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9 Things this Spring Brings

The University Libraries are coming into 2018 with full force. Here are 9 things in store for the spring semester. From events to art to spaces, we’ve got it all!


1. Athenaeum’s Grand Opening, January 25

A haven for the digital humanities, Athenaeum is a suite of spaces with integrated technology, perfect for data visualization, digital presentations, and breakaway sessions. This area is located on first floor Newman Library and was brought to the University Libraries in large part by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.The official grand opening is January 25 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Newman Room 124. More info on spaces, bookings, and events here.


2. Community Opportunities in Hip Hop Scholarship, February 15

Hip hop is experiential learning. That’s why Digging in the Crates volume 7 is fueled by teamwork, creativity, and community. If you’re a poet, emcee, singer, or rapper, be sure to sign up for the #VTDITC Hour Challenge! Email by 2/8 to become part of a team. Be sure to also look out for volumes 8 and 9 coming this March and April for your chance to meet hip hop artists, discuss the genre’s role in society, and build your own community!


3. Studios Open House 2.0, February 20

This second iteration of the Studios Open House is coming this February! Enjoy a meet and greet session with the spaces in Newman Library for 3D design, interdisciplinary research, data visualization, and much more. This go-around we are also introducing the brand new Media Design Studios A and B for all your multimedia needs. Full descriptions of all the spaces available here.


4. Digital Literacy Workshops, February 22

We will also offer workshops on taking charge of your digital life, including getting organized, strategizing group projects, and shaping your online presence. The first workshop, Organizing Your Digital Life, will be held Thursday, February 22, 6-7 p.m. in the Fusion Studio, Newman Library Room 2038. Look out for more information and for two more workshops in March and early April!


5. Open Education Week, March 19 – 23

Learn about the endless opportunities that come with open education. From free online courses to social media sharing ethics, this week will kick off with two discussion panels leading up to the Jump! Crowdfunding Campaign for “Free Textbooks,” beginning the following week!


6. Undergraduate Advanced Research Skills Program

Claim your role as an undergraduate researcher in this series of workshops (5 required classes and 2 electives). Students will be introduced to undergraduate research opportunities available on campus and practice high-level research skills, such as applying for grant funding and designing effective research posters. In the January 30th kickoff event,  you’ll be introduced to the Office of Undergraduate Research and how you can take advantage of the services it offers. Learn more and make sure to register!


7. All New Exhibits

Newman Library will house several exhibits throughout the spring. On January 22, the Apollo-era course exhibit Piercing the Veil will come to life on the second floor. Others coming up include the Creative Code art exhibit in February, and the White Rose exhibit in March, which chronicles the valiant efforts of the White Rose resistance group based in Munich that worked avidly against Nazi dictatorship throughout Europe in the 1940s. Check out all the exhibits here!


8. A LOT of Streaming Sites

Don’t forget about your free access to hundreds of blockbusters, documentaries, and art films here! And check out our streaming videospage for links to all kinds of video sites, including ones with engineering case studies, design training, and even unscripted therapy sessions. Trust us, there’s something for everyone!


9. The Beauty of Flora Virginica

Special Collections is partnering with Virginia Tech’s Massey Herbarium and will host a 1739 original copy of John Clayton’s Flora Virginica as well as two lithographs by Mark Catesby: The Summer Red-Bird and Western Plane Tree and The Red-start with Black Walnut. These collections will be available until mid-March. Example of the work available here.


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Written by Alec Masella