The new issue of SOURCE magazine is online! While the LibraryPress@UF is digital-first, it is not digital-only, and we have print copies of SOURCE that just arrived! Check out the digital online, and see some photos of the print copies.  Read More →

Working with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) means that I have a very high level of joy for my work thanks to great colleagues, partners, and friends, and our collective work to preserve and provide access to materials, as part of our work to grow community and capacity. Sharing a bit of joy here with some of the recently loaded materials from dLOC partners: Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haitienne, Caribeenne et Afro-Canadienne Sharing publicity materials from events: https://dloc.com/l/icidihca/all Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Sharing artwork and related materials: https://dloc.com/l/idvcai/all ISPAN/Haitian Institute for the Protection of National Heritage Sharing photographs of patrimony:Read More →

The 50th ACURIL annual Conference, which will be held online on November 18 and 19, 2020, is fast approaching. The Conference theme is Design Thinking in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Revolutionizing the Way we do Business. The Academic/Special Libraries and Information Technologies Special Interest Group (SIG) has started to plan sessions on this theme and this is a call for your participation. This year, there will be one SIG virtual session based upon the conference theme as this relates to Academic Libraries, Special Libraries and Information Technology.  This session will be held on November 18, 2020 from 9:00 am -12:00 pm, using web conferencing technology.Read More →

See the ACURIL 2020 Preliminary Programme! And, copied below for ease:   ACURIL 2020 PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME 18-19 NOVEMBER 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE INVITATION TO ALL ACURILEANS AND FRIENDS ACURIL 2020 ONLINE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 18-19, 2020 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Acurilians, friends and supporters, this year’s conference will be unlike any other in the history of our association. With your continued prayers and support, we blasé a new trail even as we celebrate our glorious past, in a virtual environment. I am sure you will agree that the 2019-2020 year has been one marked with many challenges and disappointments. However, out of these we find renewed strength,Read More →

In my work (academia, libraries), I think most folks most often use “stakeholder” as a general term in collaborations and partnerships, following the definition for “one who is involved in or affected by a course of action” (Merriam‐Webster). In our academic library community, some folks use “customer” to describe our internal interactions, which is a problem because that implies only a transactional, financial exchange: “one that purchases a commodity or service” (Merriam‐Webster). Folks need to be engaged in meaningful work in meaningful ways, and that includes through relationships with colleagues, partners, collaborators, stakeholders, and other related community members, which includes various publics. We need ourRead More →

Quotes that inform on starting the process in terms of the challenge and the work required to enable successful communication, from BDD in Action: Behavior-Driven Development for the Whole Software Lifecycle, by John Ferguson Smart (Shelter Island, NY: Manning, 2015): Page 10: “Users and stakeholders will usually know what high-level goals they want to achieve and can be coaxed into revealing these goals if you take the time to ask. They’ll be able to tell you that they need an online ticketing system or a payroll solution that caters to 85,000 different employees. And you can get a feel for the scope of the applicationRead More →

In June, I wrote about little bits of joy, with our web migration. Today, we reached a major milestone in this once in an institutional lifetime migration: our new homepage is live! As I noted before, this is a huge deal because of the technical issues: The Libraries at UF have been super webby since the 1990s, and we have never had a full content management system or a completed migration. We have pages that are very, very old, and the information architecture just wasn’t there. I was hoping for a first-pass for a minimum viable product of: Clean-up/removal of hundreds of old pages that weren’tRead More →

I love talking to colleagues about how we share information to support each other and our communities more broadly! In a meeting today, discussing collective work in regards to sharing grant proposals, and Perry Collin’s awesome writing on this is again part of the conversation! It’s wonderful when people share grant proposals, and wonderful when we can together work to enable more to share more proposals, to support individuals and the larger community!Read More →

The Nassau Guardian issues from 1849-1922 are now online in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)! This is thanks to funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials grant program. This is just a brief note, with a formal announcement to come, which will include the updated list of titles to be digitized thanks to this grant! See and search all of these new issues, along with so many other historical and current newspapers in the Digital Library of the Caribbean’s newspaper collection!    Read More →

OER Learning Community Affordable Access for Student Success: An OER Learning Community Open educational resources (OERs) have flourished as institutions and educators respond to soaring textbook costs and the potential for teaching with customized, free online resources. To promote the adoption of OERs at the University of Florida, Affordable UF is now accepting applications for a learning community to be held in Spring/Fall 2021. The application deadline is September 25th, 2020. APPLY TO THE PROGRAM About the program This year-long program will develop a small cohort of instructors committed to the development of free, open course materials through intensive training and mentorship. Over the course of theRead More →