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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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    Public affairs librarian and political scientist launch “Civil Discourse” podcast 

    Many people are tired of partisan bickering and over-heated, even mean-spirited, political discourse. Into that fray steps VCU Public Affairs Librarian Nia Rodgers with a simple idea: a podcast that explores how government can and should work without the rancor of partisanship but rather with understanding and expertise. Rodgers is engaging in conversations about government […]

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    Hodge edits career-building advice book, “The Academic Librarian’s Toolkit”

    VCU Libraries’ Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning Megan Hodge (right) served as editor of a new book from the American Library Association that focuses on building careers in academic librarianship. According to ALA literature about the book, “The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit is a thorough handbook designed to guide you from library school through your first several […]

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    Thank you for making FY19 a success!

    As summer settles in over campus, VCU Libraries Development is closing the books on Fiscal Year 2019. We are pleased to share that with one year remaining in the Make It Real Campaign, VCU Libraries is currently over 81% to our goal. Overall, the total raised for VCU Libraries in FY19 was just over $500,000 […]

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    “The Emancipation of Evan Walls” will launch new book club

    As a community group, the Friends of VCU Libraries is always looking for new ways to invite the larger community to enjoy, engage with, and visit VCU Libraries. With the opening of the new building on the Monroe Park Campus a few years ago VCU Libraries now has comfortable, welcoming spaces to invite patrons. With […]

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    Medical librarian helps prep oral health papers for landmark Surgeon General’s Report

    Oral health experts around the country are working to prepare chapters for the forthcoming 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. Two authorities on oral health contributing to the report are from the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach at the VCU School of Dentistry. Tegwyn Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D. prepared a section about pediatric programs […]

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    VCU alumnus’ sculpture on view at Tompkins-McCaw through July 27

    Two intriguing conversation pieces by Dyland Loftis are on display through Juy 27 in the first floor gallery at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The pieces are collectively titled. B.O.M.B. Mk. II. This is a continuation of a series of sculpural work with roots in traditional woodworking and furniture design. The artist graduated this […]

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    Made in the Workshop: Chemical engineering students learn to sew for veteran

    Why would an engineering student need to sew? Material science engineers learn sewing in order to provide a prototype for a new fabric. The students using the sewing machines in the Workshop at Cabell Library were that exploring Material Science for their Chemical Engineering Senior Capstone Course project. For VCU chemical engineering seniors Megan Freeman, […]

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    ALADN honors Friends of VCU Libraries and brochure

    The Academic Library Advancement and Development Network, known as ALADN, is a professional association for people involved in advancement and development for academic and research libraries. ALADN is an inclusive library fundraising community of peers. At its May convention in Louisville, Ky., ALADN honored VCU Libraries with two awards in its communications and public relations […]

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  • Dana Ladd

    Dana Ladd chairs national consumer health caucus

    Community Health Education Center Librarian, Dana Ladd, PhD., is the new Chair Elect and Membership Committee Chair of the Medical Library Association (MLA)’s Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS). CAPHIS is a MLA member community section that “connects health sciences librarians and other consumer health information specialists with a forum, educational opportunities, and specific resources for […]

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    VCU Libraries shirts: the perfect gift

    Kate Peeples Brown is president of the Friends of VCU Libraries board and an enthusiastic supporter of VCU Libraries. For Kate’s recent birthday, her sister Cecily Peeples Rodriguez (B.A.’92/H&S) gave her a special gift . . . VCU Libraries tee shirts for the whole family! It isn’t too late to order a VCU Libraries tee shirt […]

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  • Hurst

    Hurst honored for excellence in interprofessionalism

    Emily J. Hurst, Tompkins-McCaw Library Deputy Director and Head of Research and Education, is recognized as a champion of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. At a ceremony May 9, 2019, Hurst was one of five VCU faculty members receiving the Excellence in Interprofessionalism Award. It recognizes faculty within five years of their initial […]

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  • VCU Libraries donor shares treats and words of encouragement with students

    Sweet treats and study spaces

    Students using a study room named by VCU Libraries donor Stephanie Lawson Holt (BS ’74/Ed) received an unexpected and tasty surprise while they were studying for a psychology exam. Stephanie dropped by with cookies, treats, and words of encouragement for the hard-working students. Students who choose a named study room might get more than a […]

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    VCU Libraries seeks to ignite gifts to the Friends of the Libraries Endowed Scholarship

    During May, VCU Libraries will be featured in a crowdfunding campaign called “Igniter.” The new Friends of VCU Libraries Endowed Scholarship is the focus of the campaign. Founded by gifts and pledges from seven Friends this past winter, the initial Friends of VCU Libraries Scholarship Endowment currently totals just over $26,000 in gifts and pledges. […]

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    Koenig to research professionalism among health sciences librarians

    Research and Education Librarian Rachel Koenig has been awarded a grant from the Medical Library Association to study professionalism among health sciences librarians. Koenig’s  MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant project is titled “Attitudinal Attributes of Professsionalism in Health Sciences Librarians.” The study is designed to fill an important gap in knowledge about medical […]

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    How the Library Helps Me: Sharon Lack

    Sharon Lack, the School of Nursing, class of 2020, is a member of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences’ Student Advisory Committee. “To make the library accessible for my fellow Ph.D. students who don’t live in Virginia or who live hours from Richmond,” she says she finds the online journals one of the most […]

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