Calyx Online

For the past year or so, the University Library has been developing a Washington and Lee Digital Repository, which is designed to collect, preserve and share selected materials owned or created by Washington and Lee University and members of its community.

We now are prepared to “go public” with our first major project, a complete digitization of the entire run of The Calyx, the W&L student yearbook. The Calyx is one of the most highly sought-after resources for anyone studying the University’s history. This project now exists as a database within the Internet Archive and is freely available to researchers throughout the world. Here is our local gateway page.

Other planned projects include student honors theses from the Class of 2010 and an ever-developing database of faculty publications. We’ll be sending more information about those efforts very soon.
Future digitization projects include the Ring-Tum-Phi, older issues of local newspapers, materials documenting W&L’s Mock Conventions, and initiatives from the W&L Law School. Longer-range plans necessarily will involve the challenge of capturing and permanently preserving the born-digital news and records of Washington and Lee, including video and other formats.

We begin, however, with The Calyx.
Please take a look and let us know what you think. If you have comments, suggestions, or questions please contact Laura Turner, John Tombarge, or Dick Grefe.

Newspapers Moved

For reasons any of us could readily guess, the Washington and Lee University Library’s subscriptions to printed newspapers have dwindled to about twenty titles.
To make more efficient use of space, our collection of contemporary newspapers in printed form has been moved from the “front” part of the Main Floor back to shelving next to our Current Periodicals, also on the Main Floor.

The available newspapers in printed form are now listed on a page in the library’s Web site, part of a larger compilation of current newspaper resources.

Main Entrance Closed

The ongoing construction work outside Leyburn Library will necessitate closing the building’s main entrance (the one with the “bridge”) for the rest of the summer, almost certainly through the end of August.

Visitors should use the entrance on the Elrod Commons side of the Main Floor.

The outside book-drop, located just next to the main entrance, also will be closed for this period.

For more on this construction project, see our renovation blog.

More Renovation!

The construction carnage, dust, and noise around Leyburn Library is, as they say, for a good cause.
For more details, see our resurrected Renovation Blog, which Karin O’Callaghan is keeping up to date with great pictures and notes.

Stemmons Plaza and associated work is supposed to be completed by the end of the summer.

Next target: Northen Auditorium!