Research After Stetson: a workshop for graduating seniors*
You may have heard the phrase “Information wants to be free” but you know it’s not true because you’ve encountered a journal article paywall. As a member of the Stetson community, you have access to databases, journals, articles, books, ebooks, streaming video, and more, all paid for by Stetson. What are your options when you leave Stetson? Learn about accessing journal articles, databases and other library resources available after you graduate. Cultural Credit is available for this QEP = G.A.P. workshop.
Tuesday, April 19, 1 pm to 2 pm Thursday, April 21, 4 pm to 5 pm
For more information see the Library Workshops page. Registration is appreciated, but not required.
Are some information sources better than others? Why do some assignments ask you to only use peer-reviewed articles or empirical research articles? Why are some sources considered inappropriate for a research paper? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about different sources of information, how they are created, and the ways they may be used in a research project.
Did you know the duPont-Ball Library now has an art gallery?
Gallery duPont was created as part of our strategic plan to update and revitalize the feel and functionality of library spaces. Adding art creates a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for our patrons. The exhibition space is an exciting opportunity to engage with students in a fresh way. The gallery will feature rotating exhibits from Stetson’s art collection, current students, alumni, faculty, and visiting artists. Our current show, Florida: Ghosts and Dreams, consists of two bodies of photographic work by Matt Roberts (Associate Professor of Digital Arts). The exhibit is on display now through March 28th.
For those looking for cultural credit, you are in luck. Cultural credit will be offered for each exhibition, available for the duration of each show. Look for the QR code in the gallery to access an online form. Answer the questions on the form for cultural credit.
Gallery duPont is located on the second floor of the library. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the gallery and our shows, stop by the front desk and ask for our curator, Matt Garrett.
The duPont-Ball Library is offering three virtual cultural credit events in BlackBoard. All undergraduate students are already enrolled in the library’s BlackBoard course, so they will be able to see these now. Watch a video, take the online quiz, and earn a cultural credit for a score of 70% or higher.
The John B. Stetson Family Legacy – Event 86025 33-minute video and online quiz in BlackBoard This presentation focuses on the early years of Stetson University and the influence and legacies of the University’s major benefactor, John B. Stetson, his wife Elizabeth, and their two sons, John B. Stetson, Jr. and G. Henry Stetson.
An Idea Likely Too Big: Andrew Carnegie’s Role in Stetson University’s First Free-Standing Library (Sampson Hall) – Event 86026 33-minute video and online quiz in BlackBoard This presentation tells the story of Stetson President Lincoln Hulley’s efforts to get funding from industrialist Andrew Carnegie for Stetson’s first library building, which is today known as Sampson Hall.
Stetson University Presidents: A Walk through History – Event 86027 33-minute video and online quiz in BlackBoard This presentation takes a look at the first eight Stetson University presidents and the highlights of their administrations.
Please Note: If you are a returning student who earned cultural credit for any of these three events in spring or summer of 2020, you cannot receive duplicate credits. Watch for announcements, however, of new cultural credit events offered by the duPont-Ball Library.
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] or [email protected] with subject line “Conspiracy” to sign up.
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.