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About Todd A. Chavez

I have served as the Dean for the University of South Florida Libraries since July 2015. Beginning in the fall of 2016, the Libraries embarked upon a major transformation, in the process becoming the nexus for the institution’s textbook affordability initiatives, improving facilities to meet student success imperatives, and launching innovative collection and service strategies designed to exceed the expectations of our newly designated Preeminent Research University.  
My previous portfolio as the Director for Academic Resource combined traditional technical services with innovations in digital scholarship, GIS and data management, and open-access publishing. In addition to my present administrative duties, I am leading the launch of an innovative suite of digital services and collections employing 3D documentation, visualization, geospatial methods, and other digital learning tools.
My research focuses on the intersection between library and information science and interdisciplinary research, with a current emphasis on digital heritage. The results of my research have been applied 1) to the design of courses, 2) to the implementation of an open-access publishing agenda, and 3) to a series of digital library collections and services.
I possess a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. I have published and presented on bibliometric analyses of scientific research, information portal design and deployment, and the role of “grey literature” in interdisciplinary scholarship. My articles and presentations appear in Publishing Research Quarterly, Numeracy, the Journal of Cave & Karst Studies, and the Proceedings of the 18thNational Cave and Karst Management Symposium.


July 2015 - Present Dean, University of South Florida USF Libraries

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni
  • GreyNet Award 2007 for “Best Presentation”


1998 Master of Arts, University of South Florida ‐ School of Library and Information Science
1984 Bachelor of Arts, University of South Florida ‐ Anthropology

Contact Information

USF Libraries
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, LIB122
Tampa, FL 33620


Bibliometrics (3)

Open-Access Publishing (4)

Research in Grey Literature (4)

Research in Scholarly Communication (11)

Librarianship (2)

Data Management (1)