National Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards were announced today, Wednesday 15 October.

And the Washington and Lee University Library is on the case.  We now have in our collection, or have ordered, a copy of every finalist in the Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry categories.    Some of them are in our New Books display on the Main Floor, some are in the stacks, some are about to go onto the shelves, and at least one is “in the mail.”   A few already are checked out.

Take a look at the above link to the NBA announcement and then check our library catalog for what interests you.

Note: We have not ordered the finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, but will entertain requests.



More Ring-tum Phi Online

Continuing a painstaking digitization project, the Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to announce that about 2,000 additional issues of the student newspaper The Ring-tum Phi are now available online through the University’s Digital Archive.

The Phi probably is the longest-running record of life at W&L, and these additions extend our online access from 1897 through 1984.    For various reasons, some issues of the Phi are missing from the database — Volume 18 (1914-1915), Volume 22 (1919), Volume 31 (1927-1928), and Volume 32 (1928-1929).

How close are we getting to “modern times?”  The most recent digitized issue (25 May 1984) features an article about the Board of Trustees preparing to discuss the admission of women as undergraduate students — an article written by then-student Mike Allen, now chief White House correspondent for Politico.

You can access the digitized Ring-tum Phi via the University Library’s link to the Digital Archive or by finding the Ring-tum Phi entry in the library catalog.


If you have questions about this project or about the Digital Archive program, please feel free to contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Alston Cobourn @ or 458-8657.

Parents Weekend Poster Sessions

The Washington and Lee University Library will mark Parents and Family Weekend by hosting poster presentations by students who have participated in the Study Abroad, Shepherd, and Summer Research Scholars programs.

The poster sessions, which will be on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library, are scheduled to run from 1:30 to 3:00 PM on Friday 10 October.    And did we mention snacks…?

For interested students:

  • Easels will be provided.
  • If you would like to print a poster, please email your completed poster, in PDF form, to The Provost’s Office will pay for the printing. 
  • You can get help creating your poster by coming to a Poster Clinic in Leyburn Library on Monday 6 October between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.

Sample chemistry poster?


Or maybe not.