Posted onJune 11, 2019bylmvega|Comments Off on The Library welcomes the Summer Institute for College and University Teachers attending the Center for José Martí Studies
The Center for Martí Studies Affiliate is a month long workshop on Cuban revolutionary José Martí and the interlocking histories of Cuba and Florida. The Macdonald-Kelce Library provides resources for attendees during the Summer Institute. Stop by and see the Martí/Cuba display, talk to a librarian, and use the José Martí research guide.
Tampa was and is a city of Cuban immigrants. Ybor City in particular, the site of José Martí Park, was a central local for the kindling of the Cuban independence movement at the turn of the twentieth century. Read more about this history by checking a book out of the library and going on a walking tour.
Posted onApril 18, 2019bylmvega|Comments Off on Winner of the National Library Week raffle is Alexandra Ricciardiello!
Alexandra “Alex” Ricciardiello was the lucky raffle winner of a UT gift basket, compliments of Macdonald-Kelce Library. The raffle was part of the Library’s observance of National Library Week (April 7-13). The annual celebration serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the crucial role libraries play in engaging and empowering the people they serve, like Alex. Library Director Marlyn Pethe presented the freshman a basket filled with pens, pencils, markers, snacks, portable headphones, a USB drive, and plenty of UT paraphernalia. Congratulations, Alex!
Today on International Women’s Day we celebrate the accomplishments of women across the globe. Achieving equality demands constant dialogue and learning. Here are some reads that get you thinking about gender parity and your roll in striving towards #BalanceforBetter.
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.
Like us on Facebook and follow the Library on Twitter for news, events, and recommended reads. We are also on YouTube where you can view MFA Lectores readings, student work, and other University lectures. If you haven’t seen our new Digital Collections, be sure to check it out!
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. ”
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