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    Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club to launch with “The Emancipation of Evan Walls”

    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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    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 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 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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    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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    How the Library Helps Me: Jennifer Hodge

    Jennifer Hodge, the School of Pharmacy, class of 2022, is a member of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences’ Student Advisory Committee.  Jennifer utilizes the research guides the most as her starting point for work.  “I’m constantly using the research guides as a starting point for anything I need to find. It lists the most […]

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    Librarians at Work: Three faculty developing iExcel diversity recruiting workshops

    Several librarians had proposals accepted into a new university-wide project designed to engage the VCU community in collaborations that will lead to greater diversity and inclusion. Erin White, Head of Digital Engagement, will co-create a hands-on workshop called “Inclusive Recruitment Practices” with Lisa Webb, Executive Director of Academic Health Sciences in the Office of the […]

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    Advisory member noted for Research Week project

    Glynis Boyd Hughes has a love of books, deep reading and libraries. As a member of the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee and as a non-traditional student studying English–after a career in social work–she is the subject of an in-depth feature story by University Public Affairs. She is featured in lengthy article about Research Week […]

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    How the Library Helps Me: Benjamin Mavelil

    Benjamin Mavelil, School of Dentistry, class of 2021, is a member of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences’ Student Advisory Committee. Mavelil says he is helped most by the both stacks and study rooms quiet spaces . “I use the stacks for personal reading, and the study rooms for group study. I like the […]

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    Design prize winner focuses on collaboration

    Kiersten Marshall,  a School of the Arts student in the class of 2020, is the winner of a $500 design prize for a Friends of VCU Libraries project. Marshall, a graphic design major from central Pennsylvania, says she frequently visits Cabell Library and does a lot of design work on the quiet third floor near […]

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    How the Library Helps Me: Hala Hasan

    Hala Hasan, the School of Medicine, class of 2022, is a member of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences’ Student Advisory Committee. She finds the laptop borrowing progam extremely helpful for exam taking.  “I use them to take exams because we need Windows laptops.”

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    Friends of VCU Libraries: Aaron Pavelis

    Local oil painter Aaron Pavelis is a current member of the Friends of  VCU Libraries who actively uses his borrowing privileges. After studying in Italy for almost six years, Pavelis finds resources for continued learning at VCU Libraries. The libraries offer extensive art history materials, which he takes full advantage of. Why VCU libraries? “First, […]

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    Q&A: Ibironke Lawal, Engineering and Science Collections Librarian

    Ibironke (Ronke) Lawal, Ph.D. selects science and engineering resources to include in VCU Libraries’ collections. She collaborates with a team of research librarians, Julie Arendt and Erin Carrillo, to ensure the science and engineering departments on the Monroe Park Campus have what they need.  What is important to be able to do your job as a collections librarian? A […]

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