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  • Another Best Year Ever for Events
    May 18, 2018 — With a month still left in the 2017–18 fiscal year, VCU Libraries has already hosted 352 events, nearly 100 more than in 2016–17, making this our busiest and most productive year ever for events.
  • Robust slate of new webinars on health sciences topics reaches students at their convenience
    September 5, 2018 — New webinars cover myriad of health sciences and library resources topics. 
  • Milestones: VCU Libraries celebrates 3 millionth volume in 2018
    February 28, 2018 — VCU Libraries marks 3 million collection milestone with a trio of events honoring authors and representative additions. 
  • Student art exhibit "50: a measure, a marker, a milestone" carries $500 prize
    November 6, 2018 — VCU Libraries invites student submissions for anniversary exhibit "50: a measure, a marker, a milestone"
  • VCU Libraries receives Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
    February 15, 2018 — VCU Libraries honored with the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award recognizing staff at college, university and community college libraries for providing exemplary programs, resources and services.
  • Students needed for Tompkins-McCaw Library advisory committee
    July 2, 2018 — Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is now accepting applications from students for 2018-19 seats on its advisory committee.
  • Diverse faculty projects receive affordable course content grants for 2018-19
    May 14, 2018 — Five new affordable course content faculty projects in progress. 
  • Student voices needed: How much did you pay for textbooks this semester?
    February 1, 2018 — VCU Libraries invites students to share their insights about textbook costs in an interactive exercise in the library, on an online form and on social media. 
  • Faculty: Apply for new affordable course grants by April 16
    January 16, 2018 — Faculty invited to apply for affordable course content grants by April 16. 
  • VCU Libraries hosts Archives Fest Oct. 5
    September 5, 2018 — Archives Fest, an open house with tables staffed by archivists, will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the library at 901 Park Ave., Richmond.
  • VCU student chosen for national research libraries fellowship
    August 1, 2018 — VCU student selected for elite Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence.
  • Anderson Gallery catalogues now available free online through Scholars Compass
    February 9, 2018 — Two art exhibition catalogues originally published by the Anderson Gallery are now available online through VCU Libraries’ free online repository Scholars Compass.  
  • Explore and learn about architecture and art of Franklin Street Artistic Mansions
    February 21, 2018 — Popular retired professor and speaker Charles Brownell, Ph.D., talks and leads tour on Franklin Street manses April 7.
  • Health Sciences Library stages open houses
    August 3, 2018 — Open houses at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences are Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Sign up for webinars on citation management options
    January 15, 2018 — VCU Libraries offers a series of webinars about citation management platforms this spring semester.
  • VCU Libraries launches new series of Advance Your Research webinars
    January 18, 2018 — New, convenient webinars offer essential training on using key library resources. 
  • VCU librarians monitor cancellations of academic publishers’ “big deals” due to mounting costs
    May 3, 2018 — Florida State’s conundrum about how to deal with pricey academic publishers is shared by many research libraries. Journal “big deals” resemble cable or satellite TV packages in which the consumer’s choice is limited and the prices are high. 
  • As the ‘Black Panther’ film debuts in theaters, VCU Libraries’ resident comics expert talks the history and cultural impact of the iconic black superhero
    February 13, 2018 — With “Black Panther” debuting in theaters Friday, Cindy Jackson, library specialist for comic arts, discussed the role.
  • Book Art Collection showcased in March 22 CURRENTS art fair event
    March 6, 2018 — James Branch Cabell Library is participating in a community, inaugural CURRENT Art Fair that focuses on art books with a March 22 open house and show-and-tell about the library's significant Book Art Collection. 
  • Annual Friends book sale returns Oct. 26-31
    August 23, 2018 — The Friends of VCU Libraries' fall book sale returns Oct. 26-31 to Cabell Library. Again, proceeds benefit library programs and service projects of the VCU Emerging Leaders Program.
  • Loaner laptop kiosks broken, check out laptops from the IT Support Center beginning Nov. 26.
    November 6, 2018 — Loaner laptop kiosks down for semester. Get loaners from IT Support Center.
  • Chamber Music in Cabell Library, March 14
    March 2, 2018 — Take a moment from your day to pause and enjoy some music in the lobby of Cabell Library. Wednesday, March 14, between 2:15 and 3:15 p.m., students from the VCU Department of Music, instructed by Professor Susanna Klein, will perform a selection of classical pieces beside the main staircase on the first floor of Cabell.
  • After National Guideline Clearinghouse shutdown: Find clinical guidelines in these library resources
    July 16, 2018 — In wake of loss of federally-funded information clearinghouse, turn to these sources for evidence based clinical guidelines. 
  • Apply by Aug. 30 for undergraduate advisory committee
    July 31, 2018 — Undergraduates are needed for the 2018-19 term for the The Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee (CLUAC). The committee promotes the value of Cabell Library in the academic and social life of  VCU and advises VCU Libraries' leadership. 
  • Center for Research Libraries honors VCU project for providing access to primary sources
    May 21, 2018 — VCU Libraries’ Social Welfare History Image Portal is the 2018 recipient of The Center for Research Libraries’ Primary Source Award for Acces.
  • VCU Libraries and Grad School host inaugural Summer Camp for dissertation and thesis planning Aug. 15
    July 3, 2018 — Get Ready is theme for Aug. 15 intensive on dissertation and thesis research planning.
  • VCU Libraries and Grad School host inaugural Summer Camp for dissertation and thesis planning Aug. 15
    July 3, 2018 — Registration open for Aug. 15 dissertation/thesis planning camp. 
  • VCU Libraries sets January 7-8 dissertation and thesis writing retreat
    November 30, 2018 — Start off your New Year on the right track at dissertation and thesis writing retreat Jan. 7 and 8. 
  • Health Sciences library hosts related programs on violence against women during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    September 21, 2018 — Exhibits, a film and a discussion mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.
  • 'Ex Libris: Traces of Ownership' explores the telling evidence people leave behind in their books
    November 20, 2018 — New online exhibit explores ephemera and revealing notes and items left in rare books found in Special Collections and Archives at Cabell Library.
  • VCU Libraries will survey faculty needs and priorities beginning Oct. 22
    September 28, 2018 — What do faculty need in the digital age? VCU Libraries invites all teaching and research faculty to help answer that key question and more in the national Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey. The confidential survey will be administered by email Oct. 22-Nov. 16.
  • Cabell's new ‘Fall Line’ evokes Richmond’s James River
    March 19, 2018 — A wood sculpture—and functional bench—that evokes the seven-mile section of the James River that runs through Richmond was installed in the lobby of James Branch Cabell Library during spring break. 
  • New campus exhibit at Cabell Library is an uplifting showcase for first-generation students
    November 7, 2018 — New Cabell Library exhibit, created by staff and faculty in the Division of Strategic Enrollment Mgement, features portraits of students — and an inspirational quote from each first-gen student. 
  • Hernán Díaz, author of ‘In the Distance,’ wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
    September 6, 2018 — Outsanding first novel tells sweeping story of one man's suffering and discoveries. 
  • VCU English department announces Cabell First Novelist finalists
    June 13, 2018 — The three finalists for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award have just been announced.
  • VCU Libraries hosts tour of Folger Shakespeare Library during A-10 in D.C.
    February 22, 2018 — VCU Libraries hosts tour of Folger Library during A-10 tourney in D.C. 
  • Food for Fines project helps hungry students and those with library fines
    April 16, 2018 — Giftst to RamPantry benefit library users who owe fines. 
  • Food for Fines stocks RamPantry and waives library fines Nov. 25-Dec. 18
    November 13, 2018 — VCU Libraries will host a food drive Nov. 25-Dec. 18 to stock RamPantry @ VCU, which provides nutritious and culturally appropriate emergency food to VCU students.
  • Inaugural GIS Day set for Nov. 14. Talk proposals due by Nov. 8.
    October 15, 2018 — VCU Libraries organizes GIS Day, open to all. 
  • On the go? New to VCU? Get the new VCU Libraries app.
    April 19, 2018 — New VCU Libraries app helps you find library services with ease. 
  • Consumer health library experts teach free continuing ed workshops for VCU Health clinical staff during October
    September 28, 2018 — VCU Health clinical health care staff and providers invited to free workshops on health literacy. 
  • Cabell Library extends hours to meet students' needs during exams
    December 14, 2018 — To respond to the modified exam schedule due to recent weather closings, James Branch Cabell Library will extend its operating hours to serve students.
  • Medical student researcher credits VCU Librarian Cyrus with aiding his success
    October 15, 2018 — Med student researches rural health care topics with help from health sciences librarian.
  • Cabell is pilot location for student's waste-reducing, environmental project
    April 19, 2018 — Just Use One paper towel aims to reduce waste in Cabell Library.
  • Laura Gariepy named Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning
    October 15, 2018 — Newly named Associated University Librarian Laura W. Gariepy to oversee all aspects of learning, teaching and research.
  • Kaveh Akbar wins 21st annual Levis Reading Prize for ‘Calling a Wolf a Wolf’
    July 13, 2018 — Kaveh Akbar, winner of the 2018 Levis Reading Prize for his poetry collection “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” will do a reading Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the James Branch Cabell Library, followed by a reception in his honor.
  • Library Fest open house welcomes new Rams Monday, Aug. 20, 2 to 4 p.m.
    July 31, 2018 — The annual Library Fest open house takes place Monday, Aug. 20, 2 to 4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library.
  • Q&A: Megan Shockley on activist women in Virginia then and now
    March 12, 2018 — Historian discusses progressive women in Virginia. 
  • Journal Menorah Review now on VCU's free digital scholarly platform Scholars Compass
    March 12, 2018 — Menorah Review is now available on VCU's free scholarly platform Scholars Compass.
  • VCU librarian selected for national open education fellowship
    September 10, 2018 — Librarian's participation in national fellowship program will boster VCU's initiatives in affordable texts and open access scholarly communications. 
  • New benefits for alumni usher in a new era of library access after graduation
    May 18, 2020 — All alumni have library access now. 
  • Nobel Week brings pop-up libraries on laureates and their legacies
    September 6, 2018 — Special book displays will be set up for Nobel Week Oct. 1-8.
  • Centennials, Celebrations and Commemorations: New exhibit in the School of Nursing reflects on past milestones
    June 20, 2018 — Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences organized the Heritage Room exhibit. It’s a visual review of previous milestones -- 1938 (Medical College of Virginia’s centennial), 1968 (School of Nursing’s 75th anniversary), 1993 (their centennial) and 2013 (120th anniversary).
  • School of Medicine’s Thomson receives travel award to OpenCon 2018
    September 28, 2018 — School of Medicine faculty member to respresent VCU at OpenCon in Toronto.
  • VCU Libraries offers travel scholarship to international conference on openness in education and research
    August 2, 2018 — VCU Libraries will give one scholarship for international OpenCon in Toronto.
  • VCU Libraries screens talked-about 'Paywall: The Business of Scholarship' Oct. 25
    September 19, 2018 — New documentary exposing the ugly profiteering side of academic research set to show on campus Oct. 25. 
  • ProQuest down 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18-19
    August 15, 2018 — Trying to get a headstart on research before classes begin? Be aware Proquest will be offline over the weekend for scheduled maintenance. 
  • Nia Rodgers named new librarian liaison for Wilder School and political science department
    March 27, 2018 — Stephani ("Nia") Rodgers becomes the new Public Affairs Research Librarian, effective April 10, 2018.
  • Meet Nina Exner: New research data librarian brings 20 years experience and offers best practices in managing research studies
    March 27, 2018 — New faculty member helps peers with research data management. 
  • New 'Qualitative Research' series focuses on research methodology and strategies
    October 25, 2018 — VCU Libraries is launching a new series of lunchtime brown bag events on qualitative research. In celebration of the new VCU Graduate Credential in Qualitative Research, librarians will be sharing resources, doing training and leading discussion about qualitative research.
  • Real Life Film Series opens Sept. 27 with 'Clinica de Migrantes', a film with ties to the VCU Common Book
    September 7, 2018 — Real Life Film Series features six documentaries that showcase issues of human health. 
  • RefWorks Retiring Aug. 31: Choose new citations platform
    August 1, 2018 — Prepare for RefWorks' retirement. Move citations to new platforms now. 
  • Join new community of practice: Research Communication Interest Group forming at meetups.
    September 7, 2018 — Informal meetups set for Sept. 18 and 19 for VCU people interested in communication and research.
  • Virus detective: VCU alumnus stands at the forefront of flu research
    February 13, 2018 — Flu expert Jeffery Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D. (M.D.’86/M; Ph.D.’87/M) to deliver Sanger Series lecture Feb. 19.
  • The Workshop participates in Sound Arts Richmond
    May 21, 2018 — Series of exhibits, educational sessions, sensory experiences and more held at universities, museums, galleries, parks, on websites and in other spheres includes two free VCU Libraries sessions.
  • Meet Stacey Wahl: New Research and Education Librarian brings years of science experience to post
    October 15, 2018 — Q&A interview with new research and education librarian Stacey Wahl.
  • Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Stitt Library joins Social Welfare History Image Portal partnership
    September 19, 2018 — Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Stitt Library joins the Social Welfare History Image Portal’s as partner organization. VCU Libraries leads this national consortium providing archival images and access to collections nationwide. 
  • Undergraduate students: Apply for library inclusive excellence fellowship by April 26
    March 12, 2018 — VCU undergrads eligible for Association of Research Libraries fellowship must apply by April 26. 
  • Students: End-of-semester submissions needed for Spring-Summer Cabell Screen Student Showcase
    March 27, 2018 — Students: Submit end-of-semester projects to Cabell Screen. 
  • Tammy Sugarman to serve as new Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery, and Budget
    May 3, 2018 — New appointee to join senior leadership team at VCU Libraries. 
  • Tompkins-McCaw Library launches Technology Tuesdays, Innovative Media programs on the MCV Campus
    January 23, 2018 — New this semester: Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences hosts Technology Tuesdays, bringing Innovative Media presentations to the MCV Campus. 
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Transcribathon to be held Nov. 9
    October 25, 2018 — VCU hosts its third transcribathon Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (Room 303).
  • Faculty: Apply by Jan. 31 for new state grants to support transition to affordable course materials
    December 12, 2018 — New grants will reduce text costs for students. Faculty should apply by Jan. 31, 2019.
  • Wednesdays in the Workshop explore gaming, virtual reality, podcasting, bookbinding, sewing, animation, drones and more
    January 18, 2018 — Spring semester schedule for Wednesdays in the Workshop.
  • Winners of the inaugural student book collecting project announced
    May 3, 2018 — After evaluating the nature, scope and rationale of a wide range of different types of book collections submitted for the first VCU Student Book Collecting Contest, the judging panel has announced the 2017–18 winners and runners-up.
  • Interlibrary loan and delivery services closes for break Dec. 21; Request materials now
    November 29, 2018 — VCU Libraries' interlibrary loan and delivery services will be closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 2. Researchers are encouraged to submit requests early in December. 
  • Make a collaborative, commemorative zine as part of VCU at 50 symposium Nov. 30
    November 29, 2018 — Zine collection inspires community workshop at 50th commemoration Nov. 30.