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2011 Florida Book Awards winners

Friday, February 10th, 2012 | Tags:
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The Florida Book Awards announced the winners for eight categories of books published in 2011.

Children’s Literature

  • Gold: Margaret Cardillo and Julia Denos, Just Being Audrey (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)
  • Silver: Marianne Berkes, Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under (Dawn Publications)
  • Bronze: Angela DiTerlizzi, Say What? (Beach Lane Books)

Florida Non-Fiction

  • Gold: William McKeen, Mile Marker Zero (Crown)
  • Silver: Virginia Lynn Moylan, Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade (University Press of Florida)
  • Bronze: Martin A. Dyckman, Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics (University Press of Florida)

General Fiction

  • Gold: Lynne Barrett, Magpies (Carnegie Mellon University Press)
  • Silver: Elizabeth Stuckey-French, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady (Doubleday)
  • Bronze: Caren Umbarger, Coming To: A Midwestern Tale (Create-Space)


  • Gold: Stephen Kampa, Cracks in the Invisible (Ohio University Press)
  • Silver: David Kirby, Talking about Movies with Jesus (Louisiana State University Press)
  • Bronze: Gianna Russo, MoonFlower (Kitsune Books)

Popular Fiction

  • Gold: Ward Larsen, Fly By Night (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Silver: David Hagberg, ABYSS (Macmillan)
  • Bronze: Senator Bob Graham, Keys to the Kingdom (Vanguard Press)

Visual Arts

  • Gold: Jerald T. Milanich and Nina J. Root, Hidden Seminoles: Julian Dimock’s Historic Florida Photographs (University Press of Florida)

Young Adult

  • Gold: Ryan G. Van Cleave, Unlocked (Walker Books for Young Readers)
  • Silver: Jessica Martinez, Virtuosity (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
  • Bronze: Alex Flinn, Cloaked (HarperCollins/Harper Teen)

Spanish Language
No Awards given this year.

The Florida Book Awards program was established in 2006 to recognize, honor, and celebrate the best Florida literature published the previous year. It is coordinated by The Florida State University Libraries, and co-sponsored by the Florida Library Association, Florida Center for the Book, State Library and Archives of Florida, Florida Historical Society, Florida Humanities Council, Florida Literary Arts Coalition, “Just Read, Florida!,” Florida Family Literacy Initiative, Florida Association for Media in Education, Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the Friends of FSU Libraries, Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association.

Gartner: IT products, resources and trends information

Friday, September 16th, 2011 | Posted in Databases, Website of interest by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

The USF System has partnered with Gartner, a leading IT research company, to provide access to their extensive resources and information on best practices, trends and emerging technologies in Information Technology. Content includes market analysis, statistics, and forecasts; industry information on the following industries: banking and investment services, education, energy and utilities, government, healthcare providers, insurance, manufacturing, media, and retail; and critical issue reports that include: outsourcing, open source, emerging trends and technologies, mobile and wireless, and laptops and hand-held devices.

Features of this resource include: the Hype Cycle which helps identify the appropriate timing for IT investments; the Magic Quadrant which helps visualize how major competitors stack up in a given marketplace; and an email alerting service that pushes the latest research to your email.

Not just for IT professionals or students, this online resource is useful for any person or unit looking to get more information about a new technology or software.

The Gartner resources are available to all USF faculty, staff and students through the USF Libraries catalog (direct link to the title) or through this link. You may be required to log in with your NetID.

Website of interest: National Academies Press offers 4,000 PDFs reports freely

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Tags: , , , ,
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The National Academies – National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council -starting June 2nd 2011, permit the free download of PDFs of reports that are currently for sale on the National Academies Press (NAP) website. PDFs associated with future reports (except for those in the “Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals” series) will also be offered free of charge to all Web visitors.

That’s more than 4,000 reports to date on a range of scientific topics.

Website of interest: International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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If you’re looking for children’s books in multiple languages, the International Children’s Digital Library will provide with numerous options, all in full-text and for free. There are multiple search parameters, including age range, genre, language, length and even cover colors.

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research to create a digital library of outstanding children’s books from all over the world. The project was introduced at an international celebration at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in November 2002. The collection’s focus is on identifying materials that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live. The materials in the collection, all presented in the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. At the end of the initial research period, it is anticipated that the ICDL collection will include approximately 10,000 materials in at least 100 languages.

Website of interest: ScienceCinema

Friday, February 25th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,
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It’s the end of National Engineers Week so we thought this interesting website was à-propos. By the way, did you attend the Engineering Expo yesterday, organized by the Poly Engineering Club? The Library highlighted its services and showcased items from the collection, especially recent book purchases in engineering.

ScienceCinema is a website regrouping videos produced by the US Department of Energy. It was launched February 10th, 2011.

ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research to allow users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. The timeline is synced with transcripts of the targeted portion of video.

It is anticipated that scientific videos, animations, interactive visualizations, and other multimedia will become an increasingly prominent form of scientific communications. ScienceCinema was produced, in part, as a proof of concept to demonstrate the value of speech recognition in the complex vocabulary of science. While the launch of the video database will include an initial 1,000 hours of content, it will continue to grow as new DOE R&D-related videos are produced.

ScienceCinema was developed by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in partnership with Microsoft Research.

Website of interest: C-SPAN Video Library

Friday, October 29th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , ,
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The C-SPAN Video Library is the free video archives of the network of the same name.

The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives.

The Archives records all three C-SPAN networks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Programs are extensively indexed making the database of C-SPAN programming an unparalleled chronological resource. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text. The video collection can be searched through the online Video Library.

Program searches are possible by topic, series, congressional committee or organization, person, location, most recent or most popular.

Website of interest: Teacher’s Domain

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Aimed at educators, Teacher’s Domain is a website that serves as a repository for free materials, including media from NOVA, Frontline, American Experience and other public broadcasting content. Included as well are multimedia content, lesson plans, student activities, and interactives, correlated to state and national standards. There are several editions: K-12 (which has the most content), College, New York, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

Free registration gives access to more functions and personalizations.

Website of interest: Small Business Resource Center

Friday, August 20th, 2010 | Tags: ,
Posted in Databases, Website of interest by Diane Fulkerson | 8 Comments »

The Florida Electronic Library is giving free access to all Florida residents to a new database : the Small Business Resource Center by Gale Cengage.

This comprehensive database covers all major areas of starting, operating and maintaining a business from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes and more.

You can search by business topics or types, and view sample business plans.

Don’t miss the vast array of other databases offered by the Florida Electronic Library, in business or in other fields.

Gulf Oil Spill Information Center

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 | Tags:
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The USF Tampa Library has prepared an information page on the Gulf oil spill. This public website supports current research on the Deepwter Horizon oil spill, as well as present the beginnings of a more comprehensive collection of material & information for future research needs. It will emphasize research support via an archive/digital library of key peer-reviewed research and data, including governmental and NGO reports, academic articles, conference proceedings, USF materials, and maps & images. Collaboration with other universities is also in the works.

The Gulf Oil Spill Information Center (also known as GOSIC) can be viewed here.

How to perform legal research

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 | Tags: ,
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While USF Poly does not have a law school, it is sometimes necessary to perform legal research. It can be a complex field though but thankfully, there are resources to help.

The USFP Library has some books, like classic Wren and Wren’s The Legal Research Manual: A Game Plan for Legal Research and Analysis and e-book Legal research how to find & understand the law by Elias and Levinkind.

We also have access to the Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and Westlaw Campus databases (don’t forget to go through Blackboard to authenticate first.)

Finally, there are excellent free sources of information on the Web:


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