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.
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!
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.
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.
One 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.
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.
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.
It was in September 1966, when a new television science-fiction series began its first season on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network. It was Star Trek!
Star Trek was created by American writer and producer Gene Roddenberry. Each episode chronicled the exploits of the crew of the starship USS Enterprise, whose five-year mission was to explore space and “to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Amazingly Star Trek showed for only three seasons (1966–69).