Library Update

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library Monthly Update for Faculty

March 2017


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National League of American Pen Women 120th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, March 10
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Chamblin Room of the Library

To commemorate Women’s History Month, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, UNF Women’s Center and Jacksonville Branch of the NLAPW are co-hosting a multi-anniversary event to bring women creators in the Visual Arts, Music and Writing together and present a panel discussion on the history and future of this important national organization. Refreshments will be served.

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The library has been working with other state colleges and universities on a state-wide project to implement a new integrated library system (ILS).  The new system will offer significantly upgraded and streamlined features in July when it replaces the current system that has been in place for almost 15 years.

Lisandra Carmichael, the Library Associate Dean, is leading the planning at UNF as the ILS Implementation Coordinator.  Over the past months, committees have worked to revise policies, outline procedures, and create new online protocols for the new system.  Many committees are working hard behind the scenes as everything changes and thousands of bibliographic records are processed.  All library staff and faculty are participating in training as the new discovery interface is tested. We will begin introducing the new system to faculty and students in July. 

We look forward to seeing the Department Representatives Library Advisory Committee on March 15th to discuss ideas from faculty on how to enhance library services and resources.  I am always interested in hearing from faculty, so please share your suggestions with me, Lisandra Carmichael, Associate Dean, Stephanie Race, Head of Research and Outreach, or your library liaison.

Elizabeth A. Curry, Dean of the Library


Vexations PosterOn Wednesday, March 15th, the library will host a rare performance of Eric Satie’s 1893 composition, “Vexations.”  This collaborative event between Dr. Clark Lunberry, Department of English, and Dr. Erin Bennett, School of Music, is in conjunction with Lunberry’s spring course, “Being Bored: The Art of Ennui," and the spring semester's "Series of Boring Events.” The concert will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, and will continue uninterrupted until 3 a.m. Thursday, March 16 in the Chamblin Room.

Pianists are being sought to participate for 30 minute or longer segments.  If you are interested in participating, contact Dr. Erin Bennett or Clark Lunberry.


In celebration of Women's History Month, the library will feature an exhibit of the personal political memorabilia from the Edna Saffy Collection.  Dr. Saffy was a human rights activist, professor, and founder of National Organization for Women (NOW) chapters in Jacksonville and Gainesville and the Jacksonville Women's Network.  Dr. Saffy was also politically active. In 1975 she led a march in support of the Equal Rights Amendment in Tallahassee. She served as a Florida delegate to the International Women’s Conference, as a Florida State delegate to six Democratic National Conventions, and was president of the Florida Women’s Political Caucus.

The exhibit will include political t-shirts, programs, fliers, and badges from various conferences and conventions she attended.  The exhibit can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room on the first floor of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library through the month of March.  Photographs and some of Dr. Saffy's correspondence and writings can also be viewed online

Images from the Edna Saffy Collection

Photo of Dr. Edna Saffy, 1973
Florida Parades for the ERA program image
Photo of Saffy and Hillary Clinton
Saffy Paper image
Photo of Saffy and Patricia Schroeder
Women's activism necklace
Dr. Saffy and President Carter


We are pleased to announce trial access to the following digital resources.  Please send your feedback about the importance of these resources to your research and teaching to your library liaison.  

CountryWatch provides historical information, statistics, maps, and news about 195 countries around the world.  It serves as a source for in-depth country reports covering business, economic forecasts, culture, environment, government, and global election news.CountryWatch logo

  • Trial period: February 15 to March 15, 2017
  • Access CountryWatch
    • Username: UNFTrial
    • Password: UNF2017

HeinOnline’s Government, Politics, and Law for Academics is the world's largest fully searchable, image-based government document and legal research database. It contains comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,300 periodicals.  The database also contains all of the Congressional Record bound volumes, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, constitutions for every country in the world, all U.S. Treaties, the Federal Register and CFR from inception, HeinOnline logocollections of classic treatises and presidential documents, and access to the full text of state and federal case law powered by Fastcase.

PrepStep is an online learning platform with resources for self-guided academic skill-building and tools for career and workforce readiness.  It includes English, math and science skills reviews and prep materials for occupational exams, Allied Health and nursing school entrance tests, and graduate school admissions. PrepStep logo

  • Trial period: February 27 to April 10, 2017
  • Access PrepStep
    • Username:
    • Password: password


The R2 Digital Library is a platform for health science collections featuring a comprehensive selection of medical, nursing and allied health eBooks with an intuitive interface optimized for your library.  More than 70 leading health science publishers have eBooks available on the R2 Digital Library. These publishers range from some of the largest health science publishers such aR2 Digital Library Logos Elsevier and Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins to a robust selection of titles from associations and academies such as the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Last month, the UNF Digital Commons reached an important milestone, surpassing one million downloads.  The repository began in 2011 and showcases the research and scholarship of faculty and students, as well as the history of UNF.  The UNF Digital Commons contains nearly 13,000 digital objects, including 186 faculty articles and projects, and one faculty-edited open access journal.  There are several areas featuring student scholarship, including 710 theses and dissertations.  Use has grown steadily over time, with nearly 350,000 downloads in the past year. 

“It is the mission of the UNF Digital Commons to support university scholarship, expand accessibility to university archives and special collections, and promote the history and heritage of UNF and the northeast Florida region, and our staff are working hard to achieve these goals,” said Jeffrey T. Bowen, Director of Technical Services for the library.

The most popular faculty article series is History Faculty Publications with over 16,000 downloads.

Collaborative projects with faculty and departments on campus have led to series such as the UNF Jazz Archives, Student Government Legislation, the Environmental Center, the Center for Community-Based Learning, and others.

Some of the featured Special Collections include Eartha M. M. White, Dr. Edna Louise Saffy, Ed Gamble Cartoons, and the Lawrence V. Smith Images.

In addition, the SelectedWorks Gallery works with the UNF Digital Commons to highlight faculty scholarship.  These are fully customizable faculty websites that empower faculty to showcase their research, scholarly interests, and creative output.

The UNF Digital Commons and SelectedWorks, services of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, are fully searchable and optimized in Google searches.  Content from the UNF Digital Commons can also be found in the library’s OneSearch discovery tool. 


The Carpenter Library is accepting scholarly and creative works to be included in the first annual Showcase of Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Thursday, April 13.  Faculty are invited to submit books, journal articleFaculty Showcase logos, artwork and performances published between January 1, 2016, and Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The goal of the showcase is to expose the University community to the breadth of faculty research across a range of disciplines and increase student awareness of the importance of these endeavors. The deadline to submit works is Wednesday, March 15.

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