New Finding Aids!

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce our new and improved finding aids! Search or browse our finding aids for primary sources in our collections of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Students in the Clarence T. Jones Observatory.

Students in the Clarence T. Jones Observatory.

What are finding aids?

Finding aids are detailed inventories of collections that provide information about the creation, historical context, and contents of primary source materials. They are used to determine manuscript and archival collections useful for your research.

Need help?

This new system is a big change from the old, so if you need help finding materials, stop by Special Collections and University Archives in Lupton Library room 205 or Ask an Archivist. If you’ve got a group of five or more, book one of our on-demand workshop, Researching with Primary Sources, to learn more about our resources online and in the stacks.

The Therapy Dog Will See You Now

DogVisitBack by popular demand, it’s a therapy dog at the UTC Library!

To help relieve some stress this semester, our good friends from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine’s H.A.B.I.T. (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) program are bringing a therapy dog for a visit.

Research shows the benefits of spending time with an animal – even a short visit has positive effects – and the UTC Library wants to help give you these benefits this semester.

Students, faculty and staff are all invited to meet our furry guest on Thursday October 23 in the Library from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Drop by to say hello and give your new furry friend a pat on the head.

This certified therapy dog will be accompanied by a trained handler.  And if you prefer not to be near the dog for any reason, you can still use the library during this time. The dog will be located in a dedicated section of the first floor of the library, near the Dean’s office, and will not impede access to computers, printers, elevators, restrooms, or vending machines. As well, the 2ndand 3rd floors will be animal-free.

For more information on the H.A.B.I.T. program, visit the UT site at

Thursday, October 23
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Library, First Floor

Hope to see you there!

Celebrating FREADOM: Banned Books Week

UTC Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014

freadomJoin the UTC Library in observing this annual event, now in its 32nd year, which highlights books that have been challenged or banned and recognizes individuals and organizations that support the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable” noted U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan (Texas v. Johnson).

Librarians facing book challenges are supported not only by the Bill of Rights, but by policy documents and resources of the American Library Association (ALA). “The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack” the ALA’s Freedom to Read Statement asserts.

The Association also provides an ongoing record of challenges reported to their Office for Intellectual Freedom.  Just in the past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported. Of these:

  • 1,577 challenges were due to “sexually explicit” material
  • 1,291 challenges were due to “offensive language”
  • 989 challenges were due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”
  • 619 challenges were due to “violence”
  • 361 challenges were due to “homosexuality”
  • 291 challenges were due to “religious viewpoint”
  • 274 challenges were due to “occult or Satanic themes”
  • 119 challenges were due to “anti-family”

While the majority of challenges were directed at K-12 libraries, colleges and universities were not exempt; 114 challenges were made to items used in campus classes and academic libraries received 30 challenges for material in their collections.

How are the novels The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Bone by Jeff Smith related? They both appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books for 2013. Every year, the ALA compiles a list and posts on their website:  Two of the ten for 2013 were graphic novels, a genre that has increasingly come under fire from censors thereby receiving special recognition from the Banned Books National Committee this year.

For select banned and challenged books that UTC Library owns, check out the following lists as well as the display on the 1st floor.

Banned Books Week 2014

Banned Books That Shaped America

Banned and Challenged Comics and Graphic Novels



New Electronic Resources for 2014/2015

dbsAt the end of last term, the Library made a number of one-time purchases to support research in a variety of disciplines. All of these relevant materials are now accessible via the Library’s catalog search at

To ensure that these materials would offer as much value as possible to faculty and students, each collection offers unlimited access, includes either PDF files or HTML format (with no usage restrictions) for wide access, and requires no costs going forward.

Below you’ll find an overview of the newly-available collections to support your departments. If you would like a complete title list or have any questions, please email Theresa Liedtka at


Ebook Collections

Education:               University Press Scholarship Online 2013-2014, 37 titles and ASCD 2010-2013, 100 titles

Psychology:             University Press Scholarship Online 2013-2014, 60 titles

Sociology:                Palgrave 2014, 194 titles

Criminal Justice:    Elsevier 2011-2014, 140 titles

Chemistry:              ACS Symposium Series ebook archive, in cooperation with the Chemistry Department

Humanities:           Duke University Press 2014, 122 titles, plus a 1-year bonus of access to the entire collection of 1600 titles

Multi-subject:        Springer 2014, 6,400 titles


Journal Back Files

Sage:   460 titles included, covering 1904 to 1998

IEEE:  203 journals included, covering 1884 to 1994

Springer:  956 journals included, covering 1832 to 1996

Annual Reviews:  37 titles, covering 1932 to 5 years ago (this is a moving wall, similar to the JSTOR electronic resource)

Institute of Physics:  67 titles, covering 1874 to 2003

Elsevier, Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology:  127 titles included, covering 1947 to 1994



The List That Started It All!

utcreadscoffmanborderDuring the 2013/2014 school year when she was teaching in the English Department, Sara Coffman had an idea about sharing her love of reading with the rest of campus. Her fantastic suggestion led to the creation of UTC READS, where faculty from departments all over campus share some of their favorite titles with the rest of the UTC community. Although she’s not currently teaching at UTC, Sara’s legacy remains on campus in the form of UTC READS.

About her list, Sara Coffman says:

I believe that a love of reading comes in all shapes and forms. Sometimes what I fall in love with is serious and thoughtful like Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, and sometimes it’s high-action, high-interest like Veronica Roth’s Divergent or James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Other times, it is a book written for children like Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (one of the best books I’ve read in awhile no matter the genre or audience). Of all of these, though, if I could press one book into your hands, it would be Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny, Beautiful Things. Just read it. And if you want to share thoughts on these books or any others, you can find me at

Check out her list online, or see the books on display at the Library on the 1st floor.