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Grand opening for the Al Burt Papers

by James Cusick
Curator, P.K. Yonge i i, )'i of Florida History

Few journalists left as big an imprint on modern Florida history as Al Burt, reporter
and columnist for the Miami Herald and author of three classic anthologies about
the state and its people. Burt, an alumnus of the University of Florida, started his
career as a sports writer, became a leading foreign correspondent in the Caribbean,
and established a legacy as a roving reporter and columnist. For more than a
quarter century, he composed weekly columns and Sunday features about life in
Florida the way he saw it. He didn't base himself in Miami, but in Melrose, just east
of Gainesville, where he and his wife Gloria planned their itineraries and traveled
around Florida, from Destin to Moore Haven, from Fernandina to Key West.

Now, all of Al Burt's work is preserved in Special Collections at the George A.
Smathers Libraries. Al and Gloria Burt donated his papers in 2008 and the collection
has been processed and described online at
htm. It includes hundreds of Burt's columns and articles as well as his interviews and
notes, and his unpublished talks on the importance of preserving Florida's natural
places. The collection is a treasury of anecdotes and observations on everything from
(Continued on page 2)

Members of Al Burt's family at the opening of his papers. From left to right, Mary
Burt, sister-in-law; Andy Burt, nephew; Gloria Burt, wife; and Jim Burt, brother.

What's Inside

%-I Page 2
Student assistant
scholarship winner
%- Pages 3
Conservation treatment
%- Pages 4
Panama Canal Museum
joins the Gator Nation;
I llrmiry Instruction Fund
%- Pages 5
Smathers L'i rmy lobby
and Borland I tl'iry
rededications; Exhibits
%-I Pages 6
Historic St. Augustine
research material online
%t- Pages 7
Marjorie Kinnan
Raiingsi, letter acquisition;
Women in Development
(i twii L .'ii reception
%'I Pages 8
Hyperbolic Crochet Coral
Reef Elegance of Science
%-t Pages 9
Isabel Silver, new
director ofAcademic and
Scholarly Outreach
%-t Pages 10
Rebecca Jefferson, new
head of Price I il',rmi of
Judaica; Betsy Simpson
awarded research grant
%-t Pages 11
New I rll i Leadership
Board members
%6t Pages 12
Dean's message



Al Burt (Continued from page 1)

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Harry Crews, Jackie Gleason In 1973 Burt acc
and Fidel Castro to Florida's crackers, shrimpers, sponge columnist for th
fisherman and oyster-shuckers. and write about
to Melrose, in n
As part of a celebration of Burt's career, materials from his together. "It was
papers were placed on exhibit at the Melrose Public Library shared it,' he no]
during the main event of the first annual Al Burt Festival on spent traveling F
February 28, 2010 and displayed at the Matheson Museum, Inc.,
in Gainesville, on April 11, 2010 to officially open the papers. Burt reached a n
anthologies of h
Al Burt (1927-2008) was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia (1983), Al Burt's
but grew up at the family home in Jacksonville, Florida. He Other published
studied journalism at the University of Florida and joined (1974) with phol
the Atlanta Journal in 1950 as a sports writer. In 1955 he was to The Wild Hea
hired onto the Herald. Although best known as a columnist, Everglades (2002
Burt spent his early career as a foreign correspondent,
winning the prestigious Ernie Pyle Award in 1961 for his The Al Burt Pap
coverage of the communist revolution in Cuba. In 1965, photographs anc
while reporting on document all as
the American military his interviews, a:
occupation of the his major article
Dominican Republic, Burt's public talk
both he and Herald his own work. B
photographer Doug natural resource
Kennedy were severely talks deal with t
wounded in a friendly
fire incident at a roadside The George A. S
check point set up by the Gloria Burt and
U.S. Marines. Despite seeing his paper
injuries that shattered his thank the Melro
hip and left him reliant on from his papers
a cane, Burt crisscrossed Museum, Inc. fo
Latin America in open the papers.
subsequent years, now being convey
Dr. Mark Barrow, president of becoming an expert on unpublished ma
the Matheson Museum, reads a current issues, and co- appear online wi
selection from Al Burt's work at authoring a book with Libraries apprec
the George A. Smathers Libraries' Bernard Diederich about assist with these
event officially opening the the Duvalier regime in
collection. Haiti.

Library student assistant scholarship winner
Nancy Cooey, a junior from Gulf Breeze, Florida, was awarded the spring 2010
James and Leslie Rutherford Library Student Assistant Scholarship. Cooey works
at the Architecture & Fine Arts Library and is an English major with a minor
in art history and sustainability. The $500 scholarship is awarded each semester
to a student assistant employed by the Smathers Libraries. Information on the
scholarship can be found at

Nancy said in her winning essay, "Once at the research desk at Library West when I
needed to find a topic for a thesis, a librarian took extra time to thoroughly explore
several topics with me and find various resources that were extremely pertinent to
my paper's focus."

epted a position as a roving reporter and
e Herald. His job: to travel the state of Florida
what he saw. He and his wife Gloria relocated
)rth central Florida, and went about the task
very much of a partnership thing, and we
ted. "The best years of my life are the ones I

ew audience when he began publishing
is work in Becalmed in the Mullet Latitudes
Florida (1997), and Tropic of Cracker (1999).
works include Florida: A Place in the Sun
tos by Heinz Erhardt and contributions
rt of Florida (1999) and The Book of the

ers include his writings, public talks,
i audiovisual recordings. These materials
pects of Burt's career as a journalist. Tapes of
s well as his reporter's notes, exist for most of
s and columns. There are also video tapes of
s and audio recordings of him reading from
urt was an advocate for protection of Florida's
s and many of his recorded and unpublished
lis topic.

mathers Libraries would like to thank Al and
Jim and Mary Burt for their dedication in
s protected for the future. The libraries also
se Public Library for including examples
as part of their festival and the Matheson
r providing a wonderful venue to officially
Audiovisual materials in the papers are
erted into current electronic formats and
trial from Burt's talks to the public will
ith the guide to the collection. The Smathers
iates contributions that have been made to

Dean of UF Libraries Judy Russell presents
Nancy Cooey with her scholarship award.

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Lot mi ^A q ormt col Lr 1 (on
of mixed format collections

by John Freund
Conservator, Preservation Department

The preservation of archival collections
in diverse formats is challenging to
collection managers and conservators.
Different types and formats of
materials require varied treatment
and storage options. Housing them
together as a collection causes
problems in several areas. Small items
may become lost among large items. A
book housed next to a group of letters
may damage or distort the papers.
An item with sharp edges, such as a
tintype could damage items stored next
to it, and a large map or broadside may
need to be folded in order to fit among
the other items.

The Miscellaneous Manuscript
Collection of the P.K. Yonge Library
of Florida History holds more than
2,000 small manuscript collections,
comprised of family correspondence,
land records and diaries. The collection
is a compilation of diverse, unrelated
files covering subject areas such
as politics, wars, trade, geography,
religion, entertainment, railroads,
hotels, Native Americans, immigration
and slavery. The various formats of
research materials include photos,
sketches, maps, diaries, narratives,
marriage, baptism and church records,
battle orders and rosters, newspaper
and magazine clippings, receipts,
deeds, menus, theater programs,
postage stamps and campaign buttons.

Archivists processing the collections
have to determine how to best keep
them in order, mindful of the long
term preservation requirements of
mixed format collections. Fragile
letters need to be removed from their
envelopes and unfolded, flattened
and protected from damage. Paper
and metal clips, rubber bands and
other fasteners, need to be removed to
prevent rusting and distortion of the
papers. Photographs, depending on
their type, may need to be enclosed
for their own protection and to protect

the items next to it. Large maps should
be unrolled or unfolded, flattened and
possibly deacidified. Books need to be
protected and stabilized. Each type of
item has its own storage requirements
and care needs to be taken that they do
not damage or affect each other. For
items that continue to deteriorate such
as newspapers, it may also be necessary
to make a backup copy on archival
paper or create a digital image.
Student interns are trained in the
processing and preservation of
these collections through a 3-credit
"Preserving History" undergraduate
course. The course is taught by
Special Collections staff and includes
a component of preservation and
conservation of book and paper

Correspondence, maps, documents
and other unbound material are
organized, unfolded, flattened and
stabilized. It is important for most
paper items to be stored flat since
repeated folding tends to weaken
the paper along the fold lines until it
eventually breaks. Most paper made
between 1850 and the 1960s is acidic,
so deacidification or treating the paper
to neutralize the acidity of the paper is
necessary. Damaged or fragile papers
are encapsulated in a sealed clear
polyester envelope.

Photographs have different storage
parameters depending on the type
of image. Cased images such as
daguerreotypes and ambrotypes
are generally stable, but are bulky
and difficult to interfile with paper
materials. Other paper photographs,
depending on their type may also
have specific storage requirements
such as housed in enclosures, or being
protected from light.

Occasionally, advanced treatments
will be needed on a diary or set of
letters which have come loose from

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Carolyn Eliza Williams' 1811 diary
encapsulated in a polyester book.

their bindings. An example of this
is the 1811 diary (above) of Carolyn
Eliza Williams of East Florida. This
twenty-five page diary had very brittle
paper and the pages were detached
from the binding. The paper was too
weak to repair, so a "polyester" book
was created. In a polyester book each
page is deacidified, and then separately
encapsulated in a polyester envelope.
A binding margin of excess polyester
is left on the side. After all pages are
encapsulated they are collated and
bound together as a book with a hard
cover. After treatment the original
diary can be used without fear of
damaging or destroying the paper.

The goal in the conservation of mixed
format collections is to stabilize and
protect the material while still allowing
it to be housed in a coherent collection.
Since each collection is unique,
interns work with the curators in the
organization of the collections and the
creation of finding aids, and with the
conservation unit of the Preservation
Department to determine and
perform treatment options.

Chapter One ef6 3

Mary-Anne, Glenn and Alice
Primack and Sheri Spencer at the
reception honoring Alice.

Reception held to honor
Alice Primack and the
Library Instruction Fund

A kickoff celebration honoring
Alice Primack, former instruction
librarian, was held on February 4,
2010 in Marston Science Library.
Primack spoke to the crowd of
friends, former colleagues and
co-workers, which was followed
by light refreshments and
demonstrations by library faculty
on the use of interactive technology
tools and the new state-of-the-art

Primack has established a Library
Instruction Fund to support
ongoing library instruction in
various formats for faculty and
students. This fund will provide
for enhancements to create
electronic library tools in the form
of online tutorials and interactive
activities that are available anytime,

It will also provide for upgrades to
teaching classrooms that will create
a dynamic learning environment
for students. To learn more about
making a gift to the Library
Instruction Fund, please contact
the Development office at (352)

The Panama Canal Museum

joins the Gator Nation

by Rachel Schipper, Associate Dean, Technology and Support Services and
Kathy Egolf, Panama Canal Museum

Twelve years after opening, the Panama Canal Museum (PCM) in Seminole, Florida
has decided to transfer its collections to the University of Florida (UF) Libraries. In
collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies and the Samuel Proctor
Oral History Program, the libraries will preserve and archive the United States'
participation in the history of Panama. Uniquely qualified to preserve and provide
access to these collections, the UF Libraries have one of the largest and most
respected Latin American repositories in the world.

The Museum's broad mission includes the contributions by people of all
nationalities to the construction, operation and maintenance of the Panama Canal.
The United States began construction in 1904 after the French had attempted a
sea-level canal in the late 1800s. By damming the Rio Chagres to create Gatun
Lake in the middle of the Isthmus, a series of locks were developed to equalize sea
levels. The Canal began commercial operation in 1914 and continued to expand
in prominence during a time when the Isthmus became a major thoroughfare for
transporting cargo and passenger ships between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Handling up to 5% of international trade produced an economy based upon other
service-oriented activities, such as storage, ship repair, unloading of cargo and
services to ship travelers.

For the rest of the 20th century, the United States continued to operate, maintain,
and defend the Canal, involving Panama in its administration. This governance
started in 1979 and lasted until December 31, 1999, when the Canal was turned
over to Panama. Currently, construction continues to impact the Canal, and it
is anticipated that the expansion project begun in 2006 will double the Canal's
capacity. The historical impact and importance of the Canal's construction only
continue to be more prominent in the world's economy.

UF will be selecting from the Museum's
more than 3,333 objects, 5,260 photos,
1,948 archives and 7,607 books the
items that will best enhance the
Smathers Libraries' current holdings and
contribute to academic achievement and
research excellence. In addition, UF will
also continue to collect complementary
materials. Joint exhibits of information
and artifacts are planned for the 100th
anniversary of the Canal in 2014. It
is the intent of the Dean of Smathers
Libraries Judith Russell, to partner with
the Library of Congress for a traveling
exhibit that will have its debut in
Washington, D.C. Concurrently, a virtual
exhibit will be developed to visually
display the materials to anyone anywhere
in the world through online access.


4 %-I Chapter One

John and Judy Smathers; Dean of University Libraries Judith Russell; and Susan
and Bruce Smathers cut the ribbon at the rededication ceremony of the Smathers
Library lobby.

Smathers family participates in
rededication ceremony of Smathers Library lobby

The sons and daughters-in-law of the late George A. Smathers participated in the
rededication ceremony of the Smathers Library lobby on December 2, 2009, and
Bruce Smathers spoke to the capacity crowd. The lobby underwent a much-needed
renovation, including the addition of new lighted wood display cases showcasing
both Senator Smathers and the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections,
which is housed in the library. The lobby also sports two video monitors featuring
images from the department, new lighting, paint and refinished woodwork. A large
bronze plaque of Senator Smathers, which was formerly in Library West, now hangs
outside the entrance to Smathers Library.

Smathers Library Exhibit Gallery, 2nd floor

Exhibition of Artists' Books from the First Annual Juried Student Book
Arts Competition at the University of Florida Libraries
September 1-October 1, 2010
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. noon
Contemporary works by students making books in book arts and/or fine arts
programs across the United States.

THE ART OF THE BOOK: Binding, Illustration, Typography
October 8-December 17, 2010
Artistic aspects of a book rather than the text will be featured.

Borland Health Sciences
Library rededicated

The newly renovated Borland Health
Sciences Library in Jacksonville
was rededicated at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony, followed by an afternoon
social, on January 26, 2010.

Dr. James L. Borland, Jr. presented
a biography of his father, Dr. James
L. Borland, Sr., for whom the library
is named. Dr. Borland, Sr. was a
gastroenterologist, and had Florida's
first fluoroscope in his office. He
served as president of the State
Board of Medical Examiners, and
fostered the development of a medical
library to serve Jacksonville medical
practitioners. Dr. Borland was a
founding member and fifth president of
the "Gut Club," which evolved into the
American Society for Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy. He also founded the Florida
Gastroenterology Society.

Dr. Robert Nuss, dean of the
University of Florida College of
Medicine, Jacksonville, spoke about
the continuing value of the Borland
Library to the medical community and
the University of Florida. He also noted
that the library is a modern, updated
facility which provides full access to
medical information resources.

Dr. James L. Borland, Jr. and Dr.
Robert Nuss, dean of the University
of Florida College of Medicine,
Jacksonville, cut the ribbon at the
rededication ceremony.
Chapter One %-I 5

Historic St. Augustine research

material accessible online

by Tom Caswell
University of Florida I i, ., U Liaison for the Government House Research Collection

Through a partnership between the
University of Florida Libraries and
the City of St. Augustine, two major
collections of research material
have recently become accessible
online. This will be of interest to
anyone researching the history of St.
Augustine, particularly in light of that
city's 450th anniversary celebration
approaching in 2015.

The first of these initiatives is an
inventory of the Government House
Research Collection, now accessible
through the libraries' online catalog
at as
an affiliated library. The collection was
initially built and maintained by the
State of Florida's Historic St. Augustine
Preservation Board (HSAPB) during
its existence from 1959 to 1997 and has
since been overseen by the City of St.
Augustine's Department of Heritage

Users can add keywords or limits to
a search of over 2,100 catalog records
to find government documents and
books on historic preservation,
planning, Spanish colonial history,
a nil .p ,I. ._.-4; historic archaeology,
architecture, cultural resource
management, decorative arts and other
subjects pertinent to the history of St.
Augustine. The collection is physically
located at the Government House in
St. Augustine at 48 King Street and is
accessible for pre-approved researchers
and by appointment only, Monday
through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Phone: 904-825-5033). By providing
a complete inventory, the libraries
are helping the City of St. Augustine
provide access and assistance in the
stewardship of this invaluable and
unique collection.

The second project is the result of a
University of Florida Libraries mini-
grant to digitize the majority of the
Historic St. Augustine Block and Lot
Files also archived at Government
House. Started in the 1960s, these
files provided historical information
to guide HSAPB administrators in
the purchase and development of the
colonial town and properties.

Documents include historical
interpretation notes, architectural
sketches, drawings, archaeological field
reports, maps and photographs. The
materials are of particular interest to
researchers in architecture, historical
archaeology, museum studies,
tourism studies, historic preservation
and restoration, as well as to those
generally interested in the history of
St. Augustine. The digitization of these
files forms the core of the "Historic
St. Augustine" collection (www.uflib. which is freely

accessible within the University of
Florida Digital Collections (UFDC).
As a result of promoting the collection
regionally, an anonymous donor from
St. Augustine provided additional
funds to help digitize the remaining
Block and Lot Files not initially
covered by the mini-grant. As of May
2010 there are 2,898 items/titles that
have loaded for the collection, equaling
13,967 page images. These numbers
will continue to increase as additional
archives and funding sources become
available. Funding is currently being
sought to digitize some of the large-
format items associated with the
HSAPB documents in Government

St. Augustine City Commissioner
Nancy Sikes-Kline says of these latest
endeavors, "It's a dream come true
for us who regularly look to historical
documents to tell us more about who
we are and how we got here."

Librarian Tom Caswell cataloging the Government House Research Collection in St.
Augustine, Florida.

6 %-I Chapter One

Reception held to
support the Women in
Development Digital
Library Collection

A celebratory reception of the Women
in Development Digital Library
Collection and "Wear-White" Birthday
Party for Dr. Anita Spring was held on
January 31, 2010 in Smathers Library.
The Women in Development program
began at the University of Florida in
the mid-1980s with Spring as its first
director. In January 2009, she became
Professor Emerita of Anthropology
and African Studies. A present focus
of Dr. Spring and her colleague Dr.
Helen Safa (Professor Emerita in the
UF Center for Latin American Studies
and longtime leader in research and
teaching) is the creation of a world-
wide digital collection on Women
in Development (WID). This is a
collection on social change in the form
of e-resources of academic and agency-
related materials. It includes materials
from WID scholars, advocates and

Dr. Spring has pledged $10,000 to
initiate digital work and has challenged
others to donate as well. In addition,
she has generously agreed to match
every gift above $250 donated through
August 31, 2010 (up to a total of
$15,000) to support the building of the
Women in Development Collection
and Endowment. Dr. Safa initiated her
own WID challenge in 2008.

The Women in Development Digital
Collection is openly accessible for
anyone from anywhere in the world at

Dr. Anita
Spring at her

"My dear foolish Zelma":

Smathers Libraries acquires important early letter from
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to Cross Creek Trial nemesis
Zelma Cason

by Florence M. Turcotte
Library Manuscripts Archivist

An important letter detailing the nature of the tumultuous relationship between
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Island Grove resident Zelma Cason has been
donated to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers in the Department of Special and
Area Studies Collections at George A. Smathers Libraries.

The letter was donated by Lakeland resident Billy Townsend, the grand-nephew of
Kate Walton who was part of the legal team that represented Cason in her 1943-1947
libel/invasion of privacy suit against Rawlings. In her 1942 best-selling memoir Cross
Creek, Rawlings had characterized Cason as: "an ageless spinster resembling an angry
and efficient canary," which precipitated the suit. Townsend is planning to write a
book relating his aunt's perspective on the famous Cross Creek trial.

The hand-written letter, dated September 21, 1933, was written on board the S.S.
Minnewaska as Rawlings was returning to Florida after vacationing in England.
In it, Rawlings proffers a gesture of reconciliation with her friend, Zelma Cason.
Apparently, Rawlings had made a disparaging remark to Zelma's brother about
her "vicious little tongue", and Zelma was not speaking to Marjorie. Here is the
somewhat suspect olive branch extended by Marjorie:

My dear foolish Zelma, the thought of
coming back to another long gi ind .
hard work with you refusing to I-,i ..
friend, is very painful to me... ii J.... n I
seem like Alachua County with \ '.LI
looking at me as if you wished i \\w .ul
drop dead....

This letter is a significant addition I.,
the Rawlings Papers in that it is th,
only piece of direct correspondent
between the two women to be found in
the archive. Predating any of the ItK ..l
squabbles between them by almost
ten years, it indicates that the seec ,!
contention between the two womt n
may have been sown long before
the unflattering characterization
published in Cross Creek came out
in print. ts.

For more information, and to
read this fascinating letter in its
entirety, please contact the MKR -
Collection curator, Florence M.
Turcotte at, or -
visit the Department of Special 'J
and Area Studies Collections on
the second floor ofSmathers Libra i

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Chapter One %e, 7

Help us build a coral reef

by Denise Beaubien Bennett
Engineering Librarian

The Marston Science Library's display
room will evolve into a coral reef in
April 2011.

Librarians will curate a satellite of the
worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral
Reef project created by Margaret and
Christine Wertheim of the Institute for
Figuring ( in Los Angeles.
The project combines mathematical
awareness, art practice and environmental
awareness, and will involve collaboration
from several areas on campus.

By showcasing the science
communication aspect of the
project, the Smathers Libraries
plan to engage the interest of the
academic community, addressing the
mathematical nature of these natural
structures and providing a forum for
presentations and discussion. As a
community art project, the Coral Reef
provides an approach to a wide array of
people of all ages, from school children
to retirees, to teach or remind them
of a handcraft, engage their creativity

and engender awareness of the world's

The libraries will sponsor a coordinating
speaker series throughout the year.
The series will focus first on the
mathematical aspects to spark interest
in crocheting, and will feature
environmental topics while the exhibit
is displayed.

Contributions of crocheted corals,
yarn, hooks and other supplies, as well
as funding for atoll construction, are
appreciated. Once the single crochet
stitch is mastered, hyperbolic planes and
psuedospheres can be created with ease!

Please see photos of other satellite
reefs and instructions for crocheting
coral on the reef site at http://libguides. For more
information, contact the team at

Elegance of Science art contest winners

Winners of the second annual "Elegance of Science" art
contest were announced at a reception on February 25
at Marston Science Library. The winning artworks will
be on display in the Marston Science Library and the
Health Science Center Library. All of the entries can be
viewed at
The contest is sponsored by the Marston Science Library
and the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the
Health Science Center Libraries and the Architecture and
Fine Arts Library.

1st place: Mycorrhizas in Full Color by Megan M. Smith
2nd place: Orderly Destruction by Hannah Vander Zanden
3rd place: Fatal Attraction: When the Immune System Goes
Bad by Yaima Luzardo and Clayton E. Mathews
Honorable Mention: Roads of Graphene by
Victor V Albert
Alumni Award: Lightning Over the Rappahannock by
Wes Marston

Left: Wes Martin won the Alumni Award with Lightning Over
the Rappahannock; Right: Megan M. Smith won first place with
Mycorrhizas in Full Color.

8 %-I Chapter One

Isabel Silver New Director of Academic and Scholarly Outreach

Dr. Isabel D. Silver has been named
Director, Academic and Scholarly
Outreach, at the University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries. With 30
years of administrative and managerial
background in public education in
both libraries and higher education,
Silver has a wealth of experience to
strengthen academic and scholarly
outreach at UE

Silver began her career in academic
librarianship at the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill as a subject
indexer, assisting in the development
and revision of the Population/
Family Planning Thesaurus, a multi-
disciplinary subject-access tool. She
then moved to Richmond, Virginia,
to assume responsibilities as a branch
head of a neighborhood public
library and was promoted to head
the Tuckahoe Area Library-a large
and busy facility (32,000 sq. ft.) in the
rapidly-growing County of Henrico
that surrounds Richmond City, VA.

After 13 years with the County of
Henrico Public Library System, Silver
and her family moved to Indonesia
through the Fulbright program.
While in Jakarta, she served as a
consultant for collection development
and cataloging to the Zorinsky
Memorial Library at the American
Cultural Center. Upon her return
to the U.S., Silver served as interim
and associate director of the Virginia
Commonwealth University Center for
International Programs, administering
student exchange and study abroad
programs and scholarships, initiating
campus-wide international education
programming, forming partnerships
with non-US universities, and
writing the university plan for
centralizing international education.
Internationalism is a core value,
engendered by Silver's research abroad
and her academic studies focusing on
comparative public administration.

After completing her doctoral
program, Silver served for five years as
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
of Library and Information Science at
the University of Illinois, where she
also taught several graduate courses
and expanded the practicum course
into a service-learning community
experience through both online and
face-to-face formats, and published
"The LIS Practicum: An Internship
with Academic Credit;' in Public
Library Internships: Advice from the
Field, ed: C. Mediavilla (MD: The
Scarecrow Press, 2006), pp. 19-34.

Silver earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree from St. Lawrence University,
a Master of Science degree in library
science from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor
of Philosophy degree in public policy
and administration from Virginia
Commonwealth University. She
was inducted into the VCU Chapter
of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National
Honor Society for Public Affairs and

At UF, she most recently served as
Associate Director, UF Division of
Continuing Education, developing
distance courses and professional
programs, which included recruiting
and hiring faculty, handling student
issues and developing administrative

As Director of Academic and Scholarly
Outreach at Smathers Libraries, Silver
will provide leadership, direction and
planning for a coordinated outreach
effort to the campus community
in support of academic integration
and the development of a scholarly
communications program. Academic
integration includes the incorporation
of library resources and services into
academic courses, e-learning, and
other campus programs and events.
Scholarly Communications includes
support of alternative scholarly
communication modes and educating

the university community about
open access activities at UF, scholarly
publication reform and intellectual
property issues and their impact on
scholarly inquiry and instruction.

Through her daily and life-long public
service efforts, Silver strives to provide
public education to enhance the life of the
mind and circumstances of living for all
constituents. "I am honored to join the UF
Smathers Libraries, which is an integral
part of a top-tier public university. I will
draw upon my diverse experiences in
librarianship, international education,
continuing education, and information
science higher education to continue to
contribute to this goal through this
challenging and exciting position", she said.

Silver has also been active on the UF
campus through leadership in the
Academic and Professional Assembly
and the Association for Academic
Women, and is a lifetime member of
the Association of University Women.
Chapter One %-I 9

Rebecca Jefferson New Head of the Price Library of Judaica

The Smathers Libraries welcome
Rebecca Jefferson as the new head
of the Price Library of Judaica. Her
responsibilities include collection
development and overall management
of the Price Library of Judaica, located
on the first floor of Library West.
Jefferson will work closely with faculty
and students, particularly those
affiliated with the Center for Jewish
Studies, to assist with their research
and teaching needs.

Jefferson comes to UF from the Genizah
Research Unit at Cambridge University
Library. She was responsible for the
Research Unit's Bibliography Project
and was editor of the biannual Genizah
Fragments newsletter. She assisted
with collection management and
development, managed and updated the
inventory of the Cambridge Genizah
manuscript collections, and engaged
in public outreach including giving
speeches and arranging exhibitions.

She received a Ph.D. and MPhil in
Medieval Hebrew from King's College,
University of Cambridge, and was
awarded a BA Hons in Hebrew from
University College London. She also
lived in Israel, taking Hebrew language
classes and attending a one-year course
in graphic design. Jefferson's recent
research has focused on the history of

Genizah manuscript collections. She
has just signed a contract with Brill to
edit a volume of letters and documents
entitled Collected Papers of the Scholars
and Antiquarians who Discovered the
Cairo Genizah.

The Price Library, with more than
90,000 volumes, is the largest research
Judaica collection in the southeastern
United States. The collection has
significant holdings in social, political,
and community history, Hebrew and
Yiddish linguistics and literature,
Palestinography and modern Israel,
Zionism, Hebrew Scriptures, Judaism
and rabbinics. It holds over 450 current
serial titles, a large number of which
are becoming scarce in Florida and the
southeastern states.

In addition to meeting the research
needs of the Center for Jewish Studies
and the wider university, Jefferson
is keen to expand and develop
these primary holdings. "In order
to strengthen the Price Library's
reputation as one of America's major
research libraries for Jewish Studies, it
will be important to concentrate upon
prevailing key areas such as Hebrew
and Yiddish literature, Holocaust
Studies, and Land of Israel Studies,
as well as providing resources for hot
topics like Muslim-Jewish relations and

other interfaith
issues;' said
Jefferson. She
added, "Another
area of focus,
particularly for
the University
of Florida,
should be
Florida and
South American Jewry and its ties with
Latin America"

Jefferson would also like to bring
greater attention to some of the more
unexpected and unusual aspects
of the Price Library, including its
important sub-collection of memorial
books commemorating lost Jewish
communities, and its many ephemeral
items such as rare pamphlets and
Jewish calendars.

"Many of these items, particularly
those that require less handling, would
greatly benefit from digitization;
furthermore, as digital objects they
would make ideal candidates for future
online exhibitions:'," she said. Using
digitization, and incorporating the
latest library tools, Jefferson plans to
enhance the Price Library's website in
order to generate increased interest in
the collection.

Betsy Simpson awarded research grant funds

University Librarian Betsy
Simpson, chair of the
cataloging and metadata
department, is the winner
of the 2010 American
Library Association
(ALA) Carroll Preston
Baber Research Grant
for the project entitled
"Shifting Patterns:
Examining the Impact
of Hiring Non-MLS
Librarians." The $3,000
grant supports innovative

research that could lead to an improvement in library services
to any specific group of people.

The focus of the award is on a pressing national issue that is
of importance to library service.

"Simpson has identified a question relating to the dynamics
involved in hiring and initiating non-MLS librarians into
academic and public librarianship and the development of
their theoretical and practical skills in librarianship;' said jury
chair Mary Pagliero Popp. "We anticipate that the results of
her study will lead to an important discussion about the skills
and learning needs of academic and public librarians in the
twenty-first century"

10 %- Chapter One

-New iS Larh Boar m embers

Beverly English
Beverly English spent her career
in education. She was an adjunct
(internship supervision) at Florida
Gulf Coast University from 1998-
2002. Prior to that she was a guidance
counselor at LaBelle (Florida) High
School and LaBelle Elementary School,
and an elementary school teacher.

She has served on the LaBelle Free Public Library
(AKA Barron Library) board since 1969 and has also
served on the Wedgeworth Leadership program for
Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Council at
the University of Florida.

English earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in
education from the University of Florida where she was
a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was also
inducted into the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. She is
married to Hugh M. English and has two daughters.


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Library West Smathers Library Music Library
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Neuharth Journalism and Communications Library
Health Science Center Libraries
Judith C. Russell
Dean of University Libraries
John E.Ingram
Senior Associate Dean of University Libraries
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Associate Dean for Development and Advancement
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Associate Dean for Technology and Support Services
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Associate Dean and Director, Health Science
Center Libraries
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Libraries today are a mix of the old
with the new. As you read on page
3, our preservation department uses
a variety of methods to restore and
protect valuable and rare materials
so they can be preserved and used
for research by students and faculty.
Current technology is used to digitize
items so they can be accessed online
any time and not just inside the library.
We have digitized over four million
pages from our unique collections to
make them more accessible and useful.
We now have the capability to digitize
approximately two million pages per
year and are buying outside services to
expand that capacity. But people still
like to see the real thing and to hold it
in their hands.

The libraries have amazing special
collections and maintain the university
archives. We serve as a resource for the
Grand Guard each year as they plan for
their reunion. UF faculty and students
and scholars from around the world
come to use some of these collections.
For example, we have a fantastic
research collection of over 103,000
children's books from the 1600s through
to the present time and an outstanding
collection on Florida history. We have
one of the three largest (and best)

collections in the country supporting
Latin American studies.

I sometimes hear that libraries are less
important now that "everything" is
online. Nothing could be farther from
the truth. While it is true that we now
spend 75% of our materials budget
acquiring online resources e-books,
e-journals and databases that are
available to our faculty, staff and students
24 hours a day, there is still significant
demand for print materials and
increased heavy traffic and materials
checked out in our campus libraries.

The library as "place" is evident as last
year there were three million visitors
to the University of Florida Libraries.
Library West had more visitors (1.4
million) than either the Ben Hill Griffin
Stadium (637,000) or the O'Connell
Center (660,000)! Marston Science
Library had over 700,000 visitors.

One reason they come is that we
have a wide variety of spaces from
individual study carrels for graduate
students writing their dissertations
to group study rooms that are in
constant demand students get
buzzers to notify them when a room
is available, like you would get at a

restaurant to let
you know when
your table is
ready. We even
had to create
a program to
help students
where there
is an available Judith C. Russell
Dean of University
computer. Libraries

Emerging technologies are monitored,
studied, tested and implemented in
order to stay abreast with the rapidly
changing world of information
dissemination. The libraries'
Emerging Technologies Advisory
Group addresses the changing nature
of online research and advises the
emerging technologies librarian about
setting priorities for implementing web

The libraries embrace the juxtaposition
of traditional and emerging
technologies and are striving to
help keep students, faculty and staff
informed and up to date with new
materials, resources and technologies
to meet their research needs.
Judith C. Russell
Dean of University I Ildi'r s

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