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.
- Baldwin Library Digitization Grant Proposal
- Digital Library of the Caribbean Grant Proposal
- Ephemeral Cities Project Grant Proposal
- Florida Digital Newspaper Library Grant Proposal
- House that Jack Built: the Preservation Management Information System
- Research Libraries Group Great Collections Microfilming Project IV : Defoe Collection Grant Proposal
- University of Florida Libraries Physical Condition Survey of 1989-1990
- News from the Preservation Office, a newsletter by Kesse during his tenure as the chair of the Preservation Department
- "Keeping Body, Soul of Books Together," article about Kesse and the University of Florida Libraries' Preservation Department