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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).

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Digital Humanities Study Abroad, UF in Trinidad and Tobago

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 portiz@ufl.edu or akotipoyina@gmail.com.

https://www.abroad.ufic.ufl.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=12655

Digital Resource Showcase @UF 3/16

Do you want to ace your paper? Impress your friends? Improve your chances of finding a job? Join us for UF Libraries’ Digital Resources Showcase on March 16th!

The showcase brings librarians and students together to highlight steps for finding the best research online and organizing your work quickly, plus the One Button Studio, 3-D printing, video streaming access, digital newspapers, maps and mapping tools, institutional repository and digital archival collections and more. If doing your coursework feels more daunting than going to the Upside Down, then this event is for you.

And did we mention we’ll provide free snacks and giveaways?

Join us on the Colonnade outside Library West from 1-3pm (Library West 212 if there’s rain) to learn how to take your work to Eleven.

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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

 

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CFP: 2018 IFLA International News Media Conference

2018 IFLA International News Media Conference
“When Risk becomes Real, Preserving News becomes Critical”
Organized by the IFLA News Media Section (http://www.ifla.org/news-media)

Dates
18-20 April 2018

Location:
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Conference website:
URL will be posted on the IFLA News Media Section website when available

Theme & sub-themes:
As the world has seen increasing disasters that threaten entire communities, preservation of the identity of those communities as revealed through their newspapers becomes imperative. From earthquakes in Mexico to hurricanes and fires in the United States, to problems of publisher inability to manage large news archives, libraries can step in to assist communities with preservation solutions. Libraries can also save community and special-interest newspapers whose content has historically been underrepresented in mainstream circles. As news collections age, preservation solutions are increasingly pressing. Digital preservation, with infrastructure spread across multiple locations, offers many possibilities to assist communities under threat of natural disaster or to assist publishers in need of collection management solutions and to prevent loss of collection in the event of disasters.

This year, the International News Media Conference seeks proposals related to how digital preservation of news can help or has helped at-risk communities. Proposals should address the main theme and related topics, including but not limited to:

● Models of E-Deposit to Assist Publishers in Preservation
● Collecting Strategies and Legal Deposit
● Preservation/Legal Advocacy Efforts on a Local Level
● Role of Library as a News Preservation Leader
● News Preservation Practices
● Digital Preservation Infrastructure
● Relationships with Publishers
● Collecting Strategies in Local and Regional Libraries
● Disaster Preparedness in Digital News Collection Preservation
● Disaster Management Case Studies in News Preservation
● Preservation of Underrepresented Community and Special-Interest News Media

Other proposals relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered.

Submission Guidelines
Proposal abstracts must be submitted by 26 January 2018, must be in English, and should clearly include:
● Title of proposed paper
● Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
● Name(s) of presenter(s) and position(s) and/or title(s)
● Employer / affiliated institution
● Contact information including email address and telephone number
● Short biographical statement(s) of presenter(s)

Proposal abstracts should be submitted as MS Word files to all conference committee members:
● Mary Feeney (mfeeney@email.arizona.edu)
● Ana Krahmer (ana.krahmer@unt.edu)
● Kopana Terry (kopana.terry@uky.edu)
● Patrick Reakes (pjr@uflib.ufl.edu)
● Anke Winsmann (winsmann@suub.uni-bremen.de)

Selected presenters will be notified by 5 February 2018. To discuss any matter relating to this Call for Papers, please contact the conference committee members listed above.

Accepted papers
● Complete accepted papers should be 3000-6000 words in length and be an original submission not published elsewhere.
● Complete accepted papers and accompanying presentation slides must be submitted by 6 April 2018.
● Final papers should be written in English.
● The papers will be made available on the Conference Website and the News Media Section Website under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
● Approximately 15-20 minutes will be allowed for the presentation of the paper.

Registration
Registration information will be posted on the Conference Website at the beginning of 2018.

Important dates
26 January 2018 Proposal abstracts due
5 February 2018 Acceptance notices sent to authors
12 February 2018 Start of registration
6 April 2018 Completed papers and presentations submitted
18-20 April 2018 Conference

Please note
The Programme Committee regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors, and the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the conference including registration, travel, accommodation, and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers, or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Digital Scholarship at UF Workshop, February 2, 2018

I am pleased to invite you to the Digital Scholarship at UF Workshop which will take place at the Digital Worlds Institute on February 2, 2018 from 9am to 5pm.

During this day-long event you will be able to attend three workshop sessions focused on tools and tips to help you start, develop, or improve your digital projects.

The sessions are as follows:

  • 3D Data Acquisition and Dissemination
  • 3D Printing and Augmented Reality with Aurasma
  • Best Practices for Project Management & Collaboration

Following the three sessions, we are also hosting a Digital Project Showcase where members from the UF community are invited to present their digital projects.

As you will see on the registration form (https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jBZ3E1SniaRPGB), you can decide to register for the Workshop Series and/or the Digital Showcase. Registration is free and lunch will be provided.

Please note that the registration for the workshop series is capped at 50 attendees and the registration for the showcase is capped at 20 presenters. If you plan on presenting your digital project during the showcase, we recommend you bring your own laptop if possible, though we will be able to provide up to 12 workstations if needed.

You can find more information about the workshops and the schedule at this link: http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/digitalufworkshop.

Please email Hélène Huet if you have questions: hhuet at ufl dot edu

This event is sponsored by a George A. Smathers Libraries Strategic Opportunities Grant and the Digital Worlds Institute.

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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.