Digital Services (DLC)
University of Florida
P.O Box 117003
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
Digital Library Center (DLC)
The DLC is located off campus. We recommend an appointment to ensure our experts are available for consultation. Please call (352) 273-2900.
Digital Library Center
University of Florida
P.O Box 117003
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
Lois J. Widmer, Chair of Digital Services and Shared Collections
Lois J. Widmer is the Chair of the Digital Services and Shared Collections Department, which combines the services of the Digital Library Center, Preservation, the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF), and the Florida Academic Repository (FLARE).
Head of the digital / web unit within information technology at the libraries and the lead developer responsible for creating digital library tools and software: 1) SobekCM, the enterprise-level open source digital library management system powers the UF Digital Collections; 2) Digital Library of the Caribbean Toolkit, for metadata submission by 30 partners to digitize and transfer files/metadata to a centralized repository for access and archiving; 3) DLC Toolkit, a specialized, enterprise, production-scale version of the dLOC Toolkit adopted as the official digital production software by the Digital Initiatives Subcommittee of the State University Libraries of Florida; 4) myUFDC and myDLOC, online patron tools and a full suite of collection managers, partner tools, and administrative tools.
Randall Renner, Operations & Digital Projects Manager
Randall Renner received his MFA in Creative Photography in 1997, focusing on the intersections of traditional and digital photography. Before coming to the Digital Library Center in 2002, Randall taught college level courses on computer art and montage, mixed media studio classes, black and white photography, training seminars on various computer applications, and worked as a photographer, photographing rare books, artwork, 3-D models, in a studio environment and on location. His experience in photography spans the entire process, from image capturing via digital or analog methods to the printing and display of the captured images.
Randall is an imaging expert for two and three dimensional objects. He supervises all of the production units in the Digital Library Center (Copy Control/Ingest; Main, Newspaper, and Large Format Imaging; A/V Digitization; Quality Control; Text Processing and Archiving) to ensure quality control of the all production in regards to preservation and presentation.
Christy Shorey, Retrospective Dissertation Scanning Coordinator and Institutional Repository (IR) Manager
Please contact Christy regarding ETDs, the dissertation scanning project, and Institutional Repository.
Digital Validation, Archive, & Preservation Coordinator
Position coordinates all aspects of the text finalization, verification, and archiving processes. This includes supervising metadata (METS) file validation, digital archiving, text processing for Optical Character Recognition, and coordinating data transfer to additional archives and libraries (International Children's Digital Library, Internet Archives, Library of Congress) and to the Florida Digital Archive for long-term digital preservation.
Jimmy Barnett, Digital Imaging Assistant
Kendra Carter, Library Assistant III
Will Canova, Digital Newspaper Projects Coordinator
After working part-time in the Libraries as a student, Will accepted a position as the first full-time Microfilm Sales Manager in the Preservation Department. As a student, he had worked in the serials section of the Catalog Department and as a newspaper microfilm technician in Preservation, so he was already familiar with the titles available for reproduction in relation to their copyright. Will later became Head of the Microfilming Program within the Reprographics Unit in Preservation, supervising and coordinating microfilm sales and the entire regular microfilming schedule, with Florida newspapers, and Caribbean, African, and Jewish titles. When the Reprographics Unit, which housed both the Microfilming and Brittle Books Programs, moved to the Digital Library Center, Will became the Newspaper Imaging Coordinator. Will transitioned from filming to digitizing newspapers, acquiring new permissions from the publishers and extolling the advantages of online presentation over microfilming for the general public.
Currently concentrating on Florida newspapers, Will’s section will also resume processing Caribbean newspapers for the Digital Library of the Caribbean's Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library in October 2009. As operational efficiencies increase speed of processing, other specialized areas will be added to the Newspaper Imaging Unit. In fall 2009, Will wrote his first Mini-Grant for the Libraries to digitize Florida and Florida-related military newspapers and to continue to sustainably grow the Newspaper Imaging Unit in the process.
Jane received her BA in Library Science from Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan and her AS in computer information at Santa Fe Community College. Jane brings a wealth of library experience from all aspects of traditional and digital library operations, and she stays up-to-date in current practices and technologies through continuing education. Before coming to the Digital Library Center, Jane spent three years handling all aspects of library operations at the library of Nuclear Engineering Department at Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan; eight years as a cataloger at Follett Library Resources in Illinois; one year conducting reference service and computer lab assistance at Schaumburg High School in Illinois; and four years as patron services in Florida’s Alachua County Library System. At the Digital Library Center, Jane oversees the Quality Control Unit to ensure the quality, consistency, and completeness of non-newspaper digital products, including textual, visual, and metadata contents. She is also working to enrich the Digital Collection's holdings for Asian studies.
Nelda Schwartz, Ingest & Tracking Production Manager
Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Library Science, Nelda decided not to be a public school media specialist and instead plunged into the University of Florida’s library system. Beginning as a clerk-typist in the Catalog Department (creating those cards for filing into the now-a-historic-memory Union Card Catalog), working her way up with five promotions and two department changes after 19 years in Cataloging, spending 13 years in the Preservation Department as the Coordinator of the Brittle Books Program, she is currently the Gatekeeper of the Digital Library Center, maintaining the flow of materials from incoming through completion of digitization and disposition of the physical objects afterwards.
While running the Brittle Books Program, she managed all of the print materials microfilming grants, including those from Solinet, NEH and RLG, covering materials from the Caribbean Basin and Africa as well as specialized grants of Baldwin Children’s Collection titles, Daniel DeFoe writings, French drama pamphlets, American slavery documents, Theological pamphlets, historic Florida agricultural publications and the Writers Project Administration materials, She also included non-granted general brittle materials from the Open Stacks as budget permitted, including over 8,000 Judaica titles. Her first grant was the RLG Caribbean Basin grant, where she nearly doubled the projected amount of titles without going over budget, increasing the grant from 4500 to 7600 volumes, developing the solid reputation for UF being a microfilming grant “can do” University.
She has won three Davis Productivity Awards. Two as a team member of groups winning in both Cataloging and Preservation, and earning a solo award for managing three department sections simultaneously in Preservation (Brittle Books, Thesis and Dissertation Binding, Serial Binding) as well as authoring procedure manuals for them. She is on her DROP countdown and will have completed 40 years of service when she retires at the end of 2010.