Welcome Johnson Scholar Candidates

The University Library joins the rest of the Washington and Lee community in welcoming to campus nearly 200 candidates for the Johnson Scholarship from Sunday to Tuesday (March 3 – 5).

We hope you will visit Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library while you are here. If you have questions, please feel free to ask any members of our staff.   (To start with, we are # 45 on this campus map.)

  • There are several “guest” computers, allowing password-free access to the Internet, located in front of the Information Desk in Leyburn Library.   Among other purposes, Johnson candidates can use one of these computers to print airline boarding passes, without any charge.
  • If you are interested in wireless access from your own machine, please follow these instructions from the W&L ITS:   “Find the wireless network named wlu, connect, open a Web browser, and then enter your e-mail address.”
  • From Monday morning through the overnight hours (we are open 24 hours/day), Leyburn Library will offer free hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) to all of our visitors. The libations are available in the “Book Nook” area on the Main Floor.
  • On Monday afternoon, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, we also will be hosting a Study Abroad poster session on the Main Floor.

Again, please let us know if you have questions. Have a great time and good luck!

Writer-in-Residence Reading

Washington and Lee University’s 4th annual Writer-in-Residence Reading, featuring W&L’s Writer-in-Residence and Shenandoah Editor R.T. Smith, Lesley Wheeler, and Chris Gavaler, will be Wednesday 27 February at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The reading is free and open to the public.

The title of the reading is “Genre Bending and Blending?” Refreshments and a book signing will follow the reading. The reading is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Glasgow Endowment.

New Cemetery Database

The Washington and Lee University Library is creating a searchable web site for the local Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

The still-developing database is available here:  http://library.wlu.edu/SJCemetery/

A census of the tombstones was spearheaded by Rockbridge County resident Tom Kastner, who also provided photos of the graves.   The site includes information on dates of birth, death, the war in which a veteran served, spouse, children, occupation, and location within the cemetery

Recognizing the value of the project, the University Library offered to design, develop and host a searchable web site so the information and photos would be available to anyone interested in learning more about the people who are buried there.   Carol Hansen Karsch, the library’s Data & Statistical Support Specialist, created the web site, and supervised Emily Crawford, a W&L junior classics major, who undertook the massive job of resizing the photos for the web. It is anticipated that the census, approximately 60 percent complete, will be up to date within two years.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Karsch.   You also can view a 2/11/13 W&L News Office article about this project.