Day 5: Library High School Interns 2018

This summer marks the second year of the Library’s High School Internship program, wherein students from central Virginia join the Library for short-term paid internships in the Library. Students from all backgrounds and of all abilities are encouraged to apply.

What follows is one of a series of daily blog posts that interns compose during their time at the Library. Are you a student (or parent) and want to know more about summer Library internships? Ask your guidance counselor or contact Phylissa Mitchell at

Today, I finally learned the definition of an academic library! I’ve heard the term many times within the past week and I had an idea of what it’s definition might be, but I was not 100% sure before today. This internship has caused me to realize that there are many professions that appear vastly different from the outside looking in than vice versa. I realize that there are many activities/ jobs that may not appeal to me now, but once I give it a shot, that may completely change. I don’t believe any of my future plans or ideas have changed greatly, but it has taught me a valuable lesson.


Over the course of this internship, I learned many things. The first being that there are many different career paths that you can take. Also how smoothly things run. With a the different parts and jobs but that all perfectly fit together to run a successful library. They have preservation, digitization, IT, scholars lab, and user experience to name a few. I also learned how to make a box to protect and preserve a book. Each box is custom made to one particular book. There are two the same. I learned to archive websites soon like twenty years I can go back and see that website. Those are only some of the things I have learned this week. The internship hasn’t really changed my view of my future. It has opened my eyes a bit more. Being a librarian is one of my top three career choices. This didn’t change that but it did kind of go up the list a little bit.


I learned pretty much everything that I know about libraries during this internship. I didn’t know much about them. I learned how to locate books, and that there are many other resources to use other than books for research. I realized that libraries are capable of a lot more than just shelving books and checking them out to people. They themselves can be such a big help to students when it comes to things that they need. This internship helped me understand how to utilize library materials a lot better than I had before.


I really didn’t know that libraries consisted of this much workflow. Everyone needs each other to keep the next station going. It all seems to work like gears in a machine. This internship has shown me how to function in a large organization (like Alderman). It also has shown me that working in a library isn’t as boring as people may think.



Day 4: Library High School Interns 2018

This summer marks the second year of the Library’s High School Internship program, wherein students from central Virginia join the Library for short-term paid internships in the Library. Students from all backgrounds and of all abilities are encouraged to apply.

What follows is one of a series of daily blog posts that interns compose during their time at the Library. Are you a student (or parent) and want to know more about summer Library internships? Ask your guidance counselor or contact Phylissa Mitchell at

Friday June 15

What is your proudest accomplishment while interning at the UVA Library thus far and why?

My proudest accomplishment is being able to get this internship. I’m extremely grateful that I was chosen to be one of the interns. So my proudest accomplishment is this whole internship.


My proudest accomplishment is building the relationship i have with all of my peers and adult associates. Relationships can take you very far in life and u feel like these ones will make a big difference in my future. Everyone just has a great atmosphere that they bring with them wherever they go and its amazing. I hope to keep in touch with all of them as the days wind down to the end of this internship.


So far, I am proud of all of the activities I have had the opportunity to participate in. I have accomplished being open and engaged in all of the activities, despite how uninterested I may have originally been to the topic. I have briefly learned the basics of computer coding, spoke to numerous people that work throughout the library, and visited many of the libraries here on UVA’s campus. I am also very proud of how I have interacted with the other interns because I am usually very introverted, but I have been able to show my personality and be myself, which is a surprise to me! And excites me because I will have to use this skill in the fall upon arriving at Christopher Newport University.


My proudest accomplishment so far during my time at the UVA Library is just the level of knowledge I’ve gained about libraries in general. This internship has allowed me to see and experience a few of the many different components of a library. Getting to understand that there’s more to libraries than what we see in schools, such as things like checking-out books and shelving, has been really amazing. As a result of it, my level of appreciation for library staff and faculty as well as libraries themselves has increased substantially.


Sewed pamphlet

Sewed pamphlet

My proudest accomplishment so far in the program would being able to make different types of pamphlets. The pamphlets protect the books from getting damaged or harmed. I learned two different types, sewed and pocket. The pocket one is like it’s name. It’s a pocket that you put in a protective folder that you put the book into. The second is also like it’s name we sew the book into a protective folder.






Library Receives Grant from LYRASIS for “Digital Collecting in Times of Crisis”

The following article was written by Kara McClurken, Director, Preservation Services, and posted on her behalf

The University of Virginia Library is delighted to announce that we have received a Catalyst Fund grant from LYRASIS, a non-profit organization supporting access to the world’s shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage. “Digital Collecting in Times of Crisis” will enable cultural institutions and communities to be better prepared to implement digital collecting strategies during and after rapidly evolving social events, such as natural disasters, controversies and public emergencies. Digital photos, videos, and social media content are major components of these community experiences, and collecting them as well as other materials (posters, ephemera, traditional media reports, etc.) is important to documenting such pivotal events. While some tools exist that can help a library or archives gather information, a range of technical, legal, and infrastructure issues are involved that hamper the ability of an organization to move forward quickly.

“4th St., August 13, 2017”—Photo by Divya Darling in the August 11–12 Collection from the UVA Library’s Digital Collecting of the “‘Unite the Right’ Rally and Community Response”

The grant will allow us to survey libraries, archives, and museums to determine what issues prevent an institution from quickly collecting and providing access to collections that have to do with crisis events. The data from these interviews will not only assist us in the adaptation of a current tool to better assist institutions who need to quickly collect digital content, but will also provide us with information that may be used for other grants to get institutions one step closer to having a digital collecting emergency response plan.

The second part of the project will attempt to solve some of those issues by adapting default themes and templates in the open source publishing platform Omeka to create templates and themes that can be used in times of crisis. The project will also create documentation to help less technically-adept users and institutions quickly set up spaces to collect and provide access to digital content that is created during times of crisis.

The LYRASIS Catalyst Fund is designed to foster innovation among libraries, archives, and museums. UVA Library was one of 6 projects funded this year—read the press release from LYRASIS to learn more.

Day 3: Library High School Interns 2018

This summer marks the second year of the Library’s High School Internship program, wherein students from central Virginia join the Library for short-term paid internships in the Library. Students from all backgrounds and of all abilities are encouraged to apply.

What follows is one of a series of daily blog posts that interns compose during their time at the Library. Are you a student (or parent) and want to know more about summer Library internships? Ask your guidance counselor or contact Phylissa Mitchell at

Thursday June 14

What is the most interesting job you have undertaken and/or skill you have gained while interning at the library so far?

So far, the most interesting job I have undertaken has been going over the call numbers. I say this has been the most interesting experience because the books that were reviewed were considered to be “rare books”. This collection of books came from a man named Julian Bond, who was a professor at UVA and played an active role in the Civil Rights movement. It wasn’t just doing the job, but it was also what I learned as a result of it. I was able to gain a better understanding of how rare books are deemed rare.


The most interesting task i have undertaken has been digitizing books into the online library. There are many objectives in this process, such as: capturing images of the pages, cropping the pages, naming the data, and uploading it all to the website. It didn’t take me long to get used to the routine. It all soon became muscle memory after day 2 with my interest in the technology itself. I’d be very happy to continue this process even after today; even though it was my last in that section of the building.


The most interesting job I have done so far during this internship is the brief introduction that I have gotten regarding computer coding on a particular website. I, personally, have not done too much with this particular job, but I will practice a bit tomorrow. This is cool because I am not techy at all so it is new to me. I also will get to see how real life annotations and analysis of a particular subject that has been handwriting correlate or is transformed into computer codes. I am practicing plenty of skills I already have and deepening the intensity of any one of those particular skills, but one that stands out is the ability to compare my own interpretations and opinions to that of an author and draw conclusions between different works based upon this. I am interested in politics so the ability to understand and relate someone else’s opinion to mine in an effective or collaborative way will become very useful in the future.


The most interesting job that I have been given is looking over the late ’90s and early 2000s thesis and dissertation. I get to look over them and read them. I look for the links and make sure that the links work. Since it’s been like 15 years since they were made and websites disappear or change over the years. That’s why we need to archive them. The most interesting skill I have learned so far is learning to archive websites, so that in later years we can see them as they were intended to be seen and/or read. It’s the most interesting skill because I didn’t know that you could archive things on the internet.


The most interesting thing that I’ve learned so far is how easily the library faculty has control over all its computers. This means that no matter how far a mac of a windows computer is from UVA the faculty and staff that preside over that department have the ability to shut down or reinstall deleted programs on said computers. This is really interesting because its means libraries are more than the sum of their parts. As i’ve said before people who work in libraries are amazing they Phds in all different areas but work at a library and that just makes all the different stuff they do interesting.



Library Course Enrichment Grants awarded to UVA faculty

From Judy Thomas, Director of Faculty Programs: 

This year the Library offered Course Enrichment Grants to six faculty who plan to partner to with Library staff to integrate information, data, or digital literacies into their courses.

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients:

Meredith Clark, The #BlackTwitter Class, Department of Media Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. Students will engage in a critical analysis of social media data to produce case studies about specific issues related to race and digital culture. Library leads: Erin Pappas, Regina Carter.

Max Edelson, Forum Capstone Experience, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences. Students will embark on research projects in a variety of fields of study, gaining understanding of the relationship between space, knowledge, and power, and developing competencies with research strategies and tools. Library leads: Keith Weimer, Todd Burks.

Sean Ferguson, STS and Engineering Practice, Science, Technology and Society Program, School of Engineering and Applied Science. Through hands-on activities, students will learn how to combine quantitative and qualitative material to gain deep understanding of social phenomena, developing their skills in data manipulation, curation, and visualization. Library leads: Jenn Huck, Todd Burks.

Bonnie Gordon, Studies in Early Modern Music 1500-1700, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences. Students will develop skills in critical reflection and information literacy as they engage with historical sources to understand how music reflects and influences history and cultural change. Library leads: Abigail Flanigan, David Whitesell, Paula Archey.

Mary Kuhn, American Natures, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences. Students will broaden their understanding of what constitutes an environmental text, conducting research to uncover primary and secondary sources and using digital tools to practice public-facing research and writing. Library leads: Chris Ruotolo, Meridith Wolnick, Krystal Appiah.

Kim Brooks Mata, The Art of Dance, Department of Drama, College of Arts and Sciences. Students will develop the skills to engage in research in the context of artistic practice and will broaden their understanding of dance as both an expressive and investigative field. Library leads: Abigail Flanigan, Paula Archey.

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl, Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Department of Politics, College of Arts and Sciences. After learning how to define an answerable research question about Middle East politics, students will conduct independent research, gaining necessary skills in assessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Library leads: Christine Slaughter, Bethany Mickel.

This program offers to faculty the opportunity to work with teams of librarians, technologists, and data specialists to enhance students’ abilities to find, evaluate, and use information and data, as well as to create new forms of media-rich assignments.

Last year’s program focused on information literacy; this year’s program expanded its scope to include data and digital literacies. Read a full description of the program. 

All faculty may take advantage of library support in these areas, whether or not they are participants in this program. We have experts on hand in data discovery, management and computation; digital humanities methods; media creation and use; and information discovery and evaluation. For a referral or for more information, please contact Judy Thomas at

Day Two: Library High School Interns 2018

This summer marks the second year of the Library’s High School Internship program, wherein students from central Virginia join the Library for short-term paid internships in the Library. Students from all backgrounds and of all abilities are encouraged to apply.

What follows is one of a series of daily blog posts that interns compose during their time at the Library. Are you a student (or parent) and want to know more about summer Library internships? Ask your guidance counselor or contact Phylissa Mitchell at

Wednesday June 13

5 interns

Q.T., Minuette, Khalia, Kalani, Grant

What was the most exciting thing you accomplished or learned today? Why was it exciting?

The most exciting thing I did today was probably when I got to go to a meeting with one of my mentors. It was really cool because they actively involved me and explained things, so I would understand what they were talking about. Another exciting thing that I learned was that the oldest book that you can check out from the UVA library is from the 1700s. I think that is amazing. The book is older than the United States and you can take it home and read.


The most exciting thing i accomplished today was making sure i didn’t get lost like yesterday.  It might not sound big but i was really wandering around looking for my section. Now i know exactly where im located in the morning and i know how to maneuver around the library. This to me was a good step forward, even though it was such a tiny step. The key is to just remember a little clue about every spot to remind you where you are.


Today, I finally began to dive into the project that I will be doing over the course of the next few days. I began analyzing very short biographies of multiple women. I noted mood and tone words that related to how the author felt about the particular individual, as well as events that had to do with the woman at topic. Ultimately, I will compare and contrast the different variables that play a factor into how notable women were spoken about. Although today was a busy day with plenty of excitement and activities, this has to be the highlight of my accomplishments today. I am glad to know what I will be working on because I felt very confused before today, as well as behind because I believe all of the other interns had already begun their assigned tasks.


The most exciting thing I learned today was about the many avenues that astronomers can take. What I mean by that is there are a lot of different job opportunities in which people who who major in physics can take. It’s exciting due to the fact that I now know I’m not limited to only one option.


S5 internsomething that I found to be really interesting after my third day was the things that I learned about cataloging that were on a deeper level. I was able to experience the roots of the system. I spent some of my time posting digital articles onto the University’s database. The process was a lot simpler than I thought it was going to be because the directions remained the same for each of those articles. Where it got a little more elaborate was when I had to put books into the system. It required a very detailed eye because I had to make sure that all of the information about the piece of literature was accurate. Overall, today was a good day because I’ve gained more knowledge about cataloging and now have a better understanding of how things function. It’s all very fascinating to me.


Day One: Library High School Interns 2018

This summer marks the second year of the Library’s High School Internship program, wherein students from central Virginia join the Library for short-term paid internships in the UVA Library. Students from all backgrounds and of all abilities are encouraged to apply.

What follows is one of a series of daily blog posts that interns compose during their time at the Library. Are you a student (or parent) and want to know more about summer Library internships? Ask your guidance counselor or contact Phylissa Mitchell, Director of Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity, UVA Library, at

Tuesday June 12, 2018

What do you hope to learn during this internship? What surprised you the most about your first day at the UVA Library and why?

Today was really interesting. I learned that librarians are more than just the people who stand behind desks and check out books. People who work in librarians are, for the most part, jacks of all trades. It really surprised me that they are more than meets the eye. Librarians know how to fix computers, they’re organizers, they’re bosses, and most importantly they’re knowledgeable. Librarians and co are very versed in what they do and to be honest I always thought they were just people who just loved books. All of what I said really me by surprise and I hope to be able to learn how to use a library and its resources to the fullest.


Today was the first day that I did hands on work relating directly to the library. First, I worked on cataloging with Jean. Cataloging has an ultimate purpose of making sure that books are claimed as property of UVA. The second part of my morning was spent with Tony, who is a supervisor in the stacks/sorting department. During this time, I was able to spend time with the books, and learned how to sort them using a special method that helps locate the books. It was a little hard to understand because there were so many different components to the sorting, but soon enough I was able to get the hang of it. It was definitely eye opening. I got to experience what goes on beyond just checking out books — the “behind the scenes” process of things.


I hope to learn more about the behind the scenes work that the library does. How they keep the books in good condition, how their system works, how they process books, etc. I was surprised to know that the Alderman library building was going to be renovated shortly. I didn’t think that it needed it. Another thing that I found surprising was the fact that one, they still have the original card system. And two, that they still use that system to a certain extent.


I hope to broaden my knowledge with computers for future references. I think this will really be beneficial for the major I am going to pursue in college. What surprised me the most when I got to look around was all of the components that it takes to run a library. You have so much going on behind the scenes that you would never think of at the front desk. I’m looking forward for the days to come so I can learn more.


During this internship, I hope to learn in depth details regarding the nitty gritty aspects of being a librarian or someone who works in a library. I want to look into all of the different job opportunities related directly to maintaining an efficient library and make connections between reality and what I had been originally expected the results to look like. Ultimately, I look forward to familiarizing myself with a field that I may not have otherwise learned much about and being more aware of the impact that libraries have on our lives and everyday activities. It’s possible I may remain fairly uninterested in libraries in general, but I do believe having an understanding, appreciation, and experience outside of my comfort zone helps build skill and character, preparing me for my next chapter of life.

Today, I was surprised to learn how much libraries actually do in relation to the internet and online information. It makes sense once I think about it, but I guess I just never made the connection. I am interested to know how libraries interact with each other when preparing online information.



The Library Offers Historic Recordings in the Database of Recorded American Music!

From old-time 78 rpm blues to early rock; from new orchestral compositions to minimalist, electroacoustic experiments, the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) has something for everyone, and invites listeners on a journey through the history of recorded sound. DRAM has expanded to include not just American music but World music as well.

These are recordings of immense value to scholars—and thanks to DRAM, they’ve been saved from the oblivion that often awaits recordings with limited commercial appeal.

DRAM began with a grant from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and grew out of New World Records’ Anthology of Recorded Music. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and participating institutions, DRAM continues adding new recordings to its more than 4,000 hours of music (approximately 5,000 albums from a distinctive set of 42 independent labels and archives).

Users can search for music by composer, performer, ensemble, instrument, record label and then stream the mp4 results on iPod, iPad, and Android devices. Searches are often rewarded with surprising results; for instance, among the vintage recordings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are opera star Enrico Caruso belting out George M. Cohan’s WWI pop classic “Over There” and a spoken-word political debate between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan from the 1908 presidential campaign. Find out what surprises await you!

Please check our list of new online resources. It’s updated daily!

HBRA Architects and University Librarian present concept plans for Alderman Library renovation to BOV

The back side of Alderman Library with a large patio space, several new entrances, and columned styling similar to historic parts of the building

The proposed new north entrance, with better utilization of outdoor space and a welcoming entree from the “Ivy Corridor” and University Avenue area.

Initial concept plans for the renovation of Alderman Library were presented to the UVA Board of Visitors (BOV) this week, providing the Board and the public with its first view of the proposed renovation of Alderman Library and nearby spaces.

Having now received feedback from the BOV, HBRA Architects will work with the University to refine and compile preliminary plans intended to go to the Virginia General Assembly in Fall 2018.

The proposal for a renovated Alderman includes:

  • All new (much-needed) building infrastructure, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety, IT, and security.
  • A renovated south entrance and the addition of a new highly-accessible north entrance with better utilization of outdoor space and a welcoming entree from the “Ivy Corridor” and University Avenue area.
  • Better utilization of space to maximize access to the collections while creating a variety of usable spaces (meeting rooms, staff areas, learning spaces, spaces for research, study, examining materials, etc.).
  • Adaptability in the name of long-term use and collection growth, including floor load capable of supporting maximum weight of compact shelving through the first four floors of new construction.
  • Ample lighting (both natural and artificial), including better utilization of the internal light wells.
  • Restoration and optimization of historic Alderman characteristics, such as exterior envelope, masonry, windows, and wood cornices, as well as historic rooms, like Memorial Hall, Mt. Vernon Room, the McGregor Room, and others.
Bright, open space with a clear roof covering

Proposed atrium, utilizing existing light wells and making better use of natural light in Library spaces.

Specific plans for the renovated spaces will be in development for some time but the Library has made a point of prioritizing long-term flexibility and preservation of the collections in the process of designing new spaces and patron experiences.

In addition to planning for load-bearing floors (to support compact shelving) throughout four floors of new construction, the Library has nearly completed a year-long collection inventory, unearthing thousands of “lost” books and correcting records to aid in better search and discovery. Additionally, the Library is installing compact shelving on the first floor of Clemons Library, which will ensure robust access to collections both during and after the Alderman renovation.

This, combined with the significant expansion of the Ivy Stacks shelving facility (one mile from Grounds, on Old Ivy Road), and the Library’s continuing record of prompt delivery of materials between University facilities, demonstrate a commitment to the print collection and the research and scholarship that rely on it.

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The existing Library front doors with three entry doors instead of one

Majority of new construction is on the north side of the building, but expanded south-facing doors (three instead of one) are also being proposed.



The Library Introduces Aperio Journals—Opening Research to the World!

Imagine an academic environment where publishers don’t charge to process articles, and students never have to pass up a course because textbooks are too expensive. The Library and the University of Virginia Press have joined forces to make the dream a reality. They’ve created Aperio—an open access publishing service dedicated to making high-quality journals, monographs, textbooks, and other online educational resources available immediately, for free, to anyone!

Aperio Journals is the Library’s first publication service, breaking through the barriers standing in the way of scholarly communication:

  • Consulting with editors to eliminate or drastically reduce article processing charges
  • Using Creative Commons Licensing to guarantee that copyright remains with the author and research remains available to readers
  • Indexing journals and assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to make scholarship as visible as possible to research communities worldwide

Articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, journals are edited by distinguished experts in their fields, committed to guidelines of the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE), and are supported by Aperio’s feature-rich platform, which provides management, production, and design assistance.

The Latin verb aperio means disclose, unveil, reveal, make known. Aperio is currently accepting proposals for new journals, ready to unveil your research to the world.

If you would like to start a journal or transfer one for which you are an editor or board member, please fill out a journal proposal form. If you’re interested in publishing other content (e.g. conference proceedings, textbooks, open educational resources), or would like to use the Ubiquity Conference Management System, send an expression of interest. All inquiries should go to Proposals that are accepted will be followed by a request for additional information.