Cadets! Take the library survey! Help us make Preston Library a better place for you.
By participating in the survey, you have a chance to win an Amazon $100 gift card.
We estimate that the survey will take about 12 minutes of your time, and, at the end, you will be asked to provide your email address in order to be eligible for the drawing. Your email address will not be linked with your responses.
Your comments will benefit cadets in the future by helping us improve the library and its services. Take the survey!
The survey will be available until 20 April at 1700.
Welcome back from Spring Furlough!
You’ll be picking up from where you left off…working on homework, researching a topic, and finding information. If you need help with research, Ask a Librarian! If you need help finding books and journal articles, Ask a Librarian! If you need help with bibliographic citations, Ask a Librarian!
A librarian will be ready to help you during the following hours: Monday through Friday, 0800 to 1630, and Monday through Thursday, 1900 to 2200.
You can also chat, email and telephone us with your questions. The Chat with a VMI Librarian box is located on Preston Library’s homepage: http://www.vmi.edu/academics/library. To email us, use ReferenceDesk@vmi.edu. To call us, dial 540-464-7571.
Do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian for help!
Santa Claus will be finding a new fireplace to come down at Preston Library. Cadet Caroline Wajtas, Library Cadet Assistant, built the book Christmas tree and fireplace located in the circulation lobby. Come and look at the lights! You may find a peppermint treat among the book covers.
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
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.
Preston Library is celebrating “Banned Books Week” from 25 September to 1 October. This annual event celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.
The American Library Association monitors the attempts made by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and classrooms. Books that were on the list includes such literature as:
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
You can find these books in Preston Library.
Source: ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) For more information about frequently challenged books go to http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks