Library News

  • CLIR Grant Will Help Uncover Secrets “Hidden In Plain Sight” on the Shelves of Alderman Library

    The Council on Library and Information Resources recently awarded a two-year grant to Kara McClurken, head of the  Library’s preservation services, and Andy Stauffer, Associate Professor of English, for their project, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The project will help discover, describe and preserve unique pre-1923 books in the circulating collection.

    Grant Boosts Efforts to Catalog Secrets Hidden in Old Library Books (UVA Today)

    “Hidden in Plain Sight” in the New York Times “Art and Design” section.

  • MLA Honors U.Va. Special Collections Curator David Whitesell

    David Whitesell, curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, will be awarded the eighth Modern Language Association Prize for a Bibliography, Archive or Digital Project. He will share the prize with Roger E. Stoddard of Harvard University for their “A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 through 1820,” published by Penn State University Press in 2012.

    Read the full story at UVA Today

  • “‘Who shall tell the story?’: Voices of Civil War Virginia” exhibit now open at the Harrison Institute

    “‘Who Shall Tell the Story?’: Voices of Civil War Virginia,” an exhibit at the University of Virginia’s Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture, focuses on how the war changed Virginia by highlighting the voices of those who directly experienced it. The exhibit runs runs through August, and admission is free.

    Read the UVAToday article on the exhibit, and check out CBS 19′s coverage, including anchor Madeline Currot’s interview with Edward Gaynor, head of collection development and description in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

  • 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