Library Hosts Discussion of Fair Use in Harrison-Small Auditorium, February 27

February 26–March 2 is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, an annual global celebration of the right to use copyrighted material in certain instances without seeking permission. Please join the Library in celebrating your rights, with a panel discussion “The State of the Remix @ UVA,” Tuesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Albert Small Special Collections Library.

UVA Library Director of Information Policy Brandon Butler will moderate a lively exchange between scholars, teachers, and students, discussing the state of media remix and re-use at UVA and the crucial role of free, unlicensed use of copyright-protected works (movies, songs, TV shows, etc.) for critique, commentary, and in some cases for making new creative work. Remix takes existing media and alters or combines it with other media to create new meaning—a practice that copyright would dramatically hinder if it weren’t for fair use. Find out who needs remix, and how well the law works in 2018.

Steph Ceraso, Assistant Professor of Digital Writing and Rhetoric in the English Department at the University of Virginia, will describe her class on Remix, and her students will present their own critical remix videos.

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Modern Media Studies, Dept. of Media Studies, will give a talk on the relationships between remix and copyright law.

Jack Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, and A.D. Carson, Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South, McIntire Dept. of Music, will discuss the history and current state of sampling and remix in music.

Learn how the doctrine of fair use impacts their lives, and yours, as critics, scholars, fans, and creators.

Moderator Brandon Butler will frame the discussion with some context about the state of fair use law and policy, and the importance of fair use in the everyday lives of faculty and students at UVA.

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Clemons Library will Continue Service during Summer Closure

UPDATE: Fine Arts video reserves will be available for viewing during the summer 2018 session at the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.

For all library users: anyone who’s interested in using streaming video as an alternative to physical media may contact Video Collections Librarian Leigh Rockey for help.

Clemons Library’s HVAC system is getting a much needed upgrade this summer and, since the A/C is offline during the heat and humidity, books, equipment, and staff will have to be moved out. The building will be closed to the public beginning May 14 and will remain closed until August when floors 2–4 reopen ahead of the Fall 2018 semester. Until then, all the Clemons services that students and faculty rely on during the Summer session will continue at other Library locations.

After May 14th:

  • The Clemons print collection will be transferred to Alderman Library, and will be in closed stacks, unavailable for browsing. Virgo will show the location for these books as “By-Request” and the public can use a “Request from Ivy” button in Virgo to have titles delivered to a preferred pick-up location.
  • The Clemons DVD collection will remain in the building, protected from the heat and humidity by a stand alone AC and dehumidifier. DVD titles may be requested in Virgo, and staff will retrieve requests once a day and take them to the preferred pick-up location.
  • Viewing stations will be available at Brown Library for DVDs and other Audiovisual materials. Please contact us for help if you’d like to consider streaming videos instead.
  • Clemons print & video reserves will continue being processed, but materials that would normally go on reserve in Clemons will instead go on reserve in Brown. Since the Clemons reserve staff will be working from Alderman, faculty and graduate instructors who have personal copies to go on reserve should drop them off at the Alderman circulation desk.
  • Fine Arts & Architecture video Reserves will be available for viewing at the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.
  • The Robertson Media Center staff will continue operations from the Scholars’ Lab on the 4th floor of Alderman Library, and some of RMC’s specialized equipment will be relocated there as well.

The Library will notify the public if plans change. If you have questions or concerns about the closure and possible disruptions to service, please contact the Library subject liaison for your department, or use Ask a Librarian for questions of any kind.

British History in the Popular Press—Online from the Library!

Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Conan Doyle, Kipling, H. G. Wells, Colonialism, Socialism. Experience the panorama of cultural, social, and political change in Victorian England captured in the pages of Britain’s popular press—now available from the Library in a new online resource, 19th Century UK Periodicals, Part 1: New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humour, and Leisure/Sport. Nearly 600 periodical titles give you “six million pages of nineteenth-century journalism, fully searchable, sourced from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and other specialist libraries.”

The database takes readers through the transition from horse-drawn coaches to automobiles, from painted portraits to photos, and follows the effects of modernity on “empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, the professions.” A search for “automobiles,” for example, brought to light this tidbit from Hearth & Home: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Gentlewomen, January 26, 1899.

19th Century UK Periodicals is one of the many online resources offered by the Library. Please check out our list of new online resources. It’s updated daily!

Clemons Library Circulates Toys as well as Books!

Clemons Library now has toys that people with young children can check out for two weeks at a time. According to a Cavalier Daily article, fourth year students David Birkenthal and Madison Lewis secured a grant from the Office of the Dean of Student’s Public Service Programming Board to begin a pilot project of circulating toys in the Jefferson-Memorial Regional Library (JMRL) system last fall. Birkenthall and Lewis then pitched the idea to UVA Teaching and Learning Librarian Paula Archey who was a fan of the JMRL project.“It makes sense we would do it in Clemons,” says Archey, “because that’s where our children’s books are.” The idea is to do for toys what lending libraries have always done for books—lend them for limited times to people who have only a temporary use for them. The program is aimed primarily at graduate and doctoral students who have families. “It’s hard to buy a bunch of toys,” Lewis says, “and kids get so interested and uninterested in toys so quickly. [Having] a way to get a toy for two weeks and come back without having to pay for a new toy every two weeks is really nice thing for families and for their kids.”

Read the article “Students introduce Clemons Library toy service for community members” (Cavalier Daily 2/15/2018)

New Report Underscores Urgency of Adopting a Fair Use Code for Software Preservation

Last fall, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced it was awarding a grant to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to develop a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. The code is necessary because without clarification of what steps institutions may legally take to preserve older forms of copyrighted software, some early digital formats may become unusable and a significant part of the world’s cultural record will be lost.

A team of experts that includes UVA Library Director of Information Policy Brandon Butler announced it would release a report on the effects of copyright uncertainty in the winter of 2017–2018. The report has been released, and according to the ARL article, “Study Examines Copyright Permissions Culture in Software Preservation, Implications for Cultural Record” by Krita Cox, the report shows worry among professionals that “seeking permission to archive software is time-consuming and usually fruitless,” that “preserving and providing access without express authorization is risky,” and that digital materials continue to “languish” without adequate protection.

The increasing amount of the cultural record that’s available only from digital sources underscores the urgency of adopting A Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. According to Cox, the code will “overcome legal uncertainty by documenting a consensus view of how fair use—the legal doctrine that allows many value-added uses of copyrighted materials—applies to core, recurring situations in software preservation.”

Read the ARL report, The Copyright Permissions Culture in Software Preservation and Its Implications for the Cultural Record, by Patricia Aufderheide of the American University School of Communication, Brandon Butler of the University of Virginia Library, Krista Cox of the Association of Research Libraries, and copyright scholar Peter Jaszi.

Follow the issue on the ARL website, on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to ARL’s email news lists. For more information, contact Krista Cox,

The Library Adds Video Titles from Charlottesville Icon—Sneak Reviews

Longtime Charlottesville residents may remember Sneak Reviews, an eclectic video rental store on Ivy Road that for two decades specialized in hard-to-find and Indie material. When the store closed in 2015, Library A/V selector Matt Ball was already involved in selecting much of the store’s inventory for purchase, basing decisions on relevance to the University curriculum and appeal to diverse communities. Matt handed off the project to Video Collections Librarian Leigh Rockey when he left, and in 2017 the nearly 14,000 titles went to a vendor to be cataloged and processed. Now, approximately 1,970 titles are back; they’re in the Library’s video collection and searchable in VIRGO.

The new addition strengthens the Library’s collection of foreign films, documentaries, and LGBT films. It also fills out some incomplete TV show runs, adds to the Library’s feature films collection, and provides some additional copies of widely circulating titles. Please have a look at the scope of the collection currently in VIRGO.

You can search for individual items in VIRGO by title, or by the directors’ or actors’ names, but realize that while some titles are on the shelf in Clemons, others may not be; the Library is trying to get them to Clemons as soon as possible.

Photos of Construction Enlarging the Ivy Stacks Off-Grounds Shelving & Retrieval Facility

The crane that rolled onto the Ivy Stacks construction site and lifted huge concrete panels into place, doubling the capacity of the Library’s off-site shelving and retrieval unit, is gone. There’s enough space now to temporarily house a large portion of Alderman Library’s collection until the books can come home to a newly renovated library.

People who came to watch the crane at work were impressed; those who tried watching via the live video feed were disappointed by technical problems. However, there were Library staff out in the raw December weather, taking pictures that they’d like to share with anyone who missed the spectacle. Thanks to Director of Library Facilities and Security Guy Mengel, User Experience Analyst Dave Griles, User Experience Content Manager Amber Reichert, and University Project Manager Kate Meyer for the following photos!

The crane arrives.

Its long “boom” is assembled on-site.

A cross piece suspended from the crane’s hook is equipped with cables for tilting up and lifting the concrete slabs that were poured and left to harden on-site.

When the panels were poured, handles were set in them at regular intervals to distribute stress and prevent cracks while being lifted. Workmen use poles to help guide the lifted panels. Notice the insulation built into the panels.

The length of the space to be enclosed, doubling the building’s capacity.

The enclosed space today in photos taken by drone. Notice the solar array that’s being installed to lessen the University’s carbon footprint, helping power the building that will be maintained at an optimal preservation temperature year-round.

A reading room addition provided for patrons to come and have material retrieved to use at the facility.

See a video about the Alderman renovation!

Make Research Extraordinary—Register for a Library Workshop!

Want to know the best methods in research? How to compile and analyze data? The Library has the answers you’re looking for! Go to the events calendar on the Library’s homepage and register for any of the workshops being offered through April 13. The Library has workshops geared to your needs, whether you’re an undergrad or a graduate, a novice or an expert. Below are a few of the hands-on classes that can help make your research extraordinary.

General Research

  • Research: Foundations for Success—for those just getting started, learn how to choose a topic and find the best sources on the Library’s website.
  • Cite it Right: Using RefWorks Software—a program that helps you cite sources and keeps your research organized.
  • Picture This! Using Images in Research—the basics of finding, evaluating, and citing images in your research.
  • Wikipedia Editing for Beginners—Wikipedia from the inside out. Contribute new content and edit existing pages.
  • What is an Annotated Bibliography?—expert instruction in quickly evaluating sources and creating concise annotations.
  • Organizing Your Research with Zotero—for faculty and grad students, a program that will interface with word processing software to capture, organize, cite sources, and share research.
  • Tableau for Beginners—present data and make dynamic and interactive visualizations.

Data Analysis

  • Help! I need to use the Census—the basics of how and why to use Census data.
  • Text Analysis in R with Quanteda—compile statistics from text, analyze keywords and phrases, apply dictionaries.
  • Introduction to Qualtrics—an online survey package that makes sophisticated research simple.
  • Data Visualization with Tableau—add data sources to interactive visualizations on the web.
  • Data Sharing & Archiving for the Physical Sciences—best practices for data sharing and archiving for the physical sciences.

Service Alert: Temporary Electronic Resource Service Disruption

Service alert 2/4/18, 9:25 p.m.: Today, we experienced major disruptions with links to our electronic content, affecting Journal Finder and the Find@UVA button. Our vendors appear to have fixed the issue. However, if you experience trouble, please try clearing your cache and restarting your browser, access databases directly, or ask a librarian for help.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Library has Standing Desks—Try One and Do Your Body a Favor

There are some new desks in UVA libraries that serve a purpose besides just providing a place for a computer. They’re adjustable and allow Library users to work either sitting or standing. The desks are the project of Joe Tidwell, a UVA undergrad majoring in Kinesiology, the study of human movement and physical activity. Joe spends a lot of time in the Library, and his awareness of the bodily stress of remaining stationary for too long led him to suggest to Library Director of Information Services & Spaces Barbie Selby that people might benefit from being able to stand during prolonged study sessions. A friend of his suffers lower back pain if she has to sit.

Joe applied for and received a UVA Parents Fund grant to place seven standing desks in the Scholars’ Lab, the Reference Room, and the Map Room of Alderman Library; on 4th floor of Clemons; and on the main floor of Brown Science and Engineering Library. They’re mobile, so you can roll them close to an electrical outlet or wherever you’re most comfortable. Come and try one out. You may find that you like standing while you work. Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Ernest Hemingway did!

Use the lever to adjust to your height and work either standing or sitting.