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

Ivy Stacks Continues Service Uninterrupted During New Construction

The Library’s Ivy Stacks off-Grounds retrieval facility is not only expanding, it’s getting better. A new addition that will double Ivy Stacks’ capacity is being built with massive tilt-up concrete panels lifted into place by crane. The insulation inside the … Continue reading

C-SPAN’s Charlottesville Visit Showcases Library’s Special Collections and Knowledgeable Staff

In March C-SPAN sent a crew to Charlottesville as part of the cable network’s 2017 Local Content Vehicle Tour to cover the history and literary life of American cities. In addition to a video chat with poet Rita Dove, and … Continue reading

Notes Written in the Margins of Books Highlight Love Across Time in “Book Traces @ UVA”

This Valentine’s Day, UVA Today offers an article “Love in the Margins” about notes that lovers have inadvertently bequeathed us in the Book Traces @ UVA project—an effort to create an archive of books from the Library’s collection that have … Continue reading