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 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!
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.
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.
On Saturday, August 22, from 6 to 8 a.m., many of the University Library servers and services including Workflows, Sirsi, and www.library.virginia.edu 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:
- 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
From making your first map to georeferencing and editing in ArcGIS, take control of your spatial data by taking one or more of our GIS workshops.
Workshops are on Thursdays from 3-4 pm in Alderman’s electronic classroom adjacent to the Scholars’ Lab, and require no previous GIS experience.
Full workshop schedule here.
DataQ is now up and running. A collaborative knowledge-base of research data questions and answers curated for and by the library community, the DataQ platform lets the research community ask and search for answers to questions related to research data support in academic libraries.
Questions submitted to DataQ are reviewed and answered by an editorial team of experts. Our very own Sherry Lake, Scholarly Repository Librarian, is one of the editors (in the editorial team photo, that’s Sherry second from left in the front row). Answers are then posted to the DataQ website and include links to resources and tools, best practices, and practical approaches to working with researchers to address specific research data issues.
DataQ was developed with library staff in mind who might not have the resources to answer these types of questions. It’s a great resource for anyone in libraries, but for local help on data questions, the U.Va. Library also offers support through Research Data Services. Research Data Services can help with any U.Va.-specific questions you might have about data (analysis, visualization, storage, management, documentation, and acquisition).
Leadership for the DataQ project is provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Great Plains Network, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Barrett Reading Room in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
(photo: Petrina Jackson)
In an effort to better serve researchers, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library has new year-round hours.
The new library hours are:
- 9 am – 7 pm Monday to Thursday
- 9 am – 5 pm Friday
- 1 – 5 pm Saturday
- Closed Sunday
These hours reflect the library’s busiest times and will provide extended early evening research availability throughout the year.
Hours for Special Collections can also be viewed here.
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)
“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)
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.
The Library has been charged by the University with providing “data services for acquisition, management, and preservation of massive amounts of data, complemented by growing staff and faculty expertise in digital research across disciplines and increased access to digital content in all formats.”
UKSG Insights features an article by Michele Claibourn, head of the Research Data Services team, on the process of building the Library’s team to manage data services. Michele’s account is interesting and elucidating, with a few Doctor Who references thrown in for good measure!
Bigger on the inside: building Research Data Services at the University of Virginia (UKSG Insights)