User Experience Student Internship is nearly funded

User Experience (or UX) is the work of creating websites that are user focused and function for all constituencies that use them. At VCU Libraries, these projects are limited to student advisory groups, student workers, and (when funded) occasional testing with other groups for more in-depth methods of testing.To better serve all constituents, in 2021, […]

Join the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club via Zoom on January 31st

The next Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club selection aligns is “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” by Marcia Chatelain. We will meet on Sunday, January 31st at 2 pm via Zoom. To get the link to attend, please send an email to kjgotschalk@vcu.edu.About “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” (from publisher W.W.Norton […]

Zoom Zoom Zooma Zoom

While Zoom (previously best known as a children’s TV show on PBS) has taken on a new meaning to many during the COVD-10 pandemic, VCU Libraries has made good use of the Zoom platform to keep the Friends of VCU Libraries engaged and active while so many of us are at home for safe sheltering […]

Join the Friends Book Club Dec. 20 via Zoom

The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will discuss Matt Haig’s novel The Midnight Library via Zoom at 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 20. The event is free and open to the public, please email kjgotschalk@vcu.edu for the link to attend. From the publisher’s website: The Midnight Library is a dazzling novel about all the choices […]

Front Door Pickup for Friends and Alumni

As VCU starts the new school year with new health and safety precautions, VCU Libraries welcomes back Friends of VCU Libraries and VCU Alumni borrowers with temporarily expanded Front Door Pickup service. VCU Libraries has limited building access to protect the health and safety of our communities. If you are a Friend of VCU Libraries […]

Community Zooming Through the Summer

Most people think of libraries as quiet, sedate places for study and access to information. At VCU Libraries, our Friends of VCU Libraries event series has brought our community together for years around key lectures and events that occur on an annual basis. With the arrival of COVID-19 in March, VCU Libraries was forced to […]

Roberta and Don Miller Embrace Creative Giving to Create a Legacy

Roberta and Don Miller are strong believers in education and greatly value the impact of higher education on their lives. A native of Kentucky, Roberta began her studies as an undergrad at Murray State University and earned a Master’s of Library Science and a Doctor of Education Degree at Vanderbilt University. Don is a native […]

Joan Gaustad (BFA ‘75/A) dedicates space to Gerald Donato and VCU students

Joan Gaustad came to VCU as a student in the early 1970’s. As the child of an Army officer, she lived in Thailand and Europe prior to her arrival on the Monroe Park Campus and her first impressions of Richmond were not terribly positive and she never thought she would remain. All of that changed […]

Gift from the James Branch Cabell Library Associates Establishes VCU Publishing and a Virtual Center for Cabellian Studies at VCU Libraries

VCU’s Cabell Library is named for Richmond author James Branch Cabell (1879-1958). Cabell was one of the most famous American writers of the early twentieth century and has a distinguished profile in the history of American letters and many genres. Cabell was well-known to readers of his time and part of contemporary literary circles that […]

Building Community, One Zoom at a Time

In a typical year, VCU Libraries hosts an impressive number of public events and welcomes the community to join us in our comfortable lecture hall. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel an exciting schedule of spring events. To try and fill the void left by these cancellations and keep […]

How I Use the Library: a 2020 graduate reflects

Spring 2020 VCU graduates celebrated a little differently this year. A virtual graduation was held instead of in-person and their final months of classes switched to online. Justice Boyd Hughes graduated this spring with a B.A. in African American Studies and B.S. in Psychology and shares how the libraries were instrumental in her success. See what […]

“Florence Adler Swims Forever” is the next Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club selection for August 9th

Rachel Beanland is a recent graduate of VCU with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, will be released by Simon & Schuster on July 7th. From the publisher’s website: “Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to […]

The Brownell siblings honor their mother with a named endowment

This spring, art history Professor Emeritus Charles Brownell and his sister, Louise, made a gift to establish the Bess T. Brownell Fund in memory of their mother, Bess Trippe Brownell (1910-95) at VCU Libraries. The Brownell Fund supports the acquisition, stewardship and access of rare printed and hand-made publications and ephemera on architecture and the […]

Planned gift will establish a Dean’s Endowment for VCU Libraries

Elizabeth Roderick and John Kneebone are the type of couple that libraries dream about. She is a retired librarian currently enrolled in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, working toward a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Urban Revitalization (after already earning a Master’s in Public Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management […]

Staff Senate honors Thelma Mack with diversity award

The VCU Staff Senate has honored Research and Education Coordinator Thelma Mack of Tompkins-McCaw Library with the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award. Mack was recognized for her tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in library services and programs. Over the course of her 14-year career with VCU Libraries, Mack has been actively engaged […]

Enjoy and support Comic Arts Collection

The VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection began in the 1970s with the donation of a modest comic book collection and the papers of a noted Richmond newspaper editorial cartoonist. The collection later grew with the help of numerous donors over the years – especially that of Dr. M. Thomas Inge, an expert on the history […]

Faculty perceptions of library consultations topic of study

One-on-one research consultations are a standard service in academic libraries that consume significant library resources. However, there is a noticeable lack of scholarship attempting to evaluate research consultations. The body of literature that does exist is primarily comprised of detailed analyses of usage statistics associated with the consultations (number, time, patron demographics), surveys gauging user […]

Brody develops session on predatory publishing for prestigious dental research conference

The landscape of scholarly publishing is changing with the shift from print to online and the introduction of open access journals, typically funded by author fees, to ensure free access to all. This environment has given rise to “predatory publishers” that engage in deceptive practices to make a profit. Consequently, researchers must be able to […]

Research assists state policymaking

Working with grant funding from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and DBHDS, health sciences research librarian Talicia Tarver researched cost-saving and ways for Medicaid providers and employers to offer family and peer recovery and counseling services. This work is part of the Workforce Initiative project with DBHDS.   The project’s goal is to justify enhanced […]

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