New Website, New Search Engine, New Blog, New Look

Changes are everywhere this summer! And, we’re making some major changes to our website and to our search engine.

Follow this link to take a look at our new website. Soon, it will replace our familiar page at utopia.ut.edu.

We also introduced a new search engine this spring. Right now it’s called Summon. We love it because it searches across most of our databases all at once, including our book collection, and our ebook collection. Try it out and let us know what you think. (Don’t worry, there will be links to legacy methods for those who want to keep with the ways they know best.)

We have also ditched the old Esearch log-in and you are now logged in to use the library’s resources when you log into your MyUTampa account.

And to top it off, we have a new blog! This WordPress blog has served us well for the last eight years, but our new platform makes it easier to connect you to the resources available through the library.

So, check out the new site we’re building this summer, and let us know what you think!

Celebrate National Poetry Month

From Poets.org: (04.02.2020)

Happy National Poetry Month from the Academy of American Poets and Poets.org!

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives. 

Now, as we face an unprecedented circumstance, National Poetry Month has taken on new meaning and importance. More and more people are turning to poetry at this moment, because poetry and inspiring language can help bring solace and needed strength. 

This April, the Academy of American Poets is more committed than ever to doing everything it can to bring poetry to the widest possible audience. The organization offers activities, initiatives, and resources, which have been adapted so that anyone can join in online and at home and—hopefully—find comfort, resilience, and connection throughout the month of April and beyond:

We hope these virtual National Poetry Month events and activities will bring some comfort at this time and inspire you to keep celebrating poetry all year long.

Read more here

Free eBook access for online learning at UT – UPDATED

Some good news from the Internet Archive for all students and faculty at UT. The newly launched National Emergency Library offers a huge collection of books that promote remote teaching and learning.

Read more about the initiative here on their blog.

Take a look and see if there’s a book you need. Access even more materials on our eBooks guide: http://libguides.utopia.ut.edu/ebooks

UPDATE: The Authors Guild has issued a strong objection to the National Emergency Library. Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library Harms Authors.

“The Authors Guild is appalled by the Internet Archive’s (IA) announcement that it is now making millions of in-copyright books freely available online without restriction on its Open Library site under the guise of a National Emergency Library. IA has no rights whatsoever to these books, much less to give them away indiscriminately without consent of the publisher or author.”

A reminder that the library is still open, virtually! We are here to help: http://libguides.utopia.ut.edu/homepage

Virtual Research & Reference Help Available

Hi UT. Even though the building will be closed starting this Sunday 3/22, we will still be (virtually) here to answer questions.

Use the email or chat function on this page to get in touch: http://libguides.utopia.ut.edu/homepage.

We also have capabilities to video chat or screen share via Zoom for help with more complex research questions. Just start a chat with us and we can determine together the best method for your needs.

Chat Reference is available during the following hours:

M-Th 9am-9pm

Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 11am-7pm

Sunday 1pm-9pm

Two options: (1) Type your name in the 'Chat with a Librarian' box and we will be right with you during scheduled chat hours; (2) Type your question into the 'Ask by Email' box and we will get back to you as soon as we are online.
Two options: (1) Type your name in the ‘Chat with a Librarian’ box and we will be right with you during scheduled chat hours; (2) Type your question into the ‘Ask by Email’ box and we will get back to you as soon as we are online.
A view of that chat box. We are here and happy to help.
A view of the chat box. We are here and happy to help.

Stay safe – MKL

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CANCELLED – UTWrites with Yuly Restrepo 3/19

We are hoping to move this event to a later date. Stay in touch and stay safe!

Early Voting in Tampa

Save yourself some grief waiting in line on Election Day (March 17) and early vote right now for the Presidential Primary!

If you are registered to vote in Hillsborough County, check to see which early voting site is near you. There are a couple near campus, including a short walk to the Fred B. Karl County Center downtown at 601 E Kennedy Blvd.

Bring two forms of identification (Drivers License, Student ID, or Passport) and you are good to go.

Early voting hours are 10AM – 6PM from today until March 15, or the Sunday before Election Day.

Take a look at the locations here: https://www.votehillsborough.org/VOTERS/Early-Voting

A new way to search at MKL

For Spring 2020, the Macdonald-Kelce Library has begun beta testing a new discovery system called Summon.

Summon, the new MKL Discovery System

A discovery system allows you to cross search the online catalog with most of our digital collections, which includes books on the shelves, journal articles, ebooks, images, government documents, newspaper archives, DVDs to borrow, and more.

Sign into Esearch first to gain access to the database articles you see in Summon. You’ll notice many helpful features, including individual Database recommendations at the top of the page.

What do you think? Send comments to library@ut.edu or stop by the Reference Desk to have a Librarian give you a tour!

Good luck with finals UT!

You, right now.

Need a mental break? The Library has bowls of candy, puzzles to work on, and a calm studious atmosphere that whispers “you got this.” Here are the hours for finals week.

Syllabi Collection in the UoTIR

The Library is collecting, on a volunteer basis, faculty syllabi for the benefit of students, faculty, and the greater educational community. As a University of Tampa student, taking a look at a class syllabus is a great way to choose which professors to take next semester. If you are thinking about matriculating or working at UT, it’s beneficial to review many of the quality courses offered here.

The winner of the 50th Anniversary Gift Basket is…

Susan Highnote, an adjunct professor, was the winner of Macdonald-Kelce Library’s 50th Celebration gift basket. Congrats Susan!


UT students Alanis Cotto and Zahara Wilson also received gift bags as the second- and third-place winners.  


All three received plenty of treats, pens and pencils, writing pads, UT t-shirts and other school paraphernalia. Many thanks to the campus departments who donated items: the University of Tampa Bookstore, Henry B. Plant Museum, Office of Public Information, Office of Development and University Relations, and Admissions. 

The raffle was part of a weeklong celebration last month to commemorate the Library’s 50th anniversary.  The Macdonald-Kelce Library opened its doors for the first time on October 19, 1969 as the Merl Kelce Library.