Monthly Archives: January 2012

Music Monday: Faculty Organ Recital and Maurice Duruflé

Welcome to Music Monday. This semester I want to highlight some of the musical events on campus, and some of the music resources available in the Macdonald Kelce Library. This Friday there will be a free faculty organ recital from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Faculty Organ Recital Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values

This event is open to public and free.
Find out more information here:

Ryan Hebert, University Organist, will present an organ recital featuring works by Bach, Mendlessohn, Langlais and Maurice Duruflé. The concert is free and open to the public.

I admit I am not familiar with the works of Maurice Duruflé. However, by searching some of the databases in our collection I can find out more about the composer and listen to his works. (Remember to log in to Esearch before using the library’s databases.)

At Alexander Street I can listen to the works composed by Duruflé recorded by different performers. Here’s a link to Duruflé’s Requiem:

At Grove Music Online (aka Oxford Music Online) I can read a brief biography.

“Introspective and enormously self-critical, Duruflé was not a prolific composer. His output nonetheless manifests an evenness of quality and a distinctive voice in the 20th-century French repertory. Plainsong is the life-blood of most of his works but its use proves liberating rather than restrictive, inspiring modal harmonies, polyphonic structures and, often, changes of mood ranging from the ethereal to the powerfully foreboding.”

Fiction Friday: Drown by Junot Diaz

I’m a huge fan of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. It was published in 2007 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008. And so today, when I went to the New Book shelf and saw Diaz’s collection of short stories I immediately knew that Drown by Junot Diaz would be today’s Fiction Friday selection. (The New Book shelf is for books new to the Library, not necessarily books newly released.)

Drown collects ten stories by Diaz. Published in 1996 it precedes Wondrous Life by a decade. Many of Junot’s characters share his background of being born in the Dominican Republic and growing up in New Jersey. To get a sense of Diaz’s style of writing check out his 2010 story “The Pura Principle” in The New Yorker. (Note that Diaz uses mature language and deals with mature themes.)

You can hear Diaz reading from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao here.

If you’re not familiar with the New Book Shelf, check it out the next time you’re in the Library. It’s on your right as you enter, behind the chairs and lamps across from the Reference Desk. You can browse New Books at the Online Catalog by selecting the New Books tab.

Drown by Junot Diaz
Call Number: PS3554.I259 D76 1997
Status: Shelved at NEW BOOK SHELF until 01-22-12

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Call Number: PS3554.I259 B75 2008
Status: On shelf

Reference Question of the Week: Why Won’t My Password Work?

Some weeks we get hit with the same questions over and over. Since not everyone stops by the Reference Desk I’m going to select a question or two every Thursday to answer here. (Also, if you have any questions about the Library, our resources, or how to do research, please send me an email, or ask in the comments.)

This week the most common question, or statement rather, has been — “I can’t log in.”

Often log in issues with your Spartans Domain can be resolved by going to SpartanWeb and changing your password. Periodically IT will send out a message asking everyone to change their passwords. If you let the deadline slip then your old Spartans Domain password no longer works.

To change your password log in to SpartanWeb, go to the Campus Life tab, select the Information Technology link, and then the Spartans Domain Password Utility link. From there you should be able to change or re-set your password, or have it emailed to you if you’ve forgotten it.

Other common problems are attempting too many incorrect log ins (for example, if the Caps Lock key was on and you tried unsuccessfully to log in three times or more). After the third failed attempt the system locks you out for 30 minutes as a security precaution.

If neither changing your password, or waiting and trying again works, contact the IT Help Desk for further assistance at or at x6255 or visit them at VC 233A or in the Jaeb Computer Center in East Walker Hall.

Where is Wikipedia?

Some of you may have noticed that the English-language Wikipedia has blocked access to its content today (January 18, 2012). They are protesting legislation that is currently being debated in the US Congress. Wikipedia, Google, and many other information providers are concerned that the legislation as it now stands has the potential for substantially harming a free and open Internet.

How could SOPA and PIPA hurt Wikipedia?

“SOPA and PIPA are a threat to Wikipedia in many ways. For example, in its current form, SOPA would require Wikipedia to actively monitor every site we link to, to ensure it doesn’t host infringing content. Any link to an infringing site could put us in jeopardy of being forced offline.”

You can find out more by reading Wikipedia’s articles on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

Google also opposes this legislation and showing a “censored Google” icon today. You can find out more about their opposition here.

The American Library Association is among those opposing this Legislation. Here is a lengthy list of organizations and individuals opposing this legislation.

Find out how to circumvent Wikipedia’s blackout here. The easiest way to circumvent the blackout is to use their mobile page.

Not everyone opposes SOPA and PIPA. This legislation has bi-partisan support among politicians. You can find a list of supporters here. Supporters include the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the United States Chamber of Commerce, Warner Music Group, Disney Publishing Worldwide, ESPN, ABC, CBS, the News Corporation (i.e. Fox), Marvel Entertainment, the NFL, and Major League Baseball.


UPDATE: Check out Professor Clay Shirky’s talk on the importance of linking and sharing on the Internet (and why SOPA/PIPA harms that ability).

What Students Don’t Know

Interesting article from Inside Higher Ed. It turns out that “what students don’t know” is what Librarians do, or how to do quality research on the Internet.

If you want to find out what Librarians do, stop by the Reference Desk and ask how a Librarian can help you with your research (even if you don’t currently have a research project).

“…students rarely ask librarians for help, even when they need it. The idea of a librarian as an academic expert who is available to talk about assignments and hold their hands through the research process is, in fact, foreign to most students. Those who even have the word “librarian” in their vocabularies often think library staff are only good for pointing to different sections of the stacks.”


“At Illinois Wesleyan University, “The majority of students — of all levels — exhibited significant difficulties that ranged across nearly every aspect of the search process,” according to researchers there. They tended to overuse Google and misuse scholarly databases. They preferred simple database searches to other methods of discovery, but generally exhibited “a lack of understanding of search logic” that often foiled their attempts to find good sources.

“However, the researchers did not place the onus solely on students. Librarians and professors are also partially to blame for the gulf that has opened between students and the library employees who are supposed to help them….”

Read the rest here.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! Ready or not the semester has begun.

If you’re having trouble with your Spartans Domain login try going to SpartanWeb to re-new your Domain password.

At SpartanWeb go to the Campus Life tab and then follow the Information Technology link. On this page you should see a link titled Spartans Domain Password Utility. From there you will be able to change your Spartans Domain password. This is also the page to go to if you’ve forgotten your Spartans Domain password.

If you require additional help, visit the Helpful Hints links at SpartanWeb, or call (813) 253-6255, or visit IT help located VC 233A.

Fiction Friday: Mad Men

In addition to print novels the Macdonald Kelce Library also carries some popular movies and television shows. For example, if you’re interested in watching Mad Men or The Wire you can check out copies at the Library. To get DVDs search for them in the online catalog, and then request the DVD at the Circulation Desk.

Speaking of movies, don’t forget that the historic Tampa Theatre is a fifteen minute walk from campus. The Tampa Theatre shows first run movies you might not see at the larger cinemas, and also shows classic movies and live performances. On February 2 Professor Douglas Gobeille of USF will be giving a short talk on the physics of time before the showing of Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. You can see their schedule here.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm & 1984: Watch the Films Online

Open Culture is a tremendous site that collects free educational and cultural online media. Check out their 400 Free Online Courses from Top Universities or just watch one of the 450 free movies they have online.

Here’s George Orwell’s classic allegory Animal Farm.

“Animal Farm is a British animated film by Halas and Batchelor, based on the book of the same name by George Orwell. It was the first British animated feature released worldwide, which, despite the title and Disney-esque animal animation, is in fact a no-holds-barred adaptation of George Orwell’s classic satire on Stalinism, with the animals taking over their farm by means of a revolutionary coup, but then discovering that although all animals are supposed to be equal, some are more equal than others.”

About Open Culture:

“Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.”

Using Facebook to Chronicle the Past

A librarian at the University of Nevada at Reno has come up with an interesting way of doing history. Donnelyn Curtis, the director of research collections and services, started a Facebook account for two students who attended the University just before the First World War. Through the Facebook account Curtis is able to post historical images and offer personal accounts of what it was like to be a college student 100 years ago.

“Facebook user “joe1915” writes wall posts that would be familiar to any college student these days: He stresses about tests, roots for his university’s football team, and shows off photos from campus dances.

“But Joe McDonald isn’t an average smartphone-toting student. He died in 1971 — 33 years before Facebook arrived on the Web.” [source]

If you come across anything on the Web or at the University you think we should share on this blog, send me an email at ddavisson AT Thanks for sending this along, Tamara!

Atomic Learning

Need to learn how to use some software? Check out Atomic Learning.

Atomic Learning is an extensive collection of online software training videos ranging from tutorials on how to use MS Access to how to use WordPress. The range of software covered is truly impressive. There are tutorials for all Adobe, MS, and Google products, and it covers software for both PC and Mac. It also includes tutorials on SPSS and Blackboard.

The log-in process is slightly different than accessing the rest of our databases, but still simple. Instead of logging into Esearch first, and then following the link, follow the link and then log in using your Spartan Domain user ID and password (just as you would if logging into Esearch).

The videos are divided into the categories of tutorials, projects, and workshops, depending on how much you want to learn. I’m currently working my way through the “Searching the Web – Advanced” workshop.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Go to Log in with your Spartans domain/Esearch password. You log in to this database the same way as just described, whether you are on campus or a remote location. This source will be listed on the databases page and Esearch, but it is just a link to


Atomic Learning is an online software training resource for faculty, staff and students. This material will help you begin to learn, get up to par, set up student or work group assignments developing knowledge

To Use Atomic Learning:

1.Got to
2. Log on with your Spartans domain login and password.
3. Use the drop down menu to locate the software and version that you have
4. Click the link for the material you want to view.
5. The video will play in a new window.

This database offers training on over 125 of the most commonly used software applications, such as MS Office, Adobe CS, Blackboard, SPSS, etc. Each video lasts one to three minutes and breaks down the material in a very clear set of instructions. This database is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home, off-campus, office. etc

In addition to what has previously been mentioned also included:

– Designed projects illustrating innovative uses of technology
– Workshops on copyright, blogging, social media, google apps, etc.
– Many tutorials added every week
– Storyboard Pro software and instruction on how to develop online content.
– Assessment and Self-assessment tools fro tracking progress.
– Spanish language tutorials
– Closed captioning
– For PC or Mac

Check out this new source and let us know what you think. If there are questions faculty contact Joy Harris at x6305 . Staff and students contact the library