Colleagues, You can now register for the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) 2018 conference on the official conference website  which was recently launched. The conference will be held on June 3-7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The theme for this year’s conference is Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions. ACURIL’s President, our colleague Kumaree Ramtahal, has convened a Programme Committee with a mandate of  developing a conference program which highlights Caribbean and global case studies on managing open access issues. These issues will be addressed under four subthemesRead More →

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 OralRead More →

See the full program and registration information, with some information copied below. Registration and Program Register for the conference through the UF Conference Department. The full conference registration fee will include registration and breakfast, lunch, 2 breaks, and an evening reception. The evening reception includes refreshments with light hors d’oeuvres at Innovative Square (located 720 2nd st.) and  tour of Innovation Hub. We look forward to seeing you in March 2018! Plato Smith, University of Florida (Program Planning Chair) Valrie Minson, University of Florida (Conference Planning Co-Chair) Speakers Monday, March 19, 2018   Opening presentation: Toward cyberphysical laboratories: a long-term view on data curation from a natural hazards researcher Keynote speaker: Dr. Forrest MastersRead More →

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 →