After a busy, but productive semester, I think it’s easy to say that we are all happy that summer is here.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention some notable accomplishments. Librarian Emily Mann was honored with the USF Inclusive Excellence Faculty Award for her work coordinating librarian / faculty collaborations to diversity course readings and curricula, leading the creation of the Native American Land Acknowledgement on the USF St. Petersburg campus, and serving as Chair of the USF libraries diversity committee.
Our librarians keep on contributing to the scholarly conversation with recent publications on undergraduate student data literacy and academic library responses to the COVID pandemic:
Take a few minutes to check out #Creekshed, a recent digital scholarship project created by USFSP faculty Dr. Thomas Hallock, Amanda Hagood (Eckerd College), and USF Librarians Theresa Burress, Allison Symulevich, Amanda Boczar, and Andy Huse. #Creekshed merges Dr. Hallock's environmental narratives with archival materials from the USF Libraries Florida Natural and Environmental History digital collection to illustrate the past and present of Tampa Bay waterways.
The Student Technology Center partnered with Student Life and Engagement to teach students how to design and use the 3D printers. Over 100 students participated, learning how to design their own "jibbetzs" for their croc shoes. Our renovation continues, with the construction schedule still on track. The first few weeks were a bit noisy but now that the demolition is done, calm has returned to our library. As always, we thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time.
Look out for two new NPML librarians this summer. Natalie Boulanger, our new Visiting Librarian, recently joined us from the State College of FL and Shawna Durtschi, our new Digital Scholarship Librarian, comes to us from the Florida State University Libraries. They bring great enthusiasm, STEM, data, and digital scholarship expertise that are sure to benefit the entire USFSP community.
Finally, the search for the next NPML Dean advances. We have three wonderful candidates coming for on-site interviews in the next few weeks. Please reach out to Erica Lovelette, should you want more information on candidates, interview days, and presentation times and topics.
In the meantime, have a wonderful summer.