You may not be surprised to learn that the American prison system censors the types of reading materials accessible to the incarcerated. Banned books are an unfortunate, but incessant part of American history, and occur in many institutions including public schools, libraries, bookstores, and, yes, prisons. Take a look at the New York Times article below. This article makes a case that these bans are racially motivated. Do you think having access to all books is a basic human right?
“In the eight years since its publication, “The New Jim Crow,” a book by Michelle Alexander that explores the phenomenon of mass incarceration, has sold well over a million copies, been compared to the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, been cited in the legal decisions to end stop-and-frisk and sentencing laws, and been quoted passionately on stage at the Academy Awards.
But for the more than 130,000 adults in prison in North Carolina and Florida, the book is strictly off-limits…..read more
Are you frustrated with your cable or phone provider but live in an area where you have little choice? Get ready to be frustrated with the entirety of the internet in the same way.
The ALA (American Libraries Association) blog discusses the upcoming FCC vote to roll back protections that disallow ISPs (service providers – like Comcast or Verizon) from taking advantage of what they will allow us to see on the web or tamper with the quality of certain websites.
“…this new FCC order would create a world where ISPs are allowed to block, slow down and limit quality access to any websites or applications they want. ALA stands vehemently opposed to these actions; the draft order violates all the principles we believe are necessary for a free and open internet as well as fundamental library values.”
Last week, we highlighted a disturbing policy change that we had been anticipating for a while: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s plan to roll back the net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic and services equally.
Between Thanksgiving preparations and leftovers, we have had some time to review this big turkey (220 pages worth). Below are some first impressions…..read more.
Please join us for this Fall 2017 UTWrites event. This reading is free and open to the public.
The Macdonald-Kelce Library now has a new Institutional Repository (IR) online! The UT IR mission is to collect, preserve, and distribute the intellectual output of the UT community. Many universities have an IR in order to store and preserve materials such as theses, dissertations, university publications, faculty papers, conference proceedings, and college events, and make them accessible to the world.
What you’ll find now in the IR is a collection of past MFA Theses (most are campus-access restricted), and materials from a conference hosted here at UT.
In the future the Library hopes to collect more scholarship created by you, whether you are a student, faculty, or staff. Keep up with the progress of the IR by visiting the library’s homepage at utopia.ut.edu, and reading this blog!
Learn more about the IR on our guide: http://libguides.utopia.ut.edu/thesis
Explore the IR here: https://utampa.dspacedirect.org/
In addition to finding archived editions of the New York Times in our Databases, the Macdonald-Kelce Library now has a subscription to the NYT Online. This subscription allows you free and unlimited access to the website content.
Here’s how to access in 3 easy steps:
1. Navigate to Accessnyt.com (while connected to the IP/campus network)
2. Type in “University of Tampa” under Find School…
3. Click Create Account and complete the registration fields (use your UT email for this account). This will allow access from everywhere in the world. After you have registered, go to www.nytimes.com and click on the login tab in the upper right hand corner of the page to login.
The library also offers NYT daily in print. Ask a librarian for help or for more information.
The Macdonald-Kelce Library will be open this summer during the hours of 8AM – 10PM Monday – Thursday, 11AM – 7PM on Saturday. In May, the library will close at 9PM: please check variable hours on the homepage under “Hours.”
Stay cool and happy summer!
We know that you’re studying hard in these last few days of finals (the library has been packed!). Following the end of the semester library tradition, we’ve put out a table filled with puzzles, stress balls, and candy. Stop by if you haven’t yet to study or say hello.
Taking a May term class? If you need the library after Finals Week our hours are always posted online.
We hope you all have a happy summer and special congratulations to the graduating class of Spring 2017!
The busy time of the semester is upon us! If you’re anything like us here at the library, you may find yourself a bit scatterbrained and rushed – a good recipe for misplacing your belongings. If you happen to leave your water bottle, hoodie, or any other personal item in the library, check to see if someone turned it in at our lost and found, located at the Circulation Desk.
Remember, don’t leave any valuables unattended, even when the library seems empty. You always have the option to rent out a locker if you are leaving to get a coffee or go out for lunch. Lockers are available for all day rentals, and are located near the bathrooms. Inquire at Circulation for a locker.