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.
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!
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.
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.