Learn more about the African Studies Collections at the University of Florida from Dan Reboussin.

Dan Reboussin is the African Studies Librarian at the University of Florida. He has supported the research and teaching programs of UF’s Center for African Studies for over 20 years and teaches a graduate course in African Studies bibliography. His work in the George A. Smathers Libraries’ Special & Area Studies Collections Department allows frequent engagement with rare books, antique maps, manuscripts, and historical photographs. Along with collection development and public service duties, he coordinates digitization projects, creating metadata and presenting materials in a scholarly context to enhance discovery and interpretation using information rich landing pages.

His research program centers on the development of comprehensive, state of the art library support for scholars to discover, access, and use the research materials they seek. Reboussin received a 2012 Primary Resource Award from the Center for Research Libraries for employing Search Engine Optimization techniques to enhance access to the J.-M. Derscheid Collection. He presented this work at the November National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) workshop session, “Indexing from the Librarian’s Perspective” and in Oxford last June at the SCOLMA (UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) conference, Dis/connects: African Studies in the Digital Age. Recent publications include a chapter co-authored with UF’s Digital Humanities Librarian Laurie N. Taylor, selected for a forthcoming refereed proceedings of the SCOLMA conference, and the introductory essay for the 2012 annual Africa Bibliography, published by Cambridge University Press.


Dan Reboussin is a University of Florida librarian supporting research and teaching programs in African Studies. He selects library materials, provides advanced reference services, facilitates digitization of rare collections, and teaches a graduate course in library research methods. He has received national and international recognition for his work employing Search Engine Optimization techniques to connect scholars with relevant research collections.

Originally broadcast July 8, 2013