A Bit of Background

I have heard in various ways that digital is the way of the future with libraries. I totally dug on my cataloging internship last summer– Just about everything that came across my desk was something that I could have spent quite a bit of time reading through and it felt good to be part of bringing it to free availability to the public. I dread the thought of paperless libraries. I myself have not taken to reading a book on an eReader. I do understand that paper is prone to destruction and not easily kept in good condition over time. Digital files are easy to be destroyed as well. From accidentally saving over a file to a hard drive going corrupt, much can happen to the electronic bits and bites we are hoping will last for years to come. Either way, the future has come to libraries and its form is not paper.

I’m currently reading Ready Player One; after reading few pages introducing me to the impoverished hopeless teen, it warmed my heart that there were digital files of millions of books that were free for him or anyone to read. OK, so I just said I dread the thought of paperless libraries – perhaps not so much if seen from other perspectives. This is exactly what we aim for in librarianship – free access to everyone to all information. So here goes hands-on learning for digital collections.

Tentative schedule for Spring semester January 10 –April 27 with 4-hour afternoons (1-5pm) @ UF Digital Collections.
Week of
Jan 15: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Jan 22: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Jan 29: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Feb 5: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Feb 12: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Feb 19: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Feb 26: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Mar 5 : unavailable
Mar 12: unavailable
Mar 19: UF Data Symposium (down as a moderator of one of the sessions) = 8 hours, then regular Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 20 hours
Mar 26: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Apr 2: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Apr 9: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 12 hours
Apr 16: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = 10 hours
Apr 23: open to use if any days/hours are missed
Total = 150 hours

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