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  • MIchael Toler in Morocco

    Friends are Friends Despite the Distance

    Michael Toler, BA ‘88/H&S, completed his Bachelor’s in English at VCU in the spring of 1988 and set out to see the world. It was through his work with the Peace Corps in Morocco where he found his life’s work. While serving in the Peace Corps Toler taught in the Moroccan University system and became […]

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    Seen in the Library: Father-son mural hangs in Cabell Library

    For years, Richmond-based artists Jerome W. Jones Jr. and Jeromyah Jones have shared their realistic portraits of the powerful, talented and influential in exhibits and online. The father-son artistic duo has produced hundreds of portaits of African-American politicians, leaders, musicians and leading lights in the civil rights movement. In recognition of the 400th anniversary of […]

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    Luck of the VCU Libraries: Four-leaf clovers found in book

    Think finding a single four leaf  clover is lucky? How about finding an entire book of four leaf clovers! Friends of the VCU Libraries board members gather once a month with community members, alumni, and students to sort books in preparation for the annual fall book sale. One volunteer opened a book and found it […]

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    Michelle Taylor receives award to ALA and mentoring program

    Interlibrry Loan Borrowing Specialist Michelle Taylor has received a STARS-Atlas Mentoring Award to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington. Each year STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resource Section) gives one or two practitioners who are new to the field of interlibrary loan, document delivery and electronic reserves a cash award of […]

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  • Table tent by Dave Morrison, VCU's Cabell Library Building Manager

    Seen in the Library: New snack station

    Dave Morrison has served as the building manager of Cabell Library for many years. Everyone who visits benefits from his creativity and talent, seen most recently in the lower level snack area which has been rebranded “Dave’s Humble Snack Shack and Vend-O-Rama”. In case you have not yet visited, there are now tables and chairs […]

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  • Catalina, CLUAC student

    Student immerses herself in VCU Libraries

    Did you choose your university based on the quality of its library? Catalina Currier (class of 2020) did. While on a prospective student campus tour, Currier was impressed by the wide array of programs offered by VCU Libraries and by its student-centered building design. She remembers thinking, “If the library is this beautiful and has […]

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    Coghill honored for excellence in serving the GLBT community

    The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) announced Donna E. Coghill, community engagement librarian and coordinator of campus partnerships, VCU Libraries, as the recipient of the Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community. The award was establishedto honor a library, librarian, library staff member, library board and/or library […]

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    Nation’s librarians to converge at VCU in March

    During Spring Break, on March 7-8, VCU Libraries will host librarians from all over the country to the 5th annual Empirical Librarians conference. This conference combines sessions on supporting researchers through library services with a track on doing research and assessment in libraries. Presenters will be coming from 16 states (a record for the conference), from […]

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    March Madness at VCU Libraries: A visit to Special Collections and Archives

    March Madness has taken on a new level of interest at VCU since 2011 when VCU’s men’s basketball team played in the Final Four for the first time. Yet how many fans of the game know that VCU’s basketball roots go back to the 1910s? The Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, which […]

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    Valentine’s Day project gathered love notes to the libraries

    Friends of VCU Libraries invited visitors on Valentine’s Day to share what they love about VCU Libraries. The libraries were flooded with words of affection and appreciation. At the share your #VCULibrariesLove event, more than 500 patrons created Valentines or wrote brief love notes at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health […]

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    Road Trip: VCU Libraries hosts NYC event with alumni author

    Join VCU Libraries on the road for an afternoon in Brooklyn with VCUarts alumnus Michael Hearst (B.M.’95/A), 4-5 p.m. on March 13. Hearst is a musician and children’s book author who blends his passion for writing with music. Some of his most recent work includes a three-part series of “Unusual Creatures,” “Extraordinary People” and “Curious Construction.” The […]

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    Write a love note to VCU Libraries on Valentine’s Day

    On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, the Friends of VCU Libraries invites patrons to tell us what they love about VCU Libraries, enjoy treats and write a love note to their library. Look for the Friends at both libraries from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   James Branch Cabell Library, Lobby   Tompkins McCaw Library for the Health […]

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    Librarian’s research helps patients keep beloved pets

    When most people think of “research,” they probably think it means discovering a life-saving cure or inventing a new procedure or digging deep for an important paper. But sometimes, a little research leads to improving patients’ quality of life. Jessica Gray, as a member of an interdisciplinary care team at VCU Health approached medical librarian […]

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  • CHEC Librarian Dana Ladd

    Ladd receives grant to study health disparities and literacy at conference

    Dana L. Ladd, Ph.D., received a National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region professional development award to attend the “Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy pre-conference workshop” held at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle in January. Improving health literacy is a growing focus for Ladd as the librarian at the […]

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    Walko’s eye-popping anatomical art returns to library gallery

    Inspired by anatomy and the human form, Nickolai Walko, a 2014 graduate of the VCU School of the Arts, has developed a unique and eye-catching form of image-making that hybridizes classical drawing and pop art. After placing a layer of black masking tape on a brightly colored panel or wall, covering the surface from edge to […]

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    The Scott and Joanna Tilley Collection at VCU Libraries

    After collecting for more than 30 years, Scott and Joanna Tilley donated more than 3,000 items from The Modern Library to VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. One-third of collection, about 1,000 titles, has now been cataloged and is available for researchers.  The collection features first printings and variant bindings of hardback and some paperback books as […]

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    Q&A: Meet Behavioral Sciences librarian Sergio Chapparo

    Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Librarian Sergio Chaparro, Ph.D., works primarily with the School of Education and the department of Psychology and Addiction Studies. He served most recently as a subject specialist librarian at Salem State University.  He brings a strong record of teaching, service, and research in library and information science, communication and Spanish […]

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  • Student advisers critical to Tompkins-McCaw’s work

    The Student Advisory Committee gives input to leadership at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on student needs and concerns about library services and materials. “The committee is extraordinarily valuable to our library,” says Operations Manager Stephen Barkley, who manages the committee. “Each member suggests technology purchases and changes to the library space that are […]

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    Q&A: Meet Behavioral Sciences librarian Kelsey Cheshire

    Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Librarian Kelsey Cheshire (right) provides  course-integrated library instruction and specialized reference consultations for the VCU School of Social Work and the department of Sociology. This work includes developing and fostering strategic relationships with faculty and students in areas of her liaison responsibility in order to inform the design of services […]

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    New Publishing Coalition sharpens focus

    VCU Libraries has joined the Libraries Publishing Coalition (LPC). The Coalition “promotes the development of innovative, sustainable publishing services in academic and research libraries to support scholars as they create, advance, and disseminate knowledge.” An independent, community-led membership organization, its purpose is “to support an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and to further the interests […]

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