New website for the USF in Lakeland Library

We have a new website! Please point your browser and change your bookmarks for the USF in Lakeland Library’s new site at

The new site is also accessible from the “Library” link from the front page of the USF in Lakeland’s website and on its “Student Tools” page.

We’re still working on it and some content will make their way there later this month, like our Research Guides.

Please also note that this blog is discontinued. You will get all the latest news from the Library on its new site. And you can always follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Website in maintenance - direct links to library services

We are working on a new website. We apologize if some links are not working correctly.

We are listing direct links to the catalog, databases, e-journals list and interlibrary loan here for convenience:

Please remember that you have to sign through (Blackboard) or the VPN to use the electronic resources from off-campus. In Blackboard, look for the USF Libraries tab.

You can also use the Tampa Library’s website at:

Library closed for Independance Day

The Library and OUL will be closed Wednesday, July 4th, to observe the national holiday.

We will reopen Thursday, July 5th at 8AM.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Maintenance for interlibrary loan on Wednesday, June 20th

Take note that ILLiad, our online system to request interlibrary loans, will be unavailable for maintenance Wednesday, June 20th, from 8AM until at least 12PM. Please make your requests beforehand or wait until the system is back on.

We hope the inconvenience will be minimal to our users, thank you for your patience.

Website links not working

UPDATE: all links are functional. Please let us know if you still find some that don’t.

We regret that most of the links on the library’s website have unexpectedly stopped working. Please be assured we are working on the issue.

If you are looking to use the catalog, the databases or the e-journals list, please take note that the links to those services in the right-hand side “Related links” menu still function.

We are listing them here too for convenience:

Please remember that you have to sign through or the VPN to use the electronic resources from off-campus.

Our link to interlibrary loan (to get books/articles we don’t have here) still functions as well in the left-hand menu:

You can also use the Tampa Library’s website at:

Of course, you can always reach us at 863-667-7817 if you need assistance.

Upgrading of the catalog system coming up

The statewide catalog system is being upgraded this month.

The State University Libraries are making some changes to the library system to improve collaboration and efficiency. Though most of the changes are “behind the scenes,” we are asking for your cooperation and patience during the transition:

  • If you have items due soon, please RENEW or RETURN them before June 22.
  • NO UBORROW REQUESTS will be accepted June 15 – June 28.
  • The UBorrow button will not appear during that time.
  • NO RENEWALS OR HOLD REQUESTS will be accepted June 22 – June 28.
  • Any items that would be due during this time will now be due July 2 (we would prefer that you return them before June 22).
  • Item availability information in the catalog will also be unavailable between June 22 – 28.

Why is this still good news for library users?

  • Your university library becomes more efficient.
  • This upgrade will increase collaboration among the Florida University System’s Libraries. Essentially all of the catalogs become one big catalog. You may not notice because this is all behind the scenes.
  • Cataloging and indexing materials becomes more efficient statewide saving dollars for use in other areas.
  • Some work will not need to be repeated at each university, saving time and resources.

Interlibrary Loan, electronic resources, database access, and most other services will not be affected. You can still borrow items.

This project has been working behind the scenes since January 2012. The only time that involves users is between June 22 – 28.

(Thank you to the FSU Libraries for their so efficient wording of the changes to come :) )

Faculty Research Review published

The first issue of Volume 2 of the USF in Lakeland Faculty Research Review has been published.

See the list of books, journal articles and conference proceedings published by our faculty between January and June 2012.

Some notes on how publications were selected:

  • the books are authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited by a USF in Lakeland faculty member
  • the selected articles are from peer-reviewed journals
  • the selected proceedings are from peer-reviewed and published conference proceedings

Fulkerson teaches for LYRASIS

Diane Fulkerson, Social Science & Education Librarian, taught a three-half day webinar class for LYRASIS this week. The class was entitled Practical Approaches to Information Literacy.

LYRASIS is a regional partner to OCLC, and provides technical and training services to libraries of all types and sizes.

Library closed for Memorial Day

On Monday, May 28th, the Library and Open Use Lab will be closed to observe Memorial Day.

We will reopen Tuesday, May 29th, at 8:00AM.

We remember and honor those who have given their all in service to their country, thank you.

Business Librarian is now certified for MBTI

Lisa Zilinski, Business Librarian, went through training last week and received her certification for the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) instrument.

About 25 participants attended the training, from Florida, the US and around the world. The group included HR specialists, career specialists and educators.

Zilinski shared that the certification will have multiple uses around campus, including library instruction and information literacy.