Commencement Week Library Hours

 

For the University Library, the transition to summer hours begins with the end of the Spring Term and the events of Commencement week.

Leyburn Library

Monday 5/22 through Wednesday 5/24 —  open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday 5/25  (Commencement)  —  open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 5/26  —  open 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday 5/27  and Sunday 5/28  —  closed
Monday 5/29  (Memorial Day)  —  closed
Tuesday 5/30 through Friday 9/1  —  open weekdays, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed Monday 7/3 and Tuesday 7/4)
Tuesday 5/30 through Friday 9/1  —  closed weekends
Saturday 9/2 through Wednesday 9/6  —   open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday 9/7  —  open at 8:00 am and resume normal academic hours

Telford Science Library

Monday 5/22 through Thursday 5/25 (Commencement)  —  open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 5/26  —  open 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday 5/27  and Sunday 5/28  —  closed
Monday 5/29  (Memorial Day)  —  closed
Tuesday 5/30 through Friday 9/1  —  open weekdays, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed Monday 7/3 and Tuesday 7/4)
Tuesday 5/30 through Friday 9/1  —  closed weekends
Saturday 9/2 through Wednesday 9/6  —   open 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday 9/7  —  open at 8:00 am and resume normal academic hours

Honors Thesis? Senior Thesis? Capstone Paper?

 

Washington and Lee University students completing major projects, especially honors theses, senior theses, and capstone papers, are invited to submit a digital copy of their work to the University Library to become a permanent part of W&L’s institutional history.

The University Library has worked for over a century to save and preserve students’ theses.   From the oldest thesis in our possession, through former W&L President Ken Ruscio‘s student thesis, and all the way to 2016 honors theses, we provide permanent preservation and access.   As one might expect, we emphasize digital copies of recent works.   Each student author, if he/she chooses, can select conditions for availability — freely-available online access, restricted online access to members of the W&L community only,  or available only after an initial embargo period.   Archived digital works will be available online at a permanent, stable URL in our Digital Archive.

We are particularly interested in honors theses, senior theses, and capstone project papers, but other student works, as well.   Students should use our online submission form to share a digital copy.   There is no particular submission deadline, but likely the sooner, the better.

The University Library no longer has a role in binding paper copies of student papers, but students may contact the University’s Copying Services for assistance.

Questions should be directed to Cindy Morton, Digital Services Manager (mortonc@wlu.edu) or Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections and Archives (camdent@wlu.edu).

 

Welcome to Prospective Students and Families!

 

Posted ‘way down this page were the temporary hours for the Washington and Lee University Library during our just-passed (and much missed) Spring Break.

But you might like to know we normally are open to our students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during academic terms.   (Swipe-card security takes effect on entry doors at 10:00 PM.)    Thus, post-midnight scenes such as this are entirely plausible:

 

 

 

 


The Washington and Lee University Library is temporarily shortening its hours so that our library staff can cavort wantonly in the spring sunshine.  The fact that it’s time for undergraduate spring break is just our cover story.

Leyburn Library

Friday 14 April — close @ 11:59 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 April —  closed
Monday 17 April through Friday 21 April —  open 8:30 am to 11:30 pm
Saturday 22 April —  closed
Sunday 23 April — open @ 12:00 noon and resume regular academic hours

Telford Science Library

Friday 14 April — close @ 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 April —  closed
Monday 17 April through Friday 21 April — open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 22 April 22 — closed
Sunday 23 April 23 —  open at noon and resume regular academic hours

 

Mining Streaming Video — and Finding W&L

 

The Washington and Lee University Library’s Kanopy streaming video service gives the W&L community (current students, faculty, and staff) online access to over 25,000 videos — documentaries, international features, cinema classics, etc.   And the database just got bigger, as Kanopy’s April update identified dozens of newly-available films.

Please feel free to browse and watch as much as you would like, whether on-campus or off-campus.    You never know what you might find.

For example, it was great to discover the wonderful award-winning documentary Ulises’ Odyssey, crafted by W&L alumna Lorena Manriquez (’88).

It also turns out that Kanopy includes over 2,500 programs from the Great Courses collection.   It’s not everything from that acclaimed series;  for instance, it omits Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance, taught by W&L’s own George Bent, the Sidney Gause Childress Professor in the Arts.   However,  Kanopy does include two courses featuring W&L Provost and Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English Marc Conner —  The Irish Identity and How to Read and Understand Shakespeare.

If you find any more films in the Kanopy database which feature members of the extended W&L community, would you please notify Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.  Thanks.

 

“Official” New Words

 

Oxford University Press, with considerable justification, states that the Oxford English Dictionary “has been the principal dictionary of record for the English language throughout the lifetime of all current users of the language.”  In short, for anyone interested in the history of English-language words, the OED pretty much is the Holy Grail.   For example, the earliest documented use of the word “grail” was around 1330 AD.

First published as a “complete” work in 1928, the OED (originally known at A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles) is a living, breathing ongoing project, keeping track of recently-minted words and meanings, as well as monitoring new research than can update existing entries.   Four times each year, the editors release a list of new words, phrases, and meanings, always an occasion for fascination and media coverage.   The March 2017 list is no exception.

Please note that there are no direct links from this new list into the dictionary’s entries, since the publication is a commercial enterprise.   However, current members of the Washington and Lee community (students, faculty, staff) can consult the OED to their hearts’ content through the University Library’s subscription link.   Printed copies of the first edition (1928) and second edition (1989) are available in the library collection.

Beware of pogonophobia.

 

 

Rockbridge Advocate World Headquarters

 

It is not often that a commercial newspaper publishes a substantial article about another newspaper.   Nevertheless, readers of the Roanoke Times likely noticed a recent piece about the Rockbridge Advocate, the beloved and ongoing creation of Washington and Lee alumnus Doug Harwood (’74) .   Lexington and Rockbridge Country residents likely already know about the Advocate, but anyone who treasures traditional journalism and the “unvarnished version of events in Lexington and Rockbridge County” will enjoy this article.

One question might arise in a reader’s mind: Where might one view the entire quarter-century run of the Rockbridge Advocate?  This question is of particular interest because there is no online form of the newspaper.   Perhaps the only publicly-accessible complete archive is available in W&L’s Leyburn Library, with paper copies of every issue safely preserved in our Special Collections area.  Current issues are shelved on the Main Floor, which also houses microfilm of 1992-2003 issues.

At the moment, digitizing this local institution (the newspaper, not Mr. Harwood) is only a gleam in our eye, but we have hopes.   The library’s Special Collections staff currently is working on a project to index the contents for the use of the many researchers interested in the area’s events and personalities.

 

Books for SSA

 

If you are looking for some excellent reading, you could hardly do better than to peruse the list of books to be discussed at Washington and Lee’s Science, Society, and the Arts event on Friday 17 March.   The SSA conference kicks off the day before, on Thursday 16 March.

Each of these provocative books will be the focus of a discussion led by a panel of students and faculty.  For a complete schedule of these discussions, with a list of books and the locations of the sessions, see this Colloquia page .   All of these books are part of the W&L library collection, but most of them currently are checked out, which probably is  a good sign.

These  Colloquia sessions are only part of the two days of performances and presentations which make up the multidisciplinary SSA program.   Here is a full description of the festivities, which includes Friday’s poster session in Leyburn Library.

Several of the books to be discussed are relatively new publications, with five published in 2016.   But what is the oldest book we will consider?  The answer is Martin Luther King’s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, which was published 50 years ago this year.   W&L readers can view this advertisement for the book from the 12 July 1967 New York Times.

 

Changing the President’s Site

 

The U.S. Presidency may be an historic office, with great continuity across centuries, but the official White House website, WhiteHouse.gov, is very personalized.

In the span of a few moments, around 12:00 noon on 20 January 2017, the Whitehouse.gov site went from looking like this

 

to the “new” White House site.

Most, if not all, of the content in the White House site from the Barack Obama administration has been removed.  In effect, the Presidential website is starting over.    The Washington Post published a same-day article on the site transition.

Fear not — much of the content is preserved, one way or another, in an array of forms and repositories.  For more information, see this University Library U.S. Presidents: Sites and Documents guide.

If you have questions (or suggestions), please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

 

Kanopy = Lots of Streaming Video

 

The Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Kanopy streaming video service to our roster of online resources for the W&L community.

Over the past several years we have gotten a bit of experience with providing streaming access to individual films for our students and faculty, but Kanopy is, by far, the largest collection of such materials we have offered, with about 25,000 films available.   Many of these are well-known documentaries and features from such distributors as Criterion and PBS.  For example, one can opt to view the Criterion French New Wave collection or all the episodes in the Ken Burns Civil War series.    New titles are added each month.

You can search for specific titles, specific series, or topic areas by using the basic link for our W&L Kanopy account @ https://wlu.kanopystreaming.com/.     There also is a link to Kanopy in the A-Z Databases List on the library homepage.

Each video can be viewed by current W&L students, faculty, or staff from either on-campus or off-campus locations, and each can be viewed by multiple users simultaneously.   Links to individual films or collections can be included in course syllabi or other teaching materials.   Public performance rights are included and nearly all films are provided with captions and transcripts.

If you have questions, please contact Head of Collection Services Julie Kane , Head of Access Services Elizabeth Teaff, or Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

 

Presidential Addresses

 

President Barack Obama’s farewell address now belongs to the ages and Donald Trump’s inaugural address waits in the wings.

Did you know that George Washington delivered the shortest inaugural address of any U.S. president?  You can find out who was responsible for the lengthiest and read all of the presidential inaugural and farewell addresses in a site maintained by the University of California (Santa Barbara) — inaugural addresses and farewell addresses.

W&L’s benefactor, George Washington, also delivered the most famous farewell address (1796) and the University Library has just acquired a revealing new book that focuses on our first president’s parting words in office.   It is the latest of several books about this eloquent speech.