitized oral histories of the Dunn administration conducted by Dr. Charles Crawford, Department of History.
Join us in McWherter Library on Friday, October 17, 2:30 p.m. for the first presentation in our new University Libraries’ Faculty/Staff Research Seminar series! Historian and librarian Dr. Mark Danley will share his research on strategic thought and the history of books and reading in the eighteenth-century British army. Free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, November 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m. the Friends of the University Libraries will present a special Veterans Day reception and lecture on the fourth floor of McWherter to coincide with the exhibition, “From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America” (on view November 3-January 16). Dr. Mark Danley will speak on “War, Peace, History, and Memory: Military Service in the American Experience.” Free and open to the public. For additional Veterans Day events on campus, click here.
Thank you to all who attended our Banned Books Week events and visited the display in the rotunda. In case you missed it, you can view our Facebook photos here. A special shout-out to our friends in the Loewenberg School of Nursing for allowing Professor Bones to participate!
The University Libraries will celebrate national Banned Books Week and the freedom to read September 21-27, 2014. This year, we will focus on comics and graphic novels with special programs and a one-of-a-kind exhibit in McWherter Library. Remember to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages during Banned Books Week and throughout the year for event updates, new resources, research tips, and featured images from our Special Collections.
Webinar: Regional Issues on Banned Books
Wednesday, September 24, 11:00 a.m.-noon
Room 226, McWherter Library
Travel to London, South Carolina, Texas and California to learn about efforts to un-ban books. Free and open to the public.
Panel Discussion: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Academy
Wednesday, September 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Room 226, McWherter Library
Dr. Stephen Tabachnick (Department of English), Dr. Linde Brocato (University Libraries), Dr. Melanie Conroy (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures), and Esther Saltzman (Department of English) will explore the path to acceptance of the graphic novel in academe. Topics include the history of comics and caricatures, censorship, teaching graphic adaptations of literary works, and cataloging graphic formats for most effective access by all library users. Moderated by Community Engagement Librarian Jennifer Schnabel. Free and open to the public.
Comics/Graphic Novels Meetup for U of M Students
Friday, September 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
The Fishbowl (first floor of McWherter Library)
Drop by and meet other students who share an interest in comics and graphic novels! Bring your own comics and novels to inspire discussion or browse the Libraries’ collections on display. Hosted by Library Assistant Casey Parkman. Free and open to all U of M students.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Schnabel at email@example.com or 901.678.8210.
The faculty and staff in the University Libraries are pleased to welcome you back to campus! We look forward to supporting your research, answering your questions, and offering you a comfortable and stimulating learning environment. Our Fall Semester hours for all branches are posted here, and we will resume online chat hours beginning September 2.
In addition to our collection of more than 1.4 million books and e-books, 10 million manuscripts, 10,000+ periodicals, more than 300 databases, and over 600,000 government documents, we are happy to announce new and upcoming programs and services. To reserve spaces and sign up for most workshops and events in the Libraries, you can now use this link! Highlights include:
RefWorks Training Workshops: Learn how to manage your citations and format your paper and bibliography. Full schedule available here.
3D Printing Lab: Students, sign up for a ten-minute training session in the library and you’ll be ready to print in 3D for free!
New Technology: Students can use the new touch-screen monitors in the Fishbowl and in the Learning Commons. Faculty members and students can reserve the Fishbowl for groups of 9-25 here. Coming soon…GoPro cameras!
The Center for Writing and Communication (CWC): The Libraries welcomes Dr. Will Duffy and his talented team of tutors to the first floor of McWherter Library. Now, when you come to the library for research help, you can also polish your writing, editing, and oral communication skills. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit the CWC web site.
“From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America”: The University Libraries will present an exhibition of diaries, letters, photographs, and ephemera from the Preservation and Special Collections department along with Government Publications which tell powerful stories of Americans who served in the armed forces. Displays will be on view November 3-January 16 in the rotunda and on the fourth floor. Accompanying public programs will be announced shortly.
Grab lunch or an espresso from Einstein’s and hang out in McWherter Library. We’re here to help make your semester a success!
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Registration is going strong for the 9th annual Delta symposium scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and hosted by Willy Bearden! Join us for a full day of distinguished speakers, images and music and learn about the Delta regions while supporting the University Libraries. Click here for a full schedule.
Conferees will be eligible to win door prizes during the buffet lunch, including books by Julia Reed and a stay at the Peabody Hotel, and all will receive discounts to area museums and cultural institutions. Afternoon presentations feature Tyler Fritts on Delta Blues; Tiffany Momon on African American Genealogy; Ed Frank on Photographs of the Delta from the Libraries’ Special Collections; Will Staley on Business in the Delta; Dr. Jeannie Whayne on the Lee Wilson Plantation; and Sterling Withers on Catfish Farming.
Please see our previous post or Facebook page for morning speakers. We’re also pleased to announce a special morning presentation by Jimmy Ogle, who returns to us as the new Shelby County Historian. Congratulations, Jimmy!
Don’t miss out on this fun and educational day. Register today to secure your place!