TML News and Notes: September 2011
Did you know that Tompkins-McCaw Library has a Book Swap program? Leave an old book and take another for some relaxing leisure reading. The Book Swap shelf is located at the front of the library on the first floor, near the vending machines and microwave. Here you will find a selection of leisure reading materials that you can borrow and return at your convenience. Some authors currently represented on the Book Swap shelf include Micheal Ondaatje, James Patterson, and Stieg Larsson.
- If you take a book, please leave a book so that all users can continue to enjoy a wide selection.
- We welcome your donations - please, no textbooks, technical manuals, or proselytizing literature.
- Book Swap operates on the honor system; you don't need to check these books out.
In celebration of Constitution Day Sept. 17, VCU Libraries recommends viewing "History of the Constitution," a DVD collection in 47 short segments, totaling two hours. Take a break and study our fundamental governance document in bits and pieces. As with all of the libraries collection of streaming videos, VCU eID patrons can watch anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection, headphones or speakers.
Throughout the week, VCU Libraries will feature a presentation and video montage on the large-screen monitors inside the entrances of James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Catch trivia and fun facts as you visit the library. The video montage features clips from the "Schoolhouse Rock" Preamble to a segment of Barbara Jordan's famous 1974 "Constitution Speech."
Also, Sept. 12-18, stop by the main desks at the libraries and request a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution--in English or Spanish.
For more information see our Constitution Day Web site.
Can't open your PubMed or My NCBI account?
As of Friday, VCU and many other universities are experiencing problems with access to PubMed's My NCBI accounts. The problem is related to customized versions of PubMed that provide links to the libraries' online journal articles from PubMed citations. At VCU this problem occurs when accessing VCU Libraries' links to PubMed from off-campus locations - which includes VCUHS - or from a wireless Internet connection.Until the problem is resolved, consider using the following option to gain access: Search PubMed at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?otool=vculib to gain access to My NCBI. This access point will include Get it@VCU with links to VCU Libraries' online journals.
VCU Libraries presents "The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in
Letters," on view until Oct. 15 at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health
This National Library of Medicine exhibit offers a
glimpse into the lives of 19th century practitioners in the Shenandoah
The Henkel Family Correspondence collection (MS C
291; 1.5 linear
feet) consists of 828 letters and is largely the product of Caspar C.
Henkel's (1835-1908) life. This digital edition is divided into
five-year blocks for ease of navigation and contextual narrative. The
family was based in New Market.
Items dating before 1850 were written by ancestors of both Caspar and his wife, Margaretta. The bulk of the correspondence, however, is directly related to Caspar and Margaretta. Caspar retained letters written to him while he was away at medical school and in the field during the Civil War. Upon returning home from these extended absences, he also collected several letters he himself had written to New Market. He also kept letters written to him from his two brothers during their medical training and afterward when they lived and practiced away from New Market. Letters written to Margaretta from her sisters during the late 1860s and early 1870s are also included.
Unfortunately at some point before the Library's acquisition the segment of correspondence coinciding with the battle of New Market in 1864 was removed, leaving no accounts of the battle in this collection.The digital collection on the National Library of Medicine site
To gain access, visit the VCU Libraries' Trial Databases page and follow the link for a particular title. Depending on your location, you may be prompted to enter your VCU eID and password for authentication. The Trial Databases page also has a link for you to conveniently send an email with your impressions. The trial will end on September 30, 2011.
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