Circulating Reference and Bound Periodicals

Members of the Washington and Lee University community — faculty, students, and staff — now may check out Reference materials and bound periodical volumes from the Leyburn Library and Telford Library collections.
These items can be checked out through “normal” circulation procedures, with proper identification at our Circulation Desks, but for a period of no more than 24 hours.
No renewals or holds are allowed.
If you have questions about how this works, please contact a Reference librarian or Elizabeth Teaff, our Access Services Manager.

Study Abroad Photo Exhibit

The Fall 2007 Study Abroad Photo Exhibit will be on display during the month of November in the Main Floor lobby of Leyburn Library. The exhibit gives students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to share their experiences abroad with other members of the Washington and Lee community.
The exhibit will open officially at 3:00 PM on Monday 5 November with a hospitality hour which precedes to the faculty meeting in the library. During the hospitality hour (and in subsequent days), visitors have the opportunity to view the exhibit and vote for a favorite photograph. The winner of the “Best in Show” will be announced on Friday 16 November.
The exhibit opening and hospitality hour are co-sponsored by the Center for International Education and the Office of the Provost.

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First Editions on Display

Leyburn Library’s Special Collections department has a fine collection of first editions of twentieth century Southern literature donated by Roger Harrison Mudd, WLU Class of 1950.
Mr. Mudd, in addition to a distinguished career as a television journalist, has been a serious collector of rare first editions by such authors as William Faulkner, Ellen Glasgow, Robert Penn Warren, and others.
An exhibit now on display in the Boatwright Room, adjacent to Special Collections on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1, features the novels and short stories of Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) and Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987).
The Boatwright Room is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Library Book Sale

Members of the Washington and Lee Uiversity community can expand their personal libraries at the annual book sale over Parents’ Weekend in the Leyburn Library lobby.
The sale begins on Friday 26 October at 8:30 AM and runs through Monday 29 October.
Books will be marked down to half-price at 8:30 AM on Monday.
In addition to the usual stock, we have a nice selection of history and literature titles as well as some video and audio items.

More Reference Books Online

The Washington and Lee University Library continues to develop a collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference works which are available to W&L researchers online. Here are some of the newest arrivals:
Voices of Islam
A five-volume collection of essays. (Praeger/Greenwood)
Encyclopedia Of Sex And Gender: Culture, Society, History
A four-volume set. (Macmillan/Gale)
Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre
Two volumes. (Greenwood)
Glossary of English Grammar
Guide to grammatical terms. (Edinburgh University Press/NetLibrary)
Feminist Philosophies A-Z
Key terms, issues, theoretical approaches, projects and thinkers. (Edinburgh University Press/NetLibrary)
Islamic Philosophy A-Z
Key figures, schools, concepts, topics, and issues. (Edinburgh University Press/NetLibrary)
These and other refererence “e-books” are accessible online to W&L students and faculty from anywhere in the world with access to the campus computing network.

Presenting Sharyn McCrumb

The Friends of the Library of Washington and Lee are pleased to present best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb talking about “Grassroots Saints and Honky Tonk Heroes”. Her appearance is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday 6 October in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium.
Ms. McCrumb is extremely proud of her southern roots; her family settled in North Carolina over a hundred years ago. “Her award-winning novels celebrating the history and folklore of Appalachia have received scholarly acclaim and ranked on the New York Times Best-Seller list.”
Ms. McCrumb’s presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

Patrick Hinely Exhibit

A sample of the work of renowned photographer Patrick Hinely is on display in Leyburn Library’s Main Floor lobby until the end of October.
A 1973 graduate of Washington and Lee, Hinely is now in his twenty-ninth year as University Photographer. We all know his work from the University calendar and the University website, such as the evening light on the columns, snow falling on Lee Chapel, and students at graduation.
However, outside the academy Hinely is best known for his photography of musicians and others involved in the creation and performance of jazz. His work has been internationally recognized through many awards, and his “Jazz People” are reproduced on calendars, CD covers and booklets, LP albums, and elsewhere. The library display focuses on these materials.
Concurrently, Hinely’s “Jazz People” photography is displayed in large format in the Staniar Gallery in Wilson Hall through mid-October.

Annie Gets Colorful — And Better

If you recently searched Annie, the Washington and Lee University catalog, you may have noticed colorful pictures in your search results.
The “colorful pictures,” such as these, are images of book jackets and video packaging and they are only the most conspicuous of several new features in Annie, available beginning 22 August 2007.
Most of these features are intended to provide you with additional information about the item you are viewing in Annie.
For example, if you click on a book cover or a DVD cover, you may see (depending upon their availability) links to a summary of the book or movie, a larger image of the cover, and sources of reviews. Here is an example.
These summaries and reviews behind the images are not intended as scholarly research resources, but simply as supplementary information for readers and viewers.

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U.S. Congressional Hearings Online

The W&L University Library and Law Library are working together to purchase an online collection of all U.S. Congressional hearings dating from 1824 to 1979.
The LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection is a work-in-progress, with over 10,000 titles available thus far. The publisher is scanning and indexing documents, working backwards in time from 1979. Coverage is now reaching into the early 1970’s and, thus, quite a few Watergate-related materials have been added recently.
Every item in this Digital Collection of hearings will include “official” forms of all hearing documents in PDF format. The full collection should be completed in 2009.
Here is our gateway page for this collection.
You should note that this link includes access not only to the 1824-1979 collection, but also to the more current, but less complete, collection of hearings dated 1980-to-date available through our LexisNexis Congressional subscription.
If you have questions, please contact Dick Grefe.

Rwanda Library

Washington and Lee student Logan Gibson has planned a rather unusual summer vacation — she is traveling to Rwanda this summer to build a library.
Her project has required a lot of preparation and planning and has involved quite a few folks at W&L and elsewhere, including members of the Leyburn Library staff. You can read more about it this news release.
Logan has begun posting an account of her trip on her blog and we hope you will follow her adventures this summer.