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Save the Date: Cabell First Novelist winner will read Nov. 10

Dawnie Walton is the 2022 recipient of the Cabell First Novelist Award for The Final Revival of Opal & Nev published by Simon and Schuster. The novel chronicles the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later […]

Juneteenth and Beyond: A reading list

Last year, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, making Juneteenth a federal holiday — the first time a new federal holiday has been introduced since Martin Luther King Jr. Day became one in 1983. While many Americans have been celebrating Juneteenth for decades (or even a century), for others the holiday […]

Librarians move up in faculty rank

Spring 2022 faculty promotions affect seven VCU Libraries faculty. Regarding these promotions, Dean Irene Herold, Ph.D., said: “What struck me the most when reviewing the library faculty’s dossiers was not only their impressive work, but also their commitment to student success. Congratulations!” Promotions effective July 1 are Andrea Kohashi to Assistant Professor and these librarians promoted to […]

VCU’s librarians newly tapped for national leadership roles

Leading national library associations hold elections in the spring and, once again, VCU Libraries is well-represented in service to the profession at the national level. This service to the profession Newly elected or recently appointed librarians include: Deputy Director and Head, Research and Education, VCU Health Sciences Library Emily J. Hurst was elected to the […]

Comics contest countdown

The judges have concluded their deliberations and excitement is building, as VCU Libraries nears the finale of the inaugural Jurgen Comics Contest. VCU Publishing will celebrate the winning comics during the week of James Branch Cabell’s birthday, April 11-14. Coming that week: –The winner will be announced in a news article and on social media;–A […]

Book Club Updates for April

The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club is taking a break in April. For May, the club will read and discuss both The Yellow Wife Sadeqa Johnson’s novel and the non-fiction The Devil’s Half Acre: The Untold Story of How One Woman Liberated the South’s Most Notorious Slave Jail by Kristen Green. Both are Virginia […]

Save the Date: April 28 is VCU Giving Day

VCU Giving Day is Virginia Commonwealth University’s inaugural day of giving. VCU Giving Day is a day for everyone who loves VCU to join together to combine their support and maximize impact. The first VCU Giving Day will take place on Thursday, April 28, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. EST. During this 24-hour blitz filled […]

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 […]

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 […]

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