Charles L. Brown Birthday Celebration

Please join us on Wednesday September 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library as we celebrate the birthday of the library’s namesake.

Charles L. Brown as a U.Va. 4th Year in 1943.

Charles L. Brown as a U.Va. 4th Year in 1943.

Charles L. Brown graduated in the U.Va. class of 1943 with a degree in electrical engineering and later served on the Board of Visitors and as chairman and chief executive
officer of AT&T. In 2004, Ann Lee Saunders Brown donated the funds to the U.Va. Library to endow the Science and Engineering Library in Clark Hall. In recognition of Mrs. Brown’s generosity and in honor of her late husband the library was renamed the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library.

Every year around this time, we host Ann Lee Saunders Brown to commemorate the birthday of her late husband—and to celebrate the Brown’s generosity to our library and the U.Va. community.

We’ll be cutting the cake promptly at 1:30! Please stop by!

Not on Our Grounds: A University of Virginia Initiative to End Sexual Violence

The Library supports the “Not on Our Grounds” initiative, which aims to end sexual violence in our community through awareness campaigns, prevention education, and outreach efforts.

#HoosGotYourBack t-shirts in Alderman Library

On Fridays through October, you may see Library staff wearing “#HOOSsGotYourBack” t-shirts and buttons. This is to draw awareness to the #HOOSGotYourBack bystander awareness campaign during the Red Zone—the period from August to October which studies show is the most high-risk period for campus sexual assaults.

We invite you to explore the Not on Our Grounds site and help increase awareness of this important issue.


Library Web Downtime

On Saturday, August 22, from 6 to 8 a.m., many of the University Library servers and services including Workflows, Sirsi, and will be down for routine security patches.

During the downtime Virgo will still be available but will be unable to show availability or do renewals.

Workflows (Java Client), Virgo Classic (iLink), and self-checkout machines will be unavailable during the downtime.

Searching will work in Virgo, but the following WILL NOT work:

  • Renewals
  • Recalls, Ivy Requests, and LEO Request links
  • Course Reserve lookup
  • Workflows (Java Client) for staff

Searching and displaying records in Virgo will work during the downtime, as will the following functions:

  • Viewing Checked Out Items, Notices, etc. in My Account
  • Starring and submitting reserve list requests
  • Special Collections request system for both U.Va. and non-U.Va. logins
  • Availability (call numbers and circulation status) on individual records

R.I.P. Julian Bond, 1940-2015

The Library remembers H. Julian Bond, Civil Rights leader and long-time U.Va. professor, who died last Saturday at the age of 75. Bond was a legend of the Civil Rights movement long before he came to the University in 1992, where he taught in the Corcoran Department of History before retiring in 2012.

Bond’s papers reside in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Among many other activities at the University he also worked with history professor Phyllis Leffler to co-direct the “Explorations in Black Leadership” oral history project.

Julian Bond, Civil Rights Icon and Beloved Retired U.Va. Professor, Has Died (UVA Today)

The Julian Bond papers (U.Va. Special Collections)

Open Access: Helping Researchers Navigate Shifts to Funding Policies

“UVa has anticipated that public availability of full data from research — not just research papers — will be the next mandate to come down from funders.”

Sherry Lake, librarian for data and computer science, is featured in this article discussing the efforts of college and university libraries in helping researchers deal with new funding models that feature open access mandates.

This article (ironically) may not be visible to those without a subscription.

Librarians Leap to the Aid of Researchers Whose Funding Will Soon Depend on Open Access (Chronicle of Higher Education)

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.