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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 4 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. Check back […]

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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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  • Friends of the VCU Libraries Dennis Andersen, Kate Peeples Brown, and Bonnie Newman Davis

    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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  • A sampling of books to be sold at the annual Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale in October

    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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  • VCU James Branch Cabell Library

    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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    Byrne connects to VCU Libraries as alumna and dean

    Long before Ellen Byrne, R. Ph., D.D.S., Ph.D., (BS ’77/P, DDS ‘83/D, PhD ’91/M) came to VCU as a student and later joined the faculty, she and her family were already helping to build VCU. In the late 1960’s, granite gravel from the Byrne family farm in Bedford County was used in the walls of […]

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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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