W&L Librarian Curates "Arts of the Book" exhibit

Beyond Text and Image: The Book as Art opens on February 25 in Staniar Gallery, Wilson Hall, at Washington and Lee.  Wilson Hall is connected to the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts.

Curated by humanities librarian Yolanda Merrill, the exhibition showcases thirty works by nationally known book artists. Merrill will give a curator’s talk and slideshow on Wednesday, March 3, at 6pm in the Concert Hall facing the Gallery. The lecture will be followed by a reception and is free and open to the public.

Merrill herself has many years of experience as a bookbinder and bookmaker, and has co-taught a course in the book arts at Washington and Lee. A selection of the student work made in the course is on display in the Lykes Atrium, adjacent to the Gallery.

The focus of the exhibit is on sculptural books. However, there will also be photographs and other two-dimensional works in the show. In addition, Larry Stene, professor of studio art at W&L, created a large book sculpture specifically for this exhibit. The show will “give an overview of the kinds of work created in the field of artists’ books”, says Merrill. “This should be an enjoyable show for all ages.” Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, which has a vast collection of artists’ books, generously provided thirteen books for the exhibit.

Important New Databases

The University Library is pleased to announce that we have added a series of new databases to better support the research needs of the Washington and Lee University community. Our new general subject database is Academic Search Complete. In addition to the excellent coverage and full-text articles provided by this database, we have also added an extensive range databases to provide greater coverage of business, technology, education, environmental studies, and more. Links to the new databases are provided below.
* Academic Search Complete
* Business Source Complete
* Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
* Education Research Complete
* Environment Complete
* Hospitality & Tourism Complete
* Humanities International Complete
* Legal Collection
* Newspaper Source Plus
* Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
* Regional Business News
* Religion and Philosophy Collection
* Women’s Studies International
Unfortunately, these new resources don’t come without a cost. On July 1, the Washington and Lee University community will lose access to the Academic OneFile and Expanded Academic ASAP. While we regret the loss of these important resources, we are sure you will find the new products will offer you a greater variety of information from a larger range of sources.

Winners of Student iTunes Drawing

The University Library thanks all the students who took the Library Satisfaction Survey – your input and comments will be put to good use!
The three winners of the $50 iTunes gift cards are Crystal Benavides, Kathleen (Katie) Kern, and Logan Pettigrew. They’ll be having a much more musical summer thanks to all of you who participated.