About Melanie Griffin
As Special Collections Librarian at the University of South Florida, Melanie serves as curator for literature and book arts collections, including children's literature and science fiction, and coordinator of special collections cataloging. 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.
|Present||Assistant Librarian, Special & Digital Collections, University of South Florida|
Special collections librarianship, Archives, Digital collections, and Children's literature
|MLIS, University of South Carolina|
|MA, University of South Carolina ‐ English|
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave / LIB 122
Tampa, Fl 33620-5400
Shifting Expectations: Revisiting Core Concepts of Academic Librarianship in Undergraduate Classes with a Digital Humanities Focus College & Undergraduate Libraries (2017)
This article explores best practices for supporting digital humanities (DH) activity and pedagogy in the undergraduate classroom on campuses without a DH center in the library. By examining specific aspects of librarians' curricular engagements, with ...
Special Deliveries: Towards a Methodology for Generous Fulfillment of Special Collections Interlibrary Loan Requests Public Services Quarterly (2017)
This article explores the implementation of special collections interlibrary loan policies and procedures at the University of South Florida (USF), focusing particularly on the development of policies related to physically loaning published materials, and traces ...
Of Fans, Friends and Followers: Methods for Assessing Social Media Outreach in Special Collections Repositories Journal of Web Librarianship (2013)
This article provides the results of an empirical study that examined social media usage in special collections departments at 125 Association of Research Libraries member institutions.
Special collections and the new web: Using LibGuides to provide meaningful access Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (2011)
Librarians have long struggled to find user-friendly mediums to provide meaningful information to patrons; using bibliographies, pathfinders, and subject guides with varying degrees of success. Content management systems, such as Springshare’s LibGuides, have recently been ...
Transforming special collections through innovative uses for LibGuides Collection Building (2011)
Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the utility of Springshare’s LibGuides platform for special collections repositories and to evaluate the collection guides built by Special & Digital Collections at the University of South Florida ...
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 Greene and Meissner's 2005 article "More Product, Less Process" raises are not. This article seeks to address the broader ideological ...
Contributions to Books (3)
The Past, Present, and Future of Special Collections Library Literature Poster presented at the 2018 RBMS conference (2018)
What can we learn about special collections librarianship as a profession through an aggregate consideration of our professional literature? This poster analyzes trends in publication patterns in the RBMS journals RBML and RBM. First, it ...
Data-Driven Decision Making: A Holistic Approach to Assessment in Special Collections Repositories 2012 Library Assessment Conference (2012)
Faced with shrinking budgets and reduced staffing, the University of South Florida Libraries Special & Digital Collections Department (SDC) implemented a comprehensive, integrated assessment program to better focus its diminished resources within clear strategic goals. ...
Transforming Special Collections: A (Lib)Guide to Innovation. Peer-reviewed poster session presented at the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference. Special Collections Faculty and Staff Publications (2010)
“Special Collections as Laboratories,” a recent posting on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Wired Campus blog, revived the myth of special collections as dusty and often forgotten repositories. This poster session illustrates how Special ...