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University of Florida Special Collections/Area Studies Travel Grants

The Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida has issued its call for Travel to Collections grants.
Travel grants up to $2,500 are available to undertake research between August 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 with any of UF’s Special and Area Studies Collections. Proposals are due Friday, June 1, 2018 with award notifications expected the week of July 1, 2018.
Judging criteria includes prioritization for interdisciplinary research and/or use of more than one collection, and proposals that support a feasible and tangible publication (e.g., an article, dissertation or book chapter). Awardees must travel 100 miles or farther to be eligible.

For application process and guidelines, please visit: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/Travel2CollectionsCFP.pdf
For information on Special and Area Studies Collections, University of Florida: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/
If you have questions about the suitability of your proposal, or need information on any aspect of the program, please contact Flo Turcotte by phone (352-273-2767) or email (turcotte@ufl.edu).

CFP: European Studies Research Forum American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

CFP: European Studies Research Forum
American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

The ACRL European Studies Section will host its annual European Studies Research Forum at the ALA annual conference in New Orleans on Sunday, June 24th, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
The ESS Research and Planning Committee invites proposals for presentations on research, including digital projects, related to any part or language of Europe. Topics do not need to be library-related.
The committee will consider proposals on research in-progress or recently completed projects.
Proposals must include:

  • Name and brief bio of the presenter(s)
  • Tentative title and 200-word abstract

The committee will evaluate the proposals based on the clarity of the topic and quality of the abstract.
Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each for 3 presentations, followed by time for questions. The forum will offer the presenters an opportunity to discuss their research in an informal setting.
Please submit your proposal via email to the chair of the ESS Research and Planning Committee, Ms. Téa Rokolj (trokolj@uottawa.ca). The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31st.
The proposals will be reviewed by the members of the committee who will choose 3 proposals for the forum.  All persons who submit a proposal will be contacted soon after the committee makes its decision by mid-April at the latest.

Graduate Student Research Series at UF Spring 2018

Could you use a little help with your research? With finding better scholarly sources and building scholarly knowledge? With preparing a research poster? With becoming a good academic writer?
UF Librarians Hélène Huet (European Studies), David Schwieder (Political Science), and Neelam Bharti (Chemistry), and UF Writing Instructor Sean Trainor, will present a series of research-focused sessions to help graduate students with the following topics:
Thursday February 8         Session 1: Finding Scholarly Sources
Thursday February 15       Session 2: Building Scholarly Knowledge
Thursday February 22       Session 3: Designing and Preparing a Research Poster
Thursday March 1             Session 4: Writing for All: How Thinking Like a Journalist Can Make You a Better Academic Writer
All sessions 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

Humanities PhDs at Work: Career Paths in Librarianship. Video Online.

Back in September, my colleagues and I gave a talk at UF entitled: “Humanities PhDs at Work: Career Paths in Librarianship.” Our talk was filmed and the video is now available online.
As a reminder, here is the description of the talk:
Hélène Huet, Megan Daly, and Jessica Aberle are assistant librarians at the George A. Smathers Libraries. Though each presenter received a doctorate from their respective fields in the Humanities, Huet, Daly, and Aberle all chose to transition into the field of librarianship. If you are curious about the work that librarians undertake and whether a career in an academic library might be a good fit for you, this presentation will offer guidance. They will speak about their roles in the library and provide a brief overview of their work, followed with a discussion of their different career trajectories and the hurdles they encountered along the way. Then they will explain their decisions to pursue librarianship and why they love their work. Finally, they will provide resources and advice to those interested in libraries, archives, and information science.

Date Changes for Graduate Student Research Series [Note: No Class this Week]

Hello everyone,
As announced during the second GSRS session last week, due to the disruption caused by this Thursday’s controversial speaker we have decided to change the schedule for the final two GSRS sessions. Here is the new schedule:
Session 3: Building Scholarly Knowledge in Your Field                Thursday, October 26, 1:55-2:45 pm (Period 7)  Room 212 Library West
Session 4: Tips for Writing and Effective Scholarly Paper          Wednesday, November 1, 1:55-2:45 pm (Period 7)  Room 212 Library West
Please note the day change (from Thursday to Wednesday) for Session 4.
Hope to see you on the 26th.

12th Annual Symposium of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. January 27, 2018


12th Annual Symposium of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

January 27, 2018 at the University of Florida, Reitz Student Union

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida cordially invites submissions for our 12th Annual Symposium of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.
We invite proposals for both individual presentations and panels (maximum of three presentations) from graduate students and faculty on topics related to Hispanic and Lusophone literature, linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, and other interdisciplinary studies, including Digital Humanities.
Please send a one-page abstract (approximately 250 words) to pfernand@ufl.edu
In the accompanying email, please provide the following information: your name, the presentation’s title, your position and institutional affiliation, and your preferred email address. Abstracts and presentations may be in Spanish, English, or Portuguese.
The submission deadline is November 1, 2017.
The keynote presentation for this year’s symposium is “The Digital Library of the Caribbean and Digital Humanities: Opportunities and Resources for Research, Teaching, and Collaboration” by:
Dr. Leah Rosenberg is an Associate Professor of English at the University of    Florida. She teaches Caribbean and Postcolonial studies, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary courses. A member of the advisory board of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com) since 2008, she has worked to build its dLOC’s holdings in Anglophone Caribbean literature and history as well as its pedagogical materials and ability to support collaborative teaching.
Dr. Hélène Huet is the European Studies Librarian at UF and oversees many international collections. As a digital humanist and the Vice-Chair of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), a collective of institutions in Florida that seeks to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research, she is particularly interested in studying how digital tools can help facilitate students and faculty’s research.
Dr. Laurie N. Taylor is a Digital Scholarship Librarian at UF, where her work focuses on socio-technical (people, policies, technologies, communities) needs for scholarly cyberinfrastructure. Her work activities are geared towards enabling a culture of radical collaboration that values and supports diversity and inclusivity, including as the Digital Scholarship Director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean                                         (dLOC) and is the Editor-in-Chief for the LibraryPress@UF.
Please direct questions to the Organizing Committee at pfernand@ufl.edu


Poster of the Call for Papers


“Francophonie and Françafrique” a talk by Dr Thomas Hale

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4pm, Pugh Hall 302
Francophonie and Françafrique
For this presentation, Dr. Thomas Hale will discuss the concepts of Francophonie and Françafrique. More particularly, he will show that while Francophonie and Françafrique have offered France different tools for influencing francophone countries in Africa, French support for the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an exemplar of soft power, is waning. The hard power of La Françafrique, France’s shadowy operations in francophone Africa, has attracted criticism by anti-colonial activists and the last three presidents of France.  The critics cite evidence for overlap of the two phenomena, and the emergence of a new form of French smart power in francophone Africa.
This talk is co-sponsored by The France Florida Research Institute with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
This event is free and open to public
For more information please contact Hélène Huet (hhuet at ufl dot edu) or Alioune Sow (sow at ufl dot edu)

Webinar announcement: "Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library,” May 10, 2017, at 9:30am (Miami Time)

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, “Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library,” May 10, 2017, at 9:30am (Miami Time).
Presenter: Dr. Sara Gonzalez, Marston Science Library, University of Florida
Click here to participate in the online event: http://ufsmathers.adobeconnect.com/Caribbean
About the Presentation:
“Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library”
In spring 2014, the UF Libraries opened its 3D services to the university and public.  This service, funded by student technology fees, expanded from 2 small 3D printers in the science library to now include 4 branch libraries with 10 3D printers, and circulates multiple portable 3D printers and scanners.  The library accepted over 1000 3D orders last year and librarians regularly teach workshops to the campus community and public, along with offering specialized consultations regarding 3D scanning and printing.
This presentation will provide an introduction to 3D printing and scanning technology, describe the opportunities and challenges of offering 3D technology in a library, and provide case studies that illustrate the potential of 3D across disciplines.
About the Speaker:
Sara Gonzalez is a science librarian at the University of Florida where she is the physical sciences and mathematics liaison and coordinates UF Libraries’ 3D Service and the MADE@UF software and virtual reality development lab.  She holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.L.I.S. from Florida State University.  Her current research interests include emerging technologies in libraries, modeling and visualization of data, and scientific literacy instruction. Dr. Gonzalez recently co-authored 3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
About the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series:
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), in partnership with the 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.
Other upcoming webinars in the series include:

  • Date pending for: Caribbean Memory

Recordings of all webinars will be available in dLOC soon after the webinar.
Please join us for next stage conversations from the webinars, to take place at ACURIL’s 2017 annual conference, focusing on Interdisciplinary Research in the Caribbean: http://acuril2017puertorico.com/
Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship
Twitter: @dlocaribbean

Travel Grant Program – University of Florida

CFP for Travel to Collections Grants
The Department of Special and Area Studies Collection at the George A. Smathers Libraries (University of Florida) is pleased to announce the new Travel to Collections grant program.
The program allows researchers to apply for travel funds up to $2000 in order to undertake research in one or more of our collections (http://library.ufl.edu/spec):

  • African Studies
  • Archives and Manuscripts
  • Asian Studies
  • Baldwin Library of Children’s Literature
  • Book Arts
  • Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
  • Latin American and Caribbean
  • Map & Imagery
  • K. Yonge Library of Florida History
  • Popular Culture Collections
  • University Archives

Proposals are due Friday, April 28, 2017. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to Florence M. Turcotte (turcotte@ufl.edu). Please see CFP above for application procedures.