Digital Media and Collections at UVa

Mission: Support and enhance research and teaching at the University of Virginia through the use of digital technologies.


Virgo is the Library's online catalogue system of all of the University's library holdings. Virgo also provides access to more than 50 licensed databases, dozens of full-text electronic journals, and increasing numbers of digital resources. In addition, through Virgo, users can recall and renew books, request interlibrary loan items, and check due dates.

Digital Media Center
The Digital Media Center develops collections of digital images, sound, and video for use in research and instruction. Provides training and assistance in the development of new media projects and operates a multimedia lab for the acquisition and manipulation of digital material.

Electronic Text Center
Provides humanities-related electronic texts and images on the Internet, and supports their creation and use. Provides equipment to manipulate texts, and access to texts unavailable on-line as well as a wide variety of scholastic texts in the Center's holdings.

Geographic Information Center
Assists in the identification, acquisition, and analysis of machine-readable data for electronic mapping, GIS and statistical analysis. Provides reference services based on the Library map collection, and access to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Reserach (ICPSR) and other major public data providers.

Special Collections Digital Center
Provides digital access to the resources of the Special Collections Department. Responds to direct user requests, designs and constructs digital versions of all exhibitions, and supervises grants to digitze the department's magnificent rare book and manuscript resources.

Outreach and Consultation: Currently individual faculty and the staff of organizations and centers like the E-Text Center and the Digital Media Center actively consult with colleagues at other institutions, and work with local school systems and community groups, but there is no coordinated effort in the area of outreach and consultation, nor is there any concerted effort to harness any revenues these activities might generate.

University Investment: The University of Virginia annually invests over $?? million dollars in programs directly supporting digital collections.

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