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Diamond's Hidden Gems

Diamond’s Hidden Gems – ARC

Welcome to the tenth installment of Diamond’s Hidden Gems, a blog series in which I introduce you to the University of Central Florida’s library services that you may not have known about!

ARC & General Collection

If you’ve been inside the John C. Hitt Library, you’d find it a bit hard to believe that in the north side of the building, there is a room containing nearly 800 thousand volumes of the library’s print collection, placed in bins three stories high, for retrieval by 3 robotic cranes.

Below, I give you everything you need to know about the technology that makes retrieving library materials for student-use quick and easy!

The Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) is the second phase of a multi-year project of library expansion and renovation. Completed in Fall 2020, the existing library building was expanded to connect to the ARC, which created the entrance that faces the Student Union.

The ARC houses the following materials: 

  • Call numbers A-M
  • Almost 100% of Call numbers PR-PZ and Q-QA76.

A request for items stored in the ARC is initiated normally: by any UCF user directly from the online library catalog. When a request is placed, staff will retrieve items and send out an email when the item is ready.

If you’d like to see the ARC in action, you can get a window-sized peek from the third floor. Viewing windows are located near the Student Union side of the library along the brick wall.

To read more about the ARC, check out the full version of Diamond’s Hidden Gems – ARC in STARS.

Diamond's Hidden Gems

Diamond’s Hidden Gems – Special Collections & University Archives

Hello, everyone! My name is Diamond Williams; I am a second-year double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Writing & Rhetoric. Welcome to the ninth installment of Diamond’s Hidden Gems, a blog series in which I introduce you to the University of Central Florida’s library services that you may not have known about!

If you’re looking for a sixteenth-century book, artifacts from the early days of Walt Disney World, or the history of UCF, the UCF Libraries Special Collections & University Archives has what you need. Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) houses the library’s rare, unique, and one-of-a-kind materials.

SCUA also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their art and potentially win a monetary prize. To learn more about the department, read on!

Special Collections contains original family papers, maps, photographs, oral histories, and more. You can view collections about: African Americana, Botany, Floridiana, Political Papers, Theme Parks, and more.

The University Archives holds materials on the University of Central Florida, formerly Florida Technological University, from its beginnings in 1963 to the current day. You can view collections about: Black Student Union History, University Branches, Offices, Services, and Programs, University Documents, and more.

UCF’s SCUA department holds an annual Student Book Arts Competition, in which students have the opportunity to showcase their handmade artists’ books and have them added to the permanent Book Arts & Typography Collection.

If you’d like to learn more about SCUA and the Book Arts Competition, visit Diamond’s Hidden Gems – Special Collections & University Archives in STARS.

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Spring Break Grooves 2023 Playlist

Libraries faculty and staff suggested their favorite grooves to blast during Spring Break. Check out our A side with the top picks, but don’t forget about the B side filled with the songs we just couldn’t skip. Links for Spotify below.

A Side

  • “Say My Name” by ATEEZ
  • “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk
  • “Downtown” by Macklemore
  • “Tripping Billies” by Dave Matthews Band
    • “it’s a great, happy song” – Susan
  • “Beautiful Day” by U2
  • “Dreams Tonite” by Alvvays
    • “This song reminds me of sun-soaked days, lying on the beach, gazing into the middle distance and just vibing. The etheral vocals are perfect for getting out of your own head.” – Sara
  • “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
    • “It’s just a great song”
  • “Karma” by Taylor Swift
    • “Karma is such a feel good song. It is definitely something you play when you are feeling yourself, very Spring Break/windows down sort of vibe.” – Angelina C.
  • “Take Five” by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
    • “Because it feels like an adventure to another place
  • “Where the Boys Are” by Connie Francis
  • “Fun, Fun, Fun (‘Til Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away)” by The Beach Boys
    • “Beach Boys music and spring break go together like sand and surf – plus the “she forgot all about the library” line is fun (and probably too true!)” – Peggy
  • “Just Wanna Rock” by Lil Uzi Vert
  • “Rock & Roll” by The Velvet Underground
  • “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by The Beach Boys
    • “Well, it IS spring break!”
  • “Stand” by REM
  • “Good Times” by Le Chic
    • “it just had me dancing ready to have fun– Mary Lee
  • “The Sun Keeps on Shining” by Rogov
    • “Especially in Florida” – Robin
  • “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
    • “the entire pet sounds album is worth adding!
  • “Looks Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish
  • “Half a Mile Away” by Billy Joel
  • “Taxi” by Harry Chapin
  • “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” by Queen
  • “Fantastic Voyage” by Lakeside
    • “We wanna take you on a cruise, a fantastic voyage, “Come along, pack your bags Get on up and jam y’all”–that’s spring break
  • “Figure 8” by Paramore
  • “OMG” by New Jeans
  • “Me, Myself and I” by De La Soul
    • One of the brightest, silliest, and bounciest hip-hop jams ever made.– Tucker
  • “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
    • “It’s a bop!”
  • “The Astronaut” by JIN
    • “I just like it. It’s sweet and makes me feel young.” -Megan
  • “Ride or Die” by BamBam
    • “what better song to blast while driving down the interstate toward the beach with your ride or die”

B Side

  • “Jackboot Jump” by Hozier
    • “catchy tune with a good reminder that “the jackboot only jumps down on the people standing up””
  • “Feel the Fire – Egzod Remix” by pluko & pronouncedyea
  • “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
  • “#41” by Dave Matthews Band
    • “it’s a good love song” – Susan
  • “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
  • “Chamakay” by Blood Orange
    • “a gorgeous song with a very sweet music video wherein the artist visits his mother’s hometown in Guyana for the first time.” – Sara
  • “Miserlou” by Dick Dale
    • “It’s an iconic surf song”
  • “Potato Chips” by Slim Gaillard
    • “Because I love potato chips”
  • “I Get Around” by The Beach Boys
  • “I Like You (A Happier Song)” by Post Malone featuring Doja Cat
  • “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
    • “The only “do nothing” song you’ll ever need. Playing this song just makes every trouble seem to vanish for 3 minutes. – Tucker
  • “Dancing in the Street” by David Bowie and Mick Jagger
    • “It’s STILL spring break!”
  • “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol
    • “Don’t really like the song, but it definitely reminds me of Spring Break.
  • “Spring Break” by Cheap Trick
    • “it’s in the title” – Mary Lee
  • “Honey” by Drugdealer, Weyes Blood
    • “Despite what the artists’ names imply, this song is perfect for a warm, laid-back Spring vibe.– Robin
  • “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters
  • “Little Boxes” by Pete Seager
  • “You’re Only Human” by Billy Joel
  • “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchel
  • “Here Comes the King” by Budwiser
  • “Love Shack” by The B-52s
    • “One of my first road trips was heading to Atlanta in a Chrysler that was as big as a whale, so this song hits all the feels– Missy
  • “Black Car” by Beach House
  • “Every Summertime” by NIKI
  • “Woohoo” by The
  • “Chase” by MINHO

Beau’s Bonus Tracks

  • “Take It Easy” by Emily Wells
  • “Remind Me” by Röyksopp
  • “April 14, 2020” by Fred Again

Link to Spotify Spring Break Grooves 2023 playlist.

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