Monday, November 15, 3:30 pm Smathers Library, University of Florida, Room 100 AND live-streaming RSVP for in-person and live streaming event: Live-streaming link: Free and open to the public. This event celebrates the publication of Inspired by Cuba, Delivering Cuba Through the Mail: Cuba’s Presence in Non-Cuban Postage Stamps and Envelopes by the LibraryPress@UF. The book is a lushly illustrated volume by renowned author Emilio Cueto telling the story of Cuba as depicted in over 1,000 stamps from countries other than Cuba. On May 1, 1840, the United Kingdom issued the first postage stamps in the world: the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue.Read More →

We still have some pending corrections (handling for private items to not display, and restricted items to display a message on restriction, the collections pages on dLOC and UFDC, etc.). Work is going and those will be fixed soon. With that said: I am super thrilled to share that the alpha versions of the new UF Digital Collections, Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), and first-ever Florida Digital Newspaper Library stand-alone sites are all now live in alpha! Check them out: dLOC: Florida Newspaper Digital Library: UFDC: We’re continuing to work through bugs, and always great to send me anything you see!Read More →

Posting the happy news in full from the email from the University Press of Florida! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2021 University Press of Florida Receives NEH Grant to Publish Diverse Stories of America Gainesville, Fla.—The University Press of Florida has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand the Press’s publications in African American Studies (AAS) and Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS). The grant will support the Press’s project “Exploring Diverse Stories of America through Humanities Publishing,” enabling the Press to increase its capacity for publishing new titles in these two subject areas through the retention of staff and the rehiring of positions lost during the pandemic. Through the project, the Press will also convert backlist titles in these disciplines into digital and paperback formats; create an event series toRead More →

John D. MacDonald was a prolific writer, authoring 78 books that have sold more than 70 million copies. Many of his novels published in the 1950’s were set in Florida, as were several of his 450 short stories and the well-known Travis McGee series. Dear Dordo: The World War II Letters of Dorothy and John D. MacDonald presents a collection of 175 letters that were exchanged between John and his wife Dorothy (known as “Dordo”) between May 1943 and June 1945. These letters provide a fascinating and honest account of life during World War II from a husband in the U.S. Army and a wife on theRead More →

LibraryPress@UF announces publication of The Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS), a free, full-length textbook for undergraduate students. Bridging STEM and the humanities, this book explores the complex interplay between human cultures and everyday materials like clay, glass, concrete, steel, and plastic. The project was led by University of Florida (UF) Rhines Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Dr. Kevin Jones and College of the Arts Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives Dr. Sophia Acord. In partnership with the Materials Research Society, Acord and Jones designed the IMOS course aligned with the text, which today enrolls about 175 undergraduate students each year at UFRead More → English: The Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP) is a UCLA Library granting program that funds projects that document, digitize and make accessible endangered archival materials from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including print, photographic, film, audio, ephemeral, and born digital objects. MEAP funds both Planning and Project Grants to support project teams looking to assess, digitize, and document at-risk collections from around the world.  Please address any questions to The Call for Applications: Español: El Programa de Archivos en Peligro Moderno (MEAP) es un programa de subvenciones de la Biblioteca de UCLA que financia proyectos que documentan, digitalizan y hacen accesibles materiales de archivo en peligro de extinciónRead More →

The new dLOC patron interface will be released November 29. Please join us on September 2 from 11am-12pm (Miami time) for a preview; register: For ease, preview videos are now up in English ( and French (, with Spanish forthcoming. To support the migration, there is now a separate administrative site (in development) with a list of all partners (the patron site has partners who have content): See the most recent items: and for this month, newly loaded items include: July dLOC Newsletter, French also now out: University of The Bahamas: Various materials: Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator More newRead More →

I’m working on the slides for the partner preview of the new dLOC site, to launch November 29. In preparing these, there are so many changes! First, dLOC is now several websites: Patron site, – this is the one that will be new Program Documentation, – in process for documentation updates Technical Documentation, All of these used to be on the patron website, which was cumbersome and less usable after dLOC grew to so much content and so many partners. Also, some production tools and user tools are integrated into the current website. Those will change, to have a patron/user system andRead More →