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Some books are banned from Florida State Prisons – why?

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?

Why Are American Prisons So Afraid of This Book?


“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… more


UT-TED Talk, Wed Feb. 7

Faculty, there’s still time to RSVP here to attend this UT-TED Talk lunch and learn sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Librarians Shannon Spencer and Leslie Vega will discuss how faculty can get involved with the University’s Institutional Repository (UoTIR).TED.jpeg

American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book of the Year Awards


The AJN Books of the Year for 2017 have been announced and are on display in the Library lobby. If you are studying allied health, nursing, or any healthcare and public policy field, these will be of interest to you!

Read more about these exceptional texts in the news announcement. “The AJN Book of the Year program is a prestigious competition that garners the attention of the nursing community and supporting healthcare publishers. Since 1969, AJN has announced its annual list of the best in nursing publishing….” read more



2018 Printing Charges

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that printing charges have gone up this Spring. Here’s a reminder of what you are allotted per semester:



Welcome back! Here’s a helpful tip…

cat-using-computer.jpgEvery semester brings new expectations, excitements, and challenges. It’s not always easy to dive back into work, especially when technology seems to be working against you. One thing is certain: many of you will be locked out of your Spartans Domain over break. Don’t worry! There’s a good chance you can unlock it yourselves.

Go to and click “unlock.” You can do this at anytime, whether you are locked out because it’s been 90 days since you last logged in, or you’ve forgotten your password.

If you get an error message, visit the Computer Center and they will sort it out for you. Also, if you are having printing problems in any lab (you need your Spartans Domain to log in), the Computer Center will help with these issues.

Have a great Spring semester!


Happy New Year, the Library is Open!

dog-santa-claus-hat-coat-happy-new-year-lettering-sweater-calligraphy-salute-vintage-black-engraving-illustration-104489799.jpgIf you’re taking a class during Intercession or are back on campus after the holidays, stop by the library to warm up, get some work done, check out some books and DVDs, and read a magazine for fun (yes, reading Vanity Fair in print is fun!). Our hours are always posted online. Wearing sweaters in Florida is fun too – stay warm!


Finals Hours – Fall 2017


Paying more and getting less: the Net Neutrality roll back plan

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.”


Net neutrality protections eliminated in draft FCC order

Reads: "because the internet shouldn't have a slow lane. libraries transform"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… more.

Copyright Fridays! Graffiti is protected by federal law: the Long Island City 5Pointz verdict

Attitudes towards graffiti have changed radically over the past 30 years. Now, there’s typically a legal contract and mutual agreement between real estate developers and mural artists to create the beautiful works you see on the sides of buildings all over Tampa Bay and in many cities in the world. While the differences between “mural art” and “graffiti” can still be disputed, the case illustrated in the article below proves that any artwork has worth and is protected by federal law.

The Long Island City 5Pointz building was spectacular (I was living in New York at the time when this divisive issue was being discussed), and it drew in tourists and natives alike to LIC. That this case took so long is a testament to how complicated copyright law can be, especially when it comes to artists’ rights.

In a Surprise Verdict, Jury Says Developer Broke the Law by Whitewashing 5Pointz Graffiti Mecca

But the judge has yet to make his final ruling.

A federal court jury in Brooklyn has handed a preliminary victory to a group of graffiti and aerosol artists in a closely watched case that pitted the rights of street artists against those of a property developer.

The six-person jury found that real estate developer Gerald Wolkoff and his related companies broke the law when, in 2014, he whitewashed the 5Pointz graffiti mecca in Long Island City in the middle of the night. However, the jury decision will serve only as a recommendation to the case’s presiding judge, Frederick Block, who has yet to hand down a final verdict and assess whether any damages must be paid… more

UTWrites with Bella L. Galperin, Wed Nov 1

Please join us for this Fall 2017 UTWrites event. This reading is free and open to the public.

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