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Latest service and space updates: VCU Libraries COVID-19 response

  • MCV Campus library to be renamed the Health Sciences Library
    December 16, 2020 — The change was one of 18 actions recommended by the VCU Committee on Commemorations and Memorials to remove Confederate names from university facilities.  
  • VCU Libraries announces journal cancellations effective in January 2021
    November 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries announces journal cancellations.
  • Celebrating GIS Day 2020
    November 18, 2020 — In 2020, given the changes in the semester, we wanted to keep things very simple, so instead of having a formal event, we invite you to become more informed about the power and importance of GIS.
  • Alumna Joan Gaustad's art memoir, “Someone’s Missing . . . and I think It’s Me” published
    November 18, 2020 — VCU Publishing announces the digital publication of Someone's Missing...and I Think It's Me, by Joan Gaustad, ‘75 BFA, Arts.
  • Plan ahead: Access to VCU Libraries' collections, services and buildings during winter break
    November 18, 2020 — Researchers should plan ahead to get library materials to use during winter break.
  • Plan Ahead: Request Interlibrary loans and deliveries now
    October 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan and Delivery Services will not be provided during the break Dec. 19-Jan. 3, 2021.  
  • Food for Fines project helps food-insecure students and those with library fines
    October 29, 2020 — VCU Libraries will host a food drive Nov.1–Dec. 18, 2020 to stock RamPantry at VCU, which provides nutritious and culturally appropriate emergency food to VCU students.  
  • Libraries participate in Health Hub’s hygiene supply drive Oct. 28-Nov. 30
    October 28, 2020 — Help those in need through supply drive. 
  • VCU Libraries adapts to changing times due to COVID-19
    October 27, 2020 — VCU provides state-of-the-art facilities, so when COVID-19 arrived and closed our physical libraries, we never actually closed. VCU Libraries continued to provide robust services and expanded online materials and real-time, virtual contact with users.
  • The Workshop offers new remote access, Sunday hours and more
    October 20, 2020 — The Workshop on the lower level of James Branch Cabell Library continues to expand access to its resources during the pandemic.
  • Development Office announces new fundraising initiatives for 2020-21
    October 19, 2020 — VCU Libraries sets fresh fundraising opportunities for 2020-21.
  • New guide helps patrons re-create the library experience from anywhere
    October 19, 2020 — Patrons missing the sounds and spaces of VCU Libraries as they study, write and research can now re-create the feeling of the libraries wherever they are using a new guide.
  • VCU Libraries celebrates Open Access Week 2020
    October 14, 2020 — From Oct. 19 to 23, VCU Libraries celebrates International Open Access Week.
  • ClinicalKey Cancellation: Ebook access ends Oct. 20
    October 8, 2020 — Prepare for loss of health sciences resource.
  • Cabell Library late night hours will change slightly Sept. 27
    September 22, 2020 — New operating hours for Cabell Library announced.
  • Limited print editions of 'Politics of Annexation' for sale
    September 21, 2020 — Print version of online book available for sale.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Publishing’s three new journal issues explore social justice and education
    September 1, 2020 — New journal volumes available through open access. 
  • 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
    August 10, 2020 — Chat service expands to include health sciences experts.  
  • 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.
  • Cabell Screen showcases art for and by the Richmond Community
    July 15, 2020 — VCU Libraries’ Cabell Screen, the 25-foot digital screen on the building’s front facade, continues to showcase community art and reflects broader community discussions. It displayed 17 exhibits during the 2019–20 academic year.
  • Shift to virtual event model begins to transform the nature of library events
    July 15, 2020 — The shift to a virtual event model was a challenging but rewarding process for VCU Libraries.
  • 2019–20 a year of achievement and change for VCU Libraries events
    July 15, 2020 — Despite the arrival of COVID-19 and the closure of physical event spaces, 2019–20 managed to be another year packed with programming.
  • Health sciences library offers diverse exhibits on the MCV Campus
    July 15, 2020 — Acutely aware of the power of visual images to educate, to heal and to inspire, librarians at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences regularly organize and host exhibits of historical and archival material and art related to the health sciences or created by people in health sciences fields.
  • VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library supports community quality of life through extensive programming
    July 15, 2020 — The VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library creates and contributes to programming that brings the latest, most accurate health information and guidance to the public, including patients and their families and friends, to help them make the best possible health decisions.
  • 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. 
  • New book explores the impact of poet Larry Levis through interviews
    June 30, 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.”
  • Creation of new James Branch Cabell information hub underway
    June 30, 2020 — Dean of Libraries John Ulmschneider convened The Silver Stallion Transition Task Force with a charge to develop recommendations for the possibility of migrating The Silver Stallion: James Branch Cabell website (jamesbranchcabell.org), to VCU Libraries.
  • Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative moves forward
    June 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries' Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative supports instructors as they transition their courses to zero textbook cost courses, using either Open Educational Resources (OER) or library content.
  • Libraries initiative saves students millions in text costs
    June 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries' Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative supports instructors who  transition their courses to zero textbook cost courses, using either Open Educational Resources (OER) or library content.
  • New Resources Acquired in FY 2020
    June 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries continuously improves its collection with strategic choices designed to meet the diverse needs of the VCU academic community. New acquisitions for 2019-20 include these. 
  • Special Collections and Archives Highlights
    June 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries continues to build its research collections of primary source materials supporting the teaching, learning, research and health care needs of the university
  • Timely history project illuminates the present
    June 30, 2020 — VCU Libraries’ Social Welfare History Project and the companion Image Portal were well positioned to serve as resources for students and the general public.
  • New VCU Libraries website balances ease of use, discovery and accessibility
    June 21, 2020 — In May of this year, VCU Libraries launched a redesigned website.
  • 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’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.
  • 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
  • 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.