Crowd Sourced Archival Collections in Libraries

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Library of Congress has addressed the challenge of keyword searching manuscript texts by opening its archives to citizen historians and asking for help to make their online collections more accessible by transcribing materials and providing transcription reviews through their program, called By the People!

Botanical Resources from USF

Reading Time: 2 minutes Extreme environmental and climate changes have caught the attention of politics and the news, pushing environmental sciences into the spotlight.  Like the USF Libraries Florida Environment and Natural History collections, the Atlas of Florida Plants from the Institute of Systematic Botany and USF Species Catalog have been documenting environmental studies for decades.  Both resources collect information on plant species and provide a background against which to observe changes in the botanical world.

National Bicycle Month 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes May is National Bike Month! In 1956, the League of American Bicyclists established national bicycle month to promote cycling in communities around the United States. Bike to Work Week is going to be May 16 – 22, 2022, with Bike to Work …Continue Reading

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Archives

Reading Time: 2 minutes Oktoberfest is just around the corner!  What started as a horse race celebrating the marriage of King Louis I, the king of Bavaria, in 1810 grew into a food and beer celebration in 1818.  It is now a world-famous two-week celebration of German beer in Munich, Germany.  Many cities in …Continue Reading

Digital Environmental Interfaces at Florida Universities

Reading Time: 4 minutes Post written by Lesley Brooks, Carla Fotherby, and LeEtta Schmidt USF Libraries Digital Collections seek to curate unique and impactful collections that provide researchers and scholars with access to new and historical information on environmental studies and natural history.  The Florida Environmental …Continue Reading

Online Learning Resources for Students

Reading Time: 2 minutes Post written by LeEtta Schmidt, Carla Fotherby, Barbara Lewis, Jane Duncan, and Lesley Brooks Supplementing the instruction received in the class with online resources is not new, and it has become even more important now that most, or all, of a student’s …Continue Reading

Digitization in Museums and Libraries: Confusing the Public and the Public Domain

Reading Time: 4 minutes How could a museum claim copyright over the scan of a tapestry from the 1500s? The question can often encounter a lot of debate, and many museums have added to the confusion by claiming rights when they may not have grounds to do so.

DLF in Tampa

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Digital Library Federation ( is a library member group that works together to advance research and the development of digital library technologies.  Every year DLF has a forum, open to members and non-members alike, where digital library practitioners can gather, share …Continue Reading

IP Issues in Digital Collections & Archives

Reading Time: 3 minutes Digital collections have the exciting ability to shed light upon and provide accessibility to materials that had previously been hidden within locked rooms in the library building.  By digitizing and sharing material online, libraries can facilitate advancements in research that were hindered …Continue Reading

Catalog of Copyright Entries Project

Reading Time: < 1 minute Before 1976, copyright protection was a lot different than it is today.  Material published with a © notice and registered with the U.S. Copyright Office between 1923 and 1963 were only granted 28 years of copyright protection with an optional 28 year …Continue Reading

The Women Writers Project

Reading Time: 2 minutes “I know I have the bodie, but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and Stomach of a King, and of a King of England, too.” Elizabeth I, The Tilbury speech, 1588 I discovered this delightful quote in …Continue Reading

Columbus Day and/or Indigenous Peoples Day?

Reading Time: < 1 minute On October 8th, the Global Citizens Project Student Association screened the film Columbus Day Legacy at the Marshall Center. The film explores the tensions between the Native Americans and Italian Americans in Denver, Colorado, concerning the celebration of Columbus Day. This controversy …Continue Reading

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Reading Time: 2 minutes A few decades ago, a chance discovery by a wandering Bedouin brought the Dead Sea Scrolls out of the caves near Khirbet Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea and eventually to the Shrine of the Book at the Israel …Continue Reading

Hidden Florence

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ah, Firenze!  Located in the Tuscan region of Italy, this ancient city was a center of trade, finance, and culture in medieval times.  Home to the Medici family, whose power and control over the region began in the mid-15th century, Florence is …Continue Reading

What Jane Saw

Reading Time: 2 minutes As more collections are digitized or born-digital and as new tools are developed for collecting, processing, analyzing, and disseminating scholars’ work, we have a multitude of opportunities to experience scholarship in new ways.  Each month, “Across the Academy” will, in the hopes …Continue Reading