Category: Digital Collections

Mellon/NEH Funded Project to Create Digital Open Access Books

The  first 100 open access books were launched this week on the Project MUSE platform as a result of funding provided by the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The project to disseminate scholarship,  particularly in the humanities, has … Continue Reading

Library of Congress Launches Website on the Constitution

The U.S. Constitution is very much a part of the current political dialogue right now and the new Library of Congress website, Constitution Annotated, provides an authoritative source for how the Supreme Court has interpreted this governing document for our nation. With … Continue Reading

Kanopy: Not Just Like Netflix, and Not Free

In February of 2019, the USF Libraries scaled back their support of Kanopy streaming video service due to insufficient funds. The service had been purchased through technology fees that had expired in 2019. The blog post about it is here. In a recent … Continue Reading

Celebrating the Public Domain: 19 in 2019

In June of 2018 the library posted a list of items just coming into the public domain that can be digitized by the USF Tampa Library. We asked our community to vote for what they most would like to see digitized. The list of newly digitized items from the project is available through this post in Digital Directions. We would like to continue this on an annual basis. Here is a list of possible titles for our 2020 digitization and we would like your help narrowing it down. Vote for your favorites here:


Featuring Psychiatry Online

Psychiatry Online offers comprehensive online access to psychiatric textbooks, journals and professional development tools. This all-in-one virtual library provides full text access to such tools as the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), and a collection of books, journals, APA Guidelines published by the American Psychological Association.

Changes in the USF Libraries’ eBook Program

On November 1st the library sent out a message to the university about unpurchased titles being removed from our catalog. Many titles in the catalog are books that are leased titles, but not yet purchased from the vendors. When our patrons click on those items and use them more than 2 or 3 times, we purchase them and they become a permanent part of the collection. This is a new trend called “patron driven acquisitions” and has pretty much replaced traditional methods of adding to the collection. This has allowed libraries to move from a “just in case” method of purchase to a “just in time” model. With the expiration of Tech Fee money, the materials in the catalog that have not been purchased or used by patrons are going to be removed, so some things that have been in the catalog will no longer be there. However, items that have been used by patrons or for classes will be purchased before the expiration date. The librarians in Collections & Discovery are doing that analysis and selection now. We are hopeful that new Tech Fee money will be awarded so that we can continue to enhance our monograph selection. That being said, items that are e-books needed for courses and part of the textbook affordability program will continue to get high priority and will be purchased, along with requests from faculty and students that support research. If there are books that you need that you are worried could disappear, please send us a list of titles, and we will ensure that they are or have been purchased so that you do not lose access. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Pascual at

Gun Violence Archive

The mission of the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is to offer free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the U.S. This non-profit corporation formed in 2013 collects and checks for accuracy information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then posts and disseminates it.

Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online

The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.  The  collection consists of about 8,000 items dating from the 1770’s and 1780’s, including items … Continue Reading

Amistad Research Center Digital Projects

The Amistad Research Center from Tulane University includes a dozen or so digital projects that focus on America’s ethnic and racial history, the African diaspora, human relations and civil rights. The digital collection includes over 3,000 digital objects: photographs from 1887-1952 of … Continue Reading