Category Archives: University of Tampa

Syllabi Collection in the UoTIR

The Library is collecting, on a volunteer basis, faculty syllabi for the benefit of students, faculty, and the greater educational community. As a University of Tampa student, taking a look at a class syllabus is a great way to choose which professors to take next semester. If you are thinking about matriculating or working at UT, it’s beneficial to review many of the quality courses offered here.


Faculty Scholarship Panel – Today!

Happy Thanksgiving UT!

The Library will be closed this Wednesday 11/21 through Saturday 11/24. We reopen Sunday, November 25. Have a happy Thanksgiving all!


Writing Center Summer Hours

If you’re taking summer classes, the Saunders Writing Center is open to help you.

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Graduating? The library can help you prepare for life after college

majoring-in-the-rest-of-your-lifeJust 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!

Institutional Repository

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, and reading this blog!

Learn more about the IR on our guide:

Explore the IR here:



Free Speech or Hate Speech?

UPDATE: Seems like a line was drawn over the weekend. Simon & Schuster cancelled Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ book deal, as debated below.

The following news story from about a month ago (Jan 2017) tackles the argument: do publishers, in this case Simon & Schuster, get to decide what is published despite a clear concern that the book may contain flagrant hate speech? In a university, there are policies enforcing the rights of free speech amongst students and faculty in the classroom to encourage critical nuanced debate. What do you think about the arguments brought up in this article to address this particular situation?

 Excerpt from the article:

“Trying to suppress hateful speech doesn’t make it go away,” says [Joan Bertin, executive director of the NCAC]. “I mean, I think the whole idea of free speech requires us to be active participants, and when we hear ideas that we think are bad and harmful, it requires us to say ‘why,’ not just say ‘shut up.'”

But publisher Dennis Johnson says another equally important right is at stake here: The right to protest.

“This is not about censoring right wing voices,” he says. “This is about combating hate speech and its entry into the mainstream.”

University of Tampa Press Publication Receives American Book Award

SouthsideBuddhist_CoverFrom Public Information:

Southside Buddhist, by Ira Sukrungruang and published by the University of Tampa Press, has received a 2015 American Book Award. The University of Tampa Press published the book in late 2014.

Sukrungruang, who teaches writing at the University of South Florida, is a Thai American writer. The autobiographical essays in Southside Buddhist include reflections on life, art and writing. His previous books include his memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and a collection of poetry, In Thailand It Is Night, which won the University of Tampa Press’ Anita Claire Scharf Prize.

Southside Buddhist was also chosen as the recipient of the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal for General Nonfiction earlier this year.

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the 26th annual book awards on July 20 with a formal recognition planned for October.

Learn more about Southside Buddhist and purchase a copy from the Tampa Press site.

UT History online


Did you know that the library has digitized issues of university publications The Minaret, The Moroccan and the UT Journal?  Browse through past issues of our university newspaper, The Minaret, or take a look at what some of your professors used to look like in the 80’s in our yearbook, The Moroccan.

Once you are in the online archive, click on “Issue List” and it will bring up a list of all the past Newspapers, Yearbooks, or Magazines by year. You can also plug in search terms to see if there was an article about a certain event or person in UT history. Try “bathing suits” or “smoking” or “John F Kennedy” and see what pops up!

February UT Insighter

Have you received your QEP T-shirt yet? Learn more about the QEP and what’s going on around campus in this February’s Insighter:

Some highlights:
-Learn about UT’s recently announced new cybersecurity major
-Stop by the Electronics Alive III at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery
-See who got recognized for their Madness at Midnight.
-Browse the events calendar for the next two weeks to make sure you’re not missing any games, lectures, and other exciting events