Learning From History: Timelines of COVID and the 1918 Pandemic

Although the experiences of the past year has been new for most of the population, this is not the first time that America or the world has faced the trauma and terror of a quickly spreading virus. What can we learn from examining the progress of previous examples like the 1918 Pandemic commonly known as the “Spanish Flu”? Explore the timelines below to look at the side by side comparisons of major moments in events spread almost exactly a century apart.

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Summer Tutoring Opens Today

Join us this summer for help with numerous core chemistry, math, and physics classes.

Our free service does not require appointments! Simply drop in anytime you need assistance and our tutors will be happy to help. All tutoring during summer 2021 will happen online through Zoom, and you can find more information about the service via our Online Tutoring page.

Our summer hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8pm to 11pm.

For questions or to request additional information, please email lib-tutoring@fsu.edu.

Congratulations Graduates!

Every spring semester the Libraries hosts a reception celebrating our part-time student employees and honoring those who are graduating. This year we decided to post a blog about our students and celebrate our graduating seniors.

On behalf of Gale Etschmaier, Dean of University Libraries, “I want to thank you personally for your service to the Libraries. Without our part-time employees, we would be unable to provide the level of support that students and faculty at FSU want and need. You’ve been an integral part of this important effort and I hope you’ll remember your time at FSU’s Libraries as a happy and productive part of your FSU experience.”

Congratulations Graduates! All your friends and colleagues in the Libraries are proud of your accomplishment, and excited for you as you take the next big step in your life. At the same time, we will miss you!

We celebrate you! Read on for words of celebration on behalf of their supervisors.

Amy Bissonnette

Supervisor: Nikki Morse 

“Amy has worked in the Outreach and Engagement unit for 3 years, leading the book display project for the majority of that time. She’s done amazing displays including Blind Date with Book and has also helped run dynamic events for undergraduate students. She kept our team laughing and was always available to lend a hand when someone needed it! Amy is graduating and moving on to the University of Connecticut Law School where she will be pursuing her Juris Doctorate.”

Bianca Devaney

Supervisor: Shaundra Lee 

“Bianca has worked at Dirac since Fall 2018. She’s been one of our most reliable, stalwart employees. Besides working the circulation desk, she collaborated with other library staff to compose a literature review on Public and Academic Library partnerships related to STEM education. In addition to crushing work, the double-major in Criminology and Psychology has interned at the Leon County Public Defender’s Office, volunteered with various community organizations and will graduate Summa Cum Laude. Her future includes law school and the occasional turkey leg.”

Claire Haraminac

Supervisor: Shaundra Lee

“Claire has worked at Dirac since 2019. She’s a great worker at the library while managing her psychology course work and several research projects in campus labs. Her future plans include becoming a licensed clinical psychologist with a focus on children while mixing in travel with family and friends.”

Hannah Menendez

Supervisor: Liz Dunne

Hannah has been an amazing Reference Associate from the second she joined the team! She is an outstanding information professional whose compassion and commitment to teaching and learning have benefited all those around her. Aside from her incredible research skills and wealth of library-related knowledge, she is an absolute joy to work with and simply put, just a really very kind and cool human. With her talent, I have no doubt she will become a Rockstar librarian in no time! Congratulations on your graduation!

Isabella (Bella) Jaramillo

Supervisor: Nikki Morse

“Bella has been a part of the Outreach and Engagement team for almost two years and started her journey with us helping out with Orientation in 2019. Since then she’s been a driving force on our team, running events and helping usher in partnerships around campus. Her passion for the environment and social justice has also helped build our team into all-around activists! Bella is moving on to Georgetown to pursue their MS in Environmental Metrology and Policy- she will be missed!”

Makenna Sebastian

Supervisor: Shaundra Lee

“Kenna has only worked at Dirac Science since August of 2020, but it seems like she’s been here much longer. She has been not only excellent on the desk but has been the lead on several on-desk projects. And this is all while earning Dean’s list-worthy marks in Biomedical Engineering and being involved in Habitat for Humanity. Kenna plans to work in the medical field and travel.”

Eilish Power

Supervisor: Mimi Bilodeau

“Eilish is an incredible employee and has flawlessly stepped into the role of peer leader this year. We congratulate this rock star on her degree and amazing work at her internship.”

Ayoola Gayle

Supervisor: Rachel Smart

“Ayoola has worked with me for three years on an Open Access outreach initiative directed towards faculty and researchers on campus. She’s done amazing work and is very excited about her plans beyond undergrad and the traveling it may entail. I wish her all the best!

Paxton Welton

Supervisor: Nick Ruhs

“Paxton has been an awesome member of the FSU STEM Libraries team this year as the Research Data Services Assistant. She has played a key role in our engagement efforts with undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines around research data services. After graduation, Paxton plans to continue her education by enrolling in graduate school to get her Masters in Accounting! Congratulations Paxton!”

Shania Maharaj

Supervisor: Eddie Powell

“Shania is an incredibly intelligent individual who has a bright future ahead of her. With her strong work ethic and professionalism she has been a wonderful member of the FSU libraries team

Women’s History Month 2021 at FSU

As we celebrate Women’s History Month (WHM), let’s take a stroll down memory lane to reflect on Florida State University’s history—or should I say, the Florida State College for Women.

The Florida State College for Women is what we know as the predecessor institution of FSU today. Not only that, but FSCW was also one of the largest all-female centers of higher learning in the country. From the year of its establishment in 1905 to the year its name changed to FSU in 1947, thousands of young women attended and graduated from FSCW.

Although FSU is no longer an all-female university, there are still significant efforts made by many organizations on campus to place a main focus on celebrating women, especially during Women’s History Month. WHM is celebrated every March to commemorate and raise awareness of the significant contributions of women to our culture and society throughout history. To take part in this celebration, organizations including Women Wednesdays at FSU and the Women Student Union are either taking a closer look at this year’s WHM theme or holding relevant events throughout the month.

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Library Insiders: Loanable Materials & Resources

By: Breannah Brooks

The library was always a place that I was used to. Growing up, my dad and I would go to the library every week to check out new books, so that we could read together and learn new things. However, as I got older, reading just became something that did not interest me as much. We always tend to correlate the library with reading, but this is not always the case. Walking onto FSU’s campus, the first thing that caught my eye was the Starbucks logo inside of Strozier. This made me come to the library more and learn new things about what it had to offer, other than just books. 

My freshman year in college, I found myself using the library more than intended. Not only trying a new Starbucks drink from Tik Tok everytime I went, but being glued to the computers to complete my assignments. It was for my economics class, where we had to play “Second Life” for a grade. I had come to the library before, but it wasn’t for long periods of time; probably to just print and go. However, doing my assignments helped me realize what the library really was, and how much of a benefit it could really be. 

One of the most important and useful things for me was the materials that you could check out. Being that I was already in the library to use the computer for my Second Life assignment- it should already give some insight as to how broken my computer already was. Soon it broke completely, which was an essential item for a college student. I soon learned that the library had macbooks for checkout, which I used until I was able to get a new computer. You could also check out things like cameras, chargers and ever headphone pieces. While being in the library, I also noticed that there were big areas of study rooms that also contained white boards for dry erase. You could also check out those materials too if you needed! 

Everything that I needed was at the library. If I didn’t have something, or left it in my residence hall and did not want to walk all the way across campus to get it, I could find it there. The library became like a second home to me, not only because of the materials that were available, but the atmosphere itself. It became a place I could depend on for my studies and success as a first generation student here at Florida State. 

FSU’s Interlibrary Loan Department

Are you a patron in need of material that isn’t available at FSU Libraries? If so, their Interlibrary Loan Department has got you covered!

FSU Libraries Interlibrary Loan Department provides the service of giving patrons of the Libraries access to request articles, books and other materials owned by another library or from other outside sources. Through the FSU Libraries Interlibrary Loan services, there are three ways for patrons to get the material they need: using the FSU Catalog, UBorrow, or Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). FSU Libraries asks for patrons to check the catalog before requesting material from outside sources to see if they have them or not. For a faster delivery of print books from colleges and universities in Florida, patrons can search through UBorrow, an unmediated interlibrary loan service. ILLiad is used to request material from libraries around the world.

Lindsey Eckert, an assistant professor in FSU’s English Department, was able to get access to a copy of Rowden’s A Biographical Sketch of the Most Distinguished Writers of Ancient and Modern Times that she requested from Emory University. Although there were some issues encountered during the process, the endless support of the FSU ILL Department helped her tremendously.

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Library Insiders: Late-Night Tutoring

By: Bella Jaramillo

When I was in high school, I took an introductory chemistry class. The subject matter seemed easy enough and I knew that if I ever had to take science classes in college, I’d be more than okay. I was totally wrong.

I never anticipated how difficult some of my core classes would be. Fall semester of my sophomore year at FSU, I had to take chemistry. Though this was an introductory class, I felt like I had missed a plethora of information and needed some serious help understanding the basics. I began to ask around if anyone knew any tutors. I was constantly practicing and studying on my own, but to no avail. The information was just too complex for me to understand on my own. 

It was through a friend that I learned about the tutoring services that Strozier and Dirac libraries offer. I showed up one day with my textbook in hand and notebook in the other and found that there were a few students from my class taking advantage of the tutoring sessions offered too. During my first session, I was able to understand information I once believed to be too difficult to understand. I began making a habit out of attending tutoring once or twice a week (depending on the subject that week) and managed to succeed in what I consider to be one of the most difficult courses of my collegiate career. 

The library currently offers tutoring in chemistry, math, and physics, and we’re open five nights a week – Sunday through Thursday from 8pm to midnight. Specific classes we offer tutoring for are listed on the subject pages I linked in the previous sentence. FSU students can visit this page for the link to join the Zoom room, and TCC/FAMU students can email lib-tutoring@fsu.edu for a direct link to join the active sessions. No appointment is needed for any of the subjects.