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History of Printing with Daniel De Simone of the Folger Shakespeare Library

When: Friday, October 16, 2015, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Room 210, Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library


Please register here.

Knowledge of the history of printing and the book are increasingly relevant across research in the humanities and fine arts. Understanding how books are created ? such as illustration in early printed books — helps in interpreting and situating the object in the context in which it was produced.? Learning how to evaluate these elements of material culture is essential to a broad understanding of the main subject of study.? In this workshop Daniel De Simone will outline a course of study for the history of printing and book history essential to incorporating this field into research.

Noted curator Mr. Daniel De Simone is the Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library. His scholarly interests include the history of printing, antiquarian bibliography, book illustration, and eighteenth-century Italian and French books. Prior to joining the Folger Shakespeare Library, Mr. DeSimone was the curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress and operated his own New York-based bookselling business for twenty-two years.

Open Access Week – Tri-Council OA policy on Publications & UVic Resources

Lunchtime Q&A Session

Join us for a free lunchtime Q&A session to learn more about the Tri-Agency Open Access Publication Policy and to discuss UVic resources. Separate sessions will focus on natural sciences and engineering publications (Oct 20), and social sciences, humanities, health, and fine arts (Oct 22). The Q&A sessions will be led by UVic Libraries and the Office of Research Services.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Information about the policy can be found on each of the Tri-Agency sites and

Please RSVP to UVic Office of Research Services or 250-472-4986

Natural Sciences and Engineering – Tuesday, October 20, 12-1pm, ASB Boardroom 120

Social Sciences, Humanities, Health and Fine Arts, Thursday, October 22, 12-1pm, ASB Boardroom 120

Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time edited by James Gifford

The Modernist Versions Project is pleased to make available a critical edition of Ernest Hemingway's very scarce first major work, in our time: The 1924 Text and "In Our Time" & "They All Made Peace-What Is Peace?": The 1923 Text. A hand-corrected .txt file is provided for digital scholarship/textual analysis.

To see more go to:

Ubiquity Press – Open Access Books Platform

Brian Hole from Ubiquity Press will be at the University of  Victoria on Friday to talk about models for publishing Open Access Monographs. Brian will give a presentation in McPherson Library, Room 219 from 10-11 this coming Friday August 7th. All are welcome. Feel free to share this message with others who may be interested in alternative book publishing models.


Ubiquity Press is a researcher-led publisher that spun out of University College London in 2012. We are 100% open access, with a fully professional publishing model that is nonetheless sufficiently low-cost to make OA publishing affordable in areas such as the humanities and the developing world. We also focus heavily on enabling the publishing of alternative research outputs such as data and software.

From 2014 we began offering our platform as a fully-rebranded solution for university presses and library publishing programmes. We offer all infrastructure plus a full stack of professional publishing services, so that operating a press becomes lower risk and much more sustainable. Each of the presses involved also becomes a member of the Ubiquity Partner Network, which provides peer support, shared resources and a say in the governance of Ubiquity itself.

Our model is sufficiently cost-efficient that many of our partner presses are able to experiment with innovative new business models. Examples are the Open Library of the Humanities, which sources its APCs through a library membership model, and the University of California Press’s journal Collabra, which is  paying peer reviewers.

Finally, we are also contributing to the community by releasing parts of our platform as open source software. The first product to be released will be Rua, our book management platform (an alternative to OMP), in September 2015. This will be followed in October by Toru, our desktop journal management product, especially designed for editors in developing countries to work in situations where they have limited access to the internet.


Lisa Goddard

Associate University Librarian

Digital Scholarship and Strategy

University of Victoria Libraries

Library Grants and Awards Consultation: April-May in Room 135e

The Grants and Awards Office in the University Librarian's Office supports and enhances the research activities, advancement and community engagement priorities of UVic Libraries, specifically in the areas of grants funding and awards, as well as special projects related to community engagement. From April 1-May 27, the Grants and Awards Office will be holding regular office hours on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm in Room 135e of the Learning Commons in the Mearns Centre-McPherson Library. Grants and Awards Librarian Christine Walde will be available for grants and awards consultation with students, faculty and staff. For more information contact


The University of Victoria Libraries is proud to be an essential and integral part of the research life cycle at Vic. To this end, we are doubly proud to announce two new student scholarships which recognize and honor the contributions and achievements of our graduate and undergraduate students, enhancing the sense of personal growth and accomplishment in our academic community.

Named in honor of donor David Flaherty and bequest donor William Petrie, The David Flaherty Undergraduate Student Library Scholarship and The William Petrie Graduate Student Library Scholarship will each annually award one academically outstanding student in any discipline who demonstrates how they have successfully utilized library resources ─ including any print, archival, music, multimedia, or digital resources for a class project, assignment or research paper. To enter, eligible students must submit a 500 word essay explaining their use of library resources. As with other university scholarships, the window for submissions opens April 1 and concludes May 31st. Successful students will be awarded $500 for each scholarship.

In addition to the monetary award, the annual recipients will be recognized through a plaque in the library, and their winning essay will be featured on the Grants and Awards website page, with a link to their paper or project in our institutional repository.

Please distribute information about these scholarships widely to your faculty contacts and students.

For more detailed information about the scholarships' criteria and application process, contact Christine Walde at or visit the Grants and Awards page through the University Librarian's Office on our website.

Christine Walde, MLIS
Grants & Awards Librarian
University of Victoria Libraries
William C. Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library
PO Box 1800 STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3H5 Canada

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

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: Talking Back to The(ir) Archive: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Time : 12:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Free admission, but limited seating.
For those arriving by car, pay parking is in effect.
Parking info and campus maps:

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications – UVic Libraries Support

March 17, 2015

The Tri-Agencies 9NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) recently launched their Open Access Policy on Publications. The objective of the policy is to improve access access to the results of agency funded research and to increase the dissemination and exchange of research results.

The University of Victoria Libraries is interested in supporting researchers’ compliance with the policy. The “compliance guide” outlines the different ways in which we are able to assist.