Physical Course Reserves and Online Course Materials for Fall 2020

As the UTC Library continues preparing for the Fall 2020 semester, we have been working hard to provide access to course materials for faculty. This has included access to online articles, books, chapters, musical scores, streaming video, and more. 

With the opening of the Library to current students, faculty, and staff in August, we are striving to provide the best services possible while maintaining the health and well-being of our staff and patrons. In some cases, this means limiting the amount of in-person interactions.

Physical course reserves are problematic in the age of COVID-19. The recommendations from the American Library Association and other library and museum organizations is to quarantine materials for at least one day upon their return. Sanitizing books is not typically recommended, as the process may damage bindings. The Library has adjusted our course reserve policies and practices to mitigate health and safety risks associated with handling physical materials and to provide sufficient quarantine periods for materials upon return.

The following physical course reserve options are available to faculty for the 2020-21 academic year: 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan periods. Due to COVID-19, we have eliminated a previous option to allow 3-hour in-library only loans to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 24 hours (books) or72 hours (DVDs) after each use depending on their material type. Finally, the Library will not include games, kits, and high-touch and hard-to-sanitize resources -in physical reserves. To request physical course reserve materials, please complete the online Course Reserves Form.

Due to our new safety precautions, the Library strongly encourages faculty to utilize electronic materials and upload or link to them within UTC Learn (Canvas) in lieu of placing materials on physical reserve. This ensures that all students, on- and off-campus, may access course-related content easily and safely, positions faculty to better pivot to online in the event face-to-face or hybrid classes move online during the semester, and provides students access to materials after the Thanksgiving break as they prepare for final examinations from off-campus locations. 

To facilitate the emphasis on electronic materials, instructors may request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles or book chapters as permitted under copyright law, or consult with their Library Departmental Liaison for help in considering alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see our Copyright and Fair Use Information.   Please also note that it is often challenging for the Library to acquire course textbooks in electronic format.  The following publishers will not allow us to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications: Pearson, Cengage, Houghton, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press (textbook division), Elsevier imprints (Elsevier Health Science, Mosby, Saunders), Lippincott, WW. Norton, and Thieme. Library staff are happy to work with you on locating alternative online materials.

We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including:

  1. Using an existing e-book in the relevant subject area from the library’s e-book collection or requesting that the library purchase one. There are many academic e-books that aren’t considered textbooks and are therefore available for the library to purchase.
  2. Adopting open educational resources (OER). OER are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. 
  3. Creating reading lists utilizing direct links to articles, e-books, e-book chapters, and streaming video for use in UTC Learn.

The Library will make every effort to secure online materials that are free from digital rights management restrictions (DRM) in order to ensure unfettered student access. DRM includes limits on the number of users that can access a resource at any one time, as well as limits on copying, printing, and downloading.

The UTC Library Affordable Course Materials Initiative supports the adoption of Open Educational Materials and Affordable Course Materials available from the UTC Library and can provide consultations on request. In addition to reducing potential exposure to the virus, reducing the cost and improving the accessibility of course materials are more important than ever. Contact to arrange a consultation about ways to reduce course material costs for your students.

Please reach out to us for assistance with online materials. We are happy to help in any way we can.

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*Shout out to the University of Guelph Library who had the foresight to post this information so we could borrow!

Join the Tennessee Open and Affordable Course Materials project team as a Graduate Assistant in 2020-2021!

Two Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions have been funded through a One UT Collaboration Grant, the Tennessee Open and Affordable Course Materials (TOACM) grant. GRAs from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK) will collaborate to complete the grant projects to create a system-wide open and affordable course materials web resource and form a system-wide Open and Affordable Course Materials Council. 

This grant project builds on the success of the Affordable Course Materials Initiative at UTC and UTK’s UT Open Textbook / OER Grant program. GRAs will become familiar with Open Educational Resources, Affordable Course Materials, and course affordability initiatives. GRAs will design and build a web resource to support the growth and development of UT System affordability initiatives and promote those initiatives. Experience with web development and/or knowledge of open education and course affordability topics is strongly preferred. 

In consultation with the project team and their campus-based direct supervisor, GRAs will work on grant projects structured around the student’s learning objectives and career goals as well as project needs. GRAs will gain important transferable skills and exposure to professional software applications, professional collaboration, the complex University of Tennessee System, and data management strategies that help prepare them for further study or careers in a wide range of fields, including English, Psychology, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, and Education.

Position Details

The Tennessee Open and Affordable Course Materials Grant Assistantship spans the 2020-2021 academic year during the Fall and Spring semesters. This is a one-year term position. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 20 hours/week for a total of 280 hours/semester. The successful applicant will be awarded a $6,000/semester stipend and maintenance fee waiver (nine hours per semester) for the fall and spring semesters.

Information about graduate assistantships, including compensation, eligibility, and requirements to remain eligible for is available for UTC students on the UTC Graduate School’s Opportunities of Assistantships and Internships page, and for UTK students on the UTK Graduate School’s Graduate Assistantships page.

Duties and Qualifications

The individual filling this GA position will collaborate closely with the individual filling a second Tennessee Open and Affordable Course Materials (TOACM) graduate research assistant (GA) position to perform the following tasks 

  • Develop structure and content for and build a web resource to publicize and promote Open and Affordable Educational Resources (OER/AER) initiatives at UT System institutions.
  • Facilitate communication for and organization of TOACM Council meetings, including developing agendas, taking notes, and communicating action items.
  • Complete self-paced training on OER/AER and UT System Institutions as assigned by the TOACM Project Team.
  • Research the availability and use of OER/AER at institutions in the UT System, including collection of use and impact data.
  • Assist in publicizing and promoting the identified instances of use of OER/AER in the UT System.
  • Research and keep current on developments and best practices in the field of OER/AER and open source educational tools and materials. 
  •  Identify and evaluate OER/AER and open source educational tools being used outside the UT System to recommend consideration of those materials in UT System institutions.
  • Curate and promote instructional and outreach materials related to OER/AER use and development for UT System faculty and staff.
  • Communicate with stakeholders across the UT System to identify OER/AER champions.
  • Be mentored and directed in their efforts by the TOACM Project Team, including meeting weekly with their campus-based direct supervisor and participating in Project Team meetings.
  • Produce quarterly reports of accomplishments, outstanding tasks, and potential barriers to their work. 
  • Assist Project Team with coordination of any events, training, webinars, and meetings.
  • Optional but not required opportunities for travel to OER conferences and meetings (pending funding, interest, availability); Additional (optional but not required) opportunities to participate and present and conferences and meetings

Required qualifications include:

  • Ability to work with a group and independently and produce high quality, thorough, and accurate work;
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as demonstrated initiative and adaptability;
  • Working knowledge of office productivity suites, such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills to effectively interact with faculty and staff in a positive and professional manner;
  • Ability to prioritize and follow detailed written instructions within a multitask environment; and 
  • Ability to work 20 hours/week 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in communication, program planning, advocacy, or student government. 
  • Knowledge of or interest in issues of access and equity in higher education
  • Knowledge of or interest in Open Educational Resources / affordable course content
  • Demonstrated web development skills and experience


Interested parties from both campuses should apply for a Graduate Assistantship for Tennessee Open and Affordable Course Materials for the 2020-2021 academic year by submitting a cover letter, resume, and application to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Scholarly Communications Librarian, Rachel Fleming, at by Monday, July 20, 2020.

The cover letter should provide: 

  • A description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise
  • What the applicant hopes to gain from the assistantship, including learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals. 
  • A description of how they would like to positively contribute to the project goals of advancing open and affordable course materials programs in the UT System

We encourage all applicants to think broadly about what they hope to accomplish in their practical experiences.

History of Protest and Activism in Chattanooga

Black and white photograph of high school students participating in a sit-in at a lunch counter in downtown Chattanooga in February 1960.

Black and white photograph of high school students participating in a sit-in at a lunch counter in downtown Chattanooga in February 1960. Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

The city of Chattanooga is no stranger to nonviolent protest. From the Howard High School students who led sit-ins and look-ins in downtown Chattanooga during the Civil Rights Movement to contemporary activists advocating tighter gun controls and inclusivity, our city has a rich history of fighting for social justice. Explore our content in UTC Digital Collections and CHC Online to learn more about how Chattanoogans have fought for equality.

  • February 1960 Civil Rights Demonstrations photographs
    This digital collection documents the sit-ins and marches organized by Howard High School students in February 1960 in downtown Chattanooga. Included in the collection are images of demonstrators demanding equality at department store lunch counters in S. H. Kress & Co. and Loveman’s.
  • Black United Front newsletters
    This digital collection documents the Black Power movement in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1969 to 1971. The newsletters include powerful language and imagery that preserves African American voices of the early Post-Civil Rights era. Created by Ralph Moore, a native Chattanoogan and member of Black Knights, Inc., the newsletters are a product of Moore’s vision and his collaboration with other local activists, many of who had been involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
  • Chattanooga Women’s oral histories
    This digital collection features interviews with women activists, leaders, and community organizers. Of particular note is an interview with Maxine Cousin, which details the murder of her father at the hands of the police and the creation of Concerned Citizens for Justice, a grassroots organization with a history of advocating for the victims of police brutality.
  • Chattanooga Gun Violence Activism oral histories
    Four interviews in this digital collection document the efforts of Chattanooga Students Leading Change (CSLC), a grassroots organization that participated in the local demonstrations as part of the March For Our Lives movement, which was organized by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who led a historic march for gun control in Washington D.C. on 2018 March 24. CSLC advocates for legal and policy changes at local and state levels.


ReSEARCH Dialogues 2020: Now on UTC Scholar

ReSEARCH Dialogues 2020 Logo

The 2020 ReSEARCH Dialogues in-person events in April were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, Lisa Piazza, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor, wanted to create another opportunity for participants to be recognized for their work and showcase their scholarship. Piazza reached out to Scholarly Communications Librarian Rachel Fleming, and they collaborated on creating an online opportunity for all ReSEARCH Dialogues participants using the UTC Library’s UTC Scholar platform. UTC Scholar provides open access to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s research, creative works, and publications.

ReSEARCH Dialogues is the largest academic conference on the UTC campus. Each spring, the event showcases the scholarship and creative endeavors of more than 750 UTC faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and staff, as well as members of the local Chattanooga community in a two-day event. Fleming quickly developed a new UTC Scholar home for ReSEARCH Dialogues Conference proceedings to house the conference schedule and host the research and creative works of participants. The site was populated with the conference schedule of nearly 350 posters and presentations, providing a lasting record of presenters, session or poster titles and abstracts.

Presenters were invited to submit their works – posters, presentation slides or papers, and even recorded presentations – for inclusion in the proceedings. Submissions are now posted on the 2020 ReSEARCH Dialogues Conference proceedings UTC Scholar site. In less than a month, abstracts have been viewed nearly 1,500 times, and posters and presentations have received over 150 downloads from 19 countries.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor and the Library hope to build on the partnership. ReSEARCH Dialogues will continue to offer conference proceedings online through UTC Scholar, and the collaboration hopes to develop other avenues for sharing undergraduate research and creative works at UTC through UTC Scholar.

Explore Popular Magazines on Flipster

tiger king article from People MagazineThe UTC Library has access to nearly 1,500 magazines on Flipster through June 30, 2020.

Download the Flipster app for an improved magazine reading experience on your mobile device! In the app, click “get started,” search for “Chattanooga” and select “Univ of Tennessee-Chattanooga” and then sign in with your UTC ID and password.

Read digital replicas of popular magazines to de-stress during a challenging time.

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Titles Include:

  • The Advocate
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Essence
  • GQ
  • Outside
  • Oxford American
  • People
  • Southern Living
  • Yoga Journal
  • Do It Yourself
  • Rolling Stone
  • People
  • …and many more!