Halloween Costume Contest

Visit the UTC Library on Friday October 30 between 11am and 2pm to enter the Halloween Costume Contest.

Costume photos will be posted to Facebook, and the picture with the most likes by November 9th at midnight wins!

Winner receives a $50 Starbucks Gift Card!!! And bragging rights, of course.

Check out costume photos from 2014, 2013 and 2012 on the Library’s Facebook page.

Is your costume a winner?


Prepare for Graduate School Exams!

Taking a graduate school admissions test sometime soon? The UTC Library can help you get ready!


Studying for an exam

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Testing and Education Reference Center contains preparation materials for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and Miller Analogies Test. It includes practice tests, ebooks on mastering the tests, tips and strategies, and more! It’s all located under the “Grad School Tools” tab.

You’ll have to create a free account in order to access the practice tests and ebooks.
Testing and Education Reference Center

screen shot of Databases tab on UTC Library Home Page

You can also access this resource from the ‘Databases’ tab on the UTC Library Home Page.

Banned Books Week 2015

home_page_image_01UTC Library is celebrating Banned Books Week from September 27 – October 3. Visit the Library to see a display of books that have been frequently challenged, pick up a Freedom To Read boomark or pin-on button. Or, celebrate by having a discussion with friends and colleagues about your favorite book and whether it’s ever been challenged or banned.

The following statement and list is taken from bannedbooksweek.org/about and gives some context to Banned Books Week. Also, the UTC Library holds 7 of the 10 most challenged titles from 2014 – and we’re happy to borrow a copy of the 3 we don’t own for you through our inter-library loan program. The UTC Library supports Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2014 were (Ed. Note: with links on how to get them from the UTC Library added):

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  2. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
  3. And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  4. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  5. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
  6. Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  9. A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
  10. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

For more information on Banned Books Week, click here.

Check Out Our Trial of Science!

The UTC Library has a trial of the journal Science through December 15, 2015.Science_Trial-Access_Image_200x95

Science is a peer-reviewed general science journal that features the latest research, scientific news, and commentary.

Its coverage includes anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, computers, ecology, engineering, evolution, genetics, geochemistry/geophysics, materials science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, physics, psychology and more!

Science really does have a little bit of everything for everyone from the researcher to the curious general reader.

Access is available here: utc.edu/science-trial as well as via “Get It @ UTC” links on Science article citations in our databases and “view online” links from Science citations in WorldCat Discovery.

Science offers content awareness alerts via email that you can sign up for here: https://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/alerts/main
(Just make sure to access the actual articles you want to read via the link above to ensure you get access to the content behind the paywall)

Please take our survey to tell us your thoughts on this trial and if you think we should subscribe to Science.

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Welcome back, Mocs!

Threepenny Opera, University Echo, 1974 October 25, Volume 74, Issue 10, p1.

Photograph of Dennis Haskins and Henry House performing a scene from The Threepenny Opera.

Over the summer, we’ve been hard at work acquiring new materials for Special Collections, including the papers of Dennis Haskins, AKA Principal Richard Belding from Saved by the Bell. Known for his catchphrase “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?”, Haskins played the role of Mr. Belding in Good Morning Miss Bliss (19781989), Saved by the Bell (1989-1993), and Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993-2000) for more than a decade.

Before Haskins was a star in Hollywood, he was a very busy Moc. Haskins reported for the student paper, acted in the Drama Club and Harlequins, served as entertainment chairman of the Student Government Association entertainment chairman, and distinguished himself as a member of the Blue Key Honor Fraternity and the Raven’s Society. In fact, Dennis was a founding member of the Harlequins, a community theater group directed by Dorothy Hackett Ward. Not only did Haskins perform in plays, he also worked as a stage manager and authored original plays, including Movement without Words , written “for the students, by the students, and free.” Dennis did not only devote himself to scholarly and acting pursuits. He also spent his time managing the local band Overland Express, who regularly performed at Yesterdays.

Dennis Haskins script for "Jessie's Song" signed by the cast of Saved by the Bell.

Dennis Haskins script for “Jessie’s Song” signed by the cast of Saved by the Bell.

As the Student Government Association’s entertainment chairman, Dennis organized and promoted events for students like movies and concerts. In his SGA role, Dennis brought Ike and Tina Turner to UTC on April 7, 1973. Haskins also leveraged his membership in the Blue Key Honor Fraternity to organize an annual basketball game dubbed “Freaks vs. Fuzz” which pitted the UTC “Freaks” against the “Fuzz,” a team comprised of members of the community like the city commissioners. The proceeds of the event funded two scholarships to support the children of UTC and Chattanooga police officers. In addition to his student government, acting, and academic pursuits, Haskins was a member of the basketball. In fact, Haskins used some of the organizational skills that served him so well as the SGA entertainment chairman to get important Mocs basketball games aired on local television station WTVC 9.

Since his UTC days, Haskins has gone on to have a successful career as an actor in film and television. He started his role as Mr. Belding with Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which aired on the Disney Channel in 1988. The next year, NBC renamed the show Saved by the Bell. Known for the catchphrase “Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?”, Haskins continued to play the role of Principal Belding until 2000 in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, long after the original wrapped in 1993. After retiring the role of Richard Belding, Haskins appeared in several movies and television shows including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and A Million Ways to Die in the West.