Meet our Friends Board

What does VCU Libraries mean to you? “Libraries must evolve to be more than just places that serve scholars seeking to absorb and consume. They need to be inclusive community spaces that enable creative expression and amplify engagement.” New Friends of VCU Libraries Board member Kenneth Warren Foster (B.F.A. ’01/A) is excited about the future […]

Fundraising chief earns key certification

VCU Libraries Director of Development and Major Gifts Kelly Gotschalk has received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. Within the fundraising field, attaining the CFRE is considered a pivotal professional achievement. Founded in 2001, CFRE International is an independent nonprofit organization, the sole mission of which is dedicated to setting standards in philanthropy through a […]

‘On Juneteenth’ is the next selection for the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club

Save the date and plan to join the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. for our next meeting. In conjunction with the appearance of author Annette Gordon Reed at VCU’s Cabell Library later in the week, the FOL Book Club will discuss her book On Juneteenth. We will meet […]

Why Bigbee chooses open: flexibility, access, student engagement

The interview series “Why We Choose Open: OER Stories” invites VCU community members to share why they use, adapt or create Open Educational Resources (OER) and what impact that work has on their students, teaching experiences, and/or career. Faculty: John Bigbee, School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Resource: Digital Histology, an interactive OER […]

5 Questions with Ashley Brewer on UX design

Web and User Experience Librarian Ashley Brewer has expertise in user experience (UX) research and design, which is fundamental to building optimally useful and friendly websites and interfaces. In January, 2022, her department will be hiring a student fellow with interest in user experience research. With that fellow, funded through private philanthropic support, she will […]

On video: Our Community Zooms

Community Zooms, a series of virtual events hosted by VCU libraries,  successfully offered opportunities for the VCU community to learn and connect during the pandemic. The series would not have been possible without our guest lecturers and the creativity and work of the Friends of VCU Libraries.   The Friends also organized a series of Zooms […]

Dean appointed to national task force on leadership and career development

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Irene M.H. Herold, Ph.D., has accepted a national appointment to serve as a member of the Association of Research Libraries Leadership & Career Development Program Task Force. Her term begins December 1, 2021 and continues at least until November 30, 2022. According to ARL: The ARL Leadership and Career […]

5 Questions: Alyson Piccione

As the student manager of the Jurgen Comics Contest and an artist herself, Alyson Piccione is a student worker at VCU Libraries. She says that there is so much potential in this project to produce great work. VCU students stand to gain not only notoriety from the project, but also get a chance to show […]

Herold named to key national advocacy committee

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian Irene M.H. Herold, Ph.D., has accepted an appointment to serve as a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Advocacy and Public Policy Committee for two years. Her term began Oct. 6 and will end in October 2023. This committee plays important strategic roles in accomplishing the Association’s […]

‘Luster’ is the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club reading for November

Join us on Sunday November 14 at 2 p.m. at Cabell Library for the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club. “Luster” by Raven Leilani, is the Cabell First Novelist winner for 2021. From the publisher’s website: “No one wants what no one wants.And how do we even know what we want? How do we know […]

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