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POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: History Librarian

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

History Librarian

Assistant University Librarian

University of Florida

George A Smathers Libraries

The University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries seek a candidate for the History Librarian position who will be primarily responsible for the overall development, management, and coordination of the Libraries’ resources in all formats for history. The primary collection management focus of this position is general history but a knowledge of North American history, global history and intersections with humanities and social sciences will be a necessary secondary focus.

The position supports the University’s academic programs including the Department of History as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in and related to History, 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. The position collaborates with other employees, providing support in the broader areas of the social sciences, especially overlapping, interdisciplinary areas, manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services, and participates in branch and libraries-wide outreach programming.

The search will remain open until April 21, 2022, and applications will be reviewed as received. 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 https://hr.uflib.ufl.edu/prospective-employees/current-openings/vacant-faculty-positions/.

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.

Address inquiries to Joe Piazza, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: jpiazza at ufl dot edu.

Call for Proposals 2020 Digital Humanities Showcase April 6th @ 2-5pm Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, Library West

As part of UF’s Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the Digital Humanities Certificate Committee and Digital Humanities Working Group seek 10-minute presentations on digital humanities projects (past, current or future), or demonstrations on digital humanities skills and methods. The presentations will complement a showcase of graduate student work currently in development in the capstone Digital Humanities Graduate Studio course, as well as a presentation by Erik Deumens, the Director of UFIT Research Computing. The afternoon will highlight a variety of digital humanities practices at UF, and serve as an introduction for graduate students who are interested in pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. Participation is open to all UF faculty, staff, and graduate students working in the digital humanities.

Deadline: 5 pm March 20, 2020
(notifications of participation will be sent via email by March 23, 2020)

To submit a proposal, go to this form.

Graduate Student Workshop Series: Building Your Career Fall 2019

Poster of the Graduate Student Workshop Series including dates, locations, and workshop titles and presenters.

October 2 (211 Library West), “Getting Your Classes on Track: Improving Your Teaching Skills”

Sean Trainor (PhD), Lecturer, Management Communication Center.

New to teaching? Struggling to balance your teaching and research obligations? Then attend this session for some easy-to-implement tips on how to maximize your teaching effectiveness while minimizing teaching-related headaches.

October 9 (212 Library West), “Getting a Job: Finding Work after Grad School”

Megan Daly (PhD), Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Librarian

This workshop provides a brief introduction and discussion for graduate students about approaching the job market and job application process.

October 16 (212 Library West), “Getting Published: Writing Clear, Effective Academic Prose”

David Schwieder (PhD), Political Science Librarian

This session covers a set of powerful, easy-to-use techniques that will help participants write better theses, dissertations and manuscripts. 

October 23 (212 Library West), “Getting Free: Leveraging Open Access Publishing Options”

Perry Collins (MA, MLS), Scholarly Communications Librarian

Are you hearing terms like “open access,” “preprint,” and “data sharing” and want to know more? The open access publishing landscape has expanded exponentially over the past two decades—this workshop will introduce options across disciplines for sharing, reviewing, and publishing open scholarship. This workshop is part of international Open Access Week.

October 30 (212 Library West), “Getting Organized: managing Projects and Time”

Hélène Huet (PhD), European Studies Librarian

This workshop will provide you with tips and tools to help you manage your time and your various projects as you navigate your graduate career.

All sessions held during Period 4 (10:40-11:30 am). No registration required. Open to all UF Graduate and Professional Students.

Newsletter Fall 2019 Semester

Welcome back (and welcome) to the University of Florida. My newsletter for Fall 2019 is out. In this newsletter, I highlight the services I provide for my patrons and new resources we have recently acquired in the UF libraries. I also provide information about the IR@UF and ORCID, quick facts about the Graduate Student Workshop Series we are hosting and our faculty and graduate carrels. Finally, I list 10 of our most recent book acquisitions.

Image of the title of the newsletter I have created for Fall 2019

Museums Challenge: A Symposium for Transformative Practice University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida February 17-18 2020

UF Museum Studies 20th Anniversary Symposium

In 2000, the University of Florida (UF) established a graduate program in Museum Studies. In the last twenty years, museums and museum professions have undergone critical transformations. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the program and the radical changes in Museum Studies and museums, UF is convening a symposium to examine the history and future of museums and museum professionals challenging ideas and practices in order to shape transformational knowledge and experiences.  

The UF Museum Studies program states: “We believe museums can change the world.” Thus, the program centers the transformational power of museums.  At this interdisciplinary symposium, we will focus on museums and Museum Studies programs: 

  • For the history of museums: how have they engaged with and made visible the social and political challenges of their times? Particular interest will be given to how institutions, individuals, and communities manifest transformations that challenge accepted ideas and/or practices. 
  • How have Museum Studies programs and other forms of professional training evolved to respond to changes to bring about transformations? 
  • For the future, how can museums and Museum Studies best work in concert to lead change through transformational practice? 

Twenty-years ago Stephen Weil posited that American museums were in a moment of great transformation, shifting from “Being about Something to Being for Somebody.” No longer able to be ‘salvage and warehouse business[s]’, he argued that it was imperative for museums to become more entrepreneurial and to demonstrate their impact and advocate for their value. In the decades prior to Weil’s essay, New Museology or New Museum Theory established a critical discourse for museum practice around how museums construct knowledge, engage with communities, and operate in society. Pierre Mayrand argued that this critical discourse “mobilize[d] the supporters of the radical transformation of the aims of museology, and advocates profound changes in the thinking and attitudes of the museologist.” 

Today, museums continue to strive to assert their public value and critically engage with the systems and structures upon which they have been built. Many museums have shed guises of neutrality. Museum professionals are positioning their work and institutions as inherently engaged with justice, representation, and addressing historic traumas. Some museums have taken more overt stances to address critical contemporary social issues such hate crime, genocide, migration, mass incarceration, racism, and climate change through their collections and programs. 

This symposium celebrates the work of museums, Museum Studies, and our communities over the past twenty years. In doing so, this program looks to the future as we work together for a more just and equitable world.

We seek proposals for participation in the symposium in various formats: 

  • Presentations (20 minutes inclusive of discussion ) 
  • Panels (3 presentations, 75 minutes inclusive of discussion)
  • Roundtables (multiple presenters in conversation, 1 hour)
  • Lightning round presentations (5 minutes) 

A publication in the form of an edited volume is planned. Selected participants will be asked to contribute to this publication with texts due in Feb 2020. 

Proposals Due: Monday, August 26th
Acceptance Notifications: by Friday, September 20th

Proposal for each formats should include: 

  • Presentations: 250 word abstract and short bio (100 words),
  • Panels: 500word abstract of the panel including a summary of the goals of the panel and topic the individual papers and short bios for each presenter (100 words)
  • Roundtables: 250 word abstract of the theme of the roundtable including the guiding questions for the conversation and short bios for each roundtable participant (100 words)
  • Lightning round presentations: 250 word abstract and short bio (100 words)

proposal submission form 

If you have inquiries about the symposium or the proposal process you may send them to:
museumschallenge@arts.ufl.edu

New Job Postings: Student Success Librarian AND Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at UF

The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida are currently hiring two brand new and very important positions.

Student Success Librarian.

The Student Success Librarian is a year-round (12 month) tenure track faculty position that will coordinate student success support within the libraries and collaborate with student success initiatives across campus. We are seeking a service-oriented candidate who is committed to empowering undergraduate students of diverse experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds; an innovative instructor who will develop engaging information literacy learning experiences; a creative collaborator who will coordinate and participate in campus-wide outreach efforts; and a student-centered advocate for inclusion. 

Applications are due by August 20, 2019. For more information, check out the job posting: http://library.ufl.edu/pers/documents/StudentSuccessLib_PVA_Final.pdf

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian.

Through a participatory Strategic Directions development process in 2018, the Libraries committed to better understanding and fostering a more inclusive workplace. As one element in our efforts, the DEI Librarian position will help the Libraries’ team members recognize, understand, value and embrace our differences as crucial to our communal work. As part of the development and implementation of a DEI program for the Libraries, the DEI Librarian will serve as the Libraries’ Campus Diversity Liaison (CDL), working within a network of peer positions from across the University as well as serving as a liaison within the Libraries. We seek a capacity builder who will create, in collaboration with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and origins, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives, meaningful dialogue and change.

The DEI Librarian will participate in national dialogues within the United States and globally that promote the establishment of professional practices in libraries and programs to enhance the opportunities of minority and underrepresented groups in the library profession. 

Applications are due by August 30, 2019. For more information, check out the job posting: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/documents/DEILib_PVA-FINAL_2019.pdf

Authors@UF: Dr. Barbara Mennel

Barbara Mennel
Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Associate Professor, Departments of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and English.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
3:30 p.m., Smathers Library, Room 100


Women at Work in Twenty-First-Century European Cinema 

University of Illinois Press, 2019

From hairdressers and caregivers to reproductive workers and power-suited executives, images of women’s labor have powered a fascinating new movement within twenty-first century European cinema. Social realist dramas capture precarious working conditions. Comedies exaggerate the habits of the global managerial class. Stories from countries battered by the global financial crisis emphasize the patriarchal family, debt, and unemployment. Barbara Mennel delves into the ways these films about female labor capture the tension between feminist advances and their appropriation by capitalism in a time of ongoing transformation. 
 
Looking at independent and genre films from a cross-section of European nations, Mennel sees a focus on economics and work adapted to the continent’s varied kinds of capitalism and influenced by concepts in second-wave feminism. More than ever, narratives of work put female characters front and center–and female directors behind the camera. Yet her analysis shows that each film remains a complex mix of progressive and retrogressive dynamics as it addresses the changing nature of work in Europe.

Barbara Mennel’s research interests include transnational cinematic practices, feminist and queer theory, and the intersection of urban studies and film studies. She is author of four books on literature and film and two co-edited volumes, including Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema (2019). The second revised edition of her book Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2008) is forthcoming this June. She is currently working on a director study of experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich, under contract with University of Illinois Press as well.

Women at Work Book Cover