The Friends of Preston Library

2017 Camper Award and Annual Cadet Assistant Luncheon

On 5 May, Preston Library hosted its Annual Cadet Assistant Luncheon to honor cadets who have worked in the library this academic year. During the luncheon, Cadet Casey Field ’17 was awarded the Frances W. Camper Award, which has been presented each year since 2005 by Friends of Preston Library to recognize outstanding commitment and service to Preston Library and to fellow cadet library users.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiet Study in Turman Room

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Preston Library offers cadets the Turman Room for quiet study during exam week.  Cell phones need to be set either on vibration or off.  When you enter the Turman Room you will find feedback forms about quiet study.  Your feedback is important so please complete a form.  Thank you!

Starting on Friday, May 5, through Wednesday, May 10, at 2000, coffee and other hot refreshment will be available in the Class of 1969 Memorial Room (or periodical reading room).  Aramark graciously sponsors this service.

Please note the extended hours to 0200.  Student ID cards are needed to enter that building after 2200.

Good luck!

 

 

Events · The Friends of Preston Library

Guest Speaker: William F. Connelly Jr.

The Friends of Preston Library will sponsor guest speaker William F. Connelly Jr. Ph.D., the John K. Boardman Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, in the Turman Room at Preston Library. Dr. Connelly recently co-edited Is Congress Broken? The Virtues and Defects of Partisanship and Gridlock with John Pitney, Jr. and Gary J. Schmitt, published by the Brookings Press. Dr. Connelly was the 2007 recipient of the Virginia Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, has taught courses on Congress, the Presidency, and the American Political Process, has been faculty advisor to Washington & Lee’s Mock Convention since 1988, and has directed Washington & Lee’s Washington Term Program since founding it in 1987. He has published extensively in his areas of scholarly interest. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Black History Month with Preston’s resources

 

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February marks Black History Month, and we want to feature some library materials that focus on the issues and figures in African American history.

First, there’s Kanopy Streaming Video. Now supported financially by our participation in VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia (state-wide library consortium), Kanopy is a collection of more than 30,000 videos from leading producers.  Kanopy has a Black History Month collection of more than 300 videos that you can stream from anywhere on Post. Additionally, the VMI community may view these videos from off-post when they enter network username and password.

Second, you may be interested in the graphic novel March, a vivid first-hand account of Rep. John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. This three-volume set was recently added to the library’s collections.

The library also has recent books like award winners Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (which is checked out currently; let us know if you want to put a hold on it to be next in line).

As always, librarians and staff are available to help find what you’re looking for—please ask us!

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Corps Inaugural Parades History

The VMI Corps of Cadets has a more than one hundred year history of participation in presidential inaugural parades. Cadets marched in their first parade in March 1909, when they departed Lexington on a special seven-car train to take part in the inauguration of William Howard Taft. The 1909 trip was a three day affair, and included a trip to a Washington theater to see the popular play “The Merry Widow.”  View photos on the VMI Archives website.

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Best books this year

Have you noticed any end-of-the year book lists recently?buzzfeed-best-fiction-books

There’s the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the year.

The Washington Post 10 best books of 2016.

NPR has a cool site and app called a “Book Concierge.”

Bill Gates has shared his favorite books of 2016.

Huffington Post has, among others, The 18 Best Fiction Books of 2016, Buzzfeed has 24 fiction books.
You’ll be glad to know that Preston Library has a lot of these books. And if you see one that you want to read and we don’t have it, let us know – we’re always looking for suggestions.

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News sources at Preston Library

Preston Library subscribes to several fantastic news sources where people can find local, national, and international news. Like all of the library’s electronic resources, these are available on Post and via any Web connection for people who have VMI network accounts. Librarians recommend these news sources for Cadets of all years to find credible information, and they come with tools to help people in the research process.

access-world-newsOne of the most highly-recommended news databases is Access World News, which provides online access to Lexington’s local weekly newspaper, the News-Gazette, and 100+ Virginia news sources, as well as news from around the world (as the name would suggest). A cool feature is the “Find a Topic” tool, and the database is also a good place to go for election news and information. We hope you’ll check it out.

Other news sources can be found here in the A-Z database list.

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Library database trials

Librarians at Preston Library are always trying to make sure we have available to cadets, faculty, and staff the best electronic resources that we can. This means that in addition to our 100+ online database subscriptions, we frequently have “trials” setup so the VMI community can try out a new database. Getting feedback from our users helps us decide whether to add a new resource.

Today we set up a trial with Geopolitical Monitor, an international intelligence publication and consultancy. The trial is live for a month and if you have any feedback, let us know.

A-Z databases, including new resources and trials.
A-Z databases, including new resources and trials.

All online resources are available at this page, and new and trial resources are highlighted on the left. Contracts with our database vendors allow online resources to be used by our students, faculty, and staff, and “walk-in” library users. Faculty, staff, and students can use the resources from off-campus with their network log-in credentials.

If you get a chance to try this out, we’d like to hear what you think.