Year after year, we need to remind ourselves that books are still targeted for censorship by various people, groups, and institutions throughout the nation. As Librarians, we strive to make all materials available under the belief that everyone should have the freedom to read.
This year’s tagline is “Banning books silences stories.” How many books have you read or heard about in the video below? A lot of them are children’s books; maybe you read some of them in elementary school or junior high.
Stop by the exhibit in the front of the library. Here we display books in our collection that have been challenged in the recent past. You can read more about frequently challenged books by year here. Some of them may surprise you.
As college students in 2018, there is no doubt all of you deal with technology in some way in the classroom and in your personal life. You may already have an opinion of how constant contentedness and rapid innovation shape your life for good or ill since technology is so intrinsic to the daily grind. Over the summer, the Pew Research Center issued a lengthy report on how technology effects us. These anecdotes from experts may confirm or deny some of your ideas.
If you are doing a research paper on how technology (social media, health monitoring apps, privacy, Alexa, ebooks, robotics, etc.) play a positive or negative part in our lives, or are simply curious about what this report has to say, take a read below:
Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life
While many technology experts and scholars have concerns about the social, political and economic fallout from the spread of digital activities, they also tend to report that their own experience of digital life has been positive
Technology experts and scholars have never been at a loss for concerns about the current and future impact of the internet.
Over the years of canvassings by Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, many experts have been anxious about the way people’s online activities can undermine truth, foment distrust, jeopardize individuals’ well-being when it comes to physical and emotional health, enable trolls to weaken democracy and community, compromise human agency as algorithms become embedded in more activities, kill privacy, make institutions less secure, open up larger social divisions as digital divides widen, and wipe out untold numbers of decent-paying jobs.
An early-2018 expert canvassing of technology experts, scholars and health specialists on the future of digital life and well-being contained references to some of those concerns. The experts who participated in that research project were also asked to share anecdotes about their own personal experiences with digital life. This report shares those observations.
To all UT students, staff, and faculty: welcome to the Fall 2018 semester! Remember, the Library is here to help you out.
Are you new to The University of Tampa? Stop by the Macdonald-Kelce Library and chat with a librarian or one of our staff members. We’ll let you know how to find things you need and address any issues you have with acclimating to a new library and a new university.
Take a look at the “About the Macdonald-Kelce Library” guide to start. Make sure your Spartans Domain works so you can access our databases via the Esearch log-in.
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We hope you have a great start to the semester. See you in the Library!
Are you a comic superfan? Whether you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Universe, or you’re just into Game of Thrones (yes, you are), Tampa Bay Comic Con is a fun time for all.
While you get your costume ready, don’t miss the Macdonald-Kelce Library displays, where we have books, graphic novels, photos, and info all about Comic Con and the comic book industry. Comic Cons have become a playground for celebrating everything sci-fi and fantasy, so if you’re more jazzed about Hot Neville than Star Trek, don’t miss it (Aug 3 -5, Tampa Convention Center).
Star trek chronology : the history of the future, Reference, PN1992.77.S73 O39 1993
Re-reading Harry Potter , 2nd Floor MAIN, PR6068.O93 Z68 2003
E453 .V66 2010 2nd floor Main
Never heard of Juneteenth? Here’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discussing how this day came to honor the emancipation of enslaved blacks in the United States after the end of the Civil War in 1865. Texas declared June 19th a holiday back in 1979 and this day came to be celebrated as “Freedom Day” or “Juneteenth.”
To read more about the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery, there are plenty of great resources, including books, in the library. Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian to help you!
If you are on social media or have purchased goods online at any point, you’ve probably noticed the dozens of emails about new private policy user agreements flooding your inbox. After deleting all of them immediately (no shame), you should now take a quick look at what is actually going on.
Essentially, these emails are informing you on how the websites you use collect and share your personal information, and how that will change under the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. Read the article below from Wired to learn how these updated privacy regulations allow for more transparency and protection when handling your own data online.
Although the article is about the UK specifically, much of this applies internationally, since many websites service multiple countries (eBay, Facebook, Etsy, etc.) Here’s an article from Forbes that explains the complex regulations from a US angle.
Europe’s data protection rules are undergoing sweeping changes. To keep up with the huge amount of digital data being created, rules across the continent have been re-written and are due to be enforced. From May 25, 2018, the new mutually agreed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will update personal data rules.
GDPR will bring outdated personal data laws across the EU up to speed with an increasingly digital era. The previous data protection laws were put in place during the 1990s and haven’t been able to keep pace with the levels of technological change…..read more.
If you’re taking summer classes, the Saunders Writing Center is open to help you.
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Just because you are leaving UT doesn’t mean our doors are shut to you! Did you know as Alumni, you not only have access to career services and events, you also have full onsite access to the Macdonald-Kelce Library with check out privileges? Review your benefits and sign up for an Alumni Card online.
During finals, visit us and check out the book display on the first floor that’s all about navigating life after college. We have resources on career goals, resumes, internships, and finding your path. Ask a librarian if you’d like to check out these books, or for any other career or graduate school related questions.
Alumni membership includes access to more than 275,000 books and 1,600 periodicals in-house at the Macdonald-Kelce Library. Alumni may check out 5 books at a time for a two week period. Local alums are able to Interlibrary Loan under the library’s discretion. There is no off campus access to the databases. Bring in your NAA Alumni Card to check out library books.
Good luck on your finals and congratulations to all graduates!
It comes as no surprise that most of the books on the ALA Top 10 Challenged books of the Year, books typically targeted for things like profanity, lewdness, and ideological contention, are children and young adult novels. Censorship is typically enacted by concerned parents who wish to protect their children from perceived threats. As many parents find out, shielding information from children doesn’t not prevent them from learning, exploring, and coming up with their own ideas about the world (hello, libraries! hi, internet!)
Censorship is a serious issue, and our right to read shouldn’t be contested in a free and civil society. The books on this list reflect the fears most prevalent today, notably from stories dealing with sex and gender identity. See if we have some of these books in the library and read them, or buy one for your little sister or cousin from your local bookstore.
Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
……..Read the whole list and watch a video on the ALA website