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.

Florida’s Greatest Hurricane Exhibit

Reading Time: 2 minutes The USF Libraries’ Florida’s Great Hurricane Exhibit shares the history of some of the most influential hurricanes to make landfall on Florida’s shores, as captured in the archives.

Introducing Digital Commons @ USF

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are happy to announce a new, consolidated, Institutional Repository at the USF Libraries!  The new repository, Digital Commons at the University of South Florida, highlights the research of USF faculty, students, and staff across our three campuses as well as features conferences, scholar profiles, digital collections, theses and dissertations, and open access textbooks and journals.

#Creekshed – USF Creek Shed Digital Collection

Reading Time: 2 minutes USF Libraries is collaborating with Dr. Thomas Hallock (USF St. Petersburg campus) and Dr. Amanda Hagood (Eckerd College) to archive a series of columns called City Wilds for the newspaper Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. The articles are intended to highlight various creek sheds around the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Hallock finds it important to make sure the conversation on this topic is sustained. In an effort to get the word out on these pieces, Dr. Hallock and Dr. Hagood created and put into use an easily taggable hashtag name, #creekshed.

The Oracle in the Archives: The Grim Reaper of Pizza

Reading Time: 6 minutes Guest post from Richard Schmidt, Collection Specialist for Special Collections– Tampa campus. Richard specializes in digitization of rare materials. The push for the USF Libraries to digitize the college’s student newspaper, The USF Oracle, began several years before I was hired as …Continue Reading

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

Annual Vote for Public Domain Digitization: Tell us what to digitize for our 2023 celebration of the public domain

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every year in January, a new group of material will have their copyrights expire and become part of the public domain, where creative work is free to use by anyone for any purpose. We have poured over the list of items in our collection that will have their copyright expire in 2023, finding the rarest titles we have that fit into our Digital Collections. We need your help to decide which 23 items we should digitize.

Citation Management Tools

Reading Time: < 1 minute Citation tools, which you might see referred to as “citation management tools”, help researchers by managing, organizing, and formatting references for research projects. The University of South Florida Libraries supports three of these tools, including Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero.