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Table of Contents
    Welcome from the Dean
        Page 1
    What's new
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Department of Special Area Studies Collections
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Special programs
        Page 6
    New employees
        Page 7
    BioActive game as an instructional tool
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George A. Smathers Libraries


Welcome from the dean

We welcome back new and returning
faculty and students for another
year of information seeking, discovery
and a quest for knowledge. The George A.
Smathers Libraries are geared up to make
your interactions with us as convenient and
agreeable as possible.
Two self-service checkout machines were
installed in Library West this summer and
one has been added to Marston Science
Library beginning this semester. The new
system allows patrons to check out books
and bound periodicals for themselves by
scanning their Gator 1 cards.

UF's online public catalog has introduced
two new options. Catalog users can text
information to their cell phones about
records that they find while searching.
There is also an option to get citations for
any given record. These options can be
accessed from the brief results screen after
performing an initial search.
Marston Science Library is open during
the construction on the plaza near the
entrance. Due to the construction, the
Map & Imagery Library has temporarily
relocated its collection and staff within
the library. The Map & Imagery Library
collection remains available and reference
assistance will continue during the
construction, which is predicted to last

through most of the fall semester. Reference
assistance for the Map & Imagery collection
is now obtained from the Documents
reference desk on the first floor.

Alice in i.; ',i, iit books from our
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's
Literature are on display at the Harn
Museum in conjunction with the exhibit
"Almost Alice: New Illustrations of
Wonderland by Maggie Taylor."

In addition, an exhibit of pop-up and
movable books from the Baldwin will be
on display beginning September 2 in the
Smathers Library exhibition gallery. Please
stop by and enjoy the exhibit. A reception
will be held October 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the
gallery. Prior to the reception, at 1:00 p.m.,
there will be a dedication ceremony for a
marker designating the Baldwin Library
as an historical campus site. The ceremony
will take place in the courtyard to the west
of Smathers Library.
Last fall Library West was open extended
hours prior to and during exam days and
last spring Marston Science Library also
added extended hours. The additional
days and times nearly met a need of the
students during a stressful time. Both
Library West and Marston will repeat
the extended hours in the fall and spring
semesters prior to and during exam days.

Over the summer we welcomed our new
Director of Development Alicia Antone,
who you will read about on page seven. She
joins Sr. Associate Dean for Advancement
and Development Samuel Huang to
advance the libraries' goals in the univer-
sity's Florida Tomorrow capital campaign.
Let us know how we can better serve you.
We are looking forward to a busy and chal-
lenging year improving library services for
UF's academic programs. Please contact me
with your comments at jrussell@ufl.edu.
Judith (C it, //
Dean of University Libraries

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Library West and
Marston Science Library
add SelfCheck service

Library West has added two SelfCheck
machines, and Marston Science Library
will have one beginning with the fall
semester. The SelfCheck service will
enable students, faculty and staff to check
out most regularly circulating library
materials by themselves, making for a
more efficient and streamlined service.
Library patrons scan their UF ID cards at
the SelfCheck machine, then follow simple
on-screen instructions to check out books.

UF Libraries' staff, along with the Florida
Center for Library Automation (FCLA),
have been working on the SelfCheck
technology, guidelines and procedures
since early 2008.Actual testing took
place in June, and Library West added the
first machine on June 30. The machines
will enable library patrons to check out
most books and older, bound periodical
volumes. Limited circulation and
specialized materials such as Reserves,
DVDs/videos and laptops will still be
checked out through the circulation desks.

The SelfCheck service has been
coordinated for all state university
libraries by FCLA, a consortium that
enables libraries to purchase equipment
and materials at discounted prices and
work together, under FCLA guidance,
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to initiate new online services such as
the libraries' online catalog, database
services and the SelfCheck option.
After the UF Libraries' pilot project this
summer, a number of other libraries in
the consortium will install SelfCheck
machines for their patrons.

The SelfCheck project at the UF Libraries
was generously funded by former Provost
Janie Fouke as a service to the entire
university community. It delivers self-
service that is easier, faster and more
versatile, and should result in fewer lines
at the circulation desks at UF's highest-
volume libraries.

Chair, Library West

New public computer
log-in procedure

All Smathers Libraries' public computers
have migrated to the University Active
Directory. This changes the log-in process
for public computers. University of Florida
students, staff, faculty and affiliates will
log into the public computers using their
existing Gatorlink ID and password.All
other public computer users will need a
Guest Gatorlink account. This account can
be created by supervisory staff at any li-
brary circulation desk. The 14-digit library
card numbers will no longer be valid for
accessing computers in the libraries.

Library catalog
enhancement update

UF's online public catalog has introduced
two new options this month.

Catalog users can now text information to
their cell phones about records that they
find while searching. There is also an
option to get citations for any given record.
This service is provided through the
Online Computer Library Center's citation
linker and is available in several citation
styles. These options can be accessed from
the brief results screen after performing
an initial search. The new icons appear
alongside options to add to folder, print
or email.

Jasoni, :l g
Technical Support Unit Head

Marston Science Library's
new Web portal

The new Marston Science Library
(MSL) site (www.uflib.ufl.edu/msl)
has been created in order to better
serve science scholars by filtering
and highlighting science-related
materials such as subject guides,
subject specialists, databases, journals
and other science resources. All users
visiting the new site will find a more
user-friendly experience, with easier
access to general library resources,
services and help.




GatorScholar provides information

on UF faculty and research

GatorScholar is an open, searchable,
integrative resource where
information on UF's faculties,
technologies, research initiatives,
publishing output and facilities will be
able to be explored. Built using Cornell's
VIVO system, the current pilot version of
GatorScholar contains only information
from the College of Engineering, the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and
the Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences. Valrie Davis, outreach librarian
for agricultural sciences, and one of the
coordinators of the project said, "The
mission of GatorScholar is to increase
the visibility of research, publications,
seminars and events on campus."

To that end, the libraries hope that
GatorScholar can become a central
location at UF for faculty and
departmental information, course
information, research interests,
publications, grants, links to university
web pages and full-text articles.

The project was originally funded through
one of the libraries' own mini-grants,
and the effectiveness of the VIVO system
as a solution to the question of the
centralization and management of a broad

range of information was tested.
In order to continue forward with the
project and incorporate data from the
entire University of Florida science
community, additional funds will need to
be secured. These additional funds would
be used to purchase a dedicated server
for the project and hire a programmer to
oversee the loading of the VIVO system on
this server. The programmer will develop
and implement the data harvesting
software that will populate GatorScholar.

When fully functional, GatorScholar
should be an indispensable resource to
the UF community and facilitate a broad
range of tasks. To explore the current
version of GatorScholar, please visit http://
jsp?home=1 &primary=4.

For more information on the project,
please contact either Valrie Davis at
vdavis@ufl.edu or (352) 273-2880 or Sara
Russell Gonzalez at sargonz@uflib.ufl.edu
or (352) 273-2867.

Joe Baca
Marston Science Library

Reduced purchase power
in library materials budget

The libraries' materials budget will
experience a reduction in spending of
$535,000 for 2008-09. This materials
budget is used to acquire new books and
pay for subscriptions, including online
journals and databases.

Although the libraries were exempt from
the latest round of campus-wide budget
cuts, the materials budget allocation had
already been reduced by $300,000 in the
first round of cuts last year. Print and
online subscriptions continue to increase
in cost by 5-10% annually. The libraries
now spend over 50% of the materials
budget on electronic subscriptions which
include online journals and research
databases. Two million dollars a year is
spent on print journals and other print
serials subscriptions.

These cuts, adding up to 15% of the
materials budget (excluding the electronic
resources) will include both print serials
subscriptions and monographs. Collection
managers in architecture, fine arts and
music, area studies, humanities, reference,
documents, social sciences, special
collections and the sciences are in the
process of reviewing and determining how
to implement the reductions this fiscal year.

Barbara Gundersen
Collection Management

Course Reserves system Ares training and new features

Course Reserves are supplemental readings that are made available to students both in electronic and hard copy formats. Faculty may
request materials for their courses via the Ares system. Such materials include articles, scanned chapters of books, DVDs, VHSs, CDs, books,
personal materials, lecture slides, etc. The Ares Course Reserve system has received a new feature in its latest version update: Tags! Tagging
allows instructors to sort their materials by labeling them for students.

Would your department like a personalized training session? Call our office to schedule one and we can come to a department meeting for a
presentation. Call course reserves at (352) 273-2520 or email us at eres@uflib.ufl.edu. Hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

In the faculty training, instructors will learn how to create their accounts, be shown all the new features of Ares, learn how to renew
previous course material, and learn how to submit new materials and check their status online. For those not able to attend one of the
training sessions that were offered this summer and are not familiar with the system please refer to our one-minute training videos.Ares
website: https://ares.uflib.ufl.edu. Ares training videos: https://ares.uflib.ufl.edu/videos.html.
Natalie Lane
Course Reserves

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department or special area stuaies Loiiectons

Pop-up, Spin, Pull,
Fold: Toy Books from
the Baldwin Library

Pop-up, Spin, Pull, Fold: Toy Books from
the Baldwin Library is an exhibition
featuring pop-up and movable books
from the Baldwin Library of Historical
Children's Literature. The exhibition will
run from September 2 through October
31,2008, in the second floor exhibit
gallery in Smathers Library (East). The
exhibition will be a chronological display
of children's books which foster an
interactive experience between the reader
and the book. The earliest item on display
is a geography book published in 1789"for
youth at school" that contains a vovelle,
a moveable chart that appeared in early
science books. The rest of the exhibition
displays examples of continually refined
techniques of mechanical movement up
through the complex pop-up books of
current paper engineers such as Robert

A presentation and reception in
conjunction with the exhibit will take
place on October 2,2008, in Smathers
Library (East), which will include a
talk at 1:30 p.m.in Room 1A by paper
engineer, Kyle Olmon, entitled, "How to
Build a Castle: Contemporary Pop-up
Book Production with a Look at the Past.
Olmon has worked in the art studio of
Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart,

and was the paper engineer for Castle:
Medieval Days and Knights, a pop-up
book published in 2006 by Orchard Books.
His presentation will be followed by a
reception in the exhibit area, providing an
opportunity to view the exhibition.

At 3:30 p.m., following the reception,
Olmon will lead a hands-on workshop
for registered participants, featuring
construction of pop-ups. Seating for this
final event of the day is limited. To reserve
a place in this workshop and receive a
brief supplies list, contact Rita Smith at

At 1:00 p.m., preceding the Olmon
presentation, there will be the special
dedication ceremony for a marker
designating the Baldwin Library as an
historical campus site. This ceremony
will be held in the courtyard to the west
of Smathers Library. The UF Alumni
Association is sponsoring the markers
throughout campus with the intention
of providing returning alumni the
opportunity to take a "walking tour" of
the various historical markers.With the
project, the Alumni Association hopes to
highlight and publicize the research that
is accomplished on campus and draw
attention to the rich resources that are
available to both students and alumni. The
103,000 volume Baldwin Library, one of
the largest collections of historical English
language children's books in the world,
is cited for the depth of its collection and
for pioneering and supporting the study
of children's literature as an academic

It is an honor to be recognized by the
Alumni Association as an important
contributor to the scholarly resources
available to not only the University of
Florida community but to the wider
academic community as well.
Rita Smith
Curator Baldwin Library
ofHistorical Children 's

Baldwin Library
books featured in
exhibition at Harn
Museum of Art

new exhibition at the Harn Museum
of Art, AlmostAlice: New Illustrations
of Wonderland by Maggie Taylor, includes
several editions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland from the
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's
Literature. The exhibition features prints
of forty-five composite digital images by
Gainesville artist Maggie Taylor, which she
created for publication in a new edition of
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (August

Tom Southall, the museum's curator of
photography, invited Rita Smith, curator
of the Baldwin Library, to collaborate
on the Almost Alice exhibition after he
had visited the Smathers Library exhibit
gallery in fall 2007 to view the Baldwin
Library's Afterlife ofAlice in Wonderland
exhibition. That exhibition explored the
many ways different illustrators have
interpreted the Lewis Carroll story since
its publication in 1865, and demonstrated
how Alice and the other characters in the
story have permeated American culture
through movies, plays, songs, satires, and
knick-knacks (for more information on
the Afterlife ofAlice exhibition see www.

Smith was delighted to re-create part of
the Afterlife ofAlice exhibition at the Harn.
"I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to
display Baldwin Library holdings to a
wider audience as well as a way to show
Maggie's magnificent illustrations in a
historical context,' she stated.

The books on display in the museum's
gallery include two early British and
American editions (1867 and 1869)
of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
with illustrations by John Tenniel,
and an 1886 facsimile edition of the

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original manuscript, Alice' Adventures
Underground, which includes Carroll's
own illustrations.In addition, eleven other
books are on display in the museum's
Bishop Study Center. These include
several editions and adaptations dating
from 1901-2005 and two works featuring
paper engineering, including Alice in
Pop-up Wonderland (2003).According
to Smith, the examples of previous
illustrators' interpretations of Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland,"will enhance
the viewer's understanding of the creative
interpretative history of the Alice story of
which Taylor's illustrations are a recent

The Baldwin Library's Alice books will
be on display as part of the Almost Alice
exhibition at the Harn Museum through
October 19, 2008. On September 14,
artist Taylor will lecture in the Harn
Museum auditorium, followed by a "High
Tea" reception and a signing of the new
book. Smith will participate in a panel
discussion on October 12 at 3:00 p.m.,
along with Kenneth Kidd, UF associate
professor specializing in children's
literature; Eric Segal, UF assistant
professor of art history; and curator
John Nemmers
Descriptive and Technical Services
Archivist, Special and
Area Studies Collections

Celebrating Alfred
Browning Parker and
a new endowment

W e are pleased to announce the
creation of the Alfred Browning
Parker Architecture Archives Endowment,
a new initiative intended to support and
strengthen the Architecture Archives in
the libraries. The endowment is named
in honor of Professor Emeritus Alfred
Browning Parker, the distinguished
Florida architect and UF alumnus.A
reception in his honor and in celebration
of his 92nd birthday will be held on
September 26, capping off a week of
exhibits, lectures and events that begin on
September 22.

As a partnership between the Smathers
Libraries and the School of Architecture
since 2004, the Architecture Archives has
become a leading repository for historical
records pertaining to the architects and
architecture of Florida. With the donation
of his papers and drawings, Parker has
been instrumental in establishing the
Architecture Archives in the Smathers
Libraries. The Alfred Browning Parker
Architecture Archives Endowment will
support scholarly research, historic
preservation and the education of future
students. Specifically, the endowment will
support the preservation, processing and
storage of archival drawings and other
historical records that document Florida
architecture and architects.

Establishing his practice in the 1940s,
Parker quickly gained fame for his
visionary architecture and craftsmanship.
Renowned for his environmentally
friendly designs in the Modernist style,
he has designed and built over 6,400
projects throughout his lifetime and
won numerous awards. House Beautiful,
the primary architecture magazine
during the 1950s and 60s, named four
of Parker's residences as "Pace Setter"
houses, more than any other architect.

In 1959, Frank Lloyd
Wright recommended
Parker as an American
Institute of Architects
(AIA) Fellow. An AIA
Fellowship recognizes architects who
have made a significant contribution to
both architecture and the greater society,
achieving a standard of excellence in
architecture at both a local and national
level. Parker was the only architect Wright
recommended for the Fellowship.

The week-long celebration begins
September 22 with the opening of an
exhibition in the gallery at the Reitz
Union, Of a Master's Hand: Alfred
Browning Parker. The exhibition
features several renderings, plans, and
photographs from the Parker Collection
in the Architecture Archives. The evening
includes a lecture by Dr. Monica Penick
of the University of Texas in the Reitz
Union Ballroom at 6:00 p.m., followed by
a reception in the lobby. The exhibition,
which is curated by Professor Martha
Kohen and doctoral student, Dereck
Winning, of the School of Architecture,
will be on display through October 3.

On September 24, Parker's 92nd birthday,
he will lead a gallery talk at 4:00 p.m. in
the Reitz Union gallery. On the following
day, architect and University of Miami
Professor Jan Hochstim will lecture in the
Reitz Union Auditorium at 6:15 p.m. The
week culminates with a day of activities
on September 26.A tour of Alfred
Browning Parker homes in Gainesville will
be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
followed by a luncheon. The reception in
his honor and in celebration of his 92nd
birthday will be held on the evening of
September 26 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in
Room 1A of Smathers Library (East). For
more information, contact John Nemmers
at jnemmers@ufl.edu.
John Nemmers
Descriptive and Technical Services
Archivist, Special and
Area Studies Collections

Library News '- Page 5

he George A. Smathers Libraries an-
nounces the return of the "Let's Talk
About It: Jewish Literature Identity and
Imagination" series. These series explore
Jewish literature and culture through
scholar-led discussions of contemporary
and classic books on a common theme.
The library has received funding to spon-
sor two series in the 2008-09 school year.
The fall series will investigate Demons,
Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the
Jewish Imagination and the spring series
will take a look at Modern Marvels: Jewish
Adventures in the Graphic Novel.

The first program will cover Isaac
Bashevis Singer's Satan in Goray and will
be held Sunday,August 31 at 3:30 p.m.
All programs willbe held from 3:30-5:00
p.m. in room 1A in Smathers Library

(East).Refreshments are provided and all
programs are free and open to the public.
For additional information please contact
Chelsea Dinsmore at chedins@uflib.ufl.
edu or (352) 273-0369. For more informa-
tion about the Let's Talk programs visit
the NextBook information site at http://

Additional programs will cover the follow-
ing books:

* The Dybbuk and Other 1-0 ~:, ,.
S. Ansky (Edited by David R. Roskies,
Translated by Golda Werman)
* The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
* The Puttermesser Papers, Cynthia Ozick
* Angels in America:A Gay Fantasia on
National Themes, Tony Kushner

The library is one of 86 academic and
public libraries nationwide receiving
grants to host the series developed and
supported by Nextbook and the American
Library Association. Local support for
the program is provided by the George A.
Smathers Libraries, the Alachua County
Public Library, the University of Florida
Center for Jewish Studies and Hillel at UF

Further information about the Univer-
sity of Florida Libraries can be found at
http://uflib.ufl.edu. For more informa-
tion about Nextbook programs see http://

Chelsea Dinsmore
International Documents

UF Digital Collections reaches two million pages mark

UF Digital Collections (UFDC) now provides free online access to more than two million
pages converted from the libraries' paper collections, as well as from UF museums and
other UF programs. UFDC hit the one million page mark in September 2007 and continues
steady growth. It is now the largest university-based digital library in the southeast and
one of the largest in the country. UFDC (www.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc) can be text-searched or
browsed online.

Titles available in UFDC are not commercially available and are often difficult to access
or use in their original state. Library archives and special collections, Florida Museum
of Natural History Herbarium specimens, selected Samuel P. Harn Museum objects
and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program interviews can be viewed online without
restriction. Microfilmed books and newspapers have been freed from the vertigo of
microfilm.Additionally, UFDC accepts contributions from partners throughout Florida, the
Caribbean, and Central and South America, mitigating travel time and costs.

Digitization is funded by state, federal and international granting agencies, through
library, museum and faculty research and from donations from the Gator Nation. For more
information on supporting growth see http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/admin/giving.

Laurie Taylor
Digital Library Center

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Libraries selected for PBS/
Frontline pilot program

The George A. Smathers Libraries has been
selected to take part in an American Library
Association and PBS/Frontline pilot program
which seeks to introduce communities to
the concept of social entrepreneurship and
to promote dialogue on a local level. The
Social Entrepreneurs Series, created for
the FRONTLINE/World program, features
the stories of people whose ideas and
organizations create new and sustainable
markets and services that benefit under-
served communities everywhere in the
developing world.

Chelsea Dinsmore, international documents
librarian, worked with the Alachua County
Library District; the Innovative Social Impact
Initiative at UF's Center for Entrepreneurship
& Innovation, UF's Center for Leadership
and Excellence and Change the World:
Student Social Entrepreneurs at UF, to bring
this program to Gainesville. The program
will be held at the headquarters library of
the Alachua County Library District, on
October 21,2008.For more information about
this program, including times, dates, and
directions, go to the UF Libraries website at

Meet Alicia A. Antone, Smathers Libraries'
new director of development

A licia A.Antone
joined the
Smathers Libraries
on June 16,2008
as the new director
of development.
She has a varied I
background in
a wide range of
activities from public, special and public/
private partnership libraries.

Her most recent work experience was
with Broward County Libraries as the
assistant regional library manager of the
South Regional Broward Community
College Library, Pembroke Pines, the first
LEED certified"green" building in the
county. She was responsible for planning
the direction of the libraries' funding
opportunities and securing resources to
sponsor library programs and events.
Prior to that she worked at the African-
American Research Library and Cultural
Center near Fort Lauderdale where she
served as the assistant director of special
collections, programs and exhibits and
later as the director.

Before relocating to Broward County,
Antone worked for the East Providence
Public Library System (Rhode Island)
for thirteen years in a myriad of service
points that ranged from library assistant
to supervising the interlibrary loans to
community services librarian and then as
assistant director.

Antone says her passion for libraries
was nurtured in her at a very young age
by her mother, Edna Frazier, who was
a community leader, educator and avid
book collector. "She loved books, libraries
and people and (she) manifested that
love in all of her children,' says Antone.
Antone's mother's untimely death in a
car accident prompted the anonymous
bequest of a special collection in her
memory, the Edna Frazier African-
American Collection, located at the South

Providence Branch of the Providence
Public Library (RI). It is the largest
circulating collection in a public library
on black culture in Rhode Island. Antone
was six years old at the time of her
mother's death.

At UF, Antone will have primary
responsibility for directing activities to
secure major gifts and private support for
the Smathers Libraries. Her first order of
business has been to meet faculty, staff
and students and learn what the libraries'
and students' development needs are.
She will work closely with the associate
dean of development and advancement,
the dean of libraries and other library
administrators to align fund raising goals
into a comprehensive strategic plan to
meet the libraries' needs by matching
those needs to our donors values.

Antone has master's degrees in library
and information science and public
administration from the University of
Rhode Island. She holds undergraduate
degrees in business administration
and management from Johnson &
Wales University, Providence, RI. She
recently completed several courses
at The Fundraising School, Center on
Philanthropy, at Indiana University. She
is also an American Library Association
Spectrum Scholar.

Christian Poehlmann,
new electronic
resources librarian

Christian H.
Poehlmann is
the new electronic
resources librarian,
and head of
the Electronic
Resources Unit in
the Acquisitions .
and Licensing
Department of the
Smathers Libraries. He has a master's
degree in library and information science
from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Prior to coming to UF, Poehlmann was
the assistant business services librarian at
the University of Notre Dame's Business
Information Center (BIC). The BIC is
an almost entirely electronic collection;
Poehlmann therefore had extensive
dealings with electronic resources.

He also taught information literacy to
incoming graduate students, and visited
undergraduate business classes to teach
them research strategies. Most recently
he taught Competitive Intelligence and
Business Information Resources, a
graduate business course at the Mendoza
College of Business at the University of
Notre Dame.

Head, Humanities & Special
(tll'/tL'rr s Cataloging Unit

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BioActive game as an instructional tool

BioActive is the latest initiative in
the George A Smathers Libraries'
integration of games as instructional
tools. BioActive is an adventure puzzle in
which students must piece together the
antidote to a deadly virus by successfully
navigating the libraries' research services
and materials. Students begin the game
by locating the antidote formula in
Ares-the libraries' online Course Reserves
system-and they then continue on to
locate material in the libraries' databases
and on the library shelves, in order to
successfully complete the formula and
save the day.

The game is targeted to first year students
who are in need of basic research
instruction. Through the completion of
these in interactive game tasks, it is hoped
that participating students will develop a
basic understanding of library materials
and resources.

The desire to develop an interactive
instructional game grew out of the

realization that class periods offered a
limited amount of time to deliver library
instruction and that student interest
during these sessions is sometimes low.
Instructional games offer the opportunity
to keep students engaged while allowing
them to participate on their own time
and at their own pace. Sara Russell
Gonzalez, the project lead, said,"We
decided to develop a game to give students
an alternative and hopefully enjoyable
method of learning about the science
library and its resources ... whenever and
wherever is convenient for them."

The design of the game grew as an
extension of the themed instructional
scavenger hunts held by the libraries
and research into instructional games
successfully implemented at other
academic institutions such as the
University of North Carolina and Arizona
State. The game's interface integrates text,
images, and the libraries' online resources
in order to guide the students through the
game's narrative and facilitate the learning

experience. The game is playable through
a web browser and is not dependent
on any additional software, or tied to a
particular operating system.
If the game proves successful as an
instructional tool, future plans for
the game will likely lead to further
development of its interface and
playability. Feedback from students and
faculty will be taken into consideration
when designing future versions.

The game is accessible at: http://web.
Instructors interested in integrating
BioActive in instructional sessions should
contact Sara Russell Gonzalez at sargonz@
uflib.ufl.edu or (352) 273-2867.

For more information about games in the
library, please visit http://web.uflib.ufl.

Joe Baca
Marston Science Library

University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
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