StatLab Fall 2015 Workshops

The Library’s StatLab provides advice and training in data analysis and statistical methods to University of Virginia researchers through individual consulting and workshops on statistical methods and software.

The StatLab is offering a number of workshops throughout the semester on the use of statistical methods and computational and data analytic software. The workshops are free and open to anyone in the U.Va. community.

Full details can be found on the StatLab Workshops site.

Library Subscription to

The U.Va. Library has acquired an institution subscription to, a resource for high-quality online tutorials covering software, creative, and business skills.

This free access includes the entire library of over 3,500 video courses. JavaScript, jQuery, Camtasia, Revit, iMovie, Photoshop, Sketchup, Unity, and “R” are just a few examples of the variety of tutorials  available. Peruse a list of all of their offerings on their webpage:

Student Jobs in Alderman Library

The semester is soon to get underway, and we’re hiring student workers. Currently we have three positions open in Alderman Library—we anticipate posting more positions soon.

Are you a self-starter, dependable, have attention to detail, and enjoy working with your hands? Are you looking for a job with evenings, nights, and weekends off? Preservation Services in Alderman Library is hiring for the following position: Preservation Services Student Assistant (Undergraduate, Position ID:65109)

Are you dependable, have a keen eye for detail, and have a welcoming and helpful attitude? Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student looking for a job with day, night, and weekend hours that can work with your schedule? Alderman Library is hiring for the following position: Circulation Student Assistants (Undergraduate, Position ID: 64687)

Are you are a current or incoming graduate or Ph.D. student with strong research skills and a desire to help others find information, citations, and more? If you’re looking for a job with day, night, and weekend hours that can work with your schedule, please check out the following position: Reference Student Assistants (Graduate, Position ID: 64740)

Visit Cavlink to apply.

To search for paid student positions with the Library, please follow the instructions below. You must have a resume loaded in the “Documents” tab in order to apply for any position in CAVLink.

  • Create an account and log into CAVLink by visiting
  • Your login will be your U.Va. computing ID and the initial password is “cavalier”
  • Place your cursor over “Current Postings” then select “CAVLink jobs”
  • Type library in the search field and set a parameter of 20 miles within 22904 in the “Advanced Search” tab

Inside U.Va.’s Ivy Stacks (video)

The Library’s Ivy Stacks has over 1 million items—all arranged in compact shelving according to height, to make maximum use of space. So what happens when you need one of those books, or videos, or journals, or newspapers, etc. … Virginia Magazine visits Ivy Stacks in this look at how an item gets from there to you.

Inside U.Va.’s Ivy Stacks (University of Virginia Magazine)

Science and Art of the Eastern Shore in Brown Library

If you’ve been in the Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library lately, you’ve likely noticed a lot of new art on the walls. It’s all part of the current exhibit, “Science and Art of the Eastern Shore,” a collaboration between the Department of Environmental Sciences and Brown Library.

The exhibit is an offshoot of recent Art and Ecology classes at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center (ABCRC) on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, near Oyster on the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula. These classes bring Virginia public school art and science teachers to the ABCRC to spend a weekend painting and drawing local wildlife and scenery under the tutelage of New Jersey-based artist and former teacher Alice McEnerney Cook. Artwork from the classes is then used to produce traveling exhibits, which also incorporate comments from participants, photos of class activities, a summary of the local history, and a description of the major environmental factors shaping the landscape.

Details of work in the Science and Art of the Eastern Shore exhibit

“Science and Art of the Eastern Shore”—details of work in the exhibit.

The University of Virginia runs the ABCRC through the environmental sciences department, and the Art and Ecology program is administered by Art Schwarzschild, an environmental sciences professor and the director of the ABCRC. The program was established to bring science and art together, focusing primarily on the unique landscapes and species of the Eastern Shore. As Schwarzschild notes:

this program is an outgrowth of a recent movement to link Art, the Humanities and place-based science in an effort to increase public awareness of the natural world, the environmental issues that impact our surroundings, and the complex interactions between human societies and the ecosystems in which we live.

The exhibit is ongoing and materials will be swapped out from time to time. Currently showing is artwork from two recent “Art and Ecology” classes as well as work by Michael Garstang, a member of the Department of Environmental Sciences who has spent time as an “Artist in Residence” at the Eastern Shore facility.

The art can be viewed in the main reading room of the library, as well as in the Ann Lee Saunders Brown Room (148).

Dogs in the Libraries

Need a stress-relieving study break? Therapy dogs will be visiting the libraries during exams—take a break, pet a dog, and return to your studies!

Wednesday April 29, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.:
Music Library
Clemons Library (Sponsored by the Human-Animal Support Services Club at the University of Virginia) 

Thursday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.:
Alderman Library

Thursday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.:
Brown Science & Engineering Library

Friday, May 1; Monday May 4; Wednesday May 6, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.:
Clemons and Alderman Libraries (George will alternate between libraries)


Oral Histories of U.Va. Leaders Now Available Through Libra

The Library has made available, with worldwide open access, transcripts of interviews with some important figures in the University’s recent history. In 2012, John Casteen, Leonard Sandridge, Sandy Gilliam, and Gordon Burris sat down for in-depth interviews with writer and historian Sheree Scarborough.

The full transcripts of each of these four interviews are now available, in e-book/PDF format, via the University’s Libra institutional repository.

As University Nears its Bicentennial, Oral Histories Capture Leaders’ Insights (UVA Today)

A Civil Occupation

Ervin Jordan, associate professor and research archivist in the Small Special Collections Library, is featured in this Virginia Magazine article describing the University’s interaction with Union troops marching into Charlottesville 150 years ago.

A Civil Occupation (The University of Virginia Magazine)