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50th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Center: Online and Offsite Exhibit at UF

My colleagues Dan Reboussin and Richard Freeman are currently curating an exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Center, where Fossey studied wild mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda until her death in 1985. Several of the 30 beautiful photographs on display (by photographer Bob Campbell) were featured in two National Geographic magazine cover stories that propelled Fossey to international recognition in the early 1970s.

The Sept. 2017 issue of National Geographic and a 3 part NatGeo Channel television series narrated by Sigourney Weaver scheduled for December also feature several of the images currently on display here at UF. On view until December 15th, 2017 the exhibit is located in the first-floor lobby of Smathers Library.

An online exhibit is also available at http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/BobCampbell. Selected digitized images from the collection of 15,000 original slides are available in UF Digital Collections at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/wildlife.

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Hurricane donations for Puerto Rico at UF

Important message from the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies.

Greetings All,

Thank you so much for all your donations so far. We have received word from the Coalition of Immokalee workers that they have had an overwhelming amount of support and are not in need of the supplies that we have collected. So that is good news on that front.

In light of that we will be redirecting supplies to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico to help them with recovery from the immense devastation suffered at the hands of Hurricane Maria. Some elements of this you may or may not know but the White House has yet to decide if they will send monetary aid to the island. Also Puerto Rico is not allowed to receive aid or shipments from countries outside of the United States due to the Jones Act which requires that all shipments to Puerto Rico have to go through a United States port and be delivered on a United States ship. The White House has also declined to suspend this rule despite the immense need on the island and offers from other countries to support.

That being said we really need to come together and help the people of Puerto Rico even more because of the precarious situation they find themselves in as a colonized island of the United States.

We will be collecting for the next two weeks optimistically and if needs continue beyond that. Below are some of the things we need as well as different drop-off locations on UF campus.

· Bottled Water · Toothpaste/Toothbrush · Deodorant · Bar Soap · Children’s Clothes · Baby Formula · Baby Food · Cat/Dog Food · Lighters · Diapers · Baby wipes · Bug spray · Underwear · Socks · Tarps · Non-perishable or canned foods · Feminine hygiene products · Hand Sanitizer · Trash Bags · Batteries · Flash Lights · Sunscreen

Drop off locations include are:
UF Graduate Assistants United Office – Yon 224 Tuesday and Thursday 2-4 PM and Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

Center for Latin American Studies – 3rd Floor Grinter Hall, 8 AM to NOON and 1 PM to 5 PM

Center for African Studies at the University of Florida (MDP Office) – Grinter 470 from 9 AM to 5 PM

La Salita in the Reitz Union Office from 9 AM to 7 PM

Please share this post and help bring in much needed donations!

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

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

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Poster of the Call for Papers

 

Webinar announcement: “Beyond Trinkets: The Value of 3D in the Library,” May 10, 2017, at 9:30am (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, “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.