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Does your library want to host a Book Traces day?

Libraries at Columbia University and the University of Miami have hosted Book Traces days, inviting students to search their stacks for uniquely modified volumes. The hunt gives students a chance to make unique discoveries while engaged in a hands-on learning activity. Many of the finds featured on resulted from these Book Traces days.

Please contact Prof. Andrew Stauffer for advice on how to set up a Book Traces activity at your library. You can also read Columbia University librarian Karla Nielson’s blog post about setting up a Book Traces day at the Butler Library in 2014 and a Miami Hurricane article about Book Traces day at the University of Miami’s Richter Library.

Do you want to do a Book Traces survey at your library?

While was inspired by the informal, serendipitous activity of looking for uniquely modified volumes in circulating stacks, Book Traces @ U.Va. represents a more methodical, statistically guided effort to identify such books and formally describe them in the U.Va. Library catalog. We want to hear from librarians at other universities who are interested in learning more about the Book Traces @ U.Va. model and possibly running a similar project to sample the holdings in your circulating collections. Please contact Prof. Andrew Stauffer to learn more.

Do you want to hold a Book Traces event or class visit at U.Va.?

Book Traces @ U.Va. project staff enjoy talking with undergraduate and graduate students about the hidden history of library books. We can guide an activity in the University of Virginia library or visit your class.

U.Va. instructors, please contact Book Traces @ U.Va. project manager Kristin Jensen if you are interested in bringing Book Traces to your class.

Book Traces project assistant Emily Temple

Book Traces project assistant Emily Temple examines volumes pulled from the University of Virginia Alderman Library.