Our Faculty and Staff

Special and Area Studies is home to more than thirty staff and faculty who work across our collections to make them more accessible and approachable. We provide reference assistance, virtual access, as well as public services in our three reading rooms.

Scroll down to see more information about our faculty members and our public services personnel. Click the buttons below to view our organization chart or to jump to an alphabetical table of contact information.

Department Leadership

Chair of Special & Area Studies Collections

Elizabeth Haven Hawley

Areas of Specialization:
Special Collections

Telephone: (352) 273-2765
Email: ehh@ufl.edu

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Associate Chair and HEad of the Map & Imagery Library

Carol McAuliffe

Areas of Specialization:
Geography and Maps

Telephone: (352) 273-2828
Email: carolmc@uflib.ufl.edu

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Head of Collection Services

John Nemmers

Areas of Specialization:
Panama Canal Museum Collections
Architecture Archives

Telephone: (352) 273-2766
Email: jnemmers@ufl.edu

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Collection Managers

For more information about the collections in SASC please visit our Collections Page

Interim University Archivist

Sarah Coates

Areas of Specialization:
University Archives

Telephone: (352) 273-2817
Email: sarah.coates@ufl.edu

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Curator of the PK Yonge Library of Florida History

Jim Cusick

Areas of Specialization:
Florida History
Artificial Intelligence Research

Telephone:(352) 273-2778
Email: jamcusi@uflib.ufl.edu

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Head of the Price Library of Judaica

Rebecca Jefferson

Areas of Specialization:
Jewish Studies

Telephone: (352) 273-2650
Email: rjefferson@ufl.edu

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Curator of the popular Culture Collections

Jim Liversidge

Areas of Specialization:
Theater and Dance


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Curator of the African Studies Collections

Dan Reboussin

Areas of Specialization:
African Studies

Telephone: (352) 273-2642
Email: danrebo@ufl.edu

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University Historian

Carl Van Ness

Areas of Specialization:
University Archives

Telephone: (352) 273-2764
Email: carvann@uflib.ufl.edu

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Curator of the Rare Book Collection

Neil Weijer

Areas of Specialization:
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Printing History
Rare Books

Telephone: (352) 273-5743
Email: n.weijer@ufl.edu

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Literary Collections Archivist

Florence Turcotte

Areas of Specialization:
African-American Studies

Telephone: (352) 273-2767
Email: floturc@uflib.ufl.edu

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Caribbean Basin Librarian

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt

Areas of Specialization:
Caribbean Studies
Cuban Collections
Haitian Collections

Telephone: (352) 273-2692
Email: mvargasb@ufl.edu

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Governors House Library Collections Assistant

Casey Wooster

Telephone: (904) 770-3249
Email: cawoo@ufl.edu

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Governors House Library Collection Coordinator

Laura Marion

Telephone: (904) 770-3249
Email: lauramarion@ufl.edu

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Associate in Book Arts

Ellen Knudson

Areas of Specialization:
Artists Books
Letterpress Printmaking

Telephone: (352) 273-2754
Email: eknudson@ufl.edu

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Public Services

Our public services manage the operation of our three reading rooms. Unsure whom to contact? Use our reference form.

Public services coordinator – Grand Reading Room

Michele Wilbanks

For Reference Inquiries:

Telephone: (352) 273-2819
Email: wilbanks@ufl.edu

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Public Services Coordinator – Latin American & Caribbean Collections

Keith Manuel

For Reference Inquiries:

Telephone: (352) 273-2540
Email: kmanuel@ufl.edu

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Public Services Assistant – Latin American & caribbean Collections

Thiago de Andrade Bezerra

Email: tdeandradebezerr@ufl.edu

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Public Services Assistant = Grand Reading Room

Steven Hersh

Telephone: (352) 273-2543
Email: s.hersh@ufl.edu

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Map & Imagery Library Senior Archivist

Jennifer Farrington

Areas of Specialization:

Telephone: (352) 273-2825
Email: jenfarr@uflib.ufl.edu

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Staff Directory (Alphabetical)

Contact information for all of our faculty and staff.

Name Title Phone # Email
Betsy Bemis Panama Canal Museum Collection Curatorial Assistant (352) 273-2676 ehbemis@ufl.edu
Bridget Bihm-Manuel Florida History Coordinator (352) 294-1052 bmbm@ufl.edu
Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos Bilingual Processing Archivist (352) 273-2884 nelissaenid@ufl.edu
Sarah Coates University Archives Associate (352) 273-2817 sarah.coates@ufl.edu
Pam Cunningham-Williams Library Assistant, Collection Services Unit (352) 273-2758 pamwill@uflib.ufl.edu
Jim Cusick Curator of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History (352) 273-2778 jamcusi@uflib.ufl.edu
Jennifer Farrington Map Library Senior Archivist (352) 273-2825 jenfarr@uflib.ufl.edu
E. Haven Hawley Chair (352) 273-2765 ehh@ufl.edu
Steven Hersh Public and Support Services Assistant, Grand Reading Room (352) 273-2543 s.hersh@ufl.edu
Rebecca Jefferson Head of the Price Library of Judaica (352) 273-2650 rjefferson@ufl.edu

Mailing Addresses

Department of Special & Area Studies Collections
P.O. Box 117005
205 Smathers Library
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7005
Physical Address: 1508 Union Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-7005

Price Library of Judaica
P.O. Box 117010
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7010

Latin American and Caribbean Collection
P.O. Box 117009
Smathers Library
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7009

Map & Imagery Library
P.O. Box 117001
112 Smathers Library
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7022

Governor’s House Library
University of Florida
48 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084