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Joy Postle's Rhapsody in Rose number 7, a featured painting in Joy Postle's November 2015 exhibit in the John C. Hitt Library. Joy Postle's artwork and collection can be found in Special Collections & University Archives.

November Exhibit: Artist Joy Postle: Inspired by Nature, 1896-1989

Joy Postle's Rhapsody in Rose number 7, a featured painting in Joy Postle's November 2015 exhibit in the John C. Hitt Library. Joy Postle's artwork and collection can be found in Special Collections & University Archives.

Joy Postle’s Rhapsody in Rose number 7.

Joy was a rare bird. She rather resembled the long-legged, wading birds found near Florida’s seacoast, lakes, marshes, and glades. A plein air artist, Postle patiently painted wildlife, enduring harsh environmental conditions, using watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink. To see Florida through the eyes of Joy Postle is to see breathtaking landscapes of a vivid, natural era. Detail, light, color, and even a sense of humor mixed with fantasy capture the imagination of viewers, reminding us of nature in its early, unblemished form.

The Joy Postle collection is located at the University of Central Florida in Special Collections and University Archives at the John C. Hitt Library. This collection of her life’s work includes artwork from the 1920’s to the 1980’s as well as ephemera highlighting aspects of her personal and professional life. Joy Postle was not only a self-supporting artist, she was also entertainer, a writer, and an environmentalist.

The Joy Postle exhibit will be on display on the main floor of the John C. Hitt Library from November 1st – November 30th.

UCF Knights Gameday

10/10, Gameday hours: 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

The UConn Huskies are headed to Bright House Stadium, Saturday, October 10, to take on our UCF Knights. Starting at 9.00 a.m., come on over to the John C. Hitt Library to read, study, research, write, and get a lot done before kickoff at 3.45 p.m. The Library closes at 7.00 p.m.

The Huskies may think the Knights aren’t ready for them—-they just might get a big surprise! Go Knights! Charge on!

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 10.09.15

Cold Sassy Tree Meg Scharf, Librarian, recommends:

 Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns.

4th Floor — PS3552.U73C5

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around – fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he’s aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson – a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward – the news is served up all over town with that afternoon’s dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa’s new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather’s second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel – about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy’s passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 10.2.15

The Trigger Larry Cooperman, Adjunct Faculty Librarian, recommends:

 The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, by Tim Butcher

1st Floor — D511.B876 2014

A very well-written account of the life of Gavrilo Princip, the student who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand that led to the start of World War I, along with a very well-written and detailed book of the author’s travels to Serbia and the surrounding countries.

Shifting Books in the Library

Shifting Finished on 3rd Floor

The books on the 3rd floor have all been shifted.   Books with call numbers in the range of G-M are now located on the 3rd floor.  The shifting team is now working on the 4th floor.  Please be aware that there may be more noise than usual on this quiet floor.  Staff will work to keep noise to a minimum as shelving and books are moved.


Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 9.18.15


The Martian Book Cover  Tina Buck, Librarian, recommends:

   The Martian, by Andy Weir

2nd Floor – Knight Reads

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk    on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust        storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


Knight Reads

Knight Reads

Looking for something to read for pleasure? Or a current, popular title? Check out the Knight Reads collection on the main floor of the John C. Hitt Library, near the cafe seating.

If you have a title you think should be in Knight Reads, leave a comment on this post.

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 09.11.15

In the garden of beasts Richard Harrison, Librarian, recommends:

  In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson

UCF Main Library Knight Reads – 2nd Floor

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance, and – ultimately – horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

Library and Reflecting Pond

5th floor quiet study

The UCF Libraries is excited to start work on our 21st Century Library project. Although we are breaking ground outside the building this winter, we are making big changes inside as well! As we shift books down from the 5th floor to the lower floors, the remaining space will be converted to a quiet study lounge with more outlets and computers. Look out for your chance to test furniture for this space, which should be completed by Spring 2016.

moving books

General Collection Shift in John C. Hitt Library

On Monday, June 29 the Stacks Unit in Circulation Services began a shifting project that will involve moving nearly one million volumes over the course of the next several months. The shifting project will make space for the newly improved quiet study space, and all books must be moved off of the 5th floor.

A team of student employees have been hired to work on this special project. The students must work with important attention to detail so all books are moved to the correct new location. The work can be hot, tiring, and dusty, and we really appreciate all the efforts of our student employees.

The first floor shift is complete and call numbers A to F now reside on the 1st floor. Shifting is currently taking place on the 3rd floor of the library. Please ask for assistance if you have trouble locating any materials.

The team has a lot of work ahead, but it will be worth the effort when UCF students have a newly designed quiet, comfortable study space in the library.


Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 09.04.15

Rachel M., Nerdy Librarian, recommends:

A Land Remembered A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons.

4th Floor — PS3569.M53785L3 1984

Rosen Campus — PS3569.M53785L3 1984


UCF Knights Gameday

Game Day Hours, 9/3/15

Plan ahead, Knights! This Thursday, September 3, the John C. Hitt Library will close at 3:00 p.m. The Curriculum Materials Center, in the College of Education and Human Performance, will close at noon. The Library at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management will close at noon. Regional campus libraries will remain open for regular Thursday hours.The UCF Knights will take on the FIU Golden Panthers in Bright House Stadium. Kickoff is at 6.00 p.m. Classes end at noon, so you will have time to get to the library for some study and research before you head out for a little tailgating. Go Knights! Charge on!

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading 08.28.15

Carrie Moran, User Engagement Librarian, recommends:

Lacuna Book Cover

Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

4th Floor — PS3561.I496L33 2009

The story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two  worlds – Mexico and the United States in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s – and  whose search for identity takes readers to the heart of the twentieth  century’s most tumultuous events.

Photo of front entrance to John C. Hitt library and the Flame of Hope

John C. Hitt Library: Sorry for the inconvenience

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 8/25, the John C. Hitt Library was evacuated, at around 1.15 p.m. The building reopened to all over one hour later. The first floor was reopened to all a few hours later. Thankfully, this was not a major event, but the Orlando Sentinel ran a story about it. Thanks to all the students who efficiently evacuated the building, allowing the fire and safety crews to inspect and investigate without interference or interruption. And thanks to those crews who keep us safe. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Come on in today, Knights: we’re open until 1.00 a.m.!

Info Kiosk 2015

Stop by our Info Kiosk

Feeling lost? This week, at the entrance to the John C. Hitt Library, an Information Kiosk has been set up for anyone with a question about UCF. Take a minute to talk to the friendly Libraries folks. They will connect you to the information you need. Start off the new academic year with a smile.

New Libraries Webstie

New Libraries website!

Notice anything different? The new Libraries website was designed with you in mind, making it easier to link to the resources and services you need for a successful new academic year. Be sure to let us know at Submit Feedback if you have questions or comments on the new design.

New Libraries Webstie

Employee of the Year 2015, Recipient Matt DeSalvo , Presenter Barry Baker

Employee of the Year: Matt DeSalvo!

Matt DeSalvo is the UCF Libraries 2015 Employee of the Year! Matt is an End User Computing Specialist, part of the Libraries Information Technology and Digital Initiatives. Matt leads a team that helps library users at the John C. Hitt Library 3rd floor LibTech Desk. If you have checked out an iPad or other equipment, or have a question about using technology to get to library resources, Matt may have helped you. Matt received his award today, at the Libraries Annual Service Awards. Also honored: Libraries employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of library service. Congratulations to everyone!

Library and Reflecting Pond

“Publishing in the Academy” Graduate Workshops Fall 2015

UCF Libraries “Publishing in the Academy”
Fall 2015 — Graduate Workshops

Students must register for workshops through the College of Graduate Studies website at

Literature Review Toolkit
This session will cover library research strategies to help differentiate sources and tools for conducting literature reviews and locating resources for projects. The discussion, demonstrations, and Q&A will focus on identifying subject databases, making use of review articles and citation tracking options, creating alerts to stay updated on publications, using Google Scholar options such as links to UCF databases and researcher profiles. An overview of library services for graduate students will also be provided. Please bring your laptop if you would like to set up options during the session.
Wed., 9/9 10:30-11:30 am Graduate Student Center
Tues., 10/6 12:30-1:30 pm Graduate Student Center
Wed., 10/14 2:00-3:00 pm Lib 235C
Fri., 11/6 12:30-1:30 pm Graduate Student Center


Library and Reflecting Pond

Shifting Project @ The John C. Hitt Library

Beginning June 29th 2015 the UCF John C. Hitt Library will be shifting the books in the stacks to make room for the 5th floor renovation starting in Spring 2016.   The redesign will provide critical physical study space to meet the needs of the University and of the future generation of scholars.

During the shifting if you are unable to locate a book, please ask staff for assistance.  We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the library for our users

Thank you,

The Circulation Department

America's Historical Imprints: The American Civil War

American Civil War Collection

Browse through the pages of history in the American Civil War Collection in the America’s Historical Imprints database. Find primary sources from 1860-1922 in subject areas including: Agriculture, Education, Government, Health, Labor, Religion and more.

Library and Reflecting Pond

Publishing in the Academy — Summer 2015 Library Research Workshops for Graduate Students

Publishing in the Academy — Summer 2015
Library Research Workshops for Graduate Students

The UCF Libraries’ Publishing in the Academy workshop series focuses on supporting graduate students about topics important to researchers. Workshops cover a wide-range of discussions and demonstrations including: literature review strategies, using online library databases and tools, making the most of Web of Science, publishing your work and author rights, optimizing your online presence in research networks, understanding citation metrics, presenting your work, and data management practices.
In collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies, workshops are held at both the Graduate Student Center in Colbourn Hall in Room 146 and at the John C. Hitt Library in Classroom 235C. Please use the Graduate Studies website to register for all workshops held at the Graduate Student Center.


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