The UNF library now has access to Philpapers!

Philpapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, we monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. Philpapers also host the largest open access archive in philosophy and has over 90,000 registered users.

Access Philpapers and the other databases on the library’s website.

ClubhouseResearch_flierBeginning Monday, March 9, First Year Outreach Librarian Cat Silvers will be available in the Osprey Clubhouse every Monday for Fall & Spring from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for student research. This is an exciting new partnership between the library and Housing and Residence Life to bring academics into student common areas. Students will have the opportunity to bring their research questions to Cat while studying in the common room, doing their laundry, or grabbing a snack at the Pita Pit. This new service demonstrates the library’s ongoing engagement in student success and retention.

For more information contact Cat Silvers at cat.silvers@unf.edu.

It’s been a long road but after months of work the UNF Library has finally completed the migration from the old LibGuides system to the new LibGuides version 2!

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LibGuides 2 is a fully responsive platform on all mobile devices and features a far richer feature set than the original LibGuides.  Built upon one of the most popular web development platforms, bootstrap, LibGuides 2 should continue to be easy for faculty and staff to maintain and yet flexible enough to allow for extensive customization and the elasticity to adapt to any future needs.  More importantly, we think students, faculty, and all users will find the new system more visually attractive, more informative, and easier to use.

Over the coming months expect to see further improvements in the form of new features, further customizations, and the gradual migration of information from other library systems added into LibGuides.  If you’re interested in more information about some of the custom work we’ve done, you can contact us and we’ll be happy to share!

Student sculpture work
Sculpture is coming to the library!
A joint project between the Library and the Art and Design Department has been made possible with a generous donation by Dr. and Mrs. Walter R. Graham Jr., M.D. that will fund student designed sculptures.

On the east side of the second floor of the Library there is a delightful reading alcove donated several years ago by Dr. Graham and named in memory of his mother, Rachel J. Graham. With the new Library Commons renovation the area is now one of the special features of the second floor. This reading and study alcove is surrounded on three sides by huge windows so the area is open and inviting. Outside on two sides there are large planting boxes but plants will not grow there due to the lack of water and direct sunlight. Library Dean, Dr. Elizabeth Curry and Dr. Graham brainstormed the possibility of installing art work in these outside spaces.

The donation made by the Walter and Cynthia Graham will fund the materials for the two sculptures plus an award to the artist. Art professor Jennifer Hager organized the project and enthusiastically involved her sculpture class in the project so they could get “real-life” experience. Each student presented their design concept, budget and scale model to a committee that included Dr. Graham, Dr. Debra Murphy, Chair of the Art and Design Department, Dr. Curry, Library Dean, Courtney McLeland, Librarian and Art Liaison and Rhonda Gracie, Horticulturist in Physical Facilities. Thanks to the students who participated: Cal Cook designed “Input/Output,” Ramona Harmes designed “ Tumbling Books-Waves of Knowledge,” Stephen Pane designed “Knowledge & Light,” Emily Pinnell designed “Fish Stories,” Dane Pinks designed “Monolith Blue,” and Michael Quatromoni designed “Diversity & Transformation.”

Mary Ratcliff was the student with the winning design. She is a junior at UNF, majoring in fine arts with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in professional education. Her artwork often consists of unique, dynamic forms often displaying an accompanying colorful palette. She finds inspirations from nature and applies these natural, organic influences into her work. The winning designs, Connection n. and Connect v., two site-specific works, were designed to bring life and energy into the vacant area outside the library. The two large-scale metal sculptures are inspired by the complexities of the brain, focusing on the connections of neurons and neural networks. The concept of “connections” also serves as a metaphor for valuing and building relationships and a network of colleagues, instructors, and professionals during one’s educational journey.

Blind Date with a Book
Blind Date with a Book

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library invites students, faculty and staff to go on a “Blind Date with a Book” for Valentine’s Day. Popular reading titles have been selected from the Library’s collection and decoratively wrapped and labeled with basic genre information to provide the best blind date experience.

Share photos and experiences from “Blind Date with a Book” via Facebook and Twitter using #TommyGBlindDate.

SoCSymposiumLogoThe School of Computing Symposium is a semester event that showcases work done by both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in computing courses during the fall and spring semesters.  Everything from course projects, to capstone projects, to graduate theses is presented as posters to the public in a professional environment.  Often these presentations include examples of hardware and software SoC students have constructed over the course of the semester.  These poster presentations may be the work of a group of students or a single student, and all constitute a considerable amount of work by the students.  The event is free to present and attend, and attendees are able to vote on the presentations they like the most.  Prizes are awarded to presentations at the end of the symposium.  There are honorable mention prizes for each course represented, as well as a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall prizes.

First Place Winner (Prize - $200)  Poster Title: UNF Library Study Room Reservation System Presenters: Keith Andrews, Ashley Barr, Gian-Paul Quinones, and Roberto Reyes Course: CIS 4327 - IS Senior Project I
First Place Winner (Prize – $200)
Poster Title: UNF Library Study Room Reservation System
Presenters: Keith Andrews, Ashley Barr, Gian-Paul Quinones, and Roberto Reyes
Course: CIS 4327 – IS Senior Project I

This is the third SoC symposium the Thomas G. Carpenter Library has participated as a “Community Partner” with the School of Computing to foster interdisciplinary academic engagement with students.  As a Community Partner the Library works with a group of students from the Information Systems Senior Project capstone courses (Fall and Semester), and acts as a “customer” in need of a software-based web application that  fulfills some need.  This year the library requested of the students a custom group study room reservation web application.  Early in the semester a group of students from the Senior Project course volunteered to tackle this project, and throughout the semester has met with representatives from the library to discuss business requirements, design, and functionality.  The library will continue to work with this group of students in the Spring 2015 semester to the successful completion of the project.

 

During the Fall 2014 Symposium the undergraduate Senior Project course group working with the Thomas G. Carpenter Library won the 1st Place Overall prize, including a $200 cash prize.