Alderman Renovation Update: October 2017

In an effort to keep communication lines open during these early days of renovation planning, “mini-newsletters” like this one will be periodically posted here, on the Library’s News page, and are simultaneously being circulated as bookmarks with a portion of ILS books. 

What’s new?

  • The Library has received state funding to begin planning for the Alderman Renovation. The first phase of planning provided the vision and goals for the project and is available as a report on the Renovation site, in the section entitled, “Where we are now.” This document is the basis for identifying an architect and doing preliminary program planning.
  • Planning for the first floor of Clemons Library is underway and will include compact shelving for browsing  the collection. This addition also provides flexibility for adding books during the renovation, and will allow for  immediate access to as many print library materials as possible.
  • You can find ongoing updates about this exciting project here:

What’s happening in Ivy Stacks? Construction!

The Ivy Stacks construction project will double the storage capacity to approximately 5 million volumes and enhance the preservation conditions in the old and new parts of the shelving areas. The end of September 2017 saw the relocation of the fire (suppression) pump house to make space for the concrete flooring.

SERVICE NOTE: During the construction project, books requested from Ivy Stacks will be picked up on Tuesday mornings. Any requests made on Monday before noon will be picked up and any requests submitted later will be picked up the following week.

Check out the Ivy Stacks webpage for the latest! The page will be regularly updated with pictures and live streaming.

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Browse Titles in Multiple Libraries on One Virtual Shelf!

One of the pleasures of walking through and browsing the Library’s stacks is finding that gem you didn’t know existed but ends up being the source you rely on most. Wouldn’t it be great if you could increase your chances of discovering the ideal source by being able to browse all the Library’s titles by call number wherever they reside? Now you can!

If you’ve searched for a book in Virgo recently, you probably noticed an icon next to the call numbers—a red-and-green image of books on a shelf. Clicking this “virtual browse” icon opens up all the Library’s holdings adjacent to that call number for you to view, wherever they’re located and whatever their format, including books in the closed stacks of Special Collections and the Ivy storage facility.

For instance, if you’re researching poet William Blake and find an interesting title in the PR call number range, clicking the virtual browse icon will show all holdings on Blake’s literary output—the bound copies in Alderman, Special Collections, and Clemons as well as e-books and PDFs in the Hathi Trust’s pre-1923 public domain holdings—in call number order, side by side on one virtual shelf. Clicking the same icon in the NC (drawing, design, and illustration), ND (painting), and NE (print-making and engraving) ranges will show titles on Blake’s engraved illustrations in the Fine Arts library as well as those in Special Collections, Ivy stacks, Hathi Trust, Alderman, and Clemons.

You can explore other call number ranges and the topics they cover by clicking the “Browse by Topic” button in the upper right corner of the shelf browse window. See instruction below (click images to expand).

When you find a title, click the shelf browse icon next to the call number (extreme lower right):

A window opens (below), showing other titles in that call number range from multiple libraries. Click any title to show detailed description.

If you’d like to explore other call number ranges, click the “Browse by Topic” button at the upper left of the shelf browse window to get an expandable listing of other call number ranges and their associated topics.

Curator Molly Schwartzburg Discusses Opening “100 Objects” Exhibition as History Erupts On-Grounds

In a Washington Post article about the Library’s bicentennial exhibition, “The University of Virginia in 100 Objects,” Special Collections curator Molly Schwartzburg talks about the difficulty of delving into UVA’s past 200 years at a time when white supremacists were adding a new chapter to University history.

The change in atmosphere on-Gorunds, Schwartzburg says, was palpable after white supremacists had paraded around the Lawn on the night of August 11, wielding torches and chanting racist slogans.  “The university’s entire history has shifted after that event … I felt it happen.” When the exhibition opened—after being delayed for security reasons—she “felt like these things didn’t mean the same thing—and the bicentennial didn’t mean the same things it meant on Aug. 10.”

A charred cross from the Library’s collection—set ablaze in 1956 in the yard of a faculty member’s wife who was an active supporter of school integration—was to go on display in the exhibition. However, with the community in shock after the demonstrations and ensuing violence, a decision was made to leave the case empty with an accompanying explanation and images of the counterprotests.

After the torchlight march, several people contacted Schwartzburg and asked that torches discarded by the racists be added to the Library’s collection—to become as much a part of UVA’s history as the charred cross.

Read more about the Library’s exhibition “The University of Virginia in 100 Objects: A Bicentennial exhibition celebrating the history of the University” in the article “As U-Va. marks its bicentennial, a collection of objects tells its complicated history” (Washington Post, 10/6/2017).

Watch LIVE as Ivy Stacks expansion doubles the Library’s off-site capacity

An overhead view of a construction site early in a project.

The live stream launched on Friday, October 6.

Ivy Stacks expansion, a project to double the Library’s off-site storage capacity and improve preservation storage conditions, is officially underway! What’s more? You can watch the progress from the comfort of your own screen. Check out the live stream now. 

The Ivy Stacks construction project will expand storage capacity to approximately 5 million volumes. A solar array, similar to the one installed on the Clemons Library roof, will help to reduce UVA’s carbon footprint and lessen the cost of maintaining preservation-level conditions.

Learn more about Ivy Stacks. 

Satisfy your Classical Music Needs with the Library’s New Online Resource, the Naxos Music Library

Love classical music? The Library has it—more than 2,000,000 tracks from the Naxos Music Library, available to anyone with a UVA ID. It would be impossible to download the quantity and quality of these recordings even if you had the money. Now they’re yours through the Library!

Find music by the masters Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and more, and by contemporary arrangers of popular and jazz standards such as Duke Ellington. There are also television and film scores—John Williams’ Star Wars, Bernard Hermann’s legendary collaborations with Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) and Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho). There’s world music, gospel, blues, Chinese. Make and share playlists, and listen to playlists created by others.

Naxos opens up music history with the libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas, liner notes, podcasts, and books. You can take guided tours through the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, and the 20th century. Click on the Naxos pronunciation guide to hear the names of artists and composers spoken correctly as they would be in their native tongues; hear the correct pronunciation of musical terms. And when you’ve finished your sonic adventure, be sure to click the “Log-Out” button until you’re ready to come back and explore again.

The Naxos Music Library is one of the many online resources offered by the Library. Please check out our list of new online resources. It’s updated daily!

The Library Welcomes New Staff Members!

The Library is pleased to announce four new staff additions!

Zoe LeBlanc will join the Scholars’ Lab research and development team on October 2. She’s currently ABD in history at Vanderbilt University and holds an M.A. from Vanderbilt and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. According to Scholars’ Lab Director Alison Booth, Zoe’s analysis of global anti-colonialism in the ’50s and ’60s print media of Cairo, Egypt and other capitals brings new expertise on research in countries with non-Western archival practices and challenges. Zoe has experience in front-end web design, text and image analysis, and mapping and data visualization with React, Redux, Elixir, and Postgres. She’s fluent in French and Arabic, with a passion for making difficult DH methods accessible and enjoyable.

Robin Mitchell will begin at the Library on October 2 as the first Executive Director of Library Advancement, and comes from UVA’s Advancement team where she’s been Director of Major Gifts, Scholarships since January 2016. Before that, she worked in development at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. Robin will manage the Library’s Advancement team and strategic development planning in addition to her duties as Major Gift Officer—she makes the shift as the Library embarks on its Bicentennial campaign and the renovation of Alderman Library.

Erich Purpur has been working since September 18 as a Research Librarian for Sciences & Engineering. Erich comes to the Library from the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has an M.S. in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. As liaison to several science and engineering departments, Erich contributes to Library outreach and engagement with the STEM fields around the Library and data services. He has experience working with GIS, statistical, and 3D modeling technologies.

Christopher Welte (pronounced “Welty”) also joined the Library on September 18 as the Senior Design and Development Engineer for the Library User Experience Team. From print to web, exhibits to products, and art direction to brand management, Christopher has pursued a wide range of disciplines. He’s been an Industrial Design major, an Exhibit Coordinator at the Cincinnati Museum Center, a graphic/UI/UX designer at Kumho Tire, and at Crutchfield. UX Director Jill Heinze is excited that Christopher has an opportunity to “bring his beautiful design aesthetic, user interaction design experience, unique retail and cultural institution background, and delightful energy to our Library and our users.”

Welcome, Zoe, Robin, Erich, and Christopher!

The Hathi Trust Research Center offers Scholars a Sneak Preview of Research Tools!

The Hathi Trust Research Center (HTRC) is working to promote one of the hottest areas of literary research. Text-mining and non-consumptive research refer to a type of literary analysis in which the close reading of text is irrelevant. The important thing is the frequency of certain words. Scholars will of course continue to find meaning in literary texts, but studying the frequency and patterns of words published in thousands of books over time is opening new avenues to understanding literature. Computational analysis applied to the linguistics of Shakespeare, for instance, is determining which parts of Shakespeare’s plays were written by him, and which parts by contemporaries working with him—and who they were. Beyond questions of authorship, the impersonal analysis of words may also reveal previously unknown forces that have contributed to literary movements. Collecting the data is only half the battle; the rest is figuring out what it all means.

University Librarian John Unsworth has had a particular interest in text-mining since he was a faculty member at the University of Illinois. As a member of the HTRC Executive Management Group, he is part of the HTRC’s effort to encourage participation in the growing field of quantitative literary analysis. To tempt more scholars on board, the HTRC is offering a sneak preview of some of the sites it has in development, putting its 4 billion pages of scanned data at their disposal. Note that these are all development sites, and sometimes slow to load initially, but then your patience will be rewarded.

Get the Latest Reports on Business Conditions with the Library’s New Online Resource, IBISWorld

If you own a business and need information on market conditions, you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money getting the facts. Get up-to-date, comprehensive information, fast, from the Library’s new online resource IBISWorld—”the largest provider of industry information in the U.S.”

IBISWorld’s library offers over 3,000 industry reports that cover more than 700 industries across 5 major economies. A new feature offers over 1,000 procurement reports on the United States, covering the most purchased products in America. The reports are always fresh, providing information based on current conditions, not historical models. Fifty year ago “Plastics” may have been the one word Dustin Hoffman needed to know in The Graduate, but in 2017 prices for plastic are low, keeping industry growth down.

IBISWorld even analyzes future industry performance with Risk Ratings Reports, providing forward-looking assessments and numerical scores that allow users to instantly understand the level of opportunities and threats relevant to any unique trading environment. The IBISWorld Media Center is an industry resource for busy journalists on tight deadlines.

Other Services include

  • Specialized Industry Research Reports, keeping you abreast the latest business opportunities.
  • iExpert Industry Summaries, giving you snapshots of industries and the most vital facts and figures.
  • Business Environment Profiles, giving insight into the variables of weather, government policy, commodity prices, and consumer attitudes.
  • And Industry Wizard, allowing you to create lists that are most applicable to you and your business.

Please check the Library’s list of other new online resources. It’s updated daily!

UVA Today Features Article on Library Employee & Resident Playwright Sean McCord

Library audio-visual/information technology engineer Sean McCord has a play opening tonight, September 7, at 8:00 the Belmont Arts Collaborative, 221 Carlton Rd. in Charlottesville. According to an article in UVA Today, McCord’s play “Moving” will be the first production of the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective—a new theater company that the writer started as a forum where aspiring local playwrights can produce and collaborate together on their own work.

“Moving,” follows the lives of residents who move into and out of one apartment over a 30 year period in Silver Lake, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. “I was intrigued by the idea of taking a setting that gave me a platform to explore how the choices we make early in life can impact us and the people around us as we age,” McCord said. “It’s a story about growing, changing and yes, moving.”

The play will be performed on September 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m. General admission is pay-what-you-will. The collective has two more plays scheduled for spring.

Read more about the Playwrights Collective and how Sean McCord was able to realize his dream of becoming a playwright in the article “From Page to Stage: This Library Employee has Renewed a Passion for Plays” (UVA Today, 9/5/2017).

Ivy Stacks users may see delays during construction

In preparation for eventual renovations in Alderman Library, construction of the Ivy Stacks addition, an expansion of our off-site storage facility, began in summer 2017. The facility will double our current capacity, provide improved preservation conditions, and give the Library options for storage while spaces in the main Library are under construction in the future.

During Ivy Stacks construction, Library staff has access to the facility for retrieval only one day a week. On Tuesdays, all Ivy Stacks requests will be retrieved.

This means that any items that are requested from Ivy Stacks before noon on Monday should be delivered within 48 hours. Requests received after this time are likely to be delayed until the following week, but please know we’ll do everything in our power to retrieve materials as quickly as possible.

A rectangular building showing proposed doubled space directly text to it.

Bird’s eye view of planned Ivy Stacks construction.

The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2018. Visit for the most recent service updates.

Learn more about Ivy Stacks.