Clemons Video Collection Celebrates Women Filmmakers with “Pioneers” DVD Set

New! The Clemons Library video collection offers Kino Lorber’s 6 part DVD set Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers50 restored films made by women in the years 1911–1929, providing a closer look at the part women played in transforming the lowly flickers into the phenomenon known today as “the movies.”

Women were among the earliest pioneers to tell stories with film. They achieved commercial success and earned critical acclaim by challenging gender stereotypes. And now their work has been preserved as evidence of what they accomplished, and would have accomplished had they not been pushed aside when the movies became wildly profitable.

The set has been expertly curated by Dr. Shelley Stamp and features an 80 page booklet with essays and photos. The films are accompanied by newly commissioned musical scores along with selected film commentaries and short documentaries.


French film pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché produced The Little Rangers (1912) at her American studio, Solax. It’s a Western melodrama in which two young women saddle up to pursue a wife-beating outlaw. When they can’t dislodge the bad guy from his hideout with six-shooters, they smoke him out with flaming arrows! The film is essentially complete at 11.5 minutes, one of 350 films that survive out of more than 1,000 that Guy-Blaché produced from 1896 to 1920.

Lois Weber dazzles with innovative camera perspectives and editing in her short thriller, Suspense (1913). Other Weber films include a 31 minute fragment from Sunshine Molly (1915), a film dealing with sexual harassment and assault; 41 minutes from What do Men Want? (1921), about the consequences of troubled relationships; and the controversial film Where are My Children? (1916) that advocates birth control for the working class and condemns abortion for the wealthy.

Elsie Jane Wilson‘s The Dream Lady (1918), based on the novel Why Not? by Margaret Widdemer, is about a young woman using her inheritance to make others’ dreams come true. One client’s “bold fantasy” is to spend her vacation as a man. She bestows a romantic kiss on the dream lady for helping transform her appearance, then bonds intimately with a male acquaintance who’s unaware his new friend is a woman.

Lule Warrenton‘s When Little Lindy Sang (1916) is a short film in a series produced for children, a simple story about Lindy, the only African-American school girl in an otherwise all-white classroom. Lindy is snubbed by all but one of her classmates until she dramatically proves her worth. Warrenton’s indictment of racism appeared the year after D.W. Griffith’s racist epic The Birth of a Nation (1915).


Ida May Park‘s Bread (1918) examines exploitation of women in the entertainment business. Mary MacLaren plays an actress whose resistance to a producer’s sexual advances reduces her to spending her last pennies on bread. The surviving sixteen minute fragment of Park’s film was discovered with other discarded films in the sub-freezing, oxygen-free landfill beneath a demolished Ice rink in Dawson City, Canada.

Mary MacLaren in Ida May Park’s BREAD (1918)

Ernestine Jones in Lule Warrenton’s WHEN LITTLE LINDY SANG (1916)

Doris Kenyon in Alice Guy-Blaché’s THE OCEAN WAIF (1916)

Join the UVA Library Council & make the Library an even Better Place

The Library invites all undergrads to register and come to an interest meeting of the UVA Library Student Council on January 29th at 6:00 p.m. in Clemons 407.

Change is coming to Alderman Library in the next few years, and with the renovations to Alderman, other libraries on grounds will change as well. You can be a part of the change by becoming a member of the Library Council.

Make your years at UVA count for years to come, and make library the best place it can be. You’ll be able to confer with University Librarian John Unsworth and UVA library staff on ways to make the Library more responsive to UVA’s undergrads, and promote the Library to the University community.

Some of the Library Council’s past projects have included:

  • supplying books for the Multicultural Student Center’s book club initiative
  • providing input on Total Advising—furniture, café options, a proposal for adjustable height tables and seating
  • staying in contact with the Student Council
  • discussing textbook affordability with John Unsworth and the student group United for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity (U-FUSED)
  • hosting a fall social for Library student assistants at Eddy’s on the Corner
  • publicizing UVA’s libraries on the Library Council’s Facebook page
  • sponsoring the 2017 Library Challenge

Food will be provided!

Register now! For more information about the UVA Library Council, contact the council’s advisers Regina Carter and PJ Coleman.

The Library invites you to honor the legacy of Dr. King with the game “Factuality”

As part of UVA’s Martin Luther King celebration, the Library and the Commerce school invite you to register and come to the 3rd Floor Art Gallery of Rouss Hall and Robertson Hall on Wednesday, January 23rd  from 5:00–7:00 p.m. for a game. The game is called Factuality, but it’s not about winning; it’s about life.

Players choose to be one of 8 characters divided into different ethnic backgrounds—Asian, White, African American, or Latinx. The characters are diversified further by being assigned gender, sexual orientation, religion, and social class. In the game, each character encounters situations that highlight advantages and limitations corresponding to data compiled in the real world about the effects of structural inequality on the various groups represented by the characters.

During the game, players are invited by a facilitator to give feedback about how their characters are affected by issues like redlining and gentrification, race and gender pay gaps, incarceration and bail disparities. However, the rich mix of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and class does not allow for easy answers.

The object of the game is to make participants comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, to reveal the intricacies of structured inequality, and to give participants information they can use to dismantle preconceived biases.

Take this opportunity and come to Rouss & Robertson Hall on January 23rd. Find out more about yourself than you knew!

A Noodle Bowl dinner will follow.

Please click here to register. And please check UVA’s MLK events calendar for other activities.

Register for a Library Workshop—Start the Semester Right!

Check the Library events calendar for all workshops being offered in the spring semester and find one that meets your needs. There are courses geared to all levels of experience, from beginners to seasoned researchers, each taught by an expert instructor. Take advantage of information that can make your research extraordinary!

The Library will post the workshop schedule for each month here in News & Announcements, so check back, and visit the Library’s Facebook page every Monday to see the workshops being offered for that week.


Introduction to R—A gentle introduction to R and RStudio, a friendly interface for viewing graphs, data tables, R code, and output all at the same time.

Introduction to Python—Learn fundamentals of Python, a popular general purpose, high level programming language.

Visualize Data Using Tableau—Learn about presenting data or making dynamic and interactive visualizations.

Arduino—Go through the very basics of electricity, how to setup the Arduino, and building a first circuit; an LED nightlight.

Literature Reviews with Publish or Perish: Science/Engineering—Learn about and use Publish or Perish, a free (and powerful) tool developed for academics to survey scholarly literature in their discipline and use it to their own advantage.

Literature Reviews in the Social Sciences—Learn how to situate your argument in relation to other research that’s been done on your topic.  Develop strategies for finding, evaluating, and organizing sources for your literature review.

Data Preparation/Tidy Data in R—Learn about data preparation using dplyr, a library defining a grammar of data manipulation, and tidyr, a library for reshaping and tidying data.

Data & Excel: A Love Story—Explore the interface, formulas, charting, visualization tools, and pivot tables.

Organizing Your Research with Zotero—Capture, organize, search and share your research materials; drop footnotes, citations, and bibliographies into your written work with just a few clicks.

Introduction to the Command Line—Learn how to use commands to perform basic operations in the terminal. Create or navigate directories, list and display files, move or copy files, search files, manage file permissions, and create symbolic links.

Funding Discovery Tools—Learn how to create an account, search the databases, share funding opportunities with others, as well as save search strategies for email alerts regarding new opportunities.

Qualitative Data Analysis + Intro to Dedoose—Learn how to analyze and visualize a variety of information, including text articles, audio, video, and still images.

Literature Reviews in the Humanities: Joining the Scholarly Conversation—Develop strategies for finding, evaluating, and organizing sources for your literature review.

Library announces two opportunities for faculty

The University Library has issued calls for proposals for two faculty programs:

  • Course Enrichment Grants provide support to faculty who would like to enhance students’ abilities to seek, evaluate, manage, and use information and data, as well as create new types of media-rich class assignments.  Recipients receive a $2,500 award and dedicated support from experienced librarians, technologists, or other library staff.
    • Open to anyone holding a faculty appointment at the University of Virginia who is teaching a semester-long course (Fall 2019; J-Term, Spring, Summer 2020).
  • Faculty Research Sprints offer an intensive work environment for faculty who want to concentrate their energies on a new or existing project.  Individuals or teams get the undivided attention of a team of librarians for projects related to any phase or aspect of their research, scholarship, or teaching.
    • Open to anyone holding a faculty appointment as well as senior professional research staff at the University of Virginia.
    • Sprint week:  May 13-17, 2019


The application deadline for both programs is 3/8/2019. Notification of awards will be made on 4/1/2019.

Find out more

Read more about Course Enrichment Grants and Research Sprints, and attend sessions listed below to ask questions, discuss the application process, or share project ideas. For questions about any aspect of these programs, please email Judith Thomas at

Information sessions

Course Enrichment Grants:

Research Sprints:

“Digital Virginias” brings together Digital Collecitons of Virginia and West Virginia

UVA and regional partners George Mason University, William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech have joined with West Virginia University to bring together a combined set of historical materials in a new service hub, Digital Virginias, in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Digital Virginias offers more than 58,000 items—digital manuscript and print resources, artifacts, photos, audio and video recordings—in effect reuniting as one region the states of Virginia and West Virginia that were split into separate entities in the American Civil War.

One of UVA’s contributions to the new hub is the Jackson Davis Collection of African American Educational Photographs from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library—6,000 photos that document conditions in African American schools throughout the segregated South in the first half of the 20th century.

Photo Bernice Wright, Member Home Makers Club with dish of tomatoes grown in her garden, the Jackson Davis photo collection

Digital Virginias will begin adding regional partners in 2019. Stay up-to-date on Facebook and Twitter.

“Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education” awarded a $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The population of students with disabilities at institutions of higher education has increased substantially over the past few decades and many of those have print disabilities, including the largest subgroup, those with learning disabilities. Students with print disabilities require text that has been reformatted for screen readers, text-to-speech software, or other forms of audio delivery, often with human intervention. Universities have few staff to do that work. Without collaboration across campuses, wasted effort and delayed service are certain.

“Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education” is a two-year project newly funded by a $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Virginia which aims to address this problem. Led by University Librarian John Unsworth, this project will reduce duplication of remediation efforts across participating universities, allow the cumulative improvement of accessible texts, and decrease the turnaround time for delivering those texts to students and faculty. It will also foster new campus collaborations and bring academic libraries squarely into the business of providing support for the learning needs of students with print disabilities. Unsworth believes that this partnership “will one day include many other universities, will improve the delivery of library services and reduce their costs, and will help universities provide all students with a level playing field.”

The pilot group funded by this grant includes six other universities with a history of leadership on accessibility: George Mason University, Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois, Northern Arizona University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vanderbilt University. At all of the participating universities, the library and the disability services office will be included in the work, and at four of them (GMU, UVA, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt), university presses will also participate. “By providing digital source files and participating in the creation of new workflows,” said Dennis Lloyd, Director of the University of Wisconsin Press, “we can identify potential implementation challenges from the inside of the publishing process.”

The pilot also depends on HathiTrust, Bookshare, and The Internet Archive—three large digital repositories, each of which already provides service to users with print disabilities—to provide a federated network of storage and delivery and to draw on their individual networks of social commitment and technical expertise. The Association of Research Libraries will also provide support for a meeting of legal experts at the outset of the project.

The grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund the creation of library infrastructure at UVA called EMMA (Educational Materials Made Accessible) which will handle authentication, search, selection, and download, while also providing an upload path for texts produced or remediated on the campuses of the seven participating universities. EMMA will connect university librarians or disability service officers operating on behalf of students (or faculty) with disabilities at any of the seven participating universities to materials created on any of their campuses or by any of the three repositories. This project builds on work funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in a grant co-directed by Laura Wood (then library director at Tufts University) and Mr. Unsworth (then library director at Brandeis University). That team conducted focus groups with disability services staff concerning the nature of their work, the formats involved, and the advice they receive from their university counsels on sharing their work products. Their work resulted in a white paper that documented the need for a scalable, collaborative, and national approach to the growing challenge of accessibility in higher education.

19 Reads for 2019!


Looking for your new favorite read? In no particular order, check out these excellent options for winter reading from Library staff, all available for loan from the UVA Library:

  1. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
  2. Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
  3. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  4. Sweet Caress
  5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  6. Sydney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
  7. The Lathe of Heaven
  8. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
  9. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays
  10. Exit West
  11. Moonglow
  12. Heavy
  13. The Three Body Problem
  14. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Book 1 the Crucible
  15. Shadow and Bone
  16. Little Fires Everywhere
  17. The Sympathizer
  18. The Night Circus
  19. Educated: A Memoir

Happy reading!


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Statement on Alderman and Clemons Collections

The following update on Alderman Collections was authored by Esther Onega, Senior Project Manager for Alderman Renovation, and John Unsworth, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries. (December 3, 2018)

Many faculty and students are interested in knowing how the renovation of Alderman Library is going to affect the size and nature of humanities and social science collections available on central Grounds. Exact numbers for the current state have been hard to come by because library collections circulate, because the library at any given moment contains collections not yet represented in its catalogs, and because until the completion of the recent inventory we could only estimate collections on hand. Exact numbers for the future state have also been a moving target, as the plans for new construction have been evolving steadily throughout the last year.

Now, however, our inventory (September 2017-December 2018) is complete and our plans for the new construction are stable with respect to projected shelving, so we are pleased to present our final projections for Alderman and Clemons collections post-renovation, as well as our most authoritative account of the current state of those collections, for purposes of comparison.

Read the full update