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  • Kelly Gotschalk to lead fundraising at VCU Libraries
    March 16, 2015 — Kelly Gotschalk has been appointed Director of Development and Major Giving for the VCU Libraries, effective April 10, 2015.
  • Anderson Gallery legacy of artistic innovation will endure on campus at James Branch Cabell Library
    May 14, 2015 — VCU Anderson Gallery to close Though its legacy of artistic innovation will endure on campus at James Branch Cabell Library
  • Try new streaming video service by Oct. 14
    September 22, 2015 — VCU Libraries introduces a trial of Kanopy, one of the largest, educational streaming video services. Try and provide feedback by Oct. 14.
  • New online collection displays municipal buildings nationwide
    December 16, 2015 — Researchers studying planning, history, architecture and similar subjects that involve built environments now have a new national resource. The Stubbins Collection of U.S. County Courthouse and Municipal Building Postcards has been digitized and is now freely available online.
  • Real Life Film Series focuses on health care today
    September 8, 2015 — Students, faculty, staff and health professionals are invited to take a break to enjoy engaging documentaries on health science topics followed by discussion about how the film relates to current work at VCU and impacts global health.
  • Medical literature available through library channels informs health care decisions at VCU Health
    December 1, 2015 — VCU Libraries is embedded in clinical practice. Evidence-based medicine relies on medical literature to effectively guide clinical practice. The model de-emphasizes intuition for clinical decision-making and instead stresses examining evidence from clinical research.
  • Just in Time: Seek out study skills books
    November 5, 2015 — To get an edge on testing and job hunting, browse books in the Academic and Careers section on the first floor of Cabell Library. Most of these books may be checked out for three-day loans.  
  • Cabell Foundation awards $1M challenge grant to bolster VCU’s new library
    December 17, 2015 — Cabell Foundation awards $1M challenge grant to bolster VCU’s new library 
  • A "Star Wars" Sampler: Highlights from the Comic Arts Collection
    December 17, 2015 — Explore some "Star Wars" holdings in VCU Libraries Comic Arts Collection. 
  • Some library services unavailable during winter break
    December 15, 2015 — Library spaces operated on reduced hours during winter break. 
  • Faculty and research networking luncheon set for Jan. 14
    December 15, 2015 — Faculty are invited for speed networking and lunch Jan. 14.  
  • Services streamlined during Dec. 28-Jan. 9 Intersession.
    December 11, 2015 — Services at Cabell Library streamlined during Dec. 28-Jan. 9 Intersession. 
  • Spring semester tours set
    December 11, 2015 — Tours of Cabell Library will be given Jan. 21-28. They begin promptly. Meet in the lobby.
  • Can you read early modern English? VCU-Folger Transcribathon lauded as success
    December 3, 2015 — One of the emerging and expanding roles of libraries is the creation of scholarship. This work, which adds to the ongoing role of libraries to provide protection, perservation and access to scholarship, was explored in a Transcribaton in partnership with the respected Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • Delivery Services, Interlibrary Loan closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3
    December 1, 2015 — Resource Sharing and Delivery, which includes Interlibrary Loans, will not operate during the VCU's winter closing, Dec. 19-Jan. 3, 2016. 
  • Relieve your exam stress with dogs, LEGOS, coloring, coffee, meditation and more, Nov. 30-Dec. 10
    November 24, 2015 — Reduce exam stress with free snacks, meditation mini-course, LEGOs, coloring, Dogs on Call visitors, all at Tompkins-McCaw Nov. 30-Dec. 10.
  • Digital map shows spread of KKK across United States like ‘a contagion’1915-40
    November 25, 2015 — A joint project between VCU Libraries and the Department of History illuminates the roots of racism in the 20th century United States 1915 and 1940.
  • Submit proposals to teach in new How-to Talks by Postdocs series by Sept. 2
    August 3, 2015 — Postdocs: Submit proposals for teaching topics for new lunchtime speaker series by Sept. 2. 
  • Superheroes show getting national attention
    October 22, 2015 — "Superheroes in Gotham" exhibition featured in New York Times, Village Voice and more.
  • VCU alumnus presents anatomical pop art in new Tompkins-McCaw gallery show
    October 14, 2015 — A show featuring anatomical images, "Unmasked: A Visual Dissection," runs Oct. 22-Jan. 31, 2016. Nickolai Walko, a graduate of the VCU School of the Arts, has developed a unique and eye-catching form of image-making that hybridizes classical drawing and pop art. 
  • VCU community to help transcribe 17th-century manuscripts for Folger Shakespeare Library
    November 11, 2015 — The Virginia Commonwealth University community is invited to take part in a "transcribathon" at which they will transcribe and encode two 17th-century manuscripts from the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
  • Construction finale: The last weeks of work bring noise
    November 25, 2015 — It's almost over. Final construction tasks are scheduled for December. Be prepared for noise. 
  • Free study break at Cabell Library Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.
    November 24, 2015 — Free study break on Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., Cabell Library, second-floor Multipurpose Room (250). 
  • TEDMED simulcast at Tompkins-McCaw Library Nov. 19-20
    November 5, 2015 — Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will host a live simulcast of selected programs from TEDMED 2015, Nov. 19-20. 
  • Update: New doors, new floors opening
    October 27, 2015 — The temporary entrance is no more. The new revolving doors are open. Furniture is being unwrapped and positioned in big new student spaces.
  • VCU Libraries launches fund to help scholars publish in open access journals
    October 21, 2015 — Funds available to faculty, grad students, postdocs and professional students who want to publish in open access journals. 
  • LEGO in the LIBRARY encourages creation, collaboration and sharing
    October 15, 2015 — Create, collaborate and share. VCU Libraries invites you to a LEGO build Oct. 19-23 in Cabell Library.  
  • Wilder School students stage "Silent Witness" exhibit in Cabell to focus on domestic violence
    October 12, 2015 — To raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence, a crime that constituted nearly 36 percent Virginia homicides in 2013, Wilder School students are collaborating with VCU Libraries and the Wellness Resource Center to present a traveling memorial. “Silent Witness” is on display Oct. 12-16 at the James Branch Cabell Library.
  • Learn how to host journals and conference proceedings in Scholars Compass
    September 21, 2015 — Hosting Journals and Conference Proceedings with Scholars Compass will be the topic Oct. 19 for a lunch presentation, noon to 1 p.m., James  Branch Cabell Library, Room 250.  
  • Researchers, are you ready for public access of your work?
    September 28, 2015 — Are you ready for public access to your research? VCU Libraries invites researchers to an Oct. 22 luncheon program, noon to 1 p.m., Tompkins-McCaw Library, first floor conference room to discuss the latest requirements from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. 
  • Copyright for Creators: New series explores the intersection of creativity and the law
    September 30, 2015 — New workshop series explores copyright and the creative process. University Counsel Madelyn Wessel presents. 
  • Friends of VCU Libraries welcomes new chair and members
    September 25, 2015 — Friends board names new chair and members for 2015-16.
  • Kathy Bradshaw named Assistant University Librarian for Organizational Development
    September 21, 2015 — Agnes Kathy Bradshaw (Kathy) has been named Assistant University Librarian for Organizational Development, effective Oct. 25, 2015.
  • New series showcases postdocs' expertise Oct. 12-Nov. 23
    September 21, 2015 — VCU postdoctoral researchers share hands-on knowledge and insights in a new speaker series, How-to Talks by Postdocs, sponsored by Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association. The series starts Oct. 12 and runs through Nov. 23.
  • Library Fest open house orients new students Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m.
    July 17, 2015 — The annual open house welcoming first-year, new and returning students will take place Monday, Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library.  
  • Celebrate Constitution Day 2015
    September 17, 2015 — What do the words of the U.S. Constitution mean to you? How does this document, dating to September 17 of 1787, affect the lives that we live now in the 21st century? We invite you to stop by James Branch Cabell Library to pick up a free copy of the U.S. Constitution this week in honor of Constitution Day 2015.
  • Free study break at Cabell Library Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.
    November 24, 2015 — Free study break on Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., Cabell Library, second-floor Multipurpose Room (250). 
  • VCU Libraries open on reduced schedule during bike race
    September 10, 2015 — VCU Libraries offers reduced hours during bike race week. 
  • What's new at VCU Libraries this fall? More speakers, more materials, more space
    September 3, 2015 — New research tools, materials and expert help introduced for fall 2015.
  • Military nursing shines in three MCV-campus exhibitions
    September 10, 2015 — Three fall semester exhibits showcase the history of nursing.
  • 10 top services VCU Libraries provides researchers
    August 12, 2015 — Director of Research Data Management shares her Top 10 in blog post for the College of Humanities and Sciences. 
  • Save the dates for upcoming VCU Libraries events
    August 14, 2015 — We are currently planning our library events for the 2015–16 academic year. See here for our fall lineup thus far. Please save the dates. All of these events are free, public programs designed to generate community dialogue and assist researchers. There are many more events in the works, and as details are finalized, they will appear in our complete list of events for 2015-16.
  • Short courses break away and build on the big bike race
    August 17, 2015 — VCU faculty from various disciplines and points of view are offering short topics courses tied to the UCI Road World Championships. The deadline for registration is Aug. 24. To prep for classes or study on your own, VCU Libraries resources can help. 
  • Your new library in 2015-16: New spaces available and more to come soon
    August 14, 2015 — The big blue crane is gone. Vertical construction is complete. The windows are installed. Returning students and faculty will see firsthand huge strides forward in the making of the new Cabell Library (#newcabell). Most of the loudest, jack-hammering level, work was completed during the summer. 
  • Library tours set for August and September
    July 30, 2015 — At the semester's start, both James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences offer tours to orient users to spaces and services. The complete schedule
  • Inspiration and Improvisation: Images, sounds and text lead to dance creations
    August 4, 2015 — Inspiration and Improvisation: Images, sounds and text found in Cabell Library lead to dance creations.
  • Provocative international arts journal now free and available to all through open access Scholars Compass
    August 12, 2015 — An important publication in the arts world, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, now has a new publishing base: Virginia Commonwealth University’s Scholars Compass. For the first time, the peer-reviewed journal’s full archives, from the first issue in 1980 to the present, are openly available online.
  • Boris Fishman wins 2015 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
    August 10, 2015 — 2015 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award won by Boris Fishman. He will read from and discuss his novel Nov. 10.
  • Virginia Living features dentist whose photos are on display through Sept. 30
    July 20, 2015 — Library gallery artist featured in "Secret Lives of Dentists" article.
  • Tompkins-McCaw Library hosts Welcome Week open houses, demos, tours
    August 7, 2015 — Tompkins-McCaw Library hosts open houses Aug. 18 and 20, schedules tours and other Welcome Week activities. 
  • Cabell Library closed Aug. 8-9
    August 7, 2015 — Cabell Library is closed Aug. 8-9. Power to be shut off. 
  • Web of Science resources grow in 2015
    July 15, 2015 — VCU Libraries in 2015 expanded its access to Web of Science (WOS) databases.
  • Cabell open around-the-clock starting Sunday, Aug. 16
    July 29, 2015 — Cabell Library will switch from its summer operating schedule to its regular academic schedule Sunday, Aug. 16.
  • Free online sessions on NCBI databases for beginners offered June 23-25
    June 10, 2015 — VCU Libraries offers trio of free webinars on NCBI databases for beginners, June 22-25, noon to 1 p.m. each day.
  • VCU Libraries announces amnesty on fines for overdue books March 18-31
    March 16, 2015 — VCU Libraries announces fine amnesty on overdue books as a thank you to students. Program begins at close of "topping off" ceremony March 18-March 31.
  • VCU Libraries announces amnesty on fines for overdue books March 18-31
    March 16, 2015 — VCU Libraries announces fine amnesty on overdue books as a thank you to students. Program begins at close of "topping off" ceremony March 18-March 31.
  • Cabell Associates Board preserves library's past while leading in philanthropy for the future
    May 19, 2015 — Cabell Library board preserves, inspires and invests in future 
  • VCU scholars, collection curator present at RVA Comics Con July 31-Aug. 1
    July 29, 2015 — VCU presenters offer scholarly voices at RVA comics convention July 31-Aug. 2.
  • Better Search Function Should Improve Research Experience
    January 20, 2015 — Changes in database and research guide search function should improve research experience.
  • 2015 Levis Prize goes to poet Sandra Lim
    July 16, 2015 — Levis Prize goes to Sandra Lim. She will read from her work Oct. 8. VCU Libraries is a sponsor. 
  • "Wonder Woman" Common Book now available for checkout
    June 19, 2015 — Copies of 2015-16 Common Book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, are available for checkout at VCU Libraries. Author Jill Lepore, a Harvard historian and New Yorker staffer, blends scholarship and pop culture in this much-talked-about book. 
  • Summer season construction projects moving quickly
    May 14, 2015 — What's ahead for summer season construction at Cabell Library? 
  • VCU and East Marshall Street Well Project Planning Committee announce community consultations
    April 13, 2015 — VCU and East Marshall Street Well Project Planning Committee announce ‘community consultations’
  • Free study break at Cabell Library April 22, 6-8 p.m.
    April 10, 2015 — Free study break on April 22, 6-8 p.m., Cabell Library, second floor Multipurpose Room (250). 
  • Historic Fulton oral history project now online, providing better access to important voices
    April 15, 2015 — VCU Libraries announces the next stage in telling an important and little-known story of the once-vibrant Historic Fulton community that fell victim to 1970s urban renewal.
  • 25 Documentaries for Classroom Use
    March 23, 2015 — VCU collects significant documentaries on a range of topics and at faculty request. Have ideas about films we should purchase? Contact us. Want to reserve a film for classroom use? We’ll have the film ready for you when you need it. Here is a short list of some of the more than 9,000 DVDs in VCU Libraries collection. 
  • Team serves Wilder School
    March 30, 2015 — Team serves Wilder School; new position posted
  • Growth and breadth of scholarship on leadership topics reflected in expanding collection
    March 26, 2015 — Growth and breadth of scholarship on leadership topics reflected in expanding collection  
  • Interactive map from 1889 reveals Richmond's rich architectural history
    March 3, 2015 — Interactive map from 1889 reveals Richmond's rich architectural history           
  • Topping-off ceremony marks major milestone
    March 16, 2015 — Activities to top off new library on Monroe Park Campus March 18. All in the VCU community are invited to join in. 
  • February 18 Cabell Library Graduate Students Forum postposted
    February 17, 2015 — Because of winter weather conditions, the two Cabell Library Graduate Students Forum sessions, originally scheduled for February 18 at 2 and at 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor Multipurpose Room at Cabell Library, have been postponed.
  • Photo collections added to Flickr Commons and greatly expands outreach
    March 16, 2015 — Library's photo collections added to Flickr's The Commons, greatly expanding public access. 
  • Innovative Media hosts open forum on makerspace March 31
    March 3, 2015 — VCU Libraries Makerspace Open Forum will be held March 31, 6 to 7 p.m., in Cabell Library, Room 250. 
  • Recommended Resources on Virtual Worlds, Gaming and Everyday Realities
    March 16, 2015 — Business and Collections Librarian Pattie Sobczak offers expertise on gaming and virtual worlds and their applications to the real world of your teaching and research. 
  • New strategic framework sets the course for future priorities and focus
    March 17, 2015 — VCU Libraries leadership has unveiled a new strategic framework to align with new mission statement. These published, working documents are the result of a months-long inclusive process of planning and re-visioning with the purpose of setting clear priorities for the immediate future. 
  • Three Library Stories Make Top 10 for the Year
    January 20, 2015 — VCU Libraries articles on Freedom Now Project, comic arts, microscopic images are among the year's most popular news items from VCU. 
  • Pose for green-screen photos at Topping-off Ceremony
    March 16, 2015 — VCU Libraries' Innovative Media team will be on the Compass Wednesday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering a green screen photo opp tied to the Topping-off Ceremony for the new library building.