Uncategorized · What's New

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2017

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.

Events · What's New

New Library Catalog and Discovery

This weekend we will migrate to a new online library catalog. It will look different from our present catalog and we hope you will like the new interface. More important will be the improved capabilities the new system will provide for discovering scholarly resources. Full-text articles, in addition to books, will be in the catalog. While not everything we subscribe to is included, a great number of databases and online journals are. We hope these changes will facilitate your scholarly pursuits. The existing link to the old catalog should redirect you to the new one.

As always, if you have a question, please contact one of our reference librarians.

Books · Events · What's New

National Women’s History Month

In March 2010, we are celebrating 30 years of recognition of women’s historic contributions to the growth and strength of our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.  It was President Jimmy Carter who issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980 as the first National Women’s History Week.  Later the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) worked to lobby Congress to expand the week into a month.  In 1987, a Congressional Proclamation designated March as the “Women’s History Month.”

The theme selected for this year’s celebration is “Writing Women Back into History.”  You will find a display of library books, CDs and DVDs in the Periodical Reading Room by and about women who were artists, engineers, scientists, warriors and much more.

When you visit the display in the Periodicals Room, you can see materials representing the variety of experiences that comprise Women’s History, from the letter writers in Revolutionary War times in Women’s Letters through to Laura Brodie’s account of the admission of the first female cadets at VMI in 1997.  In between are the biographies of suffragist Susan B. Anthony; America’s first female doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell; pilot Amelia Earhart; anthropologists Margaret Mead and Mary Leakey, and Maria Stewart, America’s First Black Woman Political Writer.

The National Women’s History Project website is here, and their facebook page is here.

Research · What's New

Updated SourceFinder

Have you found yourself ready to start a project but not sure where to go? It can sometimes be a challenge to find the best encyclopedia or dictionary to use for background information. The extensive list of research databases provided by VMI and VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia) can be overwhelming.

SourceFinder logo

is a resource on the Preston Library Website that can help you to identify the important resources for your field of study. Librarians have also recently chosen some essential sources, labeled “key resources” in each field.  A search for sources can be limited to print, electronic, and full-text, to create a customized study guide.

Stop by the reference desk or contact a librarian if you have questions about using SourceFinder.

Tech Tools · What's New

Need to edit video or photos?

Media Editing Room awaiting user
Media Editing Room awaiting user

Media Services has two Media editing rooms for editing digital video; scanning images into PCs; creating and editing images; and converting or editing audio.

The rooms have video editing software including: Pinnacle, and Premiere.

They have image editing software that includes full versions of Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop

The rooms also have scanners for images and slides.

They also have audio editing software.

These rooms may be reserved through Outlook, similar to the way you would schedule a meeting.  There are “How To” instructions for scheduling a room on the Preston Library’s department webpage for Media Services.  Here is the web address:


Events · What's New

New Reference Librarian

We are delighted to welcome Maj. Accacia Flanagan to Preston Library. She joins our Reference Department along with Lt. Col. Janet Holly. Maj. Flanagan recently received her master’s degree in library science from Simmons College. Her B.A. degree is from Smith College. Prior to coming to VMI she worked at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. Please join us in welcoming Maj. Flanagan. We look forward to working with her.

Database Trials · What's New

Preston Library Test Site for New Database

 Try out the brand new database, NewsBank Access World News.

Search full-text newspapers – current and archived!  Find information about events, issues, people, businesses, and topics of your choice.  Explore local, state, national and international news sources such as newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news blogs, news web-only content and video.

The URL is http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=AWNB&s_sources=location&d_place=United%20States

 Since the database is presently in beta testing at VMI, you have the opportunity to provide the publisher, NewsBank, and the library with feedback about content and access.

Let us know if we should keep this database once it is available for purchase!