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2014 News

Alumni couple gives Torah that survived the Holocaust to VCU Libraries

May 8, 2014 — Virginia Commonwealth University announced today the acquisition of a Sefer Torah, a powerful symbol and moving presence in Jewish worship and community life. Presented by an alumni couple with deep connections to the university, it will be held and safeguarded by the VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. Full article »

Just in time: Study skills materials now can be checked out

October 9, 2014 — New this fall, you may check out books from the Study Skills Collection and Test Prep section on the first floor of Cabell Library. Previously, these materials, were only for use inside the building. Now, many may be checked out for three-day loans.  Full article »

Shaka Smart is poster image for VCU Libraries

December 19, 2014 —  Shaka Smart is poster image for VCU Libraries. Want a poster? Become a donor or a higher-level donor.  Full article »

Where to Find Everything at Cabell Library

August 14, 2014 — Moving materials was a critical component of planning for the new library on the Monroe Park Campus. This fall, patrons will find many changes in the collection locations.  Full article »

Special Collections and Archives closed Dec. 8-Jan. 20

October 31, 2014 — The Special Collections and Archives department will be closed Dec. 8-Jan. 20 Full article »

Open House at Tompkins-McCaw Library Aug. 19 and 21

August 18, 2014 — Tompkins-McCaw Library to hold open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug. 21. Full article »

Spring semester tours set

December 22, 2014 — Spring semester tours are set. Full article »

Take a break from exams at Tompkins-McCaw Library

December 5, 2014 — The exam season can feel long and stressful, so treat yourself to a break at Tompkins-McCaw Library Dec. 8 through 11! We have coffee and refreshments as well as chair massages to help you to recharge and do your best on your exams. Full article »

Request items from other libraries or documents early

December 2, 2014 — Request materials early from Interlibrary Loan.  Full article »

NIH spokesperson argues for publishing research failures, stronger experimental designs

November 20, 2014 — Sanger Series: Lawrence Tabak Report and Video Full article »

Readers needed for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award contest

December 18, 2014 — The first batch of books for consideration for the 2015 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is here! We're seeking readers to help us review the books so that we can select the finalists to be sent to the judges for final selection of the winner. All current students, faculty, staff and Friends of VCU Libraries are welcome to participate. Full article »

Graduates-only Mapp Room closed due to construction

December 1, 2014 — Cabell's fourth floor Mapp Room, which is the space now reserved for graduate students only, closed immediately after fall semester exams. It will remain closed until further notice, likely through the spring semester.  Full article »

The Big Shift finale: 1 million-plus items moved in prep for construction

June 5, 2014 — If you've visited Cabell Library in the past 12 months, you've witnessed The Big Shift. You just didn’t know it.   Full article »

Libraries' poster series celebrates diversity, culture and identity

December 19, 2014 — Poster series celebrates diversity, culture and identity.  Full article »

Free posters celebrate diversity, identity and culture

December 27, 2013 — Free posters celebrate diversity, identity and culture Full article »

Fall 2014 Events in Review

December 10, 2014 — While juggling major projects such as the construction of the new building at Cabell Library, we managed to offer approximately 25 different public programs this semester, not including private functions or any of our numerous regularly scheduled tours and instructional sessions. Full article »

Open-access publishing platform offers thousands of scholarly articles, research findings and data to the public for free.

September 19, 2014 — Open-access publishing platform offers thousands of scholarly articles, research findings and data to the public for free.     Full article »

Nation's First: Black History Museum exhibit explores Leigh Street Armory

November 3, 2014 — Armory exhibit offers insight into black-white Richmond.  Full article »

ClinicalKey: Your new 24/7 source for evidence-based practice information on the go

October 22, 2014 — ClinicalKey is now your major source for evidence-based practice information on the go. It is available 24/7 from classrooms to clinics. Full article »

Exhibit shines light on MCV and the practice of medicine, in the field and on the homefront during World War I

November 10, 2014 — A new exhibit at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will display artifacts from Base Hospital 45, a unit of physicians and nurses trained at the Medical College of Virginia who served in France during World War I. Full article »

Helene Wecker wins the annual VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

July 24, 2014 — The VCU Department of English has just announced that the winner of this year's VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is Helene Wecker for The Golem and the Jinni, published by HarperCollins. The novel is a historical fantasy set in turn-of-the-century New York City, charting the unlikely friendship and romance between two mythical characters. Full article »

VCU Libraries honored with PR Awards

July 24, 2014 — VCU Libraries receives awards for 2013-14 public relations materials. Full article »

Scholars Compass passes 50,000 downloads milestone

December 2, 2014 — Scholars Compass exceeds 50,000 downloads mark.  Full article »

Look, Learn, Create: The Art Browsery is organized to inspire you

October 23, 2014 — Look, learn and create: The Art Browsery, a dedicated book display on the fourth floor, James Branch Cabell Library, offers new books to inspire creation.   Full article »

The Art of Journalism on view at Cabell Library

November 24, 2014 — The Art of Journalism is a new exhibition that features the Commonwealth Times' talented illustrators and journalist-artists.     Full article »

Data Management Bootcamp kicks off a big year for big data

November 20, 2014 — Data Management Bootcamp Jan. 7-9 kicks off a big year for big data at VCU.    Full article »

Study break Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.

November 13, 2014 — Free study break set for Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m., Cabell Library, fourth floor.  Full article »

Construction moving right along

August 14, 2014 — The center of the Monroe Park Campus looks quite different than it did at the end of the spring semester. Full article »

Get into the spirit of it all: Come to Cabell in costume Friday Oct. 31 for free photo with green screen backdrop

October 23, 2014 — Get into the Halloween spirit. Come to Cabell in costume Friday Oct. 31 for free photos shot against our green screen. Full article »

Q&A With VCU Business School Librarians

October 9, 2014 — Q&A with your business librarians: Bettina Peacemaker and Pattie Sobczak on trends, technology, leading, collaborating, publishing, collecting and researching in today's 24/7 business world.  Full article »

New digital gallery displays treasures and rare items

September 19, 2014 — VCU Libraries launches digital gallery to display treasures and rare items from Special Collections and Archives.     Full article »

Advance Your Research in walk-in workshops Oct. 14

September 24, 2014 — VCU Libraries repeats its well-received day of walk-in workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Room 250, Cabell Library.  Full article »

MCV Campus' Medicovan completes digital collection of official VCU pubs

October 13, 2014 — Medicovan, the monthy newsletter for the MCV Campus from 1948-73 has now been added to the digital collection VCU News Publications. This collection also includes VCU Today, VCU Voice, VCU News, and UniverCity News--all of which were official university news sources.  Full article »

Panel on scientific publishing on Oct. 1

September 12, 2014 — Researchers are invited to attend an upcoming panel titled "After You Hit 'Submit'! : Scientific Publishing from the Journal's Perspective" on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Commons Theater of the VCU Student Commons. Learn the role of publishers and editors, then get answers to your publishing questions from a panel of experts: a publisher, three VCU editors, and a student author! Register at: Full article »

Location change for Oct. 1 panel on scientific publishing

September 30, 2014 — The Oct. 1 panel event "After You Hit 'Submit'! : Scientific Publishing from the Journal's Perspective" has changed venues. It will be held in the Commons Theater on the first floor of the VCU Student Commons at 907 Floyd Ave. from 1 to 3 p.m. Full article »

Cabell Life Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 1

September 11, 2014 — Join us for the fall annual Cabell Life Forum, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (room #250). Students will gather for an open forum to learn more about current construction updates, the new library fee and other items of note. Attendees are invited to bring questions, ideas, concerns, their friends and an appetite; refreshments will be provided. Full article »

Artifacts from VCU Libraries' Girl Scouting collection on view at Virginia Union University through Sept. 28

September 16, 2014 — Girl Scouting in Virginia will receive special recognition this week when a Virginia Historic Marker is unveiled honoring the first African-American troop in the Commonwealth.   Full article »

Upcoming Cabell Library Sessions for Families

September 11, 2014 — VCU Libraries welcomes families to stop by Cabell Library between 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Library staff will be on hand to discuss details of our new library, the construction process itself and upcoming changes during the year to Cabell Library. You can also learn about services available to your students during construction. Finally, please join us for a half-hour library tour at 2 p.m. We hope you'll stop by! Full article »

19th century prints collection offers views and insights of RVA

June 19, 2014 — More than 140 images of daily life in Richmond from 1853 to 1901 are available online. Additional resources are found in Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

Free digital and hard-copy delivery services available

August 15, 2014 — Free delivery services now offered. Full article »

Students needed! Apply to make a difference at VCU Libraries

August 19, 2014 — For a chance to help make a difference at VCU Libraries, apply to be a member of CLUAC.  Full article »

More hours, more equipment, more service opens VCU Libraries' academic year on both campuses

August 14, 2014 — Users will see many changes at the libraries this fall. Full article »

Save the dates for these upcoming VCU Libraries events

June 18, 2014 — We are currently planning our library events for the 2013–14 academic year. It will be another busy year, made even busier than usual by the major construction project going on at Cabell Library, and we expect to offer a great, full lineup of free, public programs to spark dialogue in the community. Full article »

Virtual library to provide information infrastructure for international addiction studies students

July 24, 2014 — Scientists around the world, including many at VCU, are working to understand addiction to prevent, diagnose and treat it. Now, a VCU Libraries effort is building an information infrastructure for a forward-thinking global program. Full article »

Library Fest kicks off Welcome Week Aug. 18

July 24, 2014 — Library Fest set for Aug. 18. Full article »

Cabell Special Collections and Archives closed Aug. 1 9 to 11 a.m.

July 29, 2014 — The Special Collections and Archives Department at James Branch Cabell Library will be closed 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Full article »

Construction Update: Summer closings set

July 9, 2014 — Due to construction-related electrical work that requires scheduled power shut offs, James Branch Cabell Library will be closed on Saturday, July 19, Saturday, July 26, and on Saturday, August 16. Cabell will also close early, at 8 p.m., on Wednesday, July 23.  Full article »

Cabell Special Collections and Archives closed June 20 and 23

June 6, 2014 — Special Collections and Archives on the fourth floor will be closed Friday and Monday, June 20 and 23. Staff in that department will be moving their offices to the third floor to open space for construction. Full article »

VCU Libraries Events in Review, 2013-14

May 22, 2014 — This has been a landmark year for VCU Libraries for many reasons. The libraries have been busier than ever, with over 30 featured events and exhibits, not including any of the countless library orientations, information sessions, classes and workshops. Estimated total attendance for events alone reached a record-breaking 7,700 people. To everyone in the audience, our sincere thanks for helping to make this such an exciting time in our history. Full article »

University posts comic arts photo gallery

June 27, 2014 — University News features Comic Arts Collection Full article »

Silent floor, no more

June 6, 2014 — Due to construction and moving, Cabell's fourth floor is not very quiet these days.  Full article »

New webcam lets you follow the action in real time

June 2, 2014 — Curious about Cabell construction? A webcam located on the top of Hibbs Hall provides a live feed of progress on the new Monroe Park Library.  Full article »

[Construction Update] Fourth floor empties, noise continues

June 2, 2014 — Patrons will notice continued noise, activity and movement in Cabell Library in coming days and weeks. Beginning the Week of June 2, expect many changes. Full article »

Mapp Room remains open to grad students on noisy fourth floor

June 2, 2014 — Mapp Room remains open on noisy fourth floor.  Full article »

VCU Libraries' student-worker graduates represent university's best and brightest

May 14, 2014 — VCU Libraries is one of the largest employers of student workers at VCU. Their work is critical to operations, from working the service desks and cataloging, from reshelving materials to writing and designing promotional materials. VCU Libraries’ graduating class of 2014 represents the same drive and diversity of which the whole university is proud. A full list of library worker graduates is below. Full article »

VCU Scholars Compass training sessions open to VCU community

May 20, 2014 — Open training sessions will help launch the VCU Scholars Compass, a publishing and repository platform for the intellectual output of VCU’s academic, research, and administrative communities.  Full article »

Cabell closed Saturday, Tompkins-McCaw opens late due to planned power outages

May 15, 2014 — Cabell Library will be closed on Saturday and that TML will not open until 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both libraries will experience planned power outages on May 17. Full article »

Academic Learning Commons extends open hours to expand study space

April 15, 2014 — Beginning Monday, April 21, the Academic Learning Commons will extend its hours to 2 a.m. to accommodate end-of-semester crunch students. Full article »

Faculty Survey open to Friday, April 25

April 21, 2014 — Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey extended to April 25 to invite more participation from faculty. University Librarian John Ulmschneider writes about the data's importance in The Academy.    Full article »

BrowZine: A new way to keep up with your favorite research journals

April 22, 2014 — BrowZine allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals -- all in a format optimized for your iPad or Android tablet. Full article »

Friends of Library host study break with undergrad advisory committee

April 14, 2014 — Just when students were getting to that frantic stage--deeply involved in projects and papers with exams on the horizon--Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee (CLUAC) and the Friends of VCU Libraries hosted a study break to help students recharge. Full article »

Knott elected to national directorship

April 24, 2014 — Knott elected to national board directorship. Full article »

Graduate research posters project inaugurates VCU's new online publishing platform

April 21, 2014 — Graduate research posters may now be submitted to VCU Libraries digital archives. Full article »

April 7-18: Survey will assess what faculty need in the digital age

April 4, 2014 — What do faculty need in the digital age? VCU faculty to participate in survey April 7-18. Data will inform strategic decision-making.   Full article »

Opening April 25: Gallery showcases VCU scientists' microscopic images

April 10, 2014 — Anders Hånell, Ryan Clohessy and Gireesh Reddy are recipients of prizes and best in show honors in "Through the Looking Glass,” a VCU Libraries contest and exhibition of microscopic images created by VCU students, faculty and staff. Full article »

Submit undergraduate student research posters to new VCU Libraries digital archive

March 19, 2014 — VCU Libraries supports undergraduate research by providing a digital archive of student work. This service of VCU Libraries is free and open to all undergraduates and their faculty mentors.  Full article »

Happy Birthday, Mr. Cabell

April 9, 2014 — James Branch Cabell, the namesake of Cabell Library, remains an inspiration to writers and artists many years after his death. April 14 is his birthday. On the occasion of his 135th birthday, VCU Libraries unveils a new research guide and information packages about Mr. Cabell. Please enjoy and explore. Also look for social media about Mr. Cabell all week.  Full article »

The Academy blog debuts: Insights for faculty about libraries and academic work today

April 10, 2014 — VCU Libraries new blog The Academy debuts today with a column by University Librarian John E. Ulmschneider about the important information being gathered from faculty participating in a current survey about how they approach their research. Full article »

Sanger Series topic: What is the future of scholars' intellectual property?

April 9, 2014 — The next Sanger Series lecture features Stanford University's John Willinsky on "Intellectual Property." Full article »

New Sanger Series explores emerging and ethical issues in scholarship in the digital age

January 6, 2014 — The VCU Office of Research and VCU Libraries will launch The Sanger Series in 2014, a new speaker series designed to address ethical issues and trends that affect research, scholarship and creative expression Full article »

VCU Libraries projects provide trusted public health information

April 7, 2014 — The first week of April is National Public Health Week, organized by the American Public Health Association. In support of this week of focus, a VCU Libraries social media campaign [A Healthy You] showcases free and available online resources prepared by librarians and through community partnerships. Full article »

Students hold open forum on library April 3

April 2, 2014 — Students will gather for an open forum on VCU Libraries Thursday, April 3, 5 to 6 p.m., in Room 250 at James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

VCU unveils rare collection of Virginia civil rights protest photographs

April 3, 2014 — VCU unveils rare collection of Virginia civil rights protest photographs. Freedom Now Project asks for the public's help in learning details about people, protests Full article »

Schedule Update: New Cabell Library entrance will open Friday, March 21.

March 20, 2014 — The temporary Cabell Library entrance will open Friday, March 21. Entrance will be in use throughout the construction process, through fall 2015.   Full article »

VCU Libraries Alumni Month Events Lineup

March 20, 2014 — The university is growing and adapting to new needs in the community, new trends in scholarship and new technology. During VCU Alumni Month, held every April, the university celebrates our thousands of inspiring and active alumni through events and activities that look back at our rich history and forward to our future. VCU Libraries celebrates VCU Alumni Month with a variety of events and exhibits highlighting the tremendous diversity and vivacity of the VCU community. Full article »

VCU Tech Fair on April 8 and 9

March 28, 2014 — Technology Services and VCU Libraries present the 2014 VCU Tech Fair on Tuesday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Richmond Salons University Student Commons and on Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The event Features "hands-on" demos, presentations, free light lunch and giveaways. Full article »

Keep up with Cabell construction updates

March 20, 2014 — New website keeps track of construction activity, progress and noise alerts. Bookmark it.  Full article »

Construction schedule set for new library

January 15, 2014 — The new library on the Monroe Park Campus is inching closer to reality. Here is the preliminary construction timeline.  Full article »

Construction Update: Bike racks will move March 10

February 26, 2014 — The back racks on the southeast side of the atrium will be moved March 10. Don't park there.  Full article »

Book illustrations by Degas on view through Feb. 28

January 15, 2014 — Degas book illustrations on view through Feb. 28 Full article »

Make it Real desk comes to Cabell Library

February 22, 2014 — Are you up for a challenge? VCU is holding a campus-wide, social media scavenger hunt Feb. 24–28 and VCU Libraries is participating. Full article »

VCU hosts first THATCamp for RVA

January 31, 2014 — VCU Libraries and other on-campus partners will host RVA's first THATCamp March 14-15. Full article »

Construction Update: First floor printer corral scheduled for shutdown March 7-14

March 6, 2014 — Printer center on first floor Cabell scheduled for shutdown March 7-14 Full article »

Cabell reduces operating hours during spring break

March 7, 2014 — Cabell Library reduces hours during spring break. Full article »

March 28 openVCU session to generate dialogue about open education, teaching, learning and scholarship

February 26, 2014 — The Center for Teaching Excellence, Online @VCU, VCU Libraries and the Instructional Technology Advisory Group sponsor openVCU, a three-part symposium to generate dialogue about open education, teaching, learning and scholarship. More Full article »

Cabell Construction: Traffic pattern to change

February 5, 2014 — Construction at Cabell Update: Starting Friday, Feb. 7, crews will begin setting up a safe construction area on the east of James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

Advance Your Research sessions set for March 19

March 4, 2014 — Advance Your Research sessions set for March 19. Full article »

Digital Pragmata: Scholar, Maker, Creator: New Humanities Conversations

February 20, 2014 — The dynamism of the digital age creates myriad challenges and opportunities for creators, scholars and researchers alike. It is changing everything about scholarship, from the kind of information we delve into to the ways in which we present it. The newest panel from the VCU Libraries’ Digital Pragmata series investigates how scholarship in the humanities can best respond to this intersection. Full article »

Calling all Girl Scouts

February 17, 2014 — Calling all Girl Scouts in Central Virginia Full article »

Trial Database: Psychological Experiments Online

January 31, 2014 — VCU Libraries offers a trial use of Psychological Experiments Online through March 27. Full article »

Radio host bequeaths rare gifts to VCU Libraries

January 16, 2014 — Radio host Grete Dollitz bequeathed to the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries a collection of rare guitar CD recordings, sheet music, her entire collection of WCVE-FM radio programs and at least 1,000 LPs, including an album autographed by classical guitarist Andrés Segovia. Full article »

Enter now: Microscopic images contest showcases science and beauty

January 8, 2014 — The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invites you to enter your best microscopic images into "Through the Looking Glass: A Microscopic Image Contest." Selected images will be displayed in the gallery at Tompkins-McCaw Library and will be eligible for cash prizes. Full article »


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