In the spring of 2014 a group of subject specialists and curators at the University Florida Libraries formed the Digital
Humanities Library Group. The purpose was to discuss issues in the world of digital scholarship, the internal state of
digital scholarship at the UF libraries, and to emulate Columbia University’s successful program: “Developing Librarian,”
an intensive re-skilling program aimed to meet increased user demand for digital scholarship services. In order both to learn
these skills and put them to practical use, the group chose to work with the Grimms Fairy Tales sub-collection in the Baldwin
Library of Historical Children’s Literature Digital Collection, a collection housed within the UF digital collections. The
project will improve online user experience by enhancing aspects such as: text mining, GIS mapping, data visualization,
linked data, and an online exhibit. However, the broader goal of the project is to equip library faculty and staff with
the knowledge, skills, and confidence to run a digital scholar’s lab in order to collaborate effectively with faculty and
students engaged in digital scholarship. On this panel we will hear from three participants: the chair of the working group,
the curator of the Baldwin Library, and UF’s anthropology librarian.
Dr. Richard Freeman (University of Florida - email@example.com)
Dr. Richard Freeman is currently the anthropology subject specialist for the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.
He is presently working on two digital projects with UF faculty members (neither in anthropology!). One project is working
with a body of historical photographs, the second is creating new visual content for the digital collection entitled: “Vodou
Archive” housed within the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) in the UF Digital Collections. Freeman also worked as an
archivist at the National Gallery of Art and as an assistant professor of anthropology. He has made numerous presentations at
conferences and has several publications on Argentina and visual anthropology.
Dr. Blake Landor (University of Florida - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Blake Landor has been employed since 1990 as the Classics, Philosophy and Religion Librarian in Library West (the Social
Science & Humanities library). In that capacity, he has developed the collections in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
in support of the academic programs in these disciplines; offered specialized and general research assistance to faculty and
students; given library instruction classes in various disciplines; taught citation management workshops on Refworks and
Zotero; and (in the capacity of Coordinator of Collections for Library West since 2005) worked with other subject librarians,
vendors, and the Acquisitions Dept. on issues concerning budgets and collections. During the past few years, Blake has become
involved with Digital Humanities, being the PI in 2011 for a Mini-Grant funded project involving the cataloging of online
Latin classical texts (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00000779/00001)
and, more recently, the PI for the UF Libraries’ “Developing
Librarian” Digital Humanities Pilot Training Project (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00022054/00001)
; coordinator (in 2012) of an
ACRL Research Program on “Data Curation and Collaborative Research”; participant since 2012 in UF’s Data Curation/Management
Taskforce; and founder/chair (since January, 2014) of UF Libraries’ Digital Humanities Library Group.
Suzan Alteri (University of Florida - email@example.com)
Suzan Alteri is the current curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. Her research interests are
teaching in special collections, women writers from the 18th century, educational materials for children, digital humanities,
digital curation, and book illustration. She has published in Digital Defoe, Education Libraries, Archival Issues, and Library
Journal. Alteri has also presented at the American Libraries Annual Conference, the Association of College and Research
Libraries, and the Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference.