MLK Closing on Monday!

The Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 15th in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will open at 7:30 am on Tuesday, Jan. 16th. Enjoy the long weekend!


Christmas Break Hours

We are entering our Christmas Break season and our hours will change.

Our hours will be:

Thursday 12/21: 7:30 am – 3 pm

Friday 12/22- Monday 1/1: Closed

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Need Statistics?

Meet our new database just for statistics, Found in the All Databases page ( or the Multidisciplinary subject page (, this database will give you the important statistical graphics for your research. Statista will provide not only raw statistics but also forecasts and surveys, infographics and studies about a topic. They even have full reports on certain topics.

Global statistics are also important to Statista so you can see what is going in not just in the US but also in the world. It is very easy to export the info found in Statista. They offer to export images via PNG, PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint formats. They also provide citation information as well as where they found the data. Here is an example of an infographics that I found via Statista about where the most librarians are in the US.


So please take a look at this great database that puts all kinds of statics in one easy to find place. If you have questions, please contact the library.

Written by Library Director Shannon Pohrte for the Fall 2017 newsletter.

Thanksgiving hours!

The library will be closing on Wednesday 11/22 at 3 pm.  On Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24, the library will be closed all day.  We will re-open on Sunday 11/26 at our normal time of 3 pm.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

Podcasts: A Movable Feast (For Your Ears)

Looking for something fun to listen to while you study? While you work out? While you drive to campus? While you clean your dorm room? Give podcasts a try!

Podcasts are available on practically any subject you could ever want to listen to, both fiction and non-fiction. And the best part? Most podcasts can be listened to on demand any time for FREE either directly from websites or using a mobile app such as iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, and Stitcher.

I’ve highlighted a few of my personal favorites below. I love receiving recommendations, so shoot me an email at and tell me what you’ve been listening to!

Fiction Podcasts

Welcome to Night Vale
This radio show chronicles the goings-on in a surreal, nightmarish desert town called Night Vale. The radio host delivers reports of hooded figures, ghoulish strangers, and an enormous, monstrous librarian in a hilariously sinister pitch.


Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this podcast, American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

Non-Fiction Podcasts

A safe space for “nerding out” about all the things you’re watching, reading, listening to and encountering in real life. Hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen talk to people about their obsessions: from science to science fiction, great lady nerds of history to Beyoncé.

Invisibilia is Latin for “the invisible things.” This podcast explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas,

beliefs, assumptions and emotions.


Written by Brigitte Bell for the 2017 Fall Library Newsletter

New Books Are Waiting for You!

We are in full swing here in the Brown Library, and we have new books waiting for you! Here a just a handful of the new titles available at the NEW ITEMS bookcase for checkout with a valid USF Photo ID.

The Gay Revolution, by Lillian Faderman (306.76 F144)

The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day: “This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we’ve been waiting for” (The Washington Post).

Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship.

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (J NEWBERY HONOR 2016 / 813 B811w)

*2016 Newbery Honor book

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey (650.1 B154)

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen.

The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey. In an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.

Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk (J NEWBERY HONOR 2017 / 813 W862)

*2017 Newbery Honor Book

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.

Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.

The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein (305.800973 R847)

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation―that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation―the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.


Happy reading!