What Do They Do in Special Collections?

The Washington and Lee University Library is ordering a new book by Richard G. Williams, Jr. entitled Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War (History Press, March 2013).

One of the ways authors gather material for such books is to work with experts in the field, and this volume’s “Acknowledgements” includes the following:  “I would like to thank the good folks at the Leyburn Library, Special Collections, Washington and Lee University.  Seth Goodheart’s passion and enthusiasm for Lexington’s history, along with his assistance in obtaining images for the book,  was indispensable.  I feel as if I’ve made a new friend in Seth.”

Congraulations to Seth and the rest of our Special Collections staff — who, frankly, do this sort of thing all the time.

More information on the book is available from the publisher.

Techno-Experts in the House

Leyburn Library will host student “techno-experts” from Physics 114 during the week of March 25.

Students from each of the Physics 114 sections taught by Professors Boller, Cook, Cumming, and Mazilu will discuss their research projects

  • Monday-through-Thursday (March 25-28), from 1:25 to 4:30 PM;
  • Thursday (March 28), from 8:35 to 11:40 AM.

The presentations will be held on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library, near the Book Nook area.

Major E-Book Encyclopedias

The Washington and Lee University Library recently acquired online access to three new multi-volume encyclopedias which are likely to be landmarks in their fields for years to come.
Each of these electronic books is accessible to W&L researchers from both on-campus and off-campus locations. The links below take you to records in Annie, the library catalog.  Additional links may appear in course guides and elsewhere in our Web site.

Handbook of Psychology
Twelve-volume set (2nd edition; 2012) is a major reference in the field, intended to “provide a comprehensive overview of the current status and anticipated future directions of basic and applied psychology and to serve as a reference source and textbook…”

International Encyclopedia of Media Studies
Six-volume set (2013) includes over 175 essays which explore “media as it is being practiced, produced, and analyzed in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, and Europe.”

International Encyclopedia of Ethics
Nine-volume set, published in 2013, contains 700 alphabetically-arranged entries, some up to 10,000 words in length.