UVA Receives Mellon Grant to Advance The HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The University of Virginia (UVA) Library has launched a project to advance The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. UVA Library’s collaboration with the HistoryMakers, as well as with Carnegie Mellon University, is funded by a … Continue reading

Introducing the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation

The following is cross-posted from The Taper, the blog of Copyright and Information Policy at the UVA Library from Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy. ************ Sep 24, 2018 I’m really excited about this. Today the Association of Research Libraries is … Continue reading

UVA Library Is Teaming with JMRL to Digitize Local Home Movies and Curate a Screening for Home Movie Day 2018

The University of Virginia Library and Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) Central branch are preparing to celebrate Home Movie Day 2018 on Saturday, October 20. Home Movie Day events are held worldwide every year to celebrate the stories and memories captured … Continue reading

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 … 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

“From Latent Data to Active Knowledge Making”—an Interview with Brenda Gunn

On March 10th, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Preservation, Brenda Gunn, joined husband-and-wife team Geof Huth and Karen Trivette for a far-ranging discussion on their podcast An Archivist’s Tale. The interview covered how Gunn’s mentor David Gracy and … Continue reading

Alderman Inventory—Plans for Renovation are Making the Library a Better Place Today

While the bricks-and-mortar phase of Alderman renovation won’t be for a while yet, the necessity of relocating the stacks before the work starts has created an opportunity for a project that many library staffers have long wished for—finding books that … Continue reading

New Report Underscores Urgency of Adopting a Fair Use Code for Software Preservation

Last fall, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced it was awarding a grant to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to develop a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. The code is necessary because without clarification … Continue reading

Photos of Construction Enlarging the Ivy Stacks Off-Grounds Shelving & Retrieval Facility

The crane that rolled onto the Ivy Stacks construction site to lift huge concrete panels into place, doubling the capacity of the Library’s off-site shelving and retrieval unit, is gone. Now there’s enough space to temporarily house a large portion … Continue reading

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation coming in 2018

Our cultural heritage is in danger. Not only are digital files decaying, the software that was created to access older files is often out of print and in need of preservation. There are limits, however, to what institutions like UVA … Continue reading