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Penguin and Snowflakes

Holiday Greetings from the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries

UCF Libraries is a proud member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).  ASERL’s holiday greeting at https://vimeo.com/305540229  provides a beautiful overview of the extraordinary resources of the association’s members, displaying items with a wintry theme from special collections and archives of the member libraries.  UCF’s Special Collections and University Archives contribution is toward the end, so enjoy and stay tuned.

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

From the Libraries Suggestion Box…

Recent submissions to the Libraries Suggestion Box:

There are not enough seats on the 5th Floor!!!

There are 170 seats in the 5th Floor Quiet Study Zone, and while we are pleased with the success of this new space, we are aware that there is not enough room for all the students who would like to use it, particularly during Finals Week.  While work on the 21st Century Library https://library.ucf.edu/21st/    continues, we are making an effort to provide as much space for quiet study and research as possible.  Please check rooms 235A and 235C on the main floor, and the 4th floor for quiet space.  Although not designated as quiet zones, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor have seating available.  You can check study room availability at https://library.ucf.edu/services/study-rooms/.  Thank you for your patience, Knights!

Concern about seeking employment in the library, and diversity in student employees.

Recently, a graduate student expressed interest in employment at the library, and concern about hiring student assistants.  Application for jobs at the library and information on the process can be found at https://library.ucf.edu/jobs/ Submitted student applications remain on file at the library for 60 days.  Qualifications are the most important element of an application.  But two other factors come into play:  one is the class schedule, and the second is job openings. The employee’s class schedule should fit the needs of the job, and, of course, there need to be jobs available at the time of the application.

Ethnicity of the applicants is not known to the supervisors when they evaluate applications.  As a point of interest, 46% of current part-time library employees self-reported as White after they were hired.  54% reported as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Multi-Racial, and Native American.  Thank you for your interest in the library!

Submit your idea, suggestion or complaint at https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6RUgNMafewNyxwh?Q_JFE=qdg  or write it out and place in the wooden suggestion boxes at the Circulation Desk or the Research and Information Desk in the John C, Hitt Library.

Kram for the Exam Fall 2018

Kram for the Exam

Come join us for our annual fall Kram for the Exam. SGA will be walking around the John C. Hitt Library handing out goodies and study materials during the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, December 4th at 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 6th at 5:00 pm

Hope to see you here and good luck on your exams!

Bodhi, CAPS therapy dog

De-stress during Finals Week

You’ve worked hard all semester and you’re almost done! We know finals are often the most stressful part of a student’s holiday season so we have a whole week of de-stressing activites to help keep you focused and productive. In addition to our daily events, our coloring table on the main floor will be available all week. All events are free and students may show up or leave at anytime.

Meditation Monday
12/3, 11am – 1pm, Library Rm 223
A quiet and low lit room will be provided for students to join in meditation. Participants are welcome to come and go as they need but please remember to enter and leave quietly so as not to disturb your fellow students.

Therapy Dog Tuesday
12/4, 11am, Outside entrance to the library
Bodhi, CAPS official therapy dog, will be joining us to provide calming cuddly pet sessions to any student in need.

Whimsical Crafts Wednesday
12/5, 11am – 1pm, John C. Hitt Main Floor
Join us as we craft our stress away! Origami sheets, coloring sheets, and blank bookends will be provided to decorate to your heart’s content. Check back after the event on our Facebook page to vote for your favorite student created bookend! Winning bookend artist will receive an official UCF Libraries construction rubber ducky!

Theater Thursday
12/6, 11am – 1pm, Rm 223
Come enjoy a selection of short films courtesy of our Kanopy subscription and will include many Oscar and BAFTA award winners.

Farewell Finals Friday
12/7, 11am – 1pm, Rm 223
Take some time off from your last day of finals to help us complete some puzzles.

 

 

 

 

first floor now open

1st Floor Now Open!

John C. Hitt Library 1st Floor MapThe John C. Hitt Library is happy to announce that the 1st Floor is now re-opened!

We had to close the 1st Floor late this summer to allow our crew the ability to clear out several stacks of books and re-arrange other parts of the collection. The construction crew also erected a temporary wall to allow further work on the connector building between the Library and the ARC building while keeping the 1st Floor in a usable state.

With the extra space now available from the removal of the stacks, we have relocated some of the furniture from the closed off portion of the 2nd Floor down to the new space on the 1st Floor. This new seating will allow for study and group work, but please be advised that the area will be noisy as it is located next to the construction site.

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