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Celebrate UCF Libraries Welcome to Our Associate Dean of Academic Engagement Tom Caswell

Welcome to UCF Libraries, Tom Caswell!

UCF Libraries is excited to announce the new Associate Dean of Academic Engagement, Tom Caswell!

Mr. Caswell received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Florida and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Since 2016, he has been the Associate Dean for public services at the University of North Florida, where he helped nurture public service areas through the uncertainties of the pandemic. He supported student and faculty research by serving on the UNF Research Council, Graduate School Council, the Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, and the Textbook Affordability Initiative. Mr. Caswell also supported diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education through membership in the UNF DEI College Collaborators, serving as the library liaison to the LGBTQ+ Resource Center and mentoring students as part of the Intercultural Center’s Connections Student Mentoring Program.

In addition at UNF, he facilitated the creation of two new faculty lines (Virtual Learning Librarian and STEM Online Learning Librarian) and reimagined five staff lines to support shifts in user needs while overseeing a robust research and instruction program that is responsive to the curricular needs of five distinct colleges comprised of over 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

Prior to UNF and over a period of 27 years, Mr. Caswell served in a variety of roles at the University of Florida, including several leadership positions, and culminating as Assistant Head Librarian, Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

Mr. Caswell has published and presented on library public services broadly and art librarianship specifically, with an overarching theme throughout of creativity and innovation in academic engagement. Mr. Caswell also has received two NEH grants to digitize the history and culture of our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida.

When asked about what he anticipates most in his new position at UCF Libraries, he responded: “I’m excited to be joining a very dynamic team that is fully engaged in connecting users physically and virtually across library resources, services, and spaces.”

Congratulations, Tom, and welcome to the UCF Libraries family!

Celebrate UCF Libraries 2022 June Stillman Scholarship Winner Crystal Lu

2022 June Stillman Scholarship Winner

UCF Libraries is proud to announce that Crystal Lu is the 2022 recipient of the June S. Stillman Memorial Endowed Scholarship. 

Crystal Lu, 2022 June Stillman Scholarship winner

Lu is a third-year biology student pursuing the pre-vet/zoology track. She owns two pigeons and a green-cheeked parakeet and wishes to study ornithology and conduct research in a medical setting in order to aid in the conservation of birds. Lu started working at the Acquisitions and Collections Department in the John C. Hitt Library in March 2021. Her library responsibilities include maintaining serial records in Alma, processing and shelving serials, checking the microfilm collection for vinegar syndrome, and processing book donations. 

Lu’s volunteer experiences include greyhound pets of greater Orlando and Seminole county parrot rescue and sanctuary where she tended the animals and cleaned up after them. 

In the words of Lu’s supervisor, Joe Bizon, “Crystal is one of our valued student workers, proving herself to be a dedicated worker. She has earned my trust, and I do not shirk from giving her any task, knowing that it will be accomplished reliably. I find Crystal outgoing, easy to work with, and possessing of a good sense of humor.” 

This is the 24st awarding of the Stillman Scholarship, which is given to a student or staff member of the UCF Libraries. June S. Stillman was one of the first two librarians hired when UCF (then Florida Technological University) opened in 1968. Her impact on students can be seen from a 25th anniversary survey of the first graduating class, a majority of whom listed her as a key figure from their student days. Stillman received her second master’s degree in English literature from UCF while working as the Head of Reference Services at the Library. She retired in 1996 and tragically passed away in 1998. Her friends and family established the June S. Stillman Memorial Endowed Scholarship in her honor. She is remembered as a consummate professional, the epitome of gentility and compassion, and a proponent of lifelong learning. 

Celebrate UCF Libraries Textbook Affordability Librarian Lily Dubach

Welcome to the new Textbook Affordability Librarian

Lily Dubach started as a Student Assistant in the Acquisitions Department in 2014, then held part-time roles in other departments, including as Adjunct Librarian for the Office of Scholarly Communication before joining us full time as the Connect Librarian supporting the Valencia West Campus.  She has a Bachelor of Science from UCF and a Master of Science in Information from Florida State University.

Lily officially becomes the new Textbook Affordability Librarian on May 8, 2021. In this role, she collaborates with teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and pertinent campus units to promote and transition traditional course content to affordable textbook alternatives. These textbook alternatives include open educational resources (OER) and library-sourced materials. To date, UCF faculty have taught over 950 classes using open or library-sourced materials, in turn reaching over 65,000 students and potentially saving them just over $6.7M as of Spring 2021.

For more information about how Lily can help you reduce textbook costs, visit our Textbook Affordability page.

Celebrate UCF Libraries Promotions

Congratulations on Your Promotion!

Congratulations to our librarians who earned promotions this year!

Associate Librarian
Sandy Avila, Research & Information Services – Sciences
Sara Duff, Acquisitions & Collection Services

University Librarian
Ven Basco, Research & Information Services – Computer Science & Engineering

The promotion process takes nearly an entire academic year as faculty are evaluated on three main areas: research, teaching and service. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to helping make UCF and the Libraries a major research destination. You are what makes UCF excellent!

To see the full list of UCF faculty receiving promotions or tenure in 2021: UCFToday: 138 Faculty Promoted Across the University

Welcome to the new Electronic Resources Librarian

UCF Libraries welcomes our new Electronic Resources Librarian, Faye Mazzia!

Faye joins us from Touro University Nevada where she served as the small university’s Electronic & Technical Services Librarian and managed a collection that was 95% electronic. She has a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from University of Arizona, with a focus in academic and digital librarianship.

If you look at Libraries’ faculty and staff bios, you will find a series of questions and answers to get to know us better (and find the important things like favorite book). We posed those same questions to Faye.

What are your main job responsibilities?

My main job responsibilities include assigning subject headings and call numbers to electronic resources. Basically doing what I can to make sure eresources (ebooks and ejournals) are accessible and discoverable to the UCF community! 

What does working at a library mean to you?

My favorite part about working in the library is the collection! I’m fascinated by just how much information is out there, be it print or electronic. 

What is your favorite book?

I think I can narrow my favorite books down to just 2!

Lord of the Flies by William Golding: I often think about how I would fare on a deserted island – probably not well.

Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs: This exposes the murky ethics of the archaeology field. 

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