Erich J. Kesse

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Erich J. Kesse (born 1959) began at the University of Florida as a rare book cataloguer in 1984 and quickly moved into preservation and became the chair of the George A. Smathers Libraries Preservation Department from 1987-1999. In 1999, Kesse founded the University of Florida Digital Library Center as its director continuing his work in preservation through digitization.


Under Kesse's leadership, the Digital Library Center was awarded a number of grants, including grants for the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, the Digital Library of the Caribbean, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature Digital Collection, and many others.


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