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Knights Do That Podcast: Brandon Nightingale

Knights Do That: The Importance of Preserving Black History

Brandon Nightingale ’16 ’19MA, archivist at Bethune-Cookman University, is featured on the Knights Do That Podcast on how his journey starting at UCF as an electrical engineering major has led him to now working to preserve Black history, and how slowing down to study the past is the best way to look forward.

Brandon interned with UCF Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives in 2018 and conducted research on UCF’s Black Student Union, found here:

We are proud of Brandon and his continued work in archives and libraries!

Love your data

Love Data Week 2022

Data is everywhere, an ever-growing and pervasive feature from our everyday lives to cutting-edge research across a myriad of disciplines. According to Forbes, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data were generated daily, and as of 2018, 90% of all data gathered occurred between 2016 and 2018! Love (Your) Data Week is an annual celebration and ode to data acquisition, processing, analysis, and visualization. Individuals, academic, and research institutions can participate in data-related activities throughout the week to be a part of the changing landscape of data. Love Data Week 2022 is from February 14th-18th, 2022, and this year’s theme is “Data is for Everyone.” Given the technological revolution in which we are actively a part, it’s more vital than ever for individuals to come together with information that can help us better our world. Explore the information, resources, and activity ideas below during this year’s Love Data Week and share your knowledge with your communities. Together, we can make information streamlined and accessible for the future.

Wild at Heart: Conserving Nature Through Art & Archives Feb. 14- May 1, 2022

Exhibit: Wild at Heart: Conserving Nature through Art & Archives

The exhibit “Wild at Heart: Conserving Nature through Art and Archives” explores the art, artists, and activists that challenge us to think deeply about the impacts of urbanization and climate change on the world around us. The exhibit features art and archival materials from the UCF Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, including the works of Joy Postle, Rachel Simmons, Leonard Nierman, and many more. For more information about the exhibit visit:

The exhibit was curated by UCF Librarians Christina C. Wray and David Benjamin. This exhibit runs from February 14, 2022, through May 1, 2022. The exhibit is on the 4th-floor gallery of the John C. Hitt Library. 

Phase IIA Construction in Progress

The 21st Century Library continues to evolve with Phase IIA, the renovation of the library’s third floor. Demolition, renovation, and inspections will take place on the third floor until projected completion in spring/summer 2023.   

The third floor will remain closed during this phase of the project. Stairwells and elevators are marked with signs and caution tape as a reminder that the floor is not accessible.  

Most third floor materials have been added to the ARC. Media and microforms have moved to the first floor. Current periodicals have moved to the fourth floor. Newspapers and magazines have moved to the second floor by the Circulation Desk.  

Phase IIA design improvements include a Graduate Student Commons, 30 group study rooms, 520 public seats, 36 desktop PC stations, shelving for 35,000 volumes, and an office suite for subject liaison librarians. For more information regarding the project, please visit our 21st Century Library page. 

Paris in the Spring at Rosen Library

The Rosen Library’s new display “Paris in the Spring” features photographs of iconic sights, books highlighting local flavors and history, as well as arrondissement maps meant to inspire an exploration of Parisian life.

The exhibit was curated by Gina Rippens of the Rosen Library and runs from January to May 2022.

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