Library News

  • With the renovation of Alderman Library upcoming, Cavalier Daily columnist George Knaysi argues for continuing the “hybrid library” system at U.Va.

    The Intrinsic Value of Books (Cavalier Daily)

  • Combing the Stacks for Hidden Messages

    English professor Andrew Stauffer’s “Book Traces” project examines marginalia in pre-copyright books—and it turns out the stacks of Alderman Library are a treasure trove.

    Hidden in the Margins: U.Va. Project Saves Unique Pages of the Past (UVA Today)

  • Institutional repository librarian Ellen Ramsey and special collections policy are featured in this Cavalier Daily article covering recent “fair use” court ruling.

    ​Court ruling may impact scholarly use of copyrighted works

  • Quantum Levitation Photography Exhibit in the Physics Library

    Quantum Levitation: Traversing the boundaries between physics and design, is showing through spring 2015 in the Physics Library. This exhibit of photographs gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the unusual world of superconductivity, where some materials brought to very low temperatures create a quantum wave that expels magnetic fields, allowing for the amazing property of levitation.

    Quantum Levitation photos in the Physics Library

    Three photos from the exhibit: “Magnetic Fingerprint,” “Quantum Levitation,” and “Taking Flight.”

    The exhibit is part of a greater endeavor to foster a new kind of dialogue between physicists, designers, and graphic artists. It seeks to find new ways to present complex phenomena such as superconductivity to the public at large and, by doing so, to reimagine physics.

    Janet Rafner, a 4th year physics major and studio art minor, developed this photo exhibition as part of a summer internship working with the ‘Physics Reimagined’ outreach team at the University of Paris-Sud. Ms. Rafner conducts undergraduate condensed matter physics research and is an officer for both the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society. Ms. Rafner explains that she “enjoys the tangible experience of experimentation; using my own hands and employing the principles of aesthetics to make principles of physics more accessible.” She intends to pursue a career that integrates the arts and physics.

    Stop by the Physics Library Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 and 5 to view the exhibit.

    This exhibit displays contents created by the Physics Reimagined group at the Universite Paris Sud and The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. Designed in collaboration with the students from the design school ENSCI-Les Ateliers. (A.Echasseriau & D. Meriaux) Photo credits: J. Bobroff, F. Bouquet, J. Quilliam, V. Huygues, C. Arene, J. Rafner. The exhibit: J.Rafner (UVA) in collaboration with Universite Paris Sud. We want to thank the Institute for Complex and Adaptive Matter (ICAM), Labex PALM and Societe Francaise de Physique for their financial support.

    Copyright: this project is made available under the Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND