If you were a student at West
Virginia University sometime during the past four decades, you probably
benefited from Carroll Wilkinson’s work at WVU Libraries.
Did you ever check out a book
at the Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library or the Downtown Campus Library? Did you log
into eReserves to retrieve required course materials? Are you a student-veteran
studying for final exams in one of the Libraries’ two Study Bunkers?
After 41 years of service to
WVU, Wilkinson officially retired April 15.
“Carroll Wilkinson has been a
valued librarian at WVU for 41 years,” Dean of Libraries Karen Diaz said. “She’s
seen many changes within the profession and on campus and has herself been a
change agent in helping move the libraries ever forward. Her insights,
experience, and wisdom have been incredibly valuable to me during my interim
term as Dean, and into my permanent role. I’ll miss her very much, but can
think of no one more deserving of a rich and healthy retirement!”
WVU Libraries and the Morgantown Public Library will jointly hold events on Friday, April 12, in conjunction with Food Justice Day, to celebrate the opening of the Morgantown Seed Preservation Library.
The Downtown Campus Library will
host a panel session on seed sovereignty and seed/food justice from 1:30-3 p.m.
in the Milano Reading Room. Barbara Hengemihle, associate university librarian,
will open the session, and the moderator will be Mehmet Oztan, a WVU service assistant
professor of geography who created the Morgantown Seed Preservation Library in
collaboration with the Morgantown Public Library, WVU Libraries and the Food
Justice Lab at WVU.
Awards Committee of the West Virginia University Library Faculty Assembly has
selected Alyssa Wright, social sciences librarian, as the Outstanding Librarian
award, presented triennially, recognizes a faculty librarian who has made
exceptional contributions toward the delivery, development, or expansion of
library services or special programs for the constituencies of WVU.
is a creative and dedicated librarian, and we are honored to present her with
the Outstanding Librarian Award this year,” said Anna Crawford, chair of the
Library Faculty Assembly Awards Committee. “The impact Alyssa has made with the
social science students and faculty she works with is apparent and highly
valued. And her work combining information literacy with community engagement
is just one example of the kind of innovative services she provides.”
than simply trying to define trauma, a group of undergraduate honors students created
works of art that illustrate and narrate trauma. Their exhibit, “Understanding
Trauma through Art and Literature,” will remain on display at the West Virginia
University Health Sciences Library through May 20.
healthcare, practitioners are often tasked with working with those in acute
distress, which we might generally describe as traumatic. Understanding trauma,
then, is an important aspect of the human condition that relates to medicine,”
said Renée Nicholson, an assistant professor of multidisciplinary
Are you preparing to start a new research project? Are you
exploring publishing options for your latest article?
In addition to connecting you with needed resources, West Virginia UniversityLibraries’
librarians and staff can support users with a high level of knowledge and
expertise at many points in the research life-cycle.
Last fall, WVU Libraries launched the Research
Commons, a suite of services to foster interdisciplinary connections
and support graduate student and faculty research needs.
conjunction with West Virginia University’s inaugural Research Week,
WVU Libraries will offer multiple workshops to help
students and faculty take full advantage of Scopus,
a popular scholarly search tool.
the largest curated abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature,
Scopus includes the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences,
and arts and humanities. It can be accessed on the Libraries website.
are scheduled at all three Morgantown campus. On each day there will be an
overview session that includes lunch.
you travel this summer, as long as you have Internet access, you can take ULIB300:
Film and Media Literacy. In this 12-week online course, students will watch the
films of Quentin Tarantino, including “Inglourious Basterds,” “Kill Bill,” “Pulp
Fiction,” “Reservoirs Dogs,” “Hateful Eight,” and “Jackie Brown,” and discuss
how they relate to other films in their genre, criticism, marketing, film
vocabulary, and media literacy.
3-credit course fulfills GEC 5 and 7, and GEF 6. To register in STAR, use the
Class Schedule Search and set Subject to “Library Instruction.” Learn more at
the Libraries website or
contact the instructor, Matt Steele, at email@example.com
native of Moundsville, W.Va., Arch A. Moore Jr. served in
the European theatre during World War II before enrolling at West Virginia
University as a political science major in 1946. He later earned his law degree
from WVU College of Law. In 1949, Moore married Shelley Riley, a fellow WVU
student, and they had three children together, Arch A. (Kim) Moore III, Shelley
Wellons, and Lucy St. Clair. Daughter Shelley served in the U.S. House of
Representatives (2001-2014) and the U.S Senate (2015-present).
1952, Moore began his political career in the West Virginia House of Delegates,
and in 1956 he was elected to the First District congressional seat. He went on
to serve six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1957-1969) winning as
a Republican in a predominantly Democratic state. He is the only person to
serve three terms as Governor of West Virginia (1969-1977, 1985-1989).
Since 1978, the cost of college
textbooks has risen 812%, a rate faster than medical services (575%), new home
prices (325%) and the consumer price index (250%), according to statistics from
the American Enterprise Institute.
The rising cost of textbooks impacts a
student’s bank account as well as their grades. The Florida Virtual Campus has
been studying the effect of rising textbooks costs on students’ purchasing
decisions, their academic success and their awareness of OER options.
Their 2018 study found that the cost of
textbooks continue to be a negative influence on students’ grades and success. A
PDF of the “2018 Student Textbook & Course Materials Survey: Executive Summary
is available at this link.
Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students’ academic success? If so, you might be interested in two Open Educational Resources (OER) opportunities being offered by WVULibraries.
OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that
reside in the public domain and can be customized and re-purposed. Open
textbooks are complete and can be authoritatively verified, adopted by many
faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and
The Downtown Campus Library will host an
opening reception on March 4 from 5-7 p.m. in Room 1020 that will include a
poetry reading by Affrilachian poet Crystal Good and a performance art piece by
“This exhibit celebrates the major role that Appalachian women have
played in defense of water since the 1970s,” said Martina Angela Caretta, a WVU assistant professor of geography. “The pieces on
display and two panels – with women water professionals and on women’s health
following the 2014 Elk River Spill – speak to the continued and renewed
importance of water protection and restoration in our state beyond gender,
class and racial axis.”
Do you need to save time
in the initial information gathering stage of your research, monitor a research
topic or trend, identify the top researchers in a particular field or track the
success of your own research?
West Virginia University
Libraries has reinstated its subscription to Scopus, a popular scholarly search tool. Currently the
largest curated abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, it
includes the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts
and humanities. It can be accessed on the Libraries website.
The WVU Art in the
Libraries committee, in collaboration with the Health Sciences Center, is
seeking visual artists working in the healthcare field at WVU and WVU Medicine
to participate in an exhibition in the fall of 2019 in the Health Sciences
The second Community Show
at the Health Sciences Library will focus on handmade art and crafts, including
pottery, jewelry, fine art, leather, metal, wood, glass, photography, textiles,
knitting and other forms. It is open to any full- or part-time Health Sciences staff,
faculty or students.
Winning submissions will
be displayed in the Health Sciences Library during the fall 2019 semester, with a reception to be announced.
archives are used for research, they can also inspire contemporary thought,
perspective and fun, which is the aim of this curated project,” said Sally
Deskins, exhibits coordinator for WVU Libraries.
Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
January 29th, 2019
Blog post by Lori Hostuttler, Assistant Director, WVRHC.
Fifteen years before she became a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited West Virginia University to serve as a keynote speaker for the 1978 September Festival of Women. Evidence of her visit was recently found in sources at the West Virginia & Regional History Center. A student in a class session at the Center found images and news clippings about the festival in a photocopied scrapbook from A&M 5131, the WVU Women’s Studies Center collection. Newspaper articles found in the scrapbook were also located in the archives of the Daily Athenaeum newspaper found on microfilm at the WVRHC.
finished first with her response to “Base of Perito Moreno glacier outside El
Calafate, Argentina” by Ben Silverberg.
her submission, Niedoba explained that she was captivated by Silverberg’s
photograph of a glacier in Argentina because it made her think about people choosing
to climb the glacier despite the difficulty. She compared the climbers and their
tenacity to patients at WVU Medicine, specifically the ones
participating in the Narrative Medicine project.
E. Gordon Gee is known nationwide for his bow tie style, with feature articles
and interviews in fashion publications Bow
Tie Aficionado and Ivy Style,
among bow tie mentions in national media such as USA Today and the New York
Times, and regional media as well. He’s made several videos about his
famous collection that began at age 16, and developed while he was President at
WVU the first time, 1981-1985. One of his thousands of ties has flown to space.
He’s met past US Presidents in them and made a plethora of service visits in
them. People have imitated his style and Ohio State University even created an
individualized mascot sculpture—“Gordon Gee Brutus”—donning his tie. Folks gift
him with handmade ties and objects—funky and precious objects he holds dear.
exhibit, which run January 20-May 15, takes a look at his collection and some
notable times where he and his notable ties were worn and honored, with a
selection of his ties, photographs and personal objects. A reception with
President Gee will be held Feb. 6 from 5-6 p.m.
aim is to encourage development of alternatives to high-cost textbooks, lower
the cost of college attendance for students, and support faculty who wish to
implement new pedagogical models for classroom instruction.
affordability is a very real issue for many students, and we’re excited to see
WVU supporting instructors in offering low-cost, or no cost, options for our
students. There is a wide variety of
high-quality, free resources available for faculty to consider and we look
forward to partnering on these projects from a teaching and learning
perspective.” Dr. Keith Bailey, assistant provost for Teaching and Learning and
dean of WVU Online.
Digital Virginias, consisting of institutions from both
Virginia and West Virginia, offers more than 58,000 items from historical and
cultural collections for research and exploration. Read more about the service
hub, including how to get involved, at digitalvirginias.org.
“We are thrilled to be part of DPLA’s tremendous
initiative,” WVU Libraries Dean Karen Diaz said. “Digital Virginias will be a valuable
resource to people living in Virginia and West Virginia and anyone who wants to
delve into the history of both states.”
The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of
four times inflation.
Sixty percent of students have delayed
purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.
Seventy percent don’t purchase a required
textbook during their academic career because of cost.
Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of
high textbook costs for your students’ academic success?
You can help by attending the Open Textbook Workshop and
Textbook Review where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the
workshop, you will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your
review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a
$200 stipend for your participation and a written review. The workshop will be
held March 7 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Campus Library, Room 104. Librarians Hilary
Fredette and Martha Yancey will lead the workshop.