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

  • New digital project explores the life and legacy of James Branch Cabell, namesake of VCU’s library
    September 13, 2021 — The site will expand the availability of letters and papers at Cabell Library and highlight Cabell’s legacy at the university.
  • 2021-22 survey measures use of libraries services, influences future funding
    September 10, 2021 — Take a few minutes to take the survey. 
  • Virginia Museum of History and Culture honors VCU historian Brian Daugherity for journal article tied to VCU Libraries collection
    September 8, 2021 — Award-winning article is based on Goochland County Rosenwald Schools Oral History Project
  • Friends award inaugural scholarship to Monica Jimenez Sablich
    September 8, 2021 — Honoree is a senior graphic arts major.
  • Two VCU librarians educate faculty and peers about predatory publishing
    September 8, 2021 — Faculty: Librarians will help you navigate publishing avenues.
  • Alum’s new memoir offers advice for those dealing with brain illness in loved ones
    September 7, 2021 — The love of art, of life and a deep-rooted love for each other guided Joan Gaustad and her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Donato, throughout their marriage and their lives. That devotion never wavered when Donato was diagnosed with early onset dementia and died eight years later at age 68.
  • Leila Chatti wins 24th annual Levis Reading Prize for ‘Deluge’
    September 6, 2021 — Leila Chatti is the winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize for her poetry collection “Deluge.”
  • VCU Libraries and the Wright Center collaborate to offer new online genomic databases course
    August 31, 2021 — New this fall: Course covers Gene, BLAST, Variation tools, GEO and GDC. 
  • VCU student support departments roll out wellness-focused events in StudyWell campaign
    August 20, 2021 — Series of events focuses on students' success and building healthy habits for study and life. 
  • Fall Update: Masks required, food and drink again OK and in-person events resume
    August 20, 2021 — Note these new rules for libraries buildings in fall 2021.
  • Virtual Library Fest welcomes students to the fall semester
    August 19, 2021 — As part of VCU’s Weeks of Welcome, incoming students can sample the resources and research support that VCU Libraries has to offer through Library Fest, a series of brief, casual videos featuring a variety of library departments and services.
  • Apply by Aug. 26 for undergraduate advisory committee
    August 16, 2021 — Undergraduates are needed for the 2021–22 term for the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee (CLUAC).
  • Students needed for Health Sciences Library advisory committee
    July 29, 2021 — Deadline for applications is noon Sept. 7.
  • Eight diverse projects awarded Affordable Course Content Awards
    July 28, 2021 — New projects announced.
  • $100,000 challenge grant builds firm foundation for future of Social Welfare History Project
    July 27, 2021 — Please give to help achieve challenge grant.
  • VCU Libraries receives project funding from VCU’s Presidential Research Quest Fund
    July 22, 2021 — VCU Libraries receives first-time Quest support.
  • Raven Leilani wins the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for ‘Luster’
    July 6, 2021 — Raven Leilani has won the 2021 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during the preceding calendar year. Her winning book, Luster, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, tells the story of Edie, a 23-year-old Black woman and aspiring artist, who after losing her job finds herself living with her much older lover, his enigmatic wife and their adopted daughter.  
  • 3 VCU projects awarded state grant supporting the creation of no-cost course materials
    July 1, 2021 — VCU fares well in latest round of open-access grants from VIVA.
  • Virginia Library Association honors Kathy Bradshaw for advocacy for staff
    June 28, 2021 — Virginia Library Association honors VCU Libraries' organizational development chief.
  • Welcome back: Libraries buildings open to the public for research and events
    June 16, 2021 — Libraries buildings on both campuses are  open to all users.
  • 2021 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Short List and Finalists Announced
    June 8, 2021 — The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Committee has recently announced the three finalists for the 2021 award.
  • Digital experience librarian leads Qmunity student session; Apply by June 11
    June 7, 2021 — Apply by June 11 for LGBTQIA+ session.
  • Celebrating a Full Year of VCU Libraries Community Zooms
    June 2, 2021 — The VCU Libraries Community Zooms series has evolved with the times to reflect community interests and provide meaningful content throughout the pandemic.
  • VCU Staff Senate honors three outstanding VCU Libraries employees
    May 24, 2021 — Three exceptional staff members honored.
  • Thomas Inge, pioneering comics scholar and former professor, dies at 85
    May 24, 2021 — Inge’s contributions of comics, art, memorabilia and letters were instrumental in the creation of VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection.
  • VCU Libraries offers summer-long in-person exhibits exploring the past
    May 12, 2021 — VCU Libraries has launched two fun in-person exhibits to catch the end-of-semester bustle. Both exhibits deal broadly with the past and provide fascinating and light-hearted perspectives on recent and ancient history.
  • Cabell Library's first-floor stacks to be closed to browsers this summer
    May 10, 2021 — Plan ahead: First-floor stacks at Cabell will close for summer.
  • Physics postdoc Sean Koebley receives VCU Science Communication Award
    May 6, 2021 — Award honors excellence in communicating about science.
  • Irene Herold named dean of VCU Libraries and university librarian; assumes role Aug. 1
    May 3, 2021 — New dean brings 30 years leadership experience to VCU Libraries.
  • VCU Libraries' Gregory Kimbrell to lead VCU Staff Senate for 2021 term
    May 2, 2021 — VCU Libraries staffer and alumnus elected Staff Senate President.
  • Faculty: Apply for a 2021 Affordable Course Content Award by May 20
    April 20, 2021 — Awards enable faculty to create free materials for teaching.
  • Cabell open more hours at semester's end April 25-May 13
    April 9, 2021 — End-of-semester hours and services
  • VCU Libraries seeks feedback on new website feature
    April 8, 2021 — Students, staff and faculty needed for user-experience focus groups.
  • VCU librarian contributes expertise to free Southeast Health Literacy Conference April 14-16
    April 7, 2021 — Health and Wellness Librarian Dana L. Ladd helps with inaugural conference on health literacy and equity.
  • Winning design captures connections to VCU Libraries during the pandemic
    April 5, 2021 — Alumna wins 2021 VCU Libraries design prize.
  • 2021 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Long List Announced
    April 5, 2021 — The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Committee has just unveiled the short list of the 20 top books submitted for this year's contest.
  • VCU Libraries employees honored for years of service
    March 30, 2021 — Honorees for 2020 noted.
  • Food for Fines project helps food-insecure students and those with library fines
    March 30, 2021 — Food for Fines now a year-round project.
  • VCU Publishing seeking contributions to ‘Imagining Black Futures in Richmond’
    March 17, 2021 — VCU Publishing — is seeking contributions for “Imagining Black Futures in Richmond,” a curated open access anthology that will imagine and explore futures for Richmond through an Afrofuturist lens.
  • Library experts explore interdisciplinary graphic medicine at VCU Libraries
    March 16, 2021 — Research and Education Librarian Talicia Tarver and Library Specialist for Comic Arts Cindy Jackson discuss graphic medicine in a video recording and Q&A.
  • VCU Common Book ‘Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore’ available online and for checkout at VCU Libraries
    June 30, 2021 — “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” a 2018 book that provides a look at the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on coastal communities, is Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2021-22 Common Book.
  • Coming back to campus? Be prepared for changes in libraries
    March 3, 2021 — Be prepare for changes in libraries operations for in-person return to campus.
  • VCU Libraries celebrates Open Education Week March 1-5
    February 25, 2021 — VCU Libraries celebrates Open Education Week, a global event to share and learn about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide.
  • Students: Apply by May 1 for Friends of VCU Libraries scholarship
    February 23, 2021 — Inaugural Friends scholarship open for applications.
  • Deadline March 28: Annual design contest offers $500 prize to student or recent alumni
    February 22, 2021 — The Friends resprise annual design contest. 
  • Art goes virtual at annual Black Lives Matter show
    February 16, 2021 — The Black Lives Matter RVA Art Show features works from dozens of artists that highlight inclusivity and racial justice.
  • Spring semester update: Expanded digital content and changes to VCU Libraries in-building services and hours
    January 22, 2021 — Be aware of changes at VCU Libraries for spring 2021.
  • Affordable course content awards: Four new faculty projects underway
    January 11, 2021 — Four new projects selected for financial awards that support creation of open, affordable materials.
  • Author of ‘Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America’ to deliver VCU Libraries’ 2021 Black History Month Lecture
    January 11, 2021 — Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D., a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University and author of the new book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,” will deliver VCU Libraries’ 20th annual Black History Lecture.
  • Health Sciences Library hours will change Jan. 11
    January 7, 2021 — Due to lower building traffic, operating hours at the Health Sciences Library will be adjusted effective Monday, Jan. 11.
  • List of enewsletters 2021
    January 1, 2021 — Monthly newsletter round-up