Academic libraries educate students to navigate the complex universe of scholarly information regardless of physical location. Our libraries collect content in print and digital formats, including monographs, magazines, peer-reviewed academic journals, databases, audiovisual materials, research datasets, manuscript, and archival records. Library faculty and staff instruct students to locate, evaluate, select, and incorporate high quality information into their decision-making. These skills not only support student coursework and research but establish critical proficiencies for lifelong learning and professional success following graduation.
The Paul Meek Library on the Martin campus is the primary hub for this work, with a staff of professional librarians and information specialists. But collections and services are available through library functions at the regional centers and with digital content available 24/7 to any student regardless of physical location. In addition, the Paul Meek Library houses the Steven E. Rogers Media Center, the J. Houston Gordon Museum, and the Alliene and Jimmie S. Corbitt Special Collections Department, which provide student access to emerging technologies, curate art and historical exhibits, and preserve the history of UT Martin and western Tennessee.
The Paul Meek Library supports the University of Tennessee at Martin's mission as a diverse community of learning. We provide access to information, resources, and services that meet the curricular, research, professional, intellectual, creative, and personal needs of the UTM community.
The J. Houston Gordon Museum at the University of Tennessee at Martin is hosting Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust, an exhibition from the Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, Israel. The exhibit showcases thirty panels featuring nine aspects of the Jewish woman's daily life during the Holocaust: Love, Motherhood, Caring for Others, Womanhood, Resistance and Rescue, Friendship, Faith, Food, and the Arts. It gives expression to the unique voice of Jewish women in the Holocaust: their choices and responses through the brutality, relentless hardship, and evil they had to face daily. The exhibition reveals the poignant stories behind the historical events and provides faces and voices within the darkness and silence.
Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust is open to the public in the J. Houston Gordon Museum, weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm, through August 10, 2021. The gallery is in the Paul Meek Library on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. For more information, contact museum curator Samuel Richardson at 731-881-7094 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Paul Meek Library tackles many behind-the-scenes projects during the summer, but for 2021 the library is facing a migration of sorts. Not annual leave to fly south to an ocean beach, but migration to a new Integrated Library System (ILS) that underpins and organizes much of the library’s digital content. These migrations are necessary to improve patron access to the expanding universe of scholarly information.
In this case, the library is migrating to a wholly new open-source ILS platform called Folio, produced by the informational services company EBSCO and developed with a community of libraries and librarians around the world. Paul Meek Library faculty and staff are working with IT Services on a facelift to the Library’s web page to streamline access to the new platform. This migration will create more robust access to information resources in both print and digital forms, integrating description of items in the library’s physical collections with full-text digital content patrons previously located through the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) search tool. The new Folio platform will provide customized tools including information about items on loan, holds, and overdue notices. “People who have previously used the PML search option won’t notice much of a difference,” Ann Funkhouser, manager of Support Services, explains. “The power users will now see that there’s no catalog anymore. Everything will go through the new PML search function.”
The new system and library web page are scheduled go live on June 21. As a result of the migration, library patrons will receive e-mail notification requesting the creation of new account and password for authentication into the new system, which can be the same as the user’s UT Martin domain password. The move to Folio will also situate the Paul Meek Library to adopt the OpenAthens single sign-on protocol in December to further expand patron access to scholarly electronic resources. To learn more about Folio, visit folio.org.
The Paul Meek Library recently hosted a reception for Dr. Dawn Wilkins, a professor in the UT Martin's Department of Biological Sciences, who was named the 2021 spring semester Featured Faculty Scholar. This biannual program highlights the research and scholarly output of UT Martin faculty. Wilkins’ research focuses on native birds in the west Tennessee region, including woodpeckers, owls, ospreys, and herons. The reception included an exhibit with selections of Dr. Wilkins work, curated by staff from the Library’s special collections department. Additional information about the event is included in a press release and details about Dr. Wilkins’ research is available on her faculty profile.