2016 Library Open House

2015-cakeJoin us for the Library’s Open House and enjoy sweet treats and refreshments while learning about all of the ways the Library can help you! Information about programs, services and materials available to you will be on display.

Learn more about the Library Studio, Writing & Communication Center, 1-on-1 Research Appointments, equipment available to you, treasures held in the University Archives, and much more! Plus, there will be candy and buttons!

The Library Open House will be held on Monday October 31st from 1:00 – 3:00pm on the Library 1st floor.

Super special bonus prize: You can enter to win $50 from Starbucks! Simply visit the Open House and fill out an entry form.

2016 Halloween Costume Contest

costume-winners-tableYour favorite time of year is here!

The Library’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest is back, with your chance to win a $50 Starbucks gift card!

Simply visit the Library in costume on
Monday October 31st
1:00pm – 3:00pm
We’ll take your picture and enter you into the contest (voting takes place on the UTC Library’s Facebook page).

Check out past entrants in the Facebook photo galleries here: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Hope to see you at the Library in costume on Halloween!

eResources for National Bullying Prevention Month

No bullying by Leo Reynolds /CC by-nc-sa 2.0

No bullying by Leo Reynolds /CC by-nc-sa 2.0

This October marks the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign instituted by the PACER Center to bring communities together to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. While the PACER Center focuses on the needs of children and youths, bullying is a social issue that plagues many age groups and social settings in our world. Many of UTC Library’s online resources can assist with research on the many forms of bullying and can help provide context for why we should stand up against bullying.

Most people associate bullying as an issue with young people in school. Bullying, however, can occur among all age groups at all levels of education. Some resources available include articles like “Prevention of Bullying in Early Educational Settings: Pedagogical and Organisational Factors Related to Bullying” in the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal and “Bullying at a University: Students’ Experiences of Bullying” in Studies in Higher Education. The ebook “Keeping the Child Healthy and Safe” has ideas about how to create environments free of bullying.

Bullying is also not limited to occurring at school, as evidenced by ’Yes, We Have an Anti-Bullying Policy, But…’ HR Professionals’ Understandings and Experiences with Workplace Bullying Policy” in Communication Studies and the ebook “Managing Workplace Bullying.” Issues of bullying online and in the workplace are just as prevalent.

Together, we can work toward removing bullying from our schools, our workplaces, and the places we inhabit online. We can be inspired programs like Stop Bullying Now!, featured in the article “Stop Bullying Now! A Federal Campaign for Bullying Prevention and Intervention” also from the Journal of School Violence. By better understanding what bullying is, how and where it occurs, and how people work to prevent it, we can join the worldwide effort toward stamping out bullying.


eBooks / eJournals

Journal of School Violence

The Journal of School Violence is a multi-disciplinary, quarterly journal that publishes peer-reviewed empirical studies related to school violence and victimization. Accepting a variety of social science methodologies, this international journal explores the broad range of contemporary issues centering on violence in the school environment.
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Managing Workplace Bullying

by Aryanne Oade

How to Identify, Respond to and Manage Bullying Behavior in the Workplace
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Keeping the Whole Child Healthy and Safe, 2010

Editor: Marge Scherer

Explores what it means to foster health and safety for students by offering a look at the issues from many angles, addressing both physical and mental health and safety.
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Author Visit and Book Signing with Cherie Priest

The UTC Library is delighted to welcome local author and University of Tennessee alumnus Cherie Priest back to campus for a haunting reading from her latest novel, The Family Plot. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions and have their copies of her books signed by the author.

The event will take place in the Southern Writers Room located on the 4th floor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library on Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30pm. Light refreshments will be served at 5pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Cherie Priest is a graduate of M.A. program in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the author of 20 books and novellas, most recently the haunted house thriller The Family Plot, the acclaimed gothic horror stories Chapelwood and Maplecroft, and the hit young adult project I Am Princess X. But she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker.  Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor; and three novellas for Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, her first foray into George R. R. Martin’s superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the interstitial mystery), debuted in the summer of 2011. Her short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird TalesPublishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies – and her books have been translated into nine languages in eleven countries. These days, she lives in a nifty old house in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and a menagerie of exceedingly photogenic pets.

Get into the Halloween spirit by sporting a steampunk costume at the event. Get inspired by the Clockwork Century or for a little extra motivation, read Cherie’s blog posts Steampunk Wardrobe Customizations for the Lazy, the Poor, or the Crafty and How to Steam Up Your Old Goth Wardrobe.

More information about this event can be found on the UTC Library website.

October is Tennessee Archives Month!

The theme of this year’s Tennessee Archives Month is “Three Part Harmony: Archives, Genealogy, and You.” In that spirit, here are some of the resources that Special Collections has to offer for those conducting genealogical research focused on families and individuals in the greater Chattanooga area:

  • Chattanooga City Directories
    • These books, originally intended to serve as a listing of area residents, businesses, organizations, etc., also function as an invaluable resource for those with local roots to learn more about their ancestors’ occupations and places of residency. In addition to the City Directories in the rare books collection, a number of earlier Chattanooga City Directories are available on microfilm on the ground floor.
1948 Chattanooga City Directory

1948 Chattanooga City Directory

  • Local Histories and Biographies
    • There are several titles in our rare books holdings about early European settlers in the Hamilton County area, most of which have full indexes for looking up surnames.
John Wilson, Hamilton County Pioneers (Chelsea, Michigan: Book Crafters, 1998).

John Wilson, Hamilton County Pioneers (Chelsea, Michigan: Book Crafters, 1998).

  • Civil War
    • For those interested in genealogical research on Civil War-era persons, the General John T. Wilder Memorial Collection of rare books contains numerous items of interest including regimental histories, battle narratives and personal memoirs.
Edward Parmalee Smith, Incidents Among Shot and Shell (Philadelphia: Edgewood Publishing Co., 1868).

Edward Parmalee Smith, Incidents of Shot and Shell (Philadelphia: Edgewood Publishing Co., 1868).

  • Manuscript Collections
  • Microfilm Newspaper Holdings
    • In addition to rare book, manuscript and digital collections, the library also holds a number of local newspapers on microfilm on the ground floor that are great places to begin searching. Newspapers contain a wealth of information about individuals – look for engagement and birth announcements, obituaries, and other articles in our local newspapers holdings.

While by no means exhaustive, this list is an excellent starting place for conducting genealogical research in the UTC library. To make a further inquiry on a specific subject please use our Ask-an-Archivist service. Happy researching!