Digital Dialogs

Welcome to Digital Dialogs at the University of South Florida!

Welcome to Digital Dialogs!  This blog features topics in five sections designed to help you discover ways to incorporate digital items, many of which are primary resources, into your class projects.  We also cover tools that you could use to create multimedia projects of your topic, and provide examples of such exhibits that have been created here at the University of South Florida and elsewhere.  There are four topical sections, plus an extra section for items of general interest, with a new post each week.  The sections are:

  • Recent Collections—information about a recently created digital collection at USF
  • Featured Project—existing projects that highlight digital materials as a cohesive online exhibit
  • Tools of the Trade—tools you can use to create your own online exhibits
  • Across the Academy—external projects that are particularly snazzy
  • In Other News—sort of a bonus section that includes information not covered in the other categories

If you have a topic you’d like to suggest for one of these areas, please let us know!  There is a Suggest an Idea feature on the right. We look forward to developing an online resource that will invite conversation, encourage collaboration, and inspire your next digital exhibit or research project.

Latest Dialogs

Celebrating the Public Domain: 19 in 2019

What is the public domain?  The public domain consists of material that is not protected by copyright and is therefore considered to belong to everyone for every kind of use (find more info on the copyright guide).  Items enter the public domain when their copyright expires, but the Sony Bono Copyright Term Extension Act stopped …

New Digital Collection: Dr. Garald Gordon Parker

Journals, reports, maps, and photographs from the ‘Father of Florida groundwater hydrogeology’ Digital Scholarship Services is happy to announce the launch of a new digital collection pulled from the USF Libraries’ Tampa Special Collections:  the papers of Dr. Garald Gordon Parker.  Dr. Garald Gordon Parker (1905-2000), often cited as the ‘Father of Florida groundwater hydrogeology,’ …

Columbus Day and/or Indigenous Peoples Day?

On October 8th, the Global Citizens Project Student Association screened the film Columbus Day Legacy at the Marshall Center. The film explores the tensions between the Native Americans and Italian Americans in Denver, Colorado, concerning the celebration of Columbus Day. This controversy is not localized to Denver. Across America, Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day …

Digital Scholarship Services Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and this year’s theme:  Hispanics:  One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions, Digital Scholarship Services has digitized a small selection of musical and theatrical materials from our Special Collections Sheet Music and Centro Asturiano Collections.  First, in our newly created Sheet Music digital collection:  Two step : “Grand Orient” a …

Evaluating and picking the right tool to help your research

Your copyright librarian here.  While I find all aspects of copyright fascinating, of particular interest to me is how authors, writers, composers, etc., feel about copyright and the idea of intellectual property.  I’ve been gathering massive amounts of information on this topic for some time and have recently been stymied by a research problem:  how …