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    Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will read “Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe”

    The public is invited to join us on Sunday, January 26th at 2 p.m. in the Cabell Room of VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library to discuss “Savage Appetites: Four Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession” by Rachel Monroe. From the Simon and Schuster website: “In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe […]

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    After exemplary 20-year career, Ulmschneider announces retirement plans

    After an exemplary 20-year career at VCU, John Ulmschneider, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, has announced his decision to retire effective June 30, 2020.   Dean Ulmschneider began his role at VCU in 1999, having previously served in management roles at the North Carolina State University Libraries. “His leadership at VCU Libraries has played a […]

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    Closing the books on Book Sale 2019: Sale sets a new record and brings in sponsorships

    The 2019 Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale was the most successful sale yet! The six-day sale brought in over $24,200 in sales, $1,200 in cash donations from 828 customers and $7,000 in sponsorships for a combined total of $32,501.42. With books donated from over 80 individuals in the Richmond area, the sale brought in […]

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    Richmond Indie Comic Expo fills Lecture Hall with artists Nov. 17

    The inaugural Richmond Indie Comic Expo (RICE), planned by VCU School of the Arts students and hosted at James Branch Cabell Library, takes place Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to all, the expo offers artists tabling to discuss and sell their work in The Lecture Hall (Room 303). Educational […]

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    VCU’s medical librarians share knowledge with national network

    During a library site visit from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) office in 2018 Director Tony Nguyen and Executive Director M.J. Tooey met with librarians from Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.  Site visits like this are common and allow VCU to showcase to the NNLM SEA the work […]

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    Meet Oscar Keyes: Multimedia expert new to VCU Libraries

    Oscar Keyes, Multimedia Teaching & Learning Librarian, develops, delivers and promotes the Innovative Media department’s instruction program in support of VCU community members’ multimedia literacy and creative skills. He teaches sessions focusing on audio and video production techniques, equipment and software. In addition, he manages the department’s audio and video studios.   Keyes has advanced technical […]

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    STYLE Weekly honors librarian Erin White in “Top 40 Under 40”

    Each year Richmond alternative news weekly STYLE WEEKLY selects a group of “Top 40 Under 40” to feature. As the magazine’s headline notes: “Young and dynamic, these are the people building a new Richmond before our eyes.” Among three VCU community members featured for 2019 is Erin White, VCU Libraries Head of Digital Engagement. (Photo […]

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    Tote Bags at the Book Sale free with purchase thanks to donors

    Book Sale attendees will receive this limited edition tote bag this year FREE with your book sale purchase.  Thanks to our generous tote bag sponsors SHOCKOE | Mobile by Design and Richmond Pediatric Dentistry for making this possible! Additional bags will be available for $3 each. The tote bag features a VCU alumna design by Katrina Navasca […]

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    VCU Libraries launches guides for LGBTQIA+ Health

    VCU Libraries offers two new online guides that provide information to support the health of people who identify as LGBTQIA+. The provider guide includes resources for providing effective and inclusive care for LGBTQIA+ patients. The community member or patient guide includes information about health and wellness specific to people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Why are […]

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    Join us for the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club

    Last summer the Friends of VCU Libraries launched a book club that is open to the public. The club will met approximately four times a year and will feature the work of authors who will speak at VCU Libraries or a book recommended by one of our Friends of VCU Libraries Board Members. The next […]

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    Friends of VCU Libraries sponsoring student book collecting contest

    All VCU students, undergraduate and graduate, are invited to submit to the VCU Student Book-collecting Contest, which recognizes students who have developed thoughtful and purposeful collections of books, manuscripts or other material textual works. A panel of judges will select one undergraduate and one graduate winner. Judging will be based upon how well the collection has […]

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    Sponsors sign on for the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale!

    As the Friends of VCU Libraries sort thousands  of used books for their annual  book sale in October, businesses have started to take notice. (Poster lists some sponsors 11x17_Book Sale Poster_09.26.2019) The book sale will look a bit different this year, as sponsorships are available for the first time in the sale’s 12-year history. Attendees will […]

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    Dr. Richard Wenzel to lead Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club Nov. 3

    Join us for the second Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club meeting Sunday, November 3. The meeting is at 2 p.m. in the Cabell Room on the fourth floor of the James Branch Cabell Library.  Severance is the featured book. Written by Ling Ma, it is the 2019 winner of the Cabell First Novelist Award. Severance is […]

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    Letter from a president found in donated book

    Every year people donate thousands of books to VCU Libraries for the annual Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale. The books arrive in varying conditions – neatly boxed, haphazardly bagged, occasionally packed into an old suitcase. Every now and then, mementos and odds and ends are donated along with them. A collection was donated this […]

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    Board members welcome students

    Over 1,500 students participated in the 9th annual Library Fest at Cabell Library and Friends of the VCU Libraries Board members were there to help greet and welcome students! Thanks to board president Kate Peeples Brown and new board members Dennis Andersen and Bonnie Newman Davis.

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    Hurst chosen for prestigious leadership fellowship

    Emily Hurst has been selected as an Association of Academic Health Sciences/National Library of Medicine leadership fellow for 2019-20. This highly competitive and prestigious program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program. It is a highly selective program with five fellows annually. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for […]

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    October Book Sale Forecast: Great Finds to Be Found!

    While summer temps have sizzled the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale Committee have been hard at work in the basement of the Cabell Library sorting books for the October Book Sale. Twice a month volunteers come to campus and sort books in a tucked away area of the library affectionately known to faculty and […]

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    Meet Jessica Kirschner, new open educational resources librarian

    New to VCU Libraries in Spring semester 2019, Jessica Kirschner supports the VCU community in its efforts to decrease student costs and increase student success through the use of open and affordable educational materials. Working with partners from across the VCU community, she advocates, educates and assists in the creation of new resources and the […]

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    Q&A with Julie Arendt: Part of the STEM community

    Julie Arendt is part of a three-member team of science and engineering librarians at Cabell Library whose jobs focus on the needs of science and engineering departments. Arendt’s specific focus is outreach, instruction and research support for engineering and physical sciences. This brief Q&A profile is the third in a series that previously highlighted Erin […]

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    Join discussion of “The Emancipation of Evan Walls” at first Book Club meeting

    The inaugural meeting of the the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will take place Sunday September 15 at 2 p.m. at VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library in the Cabell Room on the fourth floor. Shawn Utsey, Ph.D., professor of psychology and interim chair, African American Studies, will lead the informal, conversational discussion. The Emancipation of Evan Walls […]

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