Have a restful and happy Thanksgiving break

The library will be closed Wed. Nov 23 until we reopen on Sunday 27. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Here at Macdonald-Kelce we are grateful for the wisdom of the many writers, professors, and great minds whose work lives in the stacks of all the world’s libraries. Here’s a quote by Kurt Vonnegut, beloved author, free thinker, humorist and humanist, reflecting on humanity’s gift for love, and the ability to be joyful with what you have:



“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” — Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country, 2007

Censorship Friday: Why many banned books deal with diversity and minorities

alexieThere are books that address the experiences of marginalized groups in the US, books that bring to light the stories of immigrants, of the LGBTQ community, of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and other non-white race/ethnicities that make up a significant part of our country. Many of these books, especially YA and children’s’ books, unsettle those who don’t affiliate with these groups. In the article below, the author uses statistics from other recent studies to highlight the fact that diverse books are often targeted for censorship. She points to novels such as Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which the library has in the collection (find it on the second floor, PS3551.L35774 A27 2009).

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

This year’s Banned Books Week theme, diverse books, has been on my mind for some time.  As Jamie LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, has noted, defining diversity is difficult.  However, the definition used by the organization We Need Diverse Books is succinct and inclusive: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”


The Yucks! Jason Vuic Lecture & Reception 11/9

You all may need a breather and a laugh after election day. What could be funnier than the 1976 Bucs? Come join us in Reeves Theater for an entertaining talk from Jason Vuic, author of The Yucks! Two Years in Tampa with the Losingest Team in NFL History. Sponsored by The Friends of the Macdonald-Kelce Library and The University of Tampa Honors Symposium.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6PM, Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center  

Click here for PDF of flyer


Copyright Friday: Is your tattoo infringing on copyright law?

That Insane Clown Posse full chest tattoo you got in ’04? Your skin might be subject to copyright infringement. Before you get that Nike Swoosh logo or a tat of the The Burger King guy, give this National Post article a read:

Who owns your ink? Tattoos are at the heart of lawsuits involving celebs, artists and even coffee shops


Lyle Aspinall/Postmedia

More than 20 per cent of all Americans have at least one tattoo, and for millennials that number jumps to almost 40 per cent. What could be more intimately a part of you than a work of body art permanently inked into your skin? You probably assume that the tattoo on your body belongs to you. But, in actuality, somebody else might own your tattoo. Recent lawsuits and events have shown that tattoo artists and companies can have intellectual property rights in tattoos worn by others, including both copyright and trademark rights.

Tattoo-related lawsuits are not uncommon. Just this year, a group of tattoo artists for several high-profile athletes, including Lebron James and Kobe Bryant, filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of the popular NBA 2K video game franchise because tattoos they created appear in NBA 2K16. The case is still pending in a New York federal court.

read more….


October selections from “Films on Demand”

The library offers a great film streaming service called Films on Demand, where you can find historical overviews and documentaries on every subject under the sun. Each month Films on Demand highlights different milestones and events. Take a look and see what you find. To access Films on Demand, sign into Esearch and find on the Database list.


October highlights:

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Rise of the Hackers

The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet: Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide

Zero Days: White Hat and Black Hat Hackers

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer: Prevention and Treatment

Arthur Miller’s Birthday: Remembering Arthur Miller: One of America’s Greatest and Most Studied Playwrights

Arthur Miller and The Crucible

Death of a Salesman

The Drama of Creation: Writers on Writing

Extended hours trial, first two weeks of October

We know some of you are night owls and need more time in the library. As a trial, the Macdonald-Kelce Library will extend its hours on the weekends of Oct. 7th and 14th.

On the two Fridays, the Library will be open 8am until midnight instead of 8am – 7pm and on the Saturdays, the Library will be open 11am until 11pm instead of 11am – 7pm.

Let us know what you think!

New to Macdonald-Kelce Library?

Happy Monday UT! If you’re a freshman, a transfer student (or senior…we won’t judge), and new to the library, here is a handy guide about all of our services we offer to the U Tampa community.

It’s called “About the Macdonald-Kelce Library at the University of Tampa”

Take a look at the policies on printing, reserves, or any other questions you may have. Stop by the library and visit a reference librarian for any research inquiries.


Fall Semester Hours


Do you have a public library card?

Members of the Hillsborough County Public Library will be at the Macdonald-Kelce Library this Thursday, September 15 from 10am – noon signing the UT community up for a public library card. Having access to the public library is a great way to supplement what you will find here at Macdonald-Kelce. Need an audio book or a graphic novel? The public library is great for finding both materials for class and books for pleasure that you may not find here.

Library cards are free for Hillsborough County residents. Bring a piece of mail with your address and your Spartans ID to sign up for a card.

If you like to join right now, you can do so online at the HCPL site. Choose John F. Germany Public Library from the list if you live on campus or near downtown, or pick whichever branch is closest to your home.

If you didn’t know yet, John F. Germany is the main branch of the county public library system and is right across the river! It’s a great place to study – be sure to stop by.

We like to Chat

Greetings UT!

The library now has a Chat function, so if you’re across campus, at home, or even in the library and need some quick information, one option is to send us a chat.

Click here to chat. You can of course email us at library@ut.edu, call us at (813) 253-6231, or stop by the reference desk with any questions. The chat link will always be on the library homepage.