Category Archives: Communication

The myth of online privacy: if you are on social media, consider yourself exposed

Do any of you remember Friendster? Of course you don’t. I’m an “old,” so I have fond memories of being apart of one of the first large-scale social networking platforms that began in the early aughts. Friendster and MySpace are now defunct, or close to it, replaced by a dozen other social sites, with Facebook as the reigning champion with over one billion accounts worldwide. My old Friendster account is archived online and can be analyzed in a variety of ways, just as yours is today.

As a college student in 2017, you are probably apart of at least one of these social networking sites. You may think your profile is fully private (please adjust your settings if it’s wide open – employers can and will look you up!), but the truth is that if you have friends online, certain kinds of information about you can be gathered, even if you aren’t on Snapchat or IG.

If you’re interested in media studies and would like to write about “social media” as a contemporary phenomenon, consider privacy issues. Read the article below and see what you think.

On social media, privacy is no longer a personal choice

Social networks can make predictions about people, based on information from their friends

……..“It’s a good illustration of an issue we have in society, which is that we no longer have control over what people can infer about us,” says Elena Zheleva, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois in Chicago. “If I decide not to participate in a certain social network, that doesn’t mean that people won’t be able to find things about me on that network.”

More than halfway there….

There are only six full weeks left until the semester ends. With this in mind, I am providing you with a special library list of 6 things to help get you to the finish line without stumbling along the way.

1. Your final decisions about any inter-library loan (ILL) needs should be made in the next week. This means you need to wrap up the bulk of your research when it comes to acquiring sources. Assess what you have now, determine what you cannot live without and put those ILL requests in at the circulation desk ASAP. Why you ask? So that your resources have time to get here. Books requested from other libraries are mailed to us via media mail (what use to be called 4th class mail) and it can take a bit of time for the item/s to arrive.

2. Check your printing account, is it running low? Take a bit of time to add money to it now so that you don’t run out just before you are ready to print the final draft of your paper. Wondering how you add money to your printing account? Log on to your Spartan Web account, go to campus life, then information technology, and finally lab printing. FYI: your tuition pays for $30 worth of printing at the beginning of each semester, for some this is not enough. You don’t want to run out of paper.

3. Get enough sleep. Don’t invite a cold or flu bug into your immune system by staying up all night or abusing your system with junk food. Sleeping regularly for at least 8 hours a night will allow you to complete your projects and papers in a timely manner.

4. See the reference librarians now and NOT later. Our vast depth of knowledge can only solve procrastination slightly.  You need to have time to pick, review, read, and evaluate your resources. You also need time to write several drafts of your paper. Remember, time moves forward whether one likes it or not…

5. Speaking of writing, do you need to get your paper evaluated by the staff of the Saunders Writing Center? The Writing Center is in Plant Hall, Room 323. You can call 813-253-6244 for an appointment or just drop in. Center hours are: 8:15 am – 5 pm Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:15 am – 4 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays 8:15 am – 3 pm.

6. Finally, if you are feeling confused or anxious about something regarding you class consider approaching your instructor. They were undergraduates too, albeit awhile ago…communication is great tool to use to calm nervous feelings, misunderstandings, and ultimately results in better learning.

You have probably heard it before but don’t forget college is not a mad dash to the finish line. You have to pace yourself and with some attention to detail you can easily accomplish what you must and beyond.

To connect to better writing, visit the Saunders Writing Center in Plant Hall, Rm. 323, or call (813) 253-6244 for an appointment. – See more at:
To connect to better writing, visit the Saunders Writing Center in Plant Hall, Rm. 323, or call (813) 253-6244 for an appointment. – See more at:
To connect to better writing, visit the Saunders Writing Center in Plant Hall, Rm. 323, or call (813) 253-6244 for an appointment. – See more at:



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.

New Arrivals: Advertising and Societies: Global Issues, second edition

Advertising and Societies: Global Issues is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners.  Gender, race, and children are some of the categories used to analyze international advertising. The authors further examine global advertising as it relates to cultural, economic, political, and regulatory issues. The text contains an abundance of illustrative examples, supportive data, and extensive references.

From the Publishers Description: Now in its second edition, Advertising and Societies: Global Issues provides an international perspective on the practice of advertising while examining some of the ethical and social ramifications of advertising in global societies. The book illustrates how issues such as the representation of women and minorities in ads, advertising and children, and advertising in the digital era have relevance to a wider global community. This new edition has been updated to reflect the dramatic changes impacting the field of advertising that have taken place since publication of the first edition. The growing importance of emerging markets is discussed, and new photos are included. The book provides students and scholars with a comprehensive review of the literature on advertising and society and uses practical examples from international media to document how global advertising and global consumer culture operate, making it an indispensable research tool and invaluable for classroom use.

Reference Question of the Week: Where can I find scholarly articles about popular TV shows?

As always, make sure to first log into Esearch. Your Esearch username and password is the same as your Spartan Domain username and password. By logging into Esearch you can access the databases from anywhere in the world.

My first choice for an example topic was American Horror Story. This series has only been on the air for one season, and after searching in four databases and finding nothing, I decided to select another television show. Keep in mind that scholarly publication is slow. So, older television shows, and shows with a lot of critical acclaim and popularity, will be more likely to be covered in scholarly journals.

My next choice was Twin Peaks, an early 1990s series created and directed by David Lynch.

I found a substantial number of results in ProQuest. I’ll scan through several of the front page results to help me think through the topic and/or research question I want to address in my paper.

I searched through several other databases, but only found a handful of items in Academic Search Complete, Project Muse, and JSTOR.

Keep in mind that I was only looking for peer-reviewed articles about that show. Other items you might consider for your research are reviews of the show. (I used LexisNexis to find early reviews of the show. I used the term “twin peaks” in quotation marks, then added the name Lynch. I then used the drop down menu next to the sort tool to sort from oldest to newest. That way I got reviews of the television show from when it was first aired.)

Also, don’t forget to search our online catalog. I searched hoping we might have a book on David Lynch. We didn’t, but it turns out we have the DVD of the television series.

Don’t despair if you don’t find sources immediately. Dead ends are a part of the research process. If you check the databases mentioned above and still don’t find anything, stop by the reference desk and ask one of our librarians for help.

Campus MovieFest

There looks to be about 50 teams from the University of Tampa signed up to participate in this year’s Campus MovieFest. If you see a lot of movie-making going on around campus, this may be why.

Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival and a premier outlet for the next generation of filmmakers, began in 2001 when four students at Emory University provided fellow students with everything they needed — including camcorders and Apple laptops — to make movies in one week. Since then, more than 500,000 students at colleges and universities globally have received all the necessary technology and training to tell their stories on the big screen through film. CMF is free to students thanks to corporate partners and schools.”

Here’s a clip from 2009 about Campus MovieFest on the UT campus —

If you’re a movie buff don’t forget you can check out DVDs from the library. We have a great collection of movies, including over 100 titles from the Criterion Collection.