How I use the Libraries – 2020 VCU Graduate Reflects

Spring 2020 VCU graduates celebrated a little differently this year. A virtual graduation was held instead of in-person and their final month of classes switched to online. Justice Boyd Hughes graduated this spring with a B.A. in African American Studies and B.S. in Psychology and shares how the libraries were instrumental in her success. See what […]

“Florence Adler Swims Forever” is the next Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club selection for August 9th

Rachel Beanland is a recent graduate of VCU with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, will be released by Simon & Schuster on July 7th. From the publisher’s website: “Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to […]

The Brownell siblings honor their mother with a named endowment

This spring, art history Professor Emeritus Charles Brownell and his sister, Louise, made a gift to establish the Bess T. Brownell Fund in memory of their mother, Bess Trippe Brownell (1910-95) at VCU Libraries. The Brownell Fund supports the acquisition, stewardship and access of rare printed and hand-made publications and ephemera on architecture and the […]

Planned gift will establish a Dean’s Endowment for VCU Libraries

Elizabeth Roderick and John Kneebone are the type of couple that libraries dream about. She is a retired librarian currently enrolled in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, working toward a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Urban Revitalization (after already earning a Master’s in Public Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management […]

Staff Senate honors Thelma Mack with diversity award

The VCU Staff Senate has honored Research and Education Coordinator Thelma Mack of Tompkins-McCaw Library with the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award. Mack was recognized for her tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in library services and programs. Over the course of her 14-year career with VCU Libraries, Mack has been actively engaged […]

Celebrating Six Long-time Employees During COVID-19

Six long-time VCU Libraries employees have recently retired or will shortly be retiring: Pam Fraga, administrative office director Mary Jane (MJ) Green, Tompkins-McCaw Library service desk coordinator Diana Lively, library technician Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator Anita Mallory, acquisitions order manager John Ulmschneider, dean of libraries and university librarian An in-person celebration is, unfortunately, […]

Build your summer reading list

Did you miss last week’s “What’s everyone reading?” Community Zoom event but would like some suggestions for building your summer reading list? Here are some of the books that were discussed by Ward Tefft of Chop Suey Books, VCU Libraries staff, and Richmond community members. Titles include new releases by VCU alumni, 14th century pandemic […]

Stroll Virtually Through Our Stacks

While our doors are closed there are still ways for the public to enjoy some of what VCU Libraries has to offer. Do you miss strolling the stacks of the library and seeing what else is on the shelf next to the book that you are looking for? If so, check out the “Virtual Browse” […]

Interfaith fund grows to more than $200,000

VCU Libraries has now raised more than $200,000 in private funds fortoward the  construction of an Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space in the James Branch to be built inside Cabell Library. A key part of the Library portion of the Make It Real Campaign, which closes  June 30 . the funds will construct a space […]

Happy Preservation Week: Join us for a Zoom event

Libraries, museums and other collecting institutions mark  Preservation Week April 27-May 2. Started in 2005 with a survey of collecting institutions and now celebrating its 10th year Preservation Week is an initiative of ALCTS, a division of the American Library Association. Preservation Week brings awareness to the state of collections requiring care. Perhaps the American […]

Librarians at Work: Nora Bloch on preservation

This article was written by Catalina Currier, a member of the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee. When you think of preservation, do you think of the cover ripped off your well-loved childhood novel or the spilled coffee on your textbook? What about the notes you take in the margins or mold on a forgotten book […]