Perhaps you have lost track of time or maybe you just weren’t paying attention but secret bunnies began plugging away at this library blog in January 2012, close to a year ago. Okay, truth, we’re not bunnies and we aren’t toiling away in secret, at least not any longer.
Information literacy librarian Dave Davisson, and reference librarians Stacy Harn and Katherine Kelly (that would be me) are the creators, developers, and all around writers extraordinaire of the University of Tampa Library blog. It is our goal to publish blog entries on a regular basis with varying topics: new books, DVDs, etc, current events, reference questions of the week, getting to know your library staff, and more. If you miss a UT Library Blog post you might miss out – so make reading this blog part of your routine and like us on Facebook where you will automatically find out when we add to the blog. The blog is for everyone at UT, students, faculty, and staff and beyond.
So, now you are probably asking yourself who exactly is this Dave Davisson and why do I find myself so drawn to his wonderful library wisdom? Well, Dave took Route 66 to UT. Well, maybe not…but he did do his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma (I am guessing Route 66 is somewhat near there as I have only been to Oklahoma once and it was on Route 66 ). Later Dave moved on to the University of South Florida for his master’s degree in history and because that was so much fun he decided to go for another master’s degree in library and information science.
Dave tells me he loves helping students and that UT students are terrific. Dave also asked me to remind you to always remember that everything takes longer than you think and that revision and editing are essential to writing good papers. AND he also wants students (as well as faculty and staff) to READ. Read anything, read the things that are weird, alien, or foreign to you and don’t forget the classics. Dave’s final piece of advice: ask more questions….
Stacy Harn joined the reference staff in August and we are happy to have her as one of the library’s eight librarians and as part of the blogging team.
Stacy also studied history as an undergraduate and then went on for her master’s in library and information science also at USF. You can probably easily get Stacy to bend your ear on the importance of the preservation of the historical record. She also loves to help you and she wants you to come and ask her for help – don’t be shy! If you are a first year student or new to UT and you are feeling little overwhelmed when it comes to the college experience, Stacy can relate as she is brand new too, so she has great empathy for you. Don’t despair! Come to the library and find solace when it comes to your research needs from Stacy and the rest of the library staff.
So, I guess now I have to tell you a little bit about me. My name is Katherine Kelly and I too studied history as an undergraduate, is this a trend? However, I did not spend my days at USF. Instead, I spent several chilly years toiling away at Loyola University in Chicago. I recall those days fondly but not fondly enough to go back to Chicago in the winter!
Once I graduated from Loyola I headed to an equally chilly place to study information and library science, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I have worked in many different kinds of libraries over the years and seen places I never could have imagined thanks to my husband and his career in the United States Navy.
I guess I should give out some advice too (advice I would give to anyone). I encourage people to get involved in your communities: your residence hall, your student government, other clubs in the university, organizations in the neighborhood, organizations in the city. Step out of your comfort zone and help others, serve your country. As a university student or employee you are given great opportunities, share you knowledge, skills, and abilities.
I also find inspiration in two mottoes, the first is from my high school, Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati it is: “Sursum ad summum” which is Latin for “Rise to highest” and the second motto is that of the U.S. Navy: “Honor, Courage, Commitment.” Maybe you too, can find inspiration in these two mottoes during your college days and beyond, or find or create your own motto. I am always hoping for the best for all of our UT students, faculty, and staff.
Lastly, I just want to say I/we hope you (that would be students, faculty AND staff) enjoy reading this blog and we very much encourage your feedback. Let us know how the blog and the library as a whole can help you during your time at UT – we want your college experience be something you can look back upon with happiness – we are pretty sure if you ask us for help you will have more time for fun and enjoyment — we can teach you how to use the library effectively and efficiently – JUST ASK.