Learn More About the Winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects have been named as the winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. To mark the occasion of their receiving the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, the UVA School of Architecture will host a public talk by Farrell and McNamara on April 13 at 3 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Our Research Librarian for Architecture, Rebecca, has created a guide to some of the many resources available in the library to help you learn more about their incredible work.

Browse the Guide Here!


ecoMOD Images

We are excited to announce that a collection of images documenting sustainable housing built by the ecoMOD project is now available through ARTstor, the library’s image database.

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This achievement is product of a recent collaboration between UVa School of Architecture professor and Director of ecoMOD, John Quale, and staff at the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.

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The images were cataloged by library staff using information provided by the participants of ecoMOD.

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VIRGO-only terminals are back!

Okay, so it turns out that not everything old is bad! Remember when you used to be able to quickly check a call number while you were browsing in the stacks? We had a lot of sad faces when (most of) the VIRGO-only stations went away, so back by popular demand is a way to search the UVa Library catalog quickly and without having to login first.

VIRGO Search Station

iPad VIRGO Search Station on the first floor of the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.

There are two iPad VIRGO search stations.  One is on the first floor near the Info Desk, and the second is upstairs near the stairs to the third floor.  You shouldn’t have trouble finding them because we’ve done our best to place them where they are visible.

We’re happy about it and we know you guys are!!

Summer Design Institute, 2013

Kim Tanzer just let us know about an awesome exhibit of work in the A-School!!

The Summer Design Institute’s Final Exhibition is currently on the second floor of Campbell Hall, and the work is amazing.  I hope you’ll make time to look carefully at the work this group of entering graduate students, working with Teresa Gali and Matthew Jull and a team of faculty collaborators, has produced.


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Self-Check out is back!

Self-checkout machines are a bit of an anomaly at the University of Virginia Libraries. The self-checkout here at FAL started as an experiment, which is definitely not an anomaly around here, in fact it’s encouraged! So, we set out to DIY a self-checkout that would be reliable and make the desk more efficient. It was created with open source software and off the shelf components. Thanks, computer nerds!!

IMG_7955So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  In fact, the self-checkout handles 50% of all checkouts!!


If you haven’t had a chance to use it yet, please come by the Fine Arts Library and try it out for yourself!

Just a little fun....

Just a little fun….



New Macs in the ScanLab!

Right at the end of the Spring semester, we were able to replace all the tired and slow macs in the ScanLab with new ones!  If you haven’t had a chance to use one yet, it is a treat.  Come by and check them out!

New mac in the ScanLabAnd because these new macs don’t have optical drives, you can now check out one from the circ desk.  Just ask!

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New Books

I won’t say that new news is the best news, but it’s still pretty fun to look at the new books as they come in!  Here are just a few of the new books we got this week!

Received 6/25: find them on the New Books Shelf in Fine Arts this week!

Received 6/25: find them on the New Books Shelf in Fine Arts this week!

Here are links to the VIRGO records (from top left to bottom right)–just click for more information about these new titles!

Design : la sindrome dell’influenza = the syndrome of influence From the publisher’s site: “The book provides a broad overview of Italian design, and is organised into three main parts: the first (the invention of italian design) explores ten installations that the same number of contemporary designers have each dedicated to a master from the ‘50s and ‘60s; to their sensitivities, curiosities, inspirations, journeys and meetings.”

Christ is here! : studies in biblical and christian archaeology in memory of Michele Piccirillo From the book jacket: “On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the death (2008-2013), a miscellany of contributions in honor of Father Michele Piccirillo ofm by fellow archaeologists and friends. After a bibliography, each chapter (mostly in English) is devoted to an archaeological site or a field of study in which Father Piccirillo is committed in the course of its business. Among these sites include: Mount Nebo, the cave of Elijah on Mount Carmel, the castle of Montfort; Caesarea Maritima, the church of the Virgin Mary in the valley of Jehoshaphat; Khirbet Barqa-Gan Yavneh; Madaba; Khirbet Beit Loya, and others.”

Massimo Listri 12 See a sneak preview of the beautiful images of European interiors here.  Text is in English and Italian.

Premio Maretti : Valerio Riva memorial : 4a edizione This monograph memorializes the exhibit following the fourth Maretti award. From the exhibition’s website: “Unique dedicated to artists over 35 years, the award establishes a close relationship between the artists and curators selected: the winner also shares the victory with the curator, and couple will follow the implementation of the other constant is the identity of the Prize Maretti ‘tribute to a great Italian artist of the recent past, revived the attention of the public. This year, the tribute is directed to a great artist who sadly passed away recently, Gino Marotta, including the National Gallery of Modern Rome closes these days the important retrospective exhibition.”

Architettura degli impianti acquatici : linee guida globali per la progettazione, realizzazione e gestione / Architecture of aquatic plants. Global guidelines for the design, implementation and management Text in Italian, but hey, as we like to say in the Fine Arts Library, the pictures are in English…

Titian From the publisher’s site: “Highly sought after by collectors, disputed by royal courts and pontiffs, the master from Cadore created works that are now on display in museums across the world. This volume exceptionally brings together some of Titian’s greatest masterpieces, including his large altarpieces, in such a way as to illustrate the whole span of his career.”