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March 2018

Providing diverse information resources, personalized services, and creative learning spaces, the Libraries connect with students, staff and faculty on a daily basis. This e-newsletter features upcoming events as well as highlights on various new library services and sources.

From the University Librarian - Kevin Butterfied


This spring we are embarking on a new journey to rethink two buildings, Boatwright Memorial Library and the Tyler Haynes Commons, that make up the intellectual heart and social crossroads of our University community.  Reimagining these two central buildings responds to a need for an academic hub at the center of the campus open to the entire community for the exploration and exchange of ideas through academic socializing and discourse.

We want both buildings to be creative spaces where students gather, collaborative spaces where they work together, transparent spaces where learning can be seen through the windows, accessible spaces in terms of student use, and entrepreneurial spaces where the design would reflect the innovations occurring throughout our campus.

After considering their proximity to each other and the possibilities for complimentary design and collaborative use, the University will launch an envisioning effort of both buildings to assess space utilization, functionality, technology, and potential storage/archiving opportunities.

This effort aligns with the University’s strategic plan initiatives of:

- Academic Excellence (“Support a robust intellectual community inside and outside the classroom, including innovations in the use of campus spaces, the structures of campus life, and the visibility of scholarly and creative accomplishments.”)

- Thriving and Inclusive University Community (“Redesign and program campus venues to provide vibrant social spaces that support the variety of opportunities that students seek.”)

Stewardship in a Changing World (“Work aggressively to achieve the University’s goals while moving away from an additive model that places stress on the human, environmental, and financial resources of the University.”) 

As well as the University Libraries strategic plan goal/initiative of:

- Creating spaces to foster innovation in areas of strategic importance to the University (Conduct a large-scale space analysis to determine how the physical spaces we inhabit can be better utilized and/or better aligned with other campus spaces in the long term to best support the success of students and faculty)

The Committee is charged with creating a plan for both spaces that focuses on the needs of students, faculty and staff and further develops the role of both spaces as central and responsive partners in the research, teaching, and learning priorities of the University of Richmond. Stay tuned and happy spring!

The History and Future of the Book: Museum Studies Explores the Book Arts Studio

On March 7, N. Elizabeth Schlatter’s 2018 Museum Studies Seminar class toured the Book Arts Studio to learn more about the history of the book in conjunction with their exhibition Downgraded and Upcycled: A Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition About Legacy Media in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. Students viewed examples of books dating from the mid-1700s to the present and learned how to use book binding and printing tools dating from the early 1900s. Their visit wasn’t focused solely on legacy media. Students were introduced to artists’ books, works of art that utilize the form of the book, and viewed the work of several current artists working within this genre. In thinking about the future of artists’ books, Book Arts Studio Coordinator, Jen Thomas, worked with Research Analyst, Fred Hagemeister, to produce a copy of artist Tom Burtonwood’s 3D printed book Orihon. Burtonwood’s book is available for download from Thingiverse under a Creative Commons license, which gives users permission to reproduce, adapt, share, and make commercial use of his book. Over the course of several weeks Fred printed all of the individual “pages,” hinges, and pins, and Jen then assembled the book prior to the class visit. Students were able to handle the book and see how emerging technologies might inform future artist book creation. Orihon is available to view in Boatwright Library’s Rare Book Room located on B1.

- Jen Thomas, Book Arts Studio Coordinator


Rare Books On the Move

Exciting changes are afoot as Spring 2018 brings another round of renovations for the Galvin Rare Book Room.  Between January and March, materials in the Rare Book Room were carefully packed and stored in preparation for construction this spring.  The entire room has been emptied, all the old shelving has been removed, and new paint is drying on the walls.  Later this spring, new compact shelving will be added to the space, tremendously increasing the amount of storage available in the same amount of space.  In addition to maximizing storage space, the new shelving is better designed for rare book and archival materials.  Once the construction is finished and unpacking and shifting completed over the summer, the results will be a more efficient organization of materials and a significantly better environment and storage system for all of our rare book, special collections, and archival materials.  The library thanks you for your patience during this project and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

-Lynda Kachurek, Head, Rare Books & Special Collections