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  • New oral history project tells story of African-American schools in Goochland County
    March 25, 2016 — New oral history project led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and John Tyler Community College explores the experiences of former students of Goochland County’s Rosenwald Schools, which were among the nearly 5,000 built throughout the South in the early 20th century to educate African-American children.
  • Aug. 22 Library Fest open house marks the new academic year
    August 3, 2016 — The annual Library Fest open house takes place Monday, Aug. 22, 2 to 4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library. 
  • The Workshop gears up for its first full academic year with the goal of building a community of makers
    July 25, 2016 — The Workshop gears up for its first academic year with the goal of building a community of makers, an official name and loads of cool stuff. 
  • Faculty ENews 2016
    March 9, 2017 — Various newsletters for faculty.
  • Inaugural African-American Read-In invites readers, listeners and participants
    February 19, 2016 — The community is invited to a new, participatory event on Feb. 26:  A Read-In celebrating Black History Month. To take part in this literary afternoon, drop by the Lecture Hall in James Branch Cabell Library (Room 303) between noon and 4 p.m. on Feb. 26. Sign up for a five-minute reading slot and read from works authored by African-Americans or about African-Americans, Africans and the diaspora. 
  • Renovations at Tompkins-McCaw Library begin Dec. 16
    November 16, 2016 — Renovations at the MCV Campus Library are set to begin Dec. 16. No end date has been announced. Prepare for noise on the first-floor through January. 
  • Libraries open with reduced service hours during winter break
    December 19, 2016 — During winter break, the libraries observe some schedule changes. Most of the academic year, James Branch Cabell Library is open around the clock. Hours are reduced during holidays and at breaks.
  • Best Books Lists for 2016
    December 19, 2016 — Each year, hundreds of thousands of books are published. Out of those, a select few stand out to literary institutions for their outstanding qualities. Some lists to ponder. 
  • Interlibrary Loan and Delivery Services closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2017.
    December 6, 2016 — VCU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan and Delivery Services will not be provided during the VCU Winter Closing Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2017. 
  • Kittens? Meditation? Music? Snacks? VCU Libraries offers ways to ease exam stress
    November 22, 2016 — Need an exam study break? Here are a few options from VCU Libraries. 
  • Students: Submit your end-of-semester art projects to Cabell Big Screen
    November 29, 2016 — Before you break for break: Submit art for the big screen. The Cabell Big Screen committee seeks student work for regular Student Showcases as well as solo or thematic exhibits. The committee is now planning a year-end Student Showcase that will run through January 2017.
  • Food for Fines project helps hungry students and those with library fines
    November 28, 2016 — James Branch Cabell Library will waive fines through a companion food drive Dec. 1-20 to help stock RamPantry@VCU, which provides nutritious and culturally appropriate emergency food to VCU students.  
  • In a time of divisiveness, public art project brings people together on Cabell Library lawn
    November 17, 2016 — Amid the divisiveness and negativity of the national political conversation, UNITY Project at Virginia Commonwealth University is aiming to spark a renewed spirit of optimism, camaraderie, inclusiveness and respect.  
  • National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead will deliver Black History Month Lecture at VCU
    November 18, 2016 — 2016 National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead to deliver VCU Libraries Black History Month Lecture Feb. 9, 2017. 
  • New scrapbook-like digital exhibit explores the 70-year-old vision and activity of the Encampment for Citizenship
    November 16, 2016 — New digital gallery showcases the work and the library collection of The Encampment for Citizenship,  which marks its 70th anniversary in November, 2016.  
  • Class trains student journalists to better report on science news by tapping library resources and asking better questions
    November 11, 2016 — VCU Libraries and School of Mass Communications and Culture partner on innovative Science Journalism class that teaches best practices in journalism and library research. 
  • Participatory medicine advocate wants to change the conversation about the patient’s voice in health care
    October 21, 2016 — Patient advocate shared her ideas and her art in visit to MCV Campus.
  • Alumna’s new film examines the life and work of influential poet and professor Larry Levis
    November 8, 2016 — VCU Libraries houses papers and materials used in filmmaker's unflinching portrayal of legendary professor and poet Larry Levis.  
  • Three pieces from VCU Libraries’ collections part of new National Museum of African American History and Culture
    September 22, 2016 — VCU Libraries is a part of new African American History and Culture museum on the National Mall. 
  • Students create "Forum of Ideas," join in closing conversation Nov. 16
    November 7, 2016 — Interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the real world developing concepts for the forum, the main public space in the new ICA. Samples of their work are on view at Cabell Library through Nov. 20. A conversation about the project is set for Nov. 16.
  • Student work needed for Cabell Big Screen's final semester show
    November 7, 2016 — The committee programming the Cabell Big Screen seeks student work for regular Student Showcases as well as solo or thematic exhibits.
  • VCU Libraries publishes guidelines, sets reservation system for Cabell Lecture Hall
    October 14, 2016 — The Cabell Lecture Hall, in high demand by various on-campus groups, is now available for reservation requests through the VCU Event Management System.
  • VCU Libraries fall book sale returns with renewed energy and a new purpose benefiting student-run community projects
    September 27, 2016 — The Friends of VCU Libraries fall book sale, on hiatus during construction of the new library, returns Oct. 27-31 with help from a new partner, the VCU Emerging Leaders Program.   
  • VCU Libraries book sale benefits these student-run initiatives
    October 6, 2016 — The VCU Emerging Leaders Program announces 2016-17 projects. These benfit from proceeds from the Friends of VCU Libraries book sales.
  • New journalism course addresses an important need in society--better communication about science and research
    September 20, 2016 — An innovative mass communications course aims to prepare students to explain science to the world. It also offers open-to-the-public sessions. 
  • Make the old new again in a contest that mixes archival materials with digital tools
    September 21, 2016 — Make the old new again in a contest that mixes archival materials with digital tools. Deadline is Oct. 14. 
  • Cabell Library’s new 400-square-foot outdoor screen to display art, animation, video, scholarly work
    August 26, 2016 — James Branch Cabell Library is poised to debut its newly installed 400-square-foot outdoor screen that will showcase art, animation, video and information about scholarly work.
  • Exhibit and panel Oct. 4 explore "The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s First Gay Student Group"
    September 30, 2016 — Discussion and companion exhibit explore early days of LGBTQ activism at VCU and the start of the Gay Alliance of Students. 
  • New "Questioning Cinema" series invites viewers to explore films and facts
    September 19, 2016 — A new film screening and discussion series invites participants to view top films and then explore truths and facts expressed in the medium. The first film is Waste Land.
  • Expect noise, grad center closing, disruptions through Sept. 26 in some Cabell spaces
    September 16, 2016 — Patrons should expect noise and disruption in usual library routines Tuesday, Sept. 20-Monday, Sept. 26 because James Branch Cabell Library is host to several major events related to the Sept. 22-24 kick-off of the Make It Real campaign.  
  • Stand up for your right to read and learn more about challenged books
    September 8, 2016 — Stand up for your right to read and participate in Banned Book Week activities at James Branch Cabell Library.
  • Cabell Library wins “2016 New Landmark Library” award
    September 22, 2016 — James Branch Cabell Library has been named a 2016 New Landmark Library by Library Journal, widely viewed as the most trusted and respected publication for the library community.
  • Wildflower photography collection is a ‘time capsule’ from the early days of the James River Park System
    September 21, 2016 — Richmond pioneer environmentalist Newton Ancarrow documented the flora of the James River in the '60s and '70s. Some of his valuable work is now digitized. 
  • New "Questioning Cinema" series invites viewers to explore films and facts
    September 19, 2016 — New film and discussion series pairs screenings with critical thinking and research skills. 
  • Know the etiquette for "quiet" and "silent" in Cabell
    August 3, 2016 — Library users must work together to observe "quiet" and "silent" spaces. 
  • Community and campus invited to talk on past and future changes to the U.S. Constitution
    August 24, 2016 — Talk and discussion on the changing U.S. Constitution set for Sept. 16. 
  • A new student-run fundraising effort invites donors to help to retire old libary chairs
    September 14, 2016 — The Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee aims to raise $10,000 to buy new chairs in VCU’s first student-run, student-centric, Web-based crowdfunding effort. 
  • New workshops aim to help faculty identify alternatives to pricey texts
    September 6, 2016 — Faculty concerned about the high cost of textbooks are invited to explore alternatives at a VCU Libraries workshop during the fall semester. 
  • Deadline for September Student Showcase: Sept. 15
    September 4, 2016 — James Branch Cabell Library's big screen will play host to regular showcase of student work. Deadline for the first showcase is Sept. 15.
  • Try tools and see demos every Wednesday in The Workshop
    September 6, 2016 — Stop by The Workshop each Wednesday noon to 1 p.m. for hands-on demos and Q&A about tools and equipment. 
  • The Workshop hosts open house for faculty Sept. 9
    August 29, 2016 — The Workshop hosts open house for faculty Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Angela Flournoy's "The Turner House" receives 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
    August 24, 2016 — Angela Flournoy has won the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year.
  • Thank you, donors: VCU Libraries at midpoint in $1 million match quest
    August 10, 2016 — This month, VCU Libraries reached the halfway point in its quest to raise $1 million in new gifts and pledges by June 30, 2017 to 
  • Ghaphery to lead new library division for scholarly communications and publishing
    August 9, 2016 — James Ghaphery will lead Scholarly Communications and Publishing, the first new division created by VCU Libraries in at least 20 years.  
  • Aug. 24 Grad Fest pulls together key library and research resources for grad students
    August 3, 2016 — Start strong and shine all year is the theme for Grad Fest, Wednesday, Aug. 24. The drop-in open house will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library (Lecture Hall, Room 303). 
  • Silent and quiet rules refined at Cabell Library; 175 new silent study seats now available
    March 2, 2016 — Patrons are still hearing more noise in James Branch Cabell Library than some would like and library leaders are responding to those concerns by revising expectations about which spaces are “silent” and “quiet.”
  • New division and new leadership for scholarly communications and publishing named
    April 29, 2016 — James Ghaphery is VCU Libraries new Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Publishing.
  • Richmond-area education research consortium’s studies now widely available through Scholars Compass
    August 3, 2016 — A collection of studies conducted in the Richmond area aimed at improving teaching and learning in K-12 schools has been posted online as part of Virginia Commonwealth University’s open-access publishing platform.
  • Librarians on three continents create new Virtual Library
    May 6, 2016 — Librarians on three continents developed the virtual library and classroom materials for the International Programme in Addiction Studies, a pioneering example of global collaboration in the academy. 
  • Films in series of documentaries on health sciences topics announced
    July 25, 2016 — The line-up for the 2016-17 Real Life Film Series--documentaries on health science topics--announced.
  • Talicia Tarver: Get to know new liaison to Allied Health programs
    June 21, 2016 —  Meet Talicia Tarver, the new liaison to the School of Allied Health Professions. 
  • VCU Libraries sees record year of philanthropy
    July 15, 2016 — On June 30, 2016, VCU Libraries closed the books on a record fiscal year of philanthropy.
  • VCU Libraries lifts fines on most overdue books effective July 15
    July 15, 2016 — VCU Libraries lifts fines on most overdue books effective July 15.
  • Library needs health sciences grad students as library advisors
    June 29, 2016 — Applications for 2016-17 Graduate Advisory Committee accepted through Aug. 31. 
  • Cabell Special Collections closed Tuesday, June 28
    June 23, 2016 — Cabell Library's Special Collections and Archives' service desk area will be closed Tuesday, June 28. 
  • Tours open Cabell Library to community visitors
    June 20, 2016 — Because of interest expressed by Central Virginia residents and members of the academic community, new tours are offered June-December.
  • CCTR and VCU Libraries collaborate on new bioinformatics series June 6-10
    June 10, 2016 — The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) and VCU Libraries collaborated on creating and teaching a new series of workshops June 6-10. 
  • See it all: Three new exhibits about the eye focus on medical illustrations and artifacts
    June 2, 2016 — Three new exhibits at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences showcase ophthalmology, medical illustrations of the eye and medical artifacts once used for cataract surgery.
  • Friends of the VCU Libraries and the VCU Emerging Leaders Program forge partnership
    May 31, 2016 — Friends of VCU Libraries tap student leadership group as partner for annual book sale.
  • Save the dates for Friends of VCU Libraries book sale Oct. 27-31
    May 20, 2016 — The book sale returns Oct. 27-31. Friends of VCU Libraries donors will receive admission to a preview sale on the morning of the first day.
  • Spring 2016: Our busiest ever event season
    May 18, 2016 — This spring, events sponsored by VCU Libraries or held in our buildings attracted a record-breaking total of 8,100 attendees. This is only 1,000 shy of the nearly 9,100 people who attended VCU Libraries events during the entire 2014–15 academic year.  
  • MCV Campus students invited to submit health care action photos to contest by Sept. 16
    April 29, 2016 — Submit photos of health care in action to Rams Reaching Out Photography Contest by Sept. 16.
  • 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award contest semifinalists announced
    May 20, 2016 — The VCU Department of English has just announced the semifinalists for this year's VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.
  • Virginia Supreme Court's exhibit "Bringing Down Jim Crow" features image from VCU's digital collections
    May 18, 2016 — "Bringing Down Jim Crow: the Legal Battle in Virginia, 1933-1967" at the Supreme Court of Virginia features VCU Libraries digital collection photo of Farmville protestor in 1963.
  • Fan District Association honors Cabell architecture
    May 18, 2016 — James Branch Cabell Library received the Excellence in Commercial Renovation Award at the Fan District Association Annual Meeting May 18. 
  • Teresa L. Knott sworn in as president and others take on key national roles
    May 12, 2016 — Teresa L. Knott will be sworn in as  president of the board of the Medical Libraries Association at its May 13-18 conference in Toronto.
  • Phone payments of fines no longer accepted
    May 9, 2016 — Due to a change in the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Standards, VCU Libraries' service desks can no longer accept phone payments beginning immediately.
  • Cross-cultural, global program creates capacity across continents to fight addiction
    May 6, 2016 — Global program prepares practitioners to fight addiction. A Virtual Library supports the international educational partnership among VCU, King's College London and the University of Adelaide.
  • Book commemorates Anderson Gallery legacy and celebrates VCU Libraries' collection
    May 6, 2016 — To celebrate the Anderson Gallery’s 45-year run of introducing innovative contemporary art to Richmond audiences and its vital role in the evolution of Virginia Commonwealth University, the VCU School of the Arts has published a commemorative 232-page book, Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge.
  • Community Health Education Center joins other VCU health advocates for May Better Hearing Month
    May 1, 2016 — Advocates for good health are leading a "Let's Hear It! Hearing Loss Awareness" campaign in May. 
  • From the archives: Digital resources provides a window into the African-American experience at VCU and its predecessors.
    February 26, 2016 — VCU Libraries Digital Collections and University Archives provides a window into the African-American experience at VCU and its predecessors.
  • Library exhibit showcases African-Americans' health and achievement in health sciences
    February 11, 2016 — To commemorate Black History Month, the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences presents a display featuring resources that focus on African-Americans and health as well as the African-American experience and achievement in the health sciences.
  • Tompkins-McCaw hosts exam season coffee breaks
    May 1, 2016 — Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is hosting exam season coffee breaks 3 to 5 p.m. May 1-5 and May 8-12. Find free coffee, tea and snacks at the library, located at 509 N. 12th St.
  • Digital Pragmata finale April 28 explores text and publishing in the digital age
    April 15, 2016 — At this latest installment of the Digital Pragmata series, panelists explore authorship and content in online publishing. How do we represent the best of print in the digital environment? How does digital publishing fit with the traditions and history of publishing?Claire Bourne, assistant professor in the VCU Department of English, moderates. 
  • Book sale returns to Cabell Library April 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    March 25, 2016 — VCU Libraries' book sale returns April 20 in partnership with VCU Emerging Leaders Program. 
  • Bursting the Bubble: Creativity professor and students find inspiration in Special Collections and Archives
    April 4, 2016 — Inspiration and creativity are not bound by disciplines. Libraries provide a crossroads for the exchange of ideas and exploration of materials across subject matters. That thinking brought Berwyn Hung, who teaches creativity, and his students to James Branch Cabell Library.
  • Grand Opening: A Day to Remember
    March 16, 2016 — March 15, 2016 was a day to remember. Hundreds of friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students celebrated the grand opening of the new Cabell Library. 
  • Milton "Paradise Lost" Readathon takes place Saturday, March 26 on Reading Porch
    March 21, 2016 — The first VCU Milton Paradise Lost Readathon takes place Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10 a.m. in the James Branch Cabell Library Reading Porch, third floor. All are welcome.  
  • "James Branch Cabell: Man of Letters and Libraries" online compendium launched in tandem with new library grand opening
    March 21, 2016 — VCU Libraries announces “James Branch Cabell: Man of Letters and Libraries,” marking the Grand Opening of the new Cabell Library and bringing a new generation to the library’s namesake, a prolific local writer considered to be one of the chief pioneers of fantasy writing. The online compendium is available for viewing at https://go.vcu.edu/aboutcabell
  • Temporary Exhibit of Rare Wonder Woman Airplane set for Feb. 24
    February 19, 2016 — Virginia Commonwealth University will offer a special exhibit of Wonder Woman’s famed invisible plane Wednesday, Feb. 24. This exhibit is a tribute to The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the 2016 VCU Common Book. The book’s author, Jill Lepore, is on campus Feb. 24-25 meeting with classes and giving a talk about the creation of Wonder Woman.
  • Special Collections and Archives open only by appointment March 7-14
    March 2, 2016 — Special Collections and Archives at Cabell Library will be open only by appointment March 7-14. To make an appointment, contact libjbcsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1108. 
  • Expanded Starbucks now open in Cabell Library
    February 26, 2016 — Bigger, better Starbucks in Cabell Library now open.  
  • VCU Libraries to host NIH Library “Introduction to Clinical Genomics” workshop
    March 3, 2016 — VCU Libraries to host NIH Library “Introduction to Clinical Genomic” workshop.
  • VCU to celebrate opening of new James Branch Cabell Library March 15
    March 3, 2016 — VCU Libraries will hold a grand opening ceremony for Virginia Commonwealth University’s greatly expanded and renovated James Branch Cabell Library on March 15.
  • Spiro delivers his last Brown-Lyons Lecture March 15
    March 8, 2016 — Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D., the Harry Lyons Distinguished Chair in Judaic Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University and director of the VCU Center for Judaic Studies, will deliver his final Brown-Lyons Lecture.
  • Association of Research Libraries selects Dennis Clark as leadership fellow
    January 6, 2016 — VCU Libraries' Dennis Clark is among the 28 librarians selected by the Association of Research Libraries to participate in the 2016–2017 Leadership Fellows program. 
  • Association of Research Libraries fellow Dennis Clark reflects on leadership and academic libraries
    March 5, 2016 — VCU Libraries' Dennis Clark is among the 28 librarians selected by the Association of Research Libraries to participate in the 2016–2017 Leadership Fellows program. In this Q&A, he reflects on leadership and academic libraries. 
  • Cabell Library open Monday
    January 21, 2016 — After several days of short schedules or closings due to snow and unsafe road conditions, James Branch Cabell Library is open today, Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, following VCU's schedule, is closed.   
  • Innovative Media's new The Workshop can help faculty teach and present scholarship
    January 23, 2016 — How the new, expanded Innovative Media department and its Workshop space on the Lower Level in Cabell Library can help faculty.
  • VCU's collection increasingly mirrors poetry's international diversity
    January 21, 2016 — VCU Libraries' poetry collection, already strong, is now a strategic priority as a Collection of Distinction. Humanities Collections Librarian Kevin Farley is leading the effort to enhance VCU Libraries' poetry holdings. An interview with Farley and grad student Emily Block explores the underlying values of this work.
  • Jan. 21 Sailor Jerry and Jan. 22 Copyright for Creators events rescheduled because of snow
    January 5, 2016 — The "Sailor Jerry" and "Copyright for Creators" events scheduled scheduled for this week in the library are being rescheduled because of the impending snow. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope to see you on the new dates.
  • VCU Libraries joins pioneering Open Library of Humanities
    January 13, 2016 — VCU Libraries joins pioneering Open Library of Humanities to push forward open-access publishing
  • Two library digital scholarship projects make Top 10 news list for 2015
    January 7, 2016 — VCU's Public Affairs department's annual rundown of most-read/most impact articles/items of the year includes VCU Libraries items.
  • Cabell Library closed Jan. 15-19
    January 6, 2016 — Cabell Library will close Friday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. This is a change from a previously announced MLK Day closure, which has been extended due to construction-related work on the granite floors. 
  • Readers needed for the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award contest
    January 5, 2016 — 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.