Category Archives: Education

Undergraduate Research Week: April 23 – 29

The university library plays a critical role in undergraduate (or any level) of research. Here at Macdonald-Kelce we celebrate UT’s emphasis on the importance of undergraduate research. This means we are able to offer you higher quality collections with a more in depth focus on research methods. Many of our librarians have subject specific expertise – don’t hesitate to ask us for help.

A week long schedule of events honoring the achievements (your achievements!) made in undergraduate research is coming up in April. Symposia include many of the colleges at UT: College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS), Sykes College of Business, College of Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Education (CSSME), the Honors Program, and a Human Rights Conference. Read more about it in the March Insighter.

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Banned Books Week at the library

It’s that time again – Banned Books Week!

Celebrate the freedom to read and recognize the history of American censorship this week. Visit the library and check out a banned book…you may be familiar with many of them, but have you read them all? Some books that have been contested as inappropriate, from elementary school to college, in public and academic libraries, may surprise you! They include, the Harry Potter series, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and even A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.

Check out this map to see which books have been recently contested in every state in America. Typically, books that deal with sex, violence, drug use are contested. Comic books have recently been a target for censorship, including Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.

Learn more about Banned Books Week here.

Stop by the display by the library entrance to see some examples of banned or contested books that we have available for you to check out.

Your University of Tampa Librarians – Part II

Time for part II of Your University of Tampa Librarians. If you are an education student you may already know librarian Elizabeth Barron.

Elizabeth, in addition to being the librarian who collects education materials for the library, she also is responsible for criminology and nursing.

Elizabeth did her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. While living in Laramie, Wyoming she worked in a Carnegie Public Library and discovered her love of libraries and soon returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in library and information science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UT’s students are what inspire Elizabeth day and day out. It makes her work day rewarding.  She would advise all students to always attend class, take notes, and keep up with the required reading. At the same time she also encourages everyone to get out and enjoy all the great food you can find in Tampa! Maybe you should stop by the reference desk and find out Elizabeth’s favorite Tampa restaurant…. She has a varied schedule on the desk – just ask for her, she can usually be found most days Monday thru Friday.

Education Librarian Elizabeth Barron Interviewed by WMNF

UT librarian Elizabeth Barron, who oversees the education collection, attended the recent screening of Won’t Back Down at the Straz Center during the week of the Republican National Convention. Won’t Back Down was presented by former Governor Jeb Bush and educator Michelle Rhee garner support for “parent trigger” legislation.

WMNF reporter Janelle Irwin approached Ms. Barron after the screening to get her opinion.

“Because you’re taking money away from the public education system and you’re putting it into other people’s hands and I want to know who’s accountable for that. I believe there is a place for private education, but it is not with public funds. “

Read the rest of the article here.

If you want to find out more about current education policy look for books in our online catalog, check our databases (be sure you’re logged into Esearch when searching databases), or stop by and talk with a librarian.

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.

New Arrivals: Children’s Book Award Winners

We recently received the following children’s book award winners —

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider won the 2012 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for chapter books.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for children’s book illustration.

Blackout by John Rocco won the 2012 Caldecott Honor for children’s book illustration.

Underground by Shane W. Evans won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Award for children’s book illustration.

We acquire children’s books to support the Education program (and for staff and students to read for fun, for themselves or their children). Some are found in the general collection on the second floor, and some are kept in the Curriculum Room.

TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading

TEDTalks operate on the simple premise of asking smart, creative people to talk about something that excites them. In under 20 minutes. The result is a treasure trove of brilliant ideas. Here are a few of my favorites, but you might want to spend some time browsing through their site. There is no shortage of great talks.

Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the TED (Technology, Education, & Design) Conference. Here’s TED’s About page.

The first talk is by Ethan Zuckerman, now at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, warning that the Internet can close minds as much as open them. The second is by statistician Hans Rosling explaining why the future looks bright. And the third is by Jane McGonigal explaining the power of gaming.

There is also a local version at TEDxTampaBay.

10 Things You Should Know About the Curriculum Room: #10 – Nonfiction Children’s Books

10. Non-fiction children’s books are shelved in the Curriculum Room.

Contact the Education Librarian, Elizabeth Barron for more details. The Curriculum Room is located in the back left corner of the second floor of the library.

10 Things You Should Know About the Curriculum Room: #9 – Die Cut Machine Available

9. Two AccuCut die cutters are in a locked cabinet in this room. Ask a librarian for access.

Contact the Education Librarian, Elizabeth Barron for more details. The Curriculum Room is located in the back left corner of the second floor of the library.

10 Things You Should Know About the Curriculum Room: #8 – Educational Toys

8. Games, dolls and puppets are some of the non-book materials found in the Curriculum Room.

Contact the Education Librarian, Elizabeth Barron for more details. The Curriculum Room is located in the back left corner of the second floor of the library.