My Fall 2020 newsletter is out. This newsletter details the services I provide, new resources we have recently acquired in the UF libraries, information about the Canvas Librarian Role, information about the Summer B Pickup Service, and some of our most recent e-book acquisitions in European Studies.
Graduate Student Workshop Series: Building Your Career.
Getting Published: Navigating the Peer Review Process (Feb. 6). This workshop provides an “authors-eye view” of the peer review process. Covered topics include selecting appropriate journals, understanding editors’ goals, formatting your manuscript, responding to reviews, and more.
Dr. David Schwieder, Political Science Librarian.
Getting Hired: Navigating the Academic Job Market (Feb. 13). This workshop provides a brief introduction and discussion about approaching the academic job market and application process in the last year of graduate school.
Dr. Megan Daly, Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Librarian.
Getting Known: Developing a Web Presence (Feb. 20). This workshop provides an overview of how to create and maintain a professional web presence by using personal websites, digital projects, and social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook.
Dr. Hélène Huet, European Studies Librarian.
Getting (Mildly) Famous: Broadcasting Your Expertise (Feb. 27). This workshop provides tips on how to pitch an op-ed and start a podcast: two tried-and-true techniques for making anonymous graduate students into publicly-recognized experts in their fields.
Dr. Sean Trainor, Lecturer, Management Communication Center.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
UF Digital Humanities & Public History Study Abroad in Trinidad & Tobago
The deadline to apply for UF in Trinidad and Tobago, a new and unique study abroad opportunity during Summer B, is little more than a week away—March 15.
UF in Trinidad and Tobago is designed to immerse students in the history and cultures of Trinidad and the broader Caribbean through oral history fieldwork and digital humanities production. Major themes of the course are religion, Trinidadian literature, anti-slavery and anti-colonial movements, oral history, historical memory, and public history. Excursions include Nelson Island, the island of Tobago, key heritage and eco-tourist sites, beaches, and more.
Dr. Ortiz, the lead faculty instructor and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, is very excited to bring students to Trinidad and Tobago for a fun, immersive, and hands-on learning experience.
Students will earn six history credits at the 4,000-level through the program. Visit the link below to apply. Please send any application or program questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
POSITION: Metadata Librarian
RANK: Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Chair, Digital Production Services
SALARY: Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
Minimum Salary at the Assistant Librarian rank is $48,492
Minimum Salary at the Associate Librarian rank is $56,098
REQUISITION #: 502568
DEADLINE DATE: July 17, 2017. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2017
NOTE: Office located off campus
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials – see our website at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/careers.htm or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered.
The University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries seek a Metadata Librarian for a 12-month tenure track Library faculty position in the Digital Production Services Department. The Department is a user focused, data enhancing, hands-on, collegial team that strives for efficiencies and streamlined procedures to maximize findability.
The Metadata Librarian creates and revises descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata to facilitate access, discovery, and support of digitized collections. The Metadata Librarian works closely with the Cataloging Services Department and various stakeholders across multiple units; plays a key role in large-scale projects, such as testing machine assisted indexing as a means of retrospectively enhancing metadata in the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC); and collaborates on ontology and metadata schema development as well as on metadata and information organization needs. The Metadata Librarian contributes to local policy and procedure decisions, develops and assesses workflows, and seeks creative approaches for managing metadata.
The Metadata Librarian pursues professional development opportunities and engages in research, publication, and professional association activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. The Libraries encourage broad participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Metadata Librarian serves on various committees and teams.
– Manipulates, transforms, and creates metadata in UFDC and in the Libraries’ Integrated Library System (ILS). Responsible for clean-up projects, utilizing batch loading and editing tools in pursuit of workflow efficiencies, to improve access, actionability, and processing of library resources.
– Participates in planning and executing data migrations between information systems.
– Applies expertise in manipulation and transformation of metadata to assist with designing and updating workflows.
– Designs and implements metadata, crosswalks, standards/policies, workflows, and tools to support access to collections of digitized and born-digital materials in multiple digital collection management systems and to support long-term preservation of those materials deposited into the UFDC.
– Serves as a resource for colleagues in all campus libraries, advising on appropriate strategies as well as assisting with creating and repairing metadata.
– Develops and delivers training on non-MARC metadata skills to broaden the pool of Library employees who can contribute to digital collection metadata work.
– Maintains awareness of developments and best practices in non-MARC metadata for institutional repositories and digital collections, as well as bibliographic description (i.e. BIBFRAME, linked data), and is involved in strategic planning to prepare the Smathers Libraries for advancing in these areas.
– Strengthens and creates avenues for collaboration across the Libraries to improve access to collections through various metadata systems and ontologies.
– Serves as a representative on various library committees, particularly for providing expertise in the area of metadata and authority control, and serving on other committees and groups as appropriate.
– Follows and participates in local, regional, and national discussions on metadata workflows, batch processes, and integrated processes across standards and types.
– Directs the work of project teams.
– Includes and supports individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, and perspectives in work activities, to support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society.
– Performs scholarly research and provides service at institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure and promotion criteria (see: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh/)
– ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science or other relevant advanced degree.
– Eight years of relevant, post graduate degree, professional experience for appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank.
– Demonstrated experience using various metadata schemas, vocabularies, and content standards (such as DC, EAD, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, PREMIS, MODS, METS) and various encoding/transmission formats (such as RDF, XML, MARC, JSON)
– Excellent interpersonal skills.
– Demonstrated experience with any of the following tools (or others like them) to create, extract, transform, analyze, and/or quality control metadata: XSLT, Microsoft Excel, MarcEdit, OpenRefine, scripting languages, regular expressions, SQL.
– Demonstrated experience in successful project management.
– Familiarity with the linked data environment, including emerging library applications (e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI).
– Evidence of positive and productive collaborations working with diverse audiences, constituencies, and colleagues.
– Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
– Superior verbal and written communication skills with the ability to explain complex issues in concise terms to a broad range of constituents.
– Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public.
– Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
– Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion outlined at http://library.ufl.edu/cdh.
– Two years of relevant, post graduate degree, professional experience for appointment at the Assistant University Librarian rank.
– Experience building ontologies and knowledge of standards and languages for ontology-building in a Linked Data environment (such as RDFS, OWL, and SKOS).
– Experience with metadata creation in an academic or research library.
– Knowledge of the principles of information organization as required in building and applying ontologies (including taxonomies, classification schemes, thesauri, and metadata element sets).
– Supervisory experience.
– Demonstrated ability to improve workflows or data maintenance tasks using automated processes.
– Reading fluency in French or Spanish.
– Metadata experience with special collections material.
– Experience contributing bibliographic and authority records using national Program for Cooperative Cataloging standards or other national or international programs for descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata.
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. In 2013 the Florida Legislature designated UF as the state’s preeminent institution which grew into an opportunity to achieve national and international recognition for the University’s work in serving students and the world. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at http://www.ufl.edu.
GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES
The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries on the Gainesville campus and three off-campus facilities; six of the campus libraries, and all of the off-site facilities, are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The remaining library is the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Collectively, the UF Libraries (the Smathers Libraries and the Legal Information Center) hold or provide access to over 5.45 million print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 1.25 million e-books, over 152,000 full-text electronic journals, over 1100 electronic databases, 1.26 million documents and 1.35 million maps and images.
The UF Libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery collections. The UF Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The library staff consists of more than 300 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/orgchart.pdf.
DIGITAL PRODUCTION SERVICES
Digital Production Services develops, manages, and publishes digital content from curatorial collections, in support of academic programs, organizes conversion and ingest capabilities, facilitates awareness and coordinates instruction in scholarly use and development of digital technologies and their application to collection and publishing services. The department manages the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and facilitates the flow of digital collection material to other digital repositories (HathiTrust, DPLA, PALMM) and ensures that materials are properly archived to digital preservation systems.
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 257,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2015, Gainesville was named the “Best Midsize College City in America” by WalletHub and ranked no. 7 on Livability.com “Top 10 College Towns”. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville’s accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. The Guide to Greater Gainesville combines award winning photography and compelling articles that capture all of the reasons for calling Greater Gainesville your next home. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two-hour drive.
Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at http://hr.ufl.edu/benefits/.
To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding current trends related to digitization, metadata creation, and digital preservation (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by July 17, 2017 (applications will be reviewed beginning June 15, 2017). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/502568/metadata-librarian. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: http://www.hr.ufl.edu/job/datacard.htm. This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.