What to expect at the Library in fall 2021

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Update: Beginning Monday, August 9, UVA is requiring masks in all indoor spaces, including libraries, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. 

 

We are very excited that in August the Library will begin shifting back to more normal operations! By the end of August, we anticipate that most services will be back to pre-pandemic levels.

We appreciate your patience as we make these changes — the process will be gradual but we hope to make it as quick and pleasant as possible.

Where we’re headed

By the end of August, nearly all services and locations will be back for in-person use.

In the meantime, things will change in a few phases, listed below. We appreciate your patience and can’t wait to see you again, in person!

August 6: LEO Mobile ends, Clemons pickup continues

Friday, August 6 will be the last pickup day for “LEO Mobile” at the Central Grounds Parking Garage. All patrons will continue to have access to pickup at Clemons Library until August 13.

August 13, end of day: ETAS ending

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service will end in the evening of Friday, August 13. This means many items available digitally during the pandemic will no longer be available online, but it also means we’ll be able to open the stacks on August 16!

August 16: All locations open, including Library stacks

Monday, August 16 is a very exciting day!

  • Library stacks will re-open
    • Library locations will open stacks for browsing.
      • HathiTrust ETAS, for its duration, allowed the circulation of millions of digital items, but copyright law required physical copies of those same books to remain uncirculated. With the ending of ETAS, all books may once again circulate in physical form.
    • Items previously available digitally through HathiTrust will no longer be available digitally, but faculty, staff, and graduate students can use the Request feature in Virgo to request physical copies for pickup or LEO delivery.
    • Some items, like ones stored offsite in Ivy Stacks, require all users to make a Request in Virgo and pick up the item after it’s delivered.
  • Library locations will re-open
    • Nearly all Library spaces will be open for browsing and general enjoyment, including study rooms and stacks areas. See Library hours (scroll forward to see future dates) for specifics.
    • Special Collections continues to offer appointments for use of the Reading Room; walk-ins are also welcome beginning August 24.
  • LEO delivery to departments will be once again available for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Specifics will depend on the department, but services will largely return pre-pandemic levels. Learn about setting up LEO delivery.

August 24: Equipment, room reservations, and more

Tuesday, August 24 is the first day of classes and the Library will be ready!

  • Room reservations
    • Study rooms will once again be available for reservations, starting August 24. Note this rollout is gradual — reservations may not be available immediately for all spaces, but we’ll get there soon!
  • Equipment will once again be available for loan. This includes audio equipment, video cameras, and lots more. Equipment will be listed here, beginning August 24 — note filter at the top of the page, which limits the list to one location at a time.
  • Special Collections will begin offering some walk-in services, and will continue offering appointments for use of the Reading Room. Please check the hours page before visiting as hours have changed.
  • The Scholars’ Lab, located on the 3rd floor of Clemons Library during the renovation, will be open to visitors.
    • The Scholars’ Lab offers a mix of in-person and virtual office hours, workshops, and consultations, and is launching TinkerTank, a perfect complement to the 3D Printing Studio in the Robertson Media Center. Email scholarslab@virginia.edu for more information.

Visit the Status Dashboard for service status at any given time, and Ask a Librarian when you have questions!

 

Updated August 9 to reflect UVA’s masking policy

Experience unique vibe of the Music Library in Old Cabell Hall!

Guest post by UVA Librarian for Music & the Performing Arts Amy Hunsaker

The Music Library has been described as a fishbowl, with its Byzantine-inspired blue carpet squares and arched ceilings. It is very quiet there, except for music that occasionally wafts through from a rehearsal or music lecture. Quirky, hidden study spaces are tucked behind walls of books. It is perhaps the most unique library on Grounds and is worth a visit — if you can find it.

Armchairs around a small round table against a background of columns and curved walls containing shelved filled with books..

The main floor of the Music Library. The space was once a snack bar named the Cave in reference to its grotto-like appearance.

Located in the basement of Old Cabell Hall (look for the signs in the stairwell from the central lobby), the Music Library was carved out of a space that was never meant to be visited by the public. The area originally hosted a coal furnace rather than people, so the bricks in the vaulted ceiling remain bare in contrast to other nicely finished interior domes on Grounds. The ceiling has been painted white, but visitors can clearly see the perfectly stacked bricks, designed to be fireproof and last forever. The lower floor stacks area is mostly round, but the shelving is rectangular, creating curious nooks and crannies.

The Music Library currently provides access to more than 150,000 books, study scores, critical editions, and sound recordings. One of our primary services to the University is providing music scores, or sheet music. Any student, regardless of their major, can check out music written for piano, guitar, trumpet, marimba, etc. for practice or performance.

We have thousands of scores, including Broadway folios, operas, modern classical music, folk music, symphonies, chamber music, rock music, and more. If there is music you need or want and we don’t have it, we will either order a copy for the Music Library or help you borrow it from another library. We also provide access to streaming music and videos through Virgo, and there are thousands of CDs and LPs that you can check out. We sometimes host concerts and meetings, and everyone is welcome to come and study. To explore our music resources in more detail, visit the Music Subject Guide. For more information, you can Ask a librarian or phone us at (434) 924-7041.

The Music Library houses an impressive number of music resources shoehorned into a very old, unusual space. It has a unique vibe; come and see if it’s your vibe!

Library Express On-Grounds (LEO) delivers material to faculty and grad students

I have never been at an institution that compares to UVA with such great library support! – UVA professor

I sang your praises in the acknowledgments section of my last book. It was a pleasure to recognize your great service. – Visiting researcher

I have relied on the services that LEO/ILL provides for all my time at UVA and I deeply value them! – UVA professor

A white van with the UVA Library logo on the door, parked at the curb on a paved street.

For faculty and grad students who need Library materials but don’t have a lot of time, Library Express On-Grounds (LEO delivery) can help you keep up with the multiple demands of teaching and research in a new semester. In just a few easy steps, you can have Library materials delivered directly to your department or a convenient pickup library!

Follow these directions:

  • Search for material in the Library’s online catalog Virgo.
  • When you have found something you would like, simply click the “Request Item” button in the record.
  • Sign in with Netbadge if prompted.
  • Under “Pickup Location” select “LEO delivery to my department.”
  • Click “Place Hold” and you’re done!

Screenshot of a Virgo record showing a dropdown menu of pickup locations.

Graduate students: Check to see which departments have pickup spaces for grads. In cases where departments can’t provide a secure holding space for delivery to graduate students, grads can use their ILLiad account to select a preferred library pickup location — on the left side of the page under “My Account” choose “View or Change User Information.” First-time users signing on to ILLiad will be prompted to create an account.

The Library can only deliver items that are available for checkout, not items meant for in-library use such as Special Collections material, Reference collections, DVDs, and microfiche.

Faculty requests for materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan will automatically be delivered to the departments. Graduate students may designate a pickup library for delivery.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and extends through October 15 2021, taking in the bicentennial independence anniversaries of El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and Chile, and Mexico’s Día de la Raza (Race Day) on October 12, celebrating Mexico’s mixed indigenous and European heritage.

The current observance of Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Here are a few ways to celebrate the rich and varied history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America:

Books to read:

Films to enjoy:

… and more!

Many thanks to Suzanne Bombard for writing assistance on this piece.

Welcome to Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month 2021!

¡Bienvenidxs! Bem-vindxs! September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and the Library wants to celebrate with you! Want to know which Hispanic and Latinx titles our Library colleagues are reading? Follow the conversation between Video Collections Librarian Leigh Rockey and Librarian for African American and African Studies Katrina Spencer to discover some titles they recommend from around the world that are available in the Library’s collection. For research regarding represented geographies, peoples, and cultures, please contact Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian Miguel Valladares-Llata.

Katrina: Leigh, what’s the latest work you’ve read by a Hispanic or Latinx writer?

Leigh: I found a great sci-fi/speculative fiction anthology with stories written by U.S. Latinos and Latinas. It’s called “Latinx Rising,” edited by Matthew David Goodwin. Even if you aren’t a sci-fi fan, you’ll encounter fascinating reading in the tales of outer space migrations which are really allegories for what’s happening in our real world. One story involves a “mixed race” half-ghost, half-living detective who stumbles on a way to end centuries of continuing injustice by opening the graves of enslaved people. Another involves a character, Anahita, whose life literally slips down the drain, but maybe that’s okay, what with her abusive boyfriend and job pressures. Other stories feature fantastic things such as feathered souls, Texanization, and superportation. A common thread that runs through all of the stories is that they’re about family and friends in whatever ways you define them. Anything this good on your reading list, Katrina?

Katrina: You know, I was once a liaison to a department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and the Hispanic and Latinx world represents more than twenty countries, so brace yourself!

One book I’m reading is “A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States,” text by Ilan Stavans and images by Mexican American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, whose L.A. Times comic strip “La Cucaracha” I read back when I was a tween in the 1990s. “A Most Imperfect Union” is told as a black-and-white comic and takes a stab at what we call “revisionist history,” challenging the popular myths that have surrounded some of our most beloved national narratives, and supplying some of the uglier, less palatable truths that many people are reluctant to confront. It’s really on point with contemporary discourse surrounding critical race theory.

Leigh: Sounds great! Any others you’ve found interesting?

Katrina: So many! I was paging through some essays by Salvadoran author Dr. Clelia O. Rodríguez’s short memoir “Decolonizing Academia.” It deals with a Latina woman’s navigation through the “ivory towers” of North America, drawing on the author’s experience at the University of Toronto and her feelings of not fitting in.

 

 

Speaking of not fitting in, the first essay in Jennine Capó Crucet’s memoir “My Time Among the Whites” recounts similar sentiments, beginning with the experiences of a first generation, Cuban American college student who learns the ins and outs of higher ed on a bumpy ride through the Ivy League — financial aid, campus living, etc.

 

 

If you’re comfortable reading in Spanish, Desirée Bela-Lobedde’s “Ser mujer negra en España” is about being a Black woman in Spain. Bela-Lobedde’s family is from Equatorial Guinea, a country in West Africa that Spain had once colonized. Her combined African and European background brings compelling attention to the wave of immigration from Africa to Europe, and provides new answers to what it means to be Spanish and what a Spaniard looks like.

 

Another voice from Spain is Chenta Tsai Tseng’s in “Arroz Tres Delicias.” Born in Taiwan and raised in Madrid, Tsai writes in Spanish about discrimination he has faced on account of having looks that don’t conform to the historical Spanish norm and being gay.

 

 

Among authors who are Latinx but whose language is Portuguese, there is Marcelo D’Salete’s award-winning graphic novel from Brazil,  “Angola Janga,” which tells the story of enslaved people fleeing bondage and creating independent communities. The UVA Library has the English translation.

 

 

And Comédias para se ler na escola by Luís Fernando Veríssimo was the first book I read in Portuguese. It’s an exquisite collection of “crônicas” — recountings and commentaries on everyday life in Brazil. Veríssimo’s unique talent is in pinpointing ironies that pass us by without scrutiny in the speedy, unexamined rhythms of modern life. Veríssimo is a national (and prolific) treasure whose works are sure to delight.

So much reading, so little time! I literally cannot keep up!

Leigh: I know the feeling!

Browse library stacks from home with Virgo’s virtual shelf browse feature!

One of the joys of browsing the Library stacks is when you come across that unexpected discovery, when you walk in looking for one book and find others in the same area that end up being critical to your research. Wouldn’t it be great if you could browse the library stacks from wherever you are, whatever the time of day?

Well, you can! When you click on a title in Virgo and scroll to the end of the record, you will see a row of thumbnails images or, in some cases, placeholder images showing the titles next to the book in that call number range with their location — all on one virtual shelf!

For instance, the Virgo record of the title “Graphic Novels: Everything you Need to Know” gives you the following display, making it possible to scroll through and bookmark interesting titles as you go by clicking the bookmark icon in the lower right corner of the thumbnail display.

These thumbnails, however, don’t just replicate what you would see while browsing in the stacks; they also show the titles you would NOT see in a physical library. On the virtual shelf you’ll find:

  • E-book titles you can easily access through Netbadge.
  • PDFs of public domain material from the HathiTrust Digital Library that you can download and keep forever.
  • Rare, non-circulating titles in the Small Special Collections Library that you can use in the Special Collections Reading Room.
  • Infrequently used titles which are housed in Ivy Stacks and can be requested with the click of a button.

And although the Library is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of visitors in this time of COVID, it’s comforting to know it’s also possible to browse the stacks remotely.

Need Journal access? We’ve got you covered.

There have been a lot of news stories in the past few years about the “big deals,” academic publishing, and its relationship to journal access in higher education, including here at UVA. And it’s true: what’s happening now is, well, a big deal; one that will affect the way we publish and read for decades to come. This article focuses on three aspects: tools you can download and utilize to make for easier access, processes we’ve put in place on the back end to ensure your access is uninterrupted, and opportunities that have come from this unique moment. If you’re new to this effort, you could start with the Library’s information about Sustainable Scholarship, see recent news stories about the “big deals,” or if you’re familiar and ready for next steps you can jump straight into how you can help.

Our key point today, however, is that the UVA Library is ready and committed to provide continued access to a world of research materials, no matter what.

We’ve been preparing for these transitions for years, and we have infrastructure in place to help you access what you need, when you need it, regardless of contract status or publisher arrangements of any given moment.

Tools to ensure smooth access to academic journals at UVA

Millions of items are discoverable though Virgo, the Library’s catalog — but millions more are harder to uncover since they’re packaged with journals or databases. There are a few tools you can use to quickly gain or request access to academic material on the web, whether you uncover it in Virgo or beyond.

Libkey Nomad Browser Extension locates subscribed or open access full-text articles when you view an article webpage. If we don’t have access to the article, it prepares a detailed ILL request for you to submit. This is one of the quickest and most powerful tools for finding and accessing articles.

The Reload@UVA button is a quick way to see academic material through UVA’s proxy; letting you quickly download articles the Library subscribes to. It can be used in a laptop/desktop browser, or mobile device.

And what about Google Scholar? Adding UVA Library in your Google Scholar settings means faster and more accurate access. Read more about getting the most from Google Scholar.

Want more? The Accessing Electronic Resources Guide will take you through these options and more.

Libraries are building and fortifying reliable pipelines to academic content, so you can get what you need

Library professionals are well-versed in designing information pipelines that can adjust as providers, technologies, and user needs change. Librarians work hard to insulate patrons from the internal workings: from your perspective, access should ideally be pretty much seamless. On the back end, we’re hard at work exploring new possibilities, seeking efficiencies to existing processes, and building collaborative relationships to ensure access at the University of Virginia and across the state. Three examples of this work are Reprints Desk, Rapid ILL, and VIVA partnerships.

Reprints Desk is a clearinghouse that lets Library staff gain prompt access to material at the article and chapter level, directly from the providers. The power of Reprints Desk is that it empowers the Library to pay for exactly what is needed at any given time. Funds saved by avoiding larger package deals can thus go much farther, and be invested in high-priority collecting areas, whether those are demand-based or equity-based. The next section, about opportunities from this present moment, goes into more detail about what this can really mean for the future of Library collections.

RapidILL is another tool that provides prompt access to materials which may not be owned by UVA, but are owned by other institutions participating in this digital interlibrary loan program. At its heart, RapidILL is a database UVA pays to access, which allows Library interlibrary loan staff to identify sources for material we do not own, and to rapidly request and acquire the loan after a patron makes a request. Institutions participating in RapidILL agree to key expectations about sharing content and speed of delivery, making RapidILL a powerful force for quick access to content of all types.

Finally, the VIVA consortium, a state-wide partnership among academic libraries, has enabled a collective opportunity to utilize funding models for electronic access, such as through RapidILL. Building these connections in recent years has led to quicker collaboration and shared access strategies across the state of Virginia. Benefits from this growing consortium will benefit Library visitors for many years to come.

Opportunities, thanks to this unique moment

These major shifts in publishing and subscription practices have inspired a time of invention and opportunity.

The UVA Library has redoubled efforts with Open Educational Resources, and Library subject liaisons are well-versed in helping instructors utilize these materials in the classroom.

The Library is more able than ever to support publishing thanks to Aperio, UVA’s peer-reviewed open access scholarly press. Work with Aperio to openly publish your journals, monographs, textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and more.

Finally, the funds saved from re-thinking the Big Deals mean that libraries can afford additional investment in collections. The UVA Library has put particular emphasis on materials that increase the diversity of UVA’s collection, building on inclusion initiatives throughout the Library. Recent acquisitions include the SNCC Digital Gateway, “Diversity in the Modern World,” “Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings,” and many, many more.

Need something? We have you covered.

In the end, we at the Library do hope you’ll keep an eye on changes in publishing and watch for ways you can help transform the industry for the better. But the bottom line is, no matter the current or future status of big deals, contracts, and publishing in general, we have tools and expertise to get you what you need.

Ready to get started? Ask a Librarian or contact your subject liaison to learn more.

 

 

 

The beginnings of Jim Crow America in the database “African Americans and Jim Crow”

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was an abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, writer, and one of the first African American women to have a novel (“Iola Leroy”) published in the United States.

With the database “African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and Protest, 1883-1922” the Library offers access to the burst of African American literary creativity that followed victory over the Southern Confederacy and slavery. Many of the works produced by the extraordinary Black educators and writers who emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were critically acclaimed in their time and continue to resonate because the issues that they raised more than a century ago remain unresolved.

The more than 1,000 fully-searchable printed works in the database provide critical insight into African American culture during this time — eyewitness accounts of African American life; relationships between African Americans and peoples of other nations; race in literature; and official reports on the changing status of African Americans after Reconstruction.

The Jim Crow era began with the 1883 Supreme Court decision in the ironically named “Civil Rights Cases.” The decision essentially overturned the Civil Rights Act of 1875 and declared that the federal government could not prevent discrimination on the basis of race. Significant gains for Blacks in the South during Reconstruction were systematically stripped away through repressive laws and murderous insurrections.

One of the works in the database, Charles W. Chestnutt’s novel “Marrow of Tradition” (1901), tells of events surrounding a white mob’s overthrow of a legitimately elected biracial government. To readers of the time, the novel’s fictional seat of government (the Southern town of Wellington) was an obvious reference to Wilmington, NC where white vigilantes staged a bloody insurrection known as The Wilmington Massacre in 1898. Chestnutt (1858-1832), who garnered praise from white critics for “The Conjure Woman” (1899), a collection of plantation stories in which he cleverly subverted traditional Black stereotypes, was condemned as “bitter” for directly confronting white supremacy. As with other literary figures in the database, Chestnutt was being pressured, in the words of poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906), to “wear the mask that grins and lies …”

The rich source of historical and literary material in the database — curated from the Library Company of Philadelphia’s acclaimed collection of African Americana — offers new research opportunities for students and faculty: fresh topics for term papers, group study, and oral presentations, and multiple paths for classroom study. Features such as “Suggested Searches” invite researchers at all levels to drill into the content by topic, time period, theme, or subject matter:

  • African American Women Writers
  • Separate but Equal
  • Theorizing the Origins of Race
  • Minstrel Shows and Satire
  • Race Relations and Southern States
  • White Supremacy Movements and Groups
  • Back-to-Africa Movement
  • Suffrage/Right to Vote
  • Lynching
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Baptist Associations
  • Early histories of Reconstruction
  • Southern culture and the role of African Americans
  • Founding and growth of African American colleges
  • Perspectives of Civil War narratives
  • Portrayal of African Americans in the Arts
  • Paths to Emancipation through literature and biographies

You can find “African Americans and Jim Crow: Repression and Protest, 1883-1922” in the Library A-Z Databases list.

A half century of history and entertainment news available in the Rolling Stone Archive

Top section of Rolling Stone magazine title banner superimposed over cover photo of John Lennon kissing his wife, Yoko Ono, his arm curled around her head.

Rolling Stone magazine cover, January 22, 1981.

The Library has the entire backfile of Rolling Stone magazine in the Rolling Stone Archive — now available in the Library’s A-Z Databases list from its beginning to the present: full-color scans, full-page content, cover-to-cover, including articles, editorials, and advertisements, with article-level indexing and searchable text.

Rolling Stone is a key resource and guide to understanding pop culture changes in music, film, television, and entertainment — from John Lennon to Billie Eilish, from Aretha Franklin to Beyonce, from the conceptual themes and cover art of vinyl albums to individual digital files and back to vinyl again.

Rolling Stone is also a window on history. At the time of the magazine’s launch in November of 1967, it sought to appeal to a generation that defied middle-class conventions and embraced the counterculture rising from the Vietnam-era peace movement. In later issues, you can trace changes in content as the magazine evolved to become more at ease with corporate boardrooms and mainstream politics. Researchers will find a wealth of primary source material illuminating 20th and 21st century history, politics, music, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, and more!

Stories from a half century ago still resonate, such as “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s “Strange Rumblings in Aztlan” about the killing of Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar in an LA County police “sweep of more than 7000 people in (Laguna) Park” after the peaceful National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War. Police accounts of Salazar being struck by random fire from street snipers fell apart after sworn testimony of witnesses revealed that Salazar was hit in the head by a shell fired into a bar “by a cop with a deadly tear gas bazooka.”

Other historic items include:

  • 27 installments of what would become Tom Wolfe’s novel “The Bonfire of the Vanities”.
  • Photographs by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz — Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub filled with milk, John Lennon curled naked, cuddling on a bed with his fully clothed wife Yoko Ono only five hours before he was shot dead by Mark David Chapman.
  • An early feature on the then-mysterious and deadly AIDS virus.

Find more iconic material in the Rolling Stone Archive today!

Celebrate Disability Pride month! Visit “Disability in the Modern World”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 — now recognized as National Disability Independence Day, making July Disability Pride Month. Celebrate the passage of the landmark ADA and learn about the Disability Rights movement in “Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement,” a new resource in the Library’s A-Z Databases list!

You will find stories that transformed society and yet were left out of history books — about the battle to secure disability rights, and the role that people with disabilities have played in all aspects of modern life. You can fill gaps in your knowledge about the impact that people with disabilities have had in media, the arts, political science, education, and other areas where the contributions of the disability community are typically overlooked. This dynamic and growing resource will contain over 150,000 pages of primary sources, supporting materials, and archives, along with 125 hours of video when completed.

“Disability in the Modern Word” contains the first complete digitized run of “The Disability Rag” and its successor, “The Ragged Edge” — a periodical that launched a revolution in 1980, uniting activism nationwide into a growing, passionate community. At a time when people who experienced disabilities had no control over how they were portrayed in the media, periodicals like “The Disability Rag” fostered solidarity, and now they also serve as a lens through which the entirety of the disability rights movement to the present can be seen.

Photo of Ed Roberts at a protest rally, viewed from the chest up, a seat belt across his chest secures him in his wheelchair. Behind him a protestor stands with a sign that says in all-caps "CIVIL RIGHTS FOR DISABLED".

Disability activist and “father” of the Independent Living Movement, Ed Roberts.

You can learn about Ed Roberts (1939-1995), widely regarded as the “father” of the Independent Living Movement. A memorial tribute in the May/June 1995 issue of “The Disability Rag” likens Roberts’ story to “our basic myth, the tale we can sit around and tell each other to understand who we are …” The article describes the arc of Roberts’ life as “a young man determined to go to college despite his paralysis … talking his way into staying in the Berkeley campus infirmary, then getting dorm housing for himself and other quads … becoming director of the [California] Rehab Department that 10 years earlier had deemed him unemployable; think-tank founder, MacArthur ‘genius’”. The tribute cites one admirer who said, “There are no statues of him, but nearly every city street corner has a monument to him: a curb cut” — those concrete ramps built into sidewalks, easing wheelchair access and making life easier for everyone, whether they are pushing strollers, wheeling bicycles, or pulling suitcases.

In addition to historical periodicals, other sources in the database include:

  • Brochures
  • Advertisements
  • Pamphlets
  • Memoirs/Diaries
  • Patents
  • Press Releases
  • E-books
  • Graphs
  • Poetry
  • Documentary Films
  • Art Films
  • Interviews
  • Chat Shows
  • Performances

When you click the link to “Disability in the Modern World,” you should be allowed to enter as a University of Virginia user, which will give you full access to the database. If you see “samples” of content, please clear your computer cache, close your browser, and try again. The publisher, Alexander Street, is aware of the problem and they are working to fix it.

Please visit the Library’s Accessibility Services page to find out what the Library is doing to provide equitable access to our collections and library services. You can report barriers to access anywhere at UVA on the University’s Report a Barrier form.