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Freedom of Assembly: Online exhibit showcases little-known Emancipation Day marches and celebrations

March 14, 2013 — On April 3, 1905, a photographer from the Detroit Publishing Co. captured hundreds of African Americans parading through the streets of Richmond, Va. The photo made it onto a postcard. Years later, an archivist for VCU Libraries spotted the postcard on an auction website. After a little digging, it inspired "Timeline of Emancipation Day Celebrations," a new online exhibit from James Branch Cabell Library's Special Collections and Archives. Full article »

Text services go 24-hours

March 10, 2013 — Texting is the newest way to connect with VCU Libraries' research expertise. After spring break, text messages will be responded to around the clock, 24 hours a day when James Branch Cabell Library is open (Sunday 10 a.m. to Friday 10 p.m.) and on weekends.  Full article »

Registration Open: Digital Pragmata series for faculty and grad students

March 10, 2013 — How scholars and artists share their work is changing. More and more, arts and humanities scholarship, creative activity and teaching occurs in the digital environment. VCU Libraries' new forum, "Digital Pragmata" (Digital Things) will explore these trends and techniques in modern scholarship, teaching and creative work. Full article »

VCU Libraries hosts Gabriel's Rebellion program March 13

March 8, 2013 — In 1800, a literate slave known as Gabriel planned a rebellion that was to involve a march into Richmond. Although the action was suppressed, it confirmed the growing outcry for justice and the volatility of the slave economy. VCU Libraries will host "Gabriel's Conspiracy: Exploring the Richmond Slave Rebellion of 1800" on Wednesday, March 13. Full article »

Save the Date: Vess to speak at VCU April 18

February 28, 2013 — World-renowned comic artist and illustrator Charles Vess, VCU alumnus and recipient of the Eisner and World Fantasy Awards, will visit the Monroe Park Campus under VCU Libraries sponsorship April 18. He will speak about his new book with novelist Charles de Lint, "The Cats of Tanglewood Forest" (Little Brown, 2013). Full article »

Clark lectures on re-imagining the library

February 26, 2013 — VCU Libraries Associate University Librarian for Public Services Dennis T. Clark will speak at the University of Tennessee March 18 on re-imagining library services. Full article »

"Sketchy Medicine" on view in Special Collections Reading Room

February 26, 2013 — "Sketchy Medicine," a new exhibit at Tompkins-McCaw Library, explores the use of graphic novels and comics as a resource for patients, medical professionals and caregivers.    Full article »

Save the Dates: "Digital Pragmata" forums showcase innovation in media and scholarship

February 26, 2013 — Save the dates: VCU Libraries hosts three sessions on digital scholarship March 26, April 25 and May 2. Registration for these free sessions for faculty and graduate students will open after spring break.   Full article »

Carmen Foster tells an untold story March 28

February 25, 2013 — Hartshorn Memorial College, a private school for African-American women, was founded in 1883 by Ebenezer Baptist Church. The school was located at the corner of Lombardy and Leigh Streets and merged with Virginia Union University in 1932. Richmonder Carmen Foster will speak about the history and legacy of Hartshorn Memorial College in "Another Untold Story of Race and Richmond" on March 28. Full article »

"Arabic Poems for English Readers" breaks barriers

February 8, 2013 — A new exhibition at James Branch Cabell Library gives the Richmond community the opportunity to take down one wall to the Middle East: the language barrier. "Breaking Barriers: Arabic Poems for English Readers," a selection of poetry books from VCUQatar Libraries, is on view in Special Collections and Archives, Fourth Floor, James Branch Cabell Library through May 10. Full article »

VCU Libraries reflects upon new software

February 8, 2013 — Faculty and staff from VCU Libraries and members of the Ex Libris company discussed the implentation of Alma, a pioneering piece of cloud-resident enterprise library software, at VCU Libraries in a Jan. 9 discussion that brought together librarians from across the region.  Full article »

Book art expert speaks at Mary Washington University Feb. 10

February 8, 2013 — VCU Libraries' Yuki Hibben will speak Sunday afternoon Feb. 10 at the University of Mary Washington Galleries in Fredericksburg. Her topic will be "Opening the Page: The Evolution of Artists' Books." She plans to discuss the history of artists' books and the value of artists' books in academic and studio programs. Full article »

Video, photos, articles about "Justice for All"

February 1, 2013 — For the annual Black History Month Lecture February 5, Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, took the stage with Marvin Anderson, who was exonerated of wrongful conviction after serving 15 years in prison. Full article »

In the Media: Jack Gravely interviews University Librarian and more

January 24, 2013 — Library highlights from January and February include a university librarian's appearance on the "Jack Gravely Show" and a major lecture on the Innocence Project and wrongful conviction. Full article »

Library technology leaders discuss innovations, trends and the future

January 23, 2013 — As one of the first major research universities to launch a pioneering new cloud-resident enterprise library platform, Virginia Commonwealth University hosted a Jan. 9 session designed to help other libraries around the world prepare for the next generation of library technologies. Full article »

New library programs serve international students

January 10, 2013 — International students can receive special library tours and research workshops designed for them this spring. These workshops are a partnership between VCU Libraries and the Global Education Office. Full article »

Library services survey set for 2013, report on 2011 data and related improvements posted

January 9, 2013 — Building on its history of improving services through assessment of users' expressed needs and preferences, VCU Libraries will conduct such a survey in 2013. A full report on the 2011 survey is now available online. Many improvements have been made based on that data. Full article »

Exhibit marks 95 years of VCU's pioneering School of Social Work

January 1, 2013 — VCU's School of Social Work is celebrating its 95 years of service during the 2012-2013 school year. An exhibit on the history of the school is on display at James Branch Cabell Library. The fourth floor exhibit shows rare materials from Special Collections and Archives.   Full article »

Interactive exhibit asks: What books do you carry with you from childhood?

August 1, 2012 — Universities promote the reading of research papers, in-depth articles and sophisticated books of all varieties. But often books that a person reads early in life make significant impacts, too. That's the idea behind Books You Carry with You, an exhibition at James Branch Cabell Library through September.    Full article »

Deadlines for Cabell Award: Sept. 15 and Jan. 12, 2013

August 2, 2012 — Each year, VCU honors a first-time published fiction writer with The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and a $5,000 prize. The deadline for the 2013 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is September 15 for books published January through June 2012. For books published July through December 2012, the deadline is January 12, 2013.  Full article »

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