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Historic Ybor City Collections Draw Researcher to USF Libraries

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

The USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections department holds some fascinating items. That, you probably know. You may not know, however, what researchers actually do with the historical records, photographs, and newspapers there. We sat down with UNC Chapel Hill doctoral student Sarah McNamara to learn how she is using the Ybor City collections for her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation research.

UNC Graduate Student Sarah McNamara was drawn to Special Collections for her thesis and disseration research

Born and raised in Tampa, Sarah has always nurtured an interest in Tampa’s role in history. While working on a paper on Ybor City as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, a professor referred her to the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center within the USF Tampa Library’s Special Collections Department. This initial exploration of local history led to a deep dive into the archives. In her graduate work, McNamara uses records from Ybor City’s mutual aid societies, digitized copies of La Gaceta newspaper, and photographs of striking workers in weaving together her thesis on women’s activism and incorporation into the international Popular Front movement. Her research seeks to show that these activities were more than mere labor strikes or communist movements, that they were, in fact, the beginnings of the civil rights movement.

Says McNamara, “Using the Special Collections at USF is essentially going straight to the source. It’s a fantastic archive with an immense amount of local materials, but combining the available information from the Centros, newspapers, and oral histories with government records, Works Progress Administration reports, and other items that connect the city to larger policies and broader events makes it come alive in new ways.” Sarah credits Assistant Librarian Andy Huse with facilitating her research with his knowledge of the collections and willingness to help when she must work remotely due to her University of North Carolina coursework.

Investment in the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center’s collections enhances research opportunities for students like Sarah. Additionally, your support of graduate assistantships and research fellowships enables USF students to gain valuable experience working with the collections, which contributes to successful careers.

Contact Merrell Dickey to advance these and other student success and research efforts: (813) 974-1654 mdickey@usf.edu.

USF Libraries Scholarships and Fellowships: Investing in Student Success

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

Supporting student success is the USF Libraries’ number one priority. The USF Tampa Library awarded $8,500 in scholarships in 2011, to 10 deserving students. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our donors, including friends, alumni, faculty, staff, perhaps even you, who have invested in scholarships through the USF Libraries to support student learning and research.

2011 USF Libraries Scholarship Recipients, with Dean Garrison: (front row) Meagan Albin (Junior; Elementary Education; Sociology minor), Nicholas Hernandez (Freshman; Double major: Biomedical Sciences & Psychology), and Raechel Canipe (Junior; Psychology; Sociology minor) Back row: Skyler Ketchum (Freshman; Architecture), Usman Ahmad (Freshman; Engineering), Alexander Peterson (Freshman; Geology), and Michael Isaacs (Junior; Accounting).

Help us make more students’ dreams of success come true by contacting Merrell Dickey to make a contribution. Supporting student success is achieved in many ways. In addition to scholarships, you can make a difference by enhancing one of our endowments in support of student assistantships and research fellowships in these areas, including the Riordan Fellowship.

2009 USF Libraries Scholarship Recipients and facilitators: Stacy Holman Jones (asst. professor), Darcy Webber, Diana Hurlburt, Seunjoo Park, Dennis J. Smith, Cenia M. Tamo Meza, Larry Heilos (committee), Paula Lezama Romero, donor Ruth Coleman, Donna Menendez

Contact us to make a financial contribution to these and other student success efforts:
Merrell Dickey (813) 974-1654 mdickey@usf.edu.

Armenian Studies Event Explores Ethics, National Security, Genocide

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

Taner Akçam

The USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center continued our ongoing effort to raise public awareness and encourage the teaching of tolerance with the presentation of the second annual Armenian Studies Symposium on November 4th, 2011. Free and open to the public, attendees filled the Grace Allen Room to capacity, even standing in adjacent rooms to listen in.

Respected Armenian Genocide studies scholar Taner Akçam gave a keynote talk on the Turkish government’s justification for suppressing free speech in the name of national security, a practice with far-reaching implications, from classrooms to contemporary international relations. Akçam‘s talk was followed by a panel discussion featuring USF scholars Edward Kissi, Rachel May, and Steven C. Roach comparing the Turkish situation to the US treatment of Native Americans and it’s long period of slavery, and other genocides around the world throughout history. Were you not able to attend? Watch a video of the November 4th event here.

Edward Kissi, Steven C. Roach, Rachel May

The Armenian Studies event was one in a series of public events the USF Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center has hosted with the aim of calling attention to the intolerant behaviors that have led to genocides and crimes against humanity, in hopes of preventing future genocides and hate crimes. USF Holocaust and genocide studies librarian Musa Olaka relates how the Armenian programming fits into the bigger picture: “The Armenian Studies initiative provides resources and inroads for USF faculty and students to engage in critical study of comparative genocide, genocide denial, and the fight against genocidal ideology around the world.”

In addition to print media coverage in the Maddux Report and the Armenian press, the event was reported on by WMNF radio, 88.5. Listen to the in-depth radio report.

Do you want to support education, programming and collections that can help create a better world?

Contact us to advance these and other efforts: Merrell Dickey (813) 974-1654 mdickey@usf.edu.

Top Young Adult Literature Authors on the Hipple Collection

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

Tammar Stein:

“The Hipple Collection is a testament to the power that young adult literature holds over every passionate reader.  It’s during that crucial, awkward, intense time of adolescents when we truly discover the power that books hold in our lives. To honor and preserve the progression of thousands of YA books from manuscript to ARC to various published editions is both amazing and necessary.”

Isamu Fukui:

“During my brief visit to the Hipple Collection at USF I had the great pleasure of witnessing an extraordinary undertaking in literary preservation. As an author, I was touched by how earnestly the collection highlights the personal aspect of the writing process. Unlike Minerva from the forehead of Jupiter, no work of literature emerges spontaneously from its creator, fully formed. These texts are the product of painstaking human effort, and the Hipple Collection endeavors not only to preserve them in the most nascent form available, but to capture that personal touch of the author which all too easily becomes lost in the mass market.”

Ben Mikaelsen:

“I want to express what a treasure has been created with the Hipple Collection.  Most important is the vision it has taken to compile this wonderful collection of manuscripts that would otherwise have been lost to time.”

Adrian Fogelin:

“The Hipple Collection is an impressive and growing repository for first editions, manuscripts and ephemera from the always quirky process of producing novels for young readers.  It is a fitting monument to the life of Ted Hipple and a testament to the determination and persuasive powers of Dr. Joan Kaywell.  Because she is such a friend to writers of YA and middle-grade fiction we are happy to add our work (both finished product and rarely-seen drafts) to the collection. My recent first-time visit to the collection made me proud to be included in what is quickly becoming a
great primary source for the study of fiction for young readers.”

Edward Bloor:

“The Hipple Collection has quickly established itself as the east coast’s top repository for young adult lit. They have editions of my books that even I don’t have!”

Greg Neri:

“As far as I’m concerned, the Hipple Collection is the most comprehensive collection of signed first editions and original manuscripts of American teen fiction in the U.S.  I’m proud to have my archives housed there.”

How Does Young Adult Literature Save Lives?

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

Joan Kaywell with undergrad YA Literature researcher Courtney Pollard

“I believe that young adult literature saves lives, and I am living proof of that.”

~USF Professor Joan Kaywell

USF Professor of Secondary Education Joan Kaywell knows what a powerful life raft young adult books can be for teens and tweens in emotional turmoil. She credits the genre for rescuing her from a troubled childhood by channeling her desire for escape into a form of emotional therapy and, ultimately, a productive and prestigious career.

Kaywell, a leading expert on young adult literature and the founder of the USF Libraries Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature, began the Hipple Collection in 2007 with a gift of 333 books, most of them first-editions signed by their authors. She had collected the books over decades for her now-adult sons.

Many young adults find solace, companionship, and self-acceptance through these books, but the books often have a short life cycle since they usually only have one print run. Professor Kaywell wanted to create a place where this literature could be collected and preserved for ongoing use and research. In creating the Hipple Collection within USF Libraries Special Collections, she was able to pay tribute to her mentor and role model Ted Hipple, who devoted much of his career and life to young adult literature.

Since its founding, the Hipple Collection has grown to include well over 2,000 autographed volumes and original author manuscripts, thanks to donations from Kaywell and her sons, the Assembly for Literature on Adolescents (ALAN), authors, and recent funding from donor Dore Beach, the Disney Book Group, and other donors, to support the Children’s and Young Adult Literature Collection Fund. Titles range from the iconic works of Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton to the typescript for 19-year-old Isamu Fukui’s latest novel. The collection is used largely by those who simply want to read these books, but also for research purposes. USF senior Courtney Pollard used many of these titles in a research project comparing characteristics of popular (think “Twilight” and the “Harry Potter” series) with more critically acclaimed young adult literature (listen to the WUSF story here). In addition, Professor Kaywell works with secondary school teachers in an effort to connect teens to the literature that can prove so valuable to them.

Beyond its research, reading, and teaching value, the Hipple Collection serves as a definitive archive of young adult literature for future generations of readers and scholars. As author Edward Bloor notes, “The Hipple Collection has quickly established itself as the east coast’s top repository for young adult lit. They have editions of my books that even I don’t have!” Young adult literature author Greg Neri sums it up: “As far as I’m concerned, the Hipple Collection is the most comprehensive collection of signed first editions and original manuscripts of American teen fiction in the U.S.  I’m proud to have my archives housed there.”

See what other young adult literature authors have to say about the USF Libraries Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature.

USF Subject Librarians: Opening Doors

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

Education Librarian Susie Ariew with Graduate Student Megan Cross


For graduate students, navigating the vast sea of research literature can be intimidating.
Because resources are spread among many publishers, it can be difficult to find the information needed to complete a project. That’s where our subject librarians come in. Experts in finding information in a given field of study, they open doors to learning for USF graduate and undergrad students while saving them time and sparing them frustration.

Megan Cross is an elementary school teacher studying for her master’s degree in education so she can become a better teacher. Midway through a research project on handwriting development in one of her first grade students, she realized some of her findings suggested a change of direction. Recalling how helpful USF Tampa Library education librarian Susan Ariew had been in the past, she contacted her again. Susan didn’t have any appointment slots available, but carved out some time to help Megan through this turning point in her research. Ariew made Megan feel like her need was of utmost priority. “She was there, ready, and more than willing to help guide me through a complicated research process,” said Megan.

Librarian Ariew showed Megan how to accurately filter research databases to find just what she needed. What was the outcome? Megan completed her research project with an A grade on the resulting paper. Her professor, Jenifer Schneider, thought Megan’s paper was good enough to be published in an academic journal. What’s more, as a result of this deep immersion in her subject, Megan is considering going on to pursue a Ph. D. She credits education librarian Susan Ariew for helping focus her interest enough to let her realize her potential.

What made you want to become a Librarian?

Susan Ariew: “I was an English teacher for many years, and then I was the education librarian at the University of Virginia, before we moved to Tampa. I love working with people in education. I’m passionate about what they’re doing – research to improve education – and I know what a difference educators make.”

What do you like best about being a part of the USF Libraries?

Susan Ariew: “I meet so many great students at USF and I love working with them. It makes you feel so good that you’ve contributed to their work. I love my job!”

Thanks to generous donors like you, the USF Libraries continue to make students’ dreams come true, even in the face of state budget cuts. With your continued support, we will foster student achievement campus-wide.

Contact Merrell Dickey to discuss how you can make a financial contribution to our efforts, at (813) 974-1654 or mdickey@usf.edu

 

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