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Finals Hours – Fall 2017

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Paying more and getting less: the Net Neutrality roll back plan

Are you frustrated with your cable or phone provider but live in an area where you have little choice? Get ready to be frustrated with the entirety of the internet in the same way.

The ALA (American Libraries Association) blog discusses the upcoming FCC vote to roll back protections that disallow ISPs (service providers – like Comcast or Verizon) from taking advantage of what they will allow us to see on the web or tamper with the quality of certain websites.

“…this new FCC order would create a world where ISPs are allowed to block, slow down and limit quality access to any websites or applications they want. ALA stands vehemently opposed to these actions; the draft order violates all the principles we believe are necessary for a free and open internet as well as fundamental library values.”

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Net neutrality protections eliminated in draft FCC order

Reads: "because the internet shouldn't have a slow lane. libraries transform"Last week, we highlighted a disturbing policy change that we had been anticipating for a while: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s plan to roll back the net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic and services equally.

Between Thanksgiving preparations and leftovers, we have had some time to review this big turkey (220 pages worth). Below are some first impressions…..read more.

Copyright Fridays! Graffiti is protected by federal law: the Long Island City 5Pointz verdict

Attitudes towards graffiti have changed radically over the past 30 years. Now, there’s typically a legal contract and mutual agreement between real estate developers and mural artists to create the beautiful works you see on the sides of buildings all over Tampa Bay and in many cities in the world. While the differences between “mural art” and “graffiti” can still be disputed, the case illustrated in the article below proves that any artwork has worth and is protected by federal law.

The Long Island City 5Pointz building was spectacular (I was living in New York at the time when this divisive issue was being discussed), and it drew in tourists and natives alike to LIC. That this case took so long is a testament to how complicated copyright law can be, especially when it comes to artists’ rights.

In a Surprise Verdict, Jury Says Developer Broke the Law by Whitewashing 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca

But the judge has yet to make his final ruling.

A federal court jury in Brooklyn has handed a preliminary victory to a group of graffiti and aerosol artists in a closely watched case that pitted the rights of street artists against those of a property developer.

The six-person jury found that real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff and his related companies broke the law when, in 2014, he whitewashed the 5Pointz graffiti mecca in Long Island City in the middle of the night. However, the jury decision will serve only as a recommendation to the case’s presiding judge, Frederick Block, who has yet to hand down a final verdict and assess whether any damages must be paid…..read more

UTWrites with Bella L. Galperin, Wed Nov 1

Please join us for this Fall 2017 UTWrites event. This reading is free and open to the public.

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The myth of online privacy: if you are on social media, consider yourself exposed

Do any of you remember Friendster? Of course you don’t. I’m an “old,” so I have fond memories of being apart of one of the first large-scale social networking platforms that began in the early aughts. Friendster and MySpace are now defunct, or close to it, replaced by a dozen other social sites, with Facebook as the reigning champion with over one billion accounts worldwide. My old Friendster account is archived online and can be analyzed in a variety of ways, just as yours is today.

As a college student in 2017, you are probably apart of at least one of these social networking sites. You may think your profile is fully private (please adjust your settings if it’s wide open – employers can and will look you up!), but the truth is that if you have friends online, certain kinds of information about you can be gathered, even if you aren’t on Snapchat or IG.

If you’re interested in media studies and would like to write about “social media” as a contemporary phenomenon, consider privacy issues. Read the article below and see what you think.

On social media, privacy is no longer a personal choice

Social networks can make predictions about people, based on information from their friends

……..“It’s a good illustration of an issue we have in society, which is that we no longer have control over what people can infer about us,” says Elena Zheleva, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois in Chicago. “If I decide not to participate in a certain social network, that doesn’t mean that people won’t be able to find things about me on that network.”

Free Music Archive

Looking for free music to enhance your creative projects? The Free Music Archive has thousands of high-quality, legal music recordings that are available for downloading. Directed by the radio station WMFU, the Free Music Archive is a platform for collaboration between curators and artists, including radio stations, podcasts, netlabels, venues, artist collectives, museums, music festivals and more.

The site uses Creative Commons copyright. This gives users the legal and technological framework fto incorporate the material into their creative projects or for personal use. Click Here to Learn More about Creative Commons

Click Here to Access the Free Music Archive

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Writing Center Schedule

Need some extra assistance with your research paper? Not so great at the grammar or splelling? Don’t hand in that paper riddled with mistakes and lazy arguments. The Writing Center is here to help! Here’s their Fall Semester Schedule:

Fall 2017 SWC hours

 

Institutional Repository

The Macdonald-Kelce Library now has a new Institutional Repository (IR) online! The UT IR mission is to collect, preserve, and distribute the intellectual output of the UT community. Many universities have an IR in order to store and preserve materials such as theses, dissertations, university publications, faculty papers, conference proceedings, and college events, and make them accessible to the world.

What you’ll find now in the IR is a collection of past MFA Theses (most are campus-access restricted), and materials from a conference hosted here at UT.

In the future the Library hopes to collect more scholarship created by you, whether you are a student, faculty, or staff. Keep up with the progress of the IR by visiting the library’s homepage at utopia.ut.edu, and reading this blog!

Learn more about the IR on our guide: http://libguides.utopia.ut.edu/thesis

Explore the IR here: https://utampa.dspacedirect.org/

 

 

Accessing NYT Online

In addition to finding archived editions of the New York Times in our Databases, the Macdonald-Kelce Library now has a subscription to the NYT Online. This subscription allows you free and unlimited access to the website content.

Here’s how to access in 3 easy steps:

1Navigate to Accessnyt.com (while connected to the IP/campus network) 

2. Type in “University of Tampa” under Find School…

3. Click Create Account and complete the registration fields (use your UT email for this account). This will allow access from everywhere in the world. After you have registered, go to www.nytimes.com and click on the login tab in the upper right hand corner of the page to login.

The library also offers NYT daily in print. Ask a librarian for help or for more information.

Welcome to the Library – Fall 2017 edition

Hello UT!

Are you ready for the new semester? Whether you’re brand-new to campus or a seasoned veteran, we hope you stop by the library to say hello, ask questions, and have a look around if this is your first time here.

Librarians at the reference desk are here to help you. There’s a lot of information on our website, but here is a good place to start: the About the Macdonald-Kelce Library guide. On this guide, you’ll find all of our policies, helpful tips, and fast facts about how to use the library. TLDR: check out the FAQ guide.

This blog you are reading now has answers to many of your questions. Take a look at the links on the left. Still have questions? Visit us at Circulation or the Reference Desk, email library@ut.edu, or give us a call 813 253 6231.

Welcome. See you in the library!