23 Works

What Goes Around: Swinburne’s *Century of Roundels*

Herbert Tucker
This essay begins, somewhat like the form of Swinburne’s devising that is its subject, at the end, which is to say at the ‘Envoi’ concluding A Century of Roundels on its last and hundredth page (Swinburne 1883, 100; 1904, 5.193): Fly, white butterflies, out to sea, Frail pale wings for the winds to try, Small white wings that we scarce can see Fly. Here and there may a chance-caught eye Note in a score of...

Tracking our performance: assessment at the University of Virginia Library

Lynda S White
A library’s infrastructure of programs and personnel is its most valuable asset, providing the foundation for everything it does and aspires to do, which is why assessment is so vitally important. In this collection of case studies, Murphy and her team of contributors describe how quality assessment programs have been implemented and how they are used to continuously improve service at a complete cross-section of institutions. This volume: Looks at how a program was established...

Data Management Assessment and Planning Tools

Andrew Sallans & Sherry Lake
It has become increasingly accepted that important digital data must be retained and shared in order to preserve and promote knowledge, advance research in and across all disciplines of scholarly endeavor, and maximize the return on investment of public funds. To meet this challenge, colleges and universities are adding data services to existing infrastructures by drawing on the expertise of information professionals who are already involved in the acquisition, management and preservation of data in...

The New Acropolis Museum

Elizabeth Molacek
The New Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009 after over thirty years of debate surrounding its purpose, location and design. Originally begun only as a project to expand the storage and display capacity of the original museum, the current museum takes part in the complicated international debate regarding the home of the so-called Elgin marbles. The current paper explores how the new museum successfully re-contextualizes the art and artifacts of the Acropolis in order to provide...

What Do Girls Dig?

Bethany Nowviskie

Unburying Treasures: Teaching Archival Methods to Music Students

Winston Barham & Matthew Vest
Model lesson plan for assignments intending to train students in archival literacy by including primary sources in the curriculum, using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

Confronting the Limits of Dialogue: Charlottesville, 2017

Dave Ghamandi, Abigail Flanigan, Phylissa Mitchell & Erin Pappas
Chapter 3: Confronting the Limits of Dialogue: Charlottesville, 2017 in Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization.

Tactile Libraries: material collections in art, architecture and design

Rebecca Coleman & Mark Pompelia
Collections of material samples to support teaching and research in art, architecture, and design disciplines are increasingly created and administered through academic libraries. Providing a unique and valuable hands-on and immersive experience, materials collections offer broad appeal across multiple disciplines and respond to curricular trends that emphasize critical and design thinking skills for students as future practitioners. Institutional collections may have a broad scope or a particular focus such as innovation or sustainability, the built...

Better Yet: Tennyson's Poetic Revisionism in the Harvard Manuscripts

Herbert Tucker

Eternal September of the Digital Humanities

Bethany Nowviskie

Ludic Algorithms

Bethany Nowviskie
A review and description of Ramon Llull’s medieval Ars Magna, with attention to its structure and function and to past misunderstandings as to its purpose, helps situate instrumental issues that many digital humanities projects must address today. Among these are problems involved in establishing scholarly primitives and developing the rules or algorithms by which they can be manipulated in creative and revelatory ways. Llull also provides a framework in which to examine the relationship between...


Bethany Nowviskie

Interpretation and Insider Threat: Re-reading the Anthrax Mailings of 2001 Through a “Big Data” Lens

Bethany Nowviskie & Gregory Saathoff
This pre-print chapter for a textbook on the use of so-called "big data" in anti-terrorism and law enforcement addresses the notion of insider threat, using the "Amerithrax" anthrax mailings of 2001 as a practical case study. The chapter explores how data analysis could aid investigators on major insider threat cases in visualizing and identifying patterns emerging from dense, rich, and very large sets of behavioral and transactional data that play out across metadata-bearing axes such...

ADHO, on Love and Money

Bethany Nowviskie
Here's a word meant for the small audience of people who care about the inner workings of digital humanities professional societies. DH wonks, step this way.

Poetry: The Unappreciated Eliot

Herbert Tucker

Chaos to Consensus: A Team-Based Approach to Developing Holistic Workflows

Jennifer Roper, Jeremy Bartczak, Jean Cooper, Christina Deane, Michael Durbin, Kara McClurken, Elizabeth Wilkinson & Lauren Work
Using Kotter's Eight-Stage Process of Leading Change as a framework, this chapter describes the motivations for, process of, and outcomes from an effort at the University of Virginia Library to analyze and update the multifaceted digital production workflow.


Herbert Tucker

Outline of a Resource Structuralism Theory of Social Structure and Process

Murray Milner
Beginning with the rudimentary concepts of separation, combination, and linking key notions such as social structure, social process, social system, self-regulating system, organism, and human nature are systematically defined and specified. Three axioms about human nature are stated regarding (1) gratification, scarcity, and insecurity, (2) human capacities, and (3) the propensity of evaluate. From these axioms a wide variety of propositions are derived, focusing especially on how variations in the type and mix of social...

In Medias Res: An Examination of Work in Progress at the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) Consortium

Chip German & Kara McClurken
This is Chapter 15 of the ALA Editions book "Digital Preservation in Libraries: Preparing for a Sustainable Future" (2019). The chapter was written by the UVA Library's Senior Director for Scholarly Communication R. F. (Chip) German Jr. and Director of Preservation Services Kara McClurken. German is also program director (the chief operating officer role) of the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) consortium, based at the UVA Library. The chapter, written in 2017, is an often-first-hand account...

Why Libraries Need Limitations and Exceptions

Brandon Butler & Jonathan Band
Limitations on the exclusive rights granted to authors are essential to maintain a balance between the interests of established creators and new cre- ators, and between copyright holders and the public. Balance in copyright is also crucial to ensuring that libraries can serve their essential functions of collect- ing, preserving, and making available diverse collections in support of the public interest. Digital technology presents libraries with opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, digital technology...

Uninvited Guests

Bethany Nowviskie
Five considerations addressed and three strategies proposed, for the the use of social media systems like Twitter at invitation-only academic events.


Brandon Butler & Jonathan Band
This chapter will focus on the overlap of IP protection in compilations of facts. It will look at copyright protection for the selection and arrangement of the facts contained in a database, and it will look at the other theories that provide protection for the facts themselves. In the Information Age, there are countless circumstances under which one entity will seek to reuse information that has been published by another entity, and the IP practitioner...

Seeing Swinburne: Toward a Mobile & Augmented-Reality Edition of Poems and Ballads, 1866

Bethany Nowviskie & Wayne Graham
Scholarly editing, in a literary context, involves the painstaking examination of scores of printed and hand-written documents for minute textual differences, in an effort to understand, represent, and sometimes combat change over time—the accidental and intentional transformations history wreaks on poetry and prose. These processes are physical as much as intellectual, and so is the work of the bibliographer; but you’d never know it to look at our scholarly editions—particularly at contemporary digital editions, which...

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