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					               Preservation and Access of the Drapkin Jazz Collection

                                   Project Description

This project is a cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort to preserve and provide access to
a unique body of early 20th century jazz recordings recently procured at the University of
South Florida. In 2003 a local collector, Dr. Robert Drapkin, donated 15,621 early 20th
century jazz recordings to USF (2-sided for a total of 31,242 individual recording). Based
on an inventory analysis of 1700 recording (18% of the collection), 63% of the collection
appears to be music that is unique and not commercially available. These 78 rpm records
are rapidly deteriorating and need to be preserved to insure the music is not lost.

The USF School of Library and Information Science, in collaboration with the USF
Center for Jazz Composition, and the USF Tampa Library, are applying for this grant in
order to fund this preservation and access effort. This preservation effort will fund the
cataloging, digitization, transcription, performance, and recording of select musical
pieces from the collection in order to support the USF Center for Jazz Composition’s
research efforts, to preserve and provide access to significant cultural works from a
pivotal time in United States history, and to ensure the music’s survival for both the jazz
layman and the broader research community.

Unique recordings from the collection will be cataloged, and the resulting records will be
accessible worldwide in the USF Library’s online public access catalog. Additionally,
digital surrogates of these recordings will be made available online through the USF
Library’s Digitools database. Select jazz compositions will be transcribed and made
available through Digitools as well.

The USF Center for Jazz Composition has recently been established by the University of
South Florida as the only known university research institute dedicated to assisting the
continued worldwide growth, development, and appreciation of the role of the composer
in jazz. Central to the Center’s research initiative, is the acquisition of a substantial,
comprehensive library of scores, recordings, references and artifacts relating to jazz
composition. The preservation and access of the Drapkin Jazz Collection is an essential
component of the Center’s mission. In addition, the transcription, performance, and
recording of significant items from the collection will promote the intellectual merit and
relevance of jazz composition as an essential part of research in the humanities.
                                    Table of Contents

1. Significance
     A. Description of Collection

    B. Intellectual Merit of Collection

    C. National Impact of Collection

2. Methodology and Standards
    A. Prioritization

    B. Cataloging

    C. Digitization

    D. Transcribing

    E. Storage and Access

3. Work Plan

4. Staff

5. Dissemination

6. Project Budget

7. Appendices

    A. List of Project Consultants

    B. Resumes and CVs

Project Narrative

1. Significance of the Collection
A. Description of the Collection

The 15,621 early 20th century jazz recordings that make up the Drapkin Jazz Collection
(2-sided for a total of 31,242 individual recording) have not been completely inventoried
or cataloged. The recordings are well over a half century old, and are quickly
deteriorating. Many of the recordings are no longer physically playable and have been
lost forever. However, a significant portion of the collection appears to be salvageable
using vacuum technology, laser turntables, declickers, and audio restoration software.

The collection is currently housed in the USF Tampa library basement. The basement is
climate controlled and the collection is monitored for it state and condition. An ongoing
inventory and cataloging effort is in process. The extent of salvageable items in the
collection is being determined. Due to the collection’s current physical state, there is
concern that the collection will be lost if not reformatted soon.

Upon receipt, the 78-RPM phonographs was removed from their sleeves, cleaned of
particulate matter by a graduate student under the supervision of the library's
preservationist, and placed in an archival-quality envelope. Each unit was numbered and
placed on storage shelves in an upright position to ensure that they were not subjected to
the stresses of stacking. An inventory of the materials is underway.

B. Intellectual Merit of Collection

The USF Tampa library has initiated the inventory and cataloging of the Drapkin
collection. Approximately half of the collection has been inventoried with relevant
metadata including:

      Access number
      Title side A
      Title side B
      Artist side A
      Artist side B
      Publisher/label
      Publisher identifier
      Format
      Date

An analysis based on this initial inventory list was performed by the School of Library
and Information Science. Metadata (artist, song title) analysis of the Drapkin collection
was performed against the Gracenote Media Database (formerly CDDB); the percent of
exact matches vs. missing records were calculated. Based on an inventory analysis of

1700 recording (18% of the collection), 63% of the collection appears to be music that is
unique and not commercially available.

These recordings from the 30s and 40s are from the Big Band Era, a pivotal time in jazz
history. The collection includes numerous rare works from influential Jazz vocalists,
instrumentalist, and bands. A sample includes:
     Bing Crosby
     Ella Fitzgerald
     Frank Sinatra
     Fred Astaire
     Johnny Hartman
     Judy Garland
     Nat King Cole
     Tony Bennett
     Sarah Vaughan

Jazz Instrumentalists

      Art Tatum
      Benny Goodman
      Coleman Hawkins
      Django Reinhardt
      Errol Garner
      Les Paul
      Louis Armstrong
      Stephan Grappelli


      Claude Thornhill
      Duke Ellington
      Fletcher Henderson
      Gene Krupa
      Glenn Miller
      Jelly Roll Morton
      Jimmy Lunceford
      Norman Grantz
      Tommy Dorsey
      Woody Herman

The Gracenote Media Database ( was chosen because it represents
the most extensive music database currently available, with over 55 million song titles.
Gracenote currently serves as the music recognition services for online music providers
such as Apple’s iTunes and Microsoft’s Windows Media Player.

The University of South Florida Library System provides access to more than 2 million
volumes and a wide-ranging collection of electronic resources (e-journals, databases, e-
books, digital images and audio/visual materials including videos, CDs and DVDs) and
consists of four campus libraries and two special libraries. Each of the USF Libraries’ six
facilities has collections, facilities, and services customized to the patrons we serve. In
particular, the USF Tampa Library Special Collections Department supports humanities
research initiatives by its acquisition and access efforts. The Drapkin collection would be
a significant contribution to those efforts, and would support institutional research goals
related to the USF Center for Jazz Composition.

The USF Center for Jazz Composition has recently been established by the University of
South Florida as the only known university research institute dedicated to assisting the
continued worldwide growth, development, and appreciation of the role of the composer
in jazz.

Housed within the University of South Florida’s School of Visual and Performing Arts,
the CJC debuted many of its programs in the 2006/2006 academic year and continues to
bring outstanding programs to researchers and the public. For most in the Tampa Bay
area, the most visible component is the Jazz Masterworks series. This
performance/repertory series, featuring the CJC’s ensemble-in-residence, the “Jazz
Surge”, continues to bring renowned guest artists and composers to multiple venues
throughout the Central Florida region. Through this series, along with its own research
endeavors, the Center seeks to assure continued public access to a rich legacy of classic
jazz compositions as well as contemporary, cutting edge new works.

Central to the Center’s research initiative, is the acquisition of a substantial,
comprehensive library of scores, recordings, references and artifacts relating to jazz
composition. These resources are available to scholars and the public at large. The Center
will make available unique web resources intended to make its resources available to an
even broader audience. Additionally, the Center will be producing research publications,
presentations, and guest lectures.

The Drapkin collection would represent a unique and exceptionally relevant source of
jazz research and scholarship. Potential themes of intellectual merit include:

      Jazz composition
      Jazz orchestration
      Vocal jazz
      Instrumental Jazz
      Small-band Jazz
      Big-Band Jazz
      Post-war transition from Swing Era to Bebop

C. National Impact of Collection

The Drapkin Jazz Collection will have a profound impact on Jazz scholarship, both for
the USF Center for Jazz Composition and nationally as well.

2. Methodology and Standards
A. Prioritization

The advisory board will work closely with project collaborators to determine the
selection criteria for digitization and transcription. A further inventory analysis of the
physical state, availability, and relevance to jazz scholarship will be performed to provide
information to support their decisions.

B. Cataloging

The collection will be cataloged according to the Library of Congress Cataloging (LCC)
standards and guidelines ( and the AACR2 (Anglo-
American Cataloging Rules), OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) Bibliographic
Formats (, and the NACO (Name Authority
Cooperative) Handbook of Authority Record Examples

Computer accessible bibliographic records will be generated in MARC (Machine-
Readable) Concise Format
( and made available
publicly through the USF Library System’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog).

C. Digitization

Use of vacuum technology and declickers
Use of Audio Restoration software
Digitizing formats – raw .wav files, mp3s
Quantity and type of reformatting, including why the format types and quantities were
Cite national audiophile standards for digitization, use of vacuum cleaning, laser readers
audio restoration software, etc.

D. Transcriptions

A Lead transcriber and 2 assistants will produce transcriptions of key recordings in the
Drapkin Jazz Collection. The selection criteria will be determined by the advisory board.
The project plan is sufficient produce approximately 30 transcriptions a year. The
transcriptions will add greatly to the value of the collection for Jazz scholarship.
Transcriptions will be created in Coda Finale and later converted to Adobe Acrobat .pdf
for online distribution in the Digitools database (publicly accessible through the USF
Library System Website).

F. Storage and Access

Digital recordings stored on Digitools servers
Accessible through USF Library’s online Digitools database and online inquiry form.

3. Work Plan

1)   Complete inventory list
2)   Catalog
3)   Further inventory analysis
4)   Prioritize digitization, transcription, and performance
5)   Digitize select items
6)   Transcribe select items
7)   Perform and record select items – performance series by the USF Jazz Studies Dept.
8)   Make select recording and transcriptions available to USF body through Digitools

4. Staff

Describe the project's staff, including consultants, and describe their duties and
qualifications for the specific responsibilities assigned to them. Indicate the amount
of time that the principal members of the project's staff will devote to the project. If
the project has an advisory board, explain its function. Provide two-page résumés
for major project staff and all consultants in the appendices.

Principal Investigator is Scott Simon, Assistant Professor at the USF School of Library
and Information Science. Scott earned his PhD in Interdisciplinary Information Science
from the University of North Texas. Dr. Simon has a dual background in Information
Technologies and Music Studies. Dr. Simon’s professional experience includes Music
Librarian at the North Texas Libraries, Doctoral Research Fellow for the Texas Center
for Digital Knowledge in support of the Library of Texas Project, and Systems Manager
for the UNT Portal.

Project Manager of Cataloging and Digitization will be USF School of Library and
Information Science graduate Myron Booker. Currently, Myron serves as the
Coordinator of Special Projects in the USF School of Library and Information Science.

USF Tampa Library’s Todd Chavez, Director of Collection Analysis and Technical
Services and Mark Greenberg, Director of Special Collections, will serve as Lead
technicians for cataloging, digitization, and access.

David Stamps, USF Jazz Studies Department’s Managing Director of the Center for Jazz
Composition, will serve as the Project Manager of the Transcription phase of the project.

Jeff Fairbanks, a recent graduate from the USF Jazz Studies program, will serve as the
Lead Transcriber. Jeff has previous experience transcribing 78s from the Drapkin
collection - by ear to sheet music.

Chuck Owens, Distinguished University Professor in the Jazz Studies Department, and
Artistic Director of the Center for Jazz Composition and Jack Wilkins, Director of the
Jazz Studies Department, will serve as advisors on the selection criteria, oversight and
quality control.

Vicki Gregory, Director of the USF School of Library and Information Science, will
serve as an advisor on the cataloging and digitization phase of the project.

The advisory board will also include nationally recognized Jazz scholars and specialists
in digitization as well.

Graduate Assistants from the School of Library and Information Science and the Jazz
Studies department will assist in all phases of the project.

5. Dissemination

The results of the project will be disseminated in a variety of ways. A MARC collection-
level record will be accessible on RLIN, OCLC, and the USF Library System online
catalog; and a password protected Digitools database consisting of project-level records
and select recordings and transcriptions will be broadly available as a link from the USF
Library System Website as well as through the USF Center for Jazz Composition

Working with project staff, the advisory board will provide selection criteria to support
the topic of the post-war transition in Jazz as an essential part of American culture. The
catalog records will be available to teachers, students, and others for remuneration,
research, and private study.

Press releases and articles will be produced to target the national Jazz scholarship
communities. Articles will be produced for leading journals in digitization such as the
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Also, a
monograph with contributions by leading Jazz scholars and critics is planned.

In addition, key collaborators plan to give presentations on the Drapkin Jazz Collection at
a number of national conferences including the following:
     American Library Association
     American Society for Information Science and Technology
     Florida Library Association
     International Association of Jazz Education
     International Society for Music Information Retrieval
     Music Library Association
     Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association

6. Project Budget

Using the instructions, complete the budget form (PDF). While all items should be
justified by the narrative, further explanation may be included in brief budget
For any outsourced work, third-party contractor costs should be included in the
budget category "Services." Attach a complete itemization of these costs to the
budget form. If there is more than one contractor, each one must be listed on the
budget form and the costs itemized separately.
To the maximum extent practical, all procurement contracts must be made through
an open and free competition. They are to be awarded to the bidder/offeror whose
bid/offer is most advantageous, considering price, quality and other factors.
Applicants must justify procurement contracts in excess of $100,000 that are not
awarded by competitive bids or offers.
Permanent equipment may be purchased for a project if an analysis demonstrates
that it is the most economical and practical alternative to leasing. Permanent
equipment is defined as nonexpendable personal property costing $5,000 or more
and having a useful life of more than one year.
Consistent with the Buy American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a-c and Public Law 105-277),
grantees and subrecipients who purchase equipment and products with grant funds
should purchase only American-made equipment and products.

7. Appendices

Use appendices to provide:

      sample materials and reports;

      brief résumés (no longer than two pages) for staff with major responsibilities
       for the project's implementation and for consultants to the project;

      job descriptions for any additional staff who will be hired specifically to
       work on the project;

      letters of commitment from outside participants and cooperating institutions;

      letters of support (preferably no more than three) from experts in the
       project's subject area, the proposed methodology, or the technical plan
       (authors of letters of support will not participate in the NEH review process).

A. List of Project Consultants

List consultants to the project, members of the project's advisory board (if there is
one), and authors of letters of support (if provided).

Advisory Board
Vicki Gregory, Director of the USF School of Library and Information Science.

Chuck Owens, Distinguished University Professor in the USF Jazz Studies Department,
   and Artistic Director of the Center for Jazz Composition

Jack Wilkins, Director of the Jazz Studies Department

The advisory board will also include nationally recognized Jazz scholars and specialists
in digitization as well.

B. Resumes & Vitas
SCOTT J. SIMON 9481 Highland Oak Dr. #1116 Tampa, FL 33647
Phone: 813.751.7877 Email: Website:

   Ph.D. 2005: Interdisciplinary Information Science (major professor Brian C.
       O’Connor) University of North Texas

         Specializations: Music Information Retrieval, Music Librarianship,
         Information Architecture, Social Epistemology, Philosophy of Information

         Dissertation: A Multi-Dimensional Model of Jazz Improvisation for Music
         Information Retrieval (ProQuest, 2006)

    M.S. 2002: Information Technologies
    University of North Texas

    B.A. 2001: Philosophy
    University of North Texas

    A.A. 1992: Music
    Northern Oklahoma College

   Assistant Professor 2006-current
   School of Library and Information Science, USF: Tampa, Florida
   Teaching, Research, Service
   LIS 5020 Foundations of Library and Information Science
   LIS 6271 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
   LIS 5937 Music Information Retrieval
   LIS 5937 Information Architecture

    Computer Systems Manager- Portal Administrator 2005-2006
    Central Web Support, UNT: Denton, Texas
    Oracle-PeopleSoft portal administration and training

    Web application maintenance, development, and design
    Supporting 38,000+ users including students, faculty, and staff

    Information Technologist - Electronic Research Administrator 2003-2005
    Office of Research Services, UNT: Denton, Texas
    Research administration, database management, PeopleSoft systems management
    Oracle-PeopleSoft Web development, technical support, special projects

    Doctoral Research Fellow 2002-2003
    Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, UNT: Denton, Texas
    Research fellow for ZLOT (Library of Texas) virtual library project
    Development of information architecture, proof of concept assessments,
    methodology and evaluation of resource discovery service (RDS)

    Network Technician 2000-2001
    LAN/PC Management, UNT Libraries: Denton, Texas
    LAN network support for Windows NT/Novell (3 branch libraries, 400+
    Troubleshooting, installation and maintenance of hardware, software, and peripherals

    Music Librarian 1999-2000
    Music Library, UNT Libraries: Denton, Texas
    Performed library services
    Supported staff and patrons

  Texas Center for Digital Knowledge Doctoral Research Fellowship (Fall 2003)

   Simon, S. (2006). A multi-dimensional entropy model of jazz improvisation for
      music information retrieval. Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest.
   Simon, S. (Self-published 2001). Preformations. Lincoln, NE: Writer’s Club Press.

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
    Simon, S. (Submitted 2007). Information architecture for virtual libraries. JASIST.

    Book Reviews
    Simon, S. (published July 2007). Computer Models of Musical Creativity. Journal
       of the American Society of Information Science and Technology.

    Papers & Presentations
    Simon, S. (2007). Tampa Bay Library Consortium VIP Workshop. St. Pete College

   Simon, S. (2007). Blues in the library. Chairman’s Library, The Tampa Performing
      Arts Center/Patel Conservatory.
   Simon, S. (2007). 10th Annual Alice Smith Lecture.
   Simon, S. (2007). Blues in the library. USF Tampa Library.
   Simon, S. (2006). Music information retrieval. USF Libraries Annual Meeting,
      Tampa, FL.
   Simon, S. (2006). Dissertation. 2006 International Society of Music Information
      Retrieval Conference. Victoria, Canada.

  2007 ASIST&T Information Architecture Summit
      Las Vegas, NV
  2006 Association of Information Science & Technology Conference (ASIS&T)
      Austin, TX
  2006 Joint Conference on Librarians of Color (JCLC)
      Dallas, TX
  2006 Alliance Conference (Higher Education User Group)
      Nashville, TN
  2006 ALISE Conference (Association of Library and Information Science
      Educators) San Antonio, TX
  2005 ALISE Conference (Association of Library and Information Science
      Educators) Boston, MA

  USF College of Arts and Sciences Computing Steering Committee (2007-2008)
  USF SLIS Coordinator of Information/Publication Services Search Committee
  USF Libraries iTunes Committee (2007)
  USF Libraries 2007-2012 Strategic Plan Technology Subcommittee (2006-2007)
  USF COMM SLIS Website Subcommittee (2006 – ongoing)

JACK WILKINS 8148 Stone Path Way Tampa, Florida 33647 (813) 631-1927
     University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1988-89
             Doctoral studies
     Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1983-1985
             Master of Music, 1985
     Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 1981-1982
             Bachelor of Music, 1982
     University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1975-1978
             Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, appointed July 1993.
             Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, appointed
             July 1989.
             Director of Jazz Studies, 1986-1989
     UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, North Carolina:
             Instructor, 1986-1987
     INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Bloomington, Indiana: Assistant Instructor
             of Jazz Studies, 1983-1985.
     RECORDINGS (selected list):
     Jack Wilkins, Dear Old Stockholm, NHV Music
     Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Here We Are, Sea Breeze Records
     Common Ground, Common Ground, Improvibes Records
     Jack Wilkins, Ridgelines, Clave Bop Records
     Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Madcap, Sea Breeze Records
     Jack Wilkins, ARTWORK
     Monk in the Sun, Solar Jazz/Blue Heart Records
     Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Seabreeze Records
     Paul Tardif, Points of Departure, Millisound Records
     Scott Sawyer, In The Stream, Doll Records
     Bob Ferrazza, Personal , Elfkins Records
     Unifour Jazz Ensemble, Roadwork, Unifour Records
     Matt Kendrick Unit, Bass City, Suitcase Records
     John Mellencamp, Scarecrow, Riva/Polygram Records
     Sheryl Shay, Sophisticated Lady, Laurel Records
     TORNADO, First Alert, Forbidden Records
CONCERT APPEARANCES (selected list):
     * Selmer Saxophone Night – Steinway Hall, New York, NY 2006
     * Bulls Head Tavern Jazz Series (since 1962), London, UK 2006
     * East Carolina University, Greeneville, NC 2006
     * Outer Banks Arts Society Jazz Series, Oriental, NC 2006
     * Indiana University/Purdue University Ft. Wayne, IN 2006
     * North Dakota All State Jazz Festival, Fargo, ND 2005

*Florida State University Jazz Festival, Tallahassee, FL 2005
*Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 2004
*North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Greensboro, NC 2004
*International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, New York, 2004
*Common Ground (jazz group) CD Release concert, Elon College, NC, 2003
*Askanas Koncerter – Stockholm, Sweden, 2003
*Nykvarn Artist Retreat – Nykvarn, Sweden, 2003
*Montreux Jazz Festival (with USF Jazztet), Switzerland 2003, 2005
*Jazz A’ Vienne (with USF Jazztet), – Vienne, France 2003, 2005
*North Sea Jazz Festival (with USF Jazztet),, Den Hague, Netherlands, 2005
*Umbria Jazz Festival (with USF Jazztet), Perugia, Italy 2003
* Clearwater Jazz Holiday with Jack Wilkins Octet, 2002
* International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, New York, 2001
 (featured soloist with SURGE, for opening of conference)
* SAXFEST, Tamarac, Fl. 2001
* South Dakota All State High School Jazz Band, 2001
* International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, New Orleans, 2000
* University of Louisville Jazz Week 2000 festival, 2000
* University of Florida, Gainesville, 2000
* Lyon College, Batesville, AR, 2000
* North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 2000
* Elon College Jazz Festival, Elon College, NC 1999
* University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998
* University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, 1998
* BAT Center, Durban, South Africa, 1998
* Pretoria Technikon, South Africa, 1998
* Academy of Guateng, Daveytown, South Africa, 1998
* Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, Italy 1998
* Edinborough University Jazz Festival, Edinborough, PA 1998
* International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, Atlanta,
* University of North Carolina-Charlotte Jazz Festival, 1996
* SAXFEST ‘95, Lenoir, NC. 1995
* Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Berea, Ohio. 1993
* JAZZWORKS Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 1992
* Institute of Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia, USSR. 1991

Director, Collection Analysis & Technical Services 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB122,
University of South Florida Library System Tampa, Florida 33620
(813)974-7905 E-mail:
• Master of Arts in Library and Information Sciences, University of South Florida, May
• Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of South Florida, 1984.
2002- Director, Collection Analysis & Technical Services
University of South Florida Library System, Tampa, Florida
Reporting to the Dean of the USF Library System, this position administers and manages
the activities of the Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Technology units. Duties include
overseeing system-wide implementation of the new LMS, strategic planning and
assessment, grants oversight, collection analysis/assessment, materials budget
management, statistical compilation and analysis, shared governance advancement, and
leadership in library fundraising. Fiscal responsibility extends to $8.2 million ($6.76
million library materials, $1.4 million personnel, and $20,500 expense). Personnel
include 12 faculty, 27 staff, and 11 graduate assistants.
• “Patel Center Faculty Travel Award” ($1,000), Patel Center for Global Solutions, 2007.
• “The Great Karst Trail: Enthusing and Educating the Public about Karst Water,
Ecosystems, Sustainability, and Conservation” ($1,264,165), NSF Informal Science
Education, Co-PI (w/Dr. Robert Brinkman), 2007 [Not funded].
• “The Karst Information Portal: Advancing Information Solutions for Problems of
Water, Land, and Tourism Management” ($352,678), State University System
Educational and General Legislative Operating Budget Issue, 2008-09, PI, 2007
[Submitted, under review].
• “Inventory Project on the State of Water in Monteverde, Costa Rica” ($63,410), The
Tinker Foundation, Co-PI, 2007 [Submitted, under review].
• “Enhancing Research Capacity in Global Business and Economics” ($260,650), State
University System Educational and General Legislative Operating Budget Issue, 2007-
08, 2006 [$250,000 funded].
• “Enhancing Research Capacity in Marine Science” ($1,124,756), State University
System Educational and General Legislative
Operating Budget Issue, 2007-08, 2006 [Not funded].
• “Development of a Karst Information Portal (KIP) to Advance Research and Education
in Global Karst Science” ($352,678),
NSF EAR/IF Development of Cyberinfrastructure for the Earth Sciences, Co-PI, 2006
[Not funded].
• Orange County Lake Atlas Grant ($10,000), Co-PI, 2005.
Karst Information Portal Project. The KIP is an evolving international community of
scientists, information specialists, and speleologists seeking to create open access to
integrated information systems to advance karst, cave, and aquifer research. The resulting
connectivity and collaboration will drive innovative solutions to the critical human and

environmental challenges of karst. I co-organized the Karst Information Portal Planning
Workshop held in Carlsbad, New Mexico, January 19-21, 2006. The workshop generated
a shared vision and strategic priorities for the realization of an information portal serving
the karst research community. As the KIP project advances, I continue collaboration with
the USF Karst Working Group – a scholarly community of scientists and Todd Allen
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students with karst-relevant research interests – to derive a model of the information
requirements leading to advances in karst research.
Open Access Journal Initiative. In collaboration with the Director for Special
Collections, I am coordinating the USF Libraries’ open-access journal hosting/publishing
initiative. In culmination of a year-long planning cycle, we are completing the
implementation stage for two open-access journals. Negotiations are underway to expand
the initiative to include four additional titles spanning local history, cave and karst
studies, water management, and globalization. The current open-access journal projects
are decidedly interdisciplinary and cover topics of pressing global interest including
educational policy and quantitative literacy. Successfully implemented, this project
simultaneously advances internal, institutional, state, and national strategic directions.
Sacred Leaves Initiative. Working with the Director for Library Development and a
generous donor/scholar, I prepared a comprehensive business plan detailing strategies to
accept a $4.5 million estate gift comprising an extensive collection of illuminated
medieval manuscripts and early printed works. I subsequently coordinated two
exhibitions (2) highlighting the collection and published catalogues showcasing original
research completed in collaboration with students and faculty from the USF School of
Art and Art History. My work laid the foundation for six planned exhibitions that develop
and foster primary research around the unique materials available in this collection.
Ethiopian National Research Databank Project. In collaboration with graduate student
Hashim Ahmed, I assisted the Addis
Ababa University Library in developing a prototype web-based information portal. The
immediate objective was to facilitate collection and recording of, and access to important
research materials on Ethiopia. Under my supervision, USF Library System staff
journeyed to Ethiopia to implement a web-based library catalog linking researchers and
academicians with critical information resources and to train AAU Library personnel to
manage and replicate the project.

                               MYRON L. BOOKER

School of Library & Information Science                 Tel: (813) 974-2330
4202 E. Fowler Ave. # 30633                             Fax: (813) 974-6840
Tampa, Florida 33620                                    e-mail:

    MLIS (2007) University of South Florida
        Major:      Library & Information Science
        Cognate:    Academic Librarianship
        Minor:      Medical

       Ed.D. (2004) Grambling State University
            Major:     Developmental Education
            Cognate:   Instructional Systems & Technology
            Minor:     Counseling


05/07 – Present      RFID Specialist – Reporting to a Hillsborough County Public
                     Library chief librarian & general manager of services operations.
                         (5 %) Provides service in accordance with radio frequency
                            system inventory & installation.

01/07 – Present      Special Projects Coordinator – Reporting to the School of Library
                     & Information Science Director/University of South Florida.
                         (50 %) Provides service in accordance with directive of the

12/06 – Present      Librarian/Registrar – Reporting to the Dr. Patel Conservatory
                     Manager of Education & Registrar.
                         (20 %) Provides service in accordance with the
                             responsibility of the Librarian/Registrar.

              Instructional Systems & Technology; Multi-media digitization;
              Library/Information Science School Administration; Post-
              secondary Health Professional Library Literacy.

December 2004        “An Exploratory Study of Relationships Among Selected
                     Variables And The Teaching Assistantship Contact Hours of
                     Enrolled Education and Non-Education Doctoral Students”.


  2002            Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work: Chapter V.P. –
                  Grambling State University.
  1994            Phi Delta Kappa inductee @ Texas A & M University, Prairie
                  View, Texas.


  2007            Distance Learning Delivery Systems.
  2007            LIS Curriculum Design: Clinical Librarianship.
  2007    Performing Arts Librarianship.
  2006            Digitalization of maps and special collections.
  2006            Current instructional methods and research in Health Science


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