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Coming-of-age novel receives 2012 Cabell First Novelist Award

August 2, 2012 — Justin Torres has won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. His winning book, "We the Animals," is a powerful coming-of-age novel about three brothers growing up amidst the chaotic and destructive love of their working-class parents.   Full article »

Board of Visitors OKs $3.2 million for design of new Monroe Park library

August 23, 2012 — The VCU Board of Visitors has approved the $3.2 million contract for design work on the $47.3 million Library and Academic Commons project. Full article »

Exhibit in Cabell Library marks significant discovery in anthropology

August 31, 2012 — "Australopithecine!" (aw-stral-o-PITH-eh-seen), an exhibit on the first floor of James Branch Cabell Library, features facsimiles of fossils of a recently discovered species that anthropologists say could be a missing link between the genus Homo and the more ancient genus Australopithecus.  Full article »

Los Angeles Review of Books features Cabell First Novelist recipient

September 26, 2012 — Los Angeles-based writer Daniel Olivas interviews Justin Torres, recipient of the 2012 Cabell First Novelist Award, in a lengthy article in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The interview mentions VCU and the high quality of entries for the award. Full article »

Cabell award winner gets nod from National Book Foundation

October 1, 2012 — Author of "We the Animals" and recipient of the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Justin Torres has been named to the career-kick starting 5 Under 35 list by the National Book Foundation. Torres will be on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus Nov. 8 for a reading, book signing, Q&A and sessions with students.  Full article »

UPDATE: Building the new library for VCU's future--Preliminary designs in the works focus on student spaces

October 1, 2012 — VCU is on a fast track to build a new library adjacent to James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park campus. The project will create a striking new facility on Shafer Court that will connect with the existing Cabell Library, while also renovating parts of Cabell in order to integrate old and new. Full article »

In the News: STYLE cover piece explores Stilson collection of rare photos and films

October 3, 2012 — "The Roving Eye," an Oct. 2, 2012 article by Edwin Slipek Jr. in STYLE Weekly, publishes many rare photos of everyday life in Richmond early in the century and tells in detail the story of a turn-of-the-century Richmonder, Harris H. Stilson. Stilson was a streetcar conductor and motorman and an amateur photographer and filmmaker who captured images of Richmond in  the 1910s, '20s and '30s.  Full article »

VCU Libraries Presents... public programs for 2012-13

October 10, 2012 — VCU Libraries announces its 2012-13 VCU Libraries Presents series of programming free and open to the public. Diverse programs cover everything from medical errors to wrongful arrests to rare photos of Richmond. Full article »

Database demo: Images, history, culture of the 19th century at your fingertips

October 9, 2012 — Just in time for those mid-term research projects, VCU librarians will give a show-and-tell of two important VCU Libraries databases. The University community is invited to drop by James Branch Cabell Library Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Full article »

Robert Browning artifacts on display Oct. 18-Dec. 7

October 12, 2012 — A new exhibit is visiting VCU Libraries: "Robert Browning, 1812-1889: A Bicentenary Exhibition from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection." The exhibit features vintage papers, ephemera, and other materials pertaining to Robert Browning, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Victorian period and a forefather of modern poetry.  Full article »

Patient safety expert presentation on Oct. 18 marks 10 years service by Community Health Education Center

October 17, 2012 — Patient and aviation expert John J. Nance takes on a sensitive topic in medicine: mistakes. Nance will give a lecture on "Why Hospitals Should Fly" at the Kontos Medical Sciences Building Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. The lecture celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Community Health Education Center, the only consumer health library of its kind in Virginia. Please register online.  Full article »

Oct. 29 Workshop: Arts and humanities resources for graduate students

October 22, 2012 — New to graduate school? Short on time to search for the best online resources to find scholarly sources, images, and dissertations? This workshop will provide information on good places to start your research, tools to manage your citations, tips on how electronic resources work at VCU and suggestions for how to use free online resources like Google Books.  Full article »

Exhibition: The toll of the Civil War

October 22, 2012 — A new exhibit at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. "Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War," a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, will be in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room from Oct. 22 to Dec. 1.   Full article »

Open Access Week: Oct. 22-26

October 22, 2012 — VCU Libraries joins scholarly colleagues globally in marking Open Access Week, Oct. 22 - 26. This international observance promotes free access to academic research. It encourages academic publishers to make research available online for free, increasing its reach for students, researchers and the public.  Full article »

Unseen Richmond topic of book launch talk for "From a Richmond Streetcar"

October 23, 2012 — The publication of author Kitty Snow's book featuring rare photographs of Richmond will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 30 at a free and open to the public event in Special Collections and Archives, fourth floor, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU, 901 Park Ave.  Full article »

Health sciences library celebrates 80 years on 12th Street

October 24, 2012 — Eighty years ago in September, 1932 students entered the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences for the first time. Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will mark 80 years at 509 North 12th Street at a drop-in birthday party Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Full article »

VCU Libraries live with new-generation technological platform

October 24, 2012 — VCU Libraries is now live with a unified resource management system and stands at the forefront of libraries worldwide in adopting the next generation of library technologies.  Full article »

The Next Generation: Library catalog evolves, moves to the cloud

October 24, 2012 — Beginning Oct. 24, the VCU Libraries' systems professionals began the transition to retire the old catalog, parts of which will persist until all the components can be migrated later this year. The new software searches VCU Libraries' collections as well as millions of journals and other resources. It uses unique features such as global data mining to recommend scholarly resources based upon search results.   Full article »

Service Awards 2012 for libraries' employees

October 31, 2013 — Many VCU Libraries employees were recognized in October when Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Health System recognized employees for their dedicated years of commitment at the 41st annual Service Awards receptions.  Full article »

Nov. 8: VCU Cabell First Novelist recipient speaks and takes questions

November 1, 2012 — Justin Torres will be honored on campus as the 2012 recipient of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. His winning book, "We the Animals," is a powerful coming-of-age novel about three brothers growing up with the chaotic and destructive love of their working-class parents.  Full article »

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