Month: September 2014

Grad Student Central

Dear Grad students,

The library has just launched a homepage designed just for you! “Grad Student Central” features quick links tailored to all your research and instructional needs. You’ll find information about theses and dissertations, searching the UBorrow catalog, requesting materials via inter-library loan, targeted workshops, and more. You can also learn about the Scholars Commons department, which is devoted to providing research support for faculty and grad students. Specific tabs on the page connect you with details for teaching assistants, research support, technology, and publishing your research.

The spotlight feature on the right-hand side of the page will highlight some of the resources available through FSU Libraries. Is there an aspect of the library you would like to know more about? Suggestions are welcome to help us fill that spotlight space!

GS1

Need to view your account? The My Account link is now located in the top right-hand corner of the page, alongside a link to OneSearch, our new tool that searches all library resources at once. (more…)

Introducing our Newest Librarians…

FSU Libraries is proud to be growing our team, especially into new positions and service areas. Look for more posts in the future introducing more folks, as we have quite a few! 

Learning Commons is our front-line librarians and staff, and is located on the first floor of Strozier Library. Serving primarily undergraduate students, Learning Commons is where you can check out a laptop, read the New York Times, meet a tutor, participate in a marathon reading of great and influential literature, or just grab a [Starbucks!] latte and hang out in the air conditioning! Emily Mann and Lindsey Wharton are both new librarians in the Learning Commons department, and introduce themselves and their roles below. (more…)

What is the Internet Slowdown?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 is the Internet Slowdown, a protest in support of “net neutrality“. Currently internet service providers (ISPs) are not required to provide the same internet delivery speeds to all traffic.  In theory they can decide to speed up or slow down data from individual websites. The fear of the supporters of net neutrality is that the ISPs will only provide fast access to those sites that pay them extra money.  This has the potential to have a large economic impact on small businesses and noncommercial entities (such as Universities and Libraries) who can’t afford to pay to be in the “internet fast lane”. It could also have ethical consequences if ISPs have the ability to suppress the messages of certain sites by controlling their network speeds. For a visual representation of what preferential network speeds could look like in practice, see A Guide to the Open Internet.

(more…)