Generative AI resources at the Libraries

Reading Time: < 1 minute The USF Libraries have been following recent developments in publicly available generative AI tools.  Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) system that generates text, images, and other media in response to user prompts. Interfaces like ChatGTP have brought advances …Continue Reading

Arsenic in the Archives

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Poison Book Project at Winterthur Library is an “ongoing investigation to explore the materiality of Victorian-era publishers’ bindings, with a focus on the identification of potentially toxic pigments used as book cloth colorants.”  By using the Arsenical Books Database created by the project, USF Libraries Tampa Special Collections have identified a few books in our own archives that are likely colored with arsenic. 

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!

Green OA and self-archiving: Using your Author’s Approved Manuscript (AAM) to increase the impact of your research

Reading Time: 2 minutes Authors, who take extra steps after publication by sharing and advertising their work, can help to increase the impact of their publications.  One method of increasing a journal article’s audience is to make use of the publisher’s author rights or author posting policies by contributing an Author’s Approved Manuscript (AAM) to an institutional repository.

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

Fair Use Week 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fair Use/Fair Dealing week is an international celebration of exceptions in copyright laws that allow for certain uses of copyrighted material in order to encourage new art and creativity.  Fair use week runs from February 21–25, 2022 and was originally supported by the Association of Research Libraries.

Digitization and Strange Stipulations in Donation Agreements

Reading Time: 3 minutes A donation agreement can smooth the way for future digitization of a collection or hinder future uses of collection material. With all of the variables possible in donation agreements, it shouldn’t be surprising that some donor stipulations on older collections can take an archive or special collections by surprise.

Linked-In Learning

Reading Time: < 1 minute Have a new class or assignment that requires a software you have never used before?  Do you want to improve your skills in research, communication, and design?  Linked-in Learning is an excellent place to augment the skills you have begun to develop in your courses or career.

Open Access Week 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes This year Open Access Week is from Oct. 25-31, 2021.  The theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, organizes Open Access Week each year.  It started as Open Access Day in 2007 and has …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 Interface has been created to enhance access to environmental resources including digital collections that we have described in a recent four part series, “USF Digital Collections for Environmental and Natural Sciences Research”… (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 educational experience has been pushed online as institutions try to mitigate the deleterious effects of COVID-19 on the lives of students.  Libraries and institutions of learning around the world have risen to the challenge of updating and improving their catalogue of online learning resources. The Digital Dialogs team has cobbled together a list of helpful tools and resources… (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.

3D scans and copyright

Reading Time: 2 minutes Copyright law originated with the printed word and many feel that it most easily and accurately applies when dealing with written works.  The digital world has opened new avenues to creators, however, and the concept of copying is expanding from just paper …Continue Reading

Digital Citizenship

Reading Time: 2 minutes What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Fundamentally, being a good digital citizen reminds us that our digital footprint, or the sum total of information we post and share on the internet, can follow us throughout our lifetime. Photos …Continue Reading

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

Free to use media for your projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes Imagine you are putting together the slides for a presentation.  Knowing that it is much better to use the slides as dynamic visual aids and not load them with text, you are looking for a picture to help get your point across.  …Continue Reading

Digital Collections Rights Statements

Reading Time: 2 minutes Our online world has made finding information and media easier than ever, but knowing what can be done with that material, legally, isn’t always clear.  U.S. Copyright law and international trade agreements mean that most of the material you may find online …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

Celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Fair Use week, from February 25 to March 1 in 2019, is a community celebration of fair use coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries.  Each day teachers, students, researchers and consumers benefit from copyrighted information because of the fair use exception …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

Openly Accessible v. Open Access v. Free to Use

Reading Time: < 1 minute Many of the materials released to or shared on the internet today are openly accessible due to the very nature of the internet itself.  This does not mean that they are free from copyright protection or released with any open use provisions.  …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

Introduction to Copyright Tutorial Video

Reading Time: < 1 minute Are you starting on a research project where you know you are going to include some material created by someone else?  Or including copyright content in your thesis or dissertation? The library has a new tutorial video that gives an introduction to …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