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Art Browsery: VCU art book collection

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Look, learn and create: The Art Browsery, a dedicated book display on the fourth floor, James Branch Cabell Library, offers new, beautiful books that can inform your creativity.
“When you are caught up in the creative process of making art, sometimes you need to take a break and find added inspiration,” says Carla-Mae Crookendale, VCU Libraries’ visual arts librarian. She and arts collection librarian Emily Davis Winthrop identify titles that are right for The Browsery and showcase new titles there before moving them into the general collection, usually with the other oversized books on the fourth floor.
Browsery books are visually rich tomes on art, craft and design topics. They are marked with colorful bookstrap labels and they are available for checkout. There is a self-checkout station a few steps away from the display.

The Art Browsery will be refreshed as new titles arrive, so come by now and find some inspiring new materials, and come again to find more in the future.

Here is a brief list, compiled by Crookendale, of some of the new titles you’ll find in The Browsery.

Tiny Creatures: the world of microbes by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Emily Sutton, 2014. A beautifully illustrated look at the world of the microscopic organisms, fusing art and learning for kids of all ages.

The Gay 90’s by Mark Ryden, 2013. Features the latest work by painter Mark Ryden who blends pop culture references with a painting style reminiscent of Jacques Louis David or Ingres. The results are whimsical, surreal – and just a bit twisted.
Tokyo Adorned by Thomas C. Card, 2014. Photographer Card captures the wildly over-the-top personalities and style of the kawaii Lolita street fashion subculture in Tokyo.
Dancescapes: a photographic journey by Shobha Deepak Singh, 2014. An exploration of the history of dance in modern India, this book features dreamlike vignettes of flowing bodies and costumes caught in dramatic motion.
Charles James: Beyond Fashion by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. A comprehensive overview of the work of Charles James, known as “America’s First Couturier.” Features photos of his intricately structured ball gowns as well as archival items about his design and production process.
Ai Weiwei: Evidence, edited by Gereon Sievernich, 2014. Illustrations and texts by and scholarly essays on the recent work of the acclaimed Chinese artist and activist featured in an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Baus museum in Berlin.
Landscape Installation Art, edited by Ifengspace, 2013. Photographs and analysis of immersive and interactive sculptural experiences created in range of media and settings.
Work of Art: Folk Artists in the 21st Century by Carmella Padilla and John Bigelow Taylor, 2013. A celebration of the richness and diversity of traditional art making all over the world, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, clothing and jewelry.
Myths and Mysteries: Symbolism and Swiss Artists, edited by Valentina Anker & Pierre Rosenburg, 2013. Spirituality, psychology and the occult as expressed through the Symbolist movement in the arts of the 19th century.
Mariette Pathy Allen: TransCuba, by Mariela Castro, Allen Frame & Wendy Watriss, 2014. A photo-documentary exploration of the transgender community in Cuba, including interviews and analysis of its evolving role in Cuban culture.
Image: The Art Browsery, Fourth Floor, James Branch Cabell Library

ClinicalKey: Evidence-based practice information

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ClinicalKey now is your major source for evidence-based practice information on the go. The medical and surgical database from Elsevier is the new clinical reference resource replacing MDConsult.

It is available 24/7 from classrooms to clinics. An unlimited number of users can sign on simultaneously. Clinicians are the key users for this resource. But, because of its depth and vast offerings, ClinicalKey’s debut has implications for every program on the MCV Campus.

ClinicalKey includes many more high-quality books and journals, along with other content types, all searchable from a single interface.

Books: 1,100 medical and surgical reference books
Journals: 600 medical and surgical journals
Procedures Consult: procedural videos in various specialties
First Consult: more than 850 Point-of-Care clinical monographs
Drug Monographs: some  2,900 clinical pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard
Patient Education: 15,000 customizable patient education handouts
Clinical Trials:
all trials from the ClinicalTrials.gov database
Practice Guidelines:
4,500 practice guidelines
MEDLINE:
Fully indexed MEDLINE
Multimedia: 
17,000 medical and surgical videos and more than 2.2 million images

All content in ClinicalKey is updated daily. You create a personal ClinicalKey account to use special features such as the Presentation Maker or to save searches or to earn CME credit.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at (804) 828-0636 or by email at library@vcu.edu.

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Best Bets for Business: Eight choices for avid readers

Stay knowledgeable on all things business with this compilation of business reads:

  • The great workplace how to build it, how to keep it, and why it matters by Michael Burchell, 1967, 2011
    What is the business value of creating a great workplace? As organizations grapple with the complexity and challenges of leveraging human capital in today’s hyper-competitive work world, this resource remains a key source for understanding the essential ingredients in and trends of great places to work. Find It
  • Teaming: What leaders must do to foster organizational learning by Amy C. Edmonson, 2012
    Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are among the learning challenges today’s companies face. Based on years of research, this book shows how leaders can make organizational learning happen by building teams that learn. Find It
  • Mastering turbulence: The essential capabilities of agile and resilient individuals, teams and organizations by Joseph McCann, 2012
    Rapid and disruptive change threatens the adaptive capacity of organizations, along with the individuals and teams leading them. Based upon more than a decade of global research and consulting, Joseph E. McCann and John W. Selsky outline five capabilities of agile and resilient systems. Find It
  • Grounded: How leaders stay rooted in an uncertain world by Bob Rosen, 2013
    A provocative, personal approach to leadership based on in-depth research with hundreds of executives around the world Confronted by disruptive change and economic turbulence, many of today’s leaders find themselves ill-equipped to manage the hazards they now face. They must contend with chronic uncertainty, cynical employees and personal burnout. Few have seen alternatives, until now. Find It
  • From smart to wise: Acting and leading with wisdom by Prasad Kaipa, 2013
    Drawing on inspiring experiences of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and even Mahatma Gandhi, the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership that is functional and smart. Find It
  • CaseBase: Case studies in global business, edited by Andrew Ashwin, 2012
    Most of these case studies describe business in an international context, providing an overview of key issues from a global perspective, free of specific country bias. Considering different perspectives helps to develop a broader understanding of the business environment. Find It
  • Capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty, 2014
    Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover economic and social patterns. He shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities. Find It

Compiled by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

Image: Elisabeth Leysen

Medicovan: VCU new publications

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Medicovan, the monthly newsletter for the MCV Campus from 1948-73 has now been added to the digital collection VCU News Publications. This collection also includes VCU Today, VCU Voice, VCU News, and UniverCity News–all of which were official university news sources.

According to the Digital Collection’s website, in the years following World War II, the administration of the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) sought to enhance communication among its growing faculty and staff through the publication of a monthly newsletter. The publication first appeared in February of 1948 under the masthead “Name Me, Please!” Ann Blanton, secretary in the St. Philip Hospital administrator’s office, won the naming contest with her suggestion of The Medicovan. For the next 25 years. Medicovan carried announcements, administrative messages, personnel updates, and news from the hospitals, departments, schools and other units at MCV. Following the creation of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968, the Medicovan broadened its scope to include news of people and events on the Academic Campus of VCU. With the appearance of the new University newsletter, VCU Today, in May of 1972, the Medicovan was phased out.
The VCU News Publications collection contains a wealth of information on the University’s past. In addition to news stories, feature articles and event calendars, there are hundreds of images of campus life and of former students, staff, faculty and administrators. What might be most significant is the wide range of University reports that were published. Departments and schools also submitted articles and other news items of interest to the University community. Letters to the editor, editorials, and formal messages from deans and presidents are examples of some of the content found in this digitized collection.

The print issues of The Medicovan are housed in Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV campus. VCU Today, VCU Voice, UniverCity New and VCU News are available in Special Collections and Archives departments on both campuses.

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Business School Librarians Q&A: Custom content for business

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For the School of Business, Bettina Peacemaker and Pattie Sobczak collaborate and also act independently in developing the collection, consulting on faculty and student research and teaching course-specific materials.

Both bring business expertise to their roles.

Before becoming a librarian, Sobczak worked in sales, manufacturing and marketing, providing her with industry experience that helps connect students to the world outside the classroom. Leadership is a key research interest. She holds a doctorate in organizational systems, an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Peacemaker has worked with the School of Business for more than 10 years as a business research librarian, and also serves as the Assistant Head of Academic Outreach. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Master’s in Library Science. She was introduced to management research during a graduate assistantship and has since worked in all areas of business to provide information literacy instruction and library support committed to engaging students with lifelong learning tools and strategies.

What challenges do research and collections librarians face when responding to today’s business curriculum and research needs?

Peacemaker: With more than 3,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional part-time programs, VCU’s School of Business is one of the university’s largest and most diverse academic communities. The business research and teaching needs are just as diverse. Communication and conversations with faculty and leadership are critical in my continuing education so that I can make the right decisions for business educators and their students. I actively seek and welcome opportunities to help me gain insight into the research experience including recommended readings, copies of syllabi, and even invitations to work with classes and groups. All of this helps me understand what information resources and strategies students and researchers need to be successful in business both inside the classroom and beyond.

Sobczak: Keeping track of the real-world, fast-moving reality of business and economic information is crucial for a current and relevant collection. I am constantly reading key resources like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, etc. as well as book reviews and mainstream publications to stay up on the new books, journals, articles, and databases that might be appropriate for the School of Business. Ongoing communication with faculty and students is key to making sure we have the right resources. I like to hear directly from faculty with ideas about possible additions to our business collection.

Can you share an example of how VCU Libraries develops custom content for specific courses or groups?

Peacemaker: With so much information available, it’s important to create content that it is immediately applicable to coursework and research projects, and that’s how I approach my role in instruction and research. When I work with classes, I create online guides that specifically address the information goals of that course. I have examples from almost every area of the business curriculum. I also try to address broader needs based on my work with faculty and students, so I have developed guides that address common areas like marketing and management as well as guides on finding case studies, using business databases for career research and finding sources to help prepare for promotion and tenure.

Sobczak: One way we develop custom collections is when a new course is proposed, I do a detailed analysis of the existing collection pertaining to that discipline to determine if the current collection can support the new course and if not, I purchase materials needed to fully support the new course.

How are priorities for the collection determined?

Sobczak: In the School of Business all of the programs are tied to what is happening in the real world. This means that the collection not only has to have the requisite theoretical resources but also resources about the practice and application of theory. This makes the business collection unique in that we need to find the right balance of resources to support the current and/or future research needs of the school at both the scholar and practitioner level. Also, I am working with faculty to create “Collections of Distinction” as a way to better support specific aspects of the school and to utilize these collections as a way to bring attention to its programs.

Priorities are based on the current and anticipated curriculum and research needs of the faculty and students. Collection development is not done in a vacuum. It happens through ongoing communication and collaboration with me, Bettina, faculty, program chairs, the dean, and others. Also, specific requests for items are handled quickly and given top priority. Make your purchase suggestion at https://apps.library.vcu.edu/forms/purchase

What do many students and faculty not know about the library?

Peacemaker: That they have their own research consultants, librarians who are willing to work one-on-one on projects. VCU Libraries also offers incredible research support for research data management, innovative media production, interlibrary loan, and almost any area of scholarly communications.

Sobczak: The number of resources available to them through the library. Harvard Business Review, Value Line, WARC (World Advertising Research Center), WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) and Hoover’s are examples of the many resources available online, 24/7.

Study Skills: New study materials to loan

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New this fall, you may checkout books from the Study Skills and Test Prep section on the first floor of Cabell Library. Previously, these materials were for use only inside the building. Now, many may be checked out for three-day loans.
These items are available only to VCU students, staff and faculty. No renewals are permitted. Faculty may put these materials on reserve.
Librarians have organized these books on shelves in a central location to make it easy to find titles and guides that aid with time management, basic and advanced organizational skills, the transition to college life and other themes regarding developing effective approaches to studying and managing information. Also housed in the shelf are books about test prep for LSAT, GRE, MCAT and others.
In addition, two useful online guides have been updated for fall 2014:
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Current Business Data: Top five business databases

Get the most up-to-date business and industry research with these top five business databases:

  • Best’s Library Center offers full-text insurance reports, credit reports and other in-depth insurance industry information and statistics. It also provides industry news and a look at corporate changes dating back to 1819. Find It
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for more than 30,000 corporate, academic, government and nonprofit clients in 33 countries. WRDS gives access 200 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, finance, insurance, marketing and statistics. Find It
  • SimplyMap allows you to create thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data. SimplyMap has all the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States. It offers more than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences and public health. Find It
  • WARC offers insight in global advertising and marketing trends through market intelligence, case studies, conference reports, expenditure data, profiles of major brands and consumer behavior, and a collection of advertising campaign videos. This publisher’s portfolio includes Admap, Market Leader, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research and International Journal of Market Research (full-text). Find It
  • Mintel is the go-to source for full-text market research reports covering US and global consumer markets. Reports analyze market share, segmentation and trends. Upon first login, you must register with your VCU email address. Find It

Compiled by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

Image: SimplyMap