Blind Date with a Book

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Our new display is Blind Date with a Book. Because the books are wrapped, readers can use elements of plot or setting to choose a book to check out. Come visit our display in the Brown Library!


New Digital Photo Collection is LIVE

The archives have published a new digital photo collection for the St. Joseph College of Nursing. You can access them here! These pictures are taken from the SJCN archive’s collection which has materials dating from the 1920’s to the present.

New DVDs Available!

Need a break from studying? Don’t have Netflix or Hulu? The library has you covered! Here are just a handful of new titles available at the NEW ITEMS bookcase with a valid USF photo ID.


Moonlight (DVD 812 M818 2017)


Winner of 3 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, from director Barry Jenkins and starring Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe and Trevante Rhodes. A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

Wonder Woman (DVD 812 W8725 2017)

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Hidden Figures (DVD 812 H632 2017)

Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

Get Out (DVD 812 G394o 2017)

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Back to the Future (DVD 812 B126 2015)

Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time.

Amistad (DVD 812 A516 1999)

In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) also becomes an ally.

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