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VCU Libraries remembers William “Billy” Ellyson (1938-2022)

A long-time member of the James Branch Cabell Library Associates, William “Billy” Ellyson died in Kilmarnock on June 3, 2022. Billy served for more than 30 years on the Cabell Associates before retiring from the board with the move to Kilmarnock. He served in numerous roles with the Cabell Associates, including vice-president and he chaired […]

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 […]

VCU Libraries After Dark 2022

More than 40 VCU alumni were welcomed back to the Cabell Library last week for a look at the resources available to alumni after graduation. This social and educational event, sponsored by VCU Alumni and VCU Libraries, allowed alumni to explore library technologies and spaces including 3D printing/scanning, community digitization and publishing. One of the […]

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 […]

Join the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club to discuss ‘The Yellow Wife’

The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will meet on Sunday June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Cabell Library to discuss The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. To join, please send an email to kjgotschalk@vcu.edu for meeting details. The meeting will also be accessible via Zoom.About the novel (from the author’s website):“Born on a […]

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 […]

FUTURES in DC

A VCU libraries group visited the new FUTURES exhibit by the Smithsonian Friday, March 11. A special guided tour was provided by VCU alum Michelle Koppl (BFA ’18/A) who formerly worked at VCU ICA. A group of VCU alumni, library supporters and VCU parents joined us for the tour. FUTURES was an immersive tour featuring […]

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 […]

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