Tell Them We Are Rising is a documentary on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that was just released and is on PBS streaming now! Tell Them We Are Rising asks in the opening: What is education’s purpose, who controls it, and what is the relation of education to our people? See more information on the documentary from the Mellon Foundation, which provided funding, from PBS, and watch it streaming on PBS! Of the many amazing folks and work by HBCUs (and there’s so much!), my first thought goes to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, because Library Director Judith Rogers of the University of the VirginRead More →

*Traducción en español sigue* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News Release Contact: Jessica English Cuban Heritage Coordinator George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida, USA 1-352-273-2655 Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí (BNCJM) Records in OCLC via University of Florida The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have been collaborating with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí (BNCJM) on a variety of projects. One of these is to facilitate the upload of BNCJM records into WorldCat to allow scholars and others worldwide to know about the BNCJM holdings, although BNCJM is currently a non-lender. As a courtesy, UF has facilitated loadingRead More →

Gainesville has a new, exciting program for Living Wage Certification! Living Wage Certification for Alachua County has a website with full information: The key points are that the certification is available for all businesses that currently pay at least $15.44 an hour (or at least $13.55 an hour now, and can commit to raising that to at least $15.44/hour in the next five years). This number is based on several living wage calculators. Also, this number is inclusive of tips and based on the average within a pay period, to support fluctuations with tip-based pay and similar. The Living Wage Certification Program is designed toRead More →

sx archipelagos is now accepting submissions for our upcoming special section “Slavery in the Machine,” guest edited by Jessica Marie Johnson. This special section aims to highlight scholarship situated at the intersection of technology and hemispheric American slavery. Topics may include but are not limited to: black code studies through a hemispheric lens plantation societies and the socio-technics of enslavement digital archives of slavery representations of slavery on the open web or social media cultural analytics and slavery Deadline for abstracts 16 April Article submission deadline 16 July ​ sx archipelagos is a born-digital articulation of the Small Axe Project. It is a peer-reviewed publication platform devoted to creative exploration, debate,Read More →

Confession: I have not yet finished the book, but expect a post soon enough with my notes from the book. And, friends know what this year’s gift will be! Dr. Paul Ortiz is an amazing scholar, teacher, activist, community member, neighbor, and more! His new book is out: An African American and Latinx History of the United States. The website is also out: As with all new websites, it’s taking a bit to be as indexed as we all need it to be to share on great work, and the different book signings (lots of opportunities to see him: Also, Dr. Paul Ortiz now hasRead More →

For Gainesville, the 2018 THATCamp will be THATCamp-News to be held the morning of 4/17, as attached to the IFLA News conference which is 4/18-19.  We welcome folks to the THATCamp-News planning process, and to introduce new folks to THATCamps. Please join us as a member of the planning team for the first planning meeting on Monday, February 12 at 11am in UF’s Walker Hall, room 200. Also, please register for THATCamp-News! THATCamp-News will be 9:30am-12pm on 17 April (Tuesday), the morning before the IFLA International News Media Conference. THATCamp-News is a separate event. We hope that folks participating in THATCamp-News will also engage with the IFLA News conference. PleaseRead More →

Library Travel Research Grants for Spring and Summer 2018 Application Deadline: February 23, 2018 The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring Library Travel Research Grants for Spring and Summer 2018. The purpose of the grants is to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the UF Latin American and Caribbean Collection, thereby enhancing its value as a national resource. The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Seven or more travel grants of up to $1,000 each will be made to cover travelRead More →

See the full news: Reading Across Cultures Spring 2018 Diverse Social Justice Books for the High School Classroom Webinar Series REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES HERE. Once a month, the World Area Book Awards will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring webinar series focuses on social justice. We encourage you to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.  The books are appropriate for students in grades 8-12.Read More →

CALL FOR PAPERS: “THE UNEXPECTED CARIBBEAN” SYMPOSIUM University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), October 18-20, 2018 In 1779, the first permanent resident of what was to become Chicago, IL was arrested by the British army, who suspected him of being an American sympathizer in the U.S. Revolutionary War. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable later moved to St. Charles, MO, where he died in 1818. While his home at the mouth of the Chicago River is now established as a National Historic Landmark, few people realize that this key figure in Midwestern history was of African descent, and likely of Haitian origin, arriving to the Upper MidwestRead More →

Call for Proposals: International Studies/Digital Humanities Symposium at the University of North Florida On March 9, 2018, the University of North Florida will host a one–day symposium examining intersections between international studies and the digital humanities. This event is cosponsored by the UNF International Studies Program, the UNF Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI), and the UNF Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT). We will begin with a panel discussion (noon–1:15 PM, Building 58W/Room 3703) addressing the implications of digital tools and methodologies for how we understand problems in the world today, interact across cultural boundaries, and deal with matters of cultural heritage in a globalizedRead More →