Message from Carol Hixson
Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
Like the rest of USFSP, the Library is facing challenges in these uncertain economic times. We face the prospect of losing more positions and reducing core services if the worst-case scenarios come to pass. In spite of the uncertainty, we keep moving forward.
A strategic planning retreat in the fall of 2010 (at which some of you provided your input) and student and faculty surveys are helping to guide our efforts. We are looking at the way we use space in the library, trying to maximize our effectiveness and also provide new opportunities. We are taking steps to create our own digital collections that will showcase and preserve the unique resources owned by the Library, along with the intellectual output of the university. We are building partnerships with a growing number of community groups to strengthen the university’s ties with the community and increase people’s awareness of the rich resources available to them when they engage with the university. We are continuing to play a leadership role in moving the university forward in online course and program development through our work with Blackboard Consulting, Inc. We are fortunate to have an extremely dedicated, professional group of staff and faculty in the library who are always looking at how to improve and expand the services we offer.
We rely on you, the faculty of USFSP, to give us the benefit of your experience as teachers and researchers and share your issues and concerns with us. As Dean, my door is always open to you and I am happy to hear from you on the phone (3-4400) or over email ( email@example.com). Thank you for your continued strong support of the library and the people who work in it on behalf of you and the students.
Dick Jacobs: The Global Naturalist
Library Atrium Photography Exhbit
January and February
Photographer Dick Jacobs has traveled the world documenting the beauty of exotic regions such as Namibia, Egypt, Jordan, and India. In this exhibition, Dick focuses his lens on the disappearing landscape of our own state of Florida, visually recording birds, plants, trees and coastal plains that are in danger of extinction.
His blog, www.theglobalnaturalist.com, is a thoughtful look into the dangers of environmental carelessness, and visitors to the exhibition are invited to respond to his musings on the subject.
A collaboration between the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and the Morean Arts Center.
Dignity and Prestige: The History and Archaeology of the Borada of Southern Ethiopia
Speakers: Drs. John and Kathy Arthur
Thurs. Mar. 3rd, 3:30-4:30 - Poynter Corner
For the last 15 years, Drs. John and Kathy Arthur have worked in the southern Ethiopian highlands investigating Borada culture and history. Recently, they received National Science Foundation funding to extend their research another two years and to offer USFSP undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct overseas anthropological research. The Arthurs combine oral tradition, ethno-archaeology, and archaeological research methods in their reconstruction of the Borada past. In this presentation, the Arthurs will demonstrate the importance of integrating indigenous worldviews concerning interpretation of their history and material culture with anthropological method and theory.
Light refreshments will be served.
Featured here: A Borana warrior.
Graphic Student Posters On Display
Library Coffee Area
Come check out the student work from the course, GRA 3735: Intro to Multimedia Systems, on display at the Nelson Poynter Library.
The Icon and Meaning project involves a number of steps into semantic meanings and visual explorations that take something simple and evolve it into a complex resultant. Taking simple hand-held objects; students incorporate universal symbols and redefine its literal marks, denotations, connections to society and subjective meaning.
Featured here: Thomas Weigel/Spray Paint Can
Special Collections and Archives on Exhibit!
Memories of Jordan Park
February; 1st and 3rd Floor Display Cases
The Poynter Library recognizes an important part of St. Petersburg’s African American history. Conceived in the late 1930s and built just before America entered World War II, the Jordan Park development offered a ray of hope during a time of harsh segregation. This exhibit documents many of the original settlements near the “Gas Plant area,” now the location of Tropicana Field and its surrounding parking lots, as well as the early years of Jordan Park.
Tidal Forces: The Old Wave
March 28th - April 5th; All Public Display Cases
From the end of March through mid-April, the library will have an outstanding exhibit on pre-Columbian pottery and settlements in Florida. The exhibit, "Tidal Forces: The Old Wave", coincides with the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Our exhibit, one of many in the local arts community, is unique in that it focuses on early Florida history rather than contemporary ceramic practices.
Upcoming Library Events:
Mardi Gras Party ON the Library
Tues. March 8th, 4:00 - 5:30
3rd Floor, Library Rooftop Terrace
Come celebrate Mardi Gras with food, music, and friends on the library rooftop terrace.
Author Dennis Lehane & St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Peter Meinke
March 24th, Evening
The annual meeting for the Society for the Advancement of the Poynter Library (SAPL) is shaping up to be a wonderful event. Author Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Moonlight Mile, has agreed to appear with Peter Meinke, St. Petersburg’s Poet Laureate for a discussion of their work. More details about this great event will be forthcoming.
READ Poster Contest
April 10-16th - National Libraries Week
Celebrate National Libraries Week with your very own READ poster. Bring your favorite book to the Nelson Poynter Library, have your picture taken, and get a READ poster of you...as a library celebrity.
Prizes for best poster for Best Female Student, Best Male Student, and Best Faculty/Staff poster. Start planning for your book and pose entry now!!
New Electronic Resources
Digital Campus by Swank Motion Pictures, Inc®
Digital Campus provides a flexible and custom solution to fit your teaching needs by distributing films through Blackboard. With exclusive distribution rights to thousands of films, Digital Campus is the largest repository of digital film content to complement the curriculum of any course.
LexisNexis Congressional Hearings
The LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection is a compilation of published and unpublished Congressional hearings from 1824-2003 that forms a documentary record of events and public policy faced by the United States.
Published hearings are the official record of committee hearings proceedings and include the diverse information presented at committee hearings. Unpublished hearings include documents from both Senate and House committees from 1823 to 1976. Additional content includes: transcripts of sessions between the committee and witnesses, special reports, exhibits, statistical reports, and other materials submitted for the record by witnesses.
GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Supporting sustainability research and global initiatives, the GREENR database integrates popular and scholarly content derived from publications in subject areas related to physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. The source publications include: government reports, research analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, magazine articles, legislation, and conference proceedings. Search query results can be printed, emailed, downloaded, and exported to bibliographic management software such as Refworks and Endnote. This resource is appropriate for both an undergraduate and graduate audience.
A diverse collection of ebooks focused on scholarly, professional and popular titles in: Business & Management, Economics & Finance, History, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Performing Arts, Political & International Studies, Religion & Philosophy, and Social & Cultural Studies.
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