The USF Libraries hosts millions of information resources, and the department who manages these resources is Collections & Discovery (C&D). Not only do they acquire, organize, and maintain our collections, but ensure that they’re balanced, secure, discoverable, and accessible – allowing our students and faculty to explore materials from around the world. As C&D’s new metadata analyst, Ling He processes data for e-books at the Libraries. Meet Ling!
The USF Libraries’ Oral History Program (OHP) is a free online repository of original interviews that explore Florida’s political, economic, social, and cultural issues. These rich resources offer unparalleled opportunities for researchers to explore, and as the program’s new collections specialist, Matt Barganier will be preparing, transcribing, and annotating these oral history recordings — making them more accessible and readily available to the public. Meet Matt!
In the USF Tampa Library, we have a team of hardworking human resources staff that are integral to our Libraries’ success. The newest edition to the HR team, Joyce Sams, offers a helpful and friendly face as the new staff assistant. Joyce shares, “Learning and using the skills for position competency has been a process that’s allowed me to enjoy new ways to accomplish things and assist our employees.” She’s also been working heavily on recruiting for the current open positions at the Tampa Library. Meet Joyce!
As our new project archaeologist in Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections, Jaime Rogers is helping his team collect 3D terrestrial and GPS data for many projects – but his main role is directing ongoing excavations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). “CCAFS is a very exciting place to work as an archaeologist. The island has been occupied for thousands of years, and affords the opportunity to learn about unique aspects of human culture – from pre-Columbian shell mounds to historic fishing villages to launch complexes,” he shares. Meet Jaime!
NPR’s Science Friday is highlighting imperiled space heritage and the research being done to save these significant sites. Following a successful live show in Tampa last November, Science Friday came back to Florida to visit with Dr. Lori Collins, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Digital Heritage & Humanities Collections (DHHC) at the University of South Florida Libraries, to discuss her team’s work on digitally preserving NASA’s Launch Complex 34.
We are excited to introduce our new Library Specialist, who is part of the Library Services Desk team. Austin will be in charge of Course Reserves, securing course-related materials for students that are selected by faculty. Austin started with us as a student assistant in 2015, and became staff in January 2019. He’s excited to work with student assistants that he can see growing professionally and academically, and like himself, we’re honored to be a part of that same journey. Meet Austin!
We are excited to introduce our new GIS Analyst, who is part of our DHHC team. Denise compiles data to help create our unique digital collections, and is currently creating a 360-photo tour of the Moseley Homestead in Brandon, Florida, a historic 1886 home. Denise is excited to “be somewhere innovative with cutting edge software, equipment, and minds open to new ideas,” and we’re excited to have her. Meet Denise!
The role of University Librarian is the pinnacle of a librarian’s career, an ascension to the highest level of faculty on a university campus. Tomaro Taylor’s accomplishments, efforts, and body of work have contributed substantially to the betterment of the USF Libraries and to the profession, and being named University Librarian is well deserved.