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The UF Libraries Grants Management Program supports the research and training of students and library faculty; and all processes related to submission and management of Libraries' grant funded projects.

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Award - Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation ($164,970) This project proposes to host a fellow within the Digital Library of the Caribbean program. If awarded, the CLIR fellow will become a team member with dLOC, the Latin American & Caribbean Collections, and the Center for Latin American Studies. Several projects for the fellow to lead include: identifying new data sources, contacting known sources for data access and use, creating a listing or database for data sources, designing and delivering training in data access and use, and performing outreach on the newly accessible data. These may become a first-of-kind project series, where the fellow can utilize this as a model to meet additional data needs for Caribbean Studies. In addition to newly identified opportunities, UF and dLOC have active collaborations focused on digitizing legal materials for Haiti and Cuba, Anglophone literary journals, Caribbean newspapers, grey literature, government documents, and Caribbean related theses and dissertations at UF.  CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2017-2019

Award - Opening St. Augustine: Preserving & Providing Access to 450 Years of American History -- ($116,032) This project seeks to identify, arrange, describe, preserve and promote the availability of approximately 23,000 photographs, 2,400 maps, and 1,150 architectural drawings documenting the history of St. Augustine, Florida. Over the past almost 60 years, Government House has been the home of efforts to preserve, restore and reconstruct the important historic structures of St. Augustine. Primarily created by a now-defunct state agency, the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board (HSAPB), the collections in the Government House Research Library document the city’s built environment and also provide invaluable historical information about the city and its inhabitants through time. The unique and rare maps, architectural drawings and photographic materials document the Spanish colonial periods (1565-1763 and 1784-1821), the British colonial period (1763-1784), the U.S. Territorial period and early statehood (1821-1860), the Civil War, the Gilded Age and the birth of tourism in Florida in the 1880s and 1890s, the Land Boom of the 1920s, and the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Not only do the collections document the city’s built heritage, its inhabitants, its government, and the culture of its people over time, they also document the attitudes and values of the people from the 1950s to the 1990s who were engaged in historic preservation, education and tourism. National Historic Publications and Records Commission - Access to Historical Records

Smathers Libraries Grants News

Award - Books about Florida and the Caribbean: from The University Press of Florida to the world
($79,000) In collaboration with UPF and a humanities advisory board, the project team will make 30 out‐of‐print books freely available online and in electronic formats. The project team plans to complete the following deliverables:

1) engage an expert Advisory Board to prioritize selections and plan for promotional and educational programmatic opportunities for university press and academic library collaborations; 2) secure rights and permissions for selected books about Florida and the Caribbean published by the UPF from 1968 to 1992; 3) digitize and distribute with Creative Commons‐licensing for books in EPUB 3.0.1, PDF for print‐on‐demand, and Web PDF formats; 4) implement a marketing plan to broadly promote online availability of books to scholars, educators, students, and the general public; and, 5) produce a white paper that documents processes, costs, and impacts for rights issues while serving as a guide for replicating the collaborative process for other university presses and academic libraries.  Andrew W Mellon Foundation - Open Book Program

Award - Repositioning Florida’s Judaica Library: Increasing Access to Humanities Resources from Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean Communities ($500,000 matching grant) The project team plans to raise $1.5 million in the next four years to endow acquisitions, public and scholarly outreach activities, and collaborative digitization projects related to the Jewish experience in Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. With the Price Library of Judaica and the Digital Library of the Caribbean partnerships as the project’s underpinnings, UF is uniquely prepared to lead a national and international effort to inspire greater study of the Jewish diaspora. The expanded and enhanced Judaica collections and services will be the foundation for the American portal of Florida, Latin American and Caribbean Jewry, and will emphasize the importance of scholarship, preservation, and access to these exceptional resources. National Endowment for the Humanities – Challenge Grant Program

Award - Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces (Round two) – ($491,822) This three-year partnership with researchers at OCLC and Rutgers will draw from prior research. The team posits that students operating in digital spaces (e.g. the open web) are “format agnostic.” Usage studies have shown students cannot or do not identify the document type (i.e. container) when viewing digital information resources. Targeting 200 students, this project will investigate: 1) How do students (grades 4-12, community college, and university) working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines identify types of digital resources? 2) How do students determine the credibility of digital resources? Institute of Museum & Library Services, National Leadership Grant Program




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Philosophical Ideas about Grantsmanship

Everyone thinks writing and submitting grant proposals is easy. The TV commercials where the “used car salesman” peddles phone-book-sized directories of untapped grants resources trivializes this important and life changing field of grants seeking and management. From my perspective, grantsmanship includes the process by which an idea is converted to a story about an opportunity to fill a gap, or eliminate a need, or solve a problem, or research new ways to do these things. If the “story” gets funded, dollars provide the fuel to actualize the idea.

So this work is essentially one of the most creative and rewarding activities on the planet. It offers a chance to organize words and numbers into cohesive ideas that attract the interest of investors who provide funds to change people’s lives. I consider it a privilege to work in this field…planting seeds…watching crops grow to maturity…and facilitating the actualization of dreams.

Bess de Farber, July 2011

Libraries' Grants Manager

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Bess de Farber

Bess de Farber serves as Grants Manager for the University of Florida Libraries, and previously served in the same position at the University of Arizona Libraries. She has provided grantsmanship instruction throughout the past 29 years, and has led efforts to secure millions in grant funding for nonprofits and academic libraries. Her research interest is asset-based collaboration development. As a certified professional facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators, she invented the CoLAB Planning Series®, large group processes, for individuals and organizations seeking new collaborative partnerships. This process has served more than 2,500 individuals since 2002. de Farber has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Arizona State Technology Research Initiative Fund Awards, and The Children’s Trust (Dade County). As program officer for the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Palm Beach County Cultural Council she managed the allocation of funds for arts and culture, human and race relations, and social services. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California. She is the author of Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2016), and co-author of Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits (2017). 

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