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Message from the Interim Dean

After more than 7 years as Dean of the University of South Florida Libraries, William A. Garrison announced his resignation in July.  Dean Garrison’s departure is a loss to USF and we are grateful for his service.  During his tenure, Dean Garrison made our libraries the heart of campus life. In the near future, we will begin a national search for the Libraries’ next permanent Dean. 

On to the new semester! We are looking forward to the return of our new and continuing students and faculty. During the summer we gave our website a new and fresh appearance based on your input. We also completed some important building maintenance projects and hired new librarians and staff. Preparations for your return kept us very busy, but it is all worth it when the library fills your energy and enthusiasm. 

Your feedback and comments are always welcome. Feel free to email me directly at Welcome!

Todd Chavez
Interim Dean, University of South Florida Libraries

USF Libraries Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Goals 2013-2018


USF Libraries seek to develop an organizational profile consistent with membership in the Association of Research Libraries. 


The USF Libraries provide resources, services and collections to advance the University of South Florida’s teaching, learning, and research mission.

The USF Libraries is dedicated to:

-          Student academic success

-          Innovative and creative delivery of collections and services

-          Strategic partnerships and engagement

Strategic Goal 1:

Expand information management services for scholarly communication and inter-disciplinary research, teaching and learning.

Strategic Goal 2:

Acquire and preserve collections of national distinction in targeted inter-disciplinary fields, reflecting institutional strategic directions.

Strategic Goal 3:

Sustain and expand a library instruction program in collaboration with faculty which is continuously assessed for its effectiveness and impact on student academic success.   

Strategic Goal 4:

Continuously improve library operations, facilities, services, programs, and collections to better meet the research, teaching and learning needs of faculty, staff, and students.  

Learn more about us

The Library is a member of:

  • American Library Association and Research Center (ALA)
  • Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
  • Council of Library & Information Resources (CLIR)
  • Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Inc. (TBLC)
  • Lyrasis
  • Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL)
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • New Media Consortium (NMC)
  • Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • OCLC Research Library
  • Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

Strategic Direction: Re-setting and Re-engaging

Below, the final report resulting from the year-long consultation process with George Jurkowich of Azimuth Consultants is available for all library employees, as is the June 22, 2011 presentation to library staff.

Contact us

Todd Chavez, Interim Dean



Florence Jandreau, CAP,

Senior Assistant to the Dean