View the artistic legacy of Karl Spreitz

Permalink 03/03/15 17:02 , Categories: Uncategorized

View the artistic legacy of Karl Spreitz at a new exhibit at the University of Victoria's Legacy Maltwood Gallery (at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library) which runs from March 7 to July 26, 2015.

In addition to his prints, paintings and drawings, this exhibition will show a selection of Spreitz’s innovative film work and photography. This exhibit stems from a recent digitization project partially funded by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC. Graduate student Emerald Johnstone-Bedell with the assistance of co-op student Naomi Shields curated this exhibition as part of the experiential learning opportunities provided at UVic's Legacy Art Galleries, mentored by Director Mary Jo Hughes and Curator of Collections Caroline Riedel.

To see the scope of Spreitz’s film, photographic, and artistic work visit the project site.
To learn more about the Limners, view their group fonds and individual Herbert Siebner fonds and Robin Skelton fonds.

IdeaFest events: Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Permalink 03/02/15 16:34 , Categories: Uncategorized

IdeaFest events taking place in the Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library include:

March 3, room A003, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Medieval Minutes
March 4, room A003, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Inside JM’s Diary: Researching a WW1 ‘History Mystery’
March 5, room A003, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Original objects and original research: Hands-on learning with rare books and archives

The full IdeaFest program is available online at, searchable by day or category. The schedule scales to all mobile devices.

CBC DocZone Documentary Transforming Gender Airs Feb. 26

Permalink 02/24/15 14:55 , Categories: Uncategorized

This coming Thursday night, February 26th 2015 at 9:00 pm, CBC’s DocZone will be airing a new documentary on trans* people called “Transforming Gender.” It talks with eleven trans* people, including 89-year-old Stephanie Castle, whose fonds is a part of UVic Libraries’ Transgender Archives. It also includes an interview with Dr. Aaron Devor, which was filmed last summer in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room. Everyone in the documentary is either trans* themselves, or a supportive parent of a young trans* person.

If you can’t watch it when it’s broadcast, it will be available afterwards on the CBC site or on Vimeo.

New directions in digital scholarship: research symposium

Permalink 02/12/15 16:01 , Categories: Uncategorized

From music archives and online research tools, to gamification and digital bibliographies, “New Directions in Digital Scholarship: The Library and the University Community” offers a look at how scholarship is being challenged, transformed and expanded in the 21st century. Featuring a range of speakers from across campus including Lisa Goddard, Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Strategy. Keynote is by the University of Exeter’s Dr. Fabrizio Nevola. All are welcome to explore these questions and more.

Art History & Visual Studies Faculty Research Symposium, “New Directions in Digital Scholarship: The Library and the University Community”
When: Friday, Feb. 27 from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Where: Haro Room, Cadboro Commons, UVic

Treasures and Tea: Finding Women in the Archives

Permalink 02/12/15 13:11 , Categories: Uncategorized

Over the past forty years, scholars have delved into archives to rediscover and recover texts authored by women before 1800. Such projects have broadened the scope of literary studies and led to the creation of new editions, expanded anthologies, and rich online resources – but they have largely overlooked earlier attempts to study women writers. In this talk, Dr. Erin E. Kelly (Department of English) will introduce you to early texts in our special collections that focus on exemplary women, many of them writers. She will show that Heywood's Gynaikeion (1624), Ballard's Memoirs of several ladies (1752), and other works reveal the process of discovering and celebrating of women in history has always been (and remains) a strategy for defining the ideal woman in the present.

For more information about the Treasures and Tea series please see:

Date: February 19th: Finding Women in the Archives, talk by Dr. Erin Kelly (Department of English)
Time : 12:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

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