Clemons Library Looks to Sun for Power

Beginning this summer, Clemons Library will turn adversity to advantage by transforming a roof that leaks into one that will not only keep out water, but will bring in the sun to power the building. The new roof will include solar panels—a “photovoltaic array to offset some of the electricity consumed by the building’s daily operations.”

Read more in the Cavalier Daily about the Library’s plans to harness the sun.

UVA and the Library Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the next two weeks the University of Virginia will join the local community to celebrate the life of civil rights champion Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for this year’s celebration, “The Call to Higher Ground,” is a quote from a 1965 King speech mobilizing support for “creative non-violence.” It is also a call, said UVA President Teresa Sullivan, to explore King’s words “in the context of our world today.”

The Library joins the celebration with two events in the Harrison/Small Special Collections Library. On Monday, January 18, on the first floor lobby, an exhibition, “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution: The American Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1970,” will display twenty-four items—“letters, newsletters, photographs, poetry and reports”—related to the struggle for civil rights. The exhibition will run through February 29. And on Friday, January 22, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., in the Harrison/Small Auditorium, there will be a presentation, ‘Unchained and Unbroken’: A Multimedia Event, with material documenting the Civil Rights Movement here in the Charlottesville area.

Please see the complete calendar of Martin Luther King events at UVA, and join with the community to commemorate the life of a man whose courage revolutionized a nation and captured the conscience of the world.

Total Advising Update

Construction on the Total Advising Center planned for Clemons Library has been postponed in order to avoid disruption to students during the spring semester. The Office of the Provost will continue to solicit student input on the project.

Questions about Total Advising should be directed to Archie Holmes, vice provost for educational innovation and interdisciplinary studies, and/or Maurie McInnis, vice provost for academic affairs.

Questions about the collections in Clemons Library should be directed to Kathy Soule, academic assessment librarian.

Library Hires Elizabeth Wilkinson as Archivist

The Library is happy to announce that Elizabeth Wilkinson will be joining UVA as the Library Archivist beginning February 22. Elizabeth will be part of the Metadata Analysis & Design team in Collections Access & Discovery, and will be working with many other teams across the Library on a variety of projects related to archival processing and archival data management.

Elizabeth comes to us from Georgetown University, where she works as Curator of Manuscripts to accession, describe, and make collections available through Archivists’ Toolkit and ArchivesSpace. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in History, an M.A. in History, and an M.L.S. from Indiana University. She has worked in manuscripts and archives at the Indiana State Library and Purdue University.

Please welcome Elizabeth when she arrives in February!

UVA Library Searches for New Dean of Libraries

The University of Virginia Library is looking for an inspirational leader to be our next University Librarian and Dean of Libraries. The new Dean will lead the Library’s 200+ staff, managing specialized laboratories, digital resources, service centers, and traditional library operations with a creative eye for the future of a major research library now entering its 3rd century.

Read the position specifications and full details on UVA’s Executive Search Group and Strategic Resourcing site.



Using Erasers to Reveal

Conservator for Library Collections, Eliza Gilligan, has been collaborating with a team of experts from the humanities and natural sciences in a project designed by UVA medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger to study the origins of “uterine vellum,” a material used in the 13th century to produce the first miniature Bibles in Europe. Gilligan obtained samples to analyze for protein content using special erasers for cleaning documents. According to Gilligan, the ability of current technology to analyze “miniscule pieces of parchment picked up by the act of rubbing it with an eraser … will have a great impact on scholarship.”

Read more about Holsinger’s project in UVA Today.

The Library Welcomes New Employees

In recent months the Library has been fortunate to welcome several new staff members:

Christian Dahlhausen is a systems administrator and developer for the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), a consortium managed by UVA for preserving and making digital content available.

Louis Foster is a software Engineer for Digital Content Management, and develops software to assist the Digital Production Group in digitizing rare and unique materials. Lou has worked previously in Alderman as part of the SpecLab Research Team in 2003-2004, when he worked on the digital humanities project Ivanhoe.

Dave Goldstein is a Software Engineer for Scholarly Works in the Search and Access Technologies team in Library Experience where he develops and maintains infrastructure for Virgo and Libra II. He comes to the library from Health Sciences.

Staci Jarmon is a manager for Library Finance in Administration and Planning. She serves as the new Financial Expert for the Academic Engagement area, and handles their procurement, reimbursement, reconciliation, and other financial needs.

Chanel Newby despite her name is not new to the Library. She worked as a “super temp” in Special Collections before becoming Executive Assistant in the Office of the University Librarian where she provides administrative support.

Ricky Patterson is the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Librarian. He provides outreach to faculty and staff on subject information and databases, data management and use, computation and programming, scholarly communication and grants. Ricky comes from Astronomy, where he is a Senior Research Scientist, and has been working with Data Services for several years.

John Witherell is the Harrison/Small Building Manager. John works closely with fellow faculty and staff to ensure a consistent and welcoming reception to all visitors and guests of the Harrison/Small building. He previously worked as the Shipping and Receiving Manager in the Textbook department at the UVA Bookstore.

Lauren Work is the Library’s first Digital Preservation Librarian. Beginning January 4 she will be involved in a variety of digital preservation projects. She comes to the Library from VCU where she worked as the Digital Collections Librarian.

Needless to say, we are happy to have them in the fold as valued contributors to the Library and the University.