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Wednesdays in the Workshop Returns

February 28, 2017 — Virtual reality, anyone? Want to learn to sew? Stargaze using VCU Libraries' telescope? Join free sessions that explore equipment and technologies.  Full article »

VCU Libraries hosts Virginia satellite OpenCon to international conference on open research and educational practices

October 18, 2017 — VCU invites students, faculty, librarians, scientists, writers and researchers to the Virginia satellite session of the international conference OpenCon on Jan. 12, 2018. Propose a session an/or register now.  Full article »

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

October 25, 2017 — Get into the Halloween spirit. Come to Cabell in costume Oct. 31 for free photos shot against our green screen. Full article »

VCU dance students perform in Cabell Library, Oct. 24

October 23, 2017 — Tuesday, Oct. 24, a class of VCU dance students, led by assistant professors Ching-I Bigelow and Autumn Proctor, stages an intriguing experimental performance here in Cabell Library. The performance will last from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and will take place on the first and second floors, as well as the lower level. Full article »

News for Faculty

July 13, 2017 — Faculty newsletters are published each semester.  Full article »

VCU Libraries breaks events records in 2016-17 academic year

June 28, 2017 — Last year was busy, but this one was even busier. We look back on some recent accomplishments in library events and look forward to another two semesters packed with programming. Full article »

Meet Janet Reid: She brings business background to librarianship for School of Business

September 8, 2017 — Meet Janet Reid, VCU's new librarian for the School of Business.  Full article »

Kinetic arts prof creates dreamscape of lights in Cabell Library

October 16, 2017 — Need a study break? Visitors to Cabell Library can experience "A Cold and Overcast Day"--a light installation by VCU kinetic artist Bob Kaputof in Room 152. Just walk in.  Full article »

A Sweeping Story: Social Welfare History Project covers spectrum of our national response to need

October 13, 2017 — VCU Libraries updates social history website founded by social worker Jack Hansan.  Full article »

New Social Welfare History Image Portal launches

October 11, 2017 — Suffrage...Child Welfare...Temperance...Civil rights...Explore our past's ephemera in new Social Welfare History Image Portal Full article »

"Silent Witness" Returns to Cabell Library

October 9, 2017 — "Silent Witness," a traveling memorial for Virginians killed as a result of domestic violence, returns to Cabell Library, Oct. 5–12, 2017, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Located at the top of the grand staircase in the lobby, the memorial is staffed by students from Crime and Delinquency Prevention, a service-learning course taught by Wilder School Assistant Professor Amy Cook, Ph.D. Full article »

VCU elected 125th member of Association of Research Libraries

October 12, 2017 — At its Fall 2017 Association Meeting October 3-4 in Washington, the membership of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) voted to invite Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries to join as the 125th member, effective January 1, 2018.    Full article »

Arts librarian surveys VCU art students on their library service needs and uses

September 28, 2017 — Arts librarian researching VCU School of the Arts' uses and needs for library services and materials.  Full article »

WISDM Mother's Room at Cabell Library supports moms and babies; Open house set for Aug. 23

July 25, 2017 — New Mother's Room at Cabell Library supports nursing moms and their babies. Open house set for Aug. 23.   Full article »

Contest for artwork for the Cabell Screen carries $500 prize

September 20, 2017 — Submit animations by Oct. 15 for book sale promotional prize.  Full article »

Post Doc Talks series set for fall 2017

September 15, 2017 — Learn from peers. Post-doc Talks series runs Oct. 2-Nov. 13.  Full article »

VCU Libraries staff honored for more than 400 years of service to VCU

September 20, 2017 — Service Award honor 23 VCU Libraries employees.  Full article »

Teresa L. Knott serves as mentor in national library leadership cohort

September 15, 2017 — VCU's Teresa L. Knott has been selected as a mentor  in the 2017-2018 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.   Full article »

Special Collections and Archives and other priorities and projects shape next stage in fundraising for VCU Libraries

August 29, 2017 — Next stage in VCU Libraries fundraising focuses on specific projects and priorities.  Full article »

Meet Erica Brody: Health sciences research expert serves VCU School of Dentistry

September 14, 2017 — Expert health sciences researcher serves as new liaison to VCU School of Dentistry. Full article »

Jade Chang wins VCU Cabell 2017 First Novelist Award for "The Wangs vs. The World"

September 13, 2017 — Cabell Award goes to Jade Chang for her twist two quintessentially American stories — the road trip and the rags-to-riches immigrant tale.  Full article »

Speeches about free speech showcase first amendment rights today

September 13, 2017 — Two timely daytime presentations for the VCU and greater community explore free speech in the 21st century. Full article »

September brings free film screenings and memorable discussions

August 17, 2017 — September is a full month for films of significant content and purpose. Three different VCU Libraries-sponsored screenings can open minds to new ideas and information.  Full article »

Meet Rachel Koenig: New librarian for School of Pharmacy wants to immerse herself in the culture of the school and meet student and faculty needs

August 31, 2017 — New School of Pharmacy librarian exploring ways to customize instruction and materials to serve students and faculty.  Full article »

Cobblestone Campus remembered in RPI History Wall developed in part by VCU Libraries' Special Collections and Archives

April 7, 2017 — Special Collections and Archives contributes to creation of new RPI History Wall.  Full article »

Writing Center holds drop-in hours at Tompkins-McCaw Library through Dec. 10.

August 28, 2017 — The VCU Writing Center returns to the MCV Campus and Tompkins-McCaw Library for drop-in hours Aug. 30 through Dec. 10. Full article »

Meet Andrea Kohashi, new teaching librarian focused on primary sources

August 25, 2017 — Meet new teaching librarian in Special Collections and Archives. Full article »

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz to give a public reading at VCU

August 18, 2017 — Acclaimed author Junot Díaz will give a public reading at Cabell Library on Sept. 12. Full article »

Explore new additions to the Art Browsery for fall 2017

August 15, 2017 — What's new in the Art Browsery for fall 2017?  Full article »

Mother’s Memory Project part of Aug. 23 WISDM Mothers’ Room opening

August 14, 2017 — Mother’s Memory Project, a narrative in art, part of Aug. 23 WISDM Mothers’ Room opening Full article »

Past members encourage applicants for Tompkins-McCaw Graduate Advisory Committee

August 9, 2017 — Former members encourage applicants to the graduate advisory committee for 2017-18. Full article »

Open textbook professional development stipends available for faculty; apply now

August 4, 2017 — Faculty: apply now for open textbook professional development stipends.  Full article »

VCU's new two-factor login for email, myVCU portal, Blackboard and more will affect online access to library resources

August 1, 2017 — With VCU's August 1 implementation of two-factor authentication for several large web applications, including email, Google Drive, the myVCU portal and Blackboard, off-campus users may be prompted to use two-factor authentication for some libraries web tools and resources. Full article »

Library Fest open house welcomes new Rams Monday, Aug. 21, 2 to 4 p.m.

July 31, 2017 — The annual Library Fest open house takes place Monday, Aug. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library.  Full article »

Grad fest set for Aug. 23

March 28, 2016 —   Start strong and shine all year is the theme for Grad Fest, Wednesday, Aug. 23. The drop-in open house will be held 2 to 4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library (Lecture Hall, Room 303).  Full article »

Save the dates and donate to the 2017 library book sale

July 24, 2017 — Donations still needed for Oct. 26-30, 2017 annual book sale. Full article »

Fall semester tours set for Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting Sept. 12.

July 20, 2017 — Cabell tours take place Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12.  Full article »

VCU Libraries secures Cabell Challenge grant

June 26, 2017 — Successful completion of the Cabell Challenge secures $2 million for libraries building improvements.   Full article »

New online gallery honors MCV leaders' portraits

June 26, 2017 — MCV Campus Portrait Collection now partly available online. It  pays tribute to some of the university's early, dedicated servants.  Full article »

Donate, please: Books needed for fall 2017 book sale

June 26, 2017 — The 2016 Friends of VCU Libraries book sale was so very successful, oue stock of donated materials was virtually exhausted. Please help us get ready for the October 26-30, 2017 sale by donating unwanted books to VCU Libraries.  Full article »

VCU Community: See VCU's famous fashion show May 22 at noon in Cabell Lecture Hall

May 11, 2017 — See the School of Arts annual fashion show May 22 at Cabell Library Lecture Hall.  Full article »

Time-lapse video captures the energy of exam season at James Branch Cabell Library

May 11, 2017 — Time-lapse video captures the energy of exam season at James Branch Cabell Library Full article »

Game collection maturing to meet diverse interests

May 2, 2017 — VCU Libraries collects video games that have significant artistic and cultural value to meet the growing interest of students and faculty in the fields of animation, multimedia, digital worlds and gaming. Full article »

Faculty from Monroe Park and MCV campuses attend inaugural open textbooks workshops

May 5, 2017 — Inaugural open textbooks workshops bring 33 faculty to sessions.  Full article »

Communal work at Folger transcribathons creates access to rare materials

April 10, 2017 — 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, is explored in a transcribathon partnership with the respected Folger Shakespeare Library. Full article »

Folger Shakespeare Library Transcribathon returns to Cabell Library April 7

April 5, 2017 — Just in time for Shakespeare's birthday, the Folger Shakespeare Library's Early Modern Manuscripts Online project returns to VCU April 7.  Full article »

Early adoption of a new technological foundation puts VCU on the leading edge, ensures broad access to digital materials and introduces efficiencies

May 2, 2017 — Alma automated system pushes VCU Libraries' collection to the cloud and beyond.  Full article »

Find study skills advice in books in special section of Cabell

April 28, 2017 — If you need a little exam season inspiration, consider exploring books about time management, study skills and more.  Full article »

Consumer health expert at VCU Libraries studies information needs of patients with rare cancers

April 17, 2017 — A VCU librarian’s doctoral research fills a significant gap in the medical and library literature about the information needs of patients with rare cancers. Full article »

Teaching faculty and librarians to discuss how students best learn to think critically about bias and sources

April 4, 2017 — VCU Libraries invites faculty to conversation about how to better help students vet their sources.  Full article »

The Workshop at Cabell Library hosts virtual reality art/science installation Saturday, April 15

April 12, 2017 — The Workshop at Cabell Library hosts a VR session, The Machine To Be Another, Saturday, April 15, noon to 6 p.m.   Full article »

Parade and dedication celebrates VCU Libraries' Holocaust Torah

April 10, 2017 — The noisy parade of the Torah preceded its official dedication and placement on display at Cabell Library. Full article »

Seven faculty projects selected for VCU's inaugural Affordable Course Content Awards

April 7, 2017 — Seven faculty projects have been selected for VCU's inaugural Affordable Course Content Awards.   Full article »

Tompkins-McCaw exhibition showcases incredible medical, scientific illustrations by VCUarts students, alumni

February 28, 2017 — A new art show at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences features medical and scientific illustrations. Full article »

Author tells the story behind his award-winning ‘Underground Railroad’ novel

February 10, 2017 — Author Colson Whitehead detailed his journey to becoming a writer and the story behind “The Underground Railroad” at VCU Libraries’ 15th annual Black History Month Lecture. Full article »

As the sun sets, the sun will rise at Cabell Library

February 8, 2017 — “Solstice” is the first long-form work created specifically for the Cabell Big Screen.   Full article »

Alumna's gift moves VCU Libraries much closer to meeting $1 million matching grant

December 19, 2016 — $760,000 raised to meet the match. Full article »

To ease students’ financial burden, VCU offers faculty incentives to adopt free or low-cost textbook alternatives

January 30, 2017 — A new initiative at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking to help cut the costs for students by encouraging VCU faculty members to adopt or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks and course materials. Full article »

To combat 'alternative facts,' VCU Libraries launches campaign to encourage students to #VetYourSources

February 22, 2017 — Information literacy campaign combats "fake news."  Full article »

VCU Libraries' free two-day workshop explores consumer health information

March 15, 2017 — VCU Libraries invites colleagues to a two-day workshop.  Full article »

VCU Library screens professor-produced documentary on history and impact of gerrymandering in Virginia

January 26, 2017 — Mass communication professor's film on gerrymandering to be screened on campus at Cabell Library Feb. 13.  Full article »

Alumna's generous gift pushes VCU Libraries campaign forward

January 27, 2017 — Alumna Stephanie Lawson Holt (B.S. ‘74/Ed) has included a $335,000 planned gift in her estate plan to benefit three passions that she also sees as pillars of the community and the university: the libraries, teaching and the arts. Full article »

VCU Libraries sponsors Black History Month events

January 27, 2017 — Full schedule of Black History Month includes several VCU Libraries events.  Full article »

Artist-in-Residence Noah Scalin brings his creative sprint to Cabell Library

March 27, 2017 — School of Business Artist-in-Residence stages a "creative sprint" in April with ICA and VCU Libraries as partners. Full article »

In a significant move, VCU Libraries joins respected HathiTrust, a vast digital library

April 4, 2017 — In a significant step toward the cooperative preservation of cultural records, VCU Libraries is the newest member to join HathiTrust's vast digital library.  Full article »

‘Performing Statistics’ exhibit in Cabell reflects Common Book themes

March 28, 2017 — A thought-provoking exhibition that offers insights from people inside the U.S. juvenile justice system will be on view April 10-14 at James Branch Cabell Library. Full article »

Poet Gregory Kimbrell reads

March 28, 2017 — VCU Libraries Events and Programs Coordinator Gregory Kimbrell will be on stage, rather than behind-the-scenes, for the April 19 Meet VCU's Authors events. Full article »

2017 News

Your voice matters: Library quality survey opens March 21

March 17, 2017 — VCU Libraries seeks faculty and student input in LibQUAL survey. Full article »

ProQuest down 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28-29.

January 27, 2017 — ProQuest system down 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28-29. Full article »

February sessions brief faculty on VCU's new affordable textbooks initiative and financial awards

February 1, 2017 — Faculty are invited to attend February informational sessions about affordable textbook projects.  Full article »

New this semester: Tuesday and Wednesday library tours

January 11, 2017 — Free 30-minute tours of James Branch Cabell Library will be given every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Full article »

Amid uncertainty over U.S. government’s science policies, VCU librarian leads call to preserve public access to information

February 15, 2017 — Medical librarians affirm core values and express concern over “recent government policies that threaten our fundamental beliefs and principles.” Full article »

VCU Libraries hosts open houses, tours and more for Employee Appreciation Week

March 2, 2017 — Monday, March 6, the libraries on both campuses open their doors with a special warm welcome to VCU employees as part of Employee Appreciation Week organized by the Staff Senate.  Full article »

Watch the Rams on the Cabell Screen

March 15, 2017 — The Cabell Library Lecture Hall big screen will be tuned to the basketball game Thursday evening.  Full article »

New online gallery honors comic artist great Will Eisner

March 7, 2017 — VCU Libraries launches a new online exhibit and offers a Big Screen show as fans and followers of comic artist Will Eisner (1917-2005) worldwide are celebrating his creativity and contributions to the comic arts field during Will Eisner Week (March 1-7).  Full article »

Graduate students: Need some inspiration for your posters?

March 16, 2017 — Starting the week of March 20, posters from 2016 Annual Graduate Research Symposium and Exhibit are on digital display in VCU's libraries. Full article »

VCU offers Master Plan input sessions in Cabell Library and elsewhere on both campuses

October 30, 2017 — As part of VCU's master plan process, there will be several sessions on both campuses, including one in Cabell Library, for members of the extended VCU community to share with representatives from the planning committee thoughts about favorite campus spaces and to talk about places that they hope to see improved in the future. Full article »

The Clothesline Project returns to Cabell Library, Nov. 6-10

November 6, 2017 — SAVES (Students Advocating Violence Education and Support), a student-led itiative of the VCU Wellness Resource Center, brings the celebrated Clothesline Project back to Cabell Library Nov. 6–10, in the atrium outside Starbucks. Full article »

VCU Libraries' Innovative Media receives grant for national data visualization project

November 10, 2017 — VCU Libraries will receive $ as part of a national data visualization project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Full article »

New VCU Libraries search improves user experience

December 7, 2017 — Try out VCU Libraries' new streamlined search interface and explore cosmetic and functional improvements. Full article »

$30,000 challenge grant kicks off effort toward $1 million new Special Collections and Archives endowment

December 14, 2017 — A fundraising priority for VCU Libraries in 2018 is to establish a $1 million endowment for Special Collections and Archives to support its collection of rare and unique materials. Full article »

Choose new citation management tool spring semester; RefWorks is retiring

December 15, 2017 — Patrons using RefWorks to save and manage reference citations must choose a new platform in the spring semester. Full article »

End-of-semester student submissions invited for Winter Cabell Screen Student Showcase

December 1, 2017 — Send your art projects to the Cabell Screen for the first student showcase in 2018.  Full article »

Art students exhibit their research processes and paths

December 8, 2017 — Exhibit maps students' research paths.  Full article »

Scholars Compass hits 1 million downloads mark in fall semester

December 6, 2017 — Scholars Compass hit a milestone this semester: 1 million downloads. See the Top 10 downloads so far.  Full article »

Plan ahead: Interlibrary Loan and delivery services closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2.

November 30, 2017 — Plan ahead if you need Interlibrary Loans or delivery services to aid your research during the upcoming winter break. That VCU Libraries department will be closed Dec. 21-Jan. 2, 2018. Services resume Jan. 3.   Full article »

Incident report: Inspection shows no evidence of bed bugs in Cabell Library

November 28, 2017 — Cabell Library staff reponds promptly to report of bug bites from second-floor seating.  Full article »

RamBikes leave VCU libraries Dec. 8

November 30, 2017 — The RamBikes program moves to new location. Checkout free bikes from RamBikes office beginning Jan. 3.  Full article »

American Labor Museum new partner in Social Welfare History Image Portal

November 27, 2017 — American Labor Museum images shed light on workers, their struggles, immigrants and the labor movement in the United States.  Full article »

Book Talk Dec. 6: Alumna Eva Dillion writes about how the Cold War hit close to home in "Spies in the Family"

November 20, 2017 — Alumna Eva Dillon returns to VCU to talk about her book and her life Dec. 6.  Full article »

Dec. 7 is deadline for book collecting contest

November 20, 2017 — VCU is holding its first Student Book Collecting Contest. Deadline is Dec. 7, 2017.  Full article »

Apply by Aug. 31 for undergraduate advisory committee

August 9, 2017 — Apply by Aug. 31 for undergraduate library advisory committee service.  Full article »


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