"We are at a crossroads where we need to prioritize equity, sustainability, and access to scholarly work," said University Libraries Dean Tyler Walters. "I've been discussing this topic with faculty groups and college leadership teams across the university since last fall."
“The University Libraries is committed to the safety and welfare of our patrons and employees,” said Bob Pillow, University Libraries’ assistant director of user services. “Newman Library is a very popular study spot for undergraduate and graduate students in Blacksburg, so we wanted to provide students the space to work while also ensuring physical distancing.”
Connie Stovall’s position in the University Libraries started out as a few side projects after a conversation between University Libraries Dean Tyler Walters and Brandy Salmon, associate vice president for innovation and partnerships and managing director for the new Innovation Campus.
The exponential growth in digital records requires a comprehensive effort to leverage artificial intelligence to support enhanced searches of the nation’s official documents. Virginia Tech will lead a planning workshop with that aim.
Prior to COVID-19, Virginia Tech librarian Ana Corral and University of Virginia librarian Hanni Nabahe had met through the Research Interest Match, a resource that connects early career librarians and residents.
Digital Literacy is a set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that people use to engage with their digital lives. “I think about engaging with digital life as being able to make informed decisions, including how we learn, create, and interact with each other online,” said Julia Feerrar.
The main goal of the exhibit is to spread the story of the Monacan Indian Nation. This federally recognized tribe includes more than 2,300 members and has a continuous, thousand-year-old history and presence in the area that is now Amherst County in central Virginia.
Voices of Virginia is a freely available collection of first-person stories of Virginians who witnessed and changed U.S. history, as told by Virginians and recorded over the past 70 years. The project was funded by the University Libraries' Open Education Faculty Initiative Grant program and recently released in VTechWorks.
A research project by Department of Food Science and Technology researchers Jacob Lahne and Leah Hamilton and University Libraries’ data consultants Chreston Miller, Michael Stamper, and Amr Hilal received a SEAD Major Grant from The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
This year’s Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference, a day-long celebration of student research, offered students the opportunity to gain experience communicating their research or creative scholarship while engaging faculty and other students on an online platform.
As part of the Hokies@Home collection, the project will include all official digital content from Virginia Tech related to COVID-19, including news articles, public announcements, websites, social media, emails, and recordings of public town hall events. But project leaders stress that a key part of this collection will be crowdsourced personal experiences from Hokies, near and far.