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  • Avoiding Misinformation During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    During the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, information abounds from various sources including websites, social media, television, and even from friends and family members. A simple search on Google for “COVID-19” yields over 12,210,000,000 results. Facebook feeds are full of shared posts from friends with information about COVID-19. With all of this information, how can […]

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    Evidence-based nursing expert Roy Brown serves on key course redesign team 

    In 2018, faculty members from the School of Nursing proposed redesigning a critical course in the curriculum–Nursing 371, which focuses on evidence-based practice. This core course, a requirement for graduation with a B.S. in nursing, is taken by about 300 students each year.   Using evidence in clinical decision-making is a key aspect of nursing practice that […]

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    Students share what they love about VCU Libraries

    On Valentine’s Day, Friends of VCU Libraries asked students to share their love for VCU Libraries and the response was…loving. Hundreds of students enjoyed a quick study break at tables at Tompkins-McCaw for the Health Sciences and  James Branch Cabell Library to craft a handmade valentine to share what they love about VCU Libraries. Love […]

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    Greek alumni name study room as memorial to two brothers

    VCU Triangle Fraternity alumni have named a study room in honor of two deceased fraternity brothers. With the passing of two fraternity brothers, Dante Johnson (BS’15/En) and Chris Ducic, VCU Triangle Fraternity Alumni President Zachary Cullingsworth (BS’16/En) and Adam Kirmes (BS’13/En) knew they wanted to do something to honor them and decided to name a space […]

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  • Letter from Senator Mark Warner to  the Friends of VCU Libraries

    A Letter to the Friends of VCU Libraries

    Senator Mark Warner congratulated the Friends of VCU Libraries recently with a letter recognizing their award as the best Friends of the Library group in Virginia in 2019. The award was announced in June. It is the first time in 25 years that an academic library Friends group has received this honor.

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    VCU Libraries now accepting book donations

    The 2019 Friends of the Library Book Sale was the most successful sale yet, and now we are ready to accept more book donations in preparation for next year’s sale! Help us fill these empty pallets while clearing off space on your own book shelves. For information about what kinds of materials can be donated […]

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    Seen on a White Board

    The technology may be a bit old school but White Boards are among the most popular items at VCU Libraries. Students tend to set up a study area and often use the White Board as a visual barrier to the larger room to help focus their attention on their studies. A common courtesy is to […]

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    2020 marks 100th anniversary of career-changing event in the life of James Branch Cabell

    Celebrate 2020 as the year of James Branch Cabell, beginning with the 100th anniversary of the seizure of the printing plates for Jurgen on Jan. 4, 2020. Jurgen was Cabell’s best known and most controversial book. A comic fantasy set in the mythical province of Poictesme (Pwa-tem), Jurgen was considered indecent by some. On Jan. 4, […]

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    Library Publishing Coalition honors VCU’s Kirschner

    Open Educational Resources Librarian Jessica Kirschner has received the 2019 Library Publishing Coalition Award for Exemplary Service. The award recognizes substantial contributions by an LPC community member to advancing the mission vision, and values of the coalition. Kirschner chaired the Directory Task Force during the 2018-19 program year, and is now chair of the Directory […]

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    Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will read “Savage Appetites” by Rachel Monroe

    The public is invited to join us on Sunday, January 26th at 2 p.m. in the Cabell Room of VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library to discuss “Savage Appetites: Four Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession” by Rachel Monroe. From the Simon and Schuster website: “In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe […]

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    After exemplary 20-year career, Ulmschneider announces retirement plans

    After an exemplary 20-year career at VCU, John Ulmschneider, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, has announced his decision to retire effective June 30, 2020.   Dean Ulmschneider began his role at VCU in 1999, having previously served in management roles at the North Carolina State University Libraries. “His leadership at VCU Libraries has played a […]

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    Closing the books on Book Sale 2019: Sale sets a new record and brings in sponsorships

    The 2019 Friends of VCU Libraries Book Sale was the most successful sale yet! The six-day sale brought in over $24,200 in sales, $1,200 in cash donations from 828 customers and $7,000 in sponsorships for a combined total of $32,501.42. With books donated from over 80 individuals in the Richmond area, the sale brought in […]

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    Richmond Indie Comic Expo fills Lecture Hall with artists Nov. 17

    The inaugural Richmond Indie Comic Expo (RICE), planned by VCU School of the Arts students and hosted at James Branch Cabell Library, takes place Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to all, the expo offers artists tabling to discuss and sell their work in The Lecture Hall (Room 303). Educational […]

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    VCU’s medical librarians share knowledge with national network

    During a library site visit from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) office in 2018 Director Tony Nguyen and Executive Director M.J. Tooey met with librarians from Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.  Site visits like this are common and allow VCU to showcase to the NNLM SEA the work […]

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    Meet Oscar Keyes: Multimedia expert new to VCU Libraries

    Oscar Keyes, Multimedia Teaching & Learning Librarian, develops, delivers and promotes the Innovative Media department’s instruction program in support of VCU community members’ multimedia literacy and creative skills. He teaches sessions focusing on audio and video production techniques, equipment and software. In addition, he manages the department’s audio and video studios.   Keyes has advanced technical […]

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    STYLE Weekly honors librarian Erin White in “Top 40 Under 40”

    Each year Richmond alternative news weekly STYLE WEEKLY selects a group of “Top 40 Under 40” to feature. As the magazine’s headline notes: “Young and dynamic, these are the people building a new Richmond before our eyes.” Among three VCU community members featured for 2019 is Erin White, VCU Libraries Head of Digital Engagement. (Photo […]

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  • 2019 Book Sale Tote Bag spilling books.

    Tote Bags at the Book Sale free with purchase thanks to donors

    Book Sale attendees will receive this limited edition tote bag this year FREE with your book sale purchase.  Thanks to our generous tote bag sponsors SHOCKOE | Mobile by Design and Richmond Pediatric Dentistry for making this possible! Additional bags will be available for $3 each. The tote bag features a VCU alumna design by Katrina Navasca […]

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    VCU Libraries launches guides for LGBTQIA+ Health

    VCU Libraries offers two new online guides that provide information to support the health of people who identify as LGBTQIA+. The provider guide includes resources for providing effective and inclusive care for LGBTQIA+ patients. The community member or patient guide includes information about health and wellness specific to people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Why are […]

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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 four 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. Email […]

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  • Student book contest

    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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