"Just Connect" in JSTOR… and Beyond

The First-Year Orientation reading, “‘Just Connect’: The Goals of a Liberal Education” by William Cronon, originally was published in the journal American Scholar in 1998.

First-year students and other members of the current Washington and Lee community have “permanent” access to that article, as well as articles from tens of thousands of other academic journals and magazines, through JSTOR and other resources available from the W&L University Library.

Let us know how we can help!

Carrels About Gone

All carrels in Leyburn Library now have been reserved, and there are only two left in Telford Science Library.
At the end of the month, we will contact everyone who signed up for a carrel to see if anyone no longer thinks a carrel is necessary. After that, we may have some vacancies.

Thanks to all students for working with us on this annual ritual.

There are still carrels available in Leyburn Library, especially on Lower Level 4, and there are just a couple left in Telford Science Library on the 4th Floor.

The Washington and Lee University Library has approximately 500 carrels which can be reserved for use by individual W&L undergraduate students for the entire academic year.

Since demand for carrels usually exceeds the supply, interested students might want to register for a carrel during the first couple of days in Fall Term. Registration begins at 8:00 AM on the first day of class,  Wednesday 4 September. Here is detailed information on carrel registration, including floor maps.  The short version:

Beginning 8:00 AM on Wednesday 4 September

Find a Leyburn Library carrel on Lower Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 and take its registration slip to the Information Desk on the Main Floor.
Find a Telford Science Library carrel on Level 3 or 4 and take its registration slip to the Circulation Desk on Level 3.


And in other momentous news…  On that same first day of classes (Wednesday 4 September), both Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library move into their customary open-24-hours-a-day, seven-days-per-week schedule. Students wanting to enter either library after 10:00 any evening will need to swipe their W&L ID cards.

Papers of the Founders

Major university presses in the United States have been responsible for much of the scholarly work in organizing and making available the letters and other papers of our nation’s early leaders.   For decades, this work has resulted in extensive series of published volumes, such as this collection of George Washington papers from the University Press of Virginia.

In more recent years, some publishers have digitized these works for the online commercial publishing market.  Again, here is an example of Washington papers from UVa’s Rotunda service, to which Washington and Lee has subscribed for a number of years.

After years of pressure from scholars and even from the U.S. Congress, who have asked why Americans should have to pay to read these historic works, most of these papers are now being made available online without charge through a new service hosted by the National Archives called Founders Online.   The W&L library will provide links to this invaluable site in multiple places within our Web site and catalog.

Founders Online has been in development for quite a few years and finally made its debut in June, giving many researchers their first look at the possibilities associated with online access.  Researchers at W&L and elsewhere are able to search for individual words or names within documents, search for particular recipients or authors, and more.

If you have comments or questions, please contact Senior Reference Dick Grefe.

Our Own Superstorm

Tuesday 20 August 2013 marks the 44th anniversary of one of the most destructive natural disasters in Virginia history, Hurricane Camille.

The first “official” Category 5 hurricane to hit the U.S., Camille came ashore along the Gulf of Mexico coast in August 1969, continuing northeastward to cause catastrophic flooding in Western Virginia.  Over 100 people were killed in just Nelson County (between Lexington and Charlottesville).   You can find books and other materials about Camille in the library catalog and here is a Washington Post retrospective.

An employee of the Virginia Highway Department, Raymond J. Kirby, captured the destruction in the Rockbridge County area in at least 150 photographs.   You can see an example below.  Earlier this summer, a generous Lexington resident, Danny Hall, donated to the W&L University Library’s Special Collections a set of scrapbooks containing these images, as well as newspaper clippings and other materials.

This fascinating collection, described here, is available in the Special Collections area in Leyburn Library.  Please contact Special Collections’ staff (540-458-8649) if you have any questions.

KirbyScrapbook_Camille_Flood_BuenaVista_1969_#1 (3)