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.
Preston Library has 7 new Blu-Ray players with flat panel monitors in the carrels on the NEB side of the 4th floor. Besides playing Blu-Ray discs that will be purchased in the future, these players will also upconvert and play DVDs a bit clearer than a standard DVD player.
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.
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.
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.
These are just two of the many books available in the Recreational Reading section, in the Periodicals Room. Stop by and browse the shelves for something fun to read before leaving Post for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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:
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.
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.
Thanks to all the cadets who completed the Library Survey! The staff of the Preston Library really does appreciate and consider your ideas on how to make the library a better place on post. We would also like to congratulate the cadets who won pizzas and sodas: Jennifer Ball, Will Klick, Robert Main, and Ian Williams. Thanks again for participating in the survey!