UVA Today Features Library Exhibition on “UVA in 100 Objects”

On Thursday, August 24, the Library kicked off activities commemorating UVA’s bicentennial with its exhibition “The University of Virginia in 100 Objects: a Bicentennial exhibition celebrating the history of the University” in the main gallery of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library. The exhibition that will run through June 22, 2018 has been designed as a companion to the book “Mr. Jefferson’s Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects,” by Encyclopedia Virginia editor Brendan Wolfe.

Items in the exhibition range from the historical (Jefferson’s telescope and walking stick) to the ephemeral (a UVA Barbie doll) to the powerful (an enlargement of a photo of Sally Cottrell Cole, a rare image of one of the enslaved workers at UVA). According to a featured article in UVA Today, most of the 100 objects—some on loan from private collections—are located in the gallery, while “others are scattered across Grounds at 16 satellite locations.”

Special Collections Curator Molly Schwartzburg says, “This is the most ambitious exhibition we have ever done” and “raises important questions about the selective process of writing history—what is brought to the forefront and what is left out. One hundred items cannot even begin to cover the history of this university, but it’s a compelling start.”

Read more about the Library’s exhibition in the article “UVA in 100 Objects(UVA Today, 8/25/2017).

The Library Hosts Tent in front of Peabody for Viewing Eclipse—Will Supply Glasses!

On Monday, August 21st, the Library will host an eclipse viewing tent in front of Peabody Hall. This event will last from about 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be a large number of eclipse glasses available so people can view for a while and then return the glasses for others to use.

Starting at 1:00 p.m. we will have eclipse glasses to give away or lend at each library:

  • Alderman will get 100 glasses that we’ll give away.
  • Brown Science and Engineering Library will have 20, ideally to be lent not given—at least until about 3:30 p.m.
  • Fine Arts, Physics, and Math libraries will have 5—again lent until about 3:30 p.m.
  • Law Library will have about 8 pairs for North Grounds eclipse viewing

The Charlottesville Syllabus: Educating the Public about White Supremacy in Charlottesville

Many in Charlottesville were shocked on August 11 when a torch-bearing procession of white supremacists marched on the Grounds of the University of Virginia to intimidate the University community with racist slogans, and on August 12 when—after a rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park—a driver mowed down a gathering of counter-protesters, injuring many and killing paralegal Heather Heyer.

Should these events have been so surprising? The Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation has created The Charlottesville Syllabus to make everyone aware that Charlottesville is not the liberal safe-haven from racism some believe it to be, and that the city has its own history of tolerance for, and complicity with, white supremacy. “With resources selected and summaries written by UVA graduate students, this abridged version of the Syllabus is organized into six sections that offer contemporary and archival primary and secondary sources (articles, books, responses, a documentary, databases) and a list of important terms for discussing white supremacy.”

Watch the eclipse on 8/21 with free glasses from the Library!

Alderman Library will be handing out eclipse glasses on 8/21 (while supplies last) to encourage safe viewing of the solar eclipse that passes through between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that day. Additionally, some other UVA Libraries will be lending pairs of glasses during the eclipse:

  • Brown Science and Engineering Library will have 20, ideally to be lent not given—at least until about 3:30 p.m.
  • Fine Arts, Physics, and Math libraries will have 5—again lent until about 3:30 p.m.
  • Law Library will have about 8 pairs for North Grounds eclipse viewing
Three images of people looking at the sky while wearing cardboard glasses with silver colored lenses.

The Library will distribute free glasses like those pictured here (as long as supplies last) from Alderman Library, and glasses will be available for loan from all UVA Libraries between 1-4pm on 8/21.

While no part of Virginia will see a total eclipse, Charlottesville will see about 86% of the sun covered by the moon at the peak of the eclipse (approx. 2:40 p.m.).

During the eclipse, visit the “Ask a Librarian!” table outside Alderman Library. Or, stop by the circulation desks at Brown, Math, Physics or Fine Arts Libraries. These locations have a limited number of glasses to lend out for viewing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The table outside of Alderman Library will also have a Sunspotter telescope available for public viewing of the eclipse. This small telescope projects the image of the sun on to a piece of paper, allowing for safe viewing from all sides.

Don’t miss this massive celestial event!


Note: Now that we’re nearing the eclipse date, many of the reputable vendors of viewing glasses have sold out. Be cautious when buying online to ensure you’re adequately protecting your eyes. Safe eclipse glasses block all of the (invisible, but harmful) ultraviolet and infrared light from the Sun, in addition to almost all of the visible light. The glasses distributed at Library locations were purchased from reputable vendors, and are ISO 12312-2 certified.

Children and a park ranger look at a large spot of light in a triangular wooden structure.

Alderman Library will be showcasing a Sunspotter telescope like the one shown here.

New! LibraOpen Offers a World of Options for Promoting UVA Scholarship

The University of Virginia’s scholarly repository, Libra, is expanding! Now, there’s LibraOpen, the newest addition to Libra’s suite of open access services, offering more options for getting your scholarship out to the public. LibraOpen now accepts a broad range of deposit types in addition to articles and traditional research. For instance, depositing a poster from a conference, or a video of a presentation, whether at UVA or another institution, creates a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)—a persistent URL that you can immediately share and cite. It will go live in Virgo within 24 hours, and be available via search engine to educators, scholars, and the public around the world.

LibraOpen also offers ORCID iDs—unique identifiers that distinguish you from other researchers, even if they have the same name, ensuring that anyone finding your scholarly contributions online will know you are the source. Additionally, LibraOpen allows you to create entries with embedded links to Open Access content stored in other repositories. This means you can keep the “master” copy in a discipline-based repository (like arXiv or MLA Commons), create an entry in LibraOpen featuring that link, and thus increase its exposure through tools like Google Scholar and Virgo!

If you’ve placed work into Libra in the past, don’t worry! Older URLs remain functional, and we’re migrating your work to our newest platform!

You still determine who can see the work you put into LibraOpen:

  • A Public Deposit License makes the description and full contents of your submission available worldwide, and you retain the right to submit your work to publishers and other repositories.
  • A UVA-only Deposit License makes the description of your work available worldwide, but makes the full content available only to users of UVA Libraries.

LibraOpen is just one of many options for sharing open scholarly output. Contact your library liaison for a consultation about scholarly repositories and open publishing options in your discipline.

Sirsi migration to affect Virgo availability during week of August 7

From August 8-11, 2017, we will be moving Sirsi (the system used for our online catalog, Virgo) to a new server. Additionally, catalog records are being migrated to Unicode format, which will allow for expanded support for non-Roman characters in Virgo.

Both changes improve the long-term stability of our catalog system, but you may see some affects during the migration.

On Tuesday, August 8, you may experience the most significant impacts of the migration: The online catalog, Virgo, WILL be available for use—however, you will not be able to view the availability of specific items since that functionality will be down for much of the day. Additionally, recalls (or holds) will not be available, and Virgo Classic will be down.

From Wednesday, August 9 – Friday, August 11: Virgo (and Virgo Classic) will be restored for normal use, but recalls (or holds) will not be available. You may notice slightly altered Virgo behavior.

On Friday, August 11: Virgo will be restored for normal use, but recalls (or holds) will not be available. You may continue to notice slightly altered Virgo behavior. Additionally, we anticipate approximately one hour of downtime on Friday as final records are migrated. During this hour, Virgo will be available but you will not be able to view the availability of individual items or place holds. Specific timing of this final phase not yet known.

Questions? A librarian will be happy to assist! Email us at library@virginia.edu.

The Library Announces New Hires!

The Library is pleased to announce four new staff additions!

Shane Lin has been hired as the Scholars’ Lab Senior Developer. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science and History from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned his M.A. in History at UVA in 2014; he will complete the doctorate in 2018. During Shane’s first summer at UVA he was a programmer for the Papers of George Washington project, and in 2012–2013 was a Scholars’ Lab Praxis Fellow. He’s been a technologist in the Scholars’ Lab Makerspace for the past three years and a Digital Humanities Fellow since 2016.

Annie McMillion joins the Library as the Electronic Resources Librarian. She will be responsible for managing our EZProxy server, ensuring access to our subscribed database and electronic content, and maintaining library systems like Serials Solutions, LibGuides, and statistics collection. Annie comes to UVA from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration where she was a Library Supervisor. She holds an M.A. in Information Science and Information Systems from Florida State University, and has worked in academic, medical, and government libraries, as well as for library vendors.

Daniel Ray is the Library’s new Music Metadata Librarian and will be in charge of cataloging music scores, music CDs, and sheet music. Dan is from Seattle and earned his MLS degree at the University of Washington. He taught music in middle and high school before deciding he wanted to become a music cataloger. One of his skills is playing the trombone. He’s played in a number of musical groups and bands, serves in the National Guard, and will be joining the National Guard Band in Washington, D.C.

Sunny Taylor begins work on August 7th as executive assistant to University Librarian John Unsworth. Sunny lives in Lovingston, Virginia, and comes to the Library from the UVA School of Medicine where she’s served since 2015 as Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer. Before that, she spent two years at Career Services as Assistant Director for Special Projects. For the six years before that, she worked at the UVA Investment Management Company, first as an administrative assistant, then as Data Librarian, and finally as Records Manager.

Welcome, Shane, Annie, Daniel, and Sunny!

Preparing for the Solar Eclipse—a Talk by Astronomy Professor Ed Murphy in Harrison-Small, August 8

On Tuesday August 8, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, Associate Professor of Astronomy Ed Murphy will give a special talk on preparing for the upcoming total eclipse of the sun. On August 21st the moon will completely obscure the sun—and the sun’s corona will become visible—along a path across the United States. South Carolina is the closest that the total eclipse will come to Charlottesville, although local residents will experience a partial eclipse. According to Professor Murphy, a total eclipse hasn’t been visible from where Charlottesville is now since before Columbus landed in the New World.

Professor Murphy will give a lecture and demonstrate safe solar observing, and discuss what to expect during the eclipse and where to go see it if you can travel to it. As a bonus, everyone who attends will get a free pair of safe solar observing glasses!

Professor Murphy’s talk is open to anyone in the Library (as well as members of the Friends of McCormick Observatory and, eventually, the public). You will need to sign-up for the lecture. So please be sure to sign up if you’re interested and plan to attend. Parking is available in the nearby Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street.

For more on Ed Murphy and the total eclipse, please read the article “Ed Murphy, Chasing His Third Solar Eclipse” (UVA Today, 7/6/2017).

Service Notice: Recalling Items through Virgo is Temporarily Unavailable

UPDATE as of 7/18/17, 10:58 p.m.: Though we’re still addressing the underlying technical issue, you may now use the “Request Item” button in Virgo to make recall requests. Please follow the link in the message that appears to complete your request.

Due to technical issues that are being addressed at this time, the ability to recall checked out materials through Virgo is temporarily unavailable. This means that the “Request Item” button in Virgo records used to request (recall) items that are checked out to another patron is not working properly.

If you need to recall an item, please do so in Virgo Classic (click on the “Requests” menu option). You may also contact the Library’s Circulation staff at lib-circ@virginia.edu for help.

Requests for LEO delivery and requests for materials located in Ivy are working properly.

We will update this post when the situation is resolved. We appreciate your patience!

-Last updated 7/18/17, 3:49 p.m.

Total Advising Construction is Making Clemons Library Better than Before!

Since January of 2016 the 2nd floor of Clemons Library has been a construction site. Students and staff on the 3rd and 1st floors have endured the inevitable noise. The payoff is that the Dathel and John Georges Student Center will soon be helping UVA undergrads with the challenges of college life. What’s not generally known, however, is that the project is making Clemons greener, complementing the roof’s solar array that brings in the sun to help power the building.

According to a report by Nalls Architecture—and supplied by the Library’s Total Advising project manager Kathy Soule—the project team decided to maintain and reuse “a significant portion” of the 2nd floor interior, and to use regional materials and “mateirals with recycled content.” The result of the recycling effort, together with plans to improve water efficiency, heating and lighting, and indoor environmental quality, is that the project was able to meet the silver standard of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The past year’s noise and restricted access have inconvenienced students and staff; but now the new restroom fixtures conserve water at a rate 32 percent higher than regulations require; dimmable LED lighting together with occupancy sensors help reduce wattage by more than current design standards call for; heat is regulated by a system of sensors that detect office occupancy and adjust airflow and temperatures accordingly, and CO2 sensors monitor air quality and tell the HVAC system where to supply more outdoor air.

The result of all the construction is that Clemons Library is not only a better building than it was before; it’s better than it’s been since the library first opened its doors in 1982.