In July we will formally welcome two colleagues to the USF Library team: Drs. Lori Collins and Travis Doering. Lori and Travis are experts in technologies and methods used to preserve, protect, and document global cultural and natural heritage. Since 2009, library faculty have been working with them on a variety of projects across the disciplinary spectrum. They are the founders and recent Co-Directors of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST).
With the arrival last year of Professor Herbert Maschner, AIST evolved into the Center for Virtualization and Applied Spatial Technologies (CVAST). Dr. Maschner serves as the Executive Director of CVAST and holds appointments in the School of Geosciences and the Department of Anthropology. With the support and leadership of College of Arts & Sciences' Dean Eric Eisenberg and Dr. Maschner, we are formalizing our partnership with CVAST and launching a new direction for digital services and collections that will establish the library as the hub for digital learning at USF.
In the coming years, look for a range of innovative library services; distinctive high-value research collections; and new external funding initiatives.
Interim Dean, University of South Florida Libraries