Time for an introduction to a resource you might not be aware you have access to through our library! Did you know that the UCF Libraries provide access to a number of streaming video collections? The John C. Hitt library on main campus UCF subscribes to a few different databases UCF students, staff, and faculty can access free of charge. Often, this even includes full-length films!
It’s sort of hard to believe that the medical school has been up and running for 6 years now. Where did all the time go? When our library first opened back in 2009, documenting our experiences via social media was the furthest thought from our mind. Now’s a good a time as any to take a look back into the past!
Before the Medical Education building opened in Lake Nona, the Health Sciences Library and the College of Medicine operated out of University Tower, an office building in UCF’s Research Park near Main Campus. Our library was in a much smaller space back then. We also had a smaller staff at the time as well, with a few faces you may not recognize (and some that you might!).
Last year the library featured “TED Talk Tuesdays” on the library’s giant display in the Commons area. Our students gave us some constructive feedback on these events, including: while they all love TED Talks, students found it difficult to follow the talks with Closed Captioning, as the volume on the library TV is turned down; some students also reported that they like having the news on all the time, as it usually is; finally, some students pointed out that it was difficult to watch all of a TED Talk if they were just passing by or studying.
The new semester is off and rolling! It’s only been three days, but the library is already starting to feel lively again now that the students have returned.
As we were preparing for the new school year, we wanted to include some additional useful technology in our study spaces. You may know that you can check-out various chargers for your mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, Android phones) from our front desk during our business hours. After the library closes at 5pm during the week or over the weekend, library staff aren’t available to loan out these items. Our solution? Provide library users with another way to charge their devices inside the library without the assistance of our library staff. Say hello to our new charging stations!