An article in the Cavalier Daily features efforts by the University Library to promote the local publication Vinegar Hill Magazine, which was founded in 2011 to amplify Black stories in Charlottesville. According to the article, the University holds an indefinite subscription to the publication and the Library will collect all previous issues as well.
Katrina Spencer, Librarian for African American and African Studies, began the process of bringing copies of the magazine to libraries on Grounds as part of an effort to increase the presence of underrepresented voices and underserved groups in the Library’s collection.
The Special Collections Library currently holds two issues of this publication from the summer and fall of 2017 — a result of efforts by Rebecca Coleman, Librarian for Architecture, to bring the magazine to the Grounds.
Video Collections Librarian Leigh Rockey explains the importance of maintaining diverse collections in University libraries: “We’re focusing not simply on adding diversity as a project, but on equity of representation [in our] collections as lasting systemic change … and we will be committed to that for the foreseeable future, probably forever.”
To learn more about “Vinegar Hill Magazine” and the Library’s collection efforts, read the Cavalier Daily article “Vinegar Hill Magazine welcomed to the shelves of libraries on Grounds.”