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UVa Library Digital Images in the Public Domain

Digital Curation Services has made digital images available to the public from collections such as Rufus A. Holsinger and the University of Virginia Visual History Collection in JPEG format. These digital images have been customized for various uses:  find images sized for websites, publications, teaching, learning, exhibits, personal/scholarly research and private use.   Use of these […]

The Daily Progress: Historical Headlines

  Thanks to the efforts of the Jefferson Madison Regional and UVa Libraries, early issues The Daily Progress, the local Charlottesville newspaper, were recently digitized.  These issues are now included in our online collections, covering the years 1893 – 1923. A new Pinterest Board, The Daily Progress: Historical Headlines, highlights the Daily Progress’ reporting of some […]

UVa Digital Collections’ Most Popular Images

Nearly 17,000 images have been downloaded from Virgo by library patrons in the last year. Ever wondered what the most popular images in the UVa Digital Library are? Check out a sampling of the most often downloaded images below; to download an image for yourself, click on ‘see it in Virgo’ in the image’s caption. […]

Preservation of Born-Digital Materials in the UVa Library

The University of Virginia Magazine recently published “Born Digital” discussing preservation of born-digital materials in the UVa Library. Increasingly tasked with preserving materials that started out in digital formats and do not have a physical copy, UVa librarians are figuring out “What is the best way to save materials when the pace of technology so […]

Holsinger Collection Now Available Through the Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America went live today, with one of its initial collections being the Holsinger Studio Collection from UVa Special Collections. From the DPLA launch announcment: “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a beta of its discovery portal and open platform today. The portal delivers millions of materials found in […]

Digitization Services Awarded a Jefferson Trust Grant to Pursue Multispectral Scanning

UVA Today announced the Jefferson Trust Grant awardees today, and Digitization Services is one of them! Christina Deane, Digitization Services’ department head, submitted the application to bring multispectral scanning to the digitization studio. From the UVA Today Article: “Funding for this project will allow the University Library to begin exploring multispectral imaging, opening new avenues […]

UVA Library to Join the Digital Public Library of America

The University of Virginia Library is partnering with other prominent institutions to create the Digital Public Library of America, the first national library that provides a single access point for finding digital resources from multiple university libraries as well as federal organizations. The first UVa contribution will be the Holsinger Studio Collection, containing more than […]

Digitization as Preservation: Fleeing Mali Rebels Torch Historic Library in Timbuktu

By James Perla, Class of 2015 At the end of January, publications from the Guardian to the New York Times reported the tragic loss of priceless manuscripts dating as far back as the 13th century, the oldest dated from 1204. Digitization could have allayed this tragedy; precious cultural and historical information would be safely cataloged […]

Learning While Working: The Benefits of Being a Student Assistant in Digital Curation Services

  I recently came across an interesting article titled “Hidden Learning:  Undergraduates at Work in the Archives” that provided an alternative way for viewing the student workforce in many university libraries.  I decided to share this article because, in many ways, Digitization Services is already putting into practice what it’s author’s suggest:  Treating its students […]