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September 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


Welcome to a new academic year! The Fall semester has begun with more rain than normal, but the libraries are moving forward through the storm. In this newsletter we discuss our new membership in the HathiTrust, a digital library initiative that will make over 6 million digital volumes available to UR faculty, students and staff. We have renovated and expanded Parsons Music Library and, in doing so, made a remarkable campus and community resource even better. Finally, through the UR Scholarship Repository, we continue to make the brilliant work of UR students available to the world. Thank you for your continued support of the University of Richmond Libraries!

University of Richmond Joins HathiTrust

The University of Richmond has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond.

HathiTrust launched in 2008 and currently has more than one hundred thirty partners. Over the last ten years, members have contributed more than 16 million volumes to the digital library. More than 6 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web. HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds. Second, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to copyrighted works.

Carol Wittig, Head of Research and Instruction, recently attended a workshop at the Library of Congress to learn more about the text mining capabilities available within HathiTrust and HathiAnalytics. The ability to search across the entire Hathi Digital Library will be available this fall and offers extraordinary digital, “distant reading” possibilities for research and analysis. A library workshop will be offered later this fall to introduce the collection and its research possibilities to the campus.

- Carol Wittig, Head, Research & Instruction

Parsons Music Library 2.0

music-libraryAfter a year of renovations, Parsons Music Library is back home! Occupying its familiar location between Booker Hall and the Modlin Center, the Music Library’s expanded footprint includes the former hallway and an adjacent classroom. With a greatly enlarged study area and even more natural light, we offer a variety of furniture, including long wooden tables, couches, and stylish chairs. Reference books on custom-built shelving surround the main study area. An enlarged service desk accommodates two circulation stations as well as an area for reference consultations. New compact shelving for books should enable around 15-20 years’ growth of our bound collections.

Two exciting new features of the renovated Music Library are an outdoor patio built over the entrance to the Modlin Center, and a projector and screen at opposite sides of the main study area. Each of these additions offers opportunities for programming on Friday and Saturday evenings, hours when the library has customarily been closed to the public. We envision occasional small-group musical performances on the patio, and hope to offer public showings of operas and other recorded musical programming in the main study area.

As part of the arts building renovations, the Music Library now accommodates two Music faculty members, Dr. Jessie Fillerup (currently on sabbatical) and Dr. Joanna Love, as well as Visual Resources Librarian Dr. Jeannine Keefer.

Reaction to the renovated Music Library has been overwhelmingly positive. Students, faculty, and staff frequently express amazement at its size and attractiveness. We look forward to a busy semester!

- Linda Fairtile, Head, Music Library

Student Scholarship in the UR Scholarship Repository

At the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, several new materials were added to UR Scholarship that reflect the abundance of student research at the university. These items include papers, posters and videos presented at the A&S Student Symposium and the Jepson Research Symposium. In addition, the Department of Geography and the Environment and the Environmental Studies Program have submitted their senior seminar projects back to 2003. SSIR course materials continue to be submitted and one highlight for the 2018 collection is a video of an opera production from the course, Producing Opera: Staging the Human Condition.

Specific classes often want to archive their work in the repository, hoping that future students can build upon their research and projects. For example, students in the LAIS/WGSS seminar, “Embodied Politics in Latin America: Race, Gender, Sex, and Performance,” created an outdoor exhibit on gender violence this past April. Archived materials include exhibit photos, flyers, posters, and interview questions.

On an annual basis, the library continues to add student honors theses and student publications, such as The Messenger and the Forum Magazine to the repository.

For more information on submitting student scholarship, please contact Lucretia McCulley, Head, Scholarly Communications.

Boatwright Welcomes Jonathan Shank

Jonathan ShankJonathan Shank is the new Head of Budget, Acquisitions and Discovery Services, a library division responsible for procuring, processing, cataloging and accessioning the library’s collections. He also manages the library’s financial operations and provides systems and metadata support. Prior to joining Boatwright, Jonathan served as Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian at Northwestern University and as Digital Services Librarian at Northeastern Illinois University. He was also previously an Institute of Museum and Library Services Digital Libraries Fellow at the University of Iowa. As a lifelong Midwesterner, Jonathan is new to the area and excited to explore the region’s bike trails, mountains and breweries.