Library Databases for W&L Alumni

The Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to provide our alumni, including the Class of 2020, with access to several important commercially-published article databases, similar to those available to current W&L students, faculty, and staff.

Use of these resources is made possible by the generous financial support of the W&L Friends of the Library.

 

Contents

The databases available to our alumni include:

  • JSTOR
  • Project Muse
  • EbscoHost Databases — Academic Search and Business Sources

 

Access

Access to these products is controlled through W&L’s  Office of Alumni Engagement as one their Colonnade Connections online options.  There are two basic steps to using these databases:

  1. First, set up your own Colonnade Connections login (ID and password) via this link:  http://colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu/
  2. Once you are officially registered, use this link and your personal ID and password to gain access to the databases listed above: https://colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu/friends-of-the-library

W&L alumni who have questions about using these databases can contact the University Library via this general-purpose online form or one of the direct links to our staff.  If you have questions about the Colonnade Connections program, please contact Molly Myers, Assistant Director of Digital Communications for Alumni Engagement.

 

Thanks to Our Student Workers!

 

Pandemic or no pandemic, this is the time of year when we start to miss our graduating seniors.

But we in the Washington and Lee University Library feel especially appreciative of one particular group of soon-to-graduate seniors — the students who have worked as members of the library staff in Leyburn Library and/or Telford Library.  These students have contributed significantly to the library’s service to the W&L community by working regular weekly hours, while, of course, continuing to juggle all the other aspects of a demanding campus life.  So many of the services our faculty and students enjoy are dependent upon the contributions of our student workers.

To honor their work, each year we invite our graduating student workers to identify a book which is especially meaningful to them, whether because of an emotional attachment, the subject matter, or other reasons.  We commemorate each student’s selection by acquiring a printed copy of the book, placing a dedicatory book plate inside the front cover, and then displaying all the selections as a group on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library.   We are indebted to our Access Services Supervisor, Laura Hewett, for overseeing all the work involved in this process.

This Class of 2020 celebration has not been stopped by the physical closing of the W&L campus, but it has prevented most people from actually seeing the books on display.  For the moment, the photograph below will have to suffice.  However, the physical display itself will remain in place at least through the summer, so we have hope that (physical) library visitors soon may be able to share in our recognition of our students.

Below is a list of our graduating student workers (arranged by library department) and the books purchased in their honor.  You can see more information about the chosen books by browsing this collection in the library’s Primo database.

Thank you to all these hard-working students.  We hope you are healthy and safe and that we can see you again sometime soon!

 

Access Services

Ryann Carpenter, A Lucky Child

Angela Delos Reyes, Encyclopedia of Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs, Volume 1

Elyse Ferris, Murder on the Orient Express

Cassandra Grebas, Medical Pharmacology at a Glance

Connor Higgins, Catch 22

Jenna Kim, Being Mortal

Jiwon Kim, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Robert Layton, In the Gardens of the Moon

Chase Major, The Outsider

Laurel Myers, Yes, Please

Prakriti Panthi, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Emily Roche, Bronte Transformations: The Cultural Disseminations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

Aimee Rodriguez, The Way of the Househusband, Volume 1

Anna Soroka, Love Earth Now

Collection Services

Kenneth Hartzfeld, Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

Research Help

Emma Rabuse, Declaration des Droits de la Femme et de la Citoyenne

Digital Humanities

Win Gustin, The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy

Alice Chambers, The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers

Makayla Lorick, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

 

Mock Convention Books and More

 

Washington and Lee University’s renowned Mock Convention officially begins in only a matter of hours and continues through Sunday.  (For more information, see the official website.)

A number of our guest speakers are the authors of published books and many of those volumes are available in W&L’s Leyburn Library.  To see what we have, check out this (partial) list of speakers:

The University Library also holds a treasure-trove of Mock Con historical materials — both print and multi-media — in its Special Collections holdings.  A significant number of items are accessible online in our Digital Archive, while much more is physically available in its original form within Leyburn’s Special Collections area.

 

 

New Words for Dictionary Day

 

October 16 is Dictionary Day, marking the birthday of the great lexicographer Noah Webster in 1758.

How to celebrate?

Perhaps one could peruse the more-or-less direct descendants of Mr. Webster’s work in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged database, to which the Washington and Lee University subscribes.  Last month the editors released a list of over 530 new words and new meanings, not counting over 4,000 other revisions.  Just to give students of the English language something (else) to argue about, this most recent update provides further support for the use of the “singular they” — even the once-unthinkable themself.   Can Western civilization survive?

The New York Review of Books recently published a fascinating article on the early development of American dictionaries, including Webster’s work.

Another way to celebrate might be to take note of the Oxford English Dictionary‘s recent announcement of 650+ additions to its etymological database, with newly-researched and -consecrated words and new meanings for existing words.  For example, there  are now three — count ’em, three — meanings for the term slam dunk.  And we now have established that the contemporary meanings of fake news have predecessors extending back at least as far as 1890.   The editors of the OED offer an entertaining essay on these new updates, including the linguistic contributions of George Lucas and Theresa May, as well as an explanation of the development of the term anchor baby.   The W&L University Library provides a subscription to the OED for current students, faculty, and staff.

Happy Birthday, Noah!

 

Noah Webster by James Herring, from the National Portrait Gallery.

16 Things Every First Year Should Know About The Library

 

Boiling it down to the essentials, the University Library offers 16 Things Every First Year Should Know About the Library .   Other students, too, of course.

Obviously, this brief list does not cover everything a W&L first-year student might need to know about our libraries and about doing research at W&L.   Our librarians will be involved in quite a few classes in the academic year, including teaching several DCI courses, so that is a great way to share information about libraries and student research at W&L.   But if you have questions right now, feel free to ask at the Information Desk on Leyburn Library’s Main Floor or contact us via e-mail.

Welcome (back) to W&L!

 

Mock Convention Research

 

If the news media are pillar-to-post about presidential primary campaigns, you know Washington and Lee University’s Mock Convention cannot be far off.    And, sure enough, Mock Con Weekend is now less than six months away and our students already are working on political research and other preparations.

For years the W&L University Library has been proud to assist Mock Con students with their research efforts, usually focusing on the work of state delegates looking into electoral patterns and histories, economic and demographic factors, public opinion, and anything else that seems relevant to accurately forecasting a U.S. state’s behavior in upcoming presidential primaries.   For at least 15 years, that assistance has included the preparation and ongoing revision of an online research guide, which is available to W&L students (and faculty and staff) from both on-campus and just about any off-campus locations.

If you are curious about previous incarnations of this  research guide, here is the 2004 guide.

 

Streaming Video for W&L

 

Video or film in streaming form has lots of advantages for teaching and learning, especially for classes in which a number of students all need to watch the same program — access from multiple locations (including off-campus), the possibility of multiple viewings simultaneously, on-demand availability in classrooms, and the ability to place links in course syllabi or online sites.  Admittedly, streaming comes with its own set of issues, with the cost probably the most challenging.

Mostly because of course-related demand from our faculty, the Washington and Lee University Library increasingly is purchasing — or leasing — access to streaming video from a variety of suppliers and then making that material available to the current W&L campus community through our online site.  Generally, we do not perpetually “own” streaming content, but rather lease it for various periods of time or have access as part of a large collection whose contents come and go for commercial and/or legal reasons, beyond our control.  (You may have experience the same thing with Netflix.)

Our selection of streaming films has grown to the point that it’s become a challenge to tell people what we have.  As a result, we have assembled a webpage that lists the primary options available to current students. faculty, and staff:

If you have questions, or want to investigate streaming possibilities for curricular use, please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

 

Library Databases for W&L Graduates

 

One of the benefits of a being a Washington and Lee student is having access to dozens of commercially-published databases which enable researchers to make use of many thousands of academic journals, newspapers and magazines, books, data sources and analyses, and other materials.

Alas, one of the basic rules of institutional subscriptions to such databases is that use is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.    Thus, our graduating seniors lose access to nearly all of these resources as they transition from W&L students to W&L alumni.

The W&L University Library, through the financial support of our wonderful Friends of the Library group, is able to provide our alumni with ongoing access to a selection of important “article databases,” including:

  • JSTOR
  • Academic Search (Alumni Edition)
  • Business Source (Alumni Edition)
  • Project Muse

Access to these products is controlled through W&L’s  Office of Alumni Engagement as one their Colonnade Connections online options.  There are two basic steps to using these databases:

  1. First, set up your own Colonnade Connections login (ID and password) via this link:  http://colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu/
  2. Once you are officially registered, use this link and your personal ID and password to gain access to the databases listed above: https://colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu/friends-of-the-library

W&L alumni who have questions about using these databases can contact the University Library via this general-purpose online form or one of the direct links to our staff.  If you have questions about the Colonnade Connections program, please contact Molly Myers, Assistant Director of Digital Communications for Alumni Engagement.