Graduate Student Research Series – Fall 2018

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Fall 2018
Graduate Student Research Series

Could you use a little help with your research? With finding and synthesizing scholarly materials? With becoming an expert in your field? With editing and polishing your works as well as becoming a more effective academic writer?

UF Librarians Hélène Huet (European Studies), David Schwieder (Political Science), and Megan Daly (Classics, Philosophy, and Religion), and UF Professional Writing Professor Sean Trainor, will present a series of research-focused sessions to help graduate students with the following topics:

Wednesday October 3         Session 1: Finding Scholarly Materials for Your Research
Wednesday October 10       Session 2: Synthesizing Scholarly Materials and Becoming an Expert in Your Field
Wednesday October 17       Session 3: Becoming a Versatile, Effective Academic Writer
Wednesday October 24       Session 4: Editing and Polishing Abstracts, Papers, and Articles for Submission

All sessions are Period 4 10:40-11:30 a.m.
Room 212 Library West (Scott Nygren Studio)
No registration required
All UF Graduate and Professional Students Are Welcome

Session 1: Finding Scholarly Materials for Your Research

In this session, you will learn how to navigate the library’s website in order to find the books, articles, videos, and other materials needed for your research. You will also learn about various library and on-campus resources that will be of help during your academic career at the University of Florida

Session 2: Synthesizing Scholarly Materials and Becoming an Expert in Your Field

The heart of a graduate school education involves becoming an expert in your field. This session draws on cognitive and social psychology literatures to offer practical approaches designed to help you synthesize your voluminous graduate school reading load and effectively and efficiently develop subject field expertise.

Session 3: Becoming a Versatile, Effective Academic Writer

In this session, you will learn:

–           Four simple techniques you can adopt to enhance your academic writing, and;
–           Why writing like a journalist can make you a better scholarly writer.

Dr. Sean Trainor will lead the session. Dr. Trainor is a professor of professional writing at the University of Florida and a freelance writer.

Session 4: Editing and Polishing Abstracts, Papers, and Articles for Submission

How do you edit an abstract so it’s less than 300 words but still effectively communicates your ideas? How can you polish your conference paper so it reads well in front of a live audience? How can you perfect a draft of an article to make it clear, scholarly, and professional? This session offers tips on how to put the finishing touches on your work so you can put your best foot forward.




Finding French and Francophone Special Collections

Many institutions in the United States and Canada have very strong French and Francophone collections. In 2017, CRL’s Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL) Collection Development Working Group had the pleasure to work with an intern from ENSSIB, who created a database and map of these collections. The database and the map are now featured on this website:

Click on the Collections menu to see a list of collections with detailed descriptions in English. Click on the Map menu to visualize the locations of the many institutions represented in the database.

We are grateful to Anne-Charlotte Pivot for her fast and professional work on this project. Anne-Charlotte also prepared a detailed explanation of the rationale behind the project and how to best use the database, explanation which is available in both English and French.

The CIFNAL Collection Development Working Group has also created and is sustaining a LibGuide that compiles a number of French and Francophone Digital Humanities projects from around the world. You can suggest new projects if you see one that is missing!

Passport to Great Teaching at the University of Florida

The Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence is kicking off a new certificate program this fall called Passport to Great Teaching! Earn “travel miles” by participating in workshops, conferences, faculty learning communities and much more. Receive badges after traveling 400 miles in a specific category. Get your Great Teaching for New Faculty Certificate or your Great Teaching Certificate after traveling 1,000 miles. Check out the September offerings in the attached newsletter.

The Passport to Great teaching includes a Faculty Learning Community track for folks interested in a deep dive into a specific topic.

To learn more and register for one of the Faculty Learning Communities please visit the FLC registration webpage. Current Communities are:

  • Creative Assessment: Facilitated by Dr. Tim Brophy
  • Experiential Learning: Facilitated by Dr. Crystal Marull and Dr. Pamela Dickrell
  • Digital Literacy: Facilitated by Dr. Sid Dobrin

Check out some of our resources on the new website such as the Resource Library, recent episodes of the Beyond the Podium Podcast  and Magna Campus which includes a full subscription to Faculty Focus.

Getting to Know Your Library West Librarians

Last week, we launched a series of profile videos so you can get to know the amazing librarians who work at Library West at the University of Florida. Library West is the Humanities and Social Sciences library at UF. The videos were filmed during the Summer 2017 semester and were completed thanks to a Smathers Graduate Internship in Public Relations (see proposal). The goal with these videos is to show students and faculty that librarians are approachable as well as highlight how librarians can help patrons with their research needs and more (academic job market, instruction, etc…).

My video is available here: . 

If you are interested in watching all the videos, the playlist is available here:

Image including different thumbnails from each librarian's videos.

George A. Smathers Libraries in partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean Receive $231,093 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Award

In partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, University of Florida researchers led a collaborative project, which has been awarded $231,093 to host a week-long, in-person workshop and five additional monthly virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) and Caribbean Studies. The project is entitled Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute. The lead researchers will open a call in October to select participants for the program. Participants will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. Twenty-six participants will achieve: 1) acquisition of concrete digital skills and DH approaches for teaching and research utilizing Open Access digital collections; 2) participation in an enhanced community of practice for DH; and, 3) creation of Open Access course and teaching materials that blend DH and Caribbean Studies.

Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute is the most recent of ongoing initiatives by UF and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) for building capacity and community for Caribbean digital libraries, from digitization for access and preservation, to building upon digitized materials for research and teaching. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. The dLOC partner institutions are the core of dLOC. dLOC partners retain all rights to their materials and provide access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. This is the first Advanced Institute with UF and dLOC, and it will enable greater engagement with more community members on critical needs and opportunities in the digital age for research and teaching.

Laurie Taylor, PhD, UF’s digital scholarship librarian and the dLOC’s digital scholarship director, is the lead investigator, and is collaborating with the co-principal investigators, Hélène Huet, PhD, European studies librarian; Paul Ortiz, PhD, Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in the Department of History; and  Leah Rosenberg, PhD, professor of Caribbean Literature in the Department of English.

WWI Diary of Albert Huet: New Features

I have been redesigning the “WWI Diary of Albert Huet” project for the past few weeks and I am happy to announce the following new features:

  • A biography in English of Albert and some information about the project and the diary.
  • Information about the translation project that was led by Dr. Lynn E. Palermo from Susquehanna University and completed in June 2018.
  • The diary which now features for each page: the image, the transcription, the standardized French text, and the English translation. Users can easily navigate from tab to tab. Each image is linked to the original file in the University of Florida’s Digital Collections. At the bottom of each page, you can find links to the previous and next pages of the diary. There is also now a list of all the pages of the diary, should users want to navigate to a very specific page.
  • The additional documents related to Albert’s life in the army now feature two photos taken by my aunt of Albert’s two “croix de guerre”.

My goal was to make the diary more useful to scholars, students, and the broader public in general. I am so thankful to my family for letting me digitize all of these documents and sharing them with the world.

Mapping Decadence Update: New Content Added

Hello everyone,
I finally found some time to update Mapping Decadence and I am pleased to say that I have added the following content to my website:

  • An introduction to my analysis of Huysmans, Lorrain, Rachilde and Schwob‘s maps.
  • Story Maps for each author. The last slide includes a link to the larger map in case people want to see a bigger version of it.  But my Story Maps are interactive, that is to say, the pop-ups can still be displayed.
  • A short bibliography.

Again, this is my interpretation, my analysis, and I am sure many will disagree or see something different in the maps, which is great. This is what makes scholarship so rich. My goal originally was to have the maps and the data available for anyone interested in Decadence and France so I hope this proves useful.

Position Vacancy Announcement: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian at the University of Florida

University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian
Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian
The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian [AMES Librarian] is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for these subject areas. The position supports the University’s academic programs including the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC), as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as International Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies. The AMES Librarian also liaises with the Harn Museum of Art in support of the Asian Collection. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in the LLC and International Studies, collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities; and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. Collaborates with other subject librarians to provide support in religious studies and other interdisciplinary areas. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services.
The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the AMES Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the AMES Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The AMES Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
The search will remain open until July 16, 2018. For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the George A. Smathers Libraries faculty recruitment webpage at
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age: Présentation du projet British Library, 16 mai, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age est une série de séminaires en ligne mettant en avant la recherche et l’enseignement numériques et publics des Etudes Caribéennes. Cette série fournit un environnement propice à la collaboration pour les professionnels et leur permet de partager leurs expériences, de discuter de leurs projets, cela afin de favoriser la communication et de soutenir les efforts de toutes et tous.
Notre prochain séminaire, Présentation du projet British Library, se déroulera le 16 mai 2018 de 11h du matin à midi (heure de Miami).
Présentatrice: Marie-France Guillaume
Cliquez ici pour participer à la session en ligne:
Présentation du projet British Library
La BHFIC est fondée en 1912, et est ouverte au public depuis 1920. Elle contient différents types de journaux, ce depuis le 19 siècle. Vu l’état des documents, l’idée était donc venue de les numériser afin de les sauvegarder, et souvent la BHFIC est la seule institution à posséder ces journaux.
Ainsi, en avril 2014, en partenariat avec dLOC, la BHFIC a commencé avec le travail de numérisation. En mai 2017, nous avons reçu un don de la British Library dans le cadre du programme « Endangerd Archives ». Ce qui fait que maintenant nous disposons de deux appareils de numérisation, ainsi que de deux techniciens pour faire le travail. La subvention de British Library couvre les journaux du 19e siècle et c’est un contrat qui s’étend sur deux années, incluant le salaire des deux techniciens ainsi qu’un abonnement internet.
En janvier 2018, nous avons remis à la British Library un disque dur d’1 TO contenant les documents déjà numérisés. Un autre a été donné en mars avec la suite. Le travail continue et avec l’assistance de dLOC quand le besoin se fait sentir.
Nous espérons à travers ce travail, dans la mesure où nous trouvons de l’aide, passer à la mise en ligne de la BHFIC, car nous voulons rendre les documents disponibles pour le monde entier. Les numériser c’est la première étape, mais c’est aussi important qu’ils soient disponibles sur internet pour la formation d’un plus grand nombre.
Biographie : Marie-France Guillaume
Je travaille à la BHFIC depuis septembre 2012 à titre de Directrice Exécutive. Après des études en informatique, et des séminaires en numérisation à FIU, je suis actuellement étudiante en Sciences Juridiques. Depuis mon arrivée à BHFIC, mon grand souci c’était d’essayer de sauvegarder les documents qui sont souvent en très mauvais état étant donné leur ancienneté. Grâce à dLOC, à Fokal et maintenant avec British Library, ce projet voit le jour. De 2014 à nos jours nous avons numérisé plus de 20.000 pages de journaux. Jusqu’à la subvention de British Library, nous avions un seul technicien, maintenant nous en avons deux et le travail va plus rapidement.
A propos de la série de séminaires en ligne Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age:
La Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), en partenariat avec le Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), la Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA) de la Société des Archivistes Américains (SAA), et le Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), a organisé Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, une série de séminaires en ligne mettant en avant la recherche et l’enseignement numériques et publics des Etudes Caribéennes. Cette série fournit un environnement propice à la collaboration pour les professionnels et leur permet de partager leurs expériences, de discuter de leurs projets, cela afin de favoriser la communication et de soutenir les efforts de toutes et tous.
Les séminaires de la série en 2018 sont les suivants:

Continuez la discussion lors de la conférence annuelle d’ACURIL en 2018, dont le thème est Accès Ouvert :
Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship

Workshops at the University of Florida in May

Please join us  for the following workshops:
Wednesday, May 9, 1-3 pm
Introduction to 3D Technologies and Augmented Reality
Marston Science Library, Rm L136
Workshop created and hosted by graduate students Brittany Mistretta and Francisco Morales
Wednesday, May 16, 1-2 pm
Introduction to Project Management
Library West 212 (Scott Nygren Scholars Studio)
Workshop created and hosted by graduate students Holland Hall and Patrick Daglaris