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Library computers always busy at West Virginia University

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
March 1st, 2007

The Daily Athenaeum, February 28, 2007
Angela Moscaritolo Staff Writer

Mike Spinello, a sophomore political science major, entered the downtown library around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in hopes of quickly printing out a paper before class. He slowly walked around the main level looking to his left and right. No luck. Then he circled the reference desk, still no luck. After a few minutes, Spinello hit the jackpot — a computer opened up. 

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Don Knotts scripts coming to Morgantown

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
February 28th, 2007

The Dominion Post, February 27, 2007


By Michelle Wolford
The Dominion Post

Don Knotts’ alma mater may soon be the home of much of the actor’s memorabilia.

Francey Yarborough, Knotts’ widow, is donating her husband’s scripts from his movies and some TV shows to WVU.

Yarborough plans to send all “the stuff” from Don’s career—including radio, movies and some of his TV work, to Morgantown.

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Libraries Provide Adaptive and Assistive Technology Workstations

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February 19th, 2007

The WVU Libraries are committed to providing access to information resources and services to all WVU students, staff, and faculty on an equal basis. In cooperation with WVU Disability Services and Academic Computing, the WVU Libraries provide users with adaptive and assistive technology workstations to give patrons with various disabilities access to the library and its resources. Students registered with the Office of Disability Services are allowed to use the workstations.

These include three workstations at the Downtown Campus, Evansdale, and Health Sciences Libraries. There are several types of adaptive and assistive technology available at these workstations. Equipment includes a text enlargement reader, a computer with software for users with visual impairment or learning disabilities, a color flatbed scanner, large monitor, and a laser printer. A closed caption television magnifies text and images in black and white or color (users may also adjust brightness and choose between many colors of text and background for their individual needs). The tables are adjustable to suit users with different needs for physical access. The equipment helps the Libraries to comply with ADA and campus wide standards.

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Search 200 Years of Digitized Periodical Articles from APS Online

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February 12th, 2007

WVU researchers now have online access to a digital collection containing images of more than one thousand periodicals published between 1741 and 1900.  WVU Libraries recently purchased APS Online (American Periodical Series Online) and are making it available for research through the Library Web site at

This unique and valuable collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals that originated between 1741, when Andrew Bradford’s American Magazine and Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine were launched, and 1900. APS Online features over 1,100 periodicals spanning nearly 200 years-from colonial times to the advent of American involvement in World War II. Titles range from America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies’ Home Journal.

American Periodicals Series Online chronicles the development of America across 200 years. The journals in this collection cover three broad periods:

89 journals published between 1740 and 1800 offer insights into America’s transition from a British colony to an independent nation. The journals support research for a range of academic fields. Titles include Massachusetts Magazine, which published America’s first short stories, and Thomas Paine’s Pennsylvania Magazine, which reported on inventions. One of the first mass printings of the Declaration of Independence, a letter by George Washington on the crucial Battle of Trenton, and the thoughts of Benjamin Franklin are among the highlights of content from this period.

More than 900 titles from the first 60 years of the nineteenth century showcase “the golden age of American periodicals.” General interest magazines, children’s publications, and more than 20 journals for women are among the historically-significant content that also includes the serialization of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in National Era. Like most great literary works of the nineteenth century, this piece first appeared in a magazine. Also available are hard-to-find materials, such as Edgar Allan Poe’s contributions to the Southern Literary Messenger, as well as the first appearances of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories in New England Magazine, and Margaret Fuller’s contributions to the Dial.

118 periodicals published during the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction (1865-1877) eras reflect the nation in turmoil and growth, and titles from the 1880s through 1900 capture the settling of the West and the emergence of modern America. Early professional journals, including Publications of the American Economic Association and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Proceedings, popular titles such as Scribner’s Monthly and Lippincott’s issued by publishing houses, celebrations of Americana in Ladies’ Home Journal, thoroughly-researched investigative journalism in McClure’s, and the incisive political and social commentary of Puck illustrate the variety of the American experience. Titles like Forum (1886-1930) and Forum and Century (1930-1940), and Littell’s Living Age (1844-1896) and Living Age (1897-1941), expand the range of primary source material in APS across 200 years.

Because the database contains digitized images of periodical pages, researchers can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published.

Access to APS Online is available to WVU students, faculty and staff.  Research assistance is available from the Downtown Campus Library Reference Desk by phoning 293-4040 x4040.  Researchers may also email their questions to Penny Pugh at


Nominate an Outstanding Librarian

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
January 25th, 2007

The Library Faculty Assembly Awards Committee is currently seeking nominations for the Outstanding Librarian Award.  This Award is given every three years to a librarian who has provided innovative and enduring service to WVU Libraries and its patrons.

Please take the time to nominate a librarian who has demonstrated excellent and sustained accomplishments through any of the following: improving library user education; facilitating faculty research and teaching; managing and delivering library services; selecting, organizing, or improving access to library resources; or providing leadership for the WVU Libraries, the University, or the library profession.

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