UVA Today Reports on the Official Launch of Clemons’ Solar Array

On April 18th Governor Terry McAuliffe joined University of Virginia’s executive vice president and chief operating officer Mike Hogan in cutting the ceremonial ribbon for Clemons’ rooftop solar array—a project that has turned adversity to advantage by transforming Clemons’ once leaky roof into a means of powering the building.

According to a UVA Today article, “since mid-February, 324 panels, totaling about 7,530 square feet, on the roof of Clemons Library have been producing what will amount to about 199,600 kilowatt hours of electricity per year”—15 percent of the library’s annual usage.

Governor McAuliffe touted the project as part of his state-wide initiative to increase the amount of power produced by the sun in Virginia, and the number of jobs produced by the solar industry. In 2011 the UVA Board of Visitors committed to reducing UVA’s greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 2009 levels by 2025.

Read more about the Library’s part in the University’s sustainability plans in the article “UVA’s New Solar Array Makes a Powerful Statement” (UVA Today, 4/19/2017).

New Online Resource POLITICO Pro Gives Access to Sources Behind the News

Want to know about Federal policy, expenditures, taxes? How about politics? You can find the latest news in the Library’s online source POLITICO Pro. Sixteen teams of policy-specific reporters provide the pre-, post- and backstory of every important update affecting your area of interest.

You get morning and afternoon newsletters and real-time alerts, plus monthly CEO Reports and the nightly Pro Report of the day’s most important news. Complex issues in energy, health care, technology, and transportation come to life in Pro’s DataPoint feature that lets you download fully-editable infographics as PDFs, JPGs, or PowerPoint slides for use in your own presentations.

But it’s the “Tools” menu that makes POLITICO Pro a uniquely valuable resource, providing a comprehensive list of sources for government information. Items in the easy-to-use drop down menu include:

  • Appropriations Watch—the latest information on government funding
  • Campaign Pro Race Dashboard—a rundown of upcoming House, Senate, and gubernatorial races state by state, with information on the candidates and parties, from the primaries through the general election
  • Defense Program Watch—funding of major weapons programs, with reports from the Government Accounting Office and Congressional Research Service, plus news reports on policy debates
  • Energy Regulations Watch—rules that affect government energy and climate policy
  • Pro Tax Watch—information on taxes that affects decisions on fiscal policy at the State and Federal level
  • State Education Watch—the demographics of educational enrollment in each state from grades K through College
  • New Member Profiles—condensed bios on all first-term House and Senate members
  • Document Drawer—gives you the primary sources that POLITICO Pro analysts turn to for covering all aspects of government policy, appropriations, opinion, and debate. It contains the raw stuff of journalism—court records and filings, letters to and from Congress, FOIA requests, data, Congressional testimony, polling info, research papers, bills, and executive orders—that can help anyone check the facts behind the stories and become a more knowledgeable consumer of the news.

For more resources like POLITICO Pro, please check the Library guide for new online resources. It’s updated daily!

Carl Rollyson to Deliver Inaugural William & Rosemary MacIlwaine Lecture at Harrison-Small

On Thursday, April 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, journalism professor Carl Rollyson of New York’s Baruch College will deliver the inaugural William and Rosemary MacIlwaine lecture “William Faulkner’s Virginia Persona.”

Professor Rollyson has authored biographies of Lillian Hellman, Rebecca West, Amy Lowell, and Silvia Plath. His book, Uses of the Past in the Novels of William Faulkner, is still in print and has been cited by eminent Faulkner scholar M. Thomas Inger as among the top one hundred works of Faulkner scholarship. Professor Rollyson’s new book, The Alarming Paradox: the Life of William Faulkner is being published by the University of Virginia Press.

The William and Rosemary MacIlwaine Lecture Series in American Literature was established by Dr. William A. MacIlwaine IV, his wife Linda Wilson MacIlwaine, and their sons Andrew, Wilson, and Peter, to honor Dr. MacIlwaine’s parents, who endorsed the value of a broad liberal arts education. They were ardent supports of the University of Virginia and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Please RSVP to Patrick Garcia or call (434) 924-9640 (space is limited).

A reception will follow the lecture, and guests are invited to explore the exhibition “Faulkner: Life and Works” in the main gallery.

Digital Yoknapatawpha Project Panel Discussion in Harrison-Small, April 13

Please join us on Thursday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Byrd-Morris Room of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library for a panel discussion, “Digital Yoknapatawpha: Collaboratively Recreating Faulkner’s County.”

Directors of the Digital Yoknapatawpha project—UVA English professor Stephen Railton and Computer Science professor Worthy Martin—will join moderator Alison Booth of the English Department and Scholars’ Lab to discuss the fruitful collaboration of over three dozen literary and tech professionals who came together to digitally map Faulkner’s fictional universe, which he modeled after his home in small-town and rural Mississippi. The map drawings used in the project came from the Faulkner collection of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Learn more about the project and about the different issues that arise in digital humanities projects.

Refreshments will be provided.

The Library’s New Online Civil War Database Opens Vast Collection of Primary Sources

The new Library online resource Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army offers researchers the most comprehensive documentary picture available of the American Civil War.

Documents include courts-martial case files; papers related to courts of inquiry, and investigations by military commissions; manuscript records of spies, scouts, guides, and detectives; the papers of generals; the diaries and letters of soldiers and citizens; glimpses of the home front in the correspondence of mothers, wives, sisters, daughters; personal  stories of the war from the viewpoint of enlisted men, prisoners of war, medical officers, chaplains, lawyers, judges, diplomats, physicians, merchants, members of the state legislatures, the U.S. Congress, and the Congress of the Confederate States. Also included are the official and personal papers of Robert E. Lee, and documentation of the service of African Americans (enslaved and free) in both the Union and Confederate armies, and of Native Americans in the trans-Mississippi West.

Typing “Indian Territory” in the search box, for instance, yields information about the Civil War in present-day Oklahoma, including correspondence relating to Stand Watie, Cherokee chief and Confederate General, the highest ranking Native American in either army.

The 4th United States “Colored Infantry”

Opening the database takes you first to the ProQuest History Vault. A box is checked next to “Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals,” meaning that all search queries will take you to material in that database. If you’d rather browse the holdings, click “Browse” on the navigation bar, scroll to the “Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals,” and, instead of clicking “Search,” click the link. The contents of the database drop down, grouped according to the archives from which the material was drawn, with summaries of what they contain. Click the link to an archive, then click “View all documents” to get a list of high-quality PDF scans waiting to be explored.

“Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals” is a treasure-trove for historians, student researchers, family history researchers, and anyone interested in the Civil War. The vast collection of primary resources assembled in one place from many collections—several published here for the first time—and covering many perspectives, gives the most complete picture yet of the conflict that continues to stir strong emotions a century and a half ater Appomattox.

Please remember to continue checking the Library’s guide to new online resources. It’s updated daily!

Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge Holds Conference—DH + DS: The Machine as Horizon of Interpretation

Matthew Jockers

On Friday, April 7, at 9:00 a.m. in Nau Hall, Room 101, UVA’s Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge (CSDK) kicks off its conference, “DH + DS: The Machine as Horizon of Interpretation.”

The keynote speaker will be Matt Jockers—Associate Dean for Research & Partnerships and Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Director of the Nebraska Literary Lab, and former Director of the Stanford Literary Lab. His subject, “Novel Analytics from James Joyce to the Bestseller Code,” will describe how he went from being a close reader of language in Joyce’s Ulysses to mining thousands of novels in search of the linguistic patterns most typical to books that best sell.

In the book The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel, Jockers and his research partner, Jodie Archer, took the advice of Google researchers, to “make use of the best ally we have: the unreasonable effectiveness of data.” Instead of seeking a formula or telling authors how to write a successful novel, Jockers and Archer went to the books, thousands of them, and leveraged computation to ask a simple question: “what are these texts made of?” The bold claim of their research is that novels that hit the New York Times bestseller list are not random lottery winners but books that share an uncanny number of textual features. Our belief,” they write, “while it may be irritating and old-fashioned, is still that if you want to be a bestselling writer then first you have to learn and really appreciate fiction with as many tools as you can.”

Following the address, Matt Jockers will join Don Brown (Director, Data Science Institute); Alison Booth (Director, Scholars’ Lab), Abby Flower (Systems and Information Engineering), and Bill Pearson (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics) in a panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public.


Morning Session (Nau Hall, room 101)

  • 9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:10 a.m. Keynote Address
  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
  • 10:50 a.m. Panel Discussion
  • 12:00 p.m. Break for Lunch

Afternoon Session (Alderman Library, room 317)

  • 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Open Discussion with UVA President’s Fellows and others
  • 3:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks

The Library Celebrates the Career of Senator John Warner & Donation of His Papers in Harrison-Small, April 6

On Thursday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, former Senator John W. Warner joins Director of the Center for Politics, and University Professor, Larry Sabato, in a conversation about the Senator’s distinguished career in public service. The event marks the opening of the Warner Papers in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

The Warner family has generously donated the Senator’s public papers and other important items to the University of Virginia Library, providing a view into his remarkable 30-year tenure in the Senate—a fascinating period of post-World War II U.S. history. Senator Warner’s papers are a significant addition to the Library’s collections, and are now available to students, faculty, historians, researchers, and scholars from around the world.

John William Warner volunteered for active military duty at age 17 as an enlisted sailor in the final years of World War II; several years later he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served as a First Lieutenant in Korea from 1950 to 1952.

He graduated from UVA Law School in 1953 and clerked for Judge E. Barrett Prettyman, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1955 to 1960, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for D.C. He joined Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) as an associate in 1961, became a partner in 1964, departed in 1968 for a long, distinguished career in public service, and rejoined in 2009.

In 1969 he was nominated by President Richard Nixon, and confirmed by the Senate, as Under Secretary, and later as Secretary, of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1969 to 1974, during a period when America was faced with the Vietnam War in the Pacific and the Cold War with the Soviet Union in Europe. From 1974 to 1976 he had the honor of serving as Director of the American Revolution Bicentennial administration.

Please join with the Library in honoring one of Virginia’s preeminent statesmen. A selection of his papers will be on display at the celebration.

There will be a reception at 6:00 p.m in Pavilion IV.

AccessScience—the Go-to Guide for Scientific Terms, Processes, and Phenomena

What is taeniodonta? How do you build a levitation machine? Don’t know off-hand? Find the answers in AccessScience, the Library’s latest online acquisition from McGraw-Hill that provides access to over 115,000 definitions, 8500 articles, 3000 biographies, and 18,000 downloadable images, videos, and exclusive animations covering all major scientific disciplines—these are high-quality resources that include primary research material by leaders in their fields, research reviews, and how-to project guides.

Browse alphabetical lists of “Articles,” “Biographies,” “Media,” or “Projects” from the top navigation bar, or narrow your focus by selecting “Topic” as a viewing option, and by selecting various sub-topics. The simplest and most direct way to access information is to type a term in the search box located on every page; results begin with a brief definition of the term, followed by articles in order of relevance. Use the left side bar to filter results according to type (e.g. article, image, news, video), or according to topic (fields of research such as “Engineering,” “Environmental Science,” or “Physics”). Creating a My AccessScience account allows you to save articles, images, animations, and searches for future reference.

When you’ve found the article you want, there’s a handy panel in the upper right-hand corner with options to save it to My AccessScience, to generate a citation in a preferred style, email it to colleagues and friends, print it, share it on social media, or link it to your own research. Each article contains a bibliography that takes users directly to primary sources.

Instructors can choose “For Faculty” from the navigation bar to find a curriculum map in a particular field. These maps were designed by leading faculty as guides to relevant and engaging content for teaching, and may be easily incorporated into a curriculum by using “Copy Link” to paste into a course web page or management system.

AccessScience’s roaming passport also allows mobile access to its wealth of material off-grounds, from outside the University’s IP address!

For the latest on the Library’s digital acquisitions, regularly check the Library’s guide to new online resources. Its updated daily!

By the way, if you haven’t checked already, AccessScience defines taeniodonta as “an extinct order of quadrupedal eutherian land mammals known from the early Cenozoic deposits of the Rocky Mountain intermontane basins of western North America and, based on a single tooth of Ectoganus gliriformis, from early Cenozoic rocks in South Carolina.”