Monthly Archives: January 2013

Advice? Where do you get some and when do you use it

Maybe you think you don’t need advice but I would argue that you most definitely do.

Advice is an ever evolving thing. Naturally we all  want to make our own decisions but that is hard so we seek out advice, I know I do and I know people close to me do too. Many try to find a sounding board and get help making a decision that seems or feels right at the time.

I remember as a kid in grade school going over a friend’s house and the two of us reading the Dear Abby column in the paper and learning all about advice. In case you didn’t know Pauline Phillips (aka Dear Abby aka Abigail Van Buren) died on January 16th at age 94. Saddened by her death I found myself reading several obituaries written for Dear Abby. I think the best one Carolyn Hax wrote. To me, Hax was completely on target when she stated: “nearly 50 years’ worth of 10-year-olds used one or both (referring to Dear Abby’s column and the Ann Lander’s advice column written by her twin sister, Eppie Lederer) of these columns to decode the cryptic world of adults.” Hax too, is an advice columnist who writes for the Washington Post.  I was one of those 10-year-olds Hax refers to and today, as I mentioned, I still read advice columns (betcha could have guessed that…)

Yet, regardless of the amount of advice I find and use on my own, I still seek out help from people and things I know well and not so well. Advice is definitely helpful when it comes to decision-making.

For example, it is a new year and new semester. Lots of decisions lie ahead. Do the reading tonight or wait until the next day? Call in sick to work and spend the day at Gasparilla or show up and do the job? Accept the job offer in Cleveland or stay here in Tampa? Stop eating junk food this week or put it off until February? And the list goes on….decisions are based on advice you give yourself and advice you receive. Some decisions will be good and some will be bad. That is life. That is what Dear Abby wrote about in all those thousands of advice columns: life. Living is hard and choices and decisions just as hard but aren’t we lucky to be able to seek out advice?

Maybe you need advice now and you can’t wait for your letter to get published in an advice column in the newspaper. No worries, that is something the library is perfect for, use the library databases to research your conundrum. Make a list of pros and cons based on your research. Ruminate what works and does not work. After all research is just another form of advice and the articles and books you find hopefully will provide you with the supporting and well documented advice your decision needs.

New to UT?  New to libraries? No worries my friend, here’s a little advice from me to you, ask a librarian! We are here to help. After all, if you thought Fall semester chugged along at as pace as quick as a snail, watch out, Spring semester will fly by almost as quickly as that snow bird stealing your parking spot at Publix.  I am not kidding, February is FRIDAY! So, get on the ball today and seek out your needed library advice, i.e. research assistance, i.e. general library help, we are here for YOU.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand is constantly updating their content. If it’s been awhile since you checked it out, pay a visit and see if they have some video that can help you out this semester.

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Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful break. Let’s get this (education) party started!

Check the library hours here. Note that we’ll be expanding our hours in February for this semester’s expanded hours trial.

Lectores Series for January 2013

The University of Tampa Low Residence MFA in Creative Writing program kicks off its 2013 Lectores Public Reading Series this Thursday, January 3. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. To find the location visit the link for the Lectores Public Reading Series and click on the event. You’ll be taken to a page with more detail, including the location.

Unfortunately, Denis Johnson, scheduled to read Friday, January 4, cancelled due to a slipped disc. The silver lining here is that Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia, will be reading instead.

Jan. 3 Reading with poets Arielle Greenberg and Ben Lerner
Jan. 4 Opening Reading of the UT MFA in Creative Writing: Karen Russell and poet Erica Dawson
Jan. 5 Staged Reading of Denis Johnson’s play Psychos Never Dream
Jan. 6 Publishing Panel with Eli Horowitz and Deborah Treisman
Jan. 7 Reading with fiction writers Jessica Anthony and Jason Ockert
Jan. 8 Reading with fiction writer Mikhail Iossel and novelist, poet Enid Shomer
Jan. 9 Reading with novelists Tony D’Souza and Terese Svoboda
Jan. 10 Reading with novelists Tibor Fischer and Amy Hill Hearth