Legacies: Five Hundred Years of Florida History

Legacies: Five Hundred Years  of Florida History

An exhibition showcasing Floridiana through books,maps  and ephemera held by UM Special Collections

Exhibition displayed on the 1st, 2nd, and 8th Floor
On view through Spring Semester 2012



In conjunction with the “Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts and Exchanges” conference to be held by the Center for Humanities, the Otto G. Richter Library is showcasing materials documenting over five hundred years of Florida history in an exhibition titled Legacies: Five Hundred Years of Florida History. Materials displayed on the 1st, 2nd, and 8th floor include rare books, photographs, archival documents, maps, and ephemera from the Special Collections Department.

The exhibition, which is open to the general public, documents Florida during various colonial periods, but also shines light on the State’s native inhabitants. Materials on the 8th floor display colorful Florida propaganda such as postcards, cookbooks, and fiction from over the past century, which were used to promote the state to tourists and speculators.

University of Miami Libraries Announces Launch of New Website

University of Miami Libraries Announces Launch of New Website

The University of Miami Libraries is proud to announce the completion of its redesigned website. With the re-engineered navigation menus, visitors will be able to navigate the site more easily, utilize enhanced search tools, access social media, and connect quickly to library news and events. The revamp of the site follows an extensive Beta period where students and faculty were asked for feedback regarding functionality and ease of use. The new site takes into consideration those comments and is designed with a fresh, friendly interface for an improved user experience.

The current site will remain in place through the spring semester, but a link on that site will allow visitors to familiarize themselves with the new site. Following this introductory period, the new site will replace the current site in May 2012.


Now on Display – The Cuba-Florida Connection

Now on Display – The Cuba-Florida Connection: Materials from the Cuban Heritage Collection

We invite you to visit us to view our latest exhibition, The Cuba-Florida Connection: Materials from the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Ties linking Cuba and Florida date back to the sixteenth century, when the Spanish Empire ruled them both. In the subsequent centuries, Cubans would travel to and from Florida, strengthening connections and building communities. This exhibit documents over two hundred years of contact and interaction between Cuba and Florida.

This exhibition was organized by Meiyolet Méndez, Education and Outreach Librarian, Lesbia Orta Varona, Bibliographer & Reference Librarian, and Maria Estorino, Deputy Chair & Chief Operations Manager at the CHC. It will be on display through the spring 2012 semester in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion on the second floor of the Otto G. Richter Library.

UM Libraries Embark on an Innovative Partnership

Mitsunori Ogihara Named Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation
January 5, 2012
Coral Gables, Florida

The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries announce that Dr. Mitsunori Ogihara has been named Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation, effective January 1, 2012. He will hold joint appointments in the Center for Computational Science and the College. Also, under an innovative and unique partnership to more closely align library and College of Arts and Sciences digital programs, the Libraries will contract a percentage of Dr. Ogihara’s time to lead the UM Virtual Library Program, especially in the digital humanities.

“We are very happy to have Mitsu Ogihara lead the University’s Virtual Library Program. As a computer scientist, he is the perfect match for this integrated position. And as a faculty member of the College, his appointment creates a stronger alliance between Arts and Sciences and the Library. I am excited about the new opportunities for scholarship that this program will provide to our UM community. I wish him well in this new position, and I am confident his faculty colleagues will welcome his endeavors in finding new digital avenues and resources to support their both research and teaching,” said Leonidas Bachas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“The Library’s future collection, workspaces, and scholarly tools are rapidly becoming digital,” said William Walker, dean and university librarian. “In the Libraries, we are very excited that Mitsu Ogihara is joining our team to guide and advance the University’s Virtual Library Program. I know of no better partner than Mitsu to help us unite library and academic resources to advance scholarly communication at UM.”

Professor Ogihara is Director of Data Mining in UM’s Center for Computational Science. Dr. Ogihara received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). Prior to joining the University of Miami, Professor Ogihara headed the Computer Science department at the University of Rochester for eight years. He has published extensively in the areas of complexity theory and data mining; his most recent book “Music Data Mining” was published by CRC in 2011.

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UM Acquires Orange Bowl Collection

The University of Miami Otto G. Richter Special Collections is now home to the Orange Bowl Committee Archives, a rich collection of documents, objects and memorabilia related not only to the famous parade that attracted some 500,000 people to Biscayne Boulevard during its heyday, but also the college bowl game of the same name and the many ancillary events—from golf and tennis tournaments to a marathon—that went along with it.

The collection is a trove of all things Orange Bowl: the minutes of Orange Bowl Committee meetings; photographs of bands and corporate floats; a large wooden figure from the 1930s of Reddy Kilowatt, FPL’s cartoon-like corporate mascot that appeared on the company’s parade float; scrapbooks containing Orange Bowl-related newspaper clippings and even an Orange Bowl cookbook.

Although the original iteration of this colorful parade marched into history in 2002, interest in the archives still remains strong. See local media coverage of the Orange Bowl Archives here:

University of Miami News Release

NBC 6 News Video Footage

Miami Herald article