Peter Nuccio, Class of ’73
by Laney Knight, Digital Access Librarian
The Macdonald-Kelce Library had a wonderful visit from a University of Tampa alumnus during Homecoming 2018. Sporting his minaret pin with pride, Peter Nuccio ’73 came to the reference desk on Friday afternoon to inquire after a particular item in our collection: a Richard Strauss vinyl record entitled Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 conducted by Fritz Reiner and performed by the Chicago Symphony. Nuccio explained that during his time at UT, he would often borrow this record and listen to it while he did his homework here in the library. A quick search of our catalog and stacks proved that we did still indeed have the record in question!
Nuccio, who studied both education and philosophy, relayed to us his fondest memories of UT, describing his time here as some of the best years of his life. After graduation, he went on to be an educator and is now enjoying his retirement in Massachusetts. Despite living over 1000 miles away, Nuccio has never forgotten his alma mater and always makes a point to visit UT when he is in town. He also keeps the Spartan spirit alive by actively arranging UT alumni meetups and reunions in the northeast.
We were so glad to have met an alumnus with such fond memories of UT and our library that we gifted him the record from our collection. He now has another piece of take-home UT history he can enjoy year-round, though we hope he will come see us again the next time he is in town!
Interested in vinyl records? Search our collection on the first floor of the Macdonald-Kelce Library as well as in our online catalog.
Are you a UT alumni and have a story to share with us? Or a particular item in our collection that you enjoyed? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library is celebrating Open Access Week! Students, Staff, and Faculty are invited to attend the Library’s first Open Access Publishing panel discussion next Tuesday at noon in the Macdonald-Kelce Library room AV2. If you are interested in alternative ways of publishing your work, join in on the discussion of how open access could be beneficial to you.
The United States began celebrating the history of the LGBT+ community in 1994 by designating October as LGBT History Month. Each day of October, an LGTB icon is honored and remembered for their achievements. Today, take a minute to read about Melvin Boozer (left), who was a university professor, an activist for gay and African-American rights and the first openly gay candidate for vice president of the United States. Read more about him here.
The Library has many great resources where you can learn more about the gay, lesbian, and transgender civil rights struggle. Peruse the LGTBQ subject guide. Here are a few books in the collection to check out:
Are you registered to vote? It’s not too late – do it today! The last day to register is TUESDAY OCTOBER 9th for the state of Florida.
It takes just a minute or two to register. You can do it here, or on the official state government site here. Are you unsure if you are registered already in your hometown? Check here. If you can’t vote in person, or would like to early vote, there are absentee ballots for each state and early voting polling locations. Librarians will help you out if you have questions; stop by the Reference Desk.
Remember, not everyone has the freedom to vote. Exercise your rights and feel good about doing so.
Year after year, we need to remind ourselves that books are still targeted for censorship by various people, groups, and institutions throughout the nation. As Librarians, we strive to make all materials available under the belief that everyone should have the freedom to read.
This year’s tagline is “Banning books silences stories.” How many books have you read or heard about in the video below? A lot of them are children’s books; maybe you read some of them in elementary school or junior high.
Stop by the exhibit in the front of the library. Here we display books in our collection that have been challenged in the recent past. You can read more about frequently challenged books by year here. Some of them may surprise you.
As college students in 2018, there is no doubt all of you deal with technology in some way in the classroom and in your personal life. You may already have an opinion of how constant contentedness and rapid innovation shape your life for good or ill since technology is so intrinsic to the daily grind. Over the summer, the Pew Research Center issued a lengthy report on how technology effects us. These anecdotes from experts may confirm or deny some of your ideas.
If you are doing a research paper on how technology (social media, health monitoring apps, privacy, Alexa, ebooks, robotics, etc.) play a positive or negative part in our lives, or are simply curious about what this report has to say, take a read below:
Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life
While many technology experts and scholars have concerns about the social, political and economic fallout from the spread of digital activities, they also tend to report that their own experience of digital life has been positive
Technology experts and scholars have never been at a loss for concerns about the current and future impact of the internet.
Over the years of canvassings by Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, many experts have been anxious about the way people’s online activities can undermine truth, foment distrust, jeopardize individuals’ well-being when it comes to physical and emotional health, enable trolls to weaken democracy and community, compromise human agency as algorithms become embedded in more activities, kill privacy, make institutions less secure, open up larger social divisions as digital divides widen, and wipe out untold numbers of decent-paying jobs.
An early-2018 expert canvassing of technology experts, scholars and health specialists on the future of digital life and well-being contained references to some of those concerns. The experts who participated in that research project were also asked to share anecdotes about their own personal experiences with digital life. This report shares those observations.
To all UT students, staff, and faculty: welcome to the Fall 2018 semester! Remember, the Library is here to help you out.
Are you new to The University of Tampa? Stop by the Macdonald-Kelce Library and chat with a librarian or one of our staff members. We’ll let you know how to find things you need and address any issues you have with acclimating to a new library and a new university.
Take a look at the “About the Macdonald-Kelce Library” guide to start. Make sure your Spartans Domain works so you can access our databases via the Esearch log-in.
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We hope you have a great start to the semester. See you in the Library!