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Library relocation begins Monday, May 9

red_outlineUT.pngCongrats to all graduating seniors this weekend!

For those of you who are sticking around this summer, especially if you are taking a May term class, today is the last day you will see the Macdonald-Kelce Library building open.

If you need reference help, a computer lab, or books on reserve for your class, please visit us at the Riverside Center towards the back of the building on the first floor, rooms 107, 109, 111, and 113.

All of the online resources will still be available to you by logging into Esearch.

Read more about the Library staff relocation in our Reference Guide. Click on the FAQ tab for a brief rundown of services available.

Have a wonderful summer UT!

 

 

Return ILL books by Monday, May 2nd

Due to the Library closure this summer, all books borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service by students are now due and must be returned to the Macdonald-Kelce Library no later than Monday, May 2nd.

ILL service for items borrowed from other libraries is now suspended for the Spring semester for undergraduate students not continuing into the May/Summer semester. 

We will continue to borrow books and articles for faculty, Friends of the Library, alumni, and all students, graduates and undergraduates, who are registered for the summer sessions.

We will be located in the Riverside classroom, no. 109, temporarily for the summer beginning May 9th, when library construction begins.  Please keep posted for further information about the Library’s summer hours.

Please check this guide for further details.

National Library Workers Day

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Libraries work because we do!

Were you in a pinch this semester and had someone at the library help you out? Was your computer on the fritz or were you struggling to start that research paper? Go ahead and thank a librarian today – don’t be shy!

It takes a lot of behind the scenes work to run a library. From our InterLibrary Loan staff who finds your articles that you need from other libraries, to the librarians who purchase, catalog, and manage the books (and maybe read them sometimes), we work hard to make UT a place that values quality scholarship and academic success for all students and faculty.

Join us this week in celebrating all of our hard workers here at Macdonald-Kelce Library.

40 titles receive special recognition from the American Journal of Nursing

Every year, in its January issue, the American Journal of Nursing or AJN, recognizes the most valuable texts published the field of nursing from the previous year. A panel of judges look for the best of the best in 19 different categories across the nursing spectrum. This year, the judges selected 40 titles.

The Macdonald-Kelce Library is lucky enough to own many of these award-winning titles. Special thanks goes out to librarian Elizabeth Barron whose job is to make sure we have the award winners in the library’s collection. By the way, Elizabeth works tirelessly selecting and acquiring ALL new books for the library in the fields of nursing, criminology, and education (FYI: if you are a student in any of these fields, I recommend you get to know Elizabeth sooner, rather than later).

Right now, the Book of the Year Award titles are found either in the display case next to the circulation desk or on the new book shelf. Always remember, you can check out any of the books on display, just ask one of the attendants at the circulation desk to get a book out for you.

Finding the entire award-winning list is easy. Just log on to Esearch, select the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing. Then you can search within the journal for the article using the following title: “Book of Year Awards 2013.”

Here are of a few of the titles that caught my eye:

Where Night Is Day, from the summary in the online catalog: “This book describes the hour-by-hour, day-by-day rhythms of an intensive care unit in a teaching hospital in New Mexico. Written by a nurse, Where Night Is Day reveals the specialized work of ICU nursing and its unique perspective on illness, suffering, and death. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of medical residents through the ICU. As the author, James Kelly, reflects on the rise of medicine, the nature of nursing, the argument of care versus cure, he offers up an intimate portrait of the ICU, the patients who live and/or die there, and the medical professionals who work there.” Call number: RT 120.I5 K45 2013.

Smart but Scattered Teens from the book cover: “Despite high intelligence, adolescents with executive skills deficits can be frustratingly disorganized, distractable, forgetful, and moody…Drs. Guare and Dawson are leading experts on executive skills…grounded in the state-of-the-art scientific research, this book provides crucial skills (teens need) for success.” Call number: HQ 799.15 G83 2013.

See Me as a Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families, according to Amazon this work “offers guiding principles and a practical methodology that facilitate a clinician’s ability to form authentic relationships which improve patient safety and the overall experience of care.” Call number: R727.3 K 656 2012.

Essential of Nursing Research: Appraisal Evidence for Nursing Practice, Amazon states, this work provides “a unique learning-teaching package that is designed to teach students how to read and critique research reports, and to appreciate the application of research findings to nursing practice.” RT 81.5 P63 2014.

The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, author, Joyce Simard states on her webpage that “it is my hope that publication of this book will stimulate many more nursing homes and hospices to pay greater attention to individuals with advanced and terminal dementia. The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia may serve as an important road map in this effort because it describes in detail how the program can be implemented, how the Namaste Care team is established, how an appropriate Namaste Care environment is created, and what the day’s activities could be.” Call number: RC 521.S57 2013

Finally, here is your Information Literacy Tip of the Day: knowing that experts in the career of nursing selected 40 titles as the best out of all the nursing book published in 2013, is one way to evaluate the credibility and authority of a resource that you might want to use for research and or general information.

Wishing you happy reading in the field of nursing and beyond!

What Librarians Think About: this librarian thinks about the Sam and Dave classic: “Wrap it up, I’ll take it”

As I drove to the Macdonald-Kelce Library this morning I thought about where we all are at in the big scheme of the things when it comes to the year, the semester and college in general.

Once here my first reference question of the day was on the phone from a faculty member desperate to get a full text, hard copy article from 1993 and get a project done, the due date was upon her. She was so happy to know we had the article that she ran over from her office to pick up the article (she had been toiling away in her office since 7:30am  this morning – yes, it is true even your professors work hard…). She actually arrived BEFORE I could even finish photocopying it! You can tell she is a person eager to “wrap it up,” to get her project done.

For many of our students graduation day is close, in fact it is 35 days away not including today. Wow! That is soon. For others, it is just the end of another spring semester and still for others it is the end of their FIRST spring semester at college (an experience that will never be new again). For us here it at the library we are gearing up and doing the prep work to execute our summertime projects (you know, the things we can’t get done when we are busy helping you succeed with the research process while at the same time providing you the accessible space to get things done, i.e. we save the weeding and shelf-shift and table/chair moving for the summertime when there are fewer people here to disturb).

Wherever you maybe in the college experience, when it comes to the quickly approaching end of the semester and the work you must accomplish I hope you will find inspiration in the following Sam & Dave song: “Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It.” Check out this YouTube clip of Sam Moore singing his age-old classic. Maybe it will help you get your paper, research project, etc. done now.

By the way, don’t forget your reference librarians are here to help you create a product you are proud of. Now is the time to seek us out.

Speaking of time, your University of Tampa reference librarians offer you LOTS of time.  Mondays thru Thursdays you can find at least one if not two librarians at the reference desk between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm and on Fridays librarians are on the reference desk between 8 am – 5 pm. On Saturdays (10 am  – 6 pm) and Sundays (1 – 9 pm) you will find myself or my other “happy go-lucky” half-time librarian Stacy Harn, present and ready to help you “wrap it up.”

So, get going, take lots of breaks, but get your research and writing done!

April is a beautiful time in Tampa. After our chilly March, I am glad April is now here. The weather is nice, it isn’t too hot yet, you can keep the windows open with a fan blowing, indeed the beach is calling. Additionally, there are lots of things going on here at UT and in Tampa in general between now and May 11. You want to enjoy those things but you can only do so if you “wrap it up.”

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.

Final in the Series: Your University of Tampa Librarians

Librarian Laura Rounds is one busy person! She is in charge of acquisitions, cataloging, and systems here at the Macdonald-Kelce Library. So, what does that actually mean? Well, acquisitions is just like it sounds, her work involves all the things we acquire here at the library: ordering books, Ebooks, DVDs, etc. Cataloging involves creating access points to all the materials we acquire so you can find them in the online catalog through all the various search types (e.g., keyword, title, author, call number, subject heading, etc.).  Finally, Laura’s work as the systems librarian requires her oversee the management of our integrated library system, which includes the online catalog UTOPIA.  Laura also does reference work – it makes me tired just thinking about all she does!

Now that you know what Laura does at the library, let me tell you how she got here. Laura started her undergraduate experience at Saint Petersburg Junior College (now just known as Saint Petersburg College). She then went on to the University of Florida and earned a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology.

Originally she hoped to become a museum curator but when she entered graduate school at the  University of South Florida it’s  Museum Studies concentration offered via their Applied Archeology program was defunct at that time. Despite promises of revival, after two semesters in the program she was facing having to do a second hot Florida summer archaeological dig, plus a thesis, and she still hadn’t had any courses in her chosen area. So, she decided to switch to Library Science where she now curates, books, DVDs, and realia (Librarian Elizabeth Barron makes sure she never has a shortage of hand puppets and board games to catalog).

Laura loves the variety of work she can accomplish here at UT. Additionally, she loves the fact that UT isn’t too big and it offers a great opportunity to test and implement new improvements since we aren’t bogged down by layers of bureaucracy the way larger institutions often are.

Laura encourages students to have a long-range plan, figure out what you want to do in life, and do what it takes to get there fast.

She is also an avid dog trainer with over twenty-five years of experience in all areas of competitive training and has appeared on television and film with her Australian Shepherds.

Finally, Laura reminds everyone to take advantage of the natural beauty in the area while it is still here to enjoy.

Laura can be found on the reference desk on Friday mornings.

AND to wrap things up…the other two librarians you will more than likely see around are Jeanne Vance and Mickey Wells. Both have a varied schedule but can usually be found on the reference desk most week days.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about your University of Tampa librarians. Always let us know how we can help you succeed during your time at UT.

Your University of Tampa Librarians: Part IV

[The series continues….] Today I would like introduce to you to Art Bagley. Art, like the rest of us, is a reference librarian. But, Art also is in charge of the Macdonald-Kelce Library’s Special Collections and Archives. Art knows a lot about the history of UT and Tampa in general. If you have a question about articles found in old copies of the Minaret or want to look at old yearbooks you need to find Art. Art has been a librarian for twenty-five years – all at UT!

Art has a bachelor’s degree in American history from Florida State University.  For awhile he worked for the state of Florida as Graphic Artist/Typographer/Editor. As time progressed he decided he wanted more than just a vocation, he wanted a career. Art returned to FSU and earned a Master’s degree in Library Science so that he could embark on a career involving the exploration of what he describes as “a vast sea of information, education, and entertainment.”

Art loves the variety of research projects/papers students always bring to the reference desk. The academic atmosphere challenges him to learn, to be aware, and to communicate with students.

Think things through — that is a bit of advice from Art. Whether this be about life decisions, course projects, etc. he sees no real reason to rush into a situation unless it’s an exercise in extemporaneous thinking or an actual emergency.

Art has a few more bits of wisdom to share: build your vocabulary (do crossword puzzles), do a good deed daily, volunteer to assist the less fortunate, look out for the other driver on the road, and never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.

Art can be found on the reference desk most mornings on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the fall semester. Stop by and say “Hi.”

Your University of Tampa Librarians: Part III

Librarian Shannon Spencer is responsible for our serials collection. Now I am guessing you are probably thinking that I can’t spell, and wondering what your favorite breakfast treat has to do with libraries and librarians. While I am pretty sure Shannon enjoys a good cereal like most, we are talking about serials here (and I did spell it right!).

Serials for the uninformed are a type of periodical publication. Oh, now I guess you need to know what is a periodical publication, that would be an item that comes out, you guessed it, PERIODICALLY….weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually. Some examples would be a newspaper, a magazine, a journal, a comic book, a world almanac, an annual report. A lot of the serials we get here at the Macdonald-Kelce Library are part of our subscription databases but we do still get some “hard” or original copies and we do keep some older versions, hard copies and microforms in storage. Shannon manages all of this and that makes her one busy librarian, if you ask me!

Before coming to UT and sharing her vast skills as a serials librarian, Shannon was an undergraduate like you and like you she started her undergraduate studies deep in the heart of Dixie but instead of UT she set her sights on the University of Georgia BUT she ended up graduating from a snowbelt school: the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in communication.

Later Shannon earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University and finally a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

So, why did Shannon decided to become a librarian? For Shannon it was where she spent most of her time so it just seemed fitting that she would pursue a career in libraries.

Shannon enjoys interacting with students and faculty here at UT, hearing about what they’re studying and researching. She also loves the locale of UT – being next to the river provides her peace of mind and of course attending yoga classes at McNiff a few times a week also helps!

The advice to students Shannon suggests, is to be curious, explore as much as you can, and don’t get stuck into thinking you have to do anything – I guess she wants you know you can CHANGE YOUR MIND.

Some things Shannon hopes you do during you time at UT is a get a ride out to Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, catch a flick at the Tampa Theatre, and if at all possible make your way down to the Keys at least once!

Shannon can be found at the library on the reference desk most Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. Stop by and say hi and try and stump her with a question about a cereal, I mean a serial…oh whatever….