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2015 News

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. Full article »

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 Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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.   Full article »

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  Full article »

A "Star Wars" Sampler: Highlights from the Comic Arts Collection

December 17, 2015 — Explore some "Star Wars" holdings in VCU Libraries Comic Arts Collection.  Full article »

Some library services unavailable during winter break

December 15, 2015 —  Library spaces operated on reduced hours during winter break.  Full article »

Faculty and research networking luncheon set for Jan. 14

December 15, 2015 — Faculty are invited for speed networking and lunch Jan. 14.   Full article »

Services streamlined during Dec. 28-Jan. 9 Intersession.

December 11, 2015 — Services at Cabell Library streamlined during Dec. 28-Jan. 9 Intersession.  Full article »

Spring semester tours set

December 11, 2015 — Tours of Cabell Library will be given Jan. 21-28. They begin promptly. Meet in the lobby. Full article »

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. Full article »

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.  Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.  Full article »

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. Full article »

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.  Full article »

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).  Full article »

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.  Full article »

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. Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.   Full article »

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. Full article »

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.   Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.  Full article »

Friends of VCU Libraries welcomes new chair and members

September 25, 2015 — Friends board names new chair and members for 2015-16. Full article »

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. Full article »

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.   Full article »

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.   Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

VCU Libraries open on reduced schedule during bike race

September 10, 2015 — VCU Libraries offers reduced hours during bike race week.  Full article »

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. Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.     Full article »

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 Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full article »

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. Full 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.  Full article »

Cabell Library closed Aug. 8-9

August 7, 2015 — Cabell Library is closed Aug. 8-9. Power to be shut off.  Full article »

Web of Science resources grow in 2015

July 15, 2015 — VCU Libraries in 2015 expanded its access to Web of Science (WOS) databases. Full article »

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.    Full article »

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.     Full article »

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  Full article »

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. Full article »

New VCU Bulletin and its archives launched

July 17, 2015 — New VCU Bulletin site and archives provide easy, online access to key information. Full article »

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.  Full article »

"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.  Full article »

Summer season construction projects moving quickly

May 14, 2015 — What's ahead for summer season construction at Cabell Library?  Full article »

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’   Full article »

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).  Full article »

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. Full article »

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.  Full article »

Team serves Wilder School

March 30, 2015 — Team serves Wilder School; new position posted Full article »

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   Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.  Full article »

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.  Full article »

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. Full article »

Interactive map from 1889 reveals Richmond's rich architectural history

March 3, 2015 — Interactive map from 1889 reveals Richmond's rich architectural history            Full article »

Creative Catalysts: VCU's arts librarians bring varied expertise and perspectives to School of the Arts

February 6, 2015 — Meet VCU Libraries arts librarians: Nell Chenault, Carla-Mae Crookendale and Emily Davis Winthrop Full article »

February 18 "Meet VCU's Authors" talk postposted because of inclement weather

February 17, 2015 — Because of possible inclement winter weather conditions, the "Meet VCU's Authors" talk by Christopher Brooks, originally scheduled for February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the VCU Depot, has been postponed. Full article »

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.  Full article »


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