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2 Smathers Library lobby and
Borland Library rededication
ceremonies; New"affiliate library"

3 SolarCycle Week; Library student
assistant scholarship winner

4 Exhibits

5 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings letter
donated to libraries;"The Elegance
of Science" winners

6 New library faculty; Friends of
the Libraries form

7 New library faculty; Flip video
camera checkout

8 Rebecca Jefferson, new head of
the Price Library of Judaica

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George A. Smathers Libraries

UF to participate in global

library software development

A $2.38 million grant from The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to
Indiana University (IU) will be used to
develop software created specifically
for the management of print and
electronic collections for academic and
research libraries around the world.
The University of Florida is the lead
partner for the Florida Consortium
(Florida International University,
Florida State University, New College
of Florida, Rollins College, University
of Central Florida, University of
Miami, University of South Florida
and the Florida Center for Library
Automation), which is a founding
member of a national coalition
of libraries which will shape and
implement the software.

IU will lead the Kuali Open Library
Environment (OLE) project, a
partnership of research libraries
dedicated to managing increasingly
digital resources and collections.
Together, these libraries will develop
"community source" software that

will be made available to libraries
worldwide. Kuali OLE (pronounced
Oh-LAY) partners include Indiana
University; Florida Consortium;
Lehigh University; Triangle Research
Libraries Network, represented by
Duke University and North Carolina
State University; University of Chicago;
University of Maryland; University
of Michigan; and the University of

"Students and faculty served by
academic libraries increasingly seek
24/7 access to digital content to
support their studies and research;'
said Judith Russell, dean of university
libraries. "Developing new and
improved management tools and
access to these electronic resources
is essential to delivery of high quality
library services. We are delighted to
join our colleagues here in Florida and
around the country in developing
open access software to support our
shared mission."

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.

Government House-St. Augustine affiliated library

Borland Health

Sciences Library

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.

The inventory of St. Augustine's
Government House Research
Collection is now accessible through
the libraries' online catalog. Through
a partnership between the University
of Florida Libraries and the City
of St. Augustine's Department of
Heritage Tourism, the inventory is
now accessible through the libraries'
online catalog (http://www.uflib. as an "Affiliated Library." By
doing an "Advanced Search" in the
catalog, users can limit their search
to "Affiliated Libraries: Government
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House-St. Augustine" and view or
search within the catalog records
for over 2,100 items. The holdings
include government documents
and books on historic preservation,
planning, Spanish colonial history,
a nil 1 ,1. ,, historic archaeology,
architecture, cultural resource
management, decorative arts and other
subjects pertinent to the history of St.
TomC.,.I II
Architecture and Fine Arts L illw'ir

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.

Libraries sponsor SolarCycle Week

SolarCycle Week included a series of
events from January 25-31, culminating
with the arrival of the Solar Cyclists at
the University of Florida. Individuals
and groups came together from all
over campus to learn more about
sustainability, solar power and the
incredible around-the-world cycling
journey of the Solar Cyclists, Susie
Wheeldon and Jamie Vinning.

The program, made possible by the
George A. Smathers Libraries in
partnership with the UF Office of
Sustainability, worked to engage faculty,
staff, students and the local community.

During the month of January, Solar
Cycle exhibits were displayed in both
Marston Science Library and Library
West. The Department of Energy held
two workshops where faculty, staff and
community members learned how to
better navigate and search the many
DOE databases.

There was also a screening of "The
Great Squeeze:' an award-winning
documentary exploring at what

price modern-day prosperity has
come. The event was co-sponsored by
the Reitz Union Board and the film
is now available for checkout at
Library West.

A SolarCycle Expo was held on
the Plaza of the Americas, raising

Solar Cyclist Susie Wheeldon
discusses her around-the-world
cycling journey.

awareness on alternative energy
and sustainability. Kathy Viehe of
Gainesville Regional Utilities spoke
on the Gainesville Solar Feed in Tariff
program at the expo.

In their keynote presentation, Solar
Cyclists Wheeldon and Vinning spoke
candidly about their cycling journey,
explaining how and why it came to
fruition and what it took to make the
trip a reality. There was a solar book-bag
door prize, courtesy of G24 Innovations,
followed by a Q&A session. A video
of their presentation can be viewed

To mark the arrival and departure of
the cyclists, members of the Gainesville
Cycling Club and Bikes and More
cycling team escorted the cyclists in
and out of town. From Miami they
returned to the United Kingdom nine
months after embarking on their
journey around the globe.
Bonnie Smith, Human Resources and
Christine Driver, Marston Science L il'iry

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. The winner is chosen based
on their essay.
The essay topic was, "Describe the best ".
things about the libraries at UF"

In an excerpt from her winning essay,
Cooey said, "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."

Information on the scholarship can be L to R: Tom Caswell, assistant head, AFA Library; Ann Lindell, head, AFA
found at Library; Nancy Cooey, library student assistant scholarship winner; Margeaux
pers/scholarship.htm Johnson and Alicia Antone, scholarship selection committee members.'News Page3


Department of Special and
Area Studies Collections
Smathers Library second floor gallery
Open Monday through Friday,
9:00 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

Theatre Highlights from the Great
White Way 1900-1950
Through April 30, 2010

At the turn of the 20th century, the
Broadway musical theatre was an
amalgam of European operettas,
minstrels and ethnic stereotypes.
Eventually this innocent patchwork
quilt of entertainment would evolve
into a more sophisticated product
and, by the second decade, Broadway
was the entertainment capital of
America, and possibly the world. The
creators, performers and productions
of the period are showcased in a
series of exhibit cases representing
Florenz Ziegfeld (who epitomized the
flamboyant Broadway impresario) and
a handful of the legendary composers
(George, M. Cohan, Irving Berlin,
George Gershwin, Cole Porter,
Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar
Hammerstein II, Eubie Blake and
Thomas "Fats" Waller) who, with
their poetic words and lilting music,
shaped the modern musical theatre
into the taste maker of the nation.
Until Broadway was overshadowed
by Hollywood as the entertainment of
choice, it was the theatre that produced
the most fashionable dress styles, the
latest dance steps, the snappiest jokes
and slang, and the popular hit parade
for most of the half century.

The exhibit presents a rare selection
of playbills, programs, posters, sheet
music, photographs, video images
and miscellaneous ephemera from the
vast theatre holdings of the Belknap
Collection for the Performing Arts and
the general Popular Culture Collections
of the Department of Special and Area
Studies Collections. The exhibit gallery
spotlight will fall on many of the giants
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of theatre history (some still household
words and others now forgotten by
the general public) including Ethel
Merman, Al Jolson, Ray Bolger, Alfred
Drake, Paul Robeson, Mary Martin,
Helen Morgan, Josephine Baker, Fred
and Adele Astaire, Ethel Waters, Eddie
Cantor, William Gaxton and Victor
Moore, Bert Williams, Bob Hope, The
Nicholas Brothers, Marilyn Miller,
Fanny Brice, Danny Kaye and Gene
Kelly. The annual "Follies" (1907-31)
of the master showman, Ziegfeld, is
represented by a rich potpourri of
comedy, music, beauty and enduring
star performances.

The milestones of the era beginning
with Cohan's "Little Johnny Jones"
(1904) through the theatrical
masterpieces of "Showboat" (1927) and
"Porgy and Bess" (1935), the smash
hit all-black musicals such as "Shuffle
Along" (1921) and "Hot Chocolates"
(1929), the audience's shocked reaction
to the antihero of "Pal Joey"(1940)
and culminating in the impact of
"Oklahoma" (1943), which redefined
the Broadway musical and set the
stage for the "Golden Age of Musical
Comedy" (1943-64), are all displayed
in a collection of vibrant and vintage
souvenirs from the history of the
"street of dreams."

This iridescent, melodic and
entertaining exhibit will run through
April 30. For more information call
the Department of Special and Area

Studies Collections at (352) 273-2759
or visit the Belknap website at: http://
Jim Liversidge
Popular Culture Collections

Marston Science Library
Second floor
Places & Spaces Mapping Science
Through April 30, 2010

Curated by Dr. Katy Birner, Victor
H. Yngve Professor of Information
Sciences, School of Library and
Information Science at Indiana
University Bloomington, the
exhibition features a variety of maps,
diagrams and globes designed to
create a navigable landscape charting
developments in science. "Places &
Spaces" is meant to inspire cross-
disciplinary discussion on how to best
track and communicate human activity
as well as scientific progress on a
global scale.

The "Places & Spaces" exhibit
demonstrates the power of maps to
navigate and make sense of physical
places and abstract topic spaces.
University students might use maps
to see how well a syllabus covers a
field's major topic(s); researchers
may be inspired by the maps to seek
out different avenues of obtaining
scholarly information, thus enhancing
their research activities; and
faculty members may see teaching
opportunities on a scale they had not
previously envisioned

Each year since 2005 ten new maps
have been added, which will result
in 100 maps by the year 2014. MSL
is displaying the first 50 maps which
includes "The Power of Maps," "The
Power of Reference Systems:' "The
Power of Forecasts," "Science Maps
for Economic Decision Makers," and
"Science Maps for Science Policy
Makers." The "Illuminated Diagram"
display combines the high data density

of two large prints a map of the
world and a map of science with the
flexibility of an interactive program
driving a touch panel display and
two projectors that illuminate the
maps. Touching a science area on
the lectern's touch screen leads to an
illumination of the origin of all papers
on the selected scientific topic in the
geographic map.

The World processor globes bring
dimensionality to three diverse
views of scientific inquiry and global
diffusion. Foreign U.S. patent holders
are represented in a relationship scaled
by productivity; worldwide patent
grants are plotted on a global scale
through history, and geomorphic
representations of areas of exceptional
innovation and productivity; finally,
science itself is shaped into sculptural
form that is generated from the
proximity of scientific fields of research
to each other.

A reception serving light refreshments
will be held at MSL on Thursday,
March 18 from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m.
During the reception "The Story of
Science Maps" will be presented by
Borner. Also featured are Dr. Robert
Hatch, UF associate professor of
history, and Jason Harrington from the
UF graduate school of mathematics.

"Places & Spaces" exhibitions have
also been held at Stanford University,
University of Alberta, Institute for
Research Information and Quality
Assurance in Bonn, Germany, National
Science Foundation in Washington,
D.C., Storm Hall, San Diego State
University and WDG Architecture,
Washington, D.C.

The online counterpart at http:// provides links to
a selected series of maps and
their makers along with detailed
explanations of why these maps work.
Kerry Britt
Marston Science I r'iriir

"My dear foolish Zelma": Smathers Libraries acquires
important early letter from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
to Cross Creek Trial nemesis Zelma Cason

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 grind of hard work
with you refusing to be a friend, is very painful to me... It doesn't seem like Alachua
County with you looking at me as if you wished I would drop dead....

This letter is a significant addition to the Rawlings Papers in that it is the only
piece of direct correspondence between the two women to be found in the archive.
Predating any of the legal squabbles between them by almost ten years; it indicates
that the seeds of contention between the two women may have been sown long
before the unflattering characterization published in Cross Creek came out in print.

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 and Area Studies Collections on the second floor of
Smathers Library.

Elegance of Science art contest winners announced

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
art/slideshow2009.html. 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 Mycorrhizas in Full Color by Megan
Fine Arts Library. M. Smith, the first place winner.
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
Library News Page 5

Hannah Norton joins

faculty at the Health

Science Center Library

The Health Science
Center Libraries
welcomed Hannah
Norton in December
2009 as a visiting
assistant university
librarian. Norton
has moved around
the country quite a bit, starting
from her home town of Havertown,
Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate
at Carleton College in Minnesota,
Hannah majored in biology. Her
graduate work took her to the
University of Texas at Austin where
she received her master's of science in
information studies. When asked to
share something about her interests,
she replied, "I'm crazy about learning
new things and helping people, and
choral music and rock climbing."

Ellie Bushhousen
Health Science Center I, i,1, Iy

Melody Royster moves to Marston Science Library

as visiting science and technology librarian

Melody Royster, BS, MLS, is one of two visiting science and
technology librarians in the Marston Science Library. This is
a time limited position, funded through the recently awarded
VIVO Grant. During the next two years, she will serve as the
agriculture subject specialist, which also covers family youth &
community services and food resource economics departments.
Her responsibilities include collection development, library
instruction, and assisting with library outreach activities. She
also works closely with departmental faculty in developing library libguides for her
subject areas.

Currently, she is serving on the ENDECA and Convocation committees, and will
be representing the libraries at the United States Agricultural Information Network
(USAIN) Conference at Purdue in May.

Previously, Melody worked in Library West as the evening supervisor for reference
and is an ALA Spectrum Scholar.

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Yes, I support the University of Florida Libraries!
I want to join the Friends of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the following level:
O $15 Student Friend J $250 Book Friend
O $50 Friend O $500 Librarian's Friend
O $125 Contributing Friend O $1000+ Dean's Circle
I would like to use my annual membership in the following:
i The Howe Society O Stewards of Florida History
i Smathers Libraries Purchase Fund i Architecture & Fine Arts Library
i Special & Area Studies Collections i Education Library
Latin American Collection i Health Science Center Libraries
Price Library of Judaica J Humanities & Social Sciences Library
African Studies Collection (Library West)
Asian Studies Collection i Journalism & Communications Library
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History i Map & Imagery Library
Baldwin Library of Historical i Music Library
Children's Literature i Marston Science Library
Popular Cultures Collection i Digitization of UF Collections
Rare Books i Preservation
Manuscripts i Other
University Archives

I want to leave a legacy:
O Please send information about making a planned gift/bequest
O I would like to know how to create a library endowment
O I would like to learn more about charitable annuity in my estate planning
J I would like to include the University of Florida Libraries in my bequest




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Business Phone

Please make checks payable to UF Foundation/Friends of the Libraries and
mail to Samuel Huang, associate dean for advancement and development,
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, PO Box 117000,
Gainesville, FL 32611-7000.
To pay by credit card please fill out the following:
O MasterCard O Visa J Discover J American Express
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deduction process to provide their level of support.
Check here for payroll deduction. F
Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For more information contact Samuel Huang at (352) 273-2505 or
Thank you for your support!

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Paula Markes joins libraries as metadata expert

Paula Markes joined the VIVO* project team in November 2009 as the metadata
expert. She is responsible for performing duties related to the development and
maintenance of an ontology schema, and any associated internal vocabulary
management, for the UF VIVO application. As such she works in collaboration with
the national VIVO ontology team representing the University of Florida's needs in
developing an interoperable ontology and vocabulary that is geographically and
functionally scalable and also meets local UF needs.

Markes has a master's degree in library science with a
concentration in information management and library
automation from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Her bachelor's degree is from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN,
where she majored in psychology and minored in mathematics
and Biblical studies. Markes previously worked as a senior
information associate with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis,
: IN, and as an IT analyst at 3M Company in St. Paul, MN.

While at Lilly, Markes had the opportunity to work on a myriad of information
science activities such as taxonomy development, records management, metadata
architecture development, text mining and controlled vocabulary development.
Markes always enjoyed working with people as well as the technical aspects of
information science, and this metadata activity was unique as it challenged both
technical and networking skill sets in building a successful initiative.

Markes's time spent at 3M was completely immersed in the technology that
supported information. During her 3M tenure, she was able to be a part of multiple
IT projects and worked as a programmer, systems analyst, business analyst and
database analyst. During her time there she won an internal award for her 4GL
Raw Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) search system, and one for her work done
as a business analyst in providing support for an the HR Organizational Learning
Services group.

Jay Mann joins MSL faculty

Jay Mann joined the Marston Science Library faculty in '" -
December, 2009 as a visiting assistant university librarian. He is
the liaison for physics, ,. '._ y and the Electronic Delivery of
Graduate Engineering (EDGE) and Research and Engineering
Education Facility (REEF) programs until August 2011. His
research interests include outreach, instruction and programming
in science libraries.

Jay holds a master's degree in library and information science from the University of
Washington and a bachelor's degree in biology from Colorado State University. His
previous career was as a field biologist, working with small mammals, birds,
insects and plants. His first experience in an academic library was at the Natural
Sciences Library and subsequently the Suzzallo & Allen Library at the University of
Washington. While there he worked at the reference and information desks.

*Information about VIVO, a research-focused discovery tool, will appear in a future
issue of iu i)' News.

Donna Wrublewski
is the new MSL
chemistry librarian

Donna Wrublewski .
joined the Marston I
Science Library in ri
January, 2010 as
the new chemistry
librarian. She is
the liaison for
chemistry, chemical
engineering, and materials science and
engineering. Her research interests
include evaluation and integration
of new technologies with particular
emphasis on the fields of chemical
education, as well as increasing library
education outreach to various UF

Wrublewski has a bachelor's degree in
chemical engineering (with minors in
materials science and engineering and
in writing) from the Massachusetts
Institute of TJ.1, '!n. '. -v, a master's degree
in polymer science and engineering
from the University of Massachusetts
Amherst, and is completing a doctorate
degree, also in polymer science from
UMass, this semester.

Flip video cameras
available for checkout

Flip video cameras are available for
check out to students, faculty and staff
at four of the campus libraries. Flip
video cameras are compact hand-
held cameras that offer an easy way to
create and develop video projects using
the USB port on a computer. Their
availability allows students to check out
the cameras to complete assignments
with a video or multimedia component.

Library West has three cameras, the
Architecture and Fine Arts Library
has two, the Education Library has
one, as does the Journalism and
Communications Library. Checkout
is for three days on a first come first
served basis.
Ryan Litsey
Course Reserves
Library News Page 7


The libraries
welcome Rebecca
Jefferson as the
new head of the
Price Library
of Judaica. Her
include collection
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 continued area of
focus, particularly for the University of
Florida, should be Florida and South
American Jewry and its ties with Latin

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.

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