Our Losses

Three valued members of the University Library staff are leaving Washington and Lee to pursue other work and interests.   We are sorry to see them go — and not just because of the combined 20+ years of expertise and service they have contributed to the W&L community.    

Laura Turner, who is leaving at the end of September, has accepted a position at The University of San Diego.  Kwangsoo Han is leaving at the end of August (today!) and has accepted a position at The Community College of Baltimore County.   Karin O’Callaghan retired earlier this month.

We want to thank our colleagues for their wonderful contributions to the library and to W&L.  We wish them well!

Latest News on Carrels

Library Carrel Update — Friday 7 September
All carrels in Leyburn Library have been reserved. If you have not reserved a carrel and still are interested, please check back with us the first of October, after we determine whether any carrels have become available. At the present time, we are not maintaining a waiting list.
All carrels in Telford Science Library have been reserved and a waiting list has been started.   Interested students should check with Mary Abdoney, Cindy Morton, or the student staff in the Science Library.

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Leyburn Library has approximately 500 carrels which can be reserved for use by individual W&L undergraduate students for the entire academic year.

As demand for carrels may sometimes exceed the supply, interested students are advised to register for a carrel during the first week of Fall Term. Registration begins at 8:00 AM on the first day of class — Thursday 6 September. Here is information on registering for a carrel.

Telford Science Library also has carrels available for registration, which will begin at 7:45 AM on the first day of classes.

And… on that same first day of classes (Thursday 6 September), both Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library move into their customary open-24-hours-a-day, seven-days –week schedule. Students wanting to enter either library after 10:00 any evening will need to swipe their W&L ID cards.

Reaching Into the Past

This summer the Washington and Lee University Library has bought a bunch of old stuff.

Maybe that statement needs some elaboration.

We have acquired two acclaimed commercial databases which provide us for the first time with online access to many American and British newspapers and magazines from well before the advent of Internet publishing — even before the 20th Century.

The 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers database allows W&L students and faculty to search through “the largest single archive of 17th and 18th century news media available from the British Library” — nearly one million pages from about 1,200 newspapers and news pamphlets. Students of history and other disciplines will be able to glean new perspectives on the (mostly European) world of 200-300 years ago. As one scholar has pointed out, Americans using the Burney Collection might be surprised to find out that the American Revolution was “portrayed in most of the London papers as a remote colonial nuisance of little significance.”

A more American focus is available to W&L researchers from Accessible Archives , a collection of American newspapers, magazines, and other primary source materials, mostly from the 19th century. This resource includes coverage of some of the most renowned newspapers and magazines from the 1800’s, including the Virginia Gazette, Pennsylvania Gazette, Godey’s Lady’s Book, William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, and Frederick Douglass’ Paper. Other materials incorporated into the database are thematic collections of books and newspapers articles on the Civil War and county histories. For years we have had access to the Pennsylvania Gazette through this product, but now we are adding much more.

And, of course, back in June, we announced the newly-acquired online American Periodical Series database, which contains articles from about 1,500 American magazines and newspapers published before 1940.

Everything old is new again. Well, maybe not everything.

All of these online resources are available to W&L faculty, students, and staff from just about any on-campus or off-campus location that can access the campus computing network. If you have questions, please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe or another of our department liaison librarians.

The Special Collections and Archives department has improved its presence, both physically and online. Take a look at our website to learn about the collections, displays, services our staff offers, and much more. We also have created a new reading room for research in Special Collections. Please visit our website at http://libguides.wlu.edu/specialcollections, or visit our facility on Level 1 in Leyburn Library. We encourage faculty to bring their classes over to Special Collections (see Class Visits and Projects tab) for tailored presentations.

Special Collections News

The Special Collections and Archives department has improved its presence, both physically and online. Take a look at our website to learn about the collections, displays, services our staff offers, and much more. We also have created a new reading room for research in Special Collections. Please visit our website at http://libguides.wlu.edu/specialcollections, or visit our facility on Level 1 in Leyburn Library. We encourage faculty to bring their classes over to Special Collections (see Class Visits and Projects tab) for tailored presentations.

Civil War Newspapers Delivered

“More than 150 Civil War-era newspapers have found a home in the Special Collections of Washington and Lee University’s Leyburn Library, thanks to Fred Farrar, a member of W&L’s Class of 1941 and a retired teacher of journalism.”

So opens this story on the Washington and Lee University News site.   Many thanks to Fred Farrar!