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duPont-Ball Summer Clubs are Here!

Below are descriptions and intro videos for eight virtual clubs and interests groups members of the duPont-Ball Library team have decided to run this summer. Pick one (or more) that fits your passions, then sign up to join us for fun online discussion! All club meetings will take place in Microsoft Teams. See blurbs and videos below for further details.

YA book club – Dani Pleines

Hey fellow Anarchists. Do you miss going out into the world and wreaking havoc? I have the perfect way for us to pass time while we’re stuck inside our lairs: read Archenemies, the second book in Marissa Myer’s trilogy, Renegades. We’ll have three meetings, every other Friday, to discuss ideas like character motives, plot predictions, and fun hypotheticals, like our fantasy cast for a Renegades movie! All Stetson-enrolled (Summer/Fall) book club members will receive a complementary  Archenemies eBook and Cultural Credit. So join us now! Email dpleines@stetson.edu with subject line “Book Club” to sign up.

History of Stetson University club – Kelly Larson, Sue Ryan

The Stetson History club will meet every other week to discuss various topics in campus history. Archivist Kelly Larson and Dean Sue Ryan will be on hand to answer all your questions, show you some of the treasures in the archives, and even quiz you on a bit of Stetson trivia! Meetings will occur every other Thursday at 3:30 PM starting on May 28th. Email kllarson@stetson.edu with subject line “Stetson History” to sign up.

Film club – Elizabeth Martino

Stuck at home and burning through your to-watch list? Join us in movie club to discover some new favorites and reexamine old classics.  This summer we’ll look at coming-of-age movies, why they hold such significance for us, and talk about our personal favorites.  We’ll pick a different movie to watch before every meeting on alternate Fridays, starting May 29th and running through July 10th. Films are available to Stetson students and employees for free through the library’s streaming services. Grab your popcorn and let’s talk movies together! Email ecmartino@stetson.edu with subject line “Movies” to sign up.

Theme parks club – Chris Finkle

Theme parks are fascinating nexus points of overlapping disciplines – art, engineering, commerce, cuisine, logistics, performance, and so much more. Their history stretches back a century and their footprint spans the globe, but the seat of their power is just an hour away in Orlando. Come discuss the triumphs, failures, and idiosyncrasies of the parks with other fans! There will be five meetings, every other Thursday from May 21st to July 16th. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu with subject line “Theme Parks” to sign up.

Creative writing club – Kelly Larson, Chris Finkle

Nothing is more valuable for polishing your writing skills than working in a community of other writers. Guided by three weeks of poetry prompts and three weeks of fiction prompts, we will discuss our own and each other’s writing, culminating in a showcase week at the end of summer semester. Meetings will occur every Wednesday at 1 pm. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu or kllarson@stetson.edu with the subject line “Creative Writing” to sign up.

Paranormal club – Debbi Dinkins

The duPont-Ball Library’s Paranormal Club will discuss ghosts during the summer 2020 session. Specifically, we will talk about the popularity of ghosts and ghost hunting as a form of entertainment. Club members will watch examples of television shows about ghost hunters, psychics, celebrity ghost experiences, and then discuss. Discussions may challenge your beliefs about life after death and the existence of ghosts. Additionally, we will talk about how some ghost hunting celebrities have leveraged their fame into other industries such as the travel industry and product endorsement. Club members will help guide discussions.

The Paranormal Club will meet virtually during the summer session. Four meetings are planned but more may be scheduled during the semester. The first meeting is Tuesday, May 26th, at 7 pm. Email ddinkins@stetson.edu with subject line “Paranormal” to sign up.

Binge-watching club – Jennifer Corbin

The Binge-watching Club will discuss the phenomenon of binge-watching and we’ll do some binge-watching. Club members will recommend their favorite shows and share information about where they go to find out about upcoming series and release dates for new seasons. We will talk about what re-watching favorite shows means during a lockdown. Other topics of discussion may include the pros and cons of various streaming services, streaming services available through libraries, the popularity of re-watch podcasts, and staying healthy while binge-watching. The group will choose a show* to binge-watch individually and discuss it at our final meeting. Email jcorbin1@stetson.edu with subject line “Binge Watch” to sign up. This club will meet 4 times on Thursdays, June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9 from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Requirements: must have access to Netflix.

*Tiger King is not an option.

 

Conspiracy Theory Club – Bijan Fallahi and Colette Cacciola

 

Are we being lied to about the origin of the coronavirus? Did forces within the US government assassinate JFK? What really happened at Roswell? If you have a burning passion to unearth the truth, or, you know, are mildly curious and have nothing better to do while practicing social distancing, grab a tin foil hat and join our discussion! We will have five meetings, every other Friday from May 29th  to July 24th. Each meeting will cover a specific conspiracy theory. Email bfallahi@stetson.edu or ccacciol@stetson.edu  with subject line “Conspiracy” to sign up.

Virtual Cultural Credit Events Available

The Library is offering three online cultural credit events on BlackBoard for all undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in any of the summer sessions.  Each event is a 33-minute video on a Stetson University history topic found under the “duPont-Ball Library” organization course.  After listening to one of the videos, take the 10-question online quiz.  The library staff will report the cultural credit completion to the Registrar for all students who score 70% or higher on the quiz.  Now available:  The John B. Stetson Family Legacy; An Idea Likely Too Big; and The Stetson Presidents.

R. Neil Scott Research Prize

The duPont-Ball Library is pleased to announce Austin Hill is the 2020 recipient of the R. Neil Scott Research Prize for his paper, “A Shift Away from Turfgrass Dominated Landscapes Will Improve Bee Health.”  The paper was written for Dr. Sarah Cramer’s FSEM course, The Secret Life of Bees. This prize is awarded to a 2019 first-year student who had the submitted paper that best shows thorough, effective, creative, and ethical uses of the library and research resources. The Scott Prize gives preference to papers dealing with general themes of business or economics.  Congratulations, Austin!

Evans C. Johnson Research Prize

The duPont-Ball Library is pleased to announce Maria Gaglio is the 2020 recipient of the Evans C. Johnson Research Prize for her paper, “Accuracies and Inaccuracies: Analysis of the Portrayal of Schizophrenia in the Major Motion Picture, A Beautiful Mind.”  The paper was written for Dr. Laura Crysel’s FSEM course, Psychology of Popular Fiction. This prize is awarded to a 2019 first-year student who had the submitted paper that best shows thorough, effective, creative, and ethical uses of the library and research resources. Congratulations, Maria!

April 3, 2020 Update

In response to the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order, the duPont-Ball Library has
adjusted our services to include the following:

  • Ask A Librarian Virtual Information & Research Assistance:
    libref@stetson.edu
    Available:
    Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
    Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
    Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
    Sunday: 2 pm – 8 pm

  • Request Physical Items:
    Locate the item in OneSearch and use the Request Item – Place Hold button.
    https://www2.stetson.edu/library/ (OneSearch Tab)
    Items will be sent to your campus mailbox or home address.

  • Request Equipment Checkout – pick-up by appointment only:
    libadmin@stetson.edu or https://stetson.libwizard.com/equip-pickup

  • Interlibrary Loan Questions:
    circdept@stetson.edu

    Please note: As other libraries across the country curtail services, it is becoming increasingly difficult to borrow physical materials (e.g., books and scores). While you may still request these materials, expect to have long waits or unfilled requests. Feel free to email circdept@stetson.edu to see if there are alternative formats for your material.

  • Archives and Special Collections Inquiries:
    archives@stetson.edu

  • The 24/7 Computer Lab (Room 15 L) on the Library Ground Floor is Open:
    Use card swipe to enter.

  • The Writing Center has moved to online instruction only:
    https://www.stetson.edu/other/writing-center/

We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to provide academic support while protecting the health and safety of all members of the Stetson community.

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Free Resources & Research Help


Free Resources.
Staff at the duPont-Ball Library have compiled links to free library resources made available during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Many of our publisher and vendor partners have opened their electronic collections to students and faculty during this time.

See Free Resources during COVID-19 Outbreak.


Get Research Help.
Need to find peer-reviewed articles for your research project? Question about citing sources ?Not sure how to connect to a resource or database from off-campus?

Librarians are available help you find and evaluate information, cite your sources, and more.

Email libref@stetson.edu or fill out this form to get started. 

Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 2 pm to 8 pm

Join the Virtual SF Book Club to Discuss HG Wells’ “The War of the Worlds”!

In difficult times, fiction can provide an escape – or hold up a mirror to the challenges we face. Read about a nation under siege from Martians and discuss how our own situation compares!

This special virtual edition of the duPont-Ball SF Book Club will meet online in Microsoft Teams at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 – about two weeks from now. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club” for information on how to participate.

H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds is a classic work of science fiction that invented the “alien invasion” genre. It has been adapted dozens of times, including in a famous 1938 radio drama by Orson Welles that may or may not have incited mass panic. The book (available for free here) will take a quick reader only about four hours to get through, and the radio drama (available on YouTube here) is only an hour.

On April 23, we will gather online to discuss the themes and legacy of the story. Cultural Credit will be offered to participating students! Once again, sign up by emailing cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club!”

Request items, Library materials by mail, Renew items

Updated 4-3-2020

Request Items 
Locate items in OneSearch,  use the Place Hold – Request Item button to make a request. The library will email you when the item is ready.  Beginning on March 30, the library will send items through campus mail or ship items to your home address.

See instructions for requesting items

Email libref@stetson.edu for research assistance in locating items to request.

Equipment Pickup – by appointment only
Use this form to request  technology/equipment – laptops, cameras, voice recorders, tripods, etc. On the form, list a date and time that you would like to pick up the item at the front door of the library. Library staff will contact you to confirm the time. 

Library Materials by Mail
The library will ship library owned materials to the home address of students who have moved home.  Use this form to request materials.

Renew Items
As always, the library does not charge overdue fines for borrowed items kept after the due date but does bill for the replacement cost of items that are long overdue. Students may renew borrowed items through their online library account (see instructions) or by emailing libadmin@stetson.edu.

The library will be more flexible with the number of renewals student can request and understands that some students may need to keep materials until they return to campus in the fall.

Students may return items through the mail. Media Mail, through the U.S. Postal Service, is a cost-effective way to ship books, DVDs, scores, etc. back to the library. Use this mailing address:

Circulation Department, Unit 8418
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand FL 32723