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Senior Associate Dean / Librarian, USF Libraries

With over 35 years’ experience working in libraries, I have seen lots of changes! The USF Libraries have a long history of innovation and risk-taking, trying new initiatives to see which ones work. Not all of them do, but we never know until we try. Over the course of my career, I have worked in a variety of areas of librarianship, including cataloging, reference, serials, and digital scholarship. Such a broad range of experience has provided me a solid overview of library operations and helps me support my staff and colleagues, assisting them in solving problems. I am excited to see what the next decade in libraries will bring!

Primary Areas of Focus
  • Library administration
  • Open access publishing
  • Serials & electronic resources
  • MA, Spanish, University of South Florida
  • MLS, University of Kentucky
  • BBA, Finance, College of William & Mary
Research Interests
  • Communications in libraries
  • Communicating the value of libraries
Selected Publications

Borchert, Carol Ann and Lesley Brooks. “Losing Your Budget Without Losing Your Mind: Communicating in a Crisis.” Journal of Library Administration 63, no.2 (2023): 213-230. DOI:


Davis, Carol Ann and Jason Boczar. “Something Old, Something New, Something Bold, Something Cool: A Marriage of Two Repositories.” The Serials Librarian 74:1-4 (2018):139-144, DOI:


Borchert, Carol Ann, Charlene N. Simser, and Wendy C. Robertson. “Navigating the Political Waters of Open Access Publishing in Libraries.” In Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Policy and Infrastructure, ed. Kevin L. Smith, and Katherine A Dickson. 137–60. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

Robertson, Wendy C. and Carol Ann Borchert. “Preserving Content from Your Institutional Repository.” The Serials Librarian, 66:1-4 (2014): 278-288, DOI:


Borchert, Carol Ann. “Coping with Hobgoblins: Rethinking Journals Processing in the E-Journals Environment at the University of South Florida.” Serials Review. 37, no.2 (2011):71-79.


Borchert, Carol Ann. “To Check In or Not To Check In? That is the Question.” Serials Review. 33, no.4 (2007):238-243.


Borchert, Carol Ann. “Untangling the Jungle of E-Journal Access Issues Using CRM Software.” Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services. 30 (2006):224-237.