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CONVERSATIONS: The Gore Vidal Collection Event

On October 12th, Neil Weijer, Curator of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection hosted a lively discussion with Steven Abbott and Jim Stephens, bibliographers for Gore Vidal. Weijer introduced and probed about the recent Smathers Libraries collection. Donated by Abbott and Stephens in 2023, the Gore Vidal…

Black History Month at the Smathers Libraries

The Smathers Libraries celebrate Black-African History Month through a variety of events and activities that highlight the rich history and culture of the Black-African community. From book displays and online exhibits to guest speakers and Out Loud readings, there is something for everyone. We honor the contributions and achievements of…

Application Developer wins Superior Accomplishment Award

Dustin Durden, Senior Application Developer for the Digital Libraries, won a Division 3 Superior Accomplishment Award this spring. Durden leads the team supporting UF-hosted digital libraries (e.g., the UF Digital Collections, Digital Library of the Caribbean, and the Florida Digital Newspapers Library), leads activities related to…

Recently Processed, Expanded, or Revised Collections

Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn in “The Iron Petticoat”, 1956. Lobby card from the Bob Hope Collection James S. Haskins Papers, 1920s-2023 (Bulk: 1961-2004) (significantly expanded and newly revised finding aid) James Haskins (1941-2005) was a prolific author of more than 100 published books, mostly of African American…

Fall Fest 2023 Garners Over 650 Visitors

This past week we had another successful Fall Fest! We want to thank all the students and staff who came out to celebrate with us. We also want to thank the volunteers who are the backbone of the fest and make it a great event. The theme this year was "Libraries give you Superpowers!" With over 650 people participating in the event this year, we hope to bring even more out next year.

Libraries Celebrate Homecoming with 100 Years of Traditions Float

On Homecoming Friday, Dean of University Libraries, Judy Russell, rode the one-mile route down 13th Street to University Avenue on a float covered with gators dressed up from different decades. This year’s Homecoming theme, 100 Years of Traditions, was near-perfect timing for the Smathers Libraries, whose first branch was established…

Libraries Receive Grant to Save Recordings at Risk

Burning Spear, December 1969 The George A. Smathers Libraries received $50,000 in grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for the project “Preserving the Journalistic Recordings of Burning Spear Media, 1971-1999.” This project is part of CLIR’s “Recordings at Risk” program and will allow the…