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2013 News

The Visual and the Verbal

December 11, 2013 — One of the biggest national names in comic arts has a new inspiration – the students at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Full article »

Interlibrary Loan office closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2, 2014

December 2, 2013 — The VCU Libraries Interlibrary Loan and Document Deliver Services will not operate during the VCU Winter Break. Full article »

Looking back on the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night

November 15, 2013 — Thanks to everyone who helped to make this year's VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Night one of the best attended in the award's 12-year history. Full article »

Best Books of 2013 Lists

December 13, 2013 — Finding a good book to read can be tough, and bestseller lists aren't always the most reliable. But as the year winds down, those in the know have compiled their lists of the best books of 2013--books that thrill you and make you think.   Full article »

Readers needed for the 2014 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award contest

November 15, 2013 — The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is given each year to the author of an outstanding first novel published during the previous calendar year. But in order to select the winner, we need your help.  Full article »

Girl Scouting exhibition marks centennial

November 13, 2013 — Just as the Girl Scouts of America marked the centennial of its founding in 2012, VCU Libraries secured a significant donation of records and materials from The Girl Scouts Commonwealth Council of Virginia. Full article »

End-of-the-year gifts so welcome

November 13, 2013 — Your gift to VCU Libraries impacts the success of every one of our hard-working students at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Full article »

Film Screening: The Weight of the Nation: Choices

November 3, 2013 — CHOICES offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. Registration is encouraged.  Full article »

PubMed Commons: Would you like to be part of a VCU group getting access?

November 1, 2013 — Some of you may already be able to join in the beta test of the new service, but those of you who don't have access yet but do have a publication in PubMed can join a group at VCU to gain access to the beta test. Full article »

Bookshelves as Art: Students find inspiration in the mundane

November 1, 2013 — Cabell Library's newest art installation is the work of five Art Foundation students in a class called Space Research. The students were challenged to design and build bookshelves, each with a similar function and a unique artistic vision. These are now on display throughout the library, Nov. 5-Dec. 5.  Full article »

Sara Williams heads new VCU Libraries department focused on academic outreach

October 25, 2013 — Sara Williams assumed a new position as Head of Academic Outreach this fall semester. She will shape a program of creative academic outreach to the Monroe Park Campus. In addition, she will lead a  group of faculty librarians to expand their connections to their disciplines and students and faculty. Full article »

Art of War: VCU Libraries sponsors events honoring vets with alumni photographer and author

October 25, 2013 — Photographer Chad Hunt and writer Kevin Powers use their art to illuminate and document powerful truths about military life and the human face of war and conflict. Both alumni, Hunt and Powers will be on campus in November to talk about their work and their experiences.  Full article »

Digital Pragmata: Curating digital objects discussion Nov. 21

October 25, 2013 — "Curating Digital Objects" will be the topic of discussion Nov. 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Cabell Library. The session, followed by a reception, will be held in Room 250. It is free and open to all but seating is limited.  Full article »

Student Forum: Come get the inside story on the new library

October 10, 2013 — Did you know that we'll be breaking ground on the new library this spring? Did you know that there will also be some significant renovations done to the existing library? Then come to the next Cabell Life Forum on Oct. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 250. Full article »

Moving materials and deaccessioning obsolete items part of prep work for library construction

October 4, 2013 — Moving materials is a critical component of planning for the new library on the Monroe Park Campus. As part of preparation and clean-up in advance of construction (beginning spring,  2014), librarians are analyzing the collection for essential deaccessioning.  Full article »

An Open Forum on Open Access and other sessions set for researchers, NIH grantees, the curious and the concerned

October 3, 2013 — VCU Libraries has organized a series of free and open programs designed to begin an in-depth conversation at VCU about Open Access publishing models during International Open Access Week. Full article »

Now you can borrow from most Virginia academic libraries

October 3, 2013 — Any member of the VCU community--student, faculty or staff--can walk into any of these participating libraries and others, prove affiliation with VCU and enjoy immediate borrowing privileges.  Full article »

New building on fast track, on schedule and budget set

September 30, 2013 — Last week, the VCU Libraries community tangibly heard and felt our near future: the rat-a-tat-tat of jackhammers at dawn. A crew was exploring how the concrete aggregate panels are attached to Cabell Library in order to finalize construction specs for the new library on the Monroe Park Campus.  Full article »

VCU Libraries creates new research data position; Henderson appointed

September 26, 2013 — VCU Libraries created a new position to handle research data management and appointed librarian Margaret E. Henderson.  Full article »

Self-serve laptop kiosk speeds up service

September 23, 2013 — A new self-serve kiosk in the lobby of James Branch Cabell Library should speed up laptop loans and returns. Full article »

Comic arts giant Stephen R. Bissette to speak Oct. 14

September 20, 2013 — Stephen R. Bissette, one of the biggest names in the comics industry today, comes to VCU to speak on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Grace Street Theater. Full article »

VCU Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale Oct. 21-25

September 19, 2013 — The 2013 VCU Friends of the Library book sale will be held Oct. 21-25 at James Branch Cabell Library.  Full article »

Archaeology and the digital age connect in 3D artifact replicas exhibit

September 19, 2013 — Projects from "Digital Archaeology in the Virtual Curation Laboratory: 3D Scanning and Research at VCU" will be on display beginning Oct. 18 in James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

Migrating Archives brings LGBT history to Cabell Oct. 21-Dec. 31

September 19, 2013 — "Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Collections around the World" approaches queer history through the vantage points of some 10 individual stories. This innovative show from San Francisco's GLBT History Museum merges art and history, archives and real lives. Full article »

Inaugural Advance Your Research session set for Oct. 15

September 13, 2013 — VCU Libraries will present Advance Your Research on Tuesday, Oct. 15, a full day of walk-in workshops for graduate students and faculty designed to help make their research process better, faster and smarter. Full article »

Award-winning cartoonist James Sturm comes to VCU

September 3, 2013 — James Sturm, award-winning creator of graphic novels such as "Market Day" and "The Golem's Mighty Swing," comes to VCU on Monday, Sept. 16. Full article »

Video posted: Award-winning cartoonist James Sturm talks at VCU

September 3, 2013 — James Sturm, award-winning creator of graphic novels such as "Market Day" and "The Golem's Mighty Swing," visited VCU this past September to give a special lecture to the local community of comics and art enthusiasts. Full article »

VCU Libraries 2013-2014 major exhibits

August 30, 2013 — VCU Libraries hosts a wide variety of exhibits throughout the academic year. Some are traveling exhibits, and others are original, featuring materials from our own collections or created by others in the VCU community. Full article »

VCU Libraries 2013-2014 Events Lineup

August 22, 2013 — VCU Libraries is off and running for the 2013-2014 academic year with a full schedule of events. These events, which are but a small part of all that VCU Libraries accomplishes each year, give an idea of the tremendous diversity in our outreach efforts, our collections and the research interests and needs of our patrons. Full article »

Sept. 10 event, new digital collection look back at 1963 civil rights protests

August 22, 2013 — Historians Brian J. Daugherity and Brian E. Lee visit Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to talk about their article "Program of Action: The Rev. L. Francis Griffin and the Struggle for Racial Equality in Farmville, 1963." Full article »

A good year, thanks to our donors

August 22, 2013 — Fiscal Year 2013 marked the highest amount of money raised by the VCU Friends of the Library to date. The amount of the average Friends gift increased almost 46 percent. Full article »

In the Moment: VCU Fall 2013

August 21, 2013 — Just scant weeks into the new semester, VCU is already having a big year. Scan some headlines. Full article »

New one-stop service desk debuts at Cabell Library

August 15, 2013 — New this fall semester are streamlined services at James Branch Cabell Library. All checkout of books and equpiment loans and initial requests for research assistance are now handled from The Desk in the lobby. Full article »

Tour Cabell through Sept. 6; midnight tour added

August 12, 2013 — Students, staff and faculty can invest a few minutes on a tour of Cabell Library and save time later in the semester.  Full article »

Library Fest to welcome students, faculty and staff to Monroe Park campus

August 1, 2013 — VCU Libraries, Dining Services and Technology Services will present the second annual Library Fest, an open house tied to Welcome Week orientation activities for new students. Library Fest will be held Monday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

Johnson named head, innovative media

July 26, 2013 — New member of VCU Libraries to begin shaping state-of-the-art innovative media studio for new Monroe Park library.  Full article »

Cabell breaks its record

July 30, 2013 — What's bigger than Nationals baseball or Rams basketball home game attendance? Double the size of Mardi Gras? More popular by far than the Shenandoah National Park? Our Monroe Park Library. Full article »

VCU's digital press launches with British Virginia

July 23, 2013 — At the end of spring semester 2013, VCU Libraries launched British Virginia. The inaugural digital publication is the first of the "Virginia Company Sermons," which William Symonds preached in London in 1609. Full article »

VCU Libraries, AHECs provide vital health care information

August 4, 2013 — VCU Libraries collaborates to create a website that provides health care practitioners with the information they need to best treat their patients. Full article »

VCU honors important literary publications

July 22, 2013 — The VCU Department of English has recently announced the winners of both of its celebrated annual literary book awards: the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Levis Reading Prize, which is presented for the best first or second book of poems. Full article »

'Indie Press' relies on Cabell collection

July 19, 2013 — Central Virginia author Dale Brumfield is set to launch his latest book this month. And on September 1, he'll be giving a VCU Libraries Presents talk sponsored by Special Collections and Archives at 1 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

Library benefits expand alumni access

July 17, 2013 — VCU Libraries and VCU Alumni are working to keep alumni connected to library resources in new ways.  Full article »

Media checkout streamlined

July 15, 2013 — New at Cabell Library, all checkouts of media are managed by the single service desk. Previously, checkouts were on the third floor. Now, patrons have two easy paths. Full article »

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Resources

July 9, 2013 — Find out how new health care laws work and how they could affect you. Full article »

Traveling exhibit: George Washington and Medicine

July 9, 2013 — A new exhibit at Tompkins-McCaw Library explores the ways George Washington dealt with health and wellness and the changing medical profession. Full article »

Encampment for Citizenship revives summer program

June 20, 2013 — This July here at VCU, the Encampment for Citizenship relaunches its celebrated summer youth program, which has been on hiatus for more than 10 years Full article »

John Q artist collective making national mark telling untold stories

May 28, 2013 — From the west coast to the east coast, the innovative artist collective John Q is getting attention for a cluster of activities designed to showcase memory, history, archives and issues through a gay lens -- aided by VCU Libraries' own Wesley Chenault. Full article »

Tour Cabell through Aug. 31

June 10, 2013 — Students, staff and faculty can invest a few minutes on a tour of Cabell Library and save time later in the semester. Participants will learn about the facility, collections and resources, as well as how library services and staff can assist with assignments. Cabell Library tours start promptly inside the first-floor main entrance and last approximately 30 minutes. Full article »

Talk looks back on cartoon character Snuffy Smith and his creator

May 23, 2013 — Many know comic-strip character Snuffy Smith, but attendees of a talk in James Branch Cabell Library on May 23 were treated to a behind-the-scenes look into his origins. Full article »

News publications collection represents 30 years of VCU history

May 22, 2013 — Nearly 30 years of VCU history are represented in VCU Libraries newest digital collection, "VCU News Publications."  The Office of University Relations produced these publications, which carried different titles over the years.    Full article »

Three Cabell Award finalists announced

May 22, 2013 — Having consulted and discussed reviews written by volunteer readers, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award committee in the Department of English has narrowed down the list of 14 semifinalist books for the 2013 contest to three finalists. Full article »

Congratulations to VCU's new graduates

May 22, 2013 — On Friday, May 3, hundreds of students preparing to graduate from VCU gathered at the Science Museum of Virginia for the event Your Passport to the World. Full article »

Lactation room now open at Cabell Library

May 22, 2013 — A new lactation room, Room B11 on the ground floor of  the James Branch Cabell Library, is open to all VCU students, faculty and staff. Full article »

Talk on cartoonist Billy DeBeck and his comic strip Snuffy Smith

April 29, 2013 — A doctoral student in VCU's Media and Text program will give a presentation on the character Snuffy Smith, a moonshiner who appeared in the work of American cartoonist Billy DeBeck (1890-1942) on Thursday, May 23.  Full article »

News pubs collection represents 30 years of VCU history

April 25, 2013 — Nearly 30 years of VCU history are represented in VCU Libraries newest digital collection, "VCU News Publications."  The Office of University Relations produced these publications, which carried different titles over the years.  Full article »

Lamp exhibit to light up Cabell Library

April 23, 2013 — During the spring semester, a group of students from the Department of Interior Design and the Department of Crafts and Material Studies met in Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives to participate in a collaborative project inspired by Special Collections and Archives itself. Full article »

New to the collection: Business and industry databases

April 22, 2013 — Just in time for end-of-semester research projects, VCU Libraries introduces new databases useful to students of business, advertising, mass comm and researchers interested in business trends, entrepreneurship and corporate work and in getting the facts about private and public firms. Full article »

Cabell First Novelist Award semifinalists announced

April 22, 2013 — The VCU Department of English has just announced the 14 semifinalist books for this year's VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Thanks to everyone who served as a reader and helped to make such an exciting selection of novels. Full article »

RefWorks is 'forever': Use it and don't lose it after graduating

April 17, 2013 — Like the forever stamp, one of your library services stays with you, at the same price (free) forever -- RefWorks. Full article »

Commonwealth Times: Dr. Spiro's take on the meaning of life

April 15, 2013 — The Commonwealth Times covered the 28th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture, at which Dr. Jack Spiro discussed the meaning of life. Full article »

New to the collection: Film and Television Index

April 15, 2013 — Film and Television Index, a new database at VCU Libraries, helps researchers explore the spectrum of media scholarship from theoretical aspects and technical elements to critical reception and popular culture impact. Full article »

A step up: Stairs get an update

April 15, 2013 — For many years, visitors to Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences literally watched their step entering the building due to rough and uneven stairs. No longer.    Full article »

New free online careers guide aids job-seekers

April 15, 2013 — Charting your after-graduation or summer path? VCU Libraries, in partnership with University Career Services, now offers a handy, one-stop, online guide about how to use library resources to research companies and industries.   Full article »

Commonwealth Times: Students consider new library

April 5, 2013 — The Commonwealth Times covered Wednesday's Cabell Life Forum, where asked questions and proposed new ideas for the library's new building and service changes. Full article »

VCU Libraries hosts TEDMED 2013 simulcast April 16-19

April 2, 2013 — Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will host a live simulcast of TEDMED 2013, April 16-19, during regular library hours. The University community is invited to join colleagues to listen to this provocative series of short, inspiring talks, curated by the well-known TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference series. Full article »

Preservation Week, April 22-26

March 28, 2013 — Preservation Week returns to Cabell Library April 22-26. Preservation Week was begun in 2010 to promote the role of libraries and other institutions in preserving public and personal collections and treasures. This year, Patricia Selinger, Head of the Preservation Department, will demonstrate the art of book repair in the lobby from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Full article »

VCU Libraries connections to April 5 First Fridays abound

March 22, 2013 — First Friday in April is full of VCU Libraries' connections and contributions, including RPI history, photobooks and housing opportunities in Richmond.  Full article »

New research librarians focus on sciences and engineering

March 20, 2013 — Julie Arendt and Martha Roseberry are VCU Libraries' new research librarians for the sciences and engineering. They join Ronke Lawal, engineering and science collections librarian.  Full article »

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 »


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