Robertson Media Center
to hold open house Sept. 17
By Melissa Norris
U.Va. Library will host a grand opening of the Timothy B. and Lisa
Nelson Robertson Media Center in Clemons Library Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.
U.Va. President John T. Casteen III, University Librarian Karin
Wittenborg, and Timothy and Lisa Nelson Robertson will speak at
the opening of the new state-of-the-art media center. The University
community and public are invited to tour the center, located on
the third floor, during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
a full array of analog and digital media collections and services
since this summer, the Robertson
Media Center provides expertise, equipment and resources for
the use and development of media materials in instruction and research.
Users of the center will find a trained staff ready to assist with
questions or to check out materials from the libraryıs growing collection
of audio, video and CD-based media, Wittenborg said. The center
features tinted windows, directed lighting, small-group viewing
rooms, full-sized classrooms and carrels designed exclusively for
video viewing and studying various forms of media.
can check out videos for seven days; they circulate for three days
to staff and students. Videos can be put on reserve by calling the
reservations office at 924-7409.
located in the center is the Digital Media Lab, which combines the
services of the Information Technology and Communication's (ITC)
New Media Center and the library's Digital Media Center. The lab
offers a range of digital media services, including slide and flatbed
scanning, digital audio/video capture and editing, desktop publishing,
technical instruction and more. The Robertson Media Center was made
possible through a $1.2 million gift from Timothy Robertson, a 1977
University alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors, and his
wife, Lisa, of Virginia Beach. Timothy Robertson is manager of Bay
Shore Enterprises and former president and chief executive officer
of International Family Entertainment. Their gift also endows the
Robertson Chair in Media Studies, to which professor Johanna Drucker,
a visual- and printing-arts scholar and critic as well as avant-garde
artist and creative writer, has been appointed after a national
search. Under her direction, a new program in Media Studies will
also be housed in the center. U.Va. Facilities Management Design
Group, with chief architect Eugenio Schettini, designed the center
and Facilities Planning and Construction oversaw construction.
Media Center Director Rick Provine points out that more faculty
are incorporating the use of new media into their instruction and
that media literacy and the study of media are increasingly a part
of daily life and scholarship. "By integrating all of our media
operations into one centralized location, we can offer more and
better services to our users," he said. For information, call
Media Center hours
8 a.m. - 2 a.m.
8 a.m. - midnight
9 a.m. - midnight Sun. 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Media Lab hours
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.