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  • How the library helps me: Cliff Edwards

    Cliff Edwards, Ph.D.  has taught philosophy and religious studies at VCU for 43 years. He has been a frequent visitor to the Cabell Library for much of that time, stretching back to the days when the building was new and consisted of one floor with a basement. These days, Edwards typically begins and ends his […]

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  • Why I Give: Dr. John M. Witherspoon, MD, MPH

    Dr. John M. Witherspoon, M.D., M.P.H., emeritus professor of internal medicine in the VCU School of Medicine helped to establish the Division of General Internal Medicine at VCU. Witherspoon visits Tompkins McCaw Library for the Health Sciences regularly to work on various history of medicine projects. Last May he presented a paper at the American […]

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  • Ulmschneider chairs Black & Gold & You campaign for spring ’18

    University Librarian John Ulmschneider will serve as the honorary chair of the spring 2018 Black & Gold & You campaign, a six-week fundraising event directed at VCU faculty, staff and retirees and VCU Health team members. The rest of the committee members are: Ed Grier, dean, School of Business Cecil Drain, dean, School of Allied […]

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  • VCU Friends of the Libraries Book Sale Packs in the Crowds

    Maintaining its reputation as one of the best places in Richmond to find great books for a bargain, the Friends of VCU Libraries annual book sale welcomed a steady and diverse crowd to the lecture hall from October 26-31. In the second year of partnership with VCU’s Emerging Leaders Program (VCU ELP) the sale grossed […]

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  • Medical librarians honor Roy Brown for excellence

    Assistant Professor Roy Brown is a research and education librarian at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences and he is the liaison to the VCU School of Nursing and VCU Health Nursing programs. His activist, creative and visionary approach to teaching nursing students led students and nursing faculty to nominate him for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of […]

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  • What I’m Working On: Joe Castellucci

    “I’m working on making a bust of my head with the 3-D printer.” -Joe Castellucci, Art Foundation major, class of 2021.

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  • What I’m Working On: Mackenzie Walker

    “I’m working on going through the records of the 1708 art gallery.” -Mackenzie Walker, visiting researcher from 1708 Gallery.

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  • What I’m Working On: Rachel Odette

    “I’m working on a gift for my boyfriend using photoshop.” -Rachel Odette, business major, class of 2020.

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  • Librarians at Work: Meet New Liaisons

    Fall 2017 brings these new librarians to VCU’s faculty. Get to know them a bit through these Q&As. They are: Erica Brody, liaison to the School of Dentistry Rachel Koenig, liaison to the School of Pharmacy Andrea Kohashi, teaching and learning librarian in Special Collections and Archives Janet Reid, liaison to the School of Business […]

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  • VCU’s Megan Hodge featured in photo homage to today’s librarians

    In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate.com called “This is What A Librarian Looks Like,” a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. Since then, Cassidy has continued work focused on how essential librarians and libraries are to communities. The result is a new book, published in May […]

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  • Librarians at Work: Knott serves as mentor in national cohort

    VCU’s Teresa L. Knott, has been selected as a mentor  in the 2017-2018 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.  Knott is an associate university librarian and the director of Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. She participated in the program as a […]

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  • Fred Wayne: Why I Give

    Fred Wayne (BS ‘70/H&S, MS ‘86/AH) knows a thing or two about VCU. As a native Richmonder he grew up in the neighborhood and when the time came for college, VCU’s predecessor, Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), was a good fit. A university campus cobbled together from Victorian Row Houses, the University was experiencing tremendous growth […]

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  • Note of thanks from Jennifer Schero, doctoral student

    “I just read about the Mothers’ Room in the VCU TelegRAM, and I wanted to say “thank you.” As a mother who just recently ended the process of nursing, I am so proud of being an incoming VCU PhD student with the knowledge that the school provides for new mothers, both students and staff, as […]

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  • William and Mary grad student lauds Special Collections

    Ravynn Stringfield is an graduate student in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. She uses her literary training to investigate what narratives, in their varied forms, tell us about race and gender. A focus of her research is graphic novels. Specifically, Stringfield is interested in the transformation of the Black Panther comic character […]

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  • What I’m Working On: G. Wiltshire

    “I’m working on studying gross anatomy.” -G. Wiltshire, dentistry, 2021

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  • 2017 Eisner Awards: Coming soon to VCU

    Materials honored at the weekend’s Comi-Con will soon be housed at VCU Libraries, which is the repository for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Since 2005, every year after Comic-Con, dozens of nominated and award-winning titles are donated to Cabell Library and are made available to researchers. Nearly 1,000 comic books, graphic novels, archival editions, […]

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  • Fiscal Year ’17: A record-breaking one for fundraising

    As we head into the August, the books are being balanced for FY17. While we will not report an official fundraising total for a few more weeks we can say with great confidence that FY17 was a record-breaking year in the development office at VCU Libraries. In FY17 we received 795 gifts from donors that […]

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  • What I’m Working On: Darian Jacobs

    “I’m working on updating my resume.” -Darian Jacobs, health science major, class of 2018.

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  • What I’m Working On: Lewis Gatling

    “I’m working on some reading in between classes.” -Lewis Gatling, photography, VCU Summer Intensive Program.

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  • Arts librarian part of national cohort on research design

    Arts liaison librarian Carla-Mae Crookendale, pictured right, has been accepted for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, a national program to help academic and research librarians develop their research skills. She was chosen based on her proposal to conduct a research project,  The Art School and the Library: A Needs Assessment. She is refining and […]

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