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Get a Job!

Monday, February 6th, 2017 | Posted in Graduate Students, Student Success, Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Get a Job!


USF excels in graduating students prepared for employment, with 62% of graduates beginning careers in STEM, education, healthcare, and other high-demand fields, yet there remain opportunities for growth. 

Students enter college with a wide range of backgrounds and expectations. Some have decided to attend college more recently and aren’t sure how to plan for their eventual careers whereas others seem to have known what they wanted to do since kindergarten. USF has tools and services in place to help all of these students graduate and find jobs.

The Get a Job! series of career planning workshops for students developed from the confluence of several simmering ideas within the USF Tampa Library and a desire, on the part of USF Career Services, to reach students in new ways and places. Career-focused programming within the USF Tampa Library compliments in-library academic advising and the offerings of the Academic Success Center, toward an aim of meeting a multitude of student needs under one roof. Many students consider the library their on-campus home base, so bringing services to them is a natural way to improve access.


Get a Job! Fall 2016 presenters: Britt Self (USF Libraries Digital Media Commons), Doug Meyn and Alicia Walker (USF Career Services), and Nora Wood (USF Libraries). The 2017 lineup adds Career Services veteran Lynn Chisholm.

“I think this series got to the heart of what students were looking for, relative to their job search, and partnering with the USF Libraries team was a great way to reach them.”

-Alicia Walker, Assistant Director of Career Planning at USF Career Services

The Fall 2016 Get a Job! workshop offerings included five sessions, on topics ranging from researching the perfect major and industry for yourself, to building a smart and standout resume, through acing the interview once you’ve got it.

Student feedback on the first series was overwhelmingly positive:

“I found the workshops extremely helpful in many aspects. I was lucky and have applied to two companies, both of which I was offered a position with last semester. I have already accepted a job at one company here in Tampa… I definitely think it is something that should continue in the future.”

-TJ Ross, Masters Student in Electrical Engineering


USF student Katherine Martin

“All of the information was really helpful. I went to a charter school and they didn’t give these practical job search tips. This is the first time I’ve learned how to craft my resume and take the next steps.”

-Katherine Martin, Biomedical Sciences major and aspiring Pediatrician

The expanded Spring 2017 workshop lineup adds a topic on internships and includes two additional evening sessions on two of the most popular topics for students whose schedules don’t permit them to attend the daytime sessions. With just the first workshop completed so far, registration for the spring series has already exceeded that of the entire Fall 2016 series. The Spring 2017 series will be recorded and posted online, dramatically expanding student reach.

“From freshmen to seniors, this series allowed students to better prepare themselves for their future careers by giving them the tools and the knowledge to craft better resumes, research companies and industries, and prepare for job interviews.”

-Assistant librarian for business, Nora Wood

How can you help grow this kind of far-reaching student support? Contact the USF Libraries Office of Development at (813) 974-4433 to discuss your contribution.


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Reorganizing For The Future: Digital Scholarship Services

Monday, August 15th, 2016 | Posted in Graduate Students, Student Success, Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off on Reorganizing For The Future: Digital Scholarship Services


Dean of the USF Libraries Todd Chavez“The word ‘digital’ increasingly appears throughout higher education — digital humanities, digital science, digital collections, and so on.
The formation of the Digital Scholarship Services department under the leadership of Carol Ann Borchert embodies our commitment to actions that go well beyond the terminology. While the Digital Media Commons team focuses largely on undergraduate student success, this new unit will target faculty and graduate student needs. These complementary missions will ensure that the library is benefiting all audiences and needs.”
-Todd Chavez, Dean of the USF Libraries


The University of South Florida Libraries have long been pioneers in the digital realm. From open access scholarly publishing to digital special collections to oral histories, we’ve consistently been among the first to test and deploy innovative technologies in our quest to improve access to information. It’s no surprise, then, that the digital ethic would inform the evolution of services in multiple areas of the library.

Under the visionary leadership of Dean Todd Chavez, the USF Libraries recently concluded a year-long collaborative strategic planning exercise. Among the outcomes of closer alignment with USF system goals and improving the delivery of existing services, library faculty and staff identified in-house strengths which could be leveraged to greatly benefit USF students and faculty.

Carol Ann Borchert, Director of the Digital Scholarship Services unit

Director of Digital Scholarship Services Carol Ann Borchert

Out of this exercise, Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) was born. An existing digitization group had largely been charged with scanning, creating, and posting digital collections – primarily items from Special Collections. Another group within the Academic Resources unit focused on scholarly communications: an institutional repository for faculty publications, the publication of open access journals and textbooks, and the hosting of online conference proceedings – areas in which USF is a national leader. Both groups have focused on providing research materials in an open access format for researchers worldwide. Skill sets that had been siloed in two units are now combined for greater efficiency as well as seemingly limitless strategic synergy. As Carol Ann Borchert, the newly-appointed director of the DSS unit, puts it “USF has a universe of remarkable collections, and now they will be accessible without the need to come to our building in person to dig for them.”


“I’m excited about the new Digital Scholarship Services unit and honored by the opportunity to lead it as the new Director.  I look forward to working with faculty and researchers to build unique collections that will be available open access online.  These collections will support researchers worldwide, enhance educational opportunities, and showcase the work being done here at USF.”
-Carol Ann Borchert, Director, Digital Scholarship Services


USF’s potential to revolutionize digital scholarship is limitless. To support these efforts, consider making a gift to the USF Tampa Library. Contact the USF Libraries Office of Development at 813-974-4433 to discuss your contribution.

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