Digital Dialogs

Welcome to Digital Dialogs at the University of South Florida!

Welcome to Digital Dialogs!  This blog features topics in five sections designed to help you discover ways to incorporate digital items, many of which are primary resources, into your class projects.  We also cover tools that you could use to create multimedia projects of your topic, and provide examples of such exhibits that have been created here at the University of South Florida and elsewhere.  There are four topical sections, plus an extra section for items of general interest, with a new post each week.  The sections are:

  • Collections of Interest—information about a recently created digital collection at USF
  • Featured Project—existing projects that highlight digital materials as a cohesive online exhibit
  • Tools of the Trade—tools you can use to create your own online exhibits
  • Across the Academy—external projects that are particularly snazzy
  • In Other News—sort of a bonus section that includes information not covered in the other categories

If you have a topic you’d like to suggest for one of these areas, please let us know!  There is a Suggest an Idea feature on the right. We look forward to developing an online resource that will invite conversation, encourage collaboration, and inspire your next digital exhibit or research project.


Latest Dialogs

Celebrating Nurses: Documenting Care and Compassion in Oral History Collections

Post written by Lesley Brooks and Jane Duncan For two centuries, nurses have been the picture of care, empathy, and compassion in healthcare. They see patients through vulnerable moments, difficult decisions, hardships, and moments of joy. Day in and day out, nurses … Continue Reading

Celebrating Earth Day with a look at ELAPP

The Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) was established by Hillsborough County voters in the late 1980s.  Since its establishment, ELAPP has protected over 61,000 acres of rare habitat in Hillsborough County.  Digital Dialogs celebrates Earth Day with a closer look at this program.

Open Source Tools for Exhibit Building

As we all navigate through a world with more online meetings, learning, and events than ever before, finding a way to express our thoughts visually has presented new challenges and opportunities. There are a lot of exciting ways to incorporate exhibits and webpages into your classes or Digital Humanities projects, whether you’re using your own photos, items from Digital Collections, or research collected during your last visit to Special Collections. USF Libraries subscribes to two of the leading platforms for creating exhibit content, Omeka and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Below, we’ll introduce both of those platforms along with other open source and subscription-based platforms available to USF students.

What’s March have to do with war?

Welcome to the month of March. According to the Roman calendar, it was the first month of the year, so if your new year’s resolutions got off to a bad start in January, try again this month. As a matter of fact, … Continue Reading

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Snapshots of the Florida Citrus Industry

Since the mid-1800s, Florida groves have been peppered with oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes. While not native plants, their fruit have become irrevocably linked with the Florida landscape. From postcards and packaging to advertisements and film, the image of Florida is one … Continue Reading