Monthly Archives: May 2012

Remodeling

I hope the first week of summer session is treating you well. Obviously, it’s not as crowded in the library over the summer as during the regular academic year, but that doesn’t mean we’re not busy.

An important part of a librarian’s job is to add material to the collection. We buy books, magazines, journals, databases and other items to help support the goals of the University. However, since space is limited, another important part of our job is “weeding” the collection; removing items that are out-dated, in poor condition, or that no longer contribute to furthering the goals of scholarship. Over the course of the last few semesters we have weeded the periodicals and reference collection so we can fit them into smaller spaces. During the intersession we shifted part of our collection to create some more space. During the summer we’re removing shelves and replacing them with more tables, chairs, and electrical outlets.

While we’re striving to get most of the noisy work done when the library is closed there may be times when it’s a little noisier in the library than usual. Please bear with us. We think that the end result will make for a better library experience for us all.

I only have this one picture right now. Next week I’ll post more images of the changes taking place on the first floor.

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Summer Hours

The library hours over the summer will be Monday through Thursday 8am – 11pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 1pm – 9pm. Traditionally the library has been closed on Fridays during the summer, but there’s so much going on this year we’ll be open quite a few Fridays (see the calendar to check our hours for a particular day).

You can find today’s hours here.

Learning vs. Education

A colleague and I have an on-going discussion about the impact online education will have on traditional universities. I recently stumbled across this interesting post which suggests ‘education’ should be distinguished from ‘learning’.

“With the advent of open education resources, social networking technologies and new pedagogies for online and blended learning, we are in the early stages of a significant disruption in current models of education. ‘Learning’ is beginning to peel away from ‘Education’ as a separate market, with its own set of opportunities and challenges for practitioners, technologists, and entrepreneurs. While ‘education’ is driven by schools, colleges, and governments, ‘learning’ focuses on empowering the individual to take charge of their learning.”

Unfortunately the entire talk by Dr. Ashwin Ram is not available online, but he’s posted the slides he used during his talk. He gave his talk to the UC Berkeley School of Information on April 11, 2012. He argues that online learning tools will disrupt traditional systems of education as online health tools will disrupt traditional systems of healthcare.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to everyone graduating this semester.

I’d like to especially thank all the students who worked in the library who are graduating this week. Thanks all! We’ll miss you.

(If you need more information about the May 2012 University of Tampa Commencement check this link.)

What Librarians Think About: The Freedom to Read

One of the basic tenets of modern librarianship is that the freedom to read is an essential liberty. In 1953 the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council published a statement explaining why everyone should have the freedom to choose what they want to read, and no institution should interfere with that freedom.

“Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference.”

It is because of these principles that librarians are almost always on the front lines in the defense of free speech, free press, and resisting censorship in all of its forms.

You can read the entire statement here.