Monthly Archives: April 2013

Why Peer Review Matters…

Those who have been following the news of late have probably heard about the infamous 2010 paper “Growth in a Time of Debt” by Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. Their research indicated positively for austerity measures and has figured prominently in recent debates about deficit spending. The paper was never subjected to the peer review process and a new study, “Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff”, out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst by graduate student Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash, and Robert Pollin, which replicated the Reinhart and Rogoff study found that:

Coding errors, selective exclusion of available data, and unconventional weighting of summary statistics lead to serious errors that inaccurately represent the relationship between public debt and GDP growth among 20 advanced economies in the post-war period. (p.1)

Check out the Austerity’s Spreadsheet Error segment and an interview with Thomas Herndon from the ‘Colbert Report’ which aired on April 23rd.

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Extended Hours

We’re extending our hours from now until the end of finals. The library’s new hours are —

APRIL 22 – APRIL 28

4/22-4/24 Mon-Wed: 8am – 2am
4/25 Thursday: 8am – midnight
4/26 Friday: 8am – 9pm
4/27 Saturday: 10am – 6pm
4/28 Sunday: noon – midnight

APRIL 29 – MAY 5

4/29 – 5/1 Mon-Wed: 8am – 2am
5/2 Thursday: 8am – 1am
5/3 Friday: 8am – 9pm
5/4 Saturday: 10am – midnight
5/5 Sunday: 10am – 2am

FINALS WEEK – MAY 6 (Last day of class) – MAY 10

5/6-5/8 Mon-Wed: 8am – 2am
5/9 Thursday: 8am – 1am
5/10 Friday: 8am – 9pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 11 & 12 the library will be CLOSED.

We’ll begin our intersession hours Monday, May 13 at 8am. You can see our calendar here.

New Arrivals: The Irresistible Fairy Tale

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Although fairy tales remain an enduring part of human culture they are currently experiencing a resurgence. Many of the most familiar fairy stories and characters are being resurrected, re-imagined, and retold on television (Once Upon a Time, Grimm) and in film (Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk). Just as vampires, witches, or zombies emerge periodically in popular culture to capture the collective imagination, fairy tales continue to hold sway with no indication that they will lose their relevance.

University of Minnesota professor emeritus Jack Zipes has published extensive scholarship on folklore and fairy tales. Zipes’ research reveals much about the fairy tales role in human culture and his newest book The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre is no exception. According to the publisher’s description:

“If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread–or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes presents a provocative new theory about why fairy tales were created and retold–and why they became such an indelible and infinitely adaptable part of cultures around the world.

Drawing on cognitive science, evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, literary theory, and other fields, Zipes presents a nuanced argument about how fairy tales originated in ancient oral cultures, how they evolved through the rise of literary culture and print, and how, in our own time, they continue to change through their adaptation in an ever-growing variety of media. In making his case, Zipes considers a wide range of fascinating examples, including fairy tales told, collected, and written by women in the nineteenth century; Catherine Breillat’s film adaptation of Perrault’s “Bluebeard”; and contemporary fairy-tale drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs that critique canonical print versions.

While we may never be able to fully explain fairy tales, The Irresistible Fairy Tale provides a powerful theory of how and why they evolved–and why we still use them to make meaning of our lives.”

Congratulations Jeanne Vince!

At the 2013 UT Leadership Awards Night, held on April 16, 2013, Macdonald-Kelce librarian, Jeanne Vince, received the Peace Volunteer Center’s Joyce D. Keller Volunteer Award for 2012-2013. This award is given to a staff or faculty member at the University of Tampa who has done the most to promote community service or has personally volunteered in the community or assisted PEACE in some way. Jeanne has inspired her fellow staff members with her involvement in various charities throughout the year including the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Each year approximately 6,500 needy children in Hillsborough County receive Christmas gifts through this program. Jeanne “adopts” three boys each year. Jeanne exemplifies what giving back to your community really means. Congratulations Jeanne!

Seeds take root at different times and grow at different speeds…be observant of when and where you take root

When I was in the 10th grade I began my short but illustrious career in theater. I got up the nerve to audition for the high school drama that winter. We were performing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

My drama teacher made a decision NOT to cast me in a part, rather she decided I was the perfect person to take under her wings and train to be a stage manager. Now, I won’t go on and on about my drama teacher but let’s just say she was one tough cookie and she expected the BEST out of all us. So, I learned all about blocking, stage left, stage right, how to boss, I mean order, my fellow students around, managing props, and basic technology when it came to lighting and sound (I am sure today I wouldn’t have a clue when it comes to how to run a stage but back in the day my high school’s blackbox theater was pretty high-tech).

Well, Much Ado was a great success. I think my parents, my sister, my grandparents, and my aunt attended. The successful work on the stage resonated my success in the booth.

Fast forward later that same year, it was now time to gear up for the Junior Class show called P-Nuts. At my high school P-Nuts is a “right of passage” production put on by the Junior class at the beginning of 11th grade. It is entirely written, produced and performed by Juniors and it must always include Horses (boys dancing and singing while dressed in drag) and Ponies (performed by all the girls who had toiled away many long years in ballet, tap, and jazz dance classes). The story usually had some sort of crossed lovers tale and lots of pop tunes to get the audience tapping their feet along to the beat. P-Nuts required lots of work (writing, auditioning, staffing) from March of the previous school year and it required all day rehearsals the last month of summer break with production usually the 2nd or 3rd week of school in September.

Once again, my drama teacher selected me to be the stage manager. This time I was the “seasoned professional” determined to get things done and make our P-Nuts production the best yet. I can still remember yelling and barking orders at my fellow classmates that hot August.

Also, that same August, although I didn’t know it then, who I would become professionally was about to begin to take root.

A year earlier I applied for a library student assistant job and I finally got a call from the public library asking me if I wanted to interview for a position at a nearby branch library. I said sure…well I got the job. However, my new work schedule meant I had to work three days AFTER school. This also meant if I took the job I would have to give up most of after school activities. Ultimately, I decided I would take the job but I made sure I didn’t have to work the first two weeks of school so that I could finish up with P-Nuts.

With me out of the picture, my drama teacher turned her attention to someone else and began grooming her as a high school stage manager. That person ended up studying theater in college and traveling the globe as a stage manager for many years. She is now a professor of stage management and chairperson of the theater, design, and production department at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

But what about me at the library? Well, the job paid better than my friends made in food service, I got off at 8 pm and I had weekends off because my library was closed on Saturday and Sunday. I worked there all thru my Junior and Senior years of high school, mostly shelving, shelf-reading, wrapping up and recycling dirty newspapers and periodicals (note to self: don’t wear white on the day you bind up newspapers). It wasn’t a job I always looked forward to but it made it possible for me to buy my first set of wheels (a twelve speed high-end bicycle – I think I spent about $700) and save some money for college and enhance my wardrobe.

Once I graduated high school I asked for more library hours. I got sent down to the Films and Recordings section of the main library. Where for two summers I shelved videos, CDs, record albums, and slides 40 hours a week. To say this work was BORING would be an understatement and I was about ready to give up on the library gig, but in the spring of my sophomore year of college when I turned in my library summer help application I included a note explaining that I had two years of a history degree under my belt and that I worked reference with customers back at the branch and that I wanted something different besides shelving in Films and Recordings. Indeed it was a gamble telling the library what I, a measly college student what I wanted but miraculously someone in HR listened and I got assigned to the Literature Department of the main library.

For three summers I got to sit on the reference desk four hours out of an eight-hour day with a reference librarian. With this change I began to start to enjoy my library gig again but still it was ultimately about the cash, the schedule, and I honestly didn’t have any idea what I wanted be “when I grew up.”

During my second summer on the Literature Desk my thoughts about the work of librarians and their training began to change. I often sat on the desk with a librarian who went to the University of Michigan and he began a subtle (but I don’t think purposeful) sell of his career and alma mater.

I returned to college my senior year ready to make some decisions. Would I continue with my history studies and pursue a PhD, do the work I needed to do to become a high school teacher, or  apply for library graduate school? To make sure I had my “ducks in a row” I took the GRE and then I visited a private all boys high school for the day – that day I found out I was NOT cut out to be a high school history teacher and I realized graduate studies in history could wait. I applied to library graduate school, just two schools: Indiana University and the University of Michigan. I got in to both and I decided on the University of Michigan.

At Michigan I earned a prestigious appointment as one of twelve residence hall librarians. I loved running the Bursley Hall library where it served as both an academic and social gathering place. I learned so much more than I ever could have garnered sitting on the reference desk back at my home town library. At Michigan I  became who I am today: your super librarian of destiny!

If you haven’t taken the time to ask me for help you are missing out. If you haven’t figured out that I will dedicate myself to your success, you are missing out. AND if you haven’t taken the steps needed to figure out who you are yet personally and career wise, I recommend you take the time to do so. Take it from me (and maybe from my friend, Michele, the stage manager) your gifts do speak to you, listen to them and you will succeed in all that you do.

Even if it is not obvious to you now, your career inspiration may have already taken root. Reflect on what you like and do well at and it might just be who you become.

What Librarians Think About: this librarian thinks about the Sam and Dave classic: “Wrap it up, I’ll take it”

As I drove to the Macdonald-Kelce Library this morning I thought about where we all are at in the big scheme of the things when it comes to the year, the semester and college in general.

Once here my first reference question of the day was on the phone from a faculty member desperate to get a full text, hard copy article from 1993 and get a project done, the due date was upon her. She was so happy to know we had the article that she ran over from her office to pick up the article (she had been toiling away in her office since 7:30am  this morning – yes, it is true even your professors work hard…). She actually arrived BEFORE I could even finish photocopying it! You can tell she is a person eager to “wrap it up,” to get her project done.

For many of our students graduation day is close, in fact it is 35 days away not including today. Wow! That is soon. For others, it is just the end of another spring semester and still for others it is the end of their FIRST spring semester at college (an experience that will never be new again). For us here it at the library we are gearing up and doing the prep work to execute our summertime projects (you know, the things we can’t get done when we are busy helping you succeed with the research process while at the same time providing you the accessible space to get things done, i.e. we save the weeding and shelf-shift and table/chair moving for the summertime when there are fewer people here to disturb).

Wherever you maybe in the college experience, when it comes to the quickly approaching end of the semester and the work you must accomplish I hope you will find inspiration in the following Sam & Dave song: “Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It.” Check out this YouTube clip of Sam Moore singing his age-old classic. Maybe it will help you get your paper, research project, etc. done now.

By the way, don’t forget your reference librarians are here to help you create a product you are proud of. Now is the time to seek us out.

Speaking of time, your University of Tampa reference librarians offer you LOTS of time.  Mondays thru Thursdays you can find at least one if not two librarians at the reference desk between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm and on Fridays librarians are on the reference desk between 8 am – 5 pm. On Saturdays (10 am  – 6 pm) and Sundays (1 – 9 pm) you will find myself or my other “happy go-lucky” half-time librarian Stacy Harn, present and ready to help you “wrap it up.”

So, get going, take lots of breaks, but get your research and writing done!

April is a beautiful time in Tampa. After our chilly March, I am glad April is now here. The weather is nice, it isn’t too hot yet, you can keep the windows open with a fan blowing, indeed the beach is calling. Additionally, there are lots of things going on here at UT and in Tampa in general between now and May 11. You want to enjoy those things but you can only do so if you “wrap it up.”

Read Japan Day Thursday, April 4

NipponFoundationLogoJoin us on Thursday, April 4 between 3:30 and 5:30 pm as we celebrate our NEW Bento Books.

We’ll have two special guests.

At 3:30, near the main library entrance, stop, watch, and learn about Origami: An Artistic Gift from Japan with special guest, origami artist, Mr. Mikio Kato.

At 4:00 pm on the 2nd Floor of the library in AV-2 join us for an informal talk from guest speaker, Dr. Liv Coleman, UT Assistant Professor of Government and World Affairs for a discussion about contemporary Japan.

After Dr. Coleman’s talk we will finish out the afternoon with Japanese refreshments, also in AV-2.

In Japan a quick and easy meal can be packed in a “Bento Box” or one can purchase a bento meal at a corner store. In Japanese bento literally mean convenient. At The Macdonald-Kelce Library at the University of Tampa we are happy to announce the recent acquisition of what we are calling “Bento books.”

What are Bento books? Bento Books are a collection of new books found at the Macdonald-Kelce library. This past fall the Nippon Foundation awarded the Macdonald-Kelce Library a Read Japan grant. Through the Read Japan program the Nippon Foundation donates books about contemporary Japan to libraries overseas from their catalog of the “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan.” We received books on manga, Japanese social policy, Kabuki, the Japanese car maker Toyota, Tokyo neighborhoods, and more.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come and a take a closer look at the new Bento books on display on tables found near the library’s main entrance. Your Spartan Card serves as your library card.

The Macdonald-Kelce Library: the perfect place for a BENTO meal for your mind any time!