Marvel Madness Bracket Challenge!

Play the FSU Libraries Marvel Madness Bracket Challenge and be entered to win a Smoothie King Gift Card!! Every Marvel fan has their all time favorite movie – will yours prevail? Participating is simple!

Fill out our “Marvel Madness” Bracket, submit to
lib-engagement@fsu.edu (or send a screenshot on IG), then vote everyday on our IG stories for your Mightiest Hero to prevail!

For important dates, see below:

  1. Make sure to fill out your bracket & send it to us by email or DM us on Instagram before 11:59 pm EST Thursday, April 15th
  2. Vote Vote Vote! Everyday on our IG Stories starting at 12:00 pm EST Friday, April 16th – Tuesday, April 20th, with the best marvel movie being announced at 12:00pm EST!
  3. We’ll review our brackets & notify you if you’re a lucky winner 😎

How to fill out and submit your bracket (instructions are also below):

  • If you have a google account: Click the link – Marvel Madness Bracket Challenge! 
    • Select “Make a copy” 
    • Fill out your bracket 
    • Select “File” –  “Email” – “Email this File”
    • Send the email to lib-engagement@fsu.edu
    • Add to the subject line _(Your last name)
      • You can also take a screenshot and send the screenshot to @fsulibraries on Instagram
  • If you do NOT have a google account: Download the PDF file below & fill it out
    • Email your pdf document to lib-engagement@fsu.edu 
    • Make the subject line Marvel Madness Bracket_(Your last name)
      • You can also take a screenshot and send the screenshot to @fsulibraries on Instagram 

Data Services Quest!

The Quest begins here: http://bit.ly/TheDataQuest

Think you know what data services are offered through the libraries? Finish the Data Services Quest to find out! Complete the quest and be one of our 3 prize winners! Play for the chance to win a Study Room for Finals Week or a Smoothie King Gift Card!

When?: Play Monday, March 29th – Midnight on Friday, April 2nd to be entered to win one of our 3 prizes!

Where?: http://bit.ly/TheDataQuest

How?: Complete the quest in its entirety to be entered to win – the winners must be in the Tallahassee area to receive their prize.

Any further questions? Email our STEM Outreach Associate, Emily McClellan (etmcclellan@fsu.edu), or our STEM Data & Research Librarian, Nick Ruhs (nruhs@fsu.edu).

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.

Women Wednesdays (WW), a social and mentoring organization that helps women with life during and after college through the promotion of campus resources, shared information about the theme for WHM on their Instagram. They mentioned how the 2021 theme “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced” captures the spirit of these challenging times. WW advocates for the need to remember those who fought for the rights we enjoy today by voting; they even went on to highlight what the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) had to say:

“We are determined that the important roles of multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists continue to be recognized and honored. We refuse to allow their voices to be silenced, even by a pandemic.”

The National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA)

NWHA is a national institution that promotes Women’s History with goals that revolve around education, empowerment, equality, and inclusion.

WW also used their Instagram platform to share 20 things people can do during this year’s Women’s History Month, which all fall under the categories of educating yourself, empowering and inspiring others, growing, and showing gratitude.

On top of the recognition WW is bringing to WHM, FSU’s Women Student Union is doing the same as well. WSU is an organization that serves to foster the growth of women on personal, professional, and political levels. Even though they are a little more than halfway through with the events they held during this month’s first couple of weeks, there are still many events that students can look forward to participating in with WSU throughout the rest of Women’s History Month.

One of the most recent events that students had the opportunity to attend was their Book Talk event on Friday, March 19th where they discussed The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, a young adult novel about intersectionality and the journey of life.

Here is a list of the remaining WSU events being held during the month of March:

  • March 22nd: Vagina Monologues
  • March 24th: Networking Mixer
  • March 25th: Cosponsored Drive-In Movie Night
  • March 29th: DIY Paint a Pot Party
  • March 31st: HerVoice Magazine Release Party

More information about these events can be found on WSU’s Instagram page!

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. 

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.

FSU First Impressions Contest

As part of the Seminole First Impressions contest, FSU Facilities encouraged students, faculty, staff, and alumni to submit their ideas for campus beautification projects.

We all absolutely love Strozier Library, but definitely think there is some room for improvements. These improvements would provide a better experience for the many students, faculty, staff, and community who visit Strozier every year to study, research, grab a coffee, or just hang out.

Check out our First Impressions video entries for the FSU Libraries Service Desk; the Strozier Lobby; and the Special Collections & Archives Research Center.

Research Data Services: Vital data skills for future career and academic growth

By: Paxton Welton and Nick Ruhs


Welcome to our second post in the Get Data Lit! blog series. This post is inspired by the theme of Love Data Week (Feb. 8-12), “Data: Building a Better Future.” Here we will focus on the research data services provided by FSU Libraries and how utilizing these valuable services can have positive effects on your future research, learning, and career prospects.  While the focus of this post is primary undergraduate students, much of the information we provide below is useful for students at any stage of their academic careers.


Love Data Week 2021: Delivering a Better Future


Love Data Week is a week-long event that is celebrated on an international level to bring more awareness to the importance of research data management, library-based research data services, and more. On top of raising awareness on topics related to these different aspects, Love Data Week also aims to build a community for individuals to get engaged as they participate in the series of events that are held throughout the week.

This year, Love Data Week will be on Feb. 8 to Feb. 12. With the virtual event theme being, “Delivering a Better Future,” participants will be given the opportunity to share how they are using data to invest in having a better future as a result.

While this year’s Love Data Week is soon approaching, check out the Meet Your Data Librarians Podcast from last year’s event to learn more about some of the contributors of the celebration!


DH Currents: The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection

Land Acknowledgement: Florida State University is located on land that is the ancestral and traditional territory of the Apalachee Nation, the Muscogee Creek Nation, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. We pay respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to their descendants and to all Indigenous people. We recognize that this land remains scarred by the histories and ongoing legacies of colonial violence, dispossession, and removal. In spite of all of this and with tremendous resilience, these Indigenous nations have remained deeply connected to this territory, to their families, to their communities, and to their cultural ways of life. We recognize the ongoing relationships of care that these Indigenous Nations maintain with this land and we extend our gratitude as we live and work as respectful guests upon their territory. We encourage you to learn about and amplify the contemporary work of the Indigenous nations whose land you are on and to endeavor to support Indigenous sovereignty in all the ways that you can.

DH Currents” is a blog series conceived in the summer of 2020 by the members of the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship at Florida State University Libraries. The goal of the series is to identify and highlight digital scholarship projects that take-up anti-racist and decolonial causes as part of their methodologies, content, and intentions. These initiatives foreground the principles of inclusion, truth telling, and dismantling the often oppressive practices of academic and cultural heritage preservation work. Each post will include a project description in addition to input gathered from its principal investigators, maintainers, and other participants. This series aspires to provide both a platform to share information about these scholars’ important contributions to the field of digital scholarship and to spark dialogue on topics related to ways academic libraries and other memory institutions can engage in this urgent, necessary labor. 


Data Literacy and COVID-19: The Importance of Understanding the Data

By: Paxton Welton and Nick Ruhs


“Data is the sword of the 21st century. Those who wield it, the samurai.”-Jonathan Rosenberg 

Data is all around us and we often interact with it in ways we don’t even realize. From using an app to mobile order our coffee to reviewing a chart provided in an article, data surrounds us and has become so intertwined with our lives.  However, with the increasing amount of data available at our fingertips, it can be difficult to understand its meaning, accuracy, and relevance to our lives. This is the reason we decided to start this new blog series, Get Data Lit! We realize that data can be difficult to decipher and want to give you the tools to better navigate data you are faced with everyday.