In the 2021-2022 Academic Year, Gleeson added some new talent its outreach efforts, which consists of a full time Outreach Librarian (Chanda Briggs), a full-time Instruction and Outreach Library Assistant (Reimi Akin) and three Student Assistants (Ana Arias, Courtney Crothers and Georgina Santillan). Whereas Outreach was previously and expertly managed by one librarian, Gleeson now enjoys the robust investment of a talented team.
This means more time and energy is going to collaborative partnerships for library displays, events and awareness of resources. The Outreach Department’s core values are an extension of Gleeson Library’s Vision, Mission, and Values:
The Library is an exemplary place for contemplation, inquiry, and engagement whose impact is felt throughout the university. As a collaborative and forward-looking organization, we are a central partner in ensuring student success, faculty and staff excellence, research innovation, and social responsibility.
The Library provides the resources, services, and spaces to develop the whole person, and actively engages the USF community in its educational, social, and scholarly activities.
• Access • Teaching and Learning •
• Intellectual Freedom • Integrity •
• Collaboration • Innovation and Creativity •
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence •
• Social Justice • Compassion • Community •
• The Whole Person •
To realize these tenets, the Outreach Department invites Student Organizations, Campus Organizations and Faculty to collaborate for library programming. The Outreach Department can assist in finding library resources or offering other forms of support for library displays or collaborative events such as content creation, promotion and concept development.
Displays such as “Voices for Environmental Justice” created by Professor Christine Young and students from the Honors College Gateway as well as “Refugees: Justice and Ethics” are part of Gleeson Library’s Student Social Justice Program. These displays analyzed the intersections between environmental stewardship and its impact on the human condition through the use of creative expression, as well as the intersection of politics and the human experience for refugees. In addition to the exhibit, any zines that are part of the display are added to the Zine Library collection.
To request Gleeson Outreach Services or collaboration, please fill out this form: Outreach Request Form