University Librarian John Unsworth one of the speakers in Festival of the Book events at Harrison/Small

The Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library plays host to several events in the 25th Anniversary of the Virginia Festival of the Book. Among other speakers at events in Harrison-Small this year, University Librarian John Unsworth will give a … Continue reading

The Library Celebrates Black History with Song, Images, and Digital History

This year, the Library is celebrating Black History Month with concerts, exhibitions, and The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. Please come to all the events if you can, and please view the events calendar of the Office of African-American Affairs for more … Continue reading

Sylvia Plath’s new short story was never ‘lost’ – so why is the media saying it was ‘just discovered’?

Archivists put an immense amount of work into organizing, digitizing and maintaining repositories. AP Photo/Matt Dunham Bethany Anderson, University of Virginia The recent publication of Sylvia Plath’s short story “Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom” has been met with much … Continue reading

Bibliographical Society of UVA Announces Battestin Fellowships for Grad Student Summer Research

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia is pleased to announce its seventh round of Battestin Fellowships, a program of summer fellowships in bibliographical and textual studies, named in honor of Martin Battestin, former Professor of English at UVA, … Continue reading

HathiTrust Research Center Extends Non-Consumptive Research Tools to Copyrighted Materials

Since 2011 the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has been developing tools to promote “non-consumptive research” of its 4 billion pages of public domain material—University Librarian John Unsworth has long been a practitioner of text-mining. As a member of the HTRC … Continue reading

UVA Today Features Article about Special Collections’ Miniature Book Exhibition

UVA Today recently ran a story on the “Eminent Miniatures” miniature book exhibition on display now in the 1st floor gallery of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. According to the article, the exhibition was timed to coincide with … Continue reading

Join the Library in Celebrating Preservation Week, April 22–28!

On April 18 the Library got a jump on Preservation Week (April 22–28) with an in-house demo of how to make iron gall ink—the most widely used ink from the middle ages to the early 20th century. UVA Book Conservator … Continue reading

UVA Library Contributes to Open Source Anthology of 18th & 19th Century Literature

According to an article in UVA Today, many students download online copies of public domain works when they’re assigned in class. After all, why pay for an expensive edition from the bookstore when you can have the book for free? … Continue reading

Hacking the Stacks—Using Virgo’s Purchase Request as an Engine of Social Change

In the wake of last summer’s white supremacist torchlight demonstration on the Lawn and the deadly “Unite the Right” rally, the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation (CSCL) came together to publish the Charlottesville Syllabus—an alternative media platform they hope will … Continue reading