Below are my book notes for Margaret Heffernan’s A Bigger Prize. I learned about this book when discussing mutual aid with my colleague, Bonnie Smith, who is an expert in HR and sustainability. She mentioned Heffernan’s TED Talk, which is quite good, where Heffernan covers the failures of zero-sum competition, which reduces everyone’s individual achievement and loses out on much greater work made possible through collaboration. She uses an example with chickens, where the constant pecking order leaves to dead chickens and unproductive (no egg) chickens, and then walks through how the same process of degradation happens with people in competitive. Her discussion of collaboration includes conflict,Read More →

ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL: CARIBBEAN LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES AND MUSEUMS SUPPORTING THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ACURIL 2019 ARUBA, 2-6 JUNE 2019 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m_qcUHzDhcwtnBmFiHDanmlCjWB5V5sQ/view https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l3Z7LFiiOM7rvtvJkjcZKXYuFbXuTSzX/view The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 49th Conference to be held from June 2-9, 2019, on the happy island of Aruba, will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s ) which are the framework of the UN 2030 agenda. Our conference theme is : Access and opportunity for all: Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In September 2015 the member states of the UnitedRead More →

I’m not sure if Shirley Chisholm Day is 27 November (which it was in 2012, and I blogged in celebration in 2017) or if it’s 30 November, as ShirelyChisholmDay.com proclaims. Thankfully, one great option is simply to celebrate Shirley Chisholm’s great work all week! Thus, everyday this week I will be sharing on “Happy Shirley Chisholm Day!” Thanks to Barry University for sharing their archives, including letters mentioning Shirley Chisholm, in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC): http://dloc.com/results/?t=%22shirley%20chisholm%22  Read More →

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF) seeks to hire a Director with a broad vision, excellent communication and administrative skills, and a proven record combining scholarship with program leadership and development.  The Center for Latin American Studies The University of Florida has offered Latin American area and language courses since the 1890s. The Institute for Inter-American Affairs was formed in the 1930s and renamed the Center for Latin American Studies in 1963. It was among the first institutions in the country to be designated a National Resource Center by theRead More →

Apply for the Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute  Applications are due by February 1, 2019 Thanks to generous funding from the NEH, the Institute is pleased to be able to cover travel costs and offer a small stipend for participants. Participation includes 5 phases, with required attendance at the in-person session (May 20-24, 2019) and for virtual sessions (July-December 2019), along with creation of teaching materials (January-August 2020). Please see For Participants for more information on the Institute phases and funding. Call for Applications: “Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute,” a 2019-2020 NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the DigitalRead More →

See the full posting here: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Scholarly Repository Librarian RANK: Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian REPORTS TO: Chair, Digital Partnerships & Strategies SALARY: Minimum salary $49,900 at the Assistant University Librarian rank Minimum salary $57,700 at the Associate University Librarian rank Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials REQUISITION #: 40204 DEADLINE DATE: December 11, 2018 – review of applications will begin on November 12, 2018 JOB SUMMARY The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries seeks an innovative and user-focused professional to serve in a position of Scholarly Repository Librarian, a 12-month tenure track Library Faculty positionRead More →

Call for Papers: Digital Diasporas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6-7 June 2019 Venue: School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London Conference website: https://crosslanguagedynamics.blogs.sas.ac.uk/digital-diasporas/ Since Appadurai wrote on the intertwined phenomena of electronic media and migration as disruptive and defining features of modern subjectivity (1996), the relationship between digital technologies and diasporic communities has emerged as a critical area of study across a number of disciplines. However, such research risks remaining isolated within disciplinary silos, often despite the similar processes, practices and materials studied. This conference aims to inspire greater dialogue across disciplinary boundaries in order to develop a richer understanding of the role of the digital in creatingRead More →

Thanks to my fantastic colleague, the amazing Hélène Huet for sharing this news! 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.Read More →

In 2004, the Provost established the UF Creative Campus Initiative to encourage “highly innovative approaches to teaching or multi-disciplinary inquiry.” One of the projects awarded funding in 2018-19 promotes virtual exchange (VE) and is entitled “Collaborating Across Undersea Cables: Creating a Collaborative International Teaching Network (CITN).” The CITN is led by Dr. Mary Risner (Center for Latin American Studies), with the collaboration of Paloma Rodriguez (UF International Center), Dr. Laurie Taylor (UF Libraries), and Dr. Crystal Marull (Spanish & Portuguese Studies). The CITN seeks to guide and support UF faculty so they are able to engage creatively with collaborative international teaching opportunities. The CITN aimsRead More →

I’m now Chair of Digital Partnerships & Strategies, a new department. The Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department provides leadership for digital partnerships between the Smathers Libraries and partners across the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally. DP&S provides program development and manages program operations for Scholarly Communications, the LibraryPress@UF, and the Institutional Repository (IR@UF), ensuring alignment with the Smathers Libraries’ Strategic Directions and support for the Libraries’ collaborative partnerships, initiatives, and programs. This includes projects associated with the UF Digital Collections (UFDC), Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), the IR@UF and other digital collections and scholarship efforts hosted at UF, including support for digital scholarly publishing.Read More →