New 2018 Palgrave Humanities and Social Sciences Ebooks!

The UTC Library now has access to over 2,500 Palgrave Macmillan ebooks from 2018 in the following disciplines:

  • Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Business and Management
  • Economics and Finance
  • Education
  • History
  • Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Political Science and International Studies
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Social Sciences

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Here are a few interesting titles from this collection:

Faculty Workshop Series

The UTC Library is pleased to offer a new series of workshops this semester, focusing on topics of interest to faculty. The series will cover scholarly identity and scholarly communication topics such as author rights, open access, open educational resources, identity management and identity management tools. While the workshops were designed with faculty in mind, graduate students and other researchers are welcome to attend all workshops. The complete list of workshops

Authorship & Agency in Scholarly Communication
You’ve done the hard work of research and writing, now learn how to care for those works as they go out into the world! We will explore author rights and other copyright concerns, as well as what to consider when choosing venues for publication.
Wednesday Feb 20, 1:00-1:30, LIB Room 205
Thursday Feb 21, 11:00-1:30, LIB Room 205

Measuring & Maximizing Research Impact
Develop a more holistic vision of measuring research impact through the exploration of both traditional and alternative resources in addition to learning helpful tips for maximizing exposure to your research.
Wednesday March 6, 11:00-11:50, LIB Room 205
Thursday March 7, 11:00-11:50, LIB Room 205

Managing Your Scholarly Identity
Learn more about ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and how to manage your scholarly identity. We will explore what author identity means, how ORCiD supports scholarship, and provide assistance in setting up and updating an ORCiD account.
Wednesday March 20, 1:00-1:30, LIB Room 204
Tuesday March 26, 11:00-11:30, LIB Room 204

Introduction to OER
Find out more about Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Open Education movement in this workshop. We will cover where can you find OER materials, why use OER, how to create OER, and what is Open Pedagogy.
Thursday, April 4. 11:00-11:30, LIB Room 205
Friday April 5, 1:00-1:30, LIB Room 205

These brief workshops are designed to fit in to your busy schedule, we hope you can attend!
If you have suggestions for topics to cover in future faculty workshops, please let us know!

Civil Rights Movement in Chattanooga Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion

Join us for the opening of “We Demand an End to Racism!”: The Civil Rights Movement in Chattanooga, an exhibition authored by students in Professor Eckelmann Berghel’s Modern Civil Rights Struggle class in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Department of History in Fall 2018. Student curators will participate in a panel discussion to discuss their process and themes, including integration in public schools and universities, youth activism, white opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Power through the lens of the Chattanooga community.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 3:05 PM to 4:20 PM

Location: UTC Library, Southern Writers Room (LIB 440)

This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Department of History. To learn more about the exhibition and the students’ interpretation read our Notes on an Exhibition series.

Howard High School students protesting at the S. H. Kress department store in Downtown Chattanooga in February 1960.

Voice of a Naturalist: A New Web Exhibit from Special Collections

This blog post was authored by Haley McCullough, an intern in the Library’s Special Collections unit from the UTC Department of English in Fall 2018.

Born this week in 1878, Robert Sparks Walker cultivated a love of the natural world while living on his father’s 100-acre farm near the Tennessee-Georgia state line on the eastern side of Chattanooga. His love of nature would become Walker’s life’s work. After graduating with a law degree from Grant University (which is now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), he followed his true calling and, in 1900, became the editor of the Southern Fruit Grower magazine, which reached thousands of Americans throughout the region and elsewhere in the United States. He held this position for 21 years. After retiring from the magazine business, Walker focused on his writing. He penned thousands of articles, short stories, and poetry over his lifetime. His most famous works are Lookout: The Story of a Mountain and Torchlights to the Cherokees: The Brainerd Mission, the latter being nominated for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for History in 1931. His most lasting work, however, is not in writing. Walker founded the Chattanooga Audubon Society and transformed his childhood farm into the Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary, now known as Audubon Acres.

Robert Sparks Walker with his pet bird, Noah.

Robert Sparks Walker with his pet bird, Noah.

Robert Sparks Walker’s humility, faith, and reverence for the natural world are contagious and one can easily see that his writing reflects his true feelings for the pastoral. In his writings, one can see his love of nature, or naturalism, seep through every word and line. He was sending a message to his readers so that they could truly appreciate the world around them and all living things in it. This universal lesson transcends time to speak to all people, even in this age of technological progress. The love of nature does not take away from our way of life but enhances it. Regardless of our technological advancements, Robert Sparks Walker’s life lessons endures today because nature is an important part of daily life and without it, mankind cannot truly be whole. Voice of a Naturalist: Life Lessons from the Writings of Robert Sparks Walker is an homage to the influential Robert Sparks Walker and his place in our city’s history. These works are a small representation of the primary materials housed in Special Collections, which is located on the 4th floor of the UTC Library.

Notes on an Exhibition: Kaitlyn Warf

This blog post was authored by Kaitlyn Warf, a student in Professor Eckelmann Berghel’s HIST 3475: Modern Civil Rights Struggle class that curated an exhibit on display in the George Connor Special Collections Reading Room, located in room 439 of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library in Spring 2019.

Look-Ins and Stand-Ins: The Desegregation of Chattanooga’s Movie Theaters

For our class, HIST 3475 The Modern Civil Rights Struggle, our group researched the history of Chattanooga’s civil rights movement and youth activism. We began our research by visiting Special Collections several times and combing each group members’ archival findings. In time, each member uncovered numerous historical records and articles and together we developed an engaging timeline of historical events. Young the protesters’ involvement make Chattanooga’s civil rights demonstrations unique. Chattanooga, unlike many major cities in the South, lacks a historic black university, places that mobilized African American students across the region. Instead, Chattanooga’s local Howard High School students brought the national movement to their city. Between the years 1960 to 1963, a wave of civil rights protests reshaped the city’s educational institutions and social fabric.

By February 1960, sit-in demonstrations reached Nashville; Howard students learned of nonviolent protest tactics through newspaper coverage and adopted them to protest local segregated institutions. These sit-ins would persist for several months until late 1960, when Chattanooga businesses met with civil rights leaders and worked out a plan for lunch counter desegregation. After this success, Howard High students focused their attentions on segregated movie theaters. The protests and demonstrations to desegregate movie theaters, often called “look-ins” and “stand-ins”, remain a forgotten moment of Civil Rights activism of the city’s history.

State Theater eye-level view, circa 1960s. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

State Theater eye-level view, circa 1960s. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

The Howard students who became involved in activism during the sit-ins also participated in the look-ins. The protests focused on two main theaters: State Theater and Liberty Theater, which resulted in two separate charges of disorderly conduct against some of the students. The defense attorney for the students, Bruce Boynton, claimed none of the actions by his clients would constitute “disorderly conduct” and that they have a right to protest. Of the twelve students in court, six were officially charged and ordered to pay a fine of fifty dollars. Five of the students were facing two charges of disorderly conduct.

Much of popular civil rights history focuses on major events, like desegregating schools and voting rights, but these smaller victories represent a major part of civil rights history and showcase the unique contributions of young black high school students. Access to culture and information should not be overlooked as valuable civil rights aims. In segregated movie theaters the norm was for black customers to sit in the balcony while white customers enjoyed the movies on the ground floor. Apart from the desire to enjoy movies on the first floor, students raised concerns about safety when considering that these balconies were often only accessible from outside fire escapes. It was not only a matter of practicality and safety. Segregated movie theaters reflected the broader Jim Crow system of Jim Crow local civil rights activists sought to topple.

Court proceedings of Howard students involved in the “look-ins” by Jim Mooney. Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Court proceedings of Howard students involved in the “look-ins” by Jim Mooney. Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.