The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) interface continues to be refined. Most recently, users can now sort by best match of by date (oldest or newest). And, now the default display is to have thumbnail images with title and date underneath (date is new). This can be seen and is especially useful with newspapers, as with: and Upcoming work includes improvements to the data workflow pipeline, and lots of data updates, as with all major transitions. We still have many things in process. For the first part of 2022, we are focusing on improvements to site functionality that users see, as wellRead More →

Call for papers – ACURIL 2022, Curaçao The information field in the Caribbean faces significant challenges and new trends that have made the libraries forge into new directions for the future. In order to expand reflection and debate on all changes encountered in the libraries, the Association of Caribbean Universities, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is organizing its fifty-first Conference under the theme: Change Management and Resilience; Proactive Actions in Libraries, Museums, and Archives of the Caribbean. In this context, we call for the presentation of papers, workshops, and posters and appeal to all professionals in the information field who wish to participate in the ACURIL 2022 Conference, toRead More →

The Bardin Booger is everywhere! The Bardin Booger is Florida’s Bigfoot (or Sasquatch), and it lives in Bardin, which is near Gainesville, where the University of Florida is located. The Bardin Booger is also one of the test terms we’ve been using to ensure our indexing is working properly. As shown in the image, the Bardin Booger is findable in the index, and is afoot in the system!   Being able to make jokes (even silly ones of photoshopped in Bardin Boogers onto screenshots) is another milestone in a successful launch! Huge thanks for UF Library Technology Services’ Digital Development Team: Cliff, Doug, Julio, Dustin,Read More →

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 →