New Internship Guides


The Washington and Lee University Library subscribes to a database called CEI Internships,  which lists thousands of internship opportunities for undergraduate students.   W&L students can view geographically-arranged descriptions of possibilities with a given focus, such as “Media.”

Several times a year, the publisher releases updated volumes with new and revised listings.  The collections updated for Fall 2016 include the following new editions:

  • International Affairs
  • Women’s Rights
  • Sports
  • Resorts and Seasonable Employment
  • History and Museums
  • Human Rights

Other 2015-16 volumes, such as the Congressional and Social Services entries, continue to be available.   Note:  This is one of a very few W&L subscription databases which has a separate set of passwords, so watch for the prompt to enter the specified password combination.   (for W&L users only)

Of course, W&L headquarters for more extensive information on internships is W&L’s Career Development office.

Willa Wonka and the Oxford English Dictionary


We often wax euphoric about the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the greatest reference works of all time and surely the most authoritative resource on the history of words in the English language.    And it’s fun, too.
For decades the University Library has provided the Washington and Lee community with access to the OED, most recently via the online database, an ongoing project of revision and updating — as it has to be.

This constant research results in new historical information on “old” words, as well as recently-coined terms, being added to the dictionary.  Several times a year the OED releases lists of new words and new meanings, always an occasion for fascination and mirth.   The September 2016 update, with over 500 new words and senses, documents for future scholars the ever-blossoming English language of the early 21st century, with examples such as these:

  • biatch
  • clickbait
  • Merica
  • YOLO
  • [a few we cannot mention here]
  • Oompa Loompa

The last term in this list takes note of the contributions of Roald Dahl, born 100 years ago this year.   For additional fascination and mirth, we recommend the wonderful OED essay on Dahl and the English language, along with this month’s new words.

A good way to keep up with the OED‘s continuing revelations is to follow them on Twitter.     For lengthier treatments, the University Library also has ten or so books about the OED (including one on J. R. R. Tolkien’s involvement).   And a new book is on the way from Oxford University Press!

Library Carrels — Update


September 21 Update:  If you still are interested in a carrel in Leyburn Library, inquire at the Information Desk on the Main Floor.

You also could check the “Available Carrels” maps.   There are a few still available.


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 starts on the first day of class, Thursday 8 September.    We have detailed information on carrel registration, including floor maps, but here is the short version:

Leyburn Library — beginning 8:00 AM on Thursday 8 September
Find a suitable Leyburn Library carrel on Lower Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 and take its registration slip to the Information Desk on the Main Floor.
Telford Science Library — beginning 8:30 AM on Thursday 8 September
Find a suitable Telford Science Library carrel on Level 3 or 4 and take its registration slip to the Circulation Desk on Level 3.   Two students will be assigned to each carrel.

In related news…  On that same first day of classes (Thursday 8 September), both Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library will return to the 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.

And… We’re Off!


Ready or not…

The Fall Term has begun and the University Library —  Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library — is now open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for the W&L community.   Remember you will need your ID/swipe card to gain entry after 10:00 pm.

We wish the very best of luck to our students!    Let us know how we can help.