The Library’s Regular Summer Hours begin May 8 and run through July 17
Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
While the original 52 CareerSpots videos discuss the how-to’s of preparing yourself to find a job, this new collection provides details on specific careers or occupations. Each video is less than two minutes in length, but packed full of information. Learn the day-to-day tasks of an occupation as well as what skills, experience, talents or education are required. The videos are divided into 16 career categories such as:
Try the new career videos in CareerSpots now. Once on the site, click the “Careers” tab at the top. Watch them right on your computer or mobile device that uses Flash Player 8.0 or higher!
On April 18 the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched on the web. The new site will allow you to search archive and museum objects across the country. Some of the major “content hubs” include The National Archives, The Smithsonian Institution, The New York Public Library, Harvard Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The hope is that DPLA will one day become a national library, “bringing together digitized content from across the country into a single access point for end users.”
You can search by keyword, map location or timeline date. All of your search results will have a description of the object, picture or printed material and its physical location. Sometimes you will also be able to view the image or full text of the object.
The DPLA may be especially helpful for students looking for historical primary sources. Here are a few interesting things I found on DPLA in full image/full text:
Looking for more historical research tools? Visit the History Guide or contact Rachel Cooke, Librarian for History, Visual & Performing Arts and Language & Literature. She is available for research consultations or classroom visits.
Artist: Barbara Cooper
The project has been a year and a half in the works and hopefully to be installed this summer. There will be two forms, each about 25′ long, that float in the center of the atrium, near the elevator banks of the library. The piece is made of layers of cherry veneer that are all glued together.
From the artist, “The piece is called Ecotone. I saw the term used while I was down for a site visit exploring the ecology of the area and I loved the idea that the overlap of two different ecosystems creates the richest and most diverse area of the two ecologies. I thought that this was a good metaphor for the library itself as it is a coming together of so many different information systems, but especially because of where it is sited on the campus, on the edge, looking out over the water, the library becomes part of an ecotone between the world of nature and the world of culture.”
For more information about the Art in State Buildings projects at FGCU, please see the Facilities Planning page.
Building Blocks of Knowledge
An art installation for the Florida Gulf Coast University Library
This artwork is a result of a class competition. Each student in Sculpture Workshop ART4922 was asked to choose a location on campus and then design a sculpture specifically for that location. Their ideas were presented and then a class vote was taken. This artwork was chosen by popular vote. All the classmates felt this was an idea worth sharing. The class worked collaboratively over a four-week span to complete this project. Sunshine Ace Hardware of Naples generously donated the materials needed.
According to Kim, “The site of the installation was of primary importance. A university campus is a place of higher learning. The library is a nucleus for learning, and research. It seemed like a perfect fit. Through the use of simple origami shapes I created a design that conveys the importance of learning and knowledge as the building blocks and foundation of our futures”.
Designed by: Kim Marhoefer Willis
In Collaboration with:
Brigette Baker, Angie Cruz, Andrea Dickinson, Roxanne DuBois, Matthew Engle, Frank Grumpert, Julianna Javier, Cheryl Kainrad, Gwynne Lathinghouse, Fabian Ortiz, Sarah Page, Mark Poucher, Chris Vacha, Anthony Ward, Kim Willis
Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Sutton, our fourth honoree in the FGCU Author Series of recently published books authored by FGCU faculty and staff. Dr. Sutton, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the MA English program. Dr. Sutton’s Catholic Modernists, English Nationalists (2010) is featured on the Library homepage during the month of April and is displayed on a poster on the first floor of Library West in the New Books Area.
Each month a recent book authored by FGCU staff or faculty is selected, presented by an accompanying poster, and featured on the Library’s website. Everyone is encouraged to view the display of our FGCU authors’ recent works. Any of the Author Series books in the Main Collection are available for check out. Authors are encouraged to donate a copy of their book(s) to the Library by contacting their subject specialist.
Are you considering getting your Master’s in Library and Information Studies?
Date and Time: April 1, 2013 2:00 -4:00 pm or April 5, 2013 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Christie Koontz & Maria Treadwell
If you are working in a library or an organization that requires the expertise of an information professional and wondering what it would take to get a Master’s Degree to become a Librarian, Information Professional or School Media Specialist then this informative live online session is for you.
In this webinar, the presenters will cover the degree programs at Florida State University and University of South Florida including admission requirements, distance learning options, costs and financial aid availability.
|This project is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.|
Gifts to the FGCU Library enrich collections, purchase equipment, and improve services for students, faculty, staff, and the Southwest Florida community.
March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. This year the theme, selected by the National Women’s History Project, is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination”. The focus being on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, disciplines.
There has been concern that the United States is losing ground in the development of the next generation of science researchers and innovators. Many believe that we need to raise the educational standards and promote the value of an education or career in mathematics and all the sciences if we are to retain a leadership role in a more competitive world.
Sustaining the interest of young people in the sciences, as well as diligently recruiting those with the greatest potential is essential. It has also been noted that there is a resource of talent in the sciences that has been too often neglected in the past. That resource is the women who have the intelligence and talent to make substantial contributions to the science disciplines. More attention is being paid to tapping this resource by encouraging and promoting STEM careers to women.
The Library book display spotlights women, past and present, who dared to followed their calling into a science education and excelled in STEM careers. Being aware of, and reading about these women, may serve as inspiration for students who may be considering a STEM education for themselves or perhaps their children. The careers of the women featured in the book display and poster, is designed to encourage, support and promote the need for more qualified women contributing to excellence in the sciences.
Take a look at recent statistics from a National Science Foundation Report revealing the difference between the degrees earned by men and women in the sciences, and the presence of women in the STEM workforce.
National Science Foundation Report:
Overall, more women than men graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree; however, men earn a higher proportion of degrees in many science and engineering fields of study. Women’s level of participation in these fields varies, but within fields it is consistent over every level of degree.
The science and engineering workforce is composed of people who earned degrees over roughly three decades. Because older cohorts of science and engineering workers are disproportionately white and male, women and minorities constitute a lower percentage of the overall science and engineering workforce than of science and engineering degree recipients who recently joined the workforce.
“Interlibrary Loan & UBorrow – How to Get the Resources You Need”
Did you know that you can request books and articles from other libraries? Learn the difference between ILL and UBorrow, how to verify that FGCU doesn’t own the material, and the most effective methods of placing requests so you get the material as quickly as possible.
Wednesday, March 27, 5-6 p.m. in LIB211. Register now!