What makes VMI’s class ring unique?
A digital display of the history of the VMI class ring and the “Ring Figure” presentation will answer this question. The display is located in the lobby of Preston Library.
Cadets are encouraged to reply to the question, “What does your ring mean to you?” Post your comments on the white board next to the monitor.
Col. Diane Jacob, Head of Archives and Records Management, created the digital display. Additional information can be found @ http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15821coll16
Spooky spells…scary stories…haunting tales! Check them out!
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit the display of domestic violence materials in the Class of 1969 Memorial Room, which is located to the right as you enter the library. Find books, DVDs and brochures that you can check out.
Locally, Project Horizon is dedicated to reducing domestic, sexual, and dating violence in the Rockbridge Community. Your contact is Alison Gilbert, Project Horizon Campus Services Coordinator. Find more information @ http://www.projecthorizon.org/ or call the 24-hour Crisis Hotline 540-463-2594.
Display organized by Ms. Susan LeMert, Preston Library Acquisitions and VMI Title IX Assistant.
Preston Library welcomes 2017 STP students!
The library offers a quiet place to study. You can ask for help with research. You can meet with other STP students and collaborate on assignments, and find group study rooms and white boards. If you have time, find a good read! There are best sellers in the library’s recreational reading collection. And if you have a question, Ask A Librarian!
To find more information about the library, its services and materials, visit http://www.vmi.edu/academics/library
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.
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.
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.
Have you noticed any end-of-the year book lists recently?
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.