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History Narrative

UF Libraries History Timeline


Precursors: The College Libraries, 1853 - 1905

  • 1853 / East Florida Seminary, Ocala / Gainesville established
  • 1884 / Florida Agricultural College, Lake City established
  • 1893 / St. Petersburg Normal and Industrial School established
  • 1894 / South Florida Military and Educational College, Bartow established

Genesis: The University Libraries, 1905 - 1918

  • 1905 / University of Florida established from these four colleges
    • Main Library established
    • Agriculture (Experiment Station) Library continued (established about 1887 at the Florida Agricultural College, Lake City)
    • Standing Committee of the Faculty on the Library established
    • C.A. Finley, Librarian (1905-06)
  • 1906 / W. S. Cawthon, Librarian (1906-08)
  • 1907? / Library becomes a Federal Depository Library
  • 1908 / Milton B. Hadley, Librarian (1908-18)
  • 1909 / Law Library established
    • Botanical Library established
    • Zoological Library established
    • Physics Library established
  • 1911-12 / Education (Curriculum) Library established
  • 1912-13 / Engineering Library established

First Library and Professional Development, 1918 - 1937

  • 1918 / Cora Miltimore, University Librarian (1918-37)
  • 1919-20 / Museum (Florida Museum of Natural History) Library established
  • 1921-22 / Rev. Rees W. Edwards Memorial Collection for religion and philosophy - First special collection
  • 1923 / Chemistry-Pharmacy Library established
  • 1923-24 / Assistant librarian positions created
  • 1925 / Main Library opened - the university’s first library building
    • Architecture Reading Room established / 1957 Branch Library
  • 1925-26 / Catalog, Circulation and Reference Departments established
  • 1931 / Exchange (Gifts & Exchange) Department established
    • New wing added to Main Library for stack space
  • 1931-32 / General (Agriculture) Extension Library established
  • 1932? / Interlibrary Loan Department established
  • 1932-33 / Freshmen library orientation classes begin
  • 1933 / Florida Room set up for Florida materials
  • 1934-35 / P.K. Yonge Laboratory School (Mead) Library established

Wartime Era, 1937 - 1946

  • 1937 / Henrie May Eddie, Acting University Librarian (1937-39)
    • Order (Acquisitions) Department established
    • Forestry Library established
    • Friends of the University of Florida Library established
  • 1938 / Book checkout instituted (for reading outside the Library)
  • 1940 / Walter Hill, University Librarian (1939-44)
  • 1941 / Library becomes a State Depository Library
    • Automation begun with the use of IBM sorting equipment and punch cards for book circulation and fines
  • 1943 / Documents Department established (with appointment of Documents Librarian / may not have been a separate Department until 1955)
  • 1944 / P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History established
    • Nelle Barmore, Acting University Librarian (1944-46)
  • 1944-45 / Florida Union Library established
    • Fulk Administrators’ Library established

Resurgence and Growth, 1946 - 1967

  • 1946 / Vivian Prince, Acting University Librarian (1946)
    • Stanley West, Director of Libraries (1946-67)
  • 1947 / Biology-Geology Library established
    • Assistant/Associate Director of Libraries position created
  • 1949 / Department of Library Science, College of Arts and Sciences established to teach library courses
  • 1950 / Main Library enlarged
    • Creative Writing Collection created with donation of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings books and papers
    • Audio-Visual Aids Department established
  • 1951 / Rare Books Department established
    • Archives Department established
    • Latin American Collection established (with the appointment of Latin American Bibliographer - separate fund established in 1948 - collection gathered together in one location in 1967)
  • 1953 / Belknap Dance and Music Archives / Collection for the Performing Arts established
    • Medical Library / Health Sciences Center Library established
  • 1954 / Music Reading Room established / 1984 Branch Library
  • 1955 / Chinsegut Hill Library established (at Colonel Raymond Robins estate in Brooksville, Florida)
  • 1956 / Agriculture Library moved to McCarty Hall, dedicated to H. Harold Hume
    • Member, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
    • Member, Association of Southeast Research Libraries (ASERL)
  • 1959 / Special Collections Department created
    • Photocopier service provided
  • 1959? / Herbarium Library established
  • 1960s / Journalism Reading Room / Allen H. Neuharth Journalism Library established
  • 1960-62 / Microforms added to collection (cards and film, followed by the first microfiche in November 1962)
  • 1962 / Machine Services (automated services) program developed and Information Retrieval Center for Florida established
  • 1963 / ONE Millionth book acquired
    • Libraries become Florida Regional Depository (for federal documents)
  • 1966 / Library participates in MARC (Machine Readable Catalog Copy) project
  • 1967 / Graduate Research Library opened (Library West)
    • Main Library becomes Undergraduate (College) Library (Library East / Smathers Library)
    • Open stacks initiated
    • GENESYS Library established
    • Margaret Goggin, Interim Director (1967-68)

Social and Collection Challenges, 1968 - 1984

  • 1968 / Annette Liles, Interim Director (1968)
    • Gustave Harrer, Director (1968-84)
    • Systems Analyst hired and Automation Proposal report presented
  • 1969 / Assistant Director for Systems appointed
  • 1970 / Library West (Research Library) and Library East (College Library, formerly the Main Library) names designated
  • 1973 / Map Library / Map & Imagery Library established (with appointment of Map Librarian)
    • Member, Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET)
  • 1973-74 / Access to OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) database
  • 1977 / Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica established (dedicated March 1981)
    • Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature established
    • Classification scheme changed from Dewey to LC
  • 1979 / TWO Millionth book acquired
  • 1980? / Systems Office (Dept of Systems and Computer Based Operations) established
  • 1980-81 / NOTIS program acquired (installed for public use statewide in 1985/86)
  • 1984-85 / Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) established
    • Barcoding project initiated along with an automated circulation system
    • Max Willocks, Interim Director (1984-85)

Electronic Era, 1985 - 2007

  • 1985 / Dale Canelas, Director (1985-present)
    • Collection Management program established and Librarians take over acquisition budget from the faculty
    • Library Human Resources Office established
    • Member, Research Libraries Group (RLG)
  • 1986 / LUIS online catalog inaugurated statewide
    • Business Services Office established
  • 1987 / Marston Science Library opened (combining several science branch libraries, including the Hume Agriculture Library)
    • Collection Management Department established
    • Preservation Office / Department established
    • African Studies Collection established (with appointment of African Studies Bibliographer)
    • Fundraising and public relations efforts begun in cooperation with the UF Foundation
  • 1987-88 / Card Catalog closed (having been replaced by electronic catalog - LUIS)
  • 1988 / Participation in NAL text digitizing project
  • 1989 / Library East receives major renovation and renamed Smathers Library
  • 1989? / Email accounts established for Library staff
  • 1990 / Facilities Management Office established
  • 1991 / UF Libraries named in honor of George A. Smathers
  • 1993 / THREE Millionth book acquired (ceremonial volume acquired 1991)
    • E-journals acquired
  • 1997-98 / WebLUIS introduced (Internet based LUIS system)
  • 1998 / Library Development Office established
  • 2000 / Digital Library established
    • PALMM program established
    • RefeXpress pilot project (launched 2001)
    • GIS Librarian appointed
    • Asian Studies Collection established (with appointment of Asian Studies Bibliographer)
  • 2001 / E-books acquired
  • 2002 / Member, United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN)
    • Planning underway for addition to Library West
  • 2003 / Exlibris/Aleph library management system (online catalog and electronic resources replacing LUIS) inaugurated
    • FOUR Millionth book acquired.
    • Library West closes for renovation and expansion in December
  • 2004 / Library West closed 2004 - 2005 with most public services shifted to the Marston Science Library
  • 2005 / Map & Imagery Library celebrates acquisition of 500,000th map
  • 2006 / Library West reopens in August
    • Institutional Repository established at the Digital Library Center in July
    • Carl Van Ness, UF Archivist, appointed UF Historian replacing Dr. Sam Proctor (the first UF Historian)
  • 2007 / Library West dedication ceremony in January
    • Dale Canelas, Library Director, retires in January
    • Judith C. Russell, Dean of University Libraries, starts in May
    • Documents Department celebrates 100 years as a federal depository in August
    • Digital Library Center celebrates ONE Millionth digitized page in September
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