The Library Welcomes New Staff Members Tony Hiserman & Bryan Kasik

The Library is pleased to announce that two new staff members, Tony Hiserman and Bryan Kasik, will begin work on July 25.

As Alderman Stacks Supervisor, Tony Hiserman will oversee the student team that shelves books and keeps the stacks in good order. Tony has a degree in Landscaping and Turf Management from Virginia Tech, and comes to us with seventeen years of experience in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library where he most recently served as the Library Service Desk Manager.

Bryan Kasik will be the new Reference Librarian in Information Services. Bryan joins us from the UVA Law Library where he worked for nine years, supervising students, performing research, producing instructional videos, and creating student services and initiatives. He has an MLS from Florida State University and a BA from UVA.

Welcome, Tony and Bryan!

Library to Host ASERL Webinar and Discussion on the “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts”

On Friday, July 15, from 2–3 p.m. in Clemons 407, the Library will host a webinar offered by the Scholarly Communications Interest Group of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The webinar, “Overview of the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts,” will be led by Anne Collins Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and will address development of the Code by the College Art Association (CAA), and examine the need for such a Code in the field of the arts. The presentation will delve into why CAA chose to take on this project, and will show how CAA is educating members and allied colleagues about the Code and documenting its implementation.

The webinar will be of interest if you work with the visual arts and other media, or if you field questions from faculty and students about using images in scholarship, on websites, or as part of a new work of art. Or if you just feel daunted by the possible legal implications of copyright law, please come and see why artists, scholars, librarians, and gallerists agree that fair use does apply to the visual arts.

After the webinar, Director of Information Policy Brandon Butler will lead a discussion about the Code of Best Practices and its ramifications.

There is no need to register to view the webinar in Clemons. However, if you can’t make it to Clemons, feel free to register and attend the webinar at your own desk.

Special Collections Enriches High Schoolers’ Research into Legacy of Slavery on Grounds

In its article “New Summer Program Helps High School Students Grasp Legacy of Slavery,” UVA Today describes how a group of high school students literally got their hands dirty, digging in the earth of James Madison’s Montpelier plantation to uncover evidence of how enslaved workers lived in the 19th century, and went through original documents to find out how slaves and freed blacks contributed to building Jefferson’s University.

As part of UVA’s first Cornerstone Institute, the students visited the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, where Special Collections librarian Heather Riser and John Witherell showed them Jefferson’s will, some of his letters, and design drawings he made of the University.


Heather Riser, Director of Operations for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, shows a Jefferson letter to interested high school students.

The students’ research into the Special Collections documents contributed to their final presentations, which Alison Jawetz—a 2015 American studies graduate and co-founder of the program—said allowed “them to demonstrate their understanding that the legacies of slavery are not ancient history – they are very relevant to contemporary society.”

Read the full article: New Summer Program Helps High School Students Grasp Legacy of Slavery (UVA Today, 7/6/2016)

The World According to Charlottesville—UVA Today Features the Library’s Digital Daily Progress

In an article “Six Moments in UVA History, As Documented by Newly Expanded Digital Archive,” UVA Today features the Library’s Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm—recently expanded to include the years 1923-1964. The article examines unfolding events like the 1929 stock market crash and the assassination of President Kennedy, but also highlights significant local events, like addresses delivered at UVA by President Franklin Roosevelt and Dr. Martin Luther King, as well as the dedication of Alderman Library in 1938.

dparchive_header_1500According to Bradley Daigle—Content Lead for the Academic Preservation Trust—the collaboration between the UVA Library and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is one of the most popular collections in Virgo. In the future the Library hopes to crowdsource searchable tags from users to improve Optimal Character Recognition and make the archive searchable with keywords. “The high level of traffic inside the collection” Daigle says, “is an encouraging sign” that the public would be willing to participate in efforts to enhance the searchability of the valuable resource.

Read the the full article:

Six Moments in UVA History, As Documented by Newly Expanded Digital Archive (UVA Today, 6/23/2016)

UVA Welcomes new Librarian John Unsworth!

John UnsworthThe University welcomes John Unsworth, who begins his first full week as university librarian and dean of libraries today, June 27. Unsworth returns to the university where he earned his Ph.D. in English in 1988, and served from 1993–2003 as director of the Institute of Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

Most recently Unsworth was vice provost, university librarian, and chief information officer at Brandeis University, and before that was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His interests include scholarly communication, digital humanities, history of books and publishing, and 20th-century American Literature. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls him a digital humanities pioneer.

Welcome, John!

Read more: John M. Unsworth Chosen as University Librarian and Dean of Libraries (UVA Library News and Announcements, 4/14/2016)

Celebrating University Librarian Martha Sites—Retiring After 42 Years at UVA

On June 21 Library staff and colleagues from around UVA gathered in the McGregor Room of Alderman Library for a party in honor of retiring University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Martha Sites. They came to say farewell and to celebrate her 42 years of service to the University with food, drink, and reminiscences about the times they shared together.DSC05372

Martha came to the Library in 1996 from her position as Director of User Support for UVA central information technology, bringing a passion for blending traditional librarianship with technological innovation, and a professional interest in data curation and digital preservation. Her work as executive lead for the Academic Preservation Trust consortium has contributed to the survival of the scholarly record for generations to come.

Among those reliving old times and wishing Martha well were family and friends, as well as colleagues and former colleagues from the Library and the University community. Martha was remembered as a leader, friend, and mentor by speakers including Provost Tom Katsouleas, Vice Provost Anda Webb, and Library Senior Director of Administration & Planning Donna Tolson. The University Library Committee presented Martha with a print of one of the Rotunda’s capitals as a token of their esteem and appreciation, and the Library helped transition Martha into retirement with gifts to cultivate her gardening skills.

Thank you Martha, and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Scroll through the pictures below to see more of the party.




Chronicle of Higher Education Features Incoming University Librarian and Digital Humanities Pioneer John Unsworth

John UnsworthUVA’s own incoming librarian John Unsworth is one of several librarians moving into new positions featured in the June 19 Chronicle of Higher Education article “3 Librarians Bring Skills in Preservation and Technological Innovation to Their New Top Roles.” Citing Mr. Unsworth’s advocacy of “using computing tools to create new approaches to studying” digital texts, the Chronicle calls him a pioneer in digital humanities.

Unsworth earned a Ph.D. in English from UVA in 1988 and worked from 1993 to 2003 as director of UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Most recently he served as Brandeis University’s vice provost, librarian, and chief information officer before accepting the UVA position. The article quotes him as saying, “Virginia’s library has a long history of real engagement in the technology of information.”

Unsworth will assume his duties as UVA librarian and dean of libraries on June 25, succeeding interim University Librarian Martha Sites.

Read the full article:

3 Librarians Bring Skills in Preservation and Technological Innovation to Their New Top Roles (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/19/2016)

Gift to Special Collections Sheds Light on Only Significant Civil War Engagement in Albemarle County

The family of Raymond Shaw, deceased—UVA graduate, biology teacher, and passionate Civil War collector—recently donated Confederate artifacts excavated nearly 50 years ago to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The relics of military life are from a Confederate encampment near Rio Hill, site of the only major military engagement in Albemarle County. Union forces under General George Armstrong Custer overran the encampment but withdrew. Both sides claimed victory.


Family of Raymond Shaw with their generous gift of artifacts from a Confederate encampment on the site of the Battle of Rio Hill

“The donation of these artifacts is very important to us,” says Edward Gaynor, Librarian for Virginiana and University Archives, and “can tell you things about the men who were there and what was going on.” Mr. Shaw’s recognition in 1970 that rows of mounds on the site were the remains of cabin chimneys rescued a valuable piece of history. The site is now occupied by the Rio Hill Shopping Center.

Read the full story below.

Special Collection, Local Connection (UVA Today, 6/15/2016)