Sonia Yaco discusses Massive Resistance on BookTV &HistoryTV April 20-21rst

Sonia Yaco, DOVE co-chair and Old Dominion University’s Special Collections Librarian was interviewed about Massive Resistance and the DOVE project by C-Span’s BookTV. The interview will be part of an hour long show “BookTV in Virginia Beach, Virginia.” Broadcast times on C-Span2 BookTV are Saturday, April 20th at 12 pm (ET) Sunday, April 21st at 9 am (ET).  Yaco’s interview is also available online.


DOVE catalog’s new look with Viewshare from the Library of Congress

Thanks to Greta Kuriger of George Mason University Library, the DOVE catalog made the leap from a flat file to a multifaceted graphic display. Last May, Greta participated in DOVE’s survey training in Northern Virginia and also went to a Library of Congress workshop about Viewshare, “a free platform for generating and customizing views, (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.” Greta saw that Viewshare had great potential for DOVE.  She experimented with some of  DOVE data and showed it to Sonia Yaco at ODU.  Sonia began working with the Library of Congress to import all of the DOVE catalog data. The folks at LoC were impressed DOVE and asked for Sonia to write about the project’s use of Viewshare.  The article is published it on Viewshare’s “User Stories” page.

A full roll out of Viewshare and more publicity for DOVE is expected early next year.

Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project Awarded Grant

The Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) project, hosted by Old Dominion University Libraries, recently received a $2,000 grant from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly.

“The locations of many of Virginia’s historically important records of school desegregation remain unknown. DOVE will train volunteers to conduct onsite surveys of school desegregation collections,” said Sonia Yaco, ODU Special Collections librarian and university archivist.

Training sessions will be held in the four communities where public schools were closed to prevent integration in the late 1950s under Massive Resistance: Norfolk, Prince Edward County, Charlottesville and Arlington/Front Royal.

The DOVE project was created in 2008 as a collaborative effort to develop a guide to historic resources that document Virginia’s school desegregation process from the mid-1940s through the mid-1980s. Participants in DOVE include ODU, Norfolk State University, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, National Archives and Records Administration – Mid Atlantic Region, R.R. Moton Museum, Virginia State University, Norfolk Public Library, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee University and the Library of Virginia.