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Meet the Librarians

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A librarian can: 

  • Give you a tour of Jane Bancroft Cook Library
  • Introduce you to the USF Libraries website
  • Teach you how to find books, videos and government documents
  • Teach you how to find newspaper and journal articles
  • Introduce you to the Jane Bancroft Cook Library website
  • Introduce you to the online reference assistance services
  • Assist you with your research assignments
  • Teach you research strategies that can help make the best use of your time.

Get to know your librarians!

Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty, Dean of the Library, joined New College in 2009 from Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus where he directed library services and previously headed the ASU Music Library. He earned both his M.L.S. and a M.A. in music history & theory at Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kansas. His B.M. is from Westminster Choir College. In addition to leading Jane Bancroft Cook Library and its related services, he teaches a course in music. You can view his CV here or contact him at 941-487-4401 or            

Theresa Burress

Theresa Burress, Humanities Librarian, provides research assistance, instruction, and collection development services to faculty and students. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University and her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. Before joining New College, Theresa worked as a Science & Outreach Librarian for the U.S. Geological Survey. She also Co-Chaired the St. Petersburg Science Festival, an annual public celebration that draws 25,000 visitors to explore the wonders of hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Theresa loves to share her enthusiasm for research with students and explore new methods in humanities scholarship. You can view her CV here and contact her at 941-487-4416 or

Alison Piper

Alison Piper is the Associate Dean of the Library. She oversees library operations, collection development, technical services, user services and access services. Alison earned her A.B. from Cornell University, her A.M. in psychology from Harvard University and her M.L.I.S. from Simmons College. She has more than 10 years of library administration and leadership experience in diverse academic, school, and public libraries. You can view her CV here or contact her at 941-487-4409 or

Tammera Race

Tammera Race is the Systems, Metadata, and Assessment Librarian. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from New College, an M.S. in Horticultural Science (with a minor in Wetland Science) from the University of Florida, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more than a decade, Tammera worked to conserve Florida native plants, through research, restoration, education and outreach. For the past four years, she has been an assistant professor and science & technology catalog librarian at Western Kentucky University. Her publications include “Resource Discovery Tools: Supporting Serendipity” in Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools (2012). She and her family enjoy exploring Sarasota’s natural and cultural resources. You can view her CV here or contact her at 941-487-4405 or

Caroline Reed

Caroline Reed is the Social Sciences Librarian. She is originally from Northampton, MA. Caroline earned a BSW and worked as an Organizational Social Worker for 3 years. She worked at the library at the University of the Virgin Islands for 13 years. Returning to the States she began working as the Reference Assistant at Cook Library in 1996. She earned her M.A. in Library Science in 2002.  She provides bibliographic instruction, collection development and individual and group research assistance for students, faculty and staff. You can view her CV here or contact her at 941-487-4568 or

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