UVA Today Features Symposium on Julian Bond at Harrison/Small Auditorium October 20–21

The UVA Today article “UVA Symposium to Explore ‘Arc and Touchstones’ of Julian Bond’s Career” features an event to be hosted on October 20–21 in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library. The symposium on the life and legacy of civil rights leader and UVA faculty member Julian Bond, who died in 2015 at the age of 75, takes its theme—“Keep the Movement Coming On”—from Bond’s speech, “Faces at the Bottom of the Well,” which he delivered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 2003.

Participants in a series of panel discussions will include documentary film filmmakers, authors, and academics from around the country. UVA panelists and moderators will include associate professor of English and associate director of the Woodson Institute Maurice Wallace; Media Studies professor Aniko Bodroghkozy; Curry School of Education professor Derrick Alridge; American Studies/Media Studies professor Jack Hamilton;  Woodson Institute professor Kwame Otu; and Woodson post-doctoral fellow Julius Fleming.

According to Deborah McDowell, director of UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and chair of the symposium’s organizing committee, “some panelists will consider the arc and touchstones of Bond’s impressive 50-year career, others will provide a critical overview of the Civil Rights Movement, assessing its achievements, measuring its failures and formulating new strategies for continuing the never-ending struggle for freedom, justice, and social change, including in the classroom.”

Although the event is free and open to the public, online registration is recommended. Find out more about the symposium and view a full schedule of events.

Read the full article “UVA Symposium to Explore ‘Arc and Touchstones’ of Julian Bond’s Career” (UVA Today, 10/11/2016).

Construction on the Clemons Library Roof begins Today

Repairs to the roof of Clemons Library—including the addition of a solar array that will help power the building—begin today, October 17. Scaffolding going up in front and on the side of the 4th floor will be covered to protect traffic from falling debris during construction. Facilities Management will limit the noise as much as possible.

Simultaneous with construction on the roof, the stairs on the western side of Clemons will be closed while they are being repaired to prevent future safety hazards—puddles and possible ice formation in winter. A temporary set of stairs will be installed sometime next week.

The roof construction project is scheduled to run from October 17 through December 29, but is subject to change due to weather and construction delays.

Saturday is Shakespeare Family Day at the Harrison/Small Building

A WVTF Public Radio broadcast highlights activities that will be included in a Shakespeare family day tomorrow, October 8, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., in front of the Harrison/Small building (or in the auditorium in case of rain).

In celebration of the First Folio on display this month in the Harrison North gallery with the Library’s exhibition “Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing,” there will be opportunities for kids and adults to enter the world of Elizabethan drama, making stage blood and crowns, learning Shakespearean compliments and insults, and getting coached in the art of Shakespearean performance by actors from the American Shakespeare Center.

Later in the month (Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.; Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.; and Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.) drama students will hold a “Vigil for the Bard,” performing sonnets and the witches’ scene from Macbeth.

Hear the full WVTF radio broadcast “Original Shakespeare Folio On Display at UVA” (or read the transcript).


The Physics Library’s Study Area and Hours have been Expanded!

The Physics Library’s reading and study areas just got an upgrade! Room 324 has been transformed into an inviting, bright, and airy space. Check out the pictures below. The library has also extended its hours by 50%.

The new hours for the Physics Library are:

Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday, Closed.

Please contact Vicky Ingram with questions.


First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare comes to Harrison/Small on October 1st!

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare—on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library—arrives October 1 at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library to become a featured part of the exhibition “Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing.” The First Folio will reside in the Harrison North Gallery, on display with UVA’s Shakespeare treasures until October 26, when it travels to its next destination, part of a celebration of Shakespeare’s life on the 400th anniversary of his death in 1616.

A UVA Today article, “Nine Things to Do With Shakespeare’s First Folio, Coming to UVA in October,” gives a schedule of events surrounding the First Folio’s arrival:

Monday, October 3, 5:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m., at the Ruth Caplin Theater, Andrew Wade—former Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company—will lecture and take questions. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m., in front of the Harrison-Small building (the auditorium in case of rain) there will be a Family Day. Drama students will interact with the public; actors from Staunton’s American Shakespeare Center will give pointers on Shakespearean performance; craft tables will display items related to Elizabethan stagecraft; and there will be a raffle for tickets to the drama department’s presentation of The Comedy of Errors at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12, at 4:00 p.m., in the Special Collections auditorium, Virginia Mason Vaughan, professor emerita of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, will present the Tracy and Katherine McGregor Distinguished Lecture in American History, “Shakespeare for the American People.”

Friday, October 14, at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA drama students will present a program “Vigil for the Bard!”, including sonnets, monologues, and—in time for Halloween!—the witches’ scene from Macbeth.

While the First Folio exhibition is here, the Harrison North Gallery will be open during the following hours:

Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

For more on First Folio events read the full article “Nine Things to Do With Shakespeare’s First Folio, Coming to UVA in October” (UVA Today, 9/27/2016).

Sage Research Methods—the Library Resource with Everything Students and Faculty need to Know about Research

When you open Sage Research Methods—one of the new resources being offered this semester by the Library—you’re greeted with the phrase “what every researcher needs.” Mouse over “Browse” at the top of the page and you’ll see how accurate the phrase is. Topics cover the concepts, philosophy, and ethics of doing research, the planning and design of research, and the collection of data and how to write about it. You can filter material by disciplines, or narrow results by format—books, videos, articles, case studies, and datasets compiled from leading academics in their fields.

If you want to know how to conduct an oral history project, for example, type “oral history” in the keyword search box. You’ll get a brief written definition of “oral history research” and a list of fully searchable encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, journal articles, cases, and Little Blue Books—part of “the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher.”

If you’d rather listen to an experienced practitioner, uncheck “Select all” on the right sidebar to clear the preselected boxes, check the box for “Video” to narrow selections to that format. Among the videos offered is one with Professor Valerie Janesick speaking in a relaxed, conversational manner about her adventures in qualitative research: “What Are Oral History Interviews, and How Do They Differ From Other Types of Interviewing? And How Have You Used Them in Your Research?” It’s an excerpt from a longer interview that you can listen to in its entirety as she explains what qualitative research is, why it’s interesting and important.

Sage Research Methods has 120 hours of video—60% exclusive to Sage—varying in style and complexity—as comprehensive and easy to understand as Professor Janesick’s, or requiring some advanced knowledge, depending upon your needs as a novice or seasoned researcher. While the video is playing, follow along on a searchable transcript, and afterward download a PDF, or click “Embed” to copy and paste code into a course management system where students can play the video.

When you create a personal profile, you’ll have the ability to create video clips for class presentation. You can use the “List” tool to fill folders in your profile with an extensive archive of book chapters, articles, datasets, and video clips for future reference and to share in email or on social media.

Sage Research Methods will help librarians instruct students in research; and videos and cases showing research in action may also help librarians assess service by demystifying the sometimes elusive subject of quantitative data analysis. Faculty can refer students to Sage, confident that they will spend less time teaching students research methods, and more time teaching them the subjects they will be researching.

Sage Research Methods can be found on the Library’s website under Research, Databases A-Z.