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Women’s History Month eBooks

March is Women’s History Month. Beginning in the early 1980’s, the United States celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of women throughout our history.

The Library offers many great eBooks that are relevant to this topic:

Join Scholarly Communications as a Student Assistant starting Summer 2020!

The Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) in the UTC Library is hiring a part-time student assistant to support the Initiative by creating a database of course-mapped open resources in general education.

The Affordable Course Materials Initiative is a scholarly communications service, housed in Special Collections in the UTC Library. Scholarly Communications services also include copyright and licensing consultation, open scholarship, data management, and instruction on scholarly communications, and open publishing at UTC.

Student assistants working on this project will:

  • Create a database of general education course offerings and their adopted textbooks using Google Sheets;
  • Research open and affordable textbooks which could be suitable replacements;
  • Assist gathering and reporting data related to ACMI courses;
  • And collaborate on the creation of outreach materials related to the ACMI.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and produce high quality, thorough, and accurate work
  • Ability to follow detailed written instructions
  • 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

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated experience using complex data entry systems
  • Experience using online library databases to search for articles and e-books.

This position is funded at $9.00 per hour for 10 hours per week during Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. The successful candidate is expected to begin working May, 13, 2020 and continue through April, 27, 2021. Student assistants may not work more than 29 hours per week on campus, and must disclose any other on campus work.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and application to Scholarly Communications Librarian, Rachel Fleming, coordinator of the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, using the UT Vault.

  • Log into UT Vault at using your alias address and UTC password. Every UTC student has an alias address. Example: would enter her email address as
  • Address the message to Rachel Fleming at Rachel-Fleming@utc.eduwith the Subject: Student Assistant Application – Your Name. Compose your message and attach your cover letter, resume, and complete application.
  • Check the box “Send me verification when the message is received.”

The cover letter should provide a description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise and describe the applicant’s motivation for working with the ACMI. The cover letter should also describe how the applicant would like to positively contribute to the goals of the ACMI. Applicants should address what they hope to gain from the position and how it will contribute to their career goals. Candidates must interview with the Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Special Collections communicates with student assistants through email and a Google calendar. Further, Special Collections uses Google Sheets to manage most projects. Schedules are managed through MocsMail calendars. Students are expected to consult their calendars and email daily.

Student Assistants are subject to the Student Assistant, Intern, and Volunteer Guidelines for Working in Special Collections and are responsible for making their own parking arrangements. Parking information may be found on our Hours, Location and Facilities.

Binge Watch Ken Burns Documentaries During Spring Break!

ken burns jazz documentary landing pageUTC Library provides streaming access to many Ken Burns documentary series that have aired on PBS over the past few decades via the Academic Video Online database.

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Some highlights include:

Country Music

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

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Ken Burns’ PBS series on Jazz

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Civil War

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Dust Bowl

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National Parks

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The Roosevelts

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Vietnam War

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The West

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Join Special Collections as a Graduate Assistant in 2020-2021!

Graduate Assistants (GA) help Special Collections achieve its mission by working on archival processing and description, digital capture and metadata projects, and outreach initiatives including exhibitions and lesson plan development. In consultation with the Director of Special Collections, GAs will work on projects based on the students’ learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals as well as unit needs. Students who successfully complete projects in Special Collections gain important transferable skills and exposure to professional software applications 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.

The Special Collections Graduate Assistantship spans the 2020-2021 academic year during the Fall and Spring semesters with the possibility of renewal for the 2020-2021 academic year. Graduate Assistants are expected to work 20 hours/week for a total of 280 hours/semester. The successful applicant will be awarded a $4,500/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 is available on the Graduate School’s Opportunities of Assistantships and Internships page.

Duties and Qualifications

Assistantship duties may include:

  • assist in scholarly communication and Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) projects by gathering and reporting data, assisting in the design and creation of assessment tools, and creating outreach materials;
  • collaborate on the creation of instructional materials related to scholarly communication topics like publishing, open access, and copyright;
  • conducting research and writing narratives for grant applications;
  • arranging and describing archival collections;
  • authoring biographical and historical notes that provide context for archival materials;
  • creating finding aids in compliance with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and local practices using ArchivesSpace;
  • conducting oral history interviews;
  • creating descriptive metadata and developing digital collections using CONTENTdm;
  • applying controlled vocabularies, including LCSH, LCNAF, AAT, and, to describe digital objects;
  • curating web and physical exhibitions and creating exhibition panels and catalogs;
  • authoring lesson plans for K-12 audiences;
  • and developing Buzzfeed quizzes, blog posts, and other outreach initiatives.

Required qualifications include:

  • ability to work 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;
  • ability to follow detailed written instructions;
  • and ability to work 20 hours/week during Special Collections’ hours of operation.


Interested parties should apply for a Graduate Assistantship in Special Collections for the 2020-2021 academic year by submitting a cover letterresume, and application to the Director of Special Collections, Carolyn Runyon, at by Friday, May 15, 2020.

The cover letter should provide a description of the applicant’s relevant experience and expertise and address what the applicant hopes to gain from the assistantship, including learning objectives and how the assistantship would meet the applicant’s career goals. The cover letter should also describe how they would like to positively contribute to the mission of Special Collections. We encourage all applicants to think broadly about what they hope to accomplish in their practical experiences and pitch specific projects such as curating exhibits, processing collections, authoring finding aids, drafting records management policies, creating a digital preservation plan, developing programming, or creating curriculum maps, lesson plans, and research guides.