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!
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.
Today would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday (he died in 1990). You might remember him from The BFG or James and the Giant Peach and The Witches, both of which are on the American Library Association’s list of most banned and challenged books from 1900-1999. To read more about why and how books are banned or challenged, visit the ALA’s website.
New for the fall semester: Beginning on August 30, 2016, a VMI ID card will be required to enter Preston Library after 10 p.m. Access will be available only to current VMI cadets, faculty, and staff from 10 p.m. until closing. Library hours are posted here.
Preston Library welcomes members of the next Rat class who are on Post for STP. All of you will be visiting the library for a tour and some may have a library workshop as well. You all have library accounts set up, so if you want to check out a book or DVD, we’re ready for you.
We encourage you to visit the library (and enjoy the AC!), look around for some good study areas, and let us know if you’ve got any questions.