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  • VCU Faculty awarded state grant supporting the creation of no-cost course materials
    September 14, 2020 — VIVA grants to fund two open text projects for VCU. 
  • Sept. 10 book talk in 'Scholarship Boy' first in new series on Black history
    September 10, 2020 — New programming on anti-racism in development.
  • VCU Libraries invites feedback on proposed journal and database cancellations
    August 31, 2020 — To manage anticipated budget cuts, VCU Libraries is planning to cancel subscriptions to some journals and databases effective January 2021. 
  • Q&A with Online Learning Librarian Hope Kelly
    June 23, 2020 — Online Learnng Librarian brings new skills to support outreach librarians.
  • Virginia’s research library leaders to host online forum on sustainable scholarship Oct. 2
    August 27, 2020 — Virtual forum explores scholarly publishing costs and challenges. 
  • Study Safer: What to expect and what's expected of you
    August 19, 2020 — Study Safer campaign spells out expectations for using library buildings and materials. 
  • VCU Libraries introduces new practices to care for materials while helping keep each other safer
    August 18, 2020 — Handling materials safely key to new operating procedures.  
  • VCU Libraries’ Study Safer campaign focuses on healthy behaviors in the COVID-19 era
    August 17, 2020 — Follow Study Safer campaign. Study Safer
  • Multimedia equipment available for loans starting Aug. 17; spaces open on a limited basis Sept. 8
    August 17, 2020 — Equipment and technology-rich workspaces returning for loans and services. 
  • VCU Libraries advisory groups seeking new student members for 2020-21
    August 11, 2020 — VCU Libraries has two student advisory groups, one for James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and one for Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus. Both committees are accepting applications for new members.
  • Health sciences librarians now available on chat and text
    June 10, 2020 — Chat service expands to include health sciences experts.  
  • New book explores the impact of poet Larry Levis through interviews
    August 4, 2020 — A new book on poet Larry Levis, “Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry,” collects transcriptions of the extended interviews conducted during the making of the documentary film “A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet.”
  • Now Open: What to Expect in Using VCU Libraries' Buildings
    August 3, 2020 — As of Aug. 3 library buildings on both campuses are open with new protocols and expectations for users. 
  • Special Collections and Archives open by appointment; spaces open Sept. 8
    August 2, 2020 — How to access Special Collections and Archives materials and expertise
  • VCU Libraries raises nearly $6 million for Make it Real Campaign
    July 23, 2020 — Make It Real campaign closes. Libraries sets new fundraising priorities. 
  • VCU Libraries welcomes students with virtual Library Fest
    July 23, 2020 — This year, Library Fest takes a virtual form and will consist of a series of brief, informal videos for incoming and current students, introducing many library departments and services.
  • VCU Libraries prepares to reopen buildings in late summer
    July 13, 2020 — Detailed planning is underway to reopen library buildings safely. 
  • Access VCU Libraries' physical collection while buildings remain closed: Front Door Pickup service and enhanced scanning and shipping debut July 6
    July 6, 2020 — Need something from VCU Libraries? Front Door Pickup and enhanced delivery service debuts. 
  • VCU Libraries launches VCU Publishing, a digital press for faculty, students and the community
    June 10, 2020 — VCU Publishing will spearhead the digital publishing of scholarship by Virginia Commonwealth University faculty, students and the community.
  • Statement announcing anti-racism initiative from Dean of Libraries John Ulmschneider
    June 4, 2020 — VCU Libraries staff will form work group to remedy institutional racism within the academic library. 
  • Interim leadership named for Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences
    May 22, 2020 — Leadership team is now in place for transition after dean's retirement. 
  • Explore new PubMed through self-paced tutorial, workshops or consultations
    May 12, 2020 — Learn how to get the most from the new PubMed interface.
  • Faculty: Apply for a 2020 Affordable Course Content Award by September 15
    May 11, 2020 — Applications for 2020 round of Affordable Course Content Awards deadlines Sept. 15
  • Open Access publishing funding stream ends May 15
    May 9, 2020 — After five years of successfully supporting faculty publications, VCU Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund will be decommissioned May 15. 
  • VCU Libraries had supporting role in remote class on work of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris
    May 1, 2020 — VCU Libraries streaming media helped English professor organize unique remote class. 
  • Friends of VCU Libraries' design winner captures VCU Libraries' atmosphere
    April 29, 2020 — Friends of VCU Libraries announces contest winner.
  • 'Virtual Libraries' video showcases new services, expertise, and digital materials during Covid-19 distancing
    April 28, 2020 — A video round-up of VCU Libraries services and efforts made during the Covid-19 crisis. 
  • Teresa L. Knott appointed VCU Libraries interim dean
    April 22, 2020 — Knott willserve as interim dean until a new dean is appointed and then will work collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition. The nationwide search for a new dean of VCU Libraries will resume in the fall.
  • New series of free virtual library events debuts April 30
    April 22, 2020 — In-person events may be postponed or cancelled for the spring and into the summer, but online virtual events are popping up around the university to help people stay connected and feel engaged. New to this lineup of virtual events is VCU Libraries Community Zooms, an ongoing series of informal sessions designed for the community.
  • Winners of the 2019–20 VCU Student Book-Collecting Contest
    April 9, 2020 — After evaluating the nature, scope and rationale of a wide range of different types of collections submitted for the second VCU Student Book-Collecting Contest, the judging panel has announced the 2019–20 winners.
  • VCU, University of Richmond libraries publish new, free edition of ‘The Politics of Annexation’
    April 6, 2020 — The long-out-of-print book exploring Richmond’s annexation of Chesterfield County in 1970 is available for download.
  • In remote teaching and learning, explore thousands of free films and streaming media
    March 31, 2020 — Tap VCU Libraries vast streaming media offerings.
  • Avoiding Misinformation about COVID-19: Tips to evaluate and find trusted information
    March 30, 2020 — Health and Wellness Librarian offers tips on finding reliable information during the pandemic.
  • Medical Library Association honors Teresa L. Knott, MLS, MPA, AHIP
    March 27, 2020 — Tompkins-McCaw Library Director gleans high honors from Medical Library Association
  • VCU Libraries ramps up efforts as VCU shifts to online learning during the COVID-19 crisis
    March 27, 2020 — Campus may be closed but VCU Libraries is still working hard to support faculty and students
  • VCU’s health sciences library receives top honor for research advancement from the Medical Library Association
    March 27, 2020 — Medical Library Association honors Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences for advancing research.
  • The Workshop teaches series to help faculty learn creative collaboration tech tools
    March 26, 2020 — The Workshop announces new training sessions on Google products for remote teaching.
  • VCU Libraries facilities closed; expanded online services and resources available to support patient care, research, teaching and learning
    March 18, 2020 — Library buildings closed as of March 21. Online resources remain available 24/7 to all VCU ID users. 
  • VCU Libraries offers essential AMA style guide online
    March 11, 2020 — 11th edition of essential AMA style guide availalbe online through VCU Libraries.
  • VCU Libraries to end Open Access Fund for faculty authors July 1
    March 6, 2020 — As of July 1, 2020, VCU Libraries’ Open Access Fund will be decommissioned.
  • Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences publishes coronavirus guide
    March 3, 2020 — VCU’s medical campus library offers a new research guide that compiles best-available information resources for lay people and medical pros.  
  • Reminder: Faculty requests required for Kanopy
    February 21, 2020 — Access to Kanopy titles updated in spring semester 2020.
  • VCU Libraries ‘Freedom Now’ project featured on PBS history program Monday, Feb. 24
    February 20, 2020 — Digital collection on Virginia civil rights protests in '60s part of season premiere of PBS' 'The Future of America's Past.'  
  • PBS history program features VCU Libraries ‘Freedom Now’ project Monday, Feb. 24
    February 20, 2020 — Digital collection on Virginia civil rights protests in '60s part of season premiere of PBS' 'The Future of America's Past.'
  • VCU Libraries hosts meeting March 2 about potential changes in federally funded research publishing.
    February 19, 2020 — Faculty and researchers: Attend SPARC webinar on changes to Office of Science and Technology policies on research 
  • VCU Libraries hosts meeting about potential changes in federally funded research publishing
    February 19, 2020 — Faculty and researchers: Attend SPARC webinar on changes to Office of Science and Technology policies on research
  • VCU Faculty awarded state grants supporting no-cost course materials
    February 18, 2020 — VCU faculty receive state funding for textbook projects that will save students money
  • Comic artist combines autobiographical comics and social commentary to examine racism
    February 14, 2020 — Relive the Feb. 11 Black History Month Lecture featuring cartoonist and social commentator Keith Knight. 
  • Deadline April 19: Libraries design contest carries $500 prize
    February 13, 2020 — Friends of VCU Libraries stages design contest with $500 prize for recent alumni and students. Deadline is April 19. 
  • Culinary historian describes the human costs of serving meals to early Virginia elites
    February 7, 2020 — Food historian speaks on slave labor's role in food preparation and cultivation in early Virginia. The Black History Month event was tied to an exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, "Fire and Freedom."
  • The Workshop improves accessibility
    January 24, 2020 — The Workshop staff addresses how to better serve people with phyiscal challenges. 
  • Dean and VCU University Librarian named Academic Librarian of the Year
    January 22, 2020 — John E. Ulmschneider receives distinguished national honor from academic libraries association.
  • Wednesdays in the Workshop returns in spring semester
    January 21, 2020 — Popular hands-on series on technology and equipment returns January-May 2020.
  • Apply by Feb. 28 for state grants to switch to open or no-cost course materials
    January 21, 2020 — New round of state grants available to faculty to create no-cost course materials.
  • Cabell Library late night hours will change slightly Sept. 27
    September 22, 2020 — New operating hours for Cabell Library announced.
  • Virginia Library Association honors retired university librarian with 2020 Supporter of Professional Associates Award
    September 21, 2020 — Virginia Library Association honors Emeritus Dean John E. Ulmschneider for his support of library professionals.
  • Limited print editions of 'Politics of Annexation' for sale
    September 21, 2020 — Print version of online book available for sale.
  • Special Collections & Archives open only by appointment
    September 18, 2020 — Access Special Collections by appointment, by phone or email. 
  • VIVA suspends open-access publishing funding program
    September 17, 2020 — Financial constraints shut down pilot program to help faculty defray publishing costs.