Welcome to the third annual Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit. This year we have a diverse attendance of archivists, museum professionals, professors, graduate students, undergraduates, and many others we are delighted to convene for discussion of their work. The 2019 Summit is a joint effort between the University of Virginia Law Library, the Library of Virginia, George Mason University, and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. It is an opportunity to present past, current, or ongoing digital archives-based projects and to explore the practical, theoretical, and methodological issues at the intersection of archival practice, scholarly research, and pedagogy.
From Interstate 95 (from the North or from the South)
Take Exit 74C. A highway sign will say Library of Virginia. Proceed west on Broad Street until you reach 9th Street. Turn right and immediately get into the far left lane. Proceed down the block and prepare to turn left into the parking deck.
From Interstate 64 West (e.g. coming from Williamsburg)
Take the exit for Fifth Street and the Coliseum. Turn left on Marshall Street a few blocks (past the Coliseum on your left) after you exit Interstate 64. Proceed to Eighth Street, and turn right. The parking deck entrance will be immediately on your left.
From Interstate 64 East (e.g. coming from Charlottesville)
Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 74C. See instructions above for I-95.
The Library of Virginia offers limited free parking to patrons during operating hours. If the Library’s garage is full, the City of Richmond offers limited street parking, or you can find a map of other city parking decks at BestParking.com. The Library of Virginia parking garage entrances are located on 8th and 9th Streets. Both streets are one-way. Take the parking garage elevators to the lobby of the Library. Parking validations are given in the lobby when leaving the Library.
Height Restriction: The entrance to the Library parking deck is 7 feet.
The Library of Virginia is an accessible facility. Elevators are available from the Library parking garage to the Lobby floor where the conference will be held. Restrooms, water fountains, doors, and sidewalks in the immediate area are equipped for wheelchair users. If you have accessibility questions, please contact Sonya Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Wireless is available at the Library of Virginia through network LVA-Guest.
Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided at the start of the Summit and in the afternoon courtesy of The Washington Library and UVA Law.
We are breaking for lunch to enjoy meals in Richmond. Several Richmond locals will be heading to specific establishments as ‘guides’ to help people find their preferred meal spots. Please refer to the lunch brochure for information about nearby dining options.
The Summit will have a table for attendees to provide informational items about their projects. Attendees are encouraged to bring pamphlets, postcards, and other swag items. Be sure to explore this area when you arrive.
Each year, the Summit concludes with a lightning round of brief 3-minute presentations. Everyone is encouraged to step up and present about a project (large, small, in the works), digital archival practices, or whatever, really.
Each year, the Summit has been hosted by a new partner institution. Doing so encourages attendance from different geographic regions around Virginia and has added new members to the planning committee. If your institution is interested in hosting next year’s Summit, please chat with a member of the planning committee.
If you’re interested in joining the planning committee, let us know!
2019 Planning Committee Members
- Jim Ambuske (The Washington Library)
- Jessi Bennett (Library of Virginia)
- Sonya Coleman (Library of Virginia)
- Randi Flaherty (University of Virginia Law Library)
- Loren Moulds (University of Virginia Law Library)
- George Oberle (George Mason University)
- Stephanie Seal (George Mason University)