The winners of the Alcuin Society Awards for Book Design

Permalink 04/27/15 15:33 , Categories: Uncategorized

The judging for the Canadian Book Design Awards took place on April 11, 2015. This year, 201 books entered the competition, coming from 79 publishers from nine provinces. The judges, Rod McDonald, Robin Mitchell-Cranfield and Roberto Dosil, selected 31 winners in eight categories (Children, Limited Editions, Pictorial, Poetry, Prose Fiction, Prose Non-Fiction, Prose Non-Fiction Illustrated and Reference). We congratulate the winners in the eight categories and look forward to displaying many of these winning titles at UVic Libraries in August.

In order to admire the craft of these artists, as well as get glimpses of the judging process, please view the photos on the Alcuin Society Flickr channel.

CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology 2015 announcement

Permalink 04/27/15 15:05 , Categories: Uncategorized

The Canadian Library Association announced today that The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network (CGI DPN) has been named 2015 recipient of the CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology.

The Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network is a project initiated in October 2012 by library staff at eleven member institutions: University of Victoria, University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, McGill University, Dalhousie University, Scholars Portal, University of Toronto, and Stanford University. The Network is an important example of librarians as proactive stewards in the realm of digital content.

The mission of the CGI DPN is to preserve digital collections of government information, ensuring the long-term viability of digital materials through geographically dispersed servers, protective measures against data loss, and forward format migration.

The award will be presented at the opening ceremonies on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the CLA Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa Ontario.

Historic Victoria Police Department charge books now online

Permalink 04/14/15 10:49 , Categories: Uncategorized

University of Victoria Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of the digitized 19th Century Victoria Police Department charge books. Loaned to UVic Libraries though a collaborative initiative between the Victoria Genealogical Society and the Victoria Police Historical Society, the volumes were scanned by UVic Libraries staff, and returned to VicPD in November 2014.

The Victoria Police Department is the oldest police force west of the Great Lakes. In the early days of policing the kinds of chargeable offenses consisted mainly of drunk and disorderly conduct, assaults, and vagrancy. In addition, people were charged with being “a rogue and a vagabond”, being of “unsound mind” or “allowing thistles to come to flower.”

This digital collection consists of five Victoria Police Department log or “charge books,” compiled between April 4th 1873 and September 30th, 1876. These handwritten charge books (nearly 2000 pages) are a record of the arrests made in Victoria, British Columbia, and surrounding areas during this time.

Note: These historical records contain language that researchers will find offensive, but which reflect the attitudes and social norms of the time in which they were created.

Treasures and Tea: Facsimiles in the Flesh: Medieval Texts, Faithful Copies

Permalink 04/13/15 12:35 , Categories: Uncategorized

Dr. Joseph Grossi, Assistant Professor, Department of English, will discuss facsimiles as a means of preserving both the visual and the tactile qualities of the medieval book. Although this kind of artifact lacks the dazzle of new digital media, it is still a technology of sorts, and it invites contrast with the slow, painstaking labour of medieval copying, which was as much an act of devotion to the word as an act of service to far-flung colleagues or patrons. The centrepieces of the presentation will be the Moore and St. Petersburg manuscripts of the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, though other facsimiles will be discussed as well.

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

Date: April 16th
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Treasures and Tea: Talking Back to The(ir) Archive: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Permalink 03/31/15 15:17 , Categories: Uncategorized

During each of their lifetimes, the poets Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) and Ted Hughes (1930-1998) amassed a significant archive. Collected and constructed in the years both before and after their marriage (1956-1962), their archives are noisy bodies of information that encompass multiple drafts, letters, financial documentation, photographs, and ephemera. But how do they correspond to each other? And how do they talk to the larger body of the archive itself? Using examples from the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections, and discussing her own research with both Plath and Hughes’ archives, librarian and Plath scholar Christine Walde will discuss some of the features and unique characteristics of these important literary archives.

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

Date: April 2nd
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

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