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USF Libraries preserves local African American history

A bountiful repository of local African American artifacts spanning more than 150 years provides a glimpse into the community’s lives, struggles and achievements in Tampa Bay. Rare books, personal papers, photographs and even property records are available in the USF Tampa campus library, the Nelson Poynter Library at USF St. Petersburg and online.

February 6, 2024Campus Life, Community Partnerships, University News

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Kristina Keogh named new dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library

Kristina Keogh has been named the new dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the USF St. Petersburg campus. Keogh comes to USF after being the director of library services for the past six years at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL.

July 26, 2022University News

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Pride Month celebrates USF’s LGBTQ+ community

The University of South Florida is proud to support its LBGTQ+ community during Pride Month and throughout the year with an active network of organizations that host events, provide resources and work to serve and support these communities.

June 1, 2022Campus Life, Community Partnerships, Student Success

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The Florida Ornithological Society nests at the USF Libraries

The USF Libraries are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Florida Ornithological Society (FOS). Considering the Libraries’ many previous successes with environmental scholars and the Audubon Society of Florida, the FOS seemed like a natural fit to join the Florida Environment and Natural History nest.

April 19, 2022University News

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USF Libraries create history, not just preserve it

From solving century-old mysteries to changing what we know about Florida’s iconic bird, several resources at the USF Libraries have helped create actionable outcomes.

February 8, 2022University News

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USF Libraries collection on display at the Tampa Museum of Art

For the first time, dozens of ancient objects from the Farid Karam, M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection will be available to the general public.

December 1, 2021University News

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Celebrating Hispanic heritage and how it’s shaped Tampa Bay

Hispanic heritage is an integral part of Florida history. Within Tampa, Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Spanish, and Puerto Rican cultures and influences have shaped the city. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to recognize some of the icons that have contributed to shaping our city through business, government, education, and sports.

September 20, 2021University News

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Fifty years: USF Libraries employee to retire as the university’s longest-serving non-faculty staff member

As a child, Florence Jandreau remembers peeking through the woods and trees to see the new university in town. At the time, she could have never imagined the impact USF would have on her life or that she would one day retire as the university’s longest-serving non-faculty staff member.

July 19, 2021University News

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The lost African American cemeteries of Tampa Bay & what’s being done to remember them

USF librarians are working with USF researchers and the Tampa Bay community to identify living next-of-kin for those forgotten while bringing historical injustices to light.

June 11, 2021Research and Innovation

Dr. Juel Shannon Smith (center/left) and Tampa Chapter President Marsha Lewis Brown (right) presenting a donation to support the oral history project to USF Libraries Associate Director of Development Christina Wisz (center/right) and Associate Dean Tom Cetwinski (left)

The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Selects USF Libraries to House Archives

The USF Tampa Library acquired a particularly special collection: The Tampa Chapter of The Links, Incorporated archives, one of the oldest and largest volunteer organizations in the country. The organization has a membership of more than 16,000 women of color committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic endurance of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

May 3, 2021University News

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Awards season celebrates Cape Canaveral docu-short

In October 2019, USF Innovative Education’s Digital Learning production team premiered their docu-short "Our Last Chance: Preserving Cape Canaveral," which chronicled USF Libraries Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections' ongoing preservation work with the cultural resources division of the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

April 12, 2021University News

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Celebrating Women’s History

The USF Libraries has made a variety of resources available in commemoration of Women’s History Month to celebrate not just women’s historical triumphs, but to pay tribute to the women in our lives today.

March 31, 2021University News

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