What We Do
in new ways.
The Research and Informatics division of the University Libraries supports the education and research missions of Virginia Tech through our expertise in informatics, the art and science of managing information digitally.
Our services include hosting scholarly journals, advising on copyright issues, helping faculty and graduate students publish their work in open access publications, creating open educational resources such as textbooks, supporting digital work in the humanities, helping produce data management plans, maintaining open online preservation repositories for Virginia Tech's research data and scholarly output, developing technology, partnering on grant projects, and consulting on many issues related to the wide information landscape of scholarship in the digital age.
The black and white background image on this page is a photograph of a woman at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Computer Center in 1980. It was digitized and put online by the Libraries in the 1990s.
As research becomes increasingly digital, it’s becoming more important to ensure a findable and unchanging scholarly record. Researchers are probably familiar with the digital object identifier (DOI), which in URL form provides a persistent link to articles (and more), and … Continue reading →
Introducing the Virginia Tech Patents collection in VTechWorks and the patent harvesting software repository, Patent-Harvest
Authors: Philippe Gray and Anne Lawrence Inspired by the Association of Southeastern Regional Libraries webinar, “Adding Patent Records to Clemson’s IR — Highlighting the University’s Output,” VTechWorks, Virginia Tech’s institutional repository, now offers a similar collection, Virginia Tech Patents. The … Continue reading →
Happy Open Education Week! 2017 marked the fourth year of celebrating international Open Education Week at Virginia Tech. The Open Education Week planning committee set goals to meet felt needs of faculty on campus and to encourage student communication with … Continue reading →
The University Libraries will be hosting its second Open Data Week on April 10-13 with opportunities to learn more about sharing, visualizing, finding, mining, and reusing data for research. In addition to panel discussions on open research data as well … Continue reading →
Did you know that when you cite a quotation, create a parody, or modify and use an image for instructional purposes, that you’re benefiting from Fair Use, a four-factor exemption of U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S. Code § 107)? Join us Tuesday, Feb 21st, 4:30 pm for a Panel Discussion on Fair Use and Copyrights Read more about Fair Use Week @ VT – Discussions, Film Screening, Food & a Contest![…]