Best Books of 2013 Lists December 13, 2013 — Finding a good book to read can be tough, and bestseller lists aren't always the most reliable. But as the year winds down, those in the know have compiled their lists of the best books of 2013--books that thrill you and make you think.
Girl Scouting exhibition marks centennial November 13, 2013 — Just as the Girl Scouts of America marked the centennial of its founding in 2012, VCU Libraries secured a significant donation of records and materials from The Girl Scouts Commonwealth Council of Virginia.
End-of-the-year gifts so welcome November 13, 2013 — Your gift to VCU Libraries impacts the success of every one of our hard-working students at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Bookshelves as Art: Students find inspiration in the mundane November 1, 2013 — Cabell Library's newest art installation is the work of five Art Foundation students in a class called Space Research. The students were challenged to design and build bookshelves, each with a similar function and a unique artistic vision. These are now on display throughout the library, Nov. 5-Dec. 5.
Sara Williams heads new VCU Libraries department focused on academic outreach October 25, 2013 — Sara Williams assumed a new position as Head of Academic Outreach this fall semester. She will shape a program of creative academic outreach to the Monroe Park Campus. In addition, she will lead a group of faculty librarians to expand their connections to their disciplines and students and faculty.
Student Forum: Come get the inside story on the new library October 10, 2013 — Did you know that we'll be breaking ground on the new library this spring? Did you know that there will also be some significant renovations done to the existing library? Then come to the next Cabell Life Forum on Oct. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 250.
New building on fast track, on schedule and budget set September 30, 2013 — Last week, the VCU Libraries community tangibly heard and felt our near future: the rat-a-tat-tat of jackhammers at dawn. A crew was exploring how the concrete aggregate panels are attached to Cabell Library in order to finalize construction specs for the new library on the Monroe Park Campus.
Migrating Archives brings LGBT history to Cabell Oct. 21-Dec. 31 September 19, 2013 — "Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Collections around the World" approaches queer history through the vantage points of some 10 individual stories. This innovative show from San Francisco's GLBT History Museum merges art and history, archives and real lives.
Inaugural Advance Your Research session set for Oct. 15 September 13, 2013 — VCU Libraries will present Advance Your Research on Tuesday, Oct. 15, a full day of walk-in workshops for graduate students and faculty designed to help make their research process better, faster and smarter.
VCU Libraries 2013-2014 major exhibits August 30, 2013 — VCU Libraries hosts a wide variety of exhibits throughout the academic year. Some are traveling exhibits, and others are original, featuring materials from our own collections or created by others in the VCU community.
VCU Libraries 2013-2014 Events Lineup August 22, 2013 — VCU Libraries is off and running for the 2013-2014 academic year with a full schedule of events. These events, which are but a small part of all that VCU Libraries accomplishes each year, give an idea of the tremendous diversity in our outreach efforts, our collections and the research interests and needs of our patrons.
A good year, thanks to our donors August 22, 2013 — Fiscal Year 2013 marked the highest amount of money raised by the VCU Friends of the Library to date. The amount of the average Friends gift increased almost 46 percent.
In the Moment: VCU Fall 2013 August 21, 2013 — Just scant weeks into the new semester, VCU is already having a big year. Scan some headlines.
New one-stop service desk debuts at Cabell Library August 15, 2013 — New this fall semester are streamlined services at James Branch Cabell Library. All checkout of books and equpiment loans and initial requests for research assistance are now handled from The Desk in the lobby.
Jodi Koste to serve as University Archivist April 17, 2013 — Just as VCU embarks on a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary as an institution of higher learning, it has a new university archivist: Jodi Koste of VCU Libraries.
Cabell breaks its record July 30, 2013 — What's bigger than Nationals baseball or Rams basketball home game attendance? Double the size of Mardi Gras? More popular by far than the Shenandoah National Park? Our Monroe Park Library.
VCU's digital press launches with British Virginia July 23, 2013 — At the end of spring semester 2013, VCU Libraries launched British Virginia. The inaugural digital publication is the first of the "Virginia Company Sermons," which William Symonds preached in London in 1609.
VCU honors important literary publications July 22, 2013 — The VCU Department of English has recently announced the winners of both of its celebrated annual literary book awards: the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Levis Reading Prize, which is presented for the best first or second book of poems.
'Indie Press' book relies on Cabell collection July 19, 2013 — Central Virginia author Dale Brumfield is set to launch his latest book this month. And on September 1, he'll be giving a VCU Libraries Presents talk sponsored by Special Collections and Archives at 1 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library.
Media checkout streamlined July 15, 2013 — New at Cabell Library, all checkouts of media are managed by the single service desk. Previously, checkouts were on the third floor. Now, patrons have two easy paths.
Tour Cabell through Aug. 31 June 10, 2013 — Students, staff and faculty can invest a few minutes on a tour of Cabell Library and save time later in the semester. Participants will learn about the facility, collections and resources, as well as how library services and staff can assist with assignments. Cabell Library tours start promptly inside the first-floor main entrance and last approximately 30 minutes.
News collection represents 30 years of VCU history May 22, 2013 — Nearly 30 years of VCU history are represented in VCU Libraries newest digital collection, "VCU News Publications." The Office of University Relations produced these publications, which carried different titles over the years.
Three Cabell Award finalists announced May 22, 2013 — Having consulted and discussed reviews written by volunteer readers, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award committee in the Department of English has narrowed down the list of 14 semifinalist books for the 2013 contest to three finalists.
Congratulations to VCU's new graduates May 22, 2013 — On Friday, May 3, hundreds of students preparing to graduate from VCU gathered at the Science Museum of Virginia for the event Your Passport to the World.
News pubs collection represents 30 years of VCU history April 25, 2013 — Nearly 30 years of VCU history are represented in VCU Libraries newest digital collection, "VCU News Publications." The Office of University Relations produced these publications, which carried different titles over the years.
Lamp exhibit to light up Cabell Library April 23, 2013 — During the spring semester, a group of students from the Department of Interior Design and the Department of Crafts and Material Studies met in Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives to participate in a collaborative project inspired by Special Collections and Archives itself.
New to the collection: Business and industry databases April 22, 2013 — Just in time for end-of-semester research projects, VCU Libraries introduces new databases useful to students of business, advertising, mass comm and researchers interested in business trends, entrepreneurship and corporate work and in getting the facts about private and public firms.
Cabell First Novelist Award semifinalists announced April 22, 2013 — The VCU Department of English has just announced the 14 semifinalist books for this year's VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Thanks to everyone who served as a reader and helped to make such an exciting selection of novels.
New to the collection: Film and Television Index April 15, 2013 — Film and Television Index, a new database at VCU Libraries, helps researchers explore the spectrum of media scholarship from theoretical aspects and technical elements to critical reception and popular culture impact.
A step up: Stairs get an update April 15, 2013 — For many years, visitors to Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences literally watched their step entering the building due to rough and uneven stairs. No longer.
New free online careers guide aids job-seekers April 15, 2013 — Charting your after-graduation or summer path? VCU Libraries, in partnership with University Career Services, now offers a handy, one-stop, online guide about how to use library resources to research companies and industries.
VCU Libraries hosts TEDMED 2013 simulcast April 16-19 April 2, 2013 — Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences will host a live simulcast of TEDMED 2013, April 16-19, during regular library hours. The University community is invited to join colleagues to listen to this provocative series of short, inspiring talks, curated by the well-known TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference series.
Preservation Week, April 22-26 March 28, 2013 — Preservation Week returns to Cabell Library April 22-26. Preservation Week was begun in 2010 to promote the role of libraries and other institutions in preserving public and personal collections and treasures. This year, Patricia Selinger, Head of the Preservation Department, will demonstrate the art of book repair in the lobby from noon to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Freedom of Assembly: Online exhibit showcases little-known Emancipation Day marches and celebrations March 14, 2013 — On April 3, 1905, a photographer from the Detroit Publishing Co. captured hundreds of African Americans parading through the streets of Richmond, Va. The photo made it onto a postcard. Years later, an archivist for VCU Libraries spotted the postcard on an auction website. After a little digging, it inspired "Timeline of Emancipation Day Celebrations," a new online exhibit from James Branch Cabell Library's Special Collections and Archives.
Text services go 24-hours March 10, 2013 — Texting is the newest way to connect with VCU Libraries' research expertise. After spring break, text messages will be responded to around the clock, 24 hours a day when James Branch Cabell Library is open (Sunday 10 a.m. to Friday 10 p.m.) and on weekends.
Registration Open: Digital Pragmata series for faculty and grad students March 10, 2013 — How scholars and artists share their work is changing. More and more, arts and humanities scholarship, creative activity and teaching occurs in the digital environment. VCU Libraries' new forum, "Digital Pragmata" (Digital Things) will explore these trends and techniques in modern scholarship, teaching and creative work.
VCU Libraries hosts Gabriel's Rebellion program March 13 March 8, 2013 — In 1800, a literate slave known as Gabriel planned a rebellion that was to involve a march into Richmond. Although the action was suppressed, it confirmed the growing outcry for justice and the volatility of the slave economy. VCU Libraries will host "Gabriel's Conspiracy: Exploring the Richmond Slave Rebellion of 1800" on Wednesday, March 13.
Save the Date: Vess to speak at VCU April 18 February 28, 2013 — World-renowned comic artist and illustrator Charles Vess, VCU alumnus and recipient of the Eisner and World Fantasy Awards, will visit the Monroe Park Campus under VCU Libraries sponsorship April 18. He will speak about his new book with novelist Charles de Lint, "The Cats of Tanglewood Forest" (Little Brown, 2013).
Clark lectures on re-imagining the library February 26, 2013 — VCU Libraries Associate University Librarian for Public Services Dennis T. Clark will speak at the University of Tennessee March 18 on re-imagining library services.
Carmen Foster tells an untold story March 28 February 25, 2013 — Hartshorn Memorial College, a private school for African-American women, was founded in 1883 by Ebenezer Baptist Church. The school was located at the corner of Lombardy and Leigh Streets and merged with Virginia Union University in 1932. Richmonder Carmen Foster will speak about the history and legacy of Hartshorn Memorial College in "Another Untold Story of Race and Richmond" on March 28.
"Arabic Poems for English Readers" breaks barriers February 8, 2013 — A new exhibition at James Branch Cabell Library gives the Richmond community the opportunity to take down one wall to the Middle East: the language barrier. "Breaking Barriers: Arabic Poems for English Readers," a selection of poetry books from VCUQatar Libraries, is on view in Special Collections and Archives, Fourth Floor, James Branch Cabell Library through May 10.
VCU Libraries reflects upon new software February 8, 2013 — Faculty and staff from VCU Libraries and members of the Ex Libris company discussed the implentation of Alma, a pioneering piece of cloud-resident enterprise library software, at VCU Libraries in a Jan. 9 discussion that brought together librarians from across the region.
Book art expert speaks at Mary Washington University Feb. 10 February 8, 2013 — VCU Libraries' Yuki Hibben will speak Sunday afternoon Feb. 10 at the University of Mary Washington Galleries in Fredericksburg. Her topic will be "Opening the Page: The Evolution of Artists' Books." She plans to discuss the history of artists' books and the value of artists' books in academic and studio programs.
Video, photos, articles about "Justice for All" February 1, 2013 — For the annual Black History Month Lecture February 5, Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, took the stage with Marvin Anderson, who was exonerated of wrongful conviction after serving 15 years in prison.
Library technology leaders discuss innovations, trends and the future January 23, 2013 — As one of the first major research universities to launch a pioneering new cloud-resident enterprise library platform, Virginia Commonwealth University hosted a Jan. 9 session designed to help other libraries around the world prepare for the next generation of library technologies.
New library programs serve international students January 10, 2013 — International students can receive special library tours and research workshops designed for them this spring. These workshops are a partnership between VCU Libraries and the Global Education Office.
Exhibit marks 95 years of VCU's pioneering School of Social Work January 1, 2013 — VCU's School of Social Work is celebrating its 95 years of service during the 2012-2013 school year. An exhibit on the history of the school is on display at James Branch Cabell Library. The fourth floor exhibit shows rare materials from Special Collections and Archives.