Melanie Griffin received an MA in English Literature and an MLIS with a
concentration in rare books librarnship from the University of South Carolina. She
received her BA in English and in Foreign Languages: Greek and Latin from the University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

As an Assistant Librarian in Special & Digital Collections, Melanie is curator for
popular culture collections, including children's literature and science fiction.
Before coming to USF in 2009, Melanie worked as an assistant cataloger at the University
of South Carolina's South Caroliniana Library in the Published Materials Division
and was a 2008 Junior Fellow in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the
Library of Congress. 



Of Fans, Friends and Followers: Methods for Assessing Social Media Outreach in Special Collections Repositories (with Tomaro I. Taylor), Journal of Web Librarianship (2013)

This article provides the results of an empirical study that examined social media usage in...



Special collections and the new web: Using LibGuides to provide meaningful access (with Barbara Lewis), Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (2011)

Librarians have long struggled to find user-friendly mediums to provide meaningful information to patrons; using...



Transforming special collections through innovative uses for LibGuides (with Barbara Lewis), Collection Building (2011)

Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the utility of Springshare’s LibGuides platform for special...



Postmodernism, Processing, and the Profession: Towards a Theoretical Reading of Minimal Standards, Provenance (2010)

While the ramifications of minimal standards processing for practice are well-documented, the theoretical questions which...


Contributions to Books

The Right Tool at the Right Time: Implementing Responsive Reproduction Policies and Procedures (with Matt Knight), Reference and Access: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections (2014)




Data-Driven Decision Making: A Holistic Approach to Assessment in Special Collections Repositories (with Barbara Lewis and Mark I. Greenberg), 2012 Library Assessment Conference (2012)

Faced with shrinking budgets and reduced staffing, the University of South Florida Libraries Special &...



Transforming Special Collections: A (Lib)Guide to Innovation. Peer-reviewed poster session presented at the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference. (with Barbara Lewis), Special & Digital Collections (2010)

“Special Collections as Laboratories,” a recent posting on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Wired...