Below is a handout (or digital file) for our departmental strategic planning session for this year year. Digital Partnerships & Strategies, Readings for Strategic Planning Meetings in 2020 From 2019 readings: Grounded Theory Grounded Theory: research method where the theory and findings are developed from the data; does not start with a hypothesis that is then tested by experiment/data.  Benefits include: “Ecological validity: Ecological validity is the extent to which research findings accurately represent real-world settings. Grounded theories are usually ecologically valid because they are similar to the data from which they were established. Although the constructs in a grounded theory are appropriately abstract (sinceRead More →

My brief notes are below on Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. If anyone hasn’t read this book, please, please read it. I’m 42, and From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is the best I’ve read for explaining and understanding where we all are in the world, the lies of neoliberalism, the problems of the past, the promise and potential for the future, and the need to imagine in order to be able to build a better world together. Normally, I blog notes on sections that I’m likely to quote; however, when the whole book is this relevant, this is complicated for notetaking. This postRead More →

The LibraryPress@UF continues to grow and thrive! We’re working on updating our website with more information. Most recently, we have two new blog posts! One of them is our poster for the 2020 Library Publishing Forum, which moved virtual and so the poster is the image and the blog post about our work. See the blog post on the LibraryPress@UF site, and on the Library Publishing Coalition site.Read More →

The Libraries at UF are in the process of our first full web migration, which is super complicated because the website has been up since the 1990s (and some of the pages are still of that vintage). Circa 2012, the Libraries started on a process to move to the first content management system (CMS!), and selected DotNetNuke based on the Microsoft orientation of other resources. Now, in 2020, our web presence includes many sites: Main website: flat HTML + DotNetNuke LibGuides (and other SpringShare tools like LibCal for events, and so on) UF Digital Collections ArchivesSpace ReclaimHosting, for the Libraries’ blogs and collaborative digital scholarshipRead More →

Congratulations and thanks to all for their service on the Library Publishing Coalition! The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is a primary professional community for many of us, including the whole LibraryPress@UF team, and service with LPC is core work, research, and service as we all collectively build our field and work together. I’m excited to note that three folks at UF have new service roles: Directory Committee, Perry Collins Professional Development Committee, Chelsea Johnston Best Practices in Library Publishing Award Committee, Suzanne Stapleton Congrats and thanks to everyone serving in new roles! Always, super excited for the amazing LPC team and community, and super excitedRead More →

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Digital Library Application Programmer Application Programmer 2 University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries  As a member of the Library Technology Services Department, Digital Development Unit, the Digital Library Application Programmer performs duties related to the creation and support of software applications for the Libraries’ Digital Support Services Department and develops applications and services with an emphasis on the digital library system. Under general direction of the unit head, the position works to design, develop, test, and deploy digital library applications including software to assist in internal digital workflow and operations. The Digital Library Application Programmer gathers requirements, develops applications, and providesRead More →

Thanks to Val Minson for sharing Creating the Trans-inclusive Library: A Practice Guide, with that already leading to beautiful conversations on how we all compassionately support each other. David Van Kleeck, Chair of the Cataloging & Discovery Services Department, shared the information below: In case anyone is interested, I thought I’d mention the section entitled “Metadata: Name Authority Records” on page 15 of the document, and how catalogers in the Libraries approach the issue of gender in authority work. As the section states, “many libraries that create name authority records for local collections, such as institutional repositories or digital collections, rely on the Library ofRead More →

Sharing fantastic research by fantastic colleagues, and it is open access to read online! Reference: Vargas Betancourt, Margarita, Jessica L. English, Melissa Jerome, and Angelibel Soto. “Contesting Colonial Library Practices of Accessibility and Representation,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation. Edited by Mary Kandiuk. Sacramento CA: Library Juice Press, 2020. Online: Abstract: The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how Library and Information Science (LIS) specialists at the University of Florida (UF) navigate the challenges of the colonialist and hegemonic nature of archives and the aspiration of special collections to be sites of contestation. We describe the development of UF’sRead More →

Please see below for information on two upcoming presentations from the Society of American Archivists Latin American & Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Section (LACCHA) “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” webinar series. Advance registration is required at the links below (links are case sensitive). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to the Zoom webinar. June 3, 2-3pm –   Open Source Digital Educational Resources for Dominican Studies Presentation by Sarah Aponte and Jhensen Ortiz, City University of New York – Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute is the premier university-based institution in the United States dedicatedRead More →

See the full posting on the Libraries’ HR site. We are excited to be continuing to build the amazing Digital Development Team! From the position description: As a member of the Library Technology Services Department, Digital Development Unit, the Web Developer II (Digital Collections Front-End Web Programmer) position is being recruited to perform duties related to the creation and support of software applications for the Libraries’ Digital Support Services and Digital Partnerships & Strategies Departments, and to develop web applications and services with an emphasis on user experience. The Library Technology Services Department serves as the focal point for planning, managing and coordinating technology-based InformationRead More →