February is African American History, or Black History Month. This month, we take the time to remember and learn about this country’s history and our current culture while celebrating the lives and contributions of black Americans.
The Library of Congress, along with many other Washington DC libraries, museums, and institutions have a site where you can dig around collections of photographs and documents. Exploring the digitized collections of our cultural institutions could inspire you towards a great research paper, or maybe a desire to pay a visit in person. Need a dose of Oprah (who doesn’t)? The National Museum of African American History & Culture has an exhibit up right now.
And of course, the Library has many resources. Here’s a new book in the collection:
“Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and Black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, and Black Americans’ aspirations were realized. Birthright Citizens tells how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans”
Happy 2019! The Library welcomes you all back on campus, and we hope you had a fun and relaxing break.
As you’re preparing for your new classes this Spring, remember to check the Library’s Subject and Research Guides. Stop by the Reference Desk if you need any research assistance, or have questions about Library services.
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Posted onDecember 14, 2018|Comments Off on Farewell and Happy Retirement to Art Bagley
by Jeanne Vince, Collection Development Librarian
Bye-bye to our favorite Special Collections and Reference Librarian, Art Bagley, who has been with us for over 31 years! He has worked diligently to archive and preserve material representing the history of The University of Tampa and, along with The Plant Museum, has secured materials highlighting many events here. During his time at UT, Art has accomplished many things for the benefit of the Macdonald-Kelce Library. Working alongside ROTC, Art developed the Florida Military Collection, a collection of books and materials on war and military history. He has also worked on many projects with the Tampa Bay History Center. Art has brought integrity, honesty, a love for history and humor to this place: he is a brilliant colleague and teacher. Thank you and best wishes for a long and happy retirement!
“Art vividly remembers helping one student when he was “fresh out of library school” who asked him how many inches are in a foot. He says he took a step back and remembered that what he was taught in school – there are no unimportant questions. She needed to know. So, he found a dictionary and showed her a conversion chart. As it turned out, she was an international student from Spain who had grown up using the metric system.
Art concludes the story saying, ‘That just drove home the importance of a reference librarian and understanding the needs of the patrons.’
Art’s knowledge of UT is really what sets him apart from most other staff members. He is somewhat of the go-to person for UT and local history on campus. He can pull out information on who was here when and what dorms used to look like (many even with old photos stored in his archives). Art seems to enjoy talking about the former students and staff members he finds in his records the most. One such story is that of John “Jack” Brockman who left UT twice to go to war. The first time was for World War II and the second time for the Korean War, coming back to study in between. Shortly after his arrival in Korea, he was captured by the North Koreans and was photographed by a Red Cross representative with other prisoners. That photograph made it out of Korea and into Life Magazine, but Jackn ever did. He most likely died as a prisoner of war. ”
For those of you who celebrate Christmas – Merry (almost) Christmas! To get in the spirit, please join the Macdonald-Kelce Library in celebrating University of Tampa history by visiting our new digital collections at macdonaldkelcelibrary.omeka.net
Peruse the Christmas Cards of UT past, and check back for more exhibits in the future.
If you are in Tampa for the winter break, the Library will be open until December 22, and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan 2.
‘Tis the season – it’s the end-of-the-semester-paper-crunch time! If you are writing a research paper and need statistics and data to support your argument, the library can help you.
Are you a business major or taking a sociology class that requires you to do quantitative analysis? Or maybe you just need one more excellent source to finish off your paper? Check out theDatasets and Statistics Research Guide, easily accessed from the library homepage.
Here you’ll find many free resources that cover governmental statistics and census info, scientific datasets, social surveys and indicators, financial information, and more. You will also see a list of books under each discipline that will guide you on how to use and analyze statistics effectively.
As always, if you have any questions about accessing and using data, stop by the Reference Desk and ask a librarian for help.
The Macdonald-Kelce Library had a wonderful visit from a University of Tampa alumnus during Homecoming 2018. Sporting his minaret pin with pride, Peter Nuccio ’73 came to the reference desk on Friday afternoon to inquire after a particular item in our collection: a Richard Strauss vinyl record entitled Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op.30 conducted by Fritz Reiner and performed by the Chicago Symphony. Nuccio explained that during his time at UT, he would often borrow this record and listen to it while he did his homework here in the library. A quick search of our catalog and stacks proved that we did still indeed have the record in question!
Nuccio, who studied both education and philosophy, relayed to us his fondest memories of UT, describing his time here as some of the best years of his life. After graduation, he went on to be an educator and is now enjoying his retirement in Massachusetts. Despite living over 1000 miles away, Nuccio has never forgotten his alma mater and always makes a point to visit UT when he is in town. He also keeps the Spartan spirit alive by actively arranging UT alumni meetups and reunions in the northeast.
We were so glad to have met an alumnus with such fond memories of UT and our library that we gifted him the record from our collection. He now has another piece of take-home UT history he can enjoy year-round, though we hope he will come see us again the next time he is in town!
Interested in vinyl records? Search our collection on the first floor of the Macdonald-Kelce Library as well as in our online catalog.
Are you a UT alumni and have a story to share with us? Or a particular item in our collection that you enjoyed? Let us know! email@example.com
Posted onOctober 19, 2018|Comments Off on Open Access Panel, Tuesday Oct 23, Noon
The Library is celebrating Open Access Week! Students, Staff, and Faculty are invited to attend the Library’s first Open Access Publishing panel discussion next Tuesday at noon in the Macdonald-Kelce Library room AV2. If you are interested in alternative ways of publishing your work, join in on the discussion of how open access could be beneficial to you.