UVA Today Features Article on Library Exhibition, “Fearsome Ink: The English Gothic Novel to 1830”

On April 29 UVA Today ran an article on the current exhibition in the main gallery of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, “Fearsome Ink: The English Gothic Novel to 1830,” curated by the Small Library’s David Whitesell.

The article cites the Special Collection Library’s 2,500 Gothic novels—the largest collection in the world of a late 18th and early 19th century “publishing phenomenon” whose macabre themes inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stephenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The exhibit will run through July.

Please read the full article below.

Fearsome Ink (UVA Today, 4/29/2016)

Nicole Royal Hired as Preservation Projects Specialist

The Library is pleased to welcome Nicole Royal as the new Preservation Projects Specialist in Preservation Services of Content Stewardship where she will guide a variety of preservation projects. She will begin on Monday, May 2.

Nicole has previously worked at the Library of Congress and at Chicago’s independent Newberry Library. Most recently she has been working part-time in Preservation Services, managing much of the preservation workflow of Book Traces @ UVA, a project of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to identify and catalog volumes that have been modified by users over time.

When not surveying the stacks, or rehousing materials for Special Collections, Nicole can be found in her new office in Alderman 201. Please stop by and say hello.

Please Join Academic Accessibility for the AccessU Summit!

On May 10, the University Library will host a viewing of the AccessU Summit, sponsored by the Coordinator of Academic Accessibility. This day-long, online event is open to all, but is geared mostly toward UVA web professionals responsible for making our online environment accessible for all users.

Sessions will be streamed in Alderman 421 from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Come for all sessions or only those of interest to you.

Expert-led, hour-long sessions include:

  • Designing Accessible Forms (10:00 a.m.)
  • How to Make Your Accessible Content Look Great (11:00 a.m.)
  • Accessible Data Visualizations (12:00 p.m.)
  • Digital Accessibility Legal Update 2016 (2:00 p.m.)
  • Advanced ARIA (3:00 p.m.)
  • Automated Accessibility Tool Crash Course (4:00 p.m.)

Visit the AccessU Summit webpage for details. Registration for the meeting room viewing has been paid, so please simply come and learn together.

For questions about the event, please contact Jill Heinze, Director of User Experience for UVA Library. For questions about accessibility efforts on Grounds and other educational opportunities, please contact Lori Kressin, Coordinator of Academic Accessibility.

See you at Alderman Library on Tuesday, May 10th!

The Bard’s Birthday Bash in Pictures

1-1The Library Council began its Shakespeare birthday bash appropriately on the steps of the Harrison/Small Research Center that houses rare editions of the Bard’s work, documenting the printing history of Shakespeare since his death four centuries ago. Many are currently on display in the north gallery exhibition “Shakespeare by the Book: Four Centuries of Printing, Editing, and Publishing.”

2-1The cake for the occasion was decorated in frosting with lines from the plays. From The Tempest we have Prospero’s words equating the value of his dukedom to his library—“My library was dukedom large enough.”

3-1Fans could go on a docent-led tour of the north gallery exhibition, viewing a wealth of items spanning a period from early 17th century folio editions through 18th and 19th century “corrections” and expurgations, to modern-day miniatures and artistically technological interpretations of Shakespeare.

4-1In his lecture “If Michelangelo’s David is in Florence, Where is Shakespeare’s King Lear?” Michael Suarez, Director of Rare Book School, gave the audience some idea of the slippery question of what the “authentic” text of King Lear is, given the play’s convoluted publishing history.

7-1Those wishing to indulge in living history could step into the past in the south gallery and see members of the Drama department transformed into an Elizabethan lady and gentleman—the lady in a bodice and kirtle (a skirt elegantly spread with a bum roll and farthingale underneath); the gentleman in a ruff and a proper doublet, breeches and cross-gartered hose—and watch them go through the “measures” of a dance.

8-1Downstairs in the main gallery of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Rare Book School staff demonstrated the printer’s art—setting type, printing sheets, folding sheets twice for a folio edition, four times for a smaller quarto, and eight times into an even smaller octavo. In Shakespeare’s time errors were often corrected on the fly, leaving earlier ones uncorrected. After the Rare Book School staff folded and cut the sheets, they demonstrated how the pages were then stitched together into volumes.

10-1English professor David Vander Meulen’s lecture “UVA and the Bard of AVON” enlightened the audience on the role of bibliographer Fredson Bowers in bringing UVA’s English department into national prominence, and the special contribution to Shakespeare studies of Bowers’ student and protégé, Charlton Hinman, who invented a collating machine. The Hinman collator was used to compare fifty versions of the First Folio in the Folger Library for discrepancies, determining the order in which they were printed and who the printers were.

Happy 452nd, William Shakespeare!

Sheets printed by RBS staff in book-making demonstration

Incoming University Librarian John Unsworth Talks to Cavalier Daily

John UnsworthIn an April 20 article in the Cavalier Daily, the newly appointed University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, John Unsworth, sketched out some areas of interest he will be addressing when he assumes his duties in June. Unsworth says he is looking forward to working with the Library’s various constituencies, including undergraduates, to gather information and implement changes to the Library system. The Cavalier Daily also reports that Unsworth will likely be living on the Lawn, and that his house “will be open to all” upon his arrival.

Read the full article below.

John Unsworth to serve as new dean of libraries (Cavalier Daily, 4/22/16)

The Bard’s Birthday Bash

Join the Library Council to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 452nd birthday!

WHEN: Friday April 22, noon to 3 p.m.WmaW

WHERE: The Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library (near Alderman Library)

WHAT: A celebration of Shakespeare—featuring lectures, demonstrations, Elizabethan costumes, Shakespeare on the Lawn mini-performances, tours of the “Shakespeare by the Book” exhibition, and more. Cake will be served at noon!



Noon: CAKE!! – Harrison/Small Porch

12:30: “If Michelangelo’s David is in Florence, Where is Shakespeare’s King Lear?” lecture by Michael Suarez, Director of Rare Book School – Auditorium

1:00: Ruffs, Cuffs, and Farthingales – Costume Shop of the UVA Drama Department – South Gallery

1:30: Dancing with Shakespeare – South Gallery

2:00: Ruffs, Cuffs, and Farthingales redux – South Gallery

2:30: “UVA and the Bard of Avon” – lecture by David Vander Meulen, Professor of English – Auditorium

1:00–3:00 “A Book Dissected: Set the Sorts, Press the Paper, and Sew the Sections” Ongoing demonstration by Rare Book School on book making – Harrison/Small Porch

Plus Shakespeare on the Lawn mini performances and ongoing tours of the “Shakespeare by the Book” exhibition.