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Eclipse of Moon

Total Lunar Eclipse 2019

Join us for the 2019 total lunar eclipse! We start the fun on Thursday, Jan. 17 and end it with a late night viewing of the eclipse on Sunday, Jan. 20th.

Create a Moon Phase Calendar/Calculator
Thurs, January 17, 2019 12pm – 3pm
John C. Hitt Library
Main Floor

A free craft event to ring in the new year by making your own 2019 Moon Phase Calendar and Calculator. We will have a table set up on the main floor of the John C. Hitt Library starting at 12:00 noon for the DIY project.

New Insights into an Old Moon
Talk by Dr. Adrienne Dove
Thurs, January 17, 2019
3:30pm
John C. Hitt Library
Rm 223

Dr. Adrienne (Addie) Dove is a planetary scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She received her BS in Physics from the University of Missouri in 2006, and her PhD in Astrophysics and Planetary Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2012. She is passionate about space and space exploration (both human and robotic) and educating people about science and exploration. In July, 2017, Dr. Dove was awarded the Susan Niebur Award Early Career Award by the NASA Solar System Exploration Virtual Research Institute (SSERVI) for her contributions to the science and exploration communities.

Kights Under the Stars
View the total lunar eclipse
Sun, January 20, 2019
11pm – 1am
Memory Mall

For more information visit

“Knights Under the Stars” Public Event Schedule – UCF Planetary Sciences Group

Follow the UCF Robinson Observatory and Library on Twitter or Facebook for updates including possible weather delays or cancellations.

Films available from our Libraries

Due to an unexpected acceleration in expenditures, we are scaling back the streaming video that we offer through Kanopy. UCF pays for most Kanopy films on an on-demand per-title basis. Since launching in 2015, Kanopy has attracted a lot of usage; and as a result our costs have quadrupled and expended our allocation for this year.

Films that were already licensed on Kanopy will remain available for the duration of their lease. Meanwhile, the UCF Libraries have thousands of DVDs available for checkout from the LibTech Desk on the 3rd floor, and tens of thousands of streaming videos available online from Alexander Street Press, and FMG. We will continue providing access to films from Alexander Street Press, FMG, and our limited Kanopy catalog.

All the videos can be discovered via the UCF Libraries Catalog.  Use the “Video” tab on our Homepage as a shortcut to find them.

How do I get a film for a course I’m teaching in Spring 2019?

Contact the  subject librarian in your area as soon as possible.

Winter Break Maintenance

LibTech Winter Break Maintenance

LibTech Lending Items will be limited to 4 hour and 24 hour items during the Winter Break starting December 17th, 2018.

No Laptops, iPads, Cameras, Projectors, or any other multi-day items are available for checkout as the staff will be doing inventory and maintenance on the items to prepare them for use in the upcoming Spring 2019 semester.

Thank you for understanding and Happy Holidays!

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!

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