Category: Special Collections

Celebrating the Public Domain in 2022

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Join the USF Libraries in our fourth year of celebrating the public domain through digitization! Since 2019, the USF Libraries’ Digital Collections have been selecting newly public domain material from the Libraries’ collections to digitize in celebration… Continue Reading

USF Curiosities: A faculty airplane?

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How do you normally get to campus? A car, a bicycle, a bus, or walk… What about an airplane? Well, that’s just what USF faculty members did in the early 1980s.. … Continue Reading

“Banned and Burned: Why Worry? It’s Just Kiddie Lit”

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Headlines reporting a movement to pass massive book bans have been making the news across the United States. The majority of the books on the proposed ban lists have LGBTQ+ themes or characters, and books centered on the topic of race and racism also make up a significant percentage of the lists. … Continue Reading

Emilio Hernandez, Graduating Student Spotlight

Fall 2021 Edition
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Emilio A. Hernandez is a Student Assistant in Special Collections at the USF Tampa Library. He is graduating this December with his Master’s in Library & Information Sciences! Emilio loves to hangout out with his buddies offline and online. He’s a huge …Continue Reading

Saving Florida’s Flamingoes

How the USF Libraries and Audubon Florida Helped Reclassify Flamingoes to Native Species
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The majestic flamingo, painted pink like a Caribbean sunset, was not always welcome in Florida. It was almost hunted to extinction in the early twentieth century. Until recently, the State of Florida assumed that flamingoes seen in the state were non-native escapees from captive populations and therefore not a native species. Thanks in part to the power of libraries, the future for flamingoes is changing … Continue Reading

Karam Collection at the Tampa Museum of Art 

On view starting November 11, 2021 
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The Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection is on view at the Tampa Museum of Art from November 11, 2021 to April 11, 2022. Fifty-six items from the 149-item collection are included in the exhibit and are on loan from the USF Libraries Tampa …Continue Reading

Meet Our 2021-2022 Student Scholars

Congratulations to our scholarship, research award, and essay prize recipients!
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The USF Libraries scholarship, research award, and essay prize program ensures USF students are given opportunities to learn, discover, and succeed. We feel honored to work with and support our students in their academic achievements, and in the 2021-2022 academic year we …Continue Reading

Tomaro Taylor Awarded Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award

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The USF Libraries is delighted to announce that Tomaro Taylor is one of three 2021 recipients of the USF Master of Library and Information Science Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to alumni who have outstanding professional …Continue Reading

Preserving Media: The Sam Gibbons Collection

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Tampa Special Collections is home to all types of exciting resources from historic documents to rare books, vintage photographs, and digital recordings. We recently had the opportunity to digitize seven reels of film and magnetic video from the Sam Gibbons collection, former Congressman and USF founder. … Continue Reading

USF Curiosities: Chariot races?

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When you think of student activities on our campuses, what comes to mind? Basketball games, charity drives, bake sales, jogging, walking with friends, maybe lunches on the lawn. But…what about chariot races? … Continue Reading