VMI’s Ghost Stories

pumpkin-1030817_1920The first few days of Fall have given us a mixture of sunshine and rain, but we’re looking forward to those crisp, cool mornings that Autumn normally brings. As we lead in to October, we’re focusing our thoughts on the spookier side of things. This month we’re asking VMI’s community (past and current) to send us your VMI ghost stories, whether they are ones that you’ve heard or personally experienced. We will be sharing those stories on the Preston Library Facebook page, so we encourage you to send yours in to us!

If you have a ghost story that you’d like to share then you can post a comment below or head over to our Facebook page and send us a message with your story. If you’re an alumnus or current student of VMI then we would love to know your class year as well!


VMI Library Database Update

We’re pleased to announce the following new databases.

  • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection
    Coverage: 1684 and 1912.
    Over 6500 American newspapers, magazines and journals from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Subject areas covered in the collection reach into every facet of American life, including science, literature, medicine, agriculture, women’s fashion, family life, and religion.
  • Readers’ Guide Retrospective:
    Coverage: 1890-1982.
    Indexing for 550 leading magazines of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.
  • Security Studies (JSTOR)
    Coverage: As early as 1921 – present
    Articles from 40+ journals, research reports from over 72 policy institutes for academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy issues from a global perspective.
  • S&P Capital IQ
    Limited to the ECBU Community
    Coverage: varies
    Provides financial statement, comparables, and sector analysis. Powerful screening and charting features allow you to create list of firms for your job search and target investments. Includess.industry surveys (trends, operations, industry specific information on analyzing companies it that space, and ratios) and high-level overviews of industries, financial markets, and regional economies. Ideal for researching companies (both public and private), deals (M&A and security issuance), and private equity and venture capital deals.

The following databases have changed their look and feel:

  • Nexis Uni (Formerly LexisNexis Academic)
    Coverage: Varies
    Provides access to15,000 news, business and legal sources. Also includes online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs; local, regional, national and international newspapers; federal and state case law; statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790; business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and executives.
  • Access World News
    Coverage: Varies
    Provides news from 5,000+ U.S. and international news sources. Each newspaper or wire service provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including specific information about local companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and the people in the community.

Go to our Databases A-Z  page to access all of our databases.

STP · Uncategorized

Welcome 2018 STP Students

STP students – Welcome to Preston Library!

Find a quiet and cool place in the library to study.  Meet with other STP students to collaborate on class assignments.  Come in and READ!

You will find study carrels and group study rooms.  There are white boards throughout the building.  You may find a book or DVD that you would like to check out.  You can!  Just come by the Service Desk with the item and we’ll check it out to you.

If you need help navigating the library, Ask A Librarian!

If you have questions, Ask A Librarian!

To learn more about the library, its services and materials, visit @ http://www.vmi.edu/academics/library .


Summer Session One Begins!

Preston Library provides all its services in support of VMI’s summer school beginning Monday, May 21.  Students can ask for assistance at the Service Desk.  If help is needed with research, ask for a Reference Librarian.   Hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday  8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday  Noon – 5 p.m.

Sunday  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The library will be closed for the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28) and July 4.


Awards · Uncategorized

Tonya Moore Honored for Distinguished Service

Congratulations to Ms. Tonya Moore!  On Monday, May 14, Ms. Moore received the VMI Distinguished Service Award during the Institute Awards Convocation.  She is recognized for her exceptional service to the Institute.

Ms. Moore demonstrated that she has been an asset to Preston Library and VMI over the past ten years.  Originally hired as the Circulation Assistant, Ms. Moore worked directly with cadets, faculty and the local community.  She was promoted to Interlibrary Loan Manager.  In this position, she is thorough and exceptionally fast in providing requested research materials to cadets and faculty.  Whatever her position at Preston Library, Ms. Moore performs her duties with good will, knowledge and enthusiasm.  Her commitment and dedication to the educational goals of VMI is now recognized in the 2018 VMI Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Tonya Moore accepting VMI Distinguished Service Award from Gen. J. H. B. Peay, III.

Coffee Time!

Coffee returns to Preston Library!  Grab your travel mug and head on down to the library for the Best Study Break on Post!

Parkhurst Dining is offering coffee in the Class of 1969 Memorial Room throughout exams week.  Enjoy coffee starting on Sunday, May 6, through Thursday, May 10, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Cadets can also choose hot chocolate or tea.

Thank you, Parkhurst Dining!


2018 Frances W. Camper Award

Mr. Robert Camper presents Cadet Mikayla Shuflat (left) and Cadet Bethany King (right) with the Frances W. Camper Award.

Two library cadet assistants received this year’s Frances W. Camper Award on Monday, April 30, in the Turman Room.  Cadet Bethany King worked in User Services and served this past year as Preston Library’s Head Library Cadet Assistant.  Cadet Mikalya Shuflat worked for the past three years in Technical Services.  They were presented with the award by Mr. Camper, son of Mrs. Frances W. Camper.  The Friends of Preston Library created this award to recognize library cadet assistants for outstanding leadership and service to Preston Library and to fellow cadet library users.

The award’s namesake, Mrs. Frances Camper was a great teacher and role model for library cadet assistants.  Cadets King and Shuflat received a certificate and cash award.  Cadet King, Biology major, will be attending dental school after graduation.  Cadet Shuflat, Applied Mathematics major, will be reporting to TBS Marine Corps on June 11, and later attending flight school.  We wish all the best to these outstanding cadets!