Category Archives: Library

Inaugural FLDH Conference, March 2019

I am very excited to announce that the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH) will be hosting its inaugural statewide conference at the University of North Florida (UNF) on March 29-30, 2019.

Friday, March 29, will be a formal research symposium, and Saturday, March 30, will follow a more spontaneous THATCamp format. The deadline for submissions to the Friday, March 29 portion of the conference is December 15, 2018. For more information and to submit a proposal, see https://www.unf.edu/dhi/Inaugural_FDLH_Conference.

 

Graduate Student Research Series – Fall 2018

Image of the poster for the Graduate STudent Research Series for Fall 2018

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: https://cifnalcollections.wordpress.com/

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!

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1tSE51W_oo&index=6&list=PLm1EZOX-MZAV29cvdiIZbLytzv6J3elfj&t=0s . 

If you are interested in watching all the videos, the playlist is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1tSE51W_oo&index=6&list=PLm1EZOX-MZAV29cvdiIZbLytzv6J3elfj&t=0s

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.

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

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
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 http://library.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html.
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).

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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: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/8927374603
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 : http://acuril2018republicadominicana.com/
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

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age: Ramble Bahamas, May 7, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).

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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Please join us for an upcoming event, Ramble Bahamas, May 7, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).
Presenters: Dr. Tracey Thompson and Jessica Dawson, University of The Bahamas
Click here to participate in the online event: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/8927374603
About the Presentation:
2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of a watershed in Bahamian political life: the advent of majority rule. So as to pay tribute to that anniversary in an appealing and enduring way, “From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas (“FDT”) launched an ambitious venture in the field of digital humanities. The “FDT” team, guided by the Institute’s mandate to develop curricular and recreational materials in a variety of media, committed itself to fashioning a digital heritage trail through which Bahamian students could retrace important steps in the Bahamian political story. The team went further: it envisioned building a platform that could serve as a publication engine for all research undertaken by the Institute. Such a platform, so the team judged, would augment limited scholarly publication in the field of Bahamian political history. It would widen access to historical literature among students and educators located throughout the far-flung Bahamian archipelago. It would draw on the Institute’s strength as a vehicle devoted to collecting and preserving oral narratives of community elders, many of whom had played significant roles in social, educational, and political transformations in the mid-1900s. It would press into service a media archive consisting of rare photos and film from the 1960s and 1970s – images long hidden from public view. The result of the team’s investment was Ramble Bahamas. Utilizing the Omeka content management system and the Curatescape framework, Ramble Bahamas presents geographically-tagged exhibits about historically significant places and objects in The Bahamas. Each exhibit is comprised of a narrative outlining the importance of the location or object, relevant historic and contemporary images, and oral history audio or video clips in which informed narrators speak of events associated with the location or object. Since its launch in November 2016, Ramble Bahamas has been introduced to students at the University of The Bahamas and to high school teachers of History and Geography. Plans are under way to integrate the platform into national curricula in History so as to advance the nation-building mandate of the university.
About the Speakers:
Tracey Thompson, PhD: As Director of “From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas, Tracey Thompson oversees the research programme and administrative processes of the institute. Tracey has been involved in research, teaching, and administration at the University of The Bahamas for more than twenty-five years. Her research foci lie principally in African and African Diaspora History, in Philosophy of History, in Oral History, and in Public History.
Jessica Dawson, MA: In her capacity as Public History Fellow in Research & Technology for “From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas, Jessica Dawson acted as webmaster and curator for Ramble Bahamas. Prior to this, she taught tertiary courses in the field of cultural anthropology and worked in historic preservation. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University and an M.A. in American Studies & Public History from Youngstown State University.
About the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series:
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA)of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), has organized a series of online events, Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Webinars in the 2018 series are:

Please join us for next stage conversations at ACURIL’s 2018 annual conference, focusing on Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions http://acuril2018republicadominicana.com/
Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship