“All of us at WVU Libraries are pleased to name Iain MacKay, Jordan Nistendirk and Jack Steketee as Munn Scholars,” Dean of Libraries Karen Diaz said. “Despite all of the challenges surrounding COVID-19, such as a closed campus, they exceeded expectations in the research they conducted and the impressive works of scholarship they produced.”
Frances O’Brien, former Dean of West Virginia University
Libraries, passed away Friday, May 8, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her daughter,
EJ Painter, was with her.
O’Brien served as dean of Libraries from June 1999 until her
retirement in December 2011. During her tenure, she oversaw the construction of
the Downtown Campus Library and the Library’s state-of-the-art Book Depository
as well as renovations to the Wise Library and Evansdale Library. In addition,
she worked to implement multiple technological enhancements.
West Virginia UniversityLibraries will debut its exhibit
“Undefeated: Canvas(s)ing the Politics of Voter Suppression Since Women’s
Suffrage” as an online exhibition in August 2020, followed by a print
installation in spring of 2021 at the Downtown Campus Library.
“Undefeated,” the Libraries’ third large collaborative
exhibition, brings together several on and off campus partners. The exhibit
includes educational content curated by a committee of regional experts, and
visual art and designs submitted by nationally known artists.
If you need help with final projects and papers, there
chat until midnight during the week. Our extensive online
collections are available 24/7, offering millions of academic journal articles,
available through databases and ejournals The
Libraries’ book collections include nearly a million ebooks available through
catalog. For articles and chapters not immediately accessible in
our online collections, request what you need through ILLiad, and a
scanned copy will be delivered to you as soon as possible.
Wishing you all a successful end to this extraordinary semester,
WVU Libraries and the WVU Humanities Center are partnering with the Department of Geology and Geography this Earth Day as part of the Local to Global Film Series. Join us online for a group viewing of “The Return of Navajo Boy” on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. via Kanopy, the WVU Libraries’ streaming film database.
While working on an interdisciplinary volume exploring how the
American dime novel genre assisted in spreading discriminatory notions of
Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Caronia
found, “…Dime novels reinforce racist and ethnic stereotypes not only of
Italian immigrants, but also indigenous, black, and Chinese individuals and
This summer, sit back, relax, and watch some movies with us
while earning credits. Check out ULIB 300 – 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-293-4240.
Through WVU Libraries’ partnership with
HathiTrust, students and faculty now have digital access to copyrighted books
on a temporary basis. This means that any books available in WVU’s print
collections that are also available through HathiTrust will be available
online, greatly expanding digital access to our own materials.
Welcome “back”! As you know, courses are online—and so is
the library! We hope your transition to online coursework goes as smoothly as
possible, and here are some ways we’re working to help make that happen:
We have put together a LibGuide with information related to
online classes, accessing library materials, and more here: https://libguides.wvu.edu/instruction_support.
We recommend bookmarking it for quick reference. Library fines are being
waived, so don’t worry if your materials are overdue!
As always, we are glad to help at any stage of the research
process. We offer assistance through a variety of channels, including chat,
email, and audio- or video-conferencing.
West Virginia UniversityLibraries has postponed “A Mountaineer Named Sherlock,” a Sherlock Holmes symposium scheduled for March 20-21, due to the suspension of in-person classes and other events on the WVU campus.
professor and recipient of the WVU Libraries’ 2019 Faculty Exhibit Award
recent research focuses on the botanic world in pre-modern medicine,
philosophy, art, and literature, specifically that of Late Antiquity and the
Middle Ages. Her exhibit, “Big Green Data: Herbals, Science, and Art,” is currently on display at the Evansdale
Library through May.
research is always full of surprises, and sometimes these surprises are more
worthy of study than the research we plan in advance. This was certainly true
of my visits to British and American libraries for the purpose of looking at
medieval herbals first-hand. Herbals are pharmacopeia, lists of medicinal
plants. Before the sixteenth century, they circulated as manuscript codices — hand-written
and often copiously illustrated books. I intended to read these works for
information about how physicians and pharmacists used sensory practices to
identify and discuss botanic life. But description of plants’ smell, feel,
taste, and even visual appearance was disappointingly minimal in these voluminous
works of botanic science.
West Virginia UniversityLibraries’ new
exhibit marks the 55th anniversary of the passage of a landmark
piece of civil rights legislation. “For the Dignity of Man and the Destiny of
Democracy: The Voting Rights Act of 1965” is on display now through the end of
2020 in the Downtown Campus Library’s Rockefeller Gallery.
150 years ago in 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment established that the right to
vote could not be denied on the basis of race. Yet African Americans,
particularly those residing in southern states, continued to face significant
obstacles to voting. These included bureaucratic restrictions, such as poll
taxes and literacy tests, as well as intimidation and physical violence.
The submissions deadline is Jan. 17, 2020 for West Virginia UniversityLibraries’ art
exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the
19th amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which granted women the right to
vote, and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,
which enforced voting rights for racial minorities.
In celebration of International Games Week, WVU Libraries is hosting their annual
International Games Day on Friday, Nov. 1, from 4-7 p.m. in the Downtown Campus
Library, Room 2036.
will be able to demo games being created by WVU’s Game Developer’s Club, play
in a mock Super Smash Brothers tournament, compete for prize giveaways from
Starport Arcade, sample some board games, and have a throw at some classic yard
games. Insomnia Cookies is also sponsoring the event.
Games Week has been celebrated in 53 countries and territories on all 7
continents. Hundreds of libraries across the country will join WVU in
celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational and social value of
games. For more information, contact Sally Deskins, exhibits and programs coordinator
for WVU Libraries, at email@example.com.
The annual event
is a creation of the Women of Appalachia Project
(WOAP) who issues a call for residents of all 420 Appalachian counties to
submit writing to be featured.
people have an image of an Appalachian woman, and they look down on her,” WOAP
Organizer Kari Gunter-Seymour said. “The mission of WOAP is to showcase the way
in which female artists respond to the Appalachian region as a source of inspiration,
bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences to
embrace the stereotype – to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial
factors that people use to judge her.”
seeking submissions for a major art exhibition to mark the 100th
anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U. S. Constitution,
which granted women the right to vote, and the 55th anniversary of
the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which enforced voting rights for racial
This collaborative event includes 11 stops with fascinating
exhibits ranging from topics like photography to education, Appalachia to LGBTQ
history. Spanning all three campuses – Downtown, Evansdale and Health Sciences –
the Campus Art Crawl will feature exhibits, activities, food, and drink. Participation
and admission is free. Hours will differ at some locations.
The award is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a collaboration between the NEH and the Library of Congress to enlist libraries and institutions from around the country to create a digital database of historical United States newspapers. This grant brings the NEH’s total funding of the WVRHC’s efforts to $968,000.
“We are honored that the NEH recognizes the tremendous value of the historical newspapers archived in the WVRHC,” WVRHC Director John Cuthbert said. “Their support speaks volumes to the instrumental roles the Mountain State and its citizens played in the formation and growth of our nation.”
Posted by Jane Metters LaBarbara.
September 4th, 2019
Blog post by Linda Blake, University Librarian Emerita
Twenty years ago, on September 1, 1999, a federal agency, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), closed the National Bank of Keystone and turned it over to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).