Media Center Grand Opening And Open House To Be Held Sept. 17
August 31, 1999 -- The University of Virginia
Library will host a grand opening of the Timothy
B. and Lisa Nelson Robertson Media Center in Clemons Library
at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. University of Virginia 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, located on the third floor. The University community
and public are invited to tour the center during an open house from
2 to 4 p.m.
a full array of analog and digital media collections and services,
the Robertson Media Center, which began operation this summer, 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 librarys 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.
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
Media Center. The lab offers a full range of digital media services,
including slide and flatbed scanning, digital audio/video capture
and editing, desktop publishing, technical instruction and more.
Robertson Media Center was made possible through a $1.2 million
gift from Timothy B. Robertson, a 1977 University alumnus and member
of the Board of Visitors, and his wife, Lisa Nelson Robertson, of
Virginia Beach. Timothy Robertson is manager of Bay Shore Enterprises
and former president and chief executive officer of International
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, also located in the center, will focus on developing
a critical and historical understanding of the cultural effects
of traditional and new media.
who has previously taught at SUNY-Purchase, Yale and Columbia, and
who is an expert on the history of written forms of language, visual
representation and media theory, is the author of "Theorizing
Modernism: Visual Art and the Critical Tradition" (Columbia)
and "The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art"
(Chicago), among other scholarly books. As an artist, printer, publisher
and writer, she has also produced more than two dozen creative works,
many using experimental typography, through her own press as well
as with other publishers.
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.
Robertson Media Center hours of operation, or for more information,
call (804) 924-7474.
To arrange interviews or tours of the Robertson Media Center call
Melissa Norris at (804) 924-4254. An opportunity for interviews
and a tour will also be available Sept. 17.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856